65 inch TVs are slowly becoming the norm. The new TVs we have tested are generally better than the past year's counterparts, and the prices of the 65" TVs are more affordable than ever.
We've tested more than 70 TVs in the last two years and below are our recommendations for the best 65 inch TVs you can buy in 2019. For different sizes, see our recommendations for the best 55 inch TVs and the best 70-77 inch TVs.
The best 65 inch TV is the LG OLED65B8. This an excellent 4k OLED TV for almost any use. This TV delivers outstanding picture quality with an essentially infinite contrast ratio, perfect black uniformity, very good gray uniformity, and an outstanding viewing angle. It's a great choice for watching movies in a dark room and is an excellent choice if you watch movies with subtitles, as there is no blooming around them.
Unfortunately, like all OLED TVs, this TV has a risk of temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in. However, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people. All OLED TVs deliver very similar performance, but the additional features vary between them, so there may be a better model depending on your needs.
OLED TVs, including this one, can't get very bright when displaying large, bright, scenes, which may disappoint some viewers. Overall, although it isn't perfect, the LG B8 OLED is an excellent TV that should please most people.
If the risk of burn-in with the LG B8 OLED or other OLED TVs concerns you, then check out the best 65 inch LED TV we've tested so far, the Samsung QN65Q80R. You won't get the perfect blacks of the LG, and the image loses accuracy at wider viewing angles. On the upside, this is an excellent 4k LED TV with great contrast, decent viewing angles, and excellent reflection handling. It can get much brighter than the LG and is suitable for any room. When in HDR, it's able to deliver content with brighter highlights than the LG.
Overall, if you're looking for dark room performance, the LG is a better choice; otherwise, if you're too concerned about burn-in, don't mind compromising on viewing angles, and want a brighter TV, get the Samsung Q80R.
If the risk of burn-in of the LG B8 OLED is a concern but want something less expensive than the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED, then check out the Vizio PQ65-F1 instead. You won't get the same outstanding dark room performance. On the upside, this TV delivers great overall picture quality with deep blacks, an excellent wide color gamut, and outstanding peak brightness. Motion handling is impressive thanks to the outstanding response time, motion interpolation, and versatile black frame insertion features.
Overall, if you want the best dark room performance, get the LG; otherwise, if you're concerned about the possibility of burn-in and want to save some cash, then the Vizio is an excellent choice.
The Sony XBR65X900F is the TV with the most accurate colors out-of-the-box available in a 65 inch size. It's a great 4k TV that delivers great overall picture quality with deep blacks, excellent peak brightness, and a wide color gamut for HDR content. It also has great smart features, with one of the widest selections of apps, and the interface has recently been updated to the even easier-to-use Android Oreo.
This TV has outstanding motion handling, thanks to its remarkable response time, similar to the Vizio P Series Quantum, so there is almost no noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects.
Unfortunately, the best image quality is reserved for those sitting directly in front, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The full array local dimming feature is decent but might be distracting at times, especially when watching content with subtitles. Overall, this is a great 4k TV.
If you find the viewing angles of the Sony X900F limiting for your wide seating arrangement, get the LG 65SM9000. You won't get the dark room performance of the Sony, and the LG can't get as bright. On the upside, this is a great TV with good picture quality and a very low input lag that offers a very responsive gaming experience. This is a TV that is great in most uses, but lacks dark room performance.
If you watch TV from straight in front and dark room performance is important, then get the Sony. Otherwise, the LG is a great choice for those looking for a TV that maintains an accurate image when viewed from the side and don't care as much about dark room performance.
If you're looking for a 65 inch TV for great gaming experience, then get the Samsung UN65RU8000. This TV lacks a local dimming feature and its dark room performance isn't as good as the Sony X900F. On the upside, the picture quality is good and the TV performs very well in many uses, but it excels in video games. It has an extremely low input lag and a fast response time that, along with the great gaming features, make it an excellent choice even for hardcore gamers.
If you care more for image quality, then get the Sony; otherwise, if gaming and the latest features are important, then get the Samsung.
The best budget 65 inch TV that we've tested so far is the Hisense 65H9F. It's a great 4k TV with great picture quality, excellent motion handling, and great smart features. It's an excellent TV for gaming, thanks to the outstanding response time and excellent low input lag.
This TV has outstanding contrast, resulting in deep blacks, and a decent local dimming feature to further improve dark room performance. There is some noticeable blooming in some content, though, which might be distracting. It can display a wide color gamut, which is important for a good HDR experience.
Unfortunately, there are some noticeable gray uniformity issues, which isn't great for sports fans, and the image degrades at an angle. Overall, though, it's a great TV for almost any use.
If you're looking for something even cheaper than the Hisense H9F, then get its sister model, the Hisense H8F. It can't get as bright as the H9F and has a slower response time, so fast motion doesn't look as crisp. On the upside, this is a great TV with an impressive performance in most uses. It displays deep blacks in a dark room and you can place it in any room as it will easily fight glare. The input lag is low, which is great for gaming.
Overall, although the H9F is a much better TV, if you want to save some money and don't mind having a slower response time, check out the Hisense H8F.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 65 inch 4k TVs to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that have a 65 inch size. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.