The best 65-inch TVs: go big-screen with these 4K and 8K OLED and QLED TVs | T3

The best 65-inch TVs: go big-screen with these 4K and 8K OLED and QLED TVs

The best 65-inch TVs pack in excellent processing and high-quality panels for a cinematic experience in your living room

Best 65-inch TVs
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The best 65-inch TVs are where the truly big-screen experience starts, really. They're big enough that not all living rooms can even accommodate them, unlike the best 43-inch TVs or 50-inch TVs, and they're significantly more cinematic than even the best 55-inch TVs – those extra 10 inches mean a lot more screen area, if also a lot more TV to squeeze in.

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But that's exactly why the 65-inch TV market has been growing rapidly over recent years (behind only the best 75-inch TVs for speed of growth), because they really make the most of higher-resolution displays, new display technologies like OLED and QLED, and image-enhancing features such as HDR. 

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In the past, a screen this big would have taken up too much space (even more so than now), cost a fortune and looked terrible with standard-definition content. All this has changed, and you can now find one of the best 65-inch 4K smart TVs to fit every need.

Best 65-inch TV: Is this the right size for you?

The best 65-inch 4K TVs are big, but thanks to slimmer designs and shrinking bezels, one won't take over the whole room the way that the best 80-inch TVs would. In fact, assuming you have a the right-sized living space, a 65-inch HDR TV might be just the ticket. 

For one thing you can wall mount, which often saves space, and because of the increased resolution offered by 4K, you can actually sit slightly closer than the recommended viewing distance of 14 feet, for the cinema experience without being able to see the pixels.

Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday 65-inch TV deals

We've no doubt that there will be some great Amazon Prime Day deals and Black Friday deals on 65-inch TVs, bringing discounts racking up to the hundreds. Based on previous years, you'll probably see most of the movement in the mid-range or budget models from the likes of Philips, Samsung and Hisense, rather than in the more premium models.

That said, a discount of just 10% on high-end OLED or LED TVs can still mean big savings in real money terms, and we're sure one retailer or another will want to grab your attention with good deals on, say, the LG CX. You might also see offers pairing a free (good) soundbar with more premium TVs, and similar bundles.

But overall, we'd expect this year's sales to mostly benefit those who'd like to go big on a budget.

The best 65-inch TVs you can buy today

Best 65-inch TVs: Samsung Q950TS

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1. Samsung QE65Q950TS

The best 65-inch TV for stunning HDR and unbelievable detail thanks to 8K

Reasons to buy
+Superb HDR performance+Astounding better-than-4K detail+Great smart platform
Reasons to avoid
-No Dolby Vision or Atmos

• Read our full Samsung Q950TS review

The Samsung Q950TS is the company's current flagship TV, delivering not only a hyper-detailed 8K screen, but also Samsung's most advanced backlighting tech, so it's brighter than just about anything else around, while also offering controlled micro-dimming of its backlight to give deep blacks that give OLED TVs a run for their money when it comes to eye-opening contrast. 

When it comes to HDR performance, this is the most dazzling TV around, because it can shine several times brighter than your average LCD set, let alone OLED TVs. Mixed with the rich colours of its QLED panel, it really has to be seen to be believed – things have never looked so realistic. 

Crucially, that's paired with Samsung's AI-based processing for upscaling videos to look great on its 8K screen. There's no native 8K footage to watch right now, but this TV makes the case for why an 8K screen is worth getting anyway – it makes 4K video look notably better than 4K TVs can, even if they don't look quite as sharp as 'real' 8K video. The effect isn't as pronounced at this size as it at bigger sizes of this TV, but even if you find the difference between 4K and 8K hard to spot, you still get the best HDR performance of the CD screens we've tested this year, and it's also fantastic at upscaling HD video too.

This state-of-the-art 65-inch Smart TV includes Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Apple TV+, Disney+, and many more catch-up and streaming services. There’s a Universal Guide to help you choose, along with easy setup using the SmartThings app, and the ability to work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

There is also a version of this TV called the Q900TS, which has the exact same image quality, but the Q950TS has all of its connections (HDMI, USB etc) in a separate box connected to the screen by a single cable. The Q900TS has its connections on the back of the screen, making it a little thicker, but also less expensive.

Best 65-inch TVs Panasonic HZ2000

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2. Panasonic TX-65HZ2000

The best 65-inch OLED TV for picture quality

Reasons to buy
+Superb picture accuracy+Dolby Vision and HDR10++Dolby Atmos support
Reasons to avoid
-Not great for next-gen gaming-No Disney+

• Read our full Panasonic HZ2000 review

The Panasonic HZ2000 takes OLED TVs to a new level, delivering not only the deep blacks that the technology is known for, but also delivering brighter HDR peaks than other OLED sets can manage. That's thanks to Panasonic's Professional Edition Master OLED panel, which is still the same kind of actual pixels that other OLED TVs use, but basically puts it in overdrive to crank out more brightness, giving everything an even more realistic look.

Combined with Panasonic's obsession with getting the balance of its panels to match the screens used in Hollywood when movies are being created, this is the most cinematic TV out there, giving you the closest image to the original intention.

The colours are vibrant by totally realistic, the nuance in dark scenes is the best in the business, the ability to have sparking highlights just a pixel away from deep blacks with no bloom is astounding, and the excellent processing makes sure that everything you watch takes full advantage of the 4K screen – native 4K video is supremely detailed, and HD is upscaled convincingly.

Even the speakers are a cut above, mixing forward-firing speakers tuned by Technic underneath the TV with upfiring speakers that deliver real Dolby Atmos height.

The smart TV platform is solid, though does currently lack Disney+. It's also not equipped for certain PS5 and Xbox Series X features, such as variable refresh rate or 4K at 120fps, which is a shame given its ultra-premium price. But if you're focused on movies more than gaming, it's the most cinematic TV on the market.

Best 65-inch TV: LG CX

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3. LG OLED65CX

The best 65-inch OLED TV for most people (and gaming)

Reasons to buy
+Wonderful, rich OLED images+Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos+Excellent gaming features
Reasons to avoid
-No HDR10+

• Read our full LG CX review

The LG CX is kind of the default choice for lots of people looking at buy an OLED TV, and that's for damn good reason: it offers top-tier image quality, but for a very reasonable mid-range price (though that's mid-range in OLED terms, which is steeper than some LCD models go).

The CX comes in a range of sizes, from 48 inches up to 77 inches, and the 65-inch model really lets the detail of 4K and the nuance of OLED's wonderful contrast skills sing. The CX is just fantastic at giving you every shade in a scene, whether that's rich colours or dark shadows – you can always see everything that's going on.

LG's processing is superb at making sure 4K video takes full advantage of the resolution, and makes motion easier to follow with aplomb too. Upscaling is also really impressive – this is just as at home when streaming HD as when viewing 4K, so it's great no matter what you're watching.

It's also as well-equipped for next-gaming as a TV can be, with support for 4K at 120fps, Auto Low Latency Mode for reducing input lag, Variable Refresh Rates for keeping games looking smoother, and Nvidia G-Sync for doing the same with PCs.

The CX is the ultimate OLED all-rounder, taking LG's best panels and processing and putting them in a mid-range package. The only weak point is the speakers, but a good soundbar will fix that when you're ready, anyway.

Best 65-inch TVs: Samsung Q90T

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4. Samsung QE65Q90T

The best 65-inch 4K QLED TV

Reasons to buy
+Bright, bold HDR images+Great smart platform+Superb detail and processing
Reasons to avoid
-No Dolby Vision

• Read our full Samsung Q90T review

This is Samsung's flagship 4K TV, packing everything the brand is known for: powerful colours, crisp detail, good usability and sharp design. There's also a variant model, the Q95T, which is the same for image quality, but has its connections in a separate box for tidiness' sake, and so costs a little more.

The image quality here is pretty spectacular, reaching brightness levels significantly beyond what OLED TVs can achieve, meaning that it still looks bright and lush even in rooms with strong sunlight. It uses local dimming of its direct backlight, and careful power management, to drop that brightness away where scenes have dark areas, and it's highly effective in this, meaning that it's a true wonder for HDR – the scale of brightness and dark it can achieve in one frame is incredible.

That's all paired with AI-based processing that does a superb job upscaling anything to 4K, and of making 4K stuff look as realistic and textured as possible. Plus a smart platform that's one of the easiest to use on the planet, while also having every major streaming app you could want.

If you want a 4K TV that delivers mind-blowing HDR without over-egging colours, this is the best on the market right now. 

Best 65-inch TVs: Philips 65OLED754

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5. Philips 65OLED754

The best-value 65-inch OLED TV

Reasons to buy
+Dolby Vision and HDR10++Dolby Atmos support+Ambilight is great
Reasons to avoid
-Basic streaming services

• Read our full Philips OLED754 review

If you think getting a 65-inch OLED TV is prohibitively expensive, then think again. The Philips 754 not only has a 4K panel with all the usual OLED colour and contrast benefits, but also boasts superior image processing thanks to the company’s P5 Engine. 

As a result, both SDR and HDR content benefits from top-drawer upscaling, noise reduction and motion smoothing. In the case of HDR you also get every version including HLG, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, making the 754 an excellent 65-inch HDR TV. The good news doesn’t stop there, with the 754 sporting a decent set of speakers and Dolby Atmos decoding for more immersive object-based audio. 

The SAPHI smart operating system is fairly simple, but it’s responsive, intuitive and has Amazon Alexa built-in. For gamers there’s also a highly effective game mode, with a low input lag. Finally, three-sided Ambilight creates synchronised ambient light to enhance your viewing experience, making the Philips 754 a great-value 65-inch smart TV.

Best 65-inch TVs: Sony XH95

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6. Sony KD-65XH9505 / XBR65X950H

The best 65-inch LCD TV in its price range

Reasons to buy
+Excellent HDR images+Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos+Superb processing and motion
Reasons to avoid
-No HDR10+ support-Not the slickest smart platform

• Read our full Sony XH95/X950H review

Equipped with a direct LED backlight and local dimming zones, this is an LCD made to give bright, authentic HDR pictures, and to do that with any source, thanks to Sony's excellent processing. The two names above refer to the versions available in Europe and the US – it's the same model, just differently named.

It really is dazzling for bright HDR compared to other TVs in its price range, and through its control of its backlight isn't quite as refined as more expensive LED TVs (and is nowhere close to how controlled OLED can be, of course), you won't mind that at all – it's just so rich and enjoyable, with being cartoonish.

Sony's excellence at upscaling lower-than-4K material, and for turning SDR colours into something close to HDR, really benefit the TV too, because it makes the most of the 65-inch size. It's important for motion handling to be great too, and Sony's is the best out there, so you can really see everything that's going on in sport and action scenes.

It even sounds much better than the average TV, thanks to a clever built-in audio system that uses the display itself as a speaker. It might save you some money on a soundbar.

When it comes to deep, cinematic images, OLED TVs in the same price range have more refinement, but they can't go as bright (making the Sony better for brighter rooms), and when it comes to motion and colours, this is just exquisite.

Its Android TV smart TV platform is good for apps, but is a little clunky to use compared to LG's and Samsung's systems.

Best 65-inch TVs: Sony XH90

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7. Sony KD-65XH9005 / XBR-KDX900H

The best 65-inch TV for image quality and price balance

Reasons to buy
+Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos+Excellent HDR and image quality+Great gaming features (via update)
Reasons to avoid
-No HDR10+ support

• Read our full Sony XH90/X900H review

Want a TV that's similar to the Sony above, but that's cheaper, and actually better equipped for gaming? How about… Sony's own mid-range model? This TV still gives you a direct backlight with local dimming for great HDR, though admittedly not quite as stunning as the more expensive version – but still one of the very out there for the price.

You get Sony's fantastic motion processing and upscaling, which again are really important when you get to TVs of this size, because imperfections are more obvious on bigger screens. But you get pristine images here, and combined with Sony's lush colours, it's still a stunning TV.

And this TV is officially designated by Sony as 'Ready for PlayStation 5', meaning that it will support really low latency for gaming (under 7.2ms), and can show 4K video at 120fps over HDMI. It will also support variable refresh rate, giving it the hat trick of features we look for in TVs geared up for PS5 and Xbox Series X support. However, we're using the future tense here because it doesn't do all of this yet – Sony says an update will bring these features, so we can't guarantee support just yet.

It's an excellent TV for the price regardless, and we're seeing some price cuts already, making it even more of a bargain!

Best 65-inch TVs: Panasonic HX800

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8. Panasonic TX-65HX800

Another great-value 65-inch TV, especially for movie lovers

Reasons to buy
+Dolby Vision & HDR10+ support+Dolby Atmos audio+Excellent, cinematic images
Reasons to avoid
-Average brightness

• Read our full Panasonic HX800 review

At this price level, you won't find any stronger image quality than you get from Panasonic's HX800 range. This LED TV includes support for both dynamic HDR formats and has been tuned with Panasonic's eye for Hollywood detail: colour fidelity is just excellent, and there's a glamorous, cinematic sheen to everything that most TVs at the more budget end will struggle to muster… but not the HX800.

It has an edge-based backlight (rather than the direct array backlight of more expensive LCD screens), which means its brightness is limited compared to flagship TVs, but is perfectly good for the price, and it's even across the screen, crucially, so still looks great. Local dimming helps to bring effective contrast, especially when combined with its comprehensive HDR format capabilities.

Its processing is also good, handling both upscaling and motion well, to give you really detailed images across its big size. Handily, it's also very capable for gaming, thanks to extremely low input lag, and support for switching automatically into game mode when you switch to a console's input.

Best 65-inch TVs

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9. Samsung QE65Q60T

The best cheap 65-inch QLED TV

Reasons to buy
+Excellent detail and upscaling+Great smart platform+Colourful and rich images
Reasons to avoid
-No Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos-Poor speakers

• Read our full Samsung Q60T review

Samsung's lowest-priced QLED TV is precision-designed to bring you big colours and big detail on a big-screen TV. It comes in two versions – the Q60T and the Q65T, but the only differences are cosmetic. Stores will stock one model or the other, but quality-wise, they're the same. 

Unlike more expensive QLED TVs, it uses edge-based backlighting (similar to the Panasonic above) with local dimming to ensure that dark scenes still look moody. This means it's nowhere near as bright as Samsung's higher-end sets, and so colours aren't quite as bold and punchy, but there's still that unmistakeable QLED vividness.

It gets all the important stuff right, though: as we mentioned, detail is fantastic, whether that's 4K content or upscaled HD. It gets realistic sharpness out of the former, and the quality of upscaling is truly impressive, which is great since a huge amount of what's on streaming services and broadcast is likely to be HD. It also has an excellent smart platform – it's easy to use and smooth.

It has a weak sound system, so we'd definitely recommend a soundbar upgrade with this one. It's also a shame that Samsung still refuses to embrace Dolby Vision, which would help eke every drop of quality from its images, though it does support HDR10+.

How to choose the best 65-inch TV for you

The 65-inch 4K TV market is the domain of flagship models – our picks here are full of models from our list of the best TVs overall – but there are some cheaper options as well. Almost all of the best OLED TVs offer a TV at this size, and there are plenty of flagship 65-inch LCD/QLED TVs.

However, whether you ultimately choose an OLED or QLED TV, you should be looking for AI-enhanced image processing, HDR support, Dolby Atmos, state-of-the-art smart platforms, and gaming features ready for PS5 and Xbox Series X – there's more info about these in our guide to the best gaming TVs.

When looking the best 65-inch TV options, this is also where 8K TVs start to creep in as a serious option. Some of the best 8K TVs have models at this size (though larger sizes are still the norm there). You won't really be making the most of the 8K resolution at this size (4K is easily sufficient, unless you're sitting weirdly close), but 8K TVs also tend to include the absolute pinnacle of TV tech, so they're worth looking at because the image quality overall will be excellent, rather than because you want the extra pixel resolution.