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 more than 70 TVs in the last two years but only a few 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.
The Samsung QN82Q80R is the best 82 inch TV. It's excellent for almost any use. It has great dark room performance thanks to its deep blacks, outstanding peak brightness, a great local dimming feature, and decent viewing angles. It can display a wide color gamut and has very good gradient handling.
This is also an impressive TV for gaming. It has an extremely fast response time and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It also has impressive low input lag, and it natively supports 1080p and 1440p @ 120Hz signals. This TV also looks great playing the latest games in HDR.
Unfortunately, our unit has some vignetting, but this isn't too noticeable under normal circumstances. Overall, this is an excellent TV that should please most people.
If you find the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED expensive and want something cheaper, check out the Sony XBR85X900F. This TV isn't quite as good as the Samsung, but overall, it's a great TV for almost any use. This TV has great picture quality with a slightly better native contrast ratio than the Samsung, but it has worse viewing angles. It's one of the most accurate TVs with just a few setting changes. This makes it a great choice if color accuracy is important to you but you don't want to go through the trouble of having it calibrated.
If you want the best picture quality and great gaming features, get the Samsung Q80R. If, on the other hand, you want something less expensive and don't mind making a few compromises on viewing angles, get the Sony X900F.
If the Sony X900F is still out of your budget, 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.
Just like all VA panel TVs, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. However, it will keep most people happy with its overall performance.
If you want an even cheaper TV, then check out the Samsung UN82RU8000. It's the successor of the Samsung NU8000, but lacks a local dimming feature and can't get as bright as its predecessor. Nevertheless, this is a good TV that has a good performance in most uses. The RU8000 is a better TV than the other Samsung 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 in most other uses.
So, if saving some cash is important and you don't mind compromising on brightness, get the RU8000; otherwise, the NU8000 remains the overall better choice.
If you want a larger TV and find that the viewing angles of the Samsung NU8000 aren't adequate for your needs, then get the LG 86UM8070. It has an IPS panel, which can't deliver the great dark room performance of the Samsung. Nonetheless, it's a good TV with decent picture quality which is more suitable for a dim room. Thanks to its IPS panel, the image remains accurate for wide viewing angles. Note that the 82" variant has a VA panel and delivers a better dark room performance at the expense of worse viewing angles.
So if you want the best big screen on a budget, get the Samsung; otherwise, if wider viewing angles and a larger size are important and you don't mind compromising on dark room performance, get the LG.
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.