When you're looking at the best 65-inch TVs, you're looking at where things really get into the 'home cinema' category (or 'home theatre' if you're in the US). That's not just down to the size, though: it's also about image quality. Pretty much all flagship TVs come with 65-inch versions, so you can get some absolute stunners.
Having said that, the best 65-inch TVs aren't limited to just including the most expensive models – there are loads of mid-range and budget models that come in this size, which is great, because it means you get to choose exactly how you want to balance features, image quality and price.
The best 65-inch TVs are large enough that not every living room (and not every TV stand) can fit them easily, unlike the best 43-inch TVs or 50-inch TVs – they're often easier to fit if you wall mount them. But if you can fit them in, they're worth the trouble, because the extra 10 inches you get over the best 55-inch TVs adds a huge amount of overall area – it's a huge step up in cinematic wonder.
That last part is exactly why sales of 65-inch TVs have grown rapidly in recent years (behind only the best 75-inch TVs for speed of growth) – they really make the most of the HDR performance that the best OLED TVs give you, and they're where the extra resolution of the best 8K TVs starts to make itself stand out.
So many of the best TVs really getting to show you what they can do at this kind of size, and that means both high-priced premium sets as well as some of the best TVs under £1000 and best TVs under $1000 (though, sadly, great 65-inch models don't rank among the best TVs under £500 yet).
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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 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 high 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.
The best 65-inch TVs you can buy today
This is, in T3's opinion, the overall best TV in the world right now, and it's available in a 65-inch size. It's Samsung's highest-end QLED TV of 2021, and it uses a next-gen 'Neo QLED' panel, which includes Mini-LED technology. This means exactly what it sounds like: behind the 8K pixel are smaller lights than Samsung has ever used before, and many more of them. This means the backlight is beautifully bright and even, but also that Samsung can has more control over dimming localised areas of the backlight, so it can be richly dark as well as stunningly bright.
The result is HDR performance that has to be seen to be believed, giving everything a vibrancy and realism that most other TVs can only yearn for. Then you add in the 8K resolution on top: you don't need to worry about the fact that there isn't anything to watch in 8K, because the TV is so good at taking 4K and making it look higher-resolution than any actual 4K TV can manage. There is a real benefit to going 8K, and this TV makes the most of it.
It's also excellent in other areas, from its gaming features and support for next-gen HDMI 2.1 connectivity, to its easy-to-use smart platform that's packed with streaming services. You can read more in our five-star Samsung QN900A review.
The only downsides? Not having Dolby Vision and Atmos support continues to be an irritation, even if it isn't a dealbreaker; and it's obviously quite expensive. The Samsung QN95A/QN90A below offers very similar performance in 4K for a lot less, so take a look at that if this is beyond your budget. We also have a Samsung QN90A vs Samsung QN900A guide if you want to read a more direct comparison of them.
This OLED TV uses a next-gen panel to deliver images that are as bright as this type of TV has ever been, while still delivering the inky deep black levels that OLED is known for. And Philips' excellent AI-based processing make colours look bold while keeping elements such as skin tones realistic.
Improvement in sharpness processing and upscaling make everything look utterly crisp, and make sure that you're really making the most of its 4K resolution. It's right on par with the very best image quality of any 4K TV.
Best of all, though, is that it's paired with a Dolby Atmos sound system from Bowers & Wilkins built right into the stand. It's like a soundbar that's tuned specifically for the TV's size and height, ensuring that the sound is positioned to match where it should be coming from on-screen, and feeling like the audio comes from the TV, not from somewhere beneath it. And it makes this TV a real bargain, because buying an equivalent TV plus a soundbar of this quality separately would cost you lots more than this set.
HDMI 2.1 support also makes this a good choice for gaming, because it's future-proofed with 4K 120Hz and Variable Refresh Rate support.
This is Samsung's flagship 4K TV for 2021, and oh boy does it show. It's one of the first sets to use Samsung's new Neo QLED panels, which feature LEDs just one 40th of the size of previous LED units. That means Samsung can use more lights in the same space, which has two effects: they can go brighter (or just as bright in a less thick panel); and you can control localised dimming of the backlight even more precisely, because the lights are smaller.
That means this TV seizes all the advantages of LCD TVs (bright HDR highlights, strong colours) and largely overcomes the big weakness (not being able to show true blacks). With its fine backlight control, there's barely any leaking of light from bright areas into nearly dark areas, giving it close to the precise contrast that's been OLED's hallmark.
On top of that, you've got Samsung excellent processing, which is is better than ever at upscaling from HD to 4K, at tuning 4K images to make the most of them, and of applying motion smoothing without looking artificial.
And don't forget that the Tizen-based smart TV platform is really user-friendly and well-equipped for streaming services, plus it has HDMI 2.1 ports for PS5/Xbox Series X features such as 4K 120Hz, VRR and ALLM, along with a new Game Bar that gaming fans will find genuinely helpful.
Our Samsung QN95A review said: "It’s the most complete LED-lit LCD TV we’ve seen in we don’t know how long – maybe ever. From its stunning control of precise light and dark to its generous helpings of detail and smooth motion control, it impresses start to finish. As the total image package, it edges out the OLED TVs we've seen so far."
Why are there two models here, though? The Samsung QN90A and QN95A offer exactly the same image quality, but the QN95A has all of its connections in a separate box that can be tidied away neatly. The QN90A has them on the unit itself, so costs less, but is less slick. (The QN90A also only supports HDMI 2.1 on two of its four ports, and the QN95A supports it on all four). Some countries have both models available, some only have one.
An 8K version of this TV is coming too: the QN900A. Here's our Samsung QN90A vs QN900A guide, so you can see the differences.
This is LG's first TV to use its new, next-gen 'OLED evo' panel. It can go brighter than LG's previous OLED TV panels, helping with the one notable weakness that OLED has. It's not a colossal difference, but it's around 20% brighter than other LG OLED TVs, which is absolutely noticeable with the right Dolby Vision HDR video, and makes everything look more true to life than ever – especially combined with slight improvements to colour accuracy in the new panel.
That's combined with LG's new generation of image processing, which offers better AI-based processing for recognising individual scenes, more realistic handling and sharpening of detail, and its best-ever handling of motion (and especially judder).
Our full LG G1 review said: "Pictures on the OLED65G1, regardless of whether you’re watching TV or gaming, are consistently and jaw-droppingly spectacular."
LG also continues its run of providing best-in-class technical features alongside excellent OLED images, too. You've got four HDMI ports all equipped with HDMI 2.1, which makes it totally future-proof, and LG's webOS smart TV platform is also one of the most easy-to-use on the market, and it's really well-outfitted with support for streaming services and smart home features, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant control.
This is very much a premium TV – it's a big step up from the price of LG's mid-range C1 OLED TV, and though the improvement in image quality is noticeable, it's not a game-changer. We'd say it's worth the money… but there's possibly a hidden cost you need to know. This doesn't come with any kind of stand – just a special zero-gap wall mount that means its super-slim and sleek design look fabulous on any wall. LG sells feet or a floorstanding 'Gallery Stand' separately, so you may need to factor that cost in too.
The LG C1is the mid-range all-rounder OLED TV from LG's 2021 models – though that's "mid-range" in OLED TV terms, which means it's still pretty premium as TVs go overall. You LG's latest and great image processing, paired with the rich colours and infinitely deep black levels of OLED's self-lighting pixels.
Compared to the LG CX above, you get slightly better handling of colours and several other subtle image improvements that add up to a meaningful difference overall, though we think the CX represents better value overall thanks to its price cuts, which is why it's currently higher.
However, if you want a newer TV with an extra year of future-proofing, then know that this does absolutely everything right, as our LG C1 review says. It looks fantastic, and it's packed with features –including four HDMI 2.1 ports and a really comprehensive and easy to use smart TV system. The only downside is that OLED can't go very bright, which means in brightly sunlit rooms, the images can look washed out.
The Sony X90J series will be one of the most popular of the year, and that's because it expertly balances price and image quality. It feels like a high-end TV to watch, thanks to impressively bright HDR performance and Sony's impeccable image processing, which upscales from HD to 4K better than just about anything else, and that also makes motion look perfectly smooth and clear.
But it's not priced like a high-end TV. It's not super-budget, by any means, but it's really well-priced, and performance is just excellent. The smart TV features are provided by Google TV, which is more pleasant to use than the Android TV interface previous Sony sets featured, but is equally well-equipped for comprehensive streaming options.
It's also one of the cheaper options to include HDMI 2.1 support (on two of its four HDMI ports), though at the moment it include 4K 120Hz support, but not Variable Refresh Rate (which is coming later in an update, Sony says). Basically, it's future-proofed, it looks excellent for the money, and it's easy to use. A winner for the money.
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, as you can read in our full Sony XH95/X950H review.
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.
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+. Here's our full Samsung Q60T review for more.
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.