The best 65-Inch TVs are going to take your living room to a whole new level of home cinema tech. And while the size has a lot to do with it, it’s not all – 65-inch TVs come with some really high-quality features that you just don’t get with the smaller models.
However, while bigger may seem better, it’s not always the case if you can’t fit it in your home comfortably, and you may find you struggle to mount a 65-inch on the wall as easily as you would the best 43-inch TVs or 50-inch TVs.
If you are wanting to invest in OLED technology, then going for a 65-inch or bigger TV is actually going to allow you to truly experience this in all it’s glory, and many of these 65-inch models are also in our guides to the best OLED TVs and the best 8K TVs – the quality is insanely good!
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 (opens in new tab) 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.
Best 65-inch TV 2022: The top 3
The best 65-inch 8K TV you can buy is the Samsung QN900B. The 2022 flagship is stacked with resolution, its 33 million pixels presenting eye-shatteringly great image quality.
The best 65-inch 4K OLED TV you can buy is the LG G2. The top-tier LG panel is pricey (the LG C2 is the step-down option), but if you want best-of-best OLED then it's the brightest available to date.
The best 65-inch 4K QLED TV you can buy is the Samsung QN95B. Perhaps the most suitable for most people looking for a flagship, the QN95B's Neo QLED panel is super bright and punchy.
This is, in T3's opinion, the best 8K TV in the world right now, and at 65-inches it really shows off that mega resolution. 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, meaning the backlight is beautifully bright and even. That's what makes it a T3 Awards winner 2022.
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 QN900B 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 rather expensive. The Samsung QN95B offers very similar performance in 4K for a lot less cash, so take a look at that if this is beyond your budget.
In our LG G2 OLED TV review we described it as "the peak of OLED TV", a superb OLED TV delivering truly exceptional HDR performance with bright highlights and incredibly accurate dynamic tone mapping. It isn't cheap, but it's worth every penny: it takes the same panel as the previous LG G1 and delivers even brighter visuals and even better image processing and upscaling than before. It's also one of the best gaming TVs thanks to its extensive support for next-generation consoles and HDMI 2.1. All of which also makes it a T3 Awards 2022 winner!
Although the LG G2 comes in various sizes, the 65-inch was the model we tested for our review and we were genuinely blown away by how good it is. It delivers impressive brightness without trying to turn everything up to make it unrealistically bright, and if you stick to the no-messing-around filmmaker mode you'll be impressed by the sheer depth of the colour and contrast the panel achieves without any gimmicky processing. It's an incredibly precise panel delivering some of the best HDR we've ever seen, with an impressively uniform screen with no signs of unpleasant artifacts. The new Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor is hugely impressive too.
We even like the way the LG sounds. That new processor also delivers seriously improved audio, and while there's only so much bass you can get out of such a thin TV you won't find soundbar-free watching to be unpleasant as is so often the case with really thin TVs.
Samsung's 4K flagship for 2022 is an incredible thing, with the best Neo QLED performance we've ever seen packed in a gorgeous, slim design with excellent gaming support too. No it's not the 8K model, but it'll suit most people better. As we said in our Samsung QN95B review (opens in new tab), it's a stunning TV and a major picture leap forward from its already impressive predecessor. It's also the T3 Awards winner of both Best TV 2022 and Best Gaming TV 2022.
This is a Quantum Dot mini-LED TV, and in 2022 that means it comes with a system called Shape Adaptive Light Control to deliver better dimming and reduce backlight blooming. It makes for particularly punchy HDR content, and it does an excellent job of reducing the backlight clouding that often affects LED TVs with local dimming. It's incredibly bright, while the black levels and colour reproduction here will make you think you're watching an OLED TV.
Best 65-inch TV 2022: The best of the rest
In our LG OLED C2 review we said that this is the best OLED TV for most people in 2022. It takes everything that was great about the earlier LG C1 and adds some very worthwhile improvements. The LG G2 up top is technically better, as it's brighter, but then it's a lot more expensive.
The C2's panel is really rather special. It's the same as the previous model but it's much more efficient, enabling LG to pump up the brightness to deliver even better visuals. There's a new state of the art image processor for class-leading upsampling, and the presence of multiple HDMI 2.1 ports means this is also one of the best gaming TVs you can buy as well as being impressively future-proof. Thanks to excellent variable refresh rate (VRR) support it's one of the best TVs for PS5 too.
Whether you're a gamer, a movie buff or a box-set binger, LG's latest OLED TVs raise the bar for picture quality and image processing. The C2 is absolutely gorgeous to watch and delivers a level of realism and immersion that's really rather special. The smaller versions are good, but the larger models are great.
The LG C1 is the older model from LG, so it's ripe for a bargain. It's more mid-range than LG's G-series panels – though that's "mid-range" in OLED TV terms, which means it's still pretty premium as TVs go overall. You LG's great image processing, paired with the rich colours and infinitely deep black levels of OLED's self-lighting pixels.
Whether you're a gamer, a movie buff or a box-set binger, LG's previous-gen OLED TV keeps the bar high in terms of picture quality and image processing. The C1 is absolutely gorgeous to watch and delivers a level of realism and immersion that's really rather special. Check out our full LG C1 review for more.
This bit of the market has long belonged to Samsung: if you want the best possible TV with the least possible cost, there's always a Samsung ready for you to adopt. The AU9000 delivers all the essentials for under £1,000, which for an OLED is an absolute steal.
As our Samsung AU9000 OLED TV review explains, it's very well specified: there's HDR10+ Advanced HDR (but not Dolby Vision), Samsung's excellent Tizen interface, some next-gen console capability and a superbly slim profile thanks to its edge-lit backlighting.
The connectivity here should be enough for most users: there are three HDMIs including one eARC for your sound system or soundbar, twin USB 2.0, an Ethernet socket, an aerial binding post and a CI card slot. There's also dual-band Wi-Fi for smooth streaming and Bluetooth 5.2.
This isn't an HDMI 2.1 TV but there's lots here for gamers: Auto Low Latency Mode and AMD FreeSync are supported, and PC games can get the ultra-wide 32:9 aspect ratio some games offer.
As you'd expect from a Samsung OLED the picture quality is fantastic, and the upsampling to 4K is very good provided you've got a half-decent source: standard definition doesn't upsample brilliantly but Full HD does.
It's a lot of TV for not a lot of money, comparatively speaking. So what's the catch? We'd say it's the audio: that slim bezel doesn't leave much room for speakers, and the sound from this Samsung is pretty weedy. But let's face it. If you're in the market for a huge OLED TV you're going to want to connect one of the best soundbars to it.
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.
In our Sony A90J review we said that it was "a mind-blowing television, offering some of the best HDR performance of any TV so far, matched with Sony's impeccable motion and upscaling processing." It's not perfect – gamers in particular will find some of the specifications a little disappointing – but it's a spectacular, IMAX Enhanced TV with superb image quality.
The A90J addresses a key weakness of previous Sony OLEDs: they weren't very bright. This panel is, delivering up to 915 nits in Vivid mode and around 790 in Cinema mode. And there's a new heat dissipation layer that should mean increased brightness doesn't have a negative effect on the TV's longevity.
Sony's new Bravia processor does exceptional things with motion processing and upscaling, and it doesn't suffer from the desaturation that some bright panels exhibit. And behind the screen there's Sony's Acoustic Surface technology, where the screen also acts as a speaker to make dialogue appear to be coming from the actor rather than the whole scene.
Negatives? There's no HDR10+ and in the UK, key streaming apps are currently AWOL. And if you're a gamer it's important to note that the A90J doesn't support Variable Refresh Rate yet.
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 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.
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 (opens in new tab) – but there are some cheaper options as well. Almost all of the best OLED TVs (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab).
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 (opens in new tab) 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.