The best 75-inch TVs deliver a huge-screen experience at home, but can fit into a lot more living rooms than a projector-type system. You can use them to really fill your vision with the latest movies, or if you have a larger room, then they're ideal since you can sit further away without needing to squint.
Once, the best 75-inch TVs would have only appealed to the very rich and the cinema-minded, but that's not so much the case these days. The sets take up much less room than they once would have thanks to shrinking depth and bezels, and if you wall mount then you can get a huge screen that really doesn't encroach on your living space at all.
Indeed, as many of the best TVs have shrunk their chassis sizes, people more and more people have been tempted by going large. Now, 70+ inches is the fastest-growing area of TV sales, including the best 80+ inch TVs.
The big benefit of this change is that companies are making 75-inch TVs at a range of different budgets, so you can go giant without spending as much as a new car. That said, we should note that if you want a premium-quality panel, there is a major price hike over the best 65-inch TVs… and those already tend to be a lot steeper than the best 55-inch TVs.
But if you can stretch to them, these high-end 75-inch sets really make the most of high-end technologies such as OLED and QLED, showcasing what they're capable of. Not all of the best OLED TVs are available in sizes as big as these sets, but many of the key models are.
This is also where 8K really stands out as a tempting option – the screens are big enough that the extra pixels make a significant difference on the best 8K TVs.
Best 75-inch TV: Is this the right size for you?
A more pertinent question is do you have the room? A 75-inch TV is clearly very large, and in the average living room it will take up most of a wall.
So you need to measure the available space, and be aware that a screen this size will dominate the room. The good news is these days there’s very little bezel, while a depth of 3-5cm makes installation easier. Wall-mounting is the best option, because it takes up the least space – just make sure you use a solid bracket, and check your wall can actually take the weight! We've got a guide to the best TV wall mounts.
Best 75-inch TV: What to look for
The 75-inch HDR TV market is dominated by large-screen 4K OLED TVs, some cheaper 4K LCD TVs, and 8K QLED TVs. In general, these screens tend to be high-end models, although not always, and as such you should be looking for state-of-the-art image processing that uses AI-enhancements, extensive HDR support, Dolby Atmos immersive audio, comprehensive smart platforms, and plenty of gaming features – many of the best gaming TVs have 75-inch options.
The processing capabilities are especially important at this size, since any imperfections in the picture will be pretty obvious – that means good upscaling of HD and SD content is vital.
This is a size where going 8K should be a serous consideration, since these TVs are big enough to make those extra pixels worthwhile. The upscaling of in the best 8K TVs can't make 4K content look like true native 8K footage, but it can make it look even better than 4K, so there are real benefits.
Some of these TVs offer impressive built-in sound systems, though none will truly stand up to adding one of the best soundbars that's equivalent in scale to a TV of this size. We think most people will want to upgrade so that the sound is as epic as the visuals, though with some of these TVs, that won't have to be right away, mercifully.
Best 75-inch TV: the list
This is the best TV currently on the market, in T3's not-so-humble view, and it really gets to stretch its legs in its 75-inch version. It's the most elite QLED TV in Samsung's 2021 range, and uses the new 'Neo QLED' panel type, which features Mini-LED technology – this is exactly what it sounds like, where thousands and thousands of tiny LEDs are used to provide the light behind the pixels, which means the screen can be ultra-thin, ultra-bright, and individual parts of the screen can also be dimmed with ultra-precision to provide amazing contrast between light and dark.
What you get is simply incredible HDR performance that can make things look more real than ever when they're going for realism, and more stylish and vibrant than ever when they're not. And then there's the 8K resolution: the AI-based upscaling makes 4K video look sharper and clearer than any 4K TV has managed at this size so far, so the extra pixels are genuinely worthwhile.
It's also great for other features, including HDMI 2.1 connectivity for next-gen gaming features, one of the best smart TV platforms available today, plus the use of Samsung's One Connect box, which shifts all of the ports and processing to a separate box connected by a single cable, so it it looks super-tidy when wall mounted. You can read more in our full Samsung QN900A review.
The downsides are that it doesn't include Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support, which is normal for Samsung, but is frustrating – it will pass Atmos out to a sound system from its built-in apps, though. The Samsung QN95A/QN90A further down this list 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.
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The LG C1 is likely to be hugely popular in LG's 2021 line-up – it balances top-level features and image processing with a mid-range price (by OLED standards). We've rated last year's LG CX higher because you can save hundreds on it compared to this newer model, and we think it makes is marginally better value… but make no mistake the C1 offers improved image quality.
You get slightly better handling of colours in particular, and many other small improvements that add up to a meaningful difference overall. Being a year newer than the CX also makes it more future-proof for future updates to its capabilities.
We rated this set the full five starts in our LG C1 review, and we thoroughly recommend it – especially because it supports HDMI 2.1 features (including 4K 120Hz and VRR for next-gen consoles), and also has the excellent smart TV platform we've already praised in the LG G1. The only downside is that OLED can't go very bright, which means in brightly sunlit rooms, the images can look washed out.
We gave the Samsung AU9000 range the full five stars in our review because it walks the line between budget and mid-range TVs almost perfectly: it's a high-achieving but affordable 4K TV, and for many people it could be the only TV they'll ever need – or at least, it will be if they add a soundbar. While the picture quality is superb the sound isn't quite so impressive.
It's very impressive, with HDR10+ Advanced HDR (but not Dolby Vision), Samsung's excellent Tizen interface, next-gen console compatibility and edge-lit backlighting that makes it particularly slim, so it's an ideal candidate for wall mounting. There re three HDMI ports including one eARC one, ethernet and an aerial binding post for the built-in tuner. It has dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.2.
The AU9000 doesn't have HDMI 2.1 but it does support Auto Low Latency Mode and AMD FreeSync, and for gamers it can also replicate the ultra-wide 32:9 resolution some games can run at. The only thing that's missing is Freeview play.
Samsung continues to improve its Neo QLED technology and this year's models are the most impressive yet. The picture clarity is incredibly impressive and the HDR performance is simply stunning thanks to the bright, high contrast panel. As we said in our Samsung QN95B review, with its "beautiful slim design and class-leading gaming features, you've got the ultimate all-rounder TV." Movies look fantastic even in bright daylight, gaming is fast and fluid and even the sound, the Achilles heel of most super-thin TVs, is surprisingly good.
Samsung's panel is a Quantum Dot mini-LED, and this second generation model has a significantly improved image processor with a new feature called Shape Adaptive Light Control. This delivers much better control over local dimming, reducing the dreaded backlight "bloom". There's also much better upsampling courtesy of Samsung's AI-inspired processor, and Auto Calibration to get your TV set up perfectly using your mobile phone and a couple of test patterns on your TV.
For gamers there are four HDMI ports with 4K/120Hz, VRR – Freesync Premium Pro and G-Sync – and a Game preset that brings the lag down to just 10.4ms. There's also a game-specific dashboard for that mode, providing quick access to key information and settings.
This is a hugely impressive TV that sets a very high bar for mini-LED displays. The only real negative is Samsung's redesigned Smart TV interface, which feels like a bit of a backwards step: the improved voice recognition is good to have but the menu system isn't as simple as before. However, when you see how good the picture quality is we think you'll forgive that minor misstep.
Until now, this space was taken by the LG G1 – and now we have the LG G2 in its place. The G2 takes everything that was great about the G1 – its great, super-slim design, its superb picture quality and its impressive gaming support – and makes it even better. The key difference here is the panel, which uses a heatsink that wasn't in the G1. That doesn't sound like much but the difference is dramatic, because it enables the display panel to emit even more light. The picture quality here is stunningly bright and vibrant and will make you smile every time you see it: if you thought you'd seen the very best OLED can offer, this will knock your socks off.
As our LG G2 review put it: this is the new best OLED TV on the planet, and the only real negative is the lack of HDR10+ support and the rather miserly omission of a stand. But as you've no doubt noticed, we haven't made it our best buy in the 77-inch category. That's because as a very new and very large OLED TV the LG G2 has a rather high price tag, and while slightly lesser models such as LG's own C2 don't quite match its stellar specification they are still stunningly good televisions. If you can afford the G2 you will absolutely love it, but if you can't there are several more affordable options that'll delight you just as much.
This is Samsung's highest-end QLED 4K TV of 2020, and it's a truly impressive thing. It's another set that uses the 'Neo QLED' panel with Mini-LED tech, which means the set uses more lights in the same space, to provide the same brightness in a thinner screen, as well as more precise dimming of the backlight for improved contrast.
So this set provides all the big advantages of LCD TVs (stunning HDR highlights, rich colours) but reduces the big weakness of LCD (not being able to show much detail and nuance in dark areas, and leaking light from bright to dark). Rich black areas were always OLED's key trick, and this comes very close to matching it.
In addition, Samsung's superb processing is better than ever at upscaling from HD to 4K, and at making sure 4K can look its best, bringing out all the detail and keeping motion clear.
The Tizen-based smart TV platform is very user-friendly too, and is full of all the essential 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. You can read more about it all in our Samsung QN95A review.
The reason we've mentioned two models here is that the QN95A uses Samsung's One Connect box, which moves all the connections and processing to a separate unit, connected to the panel by a single thin cable. The QN94A offers the same image quality, but the connections are on the TV, making it thicker too – it's a bit cheaper as a result, though, so will be very tempting.
There's also the QN90A, which is cheaper again, but doesn't offer as good anti-glare and wide viewing angle tech – no problem at all if you'll most watch viewing straight on in a room without bright sunlight. Here's our Samsung QN90A vs QN900A guide, so you can see the differences between that set and the 8K model further up this list.
This is the first TV to use LG's new 'OLED evo' panel, which is the next generation of OLED technology. It can reach brighter highlights than LG's previous OLED TVs, and brightness was always the big issue for OLED. The difference isn't actually massive, but it's reaches roughly 20% brighter than previous OLEDs with Dolby Vision HDR, and that's a noticeable amount. When combined with OLED's near-infinite black levels, it makes for a bigger and better HDR presentation overall.
LG's latest generation of image processing is here as well, which is better at handling colours, offer more realistic sharpening of detail, and the way it deals with motion (especially in 24fps movies) is the best it's ever been.
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."
As is the norm with LG now, it's practically flawless for other features. All four of its HDMI ports are ready for HDMI 2.1, which makes it totally future-proof, and its smart TV platform is top notch, both for being understandable and filled with the services you want.
The difference in quality from the cheaper LG C1 and even the older LG CX isn't a total game-changer, but this is definitely superior in an obvious way. The one eyebrow-raising issue is that it doesn't come with any stand in the box. It's designed to be wall-mounted (and it does come with a special totally flush mount), though you can buy some feet separately, or even a special 'Gallery' floorstand that's quite fetching.
The Sony X90J series is made to deliver great-value TV thrills, finding the ideal balance between price and image quality. Its full-array backlight delivers really bright Dolby Vision images that provide the visual pop you want from HDR, while Sony's famous image processing excellent is on display: it's particularly good at upscaling from HD to 4K, at making SDR content look more like HDR, and the way it deals with motion is second to none.
Despite sounding like one, it doesn't come with the same price as a high-end TV, though. Sony has saved money by making it less bright overall than the high-end LCD models we've featured here, and it also suffers from more blooming of light from bright to dark areas than more expensive TVs – but against TVs of the same price, it's just excellent.
It's one of the cheaper TVs to include HDMI 2.1 (on two of its four HDMI ports), though at the time of writing it includes 4K 120Hz support but not Variable Refresh Rate (which Sony says will arrive in an update later). Still, it's future-proofed well enough.
The smart TV platform is Google TV, which is a major improvement for usability on the Android TV platform Sony used to use, but is still extremely comprehensive when it comes to what streaming services are available. The speaker setup is also impressive, matching together multiple drivers for a clearer presentation. You can read our full Sony X90J review for more. We've also got our Sony X95J vs Sony X90J guide if you want to see how this TV compares to the next model up in Sony's range – and our Samsung Q80A vs Sony X90J guide tells you how it compares to the direct competition from Samsung.
The Samsung AU7100 is Samsung's affordable 4K LED TV range, and it delivers a lot of bang for your buck: this may be an absolutely massive 4K TV, but it doesn't have an absolutely massive price tag. It has Samsung's latest and very impressive Smart TV interface, surprisingly good picture quality for the money and some strong gaming features, and it's one of the best TVs under £1000.
The AU7100 has a backlit, edge-illuminated panel with HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG HDR support, but as with other Samsung TVs there's no Dolby Vision. There's Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band Wi-Fi, three HDMI sockets and a USB 2.0 input, and all the HDMI inputs incorporate the Auto Low Latency Mode aspect of the HDMI 2.1 specification for automatic switching to game mode. Other HDMI 2.1 features for gaming are absent, which isn't really a surprise at this price point, but one of the HDMIs has eARC compatibility for use with soundbars and AV receivers and there's a digital optical output for older soundbars too.
The picture quality is superb, but if we were to nitpick we'd point to the lack of truly deep blacks and the relatively low brightness of the panel here: it's not a huge problem but it is noticeable when you compare it to the other, more expensive TVs here. 1080p images upscale well, although as we've seen on other Samsungs things can get a bit unpredictable with skin tones. We wouldn't recommend this TV for watching lower-resolution content such as DVD, however: the upscaling can't really handle it.
If you want a big TV but don't have a big budget, this is a very respectable choice: while of course corners have been cut to keep the price low, this Samsung does a very good job with the essentials for box sets, movies and games. It's great value for money.