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 New laptops and iPads get outdated in just a couple years, which means shelling out more money, and that doesn’t even factor in the costs of Wi-Fi. But one of the things that we use the most — the device we plop ourselves in front of to binge an entire Netflix series — are 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
- The 15 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 more sleek. 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 beat 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 looking vibrant. 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 3-4 HDMI ports so you can keep all of your devices connected to your new, awesome 65-inch TV.
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, summer 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 a nice TV for all the binge-watching. And if you’re looking for a gift for a (very) special someone, a brand-new 65-inch TV does make a fantastic gift.
The Best 65-Inch TVs for Sale in 2020
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’s flagship OLED TV 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 C9
Right now, you simply can’t beat OLED TVs. The C9 is a more affordable option than the elegantly styled E9, but it has the same incredible picture quality and is a little newer than the B9. The picture contrast is unreal, making the picture leap off the screen. It even upscales 720p content to HD. And with a razor-thin design — we’re talking as slim as your iPhone — it is going to look great as the centerpiece to your home entertainment center.
2. Samsung Q90
Typically, LCDs can’t match the contrast and clarity of an OLED TV, but the Samsung Q90 comes 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. The no-gap wall mount gets the TVs flush against your wall like the way a picture should. Plus, the ConnectOne box on the back of the TV relieves all of that wire clutter. With great views from any angle, a fast refresh rate, and stellar picture quality, it’s clear why this is Samsung’s flagship.
3. Vizio P-Series (PX65-G1)
BEST UNDER $1,500
The award-winning Vizio PX65-G1 was one of the best TVs to appear at the Consumer Electronics Show 2019, and it’s still one fo the best 65-inch TVs for sale in 2020. At a touch under $1,500, 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. According to brightness and color gamut testing from PCMag, it gets every bit as bright and with a little better color range than Samsung’s Q90. 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 240hz refresh rate, the Vizio P-series is great for gaming and watching 4K video.
4. Samsung Q70t
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.
5. Hisense 65H9F 4K Ultra HD
The Hisense 65H9F hangs with TV’s titans (LG, Samsung and Sony) by producing incredible color and contrast, 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 $1,500 price tag.
6. Sony X800H 65-Inch 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.
7. TCL 6-Series
BEST BUDGET BUY
Yes, TCLs are generally considered 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 is every bit as good as the Hisense 65H9F at almost half the price. Sure, you lose out on the 120hz refresh rate (the newest 6-Series only has a 60hz refresh rate), which isn’t ideal for gamers and hardcore cinephiles. But if you aren’t quite willing to drop a grand on a 65-inch TV and you want something that still looks fantastic, then this 65-inch TCL TV is a smart, affordable choice.
8. LG Nano 8 Smart LED NanoCell 65-Inch TV (2019 Model)
BEST LED LG TV
While LG OLED TVs are considered the best OLED TVs, the LG NanoCell technology provides almost identical picture quality, color and deep blacks. Plus, this LG TV is almost $2,000 cheaper than its OLED counterparts. This 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TV sports both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, and plenty of backstage inputs: four HDMI inputs and three USB inputs. For the money, this TV is hard to beat.
9. LG 65UN7300PUF UHD 4K TV (2020 Model)
BEST 4K TV FOR APPLE USERS
A lot of smart TVs connect with Google Home and Amazon Alexa, but what about Apple smart home users? This budget LG TV offers a 4K ultra high definition display and comes with both Apple HomeKit and Apple Airplay 2. For the price, this LG TV is one of the best 65-inch TVs for sale right now. Yes, premium TVs typically feature more HDMI ports and a higher refresh rate (the LG offers 3 HDMI ports and a 60hz refresh rate, respectively). However, the casual customer won’t even notice the difference. For Apple customers looking for an affordable 65-inch TV, it’s hard to beat this new LG model.
10. TCL 4-Series 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart 65-Inch LED TV
BEST BUDGET LED TV
When you consider the price point, its 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. The colors aren’t going to be as vibrant as the LG Nano 8, the Samsung Q60 or the TCL 6-Series, but this model still boasts a 120hz refresh rate and ultra high definition picture quality. When you consider the cost of this TV though, it’s 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.
11. LG OLED B9-Series
MOST AFFORDABLE OLED TV
If you are ready to take the plunge and shell out some serious cash for a premium OLED TV, we suggest going with the OLED B9-Series, also from LG. While it’s still pricey, it is easily the most affordable OLED option, but affordability doesn’t equate to bad quality. The picture on this thing is incredible. These LG TVs don’t just provide an incredible 2160p resolution, but also advanced image processing for sharp color contrast regardless of the viewing angle due to the special OLED technology. And if you’re looking for true black, the B9-Series comes pretty damn close, which really brings the picture off the screen. Beyond the killer picture quality, this smart TV supports Alexa and Apple Airplay.
Pro-Tip: Shop open-box deals at Best Buy or buy refurbished to get a top-rated OLED TV for half the price of flagship Sony models.
12. Sony XBR-65A9G 65-inch TV: Master Series
The Sony XBR A9 Master Series TV boasts cutting-edge OLED technology that sets a new standard for picture quality. With cutting-edge resolution, 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, you’ve never used a TV like this before. 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 isn’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.
However, if you’re looking for the true cutting edge, you might want to pre-order the upcoming 2020 Bravia OLED TV from Sony.
13. Vizio M-Series Quantum 4K (M658-G1)
BEST MID-RANGE TV
Vizio is using essentially the same quantum dot technology as Samsung 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 OLED E9
The LG OLED E9 is the cream of the crop when it comes to OLED TVs, but you’ll definitely pay for it. This ultra-thin TV is a marvel to look at even when it’s not turned on. It’s razor-thin — it’s even a bit thinner than your iPhone. The picture quality is equally as amazing as the design. No other OLED TV in the LG family provides better color accuracy and contrast as the E9 series. It makes movies, and especially sports, look incredibly vivid, detailed and smooth. Along with excellent picture quality, the TV also boasts Google Assistant and Alexa AI technology to control your entertainment hands-free. It’s a pricey endeavor to get the E9 in your home, but you’ll be rewarded with amazing picture quality and entertainment features. If you’re looking for the best of the best 65-inch TVs, few TVs can compare to this LG. However, it’s hard to justify the price tag for the average customer.
15. Samsung 4K UHD 8 Series 65-Inch Smart TV
BEST BUDGET TV FOR GAMING
This TV checks all the boxes for a gamer: vivid color, good sound (for TV standards), and a fast refresh rate. The 120 Hz refresh rate will make your gameplay smooth and the picture virtually glitch-free. And the game mode on this 65-inch 4K TV helps further prevent picture shutting. Lastly, if you aren’t using this TV for just gaming, no need to worry because the picture quality is still top-shelf.
Courtesy of Amazon
16. Sony 4K Ultra HD Smart 65-Inch LED TV (2019)
GREAT SOUND QUALITY
You don’t necessarily buy a TV for the sound quality, but one that sounds better than most is this Sony 4K Ultra HD TV. It’s no surprise that a company that makes high-quality headphones and speakers would also make a TV that sounds this good. The S-Force simulated surround sound helps to create that subversive audio experience that you crave from the movie theater. On top of great sound quality, the picture rivals LG’s OLED and Samsung’s quantum dot technology. It truly has the picture to match the sound quality.
17. Vizio P-Series Quantum 4K HDR 65-Inch TV
The Vizio P-Series is one of the brand’s top-tier lines, but thanks to Amazon’s Refurbished program, you can get a flagship TV at a steep discount. This Vizio TV is bright and vibrant boasting 4K UHD and Dolby Vision HDR. The screen technology makes colors look extra clear and deepens blacks to make the image pop off the screen. But one of the best features is the built-in Chromecast. This makes it easy to stream content from your laptop or mobile device straight to your TV without any additional equipment. So, instead of your friend’s huddling around your phone to watch that hilarious video, you can cast it to your TV for everyone to watch comfortably.