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The 5 Best 80-82-85 Inch TVs - Summer 2019
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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 11 TVs that are available in these sizes and below are our recommendations for the best large screen TVs (80-82-85 inch) to buy in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best TVs.

Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.

  1. Best 80-82-85 Inch TV: Samsung QN82Q80R

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.7
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    8.6
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    8.5
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    8.5
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    9.2
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    8.5
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.9
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.9
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    The Samsung QN82Q80R is the best TV in the 80-82-85 inch category. The Q80 is an excellent 4k TV that delivers great overall picture quality, with excellent motion handling and low input lag. It has some great additional gaming features as well, including support for FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, great for Xbox gamers or PC gamers with an AMD graphics card.

    This is a great TV for pretty much any usage. It has decent viewing angles, outstanding peak brightness, and a very good local dimming feature, great for watching HDR movies in a dark room. This TV also has great smart features, and a huge selection of apps available, covering the vast majority of streaming services, which is great for cord-cutters.

    Unfortunately, this TV has only decent gray uniformity, with noticeable vignetting in the corners. The center of the screen is uniform, though, great for sports fans. Overall, this is a great TV that should please almost anyone.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper And Larger Alternative: Sony XBR85X900F

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you like the Samsung Q90R but are looking for something cheaper, then get Sony XBR85X900F. You won't get the same gaming features or the wide viewing angles of the Samsung, but this is a great TV that will keep you happy with its performance. It has great dark room performance and can display HDR content with vivid colors and bright highlights. Motion handling is great, and the input lag is good for casual gaming.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget 80-82-85 Inch TV: Samsung UN82NU8000

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    7.6
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    7.9
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.9
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.7
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    7.7
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.4
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.4
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If the Sony X900F is too expensive, the best big screen TV in the budget category is the Samsung UN82NU8000. This TV performs slightly worse than the Sony in a dark room, as it lacks the full array local dimming feature. Overall picture quality is very similar, although this TV isn't as bright in HDR.

    This TV 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. It also supports Auto Low Latency Mode. When connected to a PS4 or Xbox One, this TV detects when a game is being played and automatically switches to game mode.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: Samsung QN82Q60R

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want a TV that isn't as expensive as the Samsung NU8000, then check out the Samsung Q60R. This TV lacks the local dimming feature found on the NU8000, but on the upside, it's less expensive and has a lower input lag, which is great for gaming. This TV also supports 1440p, which is great news for Xbox One gamers. The differences between the two Samsungs are marginal, and depending on the price difference this can be a better choice. 

    See our review

  5. Even Cheaper Alternative: Samsung UN82RU8000

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want an even cheaper TV, then check out the Samsung RU8000. It's the replacement of the Samsung NU8000, but lacks the local dimming feature and can't get as bright as its predecessor. Nonetheless, this is a good TV that has a good performance in most usages. It's a better TV than its predecessor when it comes to gaming. It has a lower input lag and a faster response time, and it supports 1440p resolution; this is good news for Xbox One gamers. Overall, this is an excellent gaming TV that will also perform well for most other uses.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN82Q900: The first 8k TV we've tested. Excellent TV, but still very expensive. See our review
  • Samsung QN82Q90R: Great TV, slightly better than the Q80R, but not worth the difference in price. See our review
  • Sony XBR85X950G: Great TV with wide viewing angles at 85", but much more expensive from the X900F. See our review
  • Samsung QN85Q70R: Great TV, but not worth the extra cash over the X900F. See our review
  • Samsung QN82Q8FN: Very good TV, but not worth the price difference over the XBR85X900F. See our review
  • Samsung QN82Q6FN: Great TV, similar to the UN82NU8000, but not worth the extra money. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 80 inch TVs to the best 85 inch 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 an 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.

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