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 2020. For different sizes, see our recommendations for the best 55 inch TVs and the best 70-77 inch TVs.
The best 65 inch TV we've tested so far is the LG OLED65B9PUA. Like all other OLEDs, this TV can produce perfect blacks, which is great for dark room viewing. Its response time is near-instantaneous, and it has wide viewing angles, so images remain accurate even if you're watching from the side. Sports fans will be happy to hear that it has excellent gray uniformity and there's almost no sign of dirty screen effect that can be distracting when watching a game. HDR content is delivered with rich and vibrant colors, but the TV's peak brightness may not be able to bring out specular highlights in some scenes.
Unfortunately, while this TV has incredibly low input lag and supports variable refresh rate for a great gaming experience, it may not be the best choice due to the risks of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. This is the result of static user interface, such as a game or channel logos being displayed in the same place. However, it shouldn't be an issue for most people who watch varied content. There are also some future-proofing features such as HDMI 2.1 and eARC support, so your TV won't feel outdated in just a few years.
If you're shopping for the best TV and the risk of burn-in doesn't bother you, then go with this one.
If you don't want to deal with the risks of burn-in, then you should consider an LED TV, such as the Samsung QN65Q80RAFXZA. It can't produce perfect blacks like the LG B9 OLED, but it performs well in dark rooms nonetheless. Its contrast ratio is lower than most VA panels, but that's mainly due to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, which aims to improve viewing angles at the cost of contrast ratio. This is a great TV for HDR content, as it has an impressive wide color gamut and outstanding peak brightness to make highlights pop. Also, it has nearly everything to satisfy even serious gamers: low input lag, FreeSync support, 120Hz refresh rate, and an 'Auto Low Latency Mode', which is triggered when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible gaming console like the Xbox One.
Overall, the LG is a better TV, but if the possibility of burn-in worries you, then go with the Samsung.
If you've decided to go with an LED TV instead of the LG B9 OLED, but the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED is too expensive, then consider the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 PX65-G1. It's a versatile TV that performs well regardless of the content you watch. With the help of its full-array local dimming, it has an outstanding contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity, making it a good choice for dark rooms. It can also get extremely bright, which helps to deliver an incredible HDR experience, as well as to combat glare in a bright room setting. Its motion handling is exceptional, it has a 120Hz refresh rate, and its input lag is remarkably low, though it doesn't support FreeSync to reduce screen tearing when gaming. Vizio's SmartCast platform is easy to use; however, its performance isn't always smooth and you can't install any additional apps.
If you're shopping for a great TV that doesn't have the risks of burn-in like the LG or the price tag of the Samsung, then go with the Vizio.
The TV with the best color accuracy out of the box is the Sony XBR65X900F. It delivers a great picture quality due to its outstanding motion handling, excellent contrast ratio, and exceptional peak brightness. Its impressive black uniformity makes it suitable for dark room viewing, and it has superb reflection handling for those who watch in a well-lit room. Unfortunately, like most VA panels, it has sub-par viewing angles, causing the image to degrade when viewed from the side. Also, its input lag may be a little high for competitive gaming and it doesn't support advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate, but most casual gamers should still be satisfied with its performance.
This TV runs on Android, which is easy to navigate and has a vast amount of apps available through the Google Play Store; however, you'll have to put up with some ads and suggested content on the home page, and the user interface tends to lag a bit. It has the Google Assistant built-in, which allows you to control the TV, search for content, or even ask for the weather and time.
Overall, this is a feature-packed TV that should please most people, and you won't have to pay extra to have it calibrated.
If you have a large room with wide seating arrangements, you'll need a TV with better viewing angles than the Sony X900F; that's why you should take a look at the LG 65SM9000. Images remain accurate even if you're watching at an angle thanks to its IPS panel, which is great for watching a big football game with a large group of friends or for some co-op gaming. However, there are downsides with this type of panel, as they tend to have a low contrast ratio and sub-par black uniformity; this TV is no exception. On the upside, it has excellent reflection handling and good peak brightness to overcome glare, making it suitable for bright rooms. If you do plan on gaming on this TV, you should know that it has exceptionally low response time and input lag, supports variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing, and has an Auto Low Latency mode that makes it easy for you to jump right into the game.
If you have a small room and you sit directly in front of the TV, the Sony is a better choice, but the LG will provide better viewing angles if you tend to watch from the side.
If you need a TV with better input lag or more advanced gaming features such as FreeSync support, check out the Samsung QN65Q70R. Though it doesn't have the color accuracy of the Sony X900F, this TV can still produce a great picture with vibrant colors, and deep, inky blacks. The motion handling is exceptional and most gamers will be satisfied with its low input lag, variable refresh rate support, and its 'Auto Low Latency' mode. Samsung's Tizen OS has a good selection of apps and the user interface is very responsive.
If having the most accurate color reproduction is a must, get the Sony; otherwise, the Samsung is a much better choice for gamers.
If you want to save some money but still get a great TV, then the best budget 65 inch TV we've tested so far is the Hisense 65H9F. It's a popular TV whose price and availability fluctuate slightly depending on market conditions, but it remains the best pick in the budget category. This TV has a great picture quality, exceptional motion handling, and low input lag to please gamers. It delivers deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and good local dimming support. It can get very bright and is suitable for rooms of any brightness. It delivers HDR content with vivid colors and highlights that pop thanks to the wide color gamut and the high HDR peak brightness. It has excellent overall motion handling and incorporates advanced motion handling features like motion interpolation, black frame insertion, and judder removal. The input lag is very low and will keep competitive gamers happy despite the lack of advanced gaming features.
Unfortunately, this TV has some noticeable gray uniformity issues that might bother demanding sports fans, and the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side, just like most VA panel TVs.
Overall, this is an impressive 65 inch budget TV, and the best we've tested so far.
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'll 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 H8F, which is still one of the best 65 inch 4k TVs.
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.
03/06/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
12/06/2019: Confirmed the picks and made some changes to the text to reflect market conditions.