If you sit far from your TV or want a nice, big TV for watching movies, a 65 inch is the way to go. While they used to be very expensive, 65 inch TVs have slowly become the norm, and you can now get one in almost every price range. Almost every TV model is available in both 55 and 65 inches, so you'll have a wide selection of TVs to choose from.
We've tested more than 60 TVs in the last two years, and below are our recommendations for the best 65 inch TVs you can buy. For different sizes, see our recommendations for the best TVs, the best 55 inch TVs, or if you want something larger, check out the best 70-77 inch TVs.
The best 65 inch TV that we've tested is the LG OLED65CXPUA. It's an excellent all-around TV that should please most people. Its OLED technology is able to individually turn off pixels, resulting in an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, so it's an ideal choice for dark-room viewing.
This is an outstanding gaming TV because it has FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and it's certified by NVIDIA to be G-SYNC compatible. The response time is near-instant and has a low input lag, delivering a responsive gaming experience. It also has a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion. It upscales lower-resolution content without any issues, it has a motion interpolation feature, and it can remove judder from any source. It's also ideal to use in fairly bright rooms because it has outstanding reflection handling, but it doesn't get very bright.
Sadly, like any OLED, it has the risk of permanent burn-in. This could be problematic if you watch content with static elements, like the news, or use it as a computer monitor. However, we don't expect this to be an issue for people who watch varied content. On the upside, it has very wide viewing angles, which is great for watching TV with the entire family. All in all, this is the best 65 inch TV that we've tested.
If you're worried about the long-term permanent burn-in risk associated with OLED TVs, then the Samsung QN65Q80TAFXZC is a great choice too. It can't produce perfect blacks like the LG CX OLED, but it gets much brighter, so it's a better choice for well-lit environments, and HDR content looks better. The Samsung has a VA panel with an 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, which improves the viewing angles at the cost of its contrast. Still, it has a decent full-array local dimming feature that improves the contrast a bit. It's packed with gaming features such as FreeSync support, excellent response time, low input lag, and a Black Frame Insertion feature. Sadly, it has some uniformity issues with dirty screen effect in the center, but this may vary between units. Also, it has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, upscales lower-resolution content well, and removes 24p judder from any source, which helps improve the appearance of motion.
The LG is the best 65 inch TV we've tested, but if you want an LED TV to avoid the permanent burn-in risk you may face with an OLED TV, then check out the Samsung.
The best 65 inch 4k TV for color accuracy that we've tested is the Sony XBR65X950H. If you don't want to pay extra to get your TV calibrated, this has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, and even though it's not as accurate as its predecessor, the Sony X950G, most people won't have any issues.
It has a VA panel that implements Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' technology, improving the viewing angles at the cost of its contrast ratio. Its native contrast is still great, and it has a full-array local dimming feature, but unfortunately, its viewing angles are still mediocre, so it's not the best for really wide seating arrangements. It gets extremely bright, enough to easily combat glare and to bring out highlights in HDR. It supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and it displays a wide color gamut for these HDR modes. It also supports most common audio passthroughs, including eARC support, allowing you to send high-quality audio over an HDMI connection. Additionally, it has built-in Android TV, offering a large selection of apps available to download.
Unfortunately, it's not the best for gaming, especially for a high-end model. Its input lag is a bit too high for competitive gaming, and it doesn't support any VRR technology, which is a bit disappointing. On the upside, it has a great response time, so fast-moving content looks fairly smooth. Overall, this is the best 65 inch TV that we've tested with really accurate colors.
The Hisense 65H8G is the best budget 65 inch TV that we've tested. It sits below the flagship Hisense H9G and offers good overall performance, and it won't break your wallet either. Like most budget-friendly models, it's simple and doesn't have many extra features, but most people should be happy with it.
This TV also has a VA panel. It has an excellent contrast ratio and decent black uniformity, but those come at the cost of its narrow viewing angles. It performs very well in bright rooms because it gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling. HDR content looks alright because it displays a wide color gamut in HDR, but it doesn't get bright enough to truly make small highlights pop. Lastly, gamers should be happy with its good response time, Black Frame Insertion feature, and really low input lag.
Unfortunately, it lacks many gaming features as it's limited to a 60Hz panel and doesn't support any VRR technology. It has some uniformity issues, and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is just okay, but that may vary from unit to unit. On the upside, the built-in Android TV has an excellent selection of apps available to download, but it's not the most user-friendly to use. Overall, this is the best 65 inch TV if you're on a budget.
If you prefer the easy-to-use Roku TV over Android TV, then check out the TCL 5 Series/65S535 2020 QLED. It doesn't get as bright as the Hisense H8G, but it has an even better contrast ratio, so blacks appear deep and inky when viewed in the dark. It has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, it displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content, but sadly, it doesn't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights in HDR. It's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't have any VRR support, but it's still a good choice for gaming because it has a quick response time, incredibly low input lag, and a Black Frame Insertion feature. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles and uniformity issues, but this may vary between units. Lastly, it upscales lower-resolution content well and removes 24p judder from any source, which is rare for a 60Hz panel.
All in all, if you want the best 65 inch TV available for a budget-friendly price, then you can't go wrong with the Hisense, but if you prefer something with built-in Roku TV, then check out the TCL.
10/02/2020: Removed the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 and moved the Samsung Q80T to 'LED Alternative'; replaced the TCL 6 Series 2019 with the 5 Series 2020.
09/04/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity.
07/09/2020: Added the LG CX OLED, Sony X950H, Samsung Q80T, Hisense H8G, TCL 6 Series; removed the LG B9 OLED, Samsung Q80R, Sony X950G, Samsung Q70R, LG SM9500, Hisense H9F, Hisense H8F.
05/01/2020: Replaced Sony X900F with Sony X950G, replaced LG SM9000 with LG SM9500.
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 TV reviews. 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.