The best 80+ inch TVs are the ultimate in home entertainment. They're close in size to a projector screen but much easier to set up and get pin-sharp picture quality.
The best 80+ inch TVs are some of the best TVs in the world, with manufacturers showing what they're capable of when size is no object. This is where you'll find the best 8K TVs, because that resolution needs the biggest possible canvas, and it now also includes some of the best OLED TVs as manufacturers have found ways to make ever bigger panels.
In our guide we talk about "affordable" rather than "budget" options. That's because making a TV this big is expensive, so even the most affordable options are going to require a sizeable financial investment. And they'll require a sizeable amount of space, too: they are much, much bigger than the best 65-inch TVs, and you might be surprised by how much larger they are compared to the best 75-inch TVs too.
A big TV isn't your only option here. The best projectors can be this big or even bigger – beyond 85 inches – but there are some significant advantages to choosing a TV over a projector. They're simpler and faster, they include all the usual TV features including broadcast tuners and smart TVs, and they increasingly come with next-gen gaming features too. It's also easier to get an effective home cinema sound with a TV, either via its built-in speakers or by connecting one of the best soundbars. And you'll also find that an 80+ inch TV is usually brighter than a projector, enabling you to enjoy the full benefits of today's high dynamic range (HDR) tech. If you'd like to know more about the pros and cons of TVs and projectors, check out our TV vs projector guide.
The best 80+ inch TVs 2022: our top 3 picks
The best 80+ inch TV for most people is the Samsung 85QN900A, which delivers absolutely stunning 8K visuals, HDMI 2.1 and HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG. It isn't quite as deep in its blacks as an OLED – it's a mini-LED display – but it is much brighter. This is a deserved T3 Award winner and an absolutely spectacular TV.
The best 80+ inch OLED TV is the LG C1. It supportsHDR10 and Dolby Vision, its 4K picture is pin sharp, and that gorgeous OLED display offers incredibly deep blacks and incredibly bright whites with superb colour reproduction. The speakers aren't great but at this end of the market you'll have or be buying one of the best soundbars or best AV receivers anyway, and the quality of the picture more than compensates.
The best affordable 80+ inch TV is the Samsung 85AU7100. There are cheaper rivals but they aren't as good as the Samsung, and while it's not as bright as the other TVs here it's perfectly fine for the typical home; however, if you live in an airy, all-glass penthouse you might want something with a brighter panel. As ever with Samsung there's no Dolby Vision but you do get HDR10 and HDR10+ high dynamic range, and when you consider the size and quality of the display it's an absolute steal.
When it comes to delivering spectacular images at a huge size, the Samsung QN900A is king. Its 8K resolution delivers phenomenal detail, while the next-gen Mini-LED panel is fantastically bright for HDR, but also delivers the best contrast we've seen from any Samsung TV so far.
The 8K screen uses AI upscaling to really make the most of all the pixels, and really does make 4K video look better than it would on a 4K TV of the same size. It's also capable of making even HD and SD video look solid on the giant screen, which is no mean feat.
It does this while also using its array of tiny LEDs to deliver incredible brightness for HDR realism, but it also features many more local dimming zones than any other model has, meaning that the precision with which it can show dark areas next to light areas is the best we've seen outside of OLED TVs.
Our full QN900A review said that it "raises the bar even higher, combining extreme brightness, colour and 8K sharpness with unprecedented levels of contrast and backlight control to produce the all-round most spectacular pictures I’ve seen on a TV that's remotely affordable."
It also has a bezel-free design that's spectacular to see, it offers excellent gaming features including HDMI 2.1, the smart TV platform is excellent, and it has speakers all around the edge, for positional audio.
The LG C1 was the first OLED TV to be available at this kind of size, though several more will arrive soon. This is likely to remain the most affordable of them, though, but still offer superb image quality, including all the advantages of OLED.
OLED TVs don't require a backlight to generate the light for images, unlike LCD models – instead each pixel creates its own light. This means that they can control their own brightness individually, so OLED TVs are famed for how they can show incredible nuance in dark scenes, and how bright highlights can be right next to pitch-black areas, with no bleed between them. This makes them a favourite among cinephiles, because the accuracy is fantastic, as our full LG C1 review attests.
The LG C1 makes the most of all of this, with LG's latest-gen processing making sure that details are sharp and colour is accurate, while there are no digital artefacts in upscaled images – essential at this scale.
The downside of OLED is that it can't go very bright, so while HDR looks wonderful on it because of the infinite darkness it can achieve, it can appear washed out if there's lots of bright light in your room. In controlled environments, it doesn't matter so much.
On top of all this, you can add complete HDMI 2.1 support for gaming, and a really comprehensive and easy-to-use smart TV platform, plus Dolby Vision HDR support (which Samsung doesn't offer). The sound isn't very special, but you were planning to add separate speakers anyway, right?
If you want this size of TV for the lowest price, this is the model to look at. This is Samsung entry-level 4K TV model, and it comes in pretty much any size that TVs come in, including this giant-sized one.
It's not QLED, so it doesn't include the dazzling brightness and extra-rich colours that those sets are known for, but when it comes to visual bang for buck, Samsung's entry-level TVs are pretty much unbeaten. HDR performance is appealing overall, contrast is pretty solid, and there's a good amount of detail with 4K sources.
The processing isn't as advanced as higher-end sets, and this means that you'll see the issues with its upscaling from lower-res visuals at this size, as well as imperfections in motion handling. But again, it does all this as well as anything at this price can be expected to – it's not bad at all, it's just pushing the limits of the budget.
If your focus is going big for the minimum price possible, look no further – you won't find better image quality for the money than this, as we said in our review.
Best 80+ inch TVs: The best of the rest
This is Samsung's highest-end 4K TV from 2022, meaning it's much cheaper than a flagship 8K, naturally, but it also uses Samsung's next-gen 'Neo QLED' panel, which uses Mini-LEDs for its backlight. Why is that good? The LEDs are 40 times smaller than the lights used before, which means Samsung can pack in more of them, which a) enables huge levels of HDR brightness in a thinner panel; and b) means you have much finer control over local dimming of the backlight, so contrast is improved over previous models.
The result is simply incredible image quality, especially when it comes to the range colours and light levels that HDR offers. You get pretty much the least amount of blooming from light areas to dark that we've ever seen, which is obviously essential if you're using this as a home cinema screen, in a darkened room.
Built-in audio quality is even impressive, with speakers around the edges of the screen providing more width and height to sound than most TVs can muster. It's no replacement for a proper sound system, but if you do want this as a standard living room TV, the audio is pretty good.
It's also one of the best TVs in the world for gaming, thanks to having four HDMI 2.1 ports, which means it's ready for the 4K 120Hz images and Variable Refresh Rate support of next-gen consoles. Samsung has also introduced a new 'Game Bar' interface, which helps you to get the lowest lag rates possible, and to see exactly what settings you're running.
Finally, the design is just astounding. It's so incredibly thin, and there's just a single cable from the panel itself, which leads to a separate One Connect box. This is where all your HDMI connections are, and can be hidden in a TV unit or similar, with a tiny lead taking video and power to the screen itself. This means it looks fantastic and tidy no matter whether you wall-mount it or keep it on its minimalist stand. Read our full Samsung QN95A review for more on why we rate this fantastic set so highly.
When we reviewed it, we said the Sony A90J was Sony's best 4K TV ever. And that's just as true of the 83-inch version, which is simply spectacular. The 4K HDR OLED panel is powered by Sony's Cognitive XR processor, which does a fantastic job of handling motion and upscaling lower resolution content.
There's Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology for audio that's as impressive as the picture. Where most manufacturers clearly assume you're going to stick a soundbar on their sets, Sony has given careful thought to this TV's audio system and it delivers impressive positional audio and Dolby Atmos sound.
These issues are disappointing when the rest of the TV is so impressive. As we said in our Sony A90J review, the picture quality is "breathtaking. Or beautiful. Or maybe breathtakingly beautiful."
If you're looking for the even more recent 2022 A90K then read our comparison article – Sony A90J vs A90K: how Sony's new elite OLED TV compares – to get the lowdown.
Samsung's AU9000 proves that you don't need to spend enormous amounts of money to get an enormous high-performance TV. It delivers superb picture quality from any source, has one of the best smart TV interfaces around and has excellent connectivity thanks to four HDMI inputs, one of which has eARC compatibility, and next-gen console support with Automatic Low Latency Mode and AMD FreeSync. If you're a PC gamer you'll like the option to run at 32:9 aspect ratio too.
In our Samsung AU9000 review we noted the usual Samsung lack of Dolby Vision but praised the picture quality: it's good with skin tones and colour reproduction, and it's up there with the best edge-lit LED TVs in terms of its control over blooming and haloing. The processor only really breaks sweat if you ask it to upscale relatively low-res content: it upscales 1080p video effortlessly but it struggles noticeably with SD.
It's a very thin TV so don't expect massive sound, but you're probably going to team this TV up with one of the best soundbars for Samsung TVs so that's not really an issue: what matters here is the picture quality and performance, and this Samsung scores very highly on both. If you want an enormous TV but don't have enormous amounts of money the AU9000 is excellent value.
Best 80+ inch TV: What to look for
The 80+ inch TV market is dominated by high-end models, including (but not limited to) the best 8K TVs, since the larger screen size benefits most from the increased resolution. However there are still excellent 80+ inch 4K TVs available – we do recommend going 8K if you're able, though.
There are both OLED and QLED screens available (as well as other forms of LCD), though this size range tends to be dominated by LCD currently. Very few of the best OLED TVs actually reach this scale, though more models are appearing.
As with any screen size you should be looking for HDR support, Dolby Atmos, state-of-the-art smart platforms, and gaming features ready for next-gen consoles, if you're so inclined – there's more info on these in our guide to the best gaming TVs.
The most essential thing, when dealing with panels this large, is to have high-tech image processing to ensure that all content looks awesome on the big screen – when the picture is this big, you will see any imperfections, especially when upscaling from HD or (shudder) standard definition to 4K or higher.
Best 80+ inch TV: Is this the right size for you?
Unsurprisingly an 80+ inch TV is really large, and while such a screen could fit in a normal living room, it will probably dominate the space to an undesirable degree, unless you have a huge open space.
A TV this big should really be installed in a dedicated room, where it can take centre stage and its size won’t be an issue. Wall mounting is probably the best approach, but make sure the wall is load bearing and the bracket robust.
You can theoretically sit up to 18 feet away, but given the increased resolution available these days you can sit much closer, making the experience more immersive.
You should also consider investing in a multi-channel audio system, so there’s a big soundstage to accompany those impressive visuals. At the very least, take a look at the best soundbars – some give you Dolby Atmos sound with rear speakers, which is an experience to match the scale of your set.