The best 65-inch TVs are where things get truly cinematic at home. It's one of the most flexible sizes when it comes to the budget range of what's available – many budget models come with a 65-inch version, and basically all mid-range and flagship TVs do.
The fact that you get such a huge range of options when choosing the best 65-inch TVs means you get to choose exactly how far up you want to turn the dials for features and image quality, and how you want to balance those with price – you can find something that suits exactly what you prioritise. Talking of price, with Amazon Prime Day expected to take place in June, you'll want to keep an eye on the Prime Day deals if you want to shave a bit off the price tag of a new big-screen TV, as we're expecting to see price cuts on last year's models now that the 2021 ranges are becoming available.
65-inch TVs are 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 fit into your room.
But that's exactly why the 65-inch TV market has been growing rapidly over recent years (behind only the best 75-inch TVs and bigger for speed of growth), because they really make the most of higher-resolution displays, and the capabilities of technology such as HDR. The best OLED TVs all come with 65-inch options, as do most of the best 8K TVs.
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 – you'll find high-priced premium sets here 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).
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 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.
The best 65-inch TVs you can buy today
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 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. Read our full Samsung Q950TS review for all the little details, and more on why we rate it so highly.
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.
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 previous OLED sets can manage – even slightly beyond the LG G1. 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. The sad news for some? It's UK & Europe only.
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, as our full Panasonic HZ2000 review explains.
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 – here's our our full LG CX review if you want more convincing. The only weak point is the speakers, but a good soundbar will fix that when you're ready, anyway.
This is Samsung's flagship 4K TV from 2020, 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. Our full Samsung Q90T review explains more of why this was one of the best 4K TVs of 2020, and has only become a better buy now that the price has come down lots.
Philips already made some of the most vibrant OLED TVs in the business, but has stepped up its game this year, mixing those same strong HDR colours and contrast with improved realism in areas such as skin tones, while also offering better handling of detail and motion than ever.
The result is some of the most striking image quality on the planet, which is a result of Philips' new AI-packing processor. At 65 inches, it really gets its chance to shine, with the big screen letting you savour the more natural details in particular, especially on upscaled HD video.
You've got Android TV on board to provide the smarts, which means a comprehensive range of streaming apps are good to go. And Philips' unique Ambilight tech is here, which uses light strips on the frame of the TV to spread colours matching what's on-screen to the walls, giving even more of a cinematic feel.
The only downside here is that it's not well-equipped for gaming or next-gen connectivity. There's no 120Hz 4K support over HDMI, no VRR support, and no eARC for high-res audio output to soundbars and surround systems.
If your focus is movies and music, though, this delivers stunning picture quality for a great price, as our full Philips OLED805 review attests.
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.
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 has received some excellent price cuts, making it one of the best-value TVs around – read more in our full Sony XH90/X900H 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. Take a look at our full Panasonic HX800 review for more.
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.