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 when looking for the best 65 inch TV.
We've tested more than 80 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 with an OLED panel that we've tested is the LG OLED65CXPUA. It's an excellent all-around TV that should please most people. Its OLED technology can 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 variable refresh rate (VRR) support with HDMI Forum VRR, FreeSync, and G-SYNC. 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 good to use in somewhat 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 in the market for an OLED option.
The best 65 inch TV with an LED panel that we've tested is the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED. LED panels don't have the risk of permanent burn-in like OLEDs, so you can watch the news all day long or use it as a computer monitor and not worry about permanent damage. It's an impressive overall TV that's packed with gaming features.
It has a VA panel that has a great contrast ratio. However, it's lower than most VA panel TVs because Samsung implemented its 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology, improving the viewing angles at the cost of its contrast. With this, it's a decent choice for wide seating arrangements, and luckily, it has a decent full-array local dimming feature to improve the contrast. Gamers should appreciate its very quick response time, low input lag, VRR support, and for those who have the next-gen consoles, it has HDMI 2.1 support on one input. It also has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy and upscales lower-resolution content without any issues.
Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues with dirty screen effect in the center, but this may vary between units. It delivers a good HDR experience thanks to its wide color gamut, good peak brightness, and good gradient handling. The reflection handling is incredible if you want to use it in a bright room. All things considered, this is the best 65 inch smart TV with an LED panel that we've tested.
The best 65 inch TV for watching HDR content that we've tested in 2020 is the Vizio P65QX-H1. It's a better choice for HDR movies than the LG CX OLED and the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED because it's one of the brightest TVs we've tested, making highlights significantly pop the way they're supposed to in HDR.
It has an outstanding native contrast ratio and, combined with its great local dimming feature, blacks appear extremely deep and inky when viewed in the dark. It also has incredible black uniformity, but this may vary between units. It displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content with near-perfect coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, and it has excellent gradient handling, so HDR content looks amazing. Even if you're using it in bright lighting conditions, it has excellent reflection handling, and it easily gets bright enough to combat glare. It also has a low HDR input lag, a quick response time, and VRR support, but there are a lot of bugs with it.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, and it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. It also doesn't upscale lower-resolution, such as from DVDs or cable boxes, well, but this shouldn't be a problem if you just watch Blu-rays or native 4k content. Additionally, the Vizio SmartCast system can crash at times, and you can't download any extra apps, but you can cast anything you want from your phone. Overall, this is the best 65 inch 4k TV for watching HDR movies that we've tested.
If you want something cheaper, then check out the Hisense H9G. It doesn't display as wide of a color gamut as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, but the built-in Android TV has a content store with a massive selection of apps you can download. The Hisense still displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, has great peak brightness, and great gradient handling. HDR content also looks excellent because it has a remarkable native contrast ratio and the great local dimming feature helps improve it as well. Sadly, it also has narrow viewing angles, and despite having a 120Hz panel, it lacks VRR and HDMI 2.1 support. However, it still has an amazing response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature, and a low input lag for gaming. It also upscales lower-resolution content without any issues and removes 24p judder from any source.
If you simply want the best 65 inch TV for watching HDR movies, go for the Vizio, but if you want to save some money, check out the Hisense.
The Hisense 65H8G is the best budget 65 inch TV that we've tested. It's lower-end than the Hisense H9G and is limited to a 60Hz panel, but it costs less and is a better option for those on a budget. It delivers very good overall performance that competes with some higher-end, more expensive options. It's well-rounded and should be please people using it for almost any type of use.
It performs best in dark rooms because of its excellent native contrast ratio, decent black uniformity, and decent full-array local dimming feature that improves the picture quality in dark scenes. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content and has decent gradient handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to truly make highlights stand out in HDR. It's a good choice whether you're watching DVDs or native 4k content as it upscales lower-resolution without any issues. It also removes judder from 24p sources and has a motion interpolation feature.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel. Also, it's a bit limited on gaming features as it doesn't have VRR support. Still, it has a good response time, low input lag, and a Black Frame Insertion feature. Our unit's out-of-the-box color accuracy is just okay and has some uniformity issues, but your experience may vary since both of these vary between units. Besides these small issues, this is a good 4k TV, especially if you're on a budget.
If you're a fan of Roku TV, which is easier-to-use and has smoother menu navigation than Android TV, then check out the TCL 65S535. It doesn't get nearly as bright as the Hisense H8G but has many of the same features and panel type. Like the Hisense, The TCL 5 Series has a VA panel with a remarkable native contrast ratio, decent local dimming, and good black uniformity. It displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out the way the creator intended. It has similar gaming performance to the Hisense with its low input lag and quick response time. It removes judder from any source, which is rare for a 60Hz TV, which helps with the appearance of motion. Our unit also has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, but that may vary between units.
If you're looking for the best 65 inch 4k TV and you're on a budget, you can't go wrong with the Hisense, but if you prefer something with Roku TV, then look into the TCL.
12/22/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
11/27/2020: Moved the Samsung Q80T to 'Best LED'; removed the Sony X950H as 'Best for Color Accuracy' and best the Vizio P Series Quantum X and Hisense H9G as 'Best HDR'.
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.
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.
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 are available in 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.