If you sit far from your TV or just 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 model of TV 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 70 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 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 OLED65B9PUA. Like all other OLEDs, this TV can produce perfect blacks, which is great for dark room viewing. Its response time is near-instantaneous, and it has wide viewing angles, so images remain accurate even if you're watching from the side. Sports fans will be happy to hear that it has excellent gray uniformity and there's almost no sign of distracting dirty screen effect when watching a game.
Unfortunately, while this TV has incredibly low input lag and supports variable refresh rate for a great gaming experience, it may not be the best choice due to the risks of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. This is the result of static user interfaces such as a game or channel logos being displayed in the same place. However, it shouldn't be an issue for most people who watch varied content.
Unlike the 2018 model, this TV has some future-proofing features such as HDMI 2.1 and eARC support, so your TV won't feel outdated in just a few years. HDR content is delivered with rich and vibrant colors, but, like with most OLEDs, the TV's peak brightness may not be able to bring out specular highlights in some scenes. Overall, this TV is a good choice for any use and will be future-proof enough to stay relevant for a few years.
If you don't want to deal with the risks of burn-in, then you should consider an LED TV, such as the Samsung QN65Q80RAFXZA. It can't produce perfect blacks like the LG B9 OLED, but it performs well in dark rooms nonetheless. Its contrast ratio is lower than most VA panels, but that's mainly due to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, which aims to improve viewing angles at the cost of contrast ratio. This is a great TV for HDR content, as it has an impressive wide color gamut and outstanding peak brightness to make highlights pop. Also, it has nearly everything to satisfy even serious gamers: low input lag, FreeSync support, 120Hz refresh rate, and an 'Auto Low Latency Mode', which is triggered when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible gaming console like the Xbox One.
If you aren't worried about burn-in and want the best possible picture quality you can get, go with the LG, but if you want a LED TV that still performs great in dark rooms, get the Samsung.
If you want an LED TV that's a lot cheaper than the LG B9 OLED, go with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 PX65-G1. Its viewing angles are a lot worse than the LG B9 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, 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, go with the LG, but if you want to save a lot or use your TV in a very bright room, get the Vizio.
The TV with the best color accuracy we've tested so far is the Sony XBR65X950G. This is a well-built TV with a stylish, minimalist design, so it won't distract you from the incredible picture quality it delivers. It won't give you the perfect blacks of OLED TVs, but its VA panel is nonetheless capable of producing deep and inky blacks; great for dark room viewing. Its high native contrast ratio is boosted by full-array local dimming and, combined with the TV's outstanding peak brightness, it results in a stunning HDR experience. Unfortunately, like most VA panels, images look washed out when viewed from the side. Sony does have an 'X-Wide Angle' technology that greatly improves viewing angles; however, you would need to go up to the 75 or the 85 inch variant in order to get it.
Out-of-the-box, this TV's color accuracy is truly remarkable. There are some minor inaccuracies that are very difficult to spot without a colorimeter and nearly all scenes are displayed at the correct brightness. Gray uniformity is decent, with only some vignetting at the corners, and its 10-bit panel has outstanding gradient performance. It isn't surprising that motion handling is superb; the TV's 120Hz refresh rate and fast response time deliver a clear picture with minimal motion blur. Input lag is very low, enough for casual gaming, but sadly, there's no support for FreeSync and it doesn't have an 'Auto Low Latency Mode' either.
With Android TV on board, you shouldn't have any issues finding what you want, as the Google Play Store is gigantic. It also comes with the Google Assistant, making it much easier to find content or to get information like the time and weather. All in all, if you want a TV that can reproduce color accurately without a costly calibration, this is the one to get.
If you need a TV with better viewing angles, then check out the LG 65SM9500PUA. Unlike the Sony X950G, this TV uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles. It does come at a cost, however, as IPS panels generally have a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and this TV is no exception. On the upside, it can get extremely bright to deliver a great HDR experience and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is outstanding. Motion handling is excellent with the aid of its black frame insertion feature and gamers will be happy to hear that it has a 120Hz refresh rate and low input lag. It doesn't have support for FreeSync, but you do get an 'Auto Low Latency Mode', saving you the trouble of having to change the picture mode when gaming on a compatible device like the Xbox One.
Overall, if you want the best color accuracy, go with the Sony; for wide viewing angles, the LG is a better choice, although there are some minor compromises.
If you need a TV with better gaming performance and features than the Sony X950G, then check out the Samsung QN65Q70RAFXZA. This TV also has a VA panel and a full-array local dimming, making it an excellent choice for gaming in the dark. It has a very fast response time, a 120Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. It can't get as bright, although it is capable of delivering a great HDR experience, and like the Sony, it has rather poor viewing angles, which is less ideal for large rooms or wide seating arrangements. Thankfully, its out-of-the-box color accuracy is very good, with only minor inaccuracies that are hard to notice. Samsung's Tizen OS is user-friendly, has access to a large number of streaming services, and you get voice control as well through Samsung's Bixby.
For the most color-accurate TV, get the Sony, but if you need advanced gaming features and you don't mind compromising a little bit on color accuracy, then go with the Samsung.
The best 65 inch TV in the budget category that we've tested so far is the Hisense 65H9F. This TV has a high native contrast ratio and full-array local dimming, allowing it to produce deep and inky blacks for a great dark room viewing experience. It performs equally well in very bright environments thanks to its high peak brightness and excellent reflection handling. It has a fast response time to keep motion blur to a minimum and there's even an optional black frame insertion feature, so fast-moving scenes look crisp.
If you enjoy watching HDR content, this TV has an impressive wide color gamut and peak brightness to deliver a fantastic experience. Its input lag is excellent and it has a 120Hz refresh rate; however, it lacks advanced gaming features like FreeSync. Unfortunately, it has rather poor viewing angles, so it's not the most ideal if you tend to watch from the side. There's also some dirty screen effect that may disappoint sports fans.
As this is an Android TV, you get all the benefits that come with it, such as the gigantic Google Play Store and the Google Assistant. This TV is also great for use as a PC monitor, as it can display chroma 4:4:4 properly, which is important for text clarity. All in all, it's a great budget TV that most people will be happy with.
If you're looking for something even cheaper, take a look at the Hisense 65H8F, which is the Hisense H9F's little sibling. It offers largely the same features, although there are a few compromises in terms of performance. It has a rather slow response time, so there's more visible motion blur, and its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. Its HDR peak brightness isn't as good, but it's still able to deliver a decent HDR experience. You still get a VA panel with an excellent native contrast ratio and full-array local dimming, and its input lag is just as low, making it a good choice for console gamers.
Overall, the H9F is a better choice if you can afford it, but if you have a smaller budget and you don't mind a few compromises, the H8F is pretty decent.
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.