The advancement of technology has not exactly favored the average consumer’s wallet. Phones are routinely over $1,000. New laptops and iPads get outdated in just couple years making you shell out more money, so technology doesn’t leave you behind. But one of the things that we use the most — the thing we plop ourselves in front of to binge an entire Netflix series on a Sunday — are actually pretty affordable: TVs. There was a time when a TV larger than 42 inches was a luxury item. Now, even the best 65-inch TVs are affordable, and they last a long time, too.
On average, a new TV will last anywhere from 8-11 years. If you buy a new 65-inch TV for $1,200, and it 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 new 65-inch TV is actually pretty economical, and far more attainable than you might have initially thought.
And with Super Bowl 54 coming up sooner than you think, now is a great time to pick up (and test out) a new TV.
LG Nano 8 Smart LED NanoCell 65-Inch TV
While LG OLED TVs are considered the best when it comes to TVs, the NanoCell technology provides almost identical picture quality, color, and deep blacks. Plus, this LG TV is almost $2,000 cheaper than its OLED counter parts. 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.
TLC 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart 65-Inch 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, or Samsung Q60, and the refresh rate isn’t as fast on the TLC, so the picture won’t be as impeccably smooth as the other two. When you consider the cost of this TV though, you can’t beat it! It’s a great way to get a good-looking TV in your place for half the cost of a new iPhone.
LG OLED B9
If you are ready to take the plunge and shell out some cash for a premium OLED TV, we suggest going with the OLED B9 series. 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 provide great contrast regardless of the viewing angle due to the special OLED technology, which is exactly what you’ll want while friends are sitting at all angles during your super bowl party. No other TV can match the contrast because of the TVs ability to achieve true black, which really brings the picture off the screen. And beyond the incredible picture quality, the TV includes Alexa, Apple Airplay and a handful of HDMI inputs to keep all of your devices connected. If you really want to go big for your super bowl party this year, you’ll want an OLED TV.
Sony XBR-65A9G 65-inch TV: Master Series
The Sony XBR A9 Master Series TV boasts OLED technology that makes the picture quality look incredible whether you are watching movies, your favorite sports team or playing games. Beyond 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.
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 that 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 a solid TV with an affordable price tag.
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 don’t feel like forking out the cash for an OLED, a great QLED from Samsung is the next best thing. The Q70 is the right mix of affordability and quality. You’ll get great picture quality without having to empty your savings account. The Q70 provides excellent color accuracy and contrast, albeit not as great as an OLED, but it definitely holds its own. Even the back of the TV has a great design that allows you to tuck dangling cables into a slit in the back panel. But unlike other competitors, this Samsung TV uses the proprietary Bixby assistant instead of Google Assistant or Alexa, which is fine, but it doesn’t have as much functionality or features as other voice assistants. The Q70 is a great option for those who aren’t quite ready to shell out the cash for an OLED, but want something beyond a mid-range TV.
Samsung 4K UHD 8 Series 65-Inch Smart TV
BEST 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.
Sony 4K Ultra HD Smart 65-Inch LED TV
BEST 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.
Vizio Class Quantum 4K HDR 65-Inch TV
BEST FOR CASTING
The Vizio P Series is one one of their top tier lines. This Vizio TV is bright and vibrant boasting 4K UHD and Dolby Vision HDR. The screen technology makes colors look vibrant, 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.