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 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 we've tested so far is the LG OLED65CXPUA. It's the second-highest OLED TV in LG's 2020 lineup. Like any OLED TV, it has an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity because it's able to turn off individual pixels. It also has really wide viewing angles, perfect for when you watch TV or sports with a big group of friends and family.
This TV is future-proof because it has four HDMI 2.1 inputs, which support 4k @ 120Hz, but this isn't something we currently test. If you're looking for a TV for next-gen gaming, it's an outstanding choice because it has a near-instant response time and fairly low input lag. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing. This TV has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you likely won't need to get calibrated unless you want the most accurate colors possible. It upscales lower resolution content well, and it removes judder from any source, such as native apps or cable boxes.
Unfortunately, it has the permanent burn-in risk associated with OLED TVs. This is a problem if you watch a lot of content with static elements, like the news, but if you watch varied content, this shouldn't be too much of an issue for most people. Besides this problem, the CX OLED offers excellent overall performance, making it the best 65 inch 4k TV we've tested so far.
If you want an LED TV to avoid the burn-in risk, look into the Vizio PX65-G1. Its viewing angles are a lot worse than the LG CX OLED, and it doesn't have the perfect blacks of an OLED, but it has a wider color gamut and can get a lot brighter. While it doesn't have as deep blacks, it still has an outstanding contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity thanks to its full-array local dimming, making it a good choice for dark rooms. Its wide color gamut and very high HDR peak brightness make highlights really pop with HDR content, and it has excellent reflection handling to help cut out glare in bright rooms. While its motion handling isn't nearly as good as the LG, it still has a 120Hz refresh rate and low input lag, though it doesn't support variable refresh rates to reduce screen tearing when gaming.
If you don't mind spending a lot more and want perfect blacks and wider viewing angles, consider the LG, but if you want to save a lot or use your TV in a very bright room, consider the Vizio.
The best 65 inch 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. This TV also supports most common audio pass-throughs, 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 this TV 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 also has an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV 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, the 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 TV.
Due to this TV's 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. This TV 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.' It has a composite in input that you don't need an adapter for, which isn't something we see on many TVs now, ideal if you still have old gaming consoles or DVD players. Lastly, it has built-in Android TV, so like the Sony X950H, it has a great selection of apps available to download.
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 this TV calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. Overall, this is a TV that 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 a response time as the Hisense H8G, but the Roku interface is easier to use than Android TV. The TCL 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 on this TV 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 a TV with built-in Roku, look into the TCL.
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.
05/29/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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 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.