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. It may be easier to find the best 85 inch TV rather than the best 80 inch TV or best 82 inch TV since the 85 inch models are starting to become more popular.
We've tested more than 20 TVs that are available in 80+ inch sizes in the past two years. Below are our recommendations for the best large screen TVs (80-82-85 inch) to buy. See also our recommendations for the best TVs for PS5, the best gaming TVs, and the best HDR TVs.
The best 85 inch TV for HDR content is the Vizio P85QX-H1. We tested the 75 inch model and the 85 inch variant should perform the same, except it has more dimming zones, so local dimming might perform a bit differently. It's the flagship model from Vizio's 2020 lineup and delivers great overall performance, and it's hard to beat when it comes to value for the price. It supports HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision, so you can watch your favorite HDR content regardless of which format it uses.
Movies in HDR shine on this TV thanks to its excellent HDR brightness. While there are even brighter TVs out there, it's among the brightest we've tested, and highlights are sure to pop. It also displays a wide color gamut for HDR, with fantastic coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content. Because it uses a VA panel, it can also display deep, inky blacks thanks to its high contrast ratio, so it's great for dark rooms as well as bright rooms.
Unfortunately, it has mediocre out-of-the-box color accuracy, although accuracy is something that can vary from unit to unit due to panel variation. That means you may need to calibrate it to get the most out of it. It also has narrow viewing angles, but that's typical of a VA panel. Despite these issues, this is still the best large screen TV for HDR content, and most people should be happy with it.
If you want something with better accuracy right out of the box, check out the Sony XBR85X950H. Its contrast ratio isn't as high as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, and its HDR color gamut isn't quite as wide, but it has much better out-of-the-box color accuracy and has wider viewing angles thanks to Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' layer. It's an impressive TV overall and gets just about as bright as the Vizio, so it can really bring out highlights in HDR content. It supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, but not HDR10+. To top it off, the Android TV interface gives you access to the widest selection of apps, so you'll have no trouble finding your favorite content.
If you want a TV that's a bit brighter and has a higher contrast ratio, go with the Vizio, but if you'd prefer something with better accuracy out of the box, consider the Sony.
The best 85 inch TV for gaming that is the Samsung QN85Q80TAFXZA. The 85 inch model should also perform the same as the 55 inch model we tested. It's an impressive higher-end TV from Samsung's 2020 lineup and it's packed with gaming features, like variable refresh rate (VRR) support. It's a better choice than Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 for gaming because it doesn't have any VRR issues or trouble displaying any type of content from either the PS5 or Xbox Series X.
It has an extremely low input lag and an excellent response time that results in very smooth motion. There's also a Black Frame Insertion feature if you want to reduce motion blur even more. It performs equally as well in bright rooms as it does in dark rooms. Its VA panel has a great native contrast ratio that displays deep blacks and has a full-array local dimming feature, which performs better outside of 'Game Mode' than it does with it enabled.
Sadly, even though it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, its HDR peak brightness in 'Game Mode' is just okay, and some highlights may not stand out how they should. However, it has good SDR peak brightness and outstanding reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room. It also has fairly wide viewing angles thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology. All in all, this is one of the best TVs in this size range that you can get for gaming.
If you want something a bit cheaper, then look into the Sony XBR85X900H. It doesn't have VRR support like the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED, but it gets brighter and has a better local dimming feature in 'Game' mode, so it has better picture quality in HDR games. It has two HDMI 2.1 inputs, allowing it to support 4k @ 120Hz content with both the PS5 and Xbox Series X. The response time is great, and it has a very low input lag for gaming. If you tend to game in a dark environment, it has an excellent native contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity, displaying deep blacks. Sadly, it doesn't have viewing angle technology like the Samsung, so it has narrow viewing angles, and you lose image accuracy when viewing from the side.
If you want the best 85 inch TV for gaming with VRR support, then go for the Samsung, but if you want to save a bit of money and prefer something with better HDR performance, consider the Sony.
The best large screen TV in the budget category is the Samsung UN85TU8000FXZA. We tested the 55 inch model and expect the 85 inch to perform the same. It's a decent entry-level 4k TV that delivers satisfactory performance without breaking the bank. It can remove 24p judder from most sources and does a good job of upscaling lower-resolution content, like content from a cable box or DVD. Overall, the TV feels fairly well-built, and Samsung's Tizen OS is smooth and easy-to-use.
It uses a VA panel with a fantastic contrast ratio and exceptional black uniformity, so it's great for watching movies in a dark room. However, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further deepen blacks. It has a decent response time and includes an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to help further reduce motion blur. While it doesn't have extra gaming features like VRR support, it's still a very good option for gaming, thanks to its incredibly low input lag, and it supports the next-gen consoles with 4k @ 60Hz games.
Unfortunately, like other VA panels, it has poor viewing angles, so it's not the best option for wide seating arrangements since the image degrades when viewed at an angle. It also has lackluster HDR performance since its color gamut is somewhat limited and doesn't get nearly bright enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience. Despite these issues, this is still the best 85 inch TV in the budget category.
Apr 30, 2021: Checked picks for accuracy with minor updates to text for clarity.
Apr 01, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q90T with the Samsung QN90A in Notable Mentions; updated text for clarity.
Mar 02, 2021: Updated text for accuracy; verified availability of picks.
Feb 12, 2021: Verified availability of picks, updated text for accuracy.
Nov 25, 2020: Renamed the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 as 'Best For HDR'.
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 80-82-85 inch TV reviews. 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.