If considering buying one of the best 80+ inch TVs, then you’re about to step into the truly elite world of home cinema – at this size, you'll find many of the best TVs in the world really showing off what they can do.
Of course, the best 80+ inch TVs are not only a pretty major financial investment (there are lower-cost models, but those are still heftily-priced), but it’s going to require a serious amount of space in your home – it's a major huge step up from the best 65-inch TVs, and even the difference from the best 75-inch TVs is more than you might expect.
One of the best projectors is the real cost-effective alternative when it comes to images this large, but an 80+ inch TV has certain advantages: they're more immediate, you don’t have to worry about the lifespan, and you can enjoy all the usual TV features such as broadcast tuners and smart platforms, and next-gen gaming friendly features.
More importantly, an 80+ inch HDR TV can deliver levels of peak brightness that projectors struggle to meet, allowing you to enjoy the full benefits of HDR. We've got a full TV vs projector guide here, if you want to know more about how the two technologies compete.
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.
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 in 2021.
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: the list
The Samsung Q950TS is 2020's flagship 8K QLED model from the manufacturer, and as such this 85-inch TV is packed with elite tech. First of all, it’s gorgeous to look at, with a stunning minimalist design.
Secondly it uses Samsung’s new Object Tracking Sound Plus, which uses speakers at the top, middle, and bottom in conjunction with AI-enhanced processing to move sounds so they precisely match the images on screen. The Q950TS doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, which is a shame considering all those speakers, but it can pass Atmos to a soundbar or amplifier via HDMI-eARC.
This 85-inch Smart TV boasts a sophisticated operating system that’s fast, responsive and intuitive to use. It also offers an extensive selection of streamers including Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Apple TV+, Disney+, and the UK catch-up services. There’s an updated version of the Universal Guide, easy setup using the SmartThings app, and built-in Amazon Alexa. There’s also the new Digital Butler, which is designed to make connecting and controlling other devices easier.
The Q950TS has an incredibly low input lag, along with support for variable refresh rate (VRR) and auto low-latency mode (ALLM), both of which will feature on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, making it a great 85-inch QLED TV for gamers.
The Q950TS has a direct backlight, local dimming, wider viewing angles and quantum dot technology, all of which combine to deliver wider colours, deep black levels, and brighter highlights than you'd ever imagined, bringing what it shows closer to real life than ever.
The 8K Quantum Processor uses sophisticated neural networks to produce incredibly clean and detailed images with SDR and HDR sources. The latter is especially impressive thanks to the increased colour volume, and there’s support for HDR10+ (although still no Dolby Vision). However, overall this is the 80+ inch TV that most shows off what having a huge set can do – read more about what it can do in our full Samsung Q950TS review.
This is Samsung's highest-end 4K TV of 2021, and though it gives up 8K levels of detail, you get plenty in exchange: 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.
The latest version of Samsung's processing is up to the task of putting images on a huge screen, too – it handles the detail of native 4K as well as anything else on the market, and its upscaling from HD to 4K is simply brilliant, especially from a high-quality source such as a Blu-ray, though it's no slouch with streaming sources either.
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 HDMIs etc go, 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.
If you want to dive into some big-screen action but don't have the budget for the top-end TVs here, Sony's mid-range KD-85XH9096 (UK)/XBR-85X900H (US) is an excellent balance of image quality and size. It offers arguably the best detail of TVs in its price range, which is crucial when you're going BIG. It makes the most of the sharpness of 4K video, and its upscaling of HD is really impressive. Importantly, it also handles motion really well – again, at big sizes, any judder when watching movies is especially jarring, and good smoothing on sports helps to stop it looking smeary when action is fast (again, something more noticeable at larger sizes).
You get a great helping of HDR dazzle here, too – it can't match the brightness of more expensive models, but again its among the best of its price range. Dolby Vision support really makes the most of its full colour and contrast range, and it's also the best TV in its class for punching up SDR content to look closer to HDR.
Add in some extra features, such as better audio than most TVs, and support for HDMI 2.1 features on two ports (including 4K 120Hz now, with VRR promised for an update), and you've got a TV that's designed to be the complete package.
The Android Smart TV software is comprehensive for streaming services, which is the most important thing, but isn't quite as slick or intuitive as the software on the Samsungs, but that's a minor gripe overall. Our full Sony XH90/X900H review goes deeper into why this such a great TV.
The Samsung TU8000 our pick as the best budget 85-inch TV to buy – if you just want a beautiful big screen for the most affordable price. As we've mentioned, you can't cut too many corners on this size of screen because image imperfections will loom far too large… and the TU8000 doesn't too many corners, despite being so much cheaper than the other sets here.
Let's be clear that this is can't match the other sets here for image quality, still. It's an edge-lit LED screen – not direct-lit – which means it's not as bright and can't control the dimming of its backlight as precisely. That means black levels aren't as truly black, and its general HDR performance isn't as stunning – it also doesn't have Samsung's QLED technology for as wide and rich colours.
Samsung's processing technology is among the best for cheaper TVs, so you can trust the images will look sharp and clear enough to really impress at the large size, and upscaling from from HD to 4K will make the most of the Ultra HD pixels still. Upscaling from SD is more likely to be a bit rocky, but you can't expect miracles.
Similarly the sound here is nothing to write home about, expect you're maybe writing to say that you're going to need to buy one of the best soundbars ASAP.
However, Samsung's Tizen smart TV platform is just the same as the more expensive Samsung models we've featured here, so when it comes to usability and access to all the services you want, it's as good as any TV at any price.
Sony has a well-earned reputation for its unflinching image quality, and you'd better be equally unflinching yourself when you see the price of this 8K TV. Sony put all its hottest tech in here, resulting in some of the best image quality we've ever seen, for a price to match. Known as the Sony KG-85ZH8 in the UK and Sony XBR-85Z8H in the US, this is a masterful TV… but not by enough of a margin to push out the other options here, considering its price.
Our Sony ZH8/Z8H review gushes that "Bold HDR images erupt off the screen in a way only a couple of other much more expensive TVs can compete with. The brightest highlights of HDR images look fantastically intense, while bright daylight scenes are light enough to make you feel like you’re looking through the window rather than watching a TV."
However, the set is missing HDMI 2.1 ports, which means you can't take advantage of the latest gaming features… but HDMI 2.1 also handles 8K, so if 8K sources appear in the future, you can't take advantage of them. And our review said that its performance with 8K material was a little disappointing.
Samsung's high-end TVs are pretty much at the same level of image quality, but do an even better job of taking advantage of everything that 8K resolution can do, have future-proofed HDMI ports, and we prefer their smart TV platforms, hence why they beat this. But if you're a Sony fan and are looking for the ultimate TV experience, know that this is it.
The LG ZX is an incredible technological achievement, but this 88-inch OLED 8K TV is eye-wateringly expensive. If money is no object, then trust that owning the LG OLED88ZX will mean big-screen images like you've never seen before.
This state-of-the-art behemoth not only boasts an 8K OLED panel, but also boasts LG’s latest generation of image processor, to make full use of all those extra pixels when upscaling lower resolution material.
As a result, images are sharp, detailed and clean, whether you’re watching SDR or HDR content. In the case of the latter there’s a choice of HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision, with only a lack of HDR10+ to disappoint on a screen this expensive (though not LG supports this, so it's no surprise).
This superb 88-inch HDR TV delivers images that are often breathtaking, although due to the limitations of OLED technology it can’t reach the peak highlights of Samsung’s sets – however, it offers the infinite darkness levels that OLED is famed for, so you still get incredible HDR range with precise highlights. If this is for a home cinema room, where you'll control the lighting, the maximum brightness won't matter so much anyway.
The ZX includes HDMI 2.1 inputs, allowing it to support 8K, eARC, 4K at 120 frames per second, VRR and ALLM. Those last three features are critical features for gamers, as is a very low input lag.
LG’s webOS smart TV platform is just an intuitive and useful as the best competitors, with built-in Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, along with an extensive selection of streaming apps.
The ZX supports Dolby Atmos and includes a sound system built into the permanently attached stand. This uses larger speakers, subwoofers and beefed-up amplification to produce a soundstage as immersive as the screen itself.