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The 5 Best 80-82-85 inch TVs - September 2018
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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 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.

  1. The best 80-82-85 inch TV: Sony XBR85X900F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.3
    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:
    8.5
    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:
    8.2
    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:
    8.1
    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.
    8.6
    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.
    8.4
    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:
    8.6
    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.
    8.3
    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 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.

    See our review

  2. Large Room Alternative: Sony XBR85X850F

    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.
    :
    IPS (except 85")
    Resolution : 4k

    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.

    See our review

  3. The best budget 80-82-85 inch TV: Samsung UN82NU8000

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.9
    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:
    7.8
    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:
    7.7
    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.
    8.6
    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:
    8.3
    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.
    8.2
    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 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.

    See our review

  4. Better Color Alternative: Samsung QN82Q6FN

    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 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.

    See our review

  5. Cheaper Alternative: Vizio E80-E3

    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 (except 55")
    Resolution : 4k

    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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung UN82MU8000. Very good TV but the UN82NU8000 is better and costs less. See our review

All Reviews

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. 

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