The advancement of technology has not exactly favored the average consumer’s wallet. Smartphones are routinely over $1,000. New laptops and iPads get outdated in just a couple of years, which means shelling out more money, and that doesn’t even factor in the costs of WiFi. But one of the things that we use the most — the device we plop ourselves in front of to binge an entire Netflix series — is actually pretty affordable: flatscreen TVs. There was a time when a big-screen TV larger than 42 inches was a luxury item. Now, even the best 65-inch TVs are reasonably priced, and they last a long time, too.
In fact, we’ll go a step further and say that television technology has achieved perfection in the best 65-inch flatscreen TVs. With high-quality products from LG, Sony, Vizio and Samsung, the best 65-inch TVs bring cutting edge smart home features and stunning displays to your living room. And unlike your smartphone, they’re designed to last.
Still, we know that TVs are a big purchase, and you want to get the best 65-inch TV for your money. To help you make the right decision for your living room, we’re here to help you properly level up your entertainment system. Below we cover:
- Differences in Display Technology
- How We Picked the Best 65-inch TVs
- Why You Should Buy a New 65-inch TV
- The 14 Best 65-Inch TVs for Sale
Display Technology: OLED vs LED TVs
The two common TV types you’ll see are LED and OLED — and if you see a plasma screen TV for sale somewhere, run away! LED stands for light-emitting diode. These LEDs actually light the LCD panel to create the picture you see.
Generally, LED TVs are either side-lit (also called edge-lit) or back-lit. Edge-lit TVs have panels of LEDs along the edges of the LCD panel to illuminate the display. Edge-lit TVs were generally slimmer and sleeker. Back-lit TVs on the other hand, would put the LED directly behind the LCD panel to create a more evenly lit TV which led to better contrast and picture quality. The trade-off is that those TVs were thicker and heavier.
More recently, OLEDs TVs came around and changed the game. Organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), themselves emit both light and color, plus, they are much smaller and thinner than LED panels. In turn, you get the best of both worlds — a thin TV with brilliant color and contrast. Of course, you end up paying a premium for the advanced technology. Today, OLED TVs can’t be beaten in terms of picture quality. It’s that simple.
How We Picked The Best 65-inch TVs
We looked at four major criteria when picking the best 65-inch TVs:
- Contrast ratio, color and brightness
- Connectivity and smart home features
- Refresh rate
The contrast ratio is the difference between the brightest part of your screen and the darkest. The goal is for your TV to achieve perfect black. Most LED TVs have light leakage, so even the darkest spots have some light shining through. A good contrast ratio for an LED TV for instance will be something like 1000:1, meaning that the brightest part of your screen is 1,000 brighter than the dark spots.
OLED TVs are the only TV to date to produce true black. So, that number might look something more like 1,000,000:1 (but even that isn’t infinite, obviously). When you have a high contrast ratio, your picture really pops off the screen.
Color and brightness are two separate things, but they do go hand in hand. The advantage of getting a LED TV over OLED is they get brighter, which gives the colors a vibrant look. That’s not to say OLED doesn’t have incredible color (because trust us, they do), but LED panels take advantage of the extra lighting to produce extra saturated colors. Now, with 4K TVs, and having all those pixels crammed into the panel, color and brightness look as incredible as ever, even on more affordable models like the Hisense and TCL 6-Series.
Connectivity is incredibly important if you like to control the TV with Amazon Alexa or Google Home. It’s also important if you have a bunch of devices you want to connect to your TV at once. Most people have some sort of media streaming device, whether that’s a Fire Stick or Chromecast, and a gaming system (you’ll definitely want an extra HDMI port for the new Xbox or PS5), and a soundbar or some sort of sound system connected to their TV. If you’ve been counting at home, that’s three HDMI ports used up. We looked for TVs that have three to four HDMI ports so you can keep all of your devices connected to your new, awesome 65-inch TV. Some of the cheaper models, like the Vizio V-Series, only have two to three HDMI ports, but that shouldn’t be a dealbreaker.
Why You Should Buy a New 65-inch TV
A new TV will last anywhere from 8-11 years. If you buy a new 65-inch TV for $1,200 and keep it for the average lifespan, that’s only $100 a year, or $8.33 a month. That’s less than what you pay for your Netflix subscription! Treating yourself to a top-rated 65-inch TV is actually pretty economical, and far more attainable than you might have initially thought. Even better, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping weekend is typically the best time of year to buy a premium 4K TV thanks to the major cost savings.
The average person watches 3,639 movies and 31,507 episodes of TV shows in their lifetime according to OnePoll. You’re going to want one of the best 65-inch TVs for all the binge-watching, and gamers will appreciate their favorite titles in a whole new way once they upgrade to a 120 or 240Hz refresh rate. Finally, if you’re looking for a Christmas gift for the entire family, a brand-new 65-inch TV always makes for a fantastic gift.
The Best 65-Inch TVs for Sale in 2021
Although TVs are a big investment, a new flatscreen TV from a top brand is going to last you around a decade, and you’re most likely going to spend a ton of time in front of the tube. Our recommendations below have you covered from the best OLED options to budget-conscious binge-watching smart TVs. Regardless, if you’re looking for the best 65-inch TVs, you’re spoiled for choices.
Also, please note we left all curved TVs out of this list. If you’re curious, you can take a look at our in-depth dive into what happened to the curved TV. But for practical purposes, we believe flat is best. We also factored price into our rankings. While Sony and LG’s top OLED TVs can’t be beat in terms of picture quality, there are plenty more top-rated TVs you can buy for one-third the price.
1. LG CX 65-Inch OLED TV
BEST TV OF 2021
Look, we’ve been raving about this TV for months, and there’s only so many times we can tell you it’s currently the best TV of 2021. Of course, we’re not the only ones who love this TV, which is why it’s a little hard to find at the moment. If you can find it in stock, you won’t be disappointed. For the money, even the best 65-inch TVs of 2021 are second-rate compared to this new LG OLED TV, which has a ton of advanced features and stunning picture quality — for a price that’s not completely insane.
For gamers, this TV boasts a 120Hz refresh rate and NVIDIA G-Sync support. LG’s WebOS smart TV platform is super user-friendly and unlocks all of your favorite streaming apps. On top of that, you get Dolby Vision IQ, Filmmaker Mode, support for Alexa and Google voice assistants, and Chromecast and AirPlay 2. It’s a smart TV in the truest sense of the word, and you just can’t beat the picture quality of the best OLED TVs.
2. Sony A8H 65-inch OLED TV
The Sony Bravia A8H boasts cutting-edge OLED technology that sets a new standard for picture quality and makes it one of the best 65-inch TVs along with the LG CX OLED. With 4K, Dolby Vision support, a 120Hz refresh rate and Sony’s image processing technology, this TV gives a new meaning to high definition. Whether you are watching movies, your favorite sports team or playing games, there are few TVs that can top this one. On top of the incredible picture quality, Sony implemented Acoustic Surface Audio technology inside this TV that helps boost the audio quality up to par with the picture.
And if premium audio quality and sound quality aren’t enough, Google Assistant certainly makes this TV more desirable. As the centerpiece of your entertainment center, it provides four HDMI inputs, so you’ll be able to connect all of your devices without leaving anything out. This Sony TV is an excellent choice if you are willing to fork out the cash.
3. Samsung Q90T 65-Inch QLED TV
BEST QLED TV
Typically, Samsung’s QLED TVs can’t match the contrast and clarity of the best OLED TVs, but the Samsung Q90T comes pretty damn close. The picture quality is bright and brilliant and the viewing angle technology keeps the picture looking sharp even when you’re not directly in front of the screen. With great views from any angle, a fast refresh rate, and stellar picture quality, it’s clear why this is Samsung’s flagship TV. Plus, with Samsung’s smart TV interface, there’s no need for a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick. This new flat-screen TV also has great customer reviews so far, and it’s a worthy centerpiece for your living room or home theater.
4. Vizio OLED-H1
MOST AFFORDABLE OLED
Right now, the holy grail for the best 65-inch TV is one that is an OLED, but also happens to cost less than $1500. And while we’re not quite there yet, Vizio is getting awfully close with its OLED-H1 TV. Sure, it doesn’t quite compare to the LG CX when it comes to performance specs like low input lag, top-end features such as Filmmaker Mode and Dolby IQ, or a smart TV interface that’s super intuitive. But, we’d guess that most would not notice a major difference between the two TVs in actual day-to-day use. Considering this Vizio OLED-H1 is a few hundred dollars cheaper than what you’ll typically find the LG CX selling for (when it’s not on sale), those extra features might not be worth the added cost for some.
5. Sony X800H 65-Inch LED TV
BEST UNDER $1,000
The recently released Sony X800H is the brand’s mid-tier flatscreen TV, and it’s a gorgeous piece of machinery. While it can’t compete with the picture quality of OLED TVs or the refresh rate of more expensive flatscreens, it still has an impressive picture quality. This smart TV works with Apple Airplay 2, Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa. The 60Hz refresh rate isn’t ideal for dedicated gamers, but the Sony 4K HDR processor improves image quality and provides less blurring and sharper contrast. If you’re looking for the best 65-inch TVs under $1,000, it’s no surprise that our top pick comes from a trusted brand like Sony.
6. Vizio V-Series 65-Inch LED TV
BEST UNDER $500
We’ve written about the Vizio V-Series before, and SPY’s tech editor Adrian Covert recently named it the best 65-inch TV under $500. This TV proves that you can find a well-reviewed flat-screen at a great price, as this TV has more than 20,000 positive reviews (and counting). Despite the doorbuster price, the Vizio V-Series is hardly a lightweight, and it comes with many of the same features as the best 65-inch TVs from LG, Sony and Samsung, all of which cost three times as much.
The V-Series boasts a 4K ultra-high-definition LED screen and comes with Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay 2 built-in, which means you don’t need to spend extra money on a Roku. You do have to use your smartphone to control apps like Netflix and Disney+, but that’s a small price to pay for a TV in this price range. Finally, a 120Hz refresh rate means that it’s also great for gaming.
7. Vizio P-Series Quantum 65-Inch QLED TV
BEST UNDER $1,200
The award-winning Vizio PX65-G1 is one of the best 65-inch TVs for sale in 2021. At a touch under $1,200, it’s a smart way to get a great-looking, big TV in your home without explaining to your partner you had to clear out the bank account. And with the virtually bezel-less display design, you get incredible picture quality from edge to edge. If you can forego a remote with voice control, this is a spectacular TV. Plus, with a lightning-fast 120hz refresh rate, the Vizio P-series is great for gaming and watching 4K video.
8. TCL 6-Series 65-Inch QLED TV
Yes, TCLs are priced like budget TVs, but the 6-series certainly doesn’t perform like one. Its built-in smart Roku platform is incredibly easy to navigate and saves you from buying an expensive streaming device. The 6-Series’ picture quality also comes really close to the top QLED TVs while only costing a fraction of the price. You even get a true 120hz refresh rate, which isn’t a feature that all high-end sets have. So if you aren’t quite willing to drop a grand on a 65-inch TV and you want something that still looks fantastic, this 65-inch TCL TV is a smart, affordable choice.
9. Sony X900H 65-Inch LED TV
Aside from the OLEDs, there aren’t many premium LED TVs that we’d recommend more than the Sony X900H thanks to its potent combination of eye-popping visuals, low input lag and the fact that it uses Android TV as its smart TV platform. Sure, this particular Sony TV doesn’t have OLED technology, but it has the same quality X1 image processor found in Sony’s OLED TVs, and the picture quality can rival LEDs with quantum dot technology (even though it doesn’t have QLED pixels itself). Add in HDMI 2.1 compatibility along with 120 fps for reduced lag time, and this TV is smooth enough for even the most snobby gamers.
10. Samsung Q70t 65-Inch QLED TV
If you don’t feel like forking out the cash for an OLED, a great QLED from Samsung is the next best thing. We’ve previously featured the 2019 model Q70, which we called the perfect mix of affordability and quality. However, Samsung has an updated version of their mid-range 65-inch TV, the QLED Q70t. You can still enjoy great picture quality without having to empty your savings account, and Samsung has made some key improvements. Thanks to Quantum Dot technology and Samsung’s super-fast 4K processor, this TV boasts excellent color accuracy and contrast, albeit not quite as great as an OLED. With a 240Hz refresh rate, you can enjoy the smoothest playback when watching 4K video or playing your favorite games. Finally, the Samsung Q70t comes with built-in Alexa support, which is a welcome addition. In short, the Q70t is a great option for those who aren’t quite ready to shell out the cash for an OLED, but want something beyond the average mid-range TV.
11. Hisense H9G 65-Inch QLED TV
BEST MID-TIER OPTION
The Hisense H9G hangs with TV’s titans (LG, Samsung and Sony) by producing incredible color and brightness, while keeping the price affordable. When set to Theater mode, the color production is accurate, balanced and great for watching everything from Planet Earth to Mission Impossible. Gaming mode slows down lag time with a 120Hz refresh rate for a smooth gaming experience suitable for even the most hardcore gamers. It’s a versatile and great-looking 4K TV, especially when you factor in the $999 price tag.
12. TCL 5-Series 65-Inch QLED TV
When you consider the price point, it’s kind of amazing how good this TV looks, but TLC TVs are more about convenience than anything. The Roku interface is about as easy as it gets to navigate, making it manageable for even the least tech-savvy individual. While this TV won’t get as bright as the TCL 6-Series, this model still has full-array local dimming, while boasting solid Dolby Vision HDR performance and 4K resolution. When you consider the cost of this TV though, its true value shines through. It’s a great way to get a good-looking TV in your living for less than the cost of a new iPhone.
13. Vizio M-Series Quantum 65-Inch LED TV
Vizio is using essentially the same quantum-dot technology as Samsung’s TVs but offering it at a much lower price. This makes the Vizio M-Series TV an excellent choice for those who want premium picture quality but don’t want to pay premium prices. This Vizio TV only offers a 60Hz refresh rate, which isn’t nearly as great as other premium TVs, which typically boast a 120Hz refresh rate to smooth motion blur. The TV is also a bit dimmer than other premium sets, but the overall picture quality is still great, especially while watching 4K content. More importantly, the display looks good at multiple viewing angles, so while you have people sitting to the far left and right of the screen during the big game, everybody will still get great picture quality. And like the other heavy hitters, you can use Google Cast and Apple Airplay to cast content from your mobile devices to your TV with ease. It’s not an OLED, but it’s still one of the best 65-inch TVs with an affordable price tag.
14. LG BX 65-Inch OLED TV
Just because this isn’t the top LG OLED TV doesn’t at all mean it’s a bad one. In fact, it comes really close to the LG CX in performance, mostly only sacrificing when it comes to brightness. Everything else you would want, such as Dolby Vision IQ, 120Hz rate and Chromecast support, are all here. And even better, you can grab this TV at a price that is far less than what the Top OLEDs normally go for. Long story short, this is an excellent TV to consider.