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 50 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 we've tested so far is the LG OLED65CXPUA. It's an excellent all-around model 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 it 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 we've tested so far.
If you're worried about the permanent burn-in risk, check out the Vizio PX65-G1. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the LG CX OLED, but it gets much brighter and it also has excellent reflection handling, making it a great choice even for the brightest of rooms. Even though it doesn't display perfect blacks like the LG, its contrast ratio with local dimming on is still one of the best we've seen for an LED, producing extremely deep blacks. HDR content also looks great since it has an extremely wide color gamut and it easily gets bright enough to bring out highlights. Sadly, it has some uniformity issues and it doesn't upscale lower-resolution content well, so you may notice artifacts when watching DVDs or cable TV. Its smart interface isn't good compared to other modern TVs because you can't download any extra apps on it, but luckily, you can cast whatever you like from your phone.
If you're looking for the best 65 inch TV we've tested so far, you can't go wrong with the LG, but if you're worried about the possibility of permanent burn-in, check out the Vizio.
The best 65 inch 4k TV for color accuracy that we've tested so far 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 the Sony X950G, most people won't notice any inaccuracies.
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 it gets bright enough 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. It also has built-in Android TV, offering a large selection of apps available to download.
Unfortunately, it's not the best gaming TV, 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 a great 4k 65 inch TV with really accurate colors.
If you're looking for a 65 inch TV that's excellent for gaming, check out the Samsung QN65Q80TAFXZC. It doesn't get as bright as the Sony X950H, but it has better out-of-the-box color accuracy. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, it supports FreeSync VRR, it has an excellent response time, and its input lag is really low. It has an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches it to 'Game' mode when you start your game, so you don't have to. It also has a VA panel with Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, making the viewing angles decent at the cost of a lower contrast ratio. It has a full-array local dimming feature that helps improve the contrast ratio too. Sadly, it has some uniformity issues, as the edges of the screen appear darker, but this could change from unit to unit. If you choose to play in bright rooms, its reflection handling is outstanding.
Overall, the best TV for color accuracy is the Sony, but if you also want to use it for gaming, the Samsung is a great alternative.
The best 65 inch TV for the money that we've tested so far is the Hisense 65H8G. It's a good overall TV that's well-rounded, and it competes with some of the higher-end options, all for a budget-friendly price. It has a nice design, and it's fairly well-built for a budget model.
Due to its VA panel, it has an excellent contrast ratio, decent black uniformity, and its full-array local dimming feature helps deliver deeper blacks. It has great peak brightness in SDR, and it has decent reflection handling if you want to place it in a moderately-lit room. It upscales lower resolution content well, it removes judder from 24p sources like native apps or Blu-ray players, and it interpolates motion up to 60Hz, known as the 'Soap Opera Effect.' Lastly, it has built-in Android TV, so like the Sony X950H, it has a great selection of apps available to download and it's fairly easy to use.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not suggested to use in wide seating arrangements. It also has a visible dirty screen effect in the center, which could get distracting during sports. It also has just okay out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you likely need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. Overall, it won't cut too deep into your wallet, making it the best 65 inch budget TV we've tested so far.
If you're a fan of the Roku operating system and want a TV with it built-in, check out the TCL 6 Series/65R625 2019. It doesn't have as good response time as the Hisense H8G, but the Roku interface is easier to use than Android TV. This is another budget TV with surprisingly good picture quality. It displays really deep blacks, and it has outstanding black uniformity and a full-array local dimming feature. HDR content also looks great because it displays a really wide color gamut, and it gets bright enough to bring out highlights. Unfortunately, it has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, and it also has narrow viewing angles, which is typical of a VA panel. On the upside, it removes judder from any source, which is rare for a 60Hz TV, and it upscales lower resolution content well without any issues.
Overall, if you want the best budget-friendly 65 inch TV we've tested so far, consider the Hisense, but if you want something with built-in Roku, look into the TCL.
08/07/2020: Minor updates 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.