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 49 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: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
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 issues for those watching from the side. It's not the brightest TV, but you should have no issues unless you place it in a very bright room. This TV 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's more likely to happen if you display static content, like news banners or channel logos, over prolonged periods of time.
Overall, this is an excellent TV that will deliver great quality in any usage.
If you are too concerned of the burn-in risk of the LG B8, then check out the Samsung Q80R. This TV doesn't have the perfect blacks or the very wide viewing angles of the LG but, nonetheless, it's an excellent TV. It has a remarkable dark room performance thanks to the high native contrast ratio and good local dimming support. HDR content looks great with vivid colors and bright highlights. The TV performs remarkably in any usage and is suitable for any room as it can get very bright. Samsung has equipped this TV with the new 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology which allows it to display an accurate image for wider angles to accommodate for wide seating arrangements. Overall, you can't go wrong with this TV.
If the possibility of burn-in with the LG B8 concerns you and you're looking for something cheaper than the Samsung Q80R, check out the Vizio P Series Quantum instead. This TV 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's 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's 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 its remarkable 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 and the best 65 inch TV for the money we've tested.
If you're looking for a TV with a lower input lag than the Sony X900F to cover your gaming needs, then check out the Vizio P Series 2018 P65-F1. You won't have the great reflection handling of the Sony, nor will you have its easy-to-use Android TV interface. The Vizio, 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 a 65'' mid-range TV that will deliver a great gaming experience, then get the Samsung RU8000. This TV lacks a local dimming feature and its dark room performance is not at par with the Sony X900F or the Vizio P Series 2018. On the upside, the picture quality is good and the TV performs very well in many uses but excels in video games. It has an extremely low input lag and a fast response time that, along with the great gaming features, make it an excellent choice even for hardcore gamers.
If you find the Sony X900F expensive, the best budget 65 inch TV is the TCL 6 Series 65R617. This TV does not have the excellent reflection handling or the outstanding response time found on the Sony. On the upside, it delivers a great dark room performance with deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio and full-array local dimming support. The picture quality is impressive and the TV can get very bright both in SDR and HDR. Motion handling is very good with several features to improve performance, and the input lag is very low, which is great for gaming.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the viewing angles are poor and the image deteriorates when viewed from the side. Gray uniformity is decent, but some sports fans might be bothered by the noticeable dirty screen effect.
Overall, the TCL 65R617 is the best 65 inch TV for the price; it performs more like a mid-range but with a budget price.
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.