65" 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 63 TVs available in this size 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.
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the beginning of the year as last year's models are gradually replaced by newer ones.
The best 65 inch TV is the LG OLED65B8. It has an excellent picture quality and an excellent dark room performance, thanks to its emissive technology that allows it to switch off individual pixels and display perfect uniform blacks. HDR content looks outstanding, full of rich, vivid colors and bright highlights. The wide viewing angles let you place it in a room with wide seating arrangement without any issue for those watching from the side. It is not the brightest of TVs, but you should have no issues unless you place it in a very bright room. The B8 has an almost instantaneous response time that creates minimal blur in fast content, making it a great choice for sports fans. In lower fps content, this can create some stutter, which you have the option to remove using the TV's motion interpolation feature. It has a low input lag that makes it very responsive, suitable for gamers or those who plan to use it as a PC monitor.
However, just like any other OLED TV, it runs the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. We do not expect this to be an issue with most people that watch normal varied content. It is more likely to happen if you display static content, like news banners or channel logos, over prolonged periods of time.
Overall, the B8 is an excellent TV that will deliver great quality in any usage.
If you do not want an OLED TV due to the burn-in risk, then get the Samsung QN65Q9FN. It does not have the perfect blacks or the wide viewing angles of the LG B8, but is an excellent TV overall. The deep blacks and the great picture quality help the TV deliver an excellent HDR performance. It can also get very bright to fight bright room glare and has an anti-reflective coating that handles reflections very well. It has a very low input lag and it is packed with gaming features like FreeSync support, low input lag with motion interpolation, and auto low latency. Overall, you cannot go wrong with the QN65Q9FN.
If the possibility of burn-in with the LG B8 concerns you and you are looking for something cheaper than the Samsung Q9FN, check out the Vizio P Series Quantum instead. The Quantum delivers great overall picture quality, with deep blacks, an excellent wide color gamut, and extraordinary peak brightness. It has excellent motion handling thanks to an impressive response time, a nearly flicker-free backlight, and versatile black frame insertion feature. Overall, it is an excellent 4k TV that should please most people.
The Sony X900F is the best 65 inch 4k TV in the mid-range category. It is 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 an outstanding response time, similar to the P Series Quantum, so there is almost no noticeable blur trail behind fast moving objects.
Unfortunately, the best image quality is reserved for this sitting directly in front, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The full array local dimming feature is decent, but may be distracting at times. Overall, this is a great 4k TV that should please most people.
If you are looking for a TV with a lower input lag than the Sony XBR65X900F to cover your gaming needs, then check out the Vizio P Series 2018 P65-F1. You will not have the great reflection handling of the Sony, nor will you have its easy-to-use Android TV interface. The Vizio P Series, apart from being a great TV overall, also has a very low input lag. This is excellent news for gamers and for those who will be using it as a PC monitor.
If you are looking for 65'' mid-range TV that will deliver a great gaming experience, then get the Samsung UN65NU8000. The NU8000 does not have the great dark room performance of the Sony or the Vizio, since it is edge lit, and it does not have full array local dimming. However, it has a very good picture quality and performs very well in most uses. Apart from the very low input lag and the fast response time, the NU8000 is packed with gaming features, like FreeSync variable refresh rate, auto low latency, and low input lag with motion interpolation. All these make it an excellent choice if you plan to do a lot of gaming on your TV.
If you want something cheaper than the Sony X900F, the Vizio M Series 2018 is currently the best 65 inch TV for the money. The Vizio does not have the Sony's excellent reflection handling or a motion interpolation feature.
On the upside, the Vizio M Series is a very good TV with good picture quality that can get bright enough to overcome bright room glare. It can also display deep blacks in a dark room due to the high native contrast ratio, but the local dimming isn't very effective in further improving the picture quality. The Vizio can display HDR content, but it cannot produce bright or saturated HDR highlights, and the viewing angles don't let those watching from the side enjoy the same good picture quality.
Overall, the Vizio M65-F0 is a well-rounded and versatile 65 inch TV in the budget category and will keep most people happy.
If you are looking for something even cheaper, get the Vizio E Series 2018 E65-F0. It does not have a motion interpolation feature. However, the Vizio is a good TV with decent picture quality and an okay performance in most uses. It has low input lag, which is good for gaming. It can also 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.