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 LG OLED65B9 is the best 65 inch TV we've tested. It's an OLED panel TV with perfect blacks and wide viewing angles. The overall picture quality is excellent and the TV has a remarkable performance in any use. It has an almost instantaneous response time that displays fast-moving content with almost no blur. The input lag is remarkably low and the TV feels very responsive to your actions, making it a great choice even for the most demanding gamers. All of its HDMI ports are 2.1, which currently doesn't add much but makes the TV more future-proof and differentiates it from other OLEDs, as most of them share a very similar picture quality.
Unfortunately, just like all OLED TVs, it runs the risk of temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in. Fortunately, this is unlikely to occur to most people that watch normal varied content. Most OLED TVs can't get very bright, but unless your room is very bright this shouldn't be an issue. Thanks to their perfect blacks, OLEDs are better appreciated when viewed in a dark room.
Overall, the LG B9 is the best 65" TV and will keep most of its owners happy.
If the risk of burn-in with the LG B9 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.
If you're too concerned about the burn-in risk on the LG B9 OLED and the Samsung Q80R is too expensive, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It can't deliver the perfect blacks or the wide viewing angles of the OLEDs, but it has great overall picture quality with deep blacks, excellent wide color gamut, and outstanding peak brightness. Fast-moving content looks crisp thanks to the remarkable response time, and the TV offers a motion interpolation feature to please the soap opera effect fans. Gamers will appreciate the low input lag; overall, this TV will please most people.
For the best dark room performance, get the LG; otherwise, if burn-in is a concern and the Samsung is too expensive, then the Vizio is a great alternative.
The Sony XBR65X900F is the best 65 inch TV for color accuracy. With just a few settings adjustments you can have a great TV with impressive overall picture quality, deep blacks, excellent peak brightness, and a wide color gamut for HDR content. The smart features on this TV are great. It runs the Android TV 8.0 smart interface that gives you access to Google Play, which has one of the widest selections of apps.
This TV has outstanding motion handling thanks to its remarkable response time, similar to the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, so there is almost no noticeable blur trail behind fast-moving objects.
Unfortunately, only those sitting straight in front will enjoy the best image quality as the image degrades when viewed from the side. 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 have a large room and find the viewing angles on the Sony X900F limiting, then get the LG 65SM9000. You won't get the great 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, a very low input lag that offers a responsive gaming experience, and excellent motion handling with a fast response time that displays crisp fast-moving content. Overall, the LG 65SM9000 offers a great performance in most uses except in a dark room where, just like most IPS panel TVs, its blacks look gray.
If dark room performance is important and you sit straight in front, get the Sony. Otherwise, if you often watch TV from the side in a slightly bright room, the LG will display a more uniform image.
If you're a serious gamer and find the input lag on the Sony X900F too high for gaming, then check out the Samsung QN65Q70R. You won't get the excellent reflection handling of the Sony, and its out of the box color accuracy is not as excellent. On the upside, the Samsung has a remarkable gaming performance, with a low input lag support for AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate and low latency with motion interpolation ; this will please even the most demanding gamers.
Overall, if you care for color accuracy the Sony is a better choice; for gamers, the Samsung Q70R has more to offer.
The best budget 65 inch TV 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 is the best 65 inch TV for the money.
If you're looking for something even cheaper than the Hisense H9F, then get its sister model, the Hisense 65H8F. It can't get as bright as the other TV 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.