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 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, this is the best 65" TV and it'll keep most of its owners happy.
If the risk of burn-in on the LG B9 OLED concerns you, the Samsung Q80/QN65Q80R QLED is the best 65 inch LED TV we've tested so far. Since it isn't an OLED, it can't deliver the same perfect blacks or maintain a remarkably accurate image at an angle, but it's still an excellent LED TV that has no risk of burn-in. It delivers deep blacks in a dark room and the viewing angles are decent thanks to the new 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology. It's loaded with gaming goodies like very low input lag, FreeSync support, low input lag with motion interpolation, and auto low latency. Motion is crisp thanks to the very fast response time, and the TV includes all of the most common optional motion handling features like motion interpolation or black frame insertion to help the appearance of motion.
Overall, the Samsung is the best LED 65 inch TV, but if you're looking for the best picture quality and don't worry about burn-in, then the LG is a better choice.
If the possibility of burn-in of OLED TVs concerns you and you find the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED too expensive, check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 PX65-G1. You won't get the same blacks or viewing angles you'll find on the LG B9 OLED, but on the upside, this TV delivers an impressive picture quality. It delivers deep blacks in a dark room, great for movies and HDR content that looks vivid with rich colors and highlights that pop. The TV gets bright enough to fight the glare of any room and delivers fast-moving content with very little blur. Gamers will also enjoy a responsive gaming experience, thanks to the very low input lag.
If you want the best dark room performance, go with the LG; otherwise, if you find the Samsung expensive, the Vizio is a great, and cheaper alternative.
The TV with the best color accuracy out of the box is the Sony XBR65X900F. It's a great TV with a VA panel that can produce deep, uniform blacks, and it has exceptional motion handling with very low response time. It's also a great choice if you want to get the most out of HDR content, as it has excellent peak brightness and a good wide color gamut, producing rich and saturated colors. Since this is an Android TV, you have access to the Google Play Store for a wide variety of apps, and the user interface is relatively easy to use, though it does tend to lag a bit.
This TV does suffer from bad viewing angles, but that's to be expected with this type of panel. On the upside, it handles reflections exceptionally well, making it suitable for bright room viewing. If you're looking to game on this TV, the input lag is slightly higher than competing models, though it shouldn't be noticeable. However, the lack of support for variable refresh rate technology may be disappointing for some.
Overall, if you want the most accurate color reproduction without needing a costly calibration, you should check out this TV.
If you have a wide seating arrangement, the viewing angles on the Sony X900F may not be suitable, which is why you should consider the LG 65SM9000 instead. Thanks to the IPS panel, images remain accurate even when viewing from the side, however, contrast ratio and black uniformity suffer as a consequence, making it hard to recommend for dark room viewing. Motion handling is great and it has excellent low input lag for a smooth gaming experience, and LG even included future-proofing features such as HDMI 2.1, which includes support for eARC and HDMI Forum variable refresh rate technology.
If you only watch TV while sitting directly in front of it, the Sony is a better choice overall, but for those with a large room, go with the LG.
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.
01/09/2020: 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.
11/06/2019: Confirmed the picks and made changes to text for clarity.