Spring is the golden time every year to own a big 65-inch TV, especially for sports fans. You have March Madness beginning, the NBA Playoffs push is starting to ramp up, opening day and the beginning of the MLB season is getting rolling and The Masters is bringing golf fans’ favorite tournament into the mix. And sports are way better to watch on the best 65-inch TV under $1,000.
Even if you aren’t into sports, spring is one of the best times to also score a big TV at a big discount. With newer models starting to hit the market, prices on last year’s models will begin to drop, meaning you can get some screaming deals on a great TV. Now is the best time to score the best 65-inch TV under $1000.
Why a 65-inch TV? A 65-inch TV is a sweet spot in TV technology. It’s big enough where 4K content can visually be differentiated between lesser quality video, yet with the abundance of TV technology saturating the space, you get the most bang for your buck with a 65-inch TV — meaning you can get a big screen without paying big dollars.
But it’s not just the heavy hitters you’d expect making awesome TVs. Sure, the Samsungs, LGs and Sonys of the world are still producing amazing TVs, but now TCL, Vizio and Hisense have upped their games with great display panels, easy-to-use interfaces and additional features like voice AI integration. The margin between TVs over $1,000 and the best 65-inch TVs under $1,000 is shrinking — fast.
What You Should Look for in a 65-Inch TV
Whether you decide to go with our top choice for the best 65-inch TV for under $1,000, the Sony Class X85J Series, or one of the alternatives below, you should expect to get a few things from your smart 65-inch TV.
- 4K Display – If your display isn’t 4K, you should look elsewhere. Especially when you’re looking at a TV that’s bigger than 55-inches, you’ll really start to notice the difference between 4K content and anything that’s less.
- HDR – At the very least, you want your 65-inch to be HDR capable and if your TV sports HDR10, HDR10+ or other support, that’s a plus.
- Voice Control – Life is too short to be looking for the remote control to change the channel or to find your favorite content. And if you’re paying close to $1,000, your TV should have voice control capabilities.
- Easy-to-Use Interface – Not all TV interfaces are created equal. Roku and Google TV platforms are awesome and incredibly easy to navigate through content, even for the most novice users.
- Don’t Be Afraid of Older TVs – TV technology does not make earth-shattering changes from year to year, so don’t be afraid to pick up a TV that is a year or even two years old. This is a smart way to get a great deal on a great TV.
Our Top Choice: Sony Class X85J Series Smart Google TV
Ok, so we said don’t be afraid to get a TV that isn’t one of Sony, LG or Samsung, but if you can score a 65-inch under $1,000 by one of these manufacturers, you should strongly consider it. And the Sony Class X85J Series is a strong example of what scoring a great big TV by Sony looks like. You get a big 4K display with 120Hz refresh rate along with Motionflow XR960 which creates super smooth scrolling and picture on your screen. This is ideal for watching live sports or getting your game on.
To pad the great visuals, the TV also has combability with HDR, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Not to mention it sports the Google TV platform that is growing quickly in popularity with its great design for navigating and finding content. And it’s compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. Considering it’s about $100 cheaper than the TCL below, we think this is the best 65-inch TV under $1,000.
Alternate Pick: TCL 65-Inch Class 6-Series Mini LED Google TV
TCL TVs have been universally known for the Roku platform, but this TCL TV brings with it the Google TV platform, a platform that is streamlining the way your content is accessed in the most convenient way possible. Not only is all of your favorite content is easily accessible — Neftlix, Hulu, HBO Max, Spotify, Amazon Prime — but also all of your favorite content from each of your streaming services is displayed front and center so getting to your shows is always just a click away.
Along with the easy-to-navigate streaming platform, the picture quality is nothing short of great. With 4K technology and a 120Hz refresh rate, your content is going to look awesome whether you’re watching your favorite action movie or the big game. Throw Google Assistant into the mix along with a sub-$1,000 price tag and it’s easy to see why this is a great chance to get a big ol’ TV under $1,000.
Also Consider: Hisense 65U7G ULED
Big, bright and beautiful, the Hisense 65U7G ULED is a great alternative for a 65-inch TV under $1,000 if you find the TCL or Sony choices are out of stock. There’s no shame in this preverbal “third place pick” as it boasts everything you’d expect in an awesome 65-inch TV — HDR10+, Dolby Vision, a 120Hz refresh rate and the option to use both Alexa and Google assistant. Whether you’re watching the latest action movie or the NBA finals this summer, you’ll surely love the large display and smooth picture quality from this Hisense TV.