65" TVs are slowly becoming the norm. The new TVs we have tested are generally better than their last year's counterparts. Prices, on the other hand, are still on the expensive side, but the ones from last year are starting to hit all-time lows.
We've tested 56 TVs available in a 65" size and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2018.
The best 65 inch TV that we have tested is the LG OLED65B8PUA. The emissive technology used by the B8 allows the TV to turn off or dim individual pixels, creating an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity without the need for a local dimming feature. It also has one of the widest viewing angles we've measured, great if you have a large sitting area with lots of side seating. It also has excellent motion handling, although the stutter introduced by the near instantaneous response time may bother some people. The B8 has a wide set of smart features that should please most people.
However, like all OLED TVs, there is a risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. While we don't expect most people to have any issues with this, it can be a factor, especially if you watch a lot of content with static areas.
The LG B8 is very similar to the C8. The only difference is the processor, which doesn't change anything significant for most users.
If you find the price of the LG B8 too expensive but still want a great OLED TV, we recommend the LG OLED55B7A. It is an excellent TV with great picture quality and features. The B7A lacks the black frame insertion (BFI) feature that is incorporated in the B8, which otherwise helps to clear up blur when gaming. Overall though, the B7A is a versatile TV that performs very well in all usages, if you can still find one.
If the possibility of burn-in with the LG B8/B7A concerns you, the Vizio P Series Quantum PQ65-F1 is an excellent LED alternative that does not appear to have any risk of burn-in, as the VA panel in our long-term-test appears to be immune. The P Series Quantum is an excellent TV for most people. It is a versatile set, with excellent contrast for dark room viewing, and it is extremely bright for a brightly lit room.
Unfortunately, the P Series Quantum has difficulty displaying gradients, and there is visible banding, especially in darker colors. It is also very difficult to find at the moment, and some retailers have de-listed it, so it is currently unclear if the inventory situation will improve.
If the LG B8 is too expensive, the best mid-range TV we've tested available in a 65 inch size is the Sony XBR65X900F. You will not get the excellent reflection handling or the very low input lag that you find on the more expensive models.
However, it is a great TV with impressive picture quality that will satisfy most people for a variety of usages. Watching movies in dark environments is great on the Sony X900F as it has very deep blacks and has the brightness to make HDR highlights pop. It has excellent motion handling and a low input lag to please the occasional gamer and those who love sports.
Overall, the X900F is a TV that can perform very well in a variety of usages, just like its predecessor the Sony XBR65X900E, which is another great option if you can find it.
If you think that the input lag of the Sony XBR65X900F is not satisfactory for your gaming needs, we recommend the Vizio P65-F1. The P Series is a great TV with similar performance to the Sony X900F but worse reflection handling and the Vizio Smartcast interface which can be unintuitive to use. This TV has an excellent low input lag that will keep gamers very happy and a very good picture quality that will satisfy most people.
If you want a mid-range TV with better gaming-oriented features than the X900F, get the Samsung UN65NU8000. Dark room performance isn't as good on the 65NU8000 as on the XBR65X900F, especially since the NU8000 is edge-lit, whereas the X900F has a full array local dimming feature.
However, the NU8000 supports some new gaming features that are great for PC or console gaming. PC and Xbox One X users will love the support for a variable refresh rate that helps reduce screen tearing, and for all types of gaming this TV can now detect when you are playing a game, and automatically enter a low latency mode. It also has excellent low input lag and a fast response time.
If you want something cheaper than the Sony XBR65X900F, the TCL 65R617 is the best budget TV we've tested available in a 65 inch size. The TCL 6 Series R617, also known as the R613/R615, depending on which retailer you are looking at, delivers very similar performance to the X900F. The R617 has better input lag for gaming than the X900F and can reduce the backlight flicker to improve motion clarity, even when gaming.
Unfortunately, the response time is a little slower, so motion won't look as smooth as the XBR65X900F, and there are some issues with gray uniformity that could be disappointing, especially sports fans.
Overall, the TCL 6 Series is a well rounded, versatile TV that should please most people without breaking the bank.
If you are looking for something even cheaper than the TCLR617 in the 65 inch category, get the Vizio E65-F0. It does not get as bright a the TCLR617 and doesn't have motion interpolation features. However, the Vizio E Series is a good TV with decent picture quality and an ok performance in most usages. It has low input lag, which is good for gaming and can handle reflections well, which is good for an average room with some light.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 65 inch smart 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.