If you have a very large seating area, or simply want the largest TV available, there aren't a whole lot of choices. Even though larger TVs are starting to be more popular, you'll find more options in the 70-75-77 inch category.
We've tested 6 TVs that are available in an 80-82-85-inch size and below are our recommendations for the best ones to buy in 2018.
The best 85 inch TV on the market is the Sony XBR85X900F. It is great for a variety of room types, as it has excellent dark room performance and is bright enough to overcome glare in most rooms. Unfortunately, it has limited viewing angles, which might be a problem if you are building a home theater room with off-center seating.
Movies look incredible on the X900F thanks to the decent full array local dimming, excellent native contrast, and wide color gamut. Fast action scenes are smooth, with very little motion blur thanks to the fast response time. It has great gaming performance, with great low input lag.
We tested the 55" XBR55X900F, the 85" XBR85X900F might have worse uniformity than the one we tested.
If you like the Sony X900F but have a large seating area, check out the Sony XBR85X850F. The X850F has an IPS panel, which has wider viewing angles, but worse dark room performance. The X900F has a better native contrast ratio and full array local dimming feature, and better black uniformity. Other than these panel differences, the two offer similar features and have the same smart interface. The X850F also has a component input, which is good if you have older game consoles that support a component output.
If the Sony XBR85X900F is too expensive, the best budget TV we've tested available in an 82-inch size is the Samsung UN82NU8000. The NU8000 performs slightly worse than the X900F in a dark room as it lacks the full array local dimming feature. Overall picture quality is very similar, although the NU8000 isn't as bright in HDR.
The Samsung NU8000 has some excellent gaming features. On top of the excellent low input lag, it also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate, which is great if you have an Xbox One S or X, and it supports Auto Low Latency Mode. When connected to a PS4 or Xbox One, the NU8000 detects when a game is being played and automatically switches to game mode.
If you want the best colors possible in an 82" TV, check out the Q82Q6FN. The Q6FN is a QLED TV that has a great color gamut, and much better color volume. It also has a bit better native contrast than the NU8000, so dark room viewing is a little better. Although it is marginally better, the Q6FN is a bit more expensive than the NU8000, so it isn't necessarily a better choice for everyone.
If you want the biggest TV possible but don't want to go all in, the Vizio E80-E3 E series 2017 is a cheaper 80" alternative to the NU8000 and Q6FN. The Vizio E Series isn't as good as the other recommendations. It isn't as bright as the NU8000, and it lacks some more advanced features, including motion interpolation. It has a dedicated component input, great for older game consoles, but it should be noted that there is no TV Tuner, so you can't connect it to cable or an antenna.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 80 inch to 85 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 really worth it), feedback from our visitors 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 80, 82 or 85 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.