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 7 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: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the beginning of the year as last year's models are gradually replaced by newer ones.
The Sony XBR85X900F is the best 85 inch TV. It has a great picture quality and delivers excellent dark room performance with deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio and full array local dimming. It has a wide color gamut and displays images full of vivid, saturated colors. It can get very bright and can easily fight bright room glare so you can place it in a bright room without issue. The Sony X900F has great motion handling with fast response time and only a very small motion blur trail can be seen in fast-moving content. Gamers will enjoy the TV's responsiveness due to the low input lag.
Unfortunately, like most VA panel TVs, it has poor viewing angles and the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side. It is important to note that although the uniformity on the 55'' unit we tested was good, the 85" XBR85X900F might have worse uniformity due to its larger size.
Overall, it is one of the best TVs in this category and will please movie enthusiasts, sports fans, and gamers.
If you like the Sony X900F but are looking for something cheaper, check out the XBR85X850F. While most X850Fs have an IPS panel, the 85" model has a VA panel. The X850F is expected to offer similar performance to the X900F, but it lacks a full array local dimming feature. It also has a component input, which is good if you have older game consoles that support a component output.
If the Sony X900F is too expensive, the best 82 inch TV in the budget category 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 Samsung QN82Q6FN. 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 Samsung 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 a cheaper TV, the best 80 inch TV in the budget category is the Vizio E80-E3 E series 2017. You will not have brightness levels, motion interpolation features, or the gaming goodies that come along with the Samsung NU8000 or the Samsung Q6FN. On the upside, you will be getting a large TV with very deep blacks and a decent performance in most usages. The Vizio E80-E3, like most 2017 series TVs from Vizio, does not have a TV tuner. If you plan to connect it to cable or aerial antenna to watch Free-to-Air (FTA) channels, you will need to buy an external one.
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 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.