65" TVs are slowly becoming the norm. The new TVs we have tested are generally better than their last year's counterparts and the prices of the 65" TVs are more affordable than ever.
We've tested 63 TVs available in this size and below are our recommendations for the best 65 inch TVs you can buy in 2018. For different sizes, see our recommendations for the best 55 inch TVs and the best 70-77 inch TVs.
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the end of the year and especially after Black Friday.
The LG OLED65B8 is the best 65 inch TV. It has perfect blacks, which is great for dark room viewing. It also has an excellent picture quality, excellent HDR performance and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is nice if you have a large room where people will be watching from the side. The B8 also has remarkable motion handling and a nearly instantaneous response time, which is great for gaming or sports. The input lag is very low and this makes the TV very responsive and thus suitable for use as a PC monitor or for playing video games.
However, it is not perfect as it runs the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. However, this is more likely to happen if you display static content, like news banners or channel logos, over prolonged periods, so we don't expect most people to experience this, with normal, varied use.
Overall, the B8 is an excellent TV for whatever usage you plan for it.
If you do not want an OLED TV due to the burn-in risk, then get the Samsung QN65Q9FN. It does not have the perfect blacks or the wide viewing angles of the LG OLED55B8, but is an excellent TV overall. The deep blacks and the great picture quality help the TV deliver an excellent HDR performance. It can also get very bright to fight bright room glare and has an anti-reflective coating that handles reflections very well. It has a very low input lag and it is packed with gaming features like FresSync support, low input lag with motion interpolation and auto low latency. Overall you can not go wrong with the QN65Q9FN.
The Vizio P Series Quantum PQ65-F1 is an excellent LED alternative if you are concerned about the burn-in risk that the LG B8 has. VA panels appear to be immune to burn-in in our long-term-test. You will not have the perfect blacks or the great viewing angles of the B8, but on the other hand, the PQ65-F1 can get very bright both in SDR and HDR, and can easily fight the glare of a bright room. The Vizio is a versatile TV that can deliver great picture quality with deep blacks. It has excellent motion handling and great low input lag to please gamers.
If the LG B8 is too expensive, the best 65 inch TV in the mid-range category is the Sony XBR65X900F. It does not have the excellent reflection handling, the perfect blacks or the wide viewing angles of the LG B8.
However, it is an impressive TV that delivers great picture quality that will keep most people happy. It has deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio and a great dark room performance that is further enhanced by the local dimming feature. The Sony can get very bright to fight the glare of a bright room, and HDR content is full of vibrant colors and bright highlights. Finally, the Sony X900F has an excellent motion handling with little motion blur which will please those who enjoy watching sports, and a low input lag to satisfy the occasional gamer.
Overall, it is an excellent choice for anyone who wishes their TV to perform well in a variety of uses. The Sony XBR65X900F is the successor of the very good Sony XBR65X900E, which is another great option if you can find it.
If you think that the input lag of the Sony XBR65X900F is not satisfactory for your gaming needs, we recommend the Vizio P65-F1. The P Series has worse reflections handling than the Sony, and its Vizio Smartcast interface can be unintuitive to use. On the upside, the Vizio P Series is a great TV with an excellent low input lag that will keep gamers very happy and a very good picture quality that will satisfy most people.
Note: This TV may be hard to find in stock. If so, see the Samsung NU8000 alternative
If you want a mid-range TV with great gaming performance, check out the Samsung UN65NU8000. The NU8000 delivers an excellent gaming experience, with a remarkable fast response time, low input lag, and good overall picture quality. Gamers will love the FreeSync VRR support and auto low latency mode, making sure you are always getting the best gaming experience. The NU8000 also supports game mode motion interpolation, so you can get a smooth gaming experience if you're playing on classic game consoles. Overall, it is a very good LED LCD TV that should please most people.
If you want something cheaper than the Sony X900F, the TCL 65R617 is the best 65 inch TV in the budget category. The TCL 6 Series R617, also known as the R613/R615, depending on which retailer you are looking at, delivers very similar performance to the X900F. The R617 has better input lag for gaming than the X900F and can reduce the backlight flicker to improve motion clarity, even when gaming.
Unfortunately, the response time is a little slower, so motion won't look as smooth as the XBR65X900F, and there are some issues with gray uniformity that could be disappointing, especially sports fans.
Overall, the TCL 6 Series is one of the best 65 inch TVs for the money and a well rounded, versatile TV that should please most people without breaking the bank.
If you are looking for something even cheaper than the TCL R617, get the Vizio E65-F0. It does not get as bright as the TCLR617 and doesn't have a motion interpolation feature. However, the Vizio E Series is a good TV with decent picture quality and an ok performance in most usages. It has low input lag, which is good for gaming and can 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.