The In-Depth Buyer's Guide 2019

Best 65 Inch TV

Top 10 Reviewed 65 Inch TVs

9.6 out of 10

Of all the new models of 4K TVs that have hit the shelves for 2019, the Samsung UN65RU7100FXZA is a 4k Ultra HD that we found offered the best combination of quality, features, and price. The TV comes equipped with a 4K UHD Processor and it is a Smart TV with Universal Guide. Most importantly, it performed flawlessly with an amazing picture.


Test Results and Ratings

- September 2019

How We Decided


4 main factors come down to picking the top 65-inch TVs.

​Screen Size
40/55/65 Inches


​Technology
OLED/LED/LCD


​​4K
Resolution

$1400-$2700
Value

Editor's Choice/ Best 4k 65 Inch TV

 Samsung UN65RU7100 65'' 4K UHD Smart TV

9.8
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Great price
  • Amazing picture
  • Great sound quality
  • None that we found

Why We Like It: This 65 inch UHD TV is priced great and everything just looks amazing on it.  The high contrast ratio gives you deep blacks which is great for dim or dark rooms.

Best LG 65 Inch TV

 LG OLED65E7P 65-Inch 4K UHD Smart OLED TV

9.8
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Great black levels
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Great color accuracy
  • Expensive

Why We Like It: For years, LG has been a leader in the HDTV category, consistently producing displays with deep, rich blacks, blazingly beautiful color, a wide color gamut and enough extra features to make your head spin. Their foray into 4K displays has been no different of course, and that pedigree for quality is no more apparent than in this LG TV.

Best 65 Inch TV for the Money

 Samsung QN65Q80R Flat 65'' QLED 4K TV

9.7
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Nice gaming features
  • Low input lag
  • Nice and bright
  • Stand could be more attractive

Why We Like It: The Samsung QN65Q80RAFXZA Flat 65'' QLED 4K TV is an excellent TV with great dark room performance due to a high native contrast ratio and good local dimming. It delivers rich blacks and crisp, bright whites that look amazing. Armed with a Quantum Processor, it will instantly upscale content for sharp detail and near perfect color.

Best Samsung 65 Inch TV

 Samsung QN65Q7FN 65” QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV

9.4
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Wide color gamut
  • Deep blacks
  • Anti-reflective screen
  • Picture loses definition at certain angles

Why We Like It: Great image quality, a wide color gamut, deep blacks and an anti-glare screen are all great, but it also has excellent brightness making it ideal for bright or dark rooms.

Best Deal on 65 Inch TV

 LG OLED65B8PUA 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD TV


9.1
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Great image quality
  • Great dark room performance
  • Deep blacks
  • Brightness is based on screen content
  • Images could burn in if left for long periods

Why We Like It: The LG OLED65B8PUA delivers excellent image quality and is best in dark room situations. It also has a lightning fast response time and looks amazing from any angle.

Best Rated 65 Inch TV

 Sony XBR65X900F 65-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

8.8
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Deep blacks
  • Excellent picture quality
  • Image quality is degraded at some angles

Why We Like It: The Sony XBR65X900F 65-Inch 4K TV is a great large TV, with an excellent picture, great motion handling and response time. 

Best Smart 4K 65 Inch TV

VIZIO PQ65-F1 65" Class Quantum 4K HDR TV

8.8
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Vibrant colors
  • Deep blacks
  • Google Chromecast built-in
  • No voice control built in
  • Picture is not accurate when viewed at angles

Why We Like It: This Vizio TV has amazing colors that are vibrant and accurate, deep blacks, plenty of HDMI ports and other great features. The price makes it a serious contender for your money. 

Best Rated 65 Inch Budget TV

Samsung UN65RU8000 65" (3840 x 2160) Smart 4K UHD TV

8.8
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Great budget choice
  • Deep blacks
  • Great for gaming
  • Not viewable at all angles
  • Quality control could be better

Why We Like It: This TV hits all of the right notes. It looks like a high end set, offers a great picture and the price is right.

Best Rated 65 Inch TV With Alexa

LG 65UM7300 65" 4K UHD Smart LED TV

8.8
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Alexa built in
  • Quad-Core TV processor
  • Great picture
  • Blacks are not deep

Why We Like It: This TV offers vivid colors, and great performance thanks to a quad core processor and some decent features for a decent price.

Best  65 Inch Budget TV Runner-Up

LG Electronics 65SK8000 4K Ultra HD TV

8.8
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Google Assistant built in
  • Great picture
  • No local dimming

Why We Like It: This 4K HDR TV is a good deal for the money. While the image quality isn't as great as our top models, it was great enough to make our list.

WHICH BEST 65 INCH TVS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU?


Before you purchase one of the best 65 inch TVs mentioned above, it’ll pay to do research. These types of large screen televisions are extremely expensive with a final bill of a few thousand dollars, so you need to be completely sure of which features you’re receiving before buying a unit like this. You don’t necessarily need a 4K resolution screen, though it will give your new TV some added longevity, even if there isn’t a lot of native 4K programming available right now. Make sure you’re getting a set with a refresh rate of at least 120Hz for a smooth display. OLED TVs have incredible image quality, but you’ll have to pay a lot more for this new technology versus the best LED TVs. Finally, stick with a well-known brand name, and you’re sure to have some success finding just the right 65 inch TV.

Most Important 65 Inch TV Features

1

Screen Size

The screen size of the television is measured diagonally. TV screens come in a variety of sizes, such as 40, 55, and 65 inches.

2

Display Technology

OLED technology is able to offer the deepest blacks and the brightest whites, because it uses a layer of organic LEDs that are controlled pixel by pixel. OLED TVs are not common in the market currently, in large part because of their high price. It’s also unclear whether OLED models will suffer from burn-in over the long run.


LED-LCD is the most common type of display technology, where LEDs illuminate the LCD screen from behind, allowing for greater contrast between black and white.


LCD minus any LED lighting is an older display technology. And you may find some LCD TVs that only contain LEDs at the edges of the screen, making them a bit less effective in terms of picture quality than the LED-LCD models with a full LED array across the entire screen.

3

Resolution

As you’re shopping for 65 inch TVs, you can expect the vast majority of them to offer 4K resolution. UHD resolution is 3840×2160 pixels.


Some HDTVs in the 65 inch range will offer full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels.


The majority of programming right now is full HD resolution, although some 4K TVs can upscale the programming to use the entire 4K resolution. However, you can expect more programming to migrate to 4K in the next few years, so buying a 4K TV now will give it some longevity.

4

Refresh Rate

The refresh rate of the screen is measured in Hertz, or Hz. The refresh rate measurement reveals how many times per second the image on the screen is recreated or redrawn. The most common refresh rates are 60Hz, 120Hz, or 240Hz.

If you have fast-moving objects on the screen, such as with sports programming or gaming, you’ll want at least 120Hz for a refresh rate. Anything less than 120Hz could result in blurred images as objects move across the screen.

If the TV manufacturer refers to an effective refresh rate, that usually means the actual refresh rate is half the stated effective refresh rate.

Note: Samsung uses a propriety method to measure their TVs refresh rate. It’s confusing and annoying.

5

Screen Design

HDTV technology, including the LED (LED-LCD), OLED, and LCD technologies discussed above, allows screens to have a flat design. However, some television designers have chosen to create gently curved screens for their large TVs, such as the best 65 inch TV screens discussed here. The curve is designed to mimic the immersive feeling you might have with a movie screen or IMAX screen that’s curved. But to really approach that immersive feeling, the curve is more effective on an extremely large screen than on a smaller screen.

6

Smart TV Features

Nearly all modern televisions are considered Smart TVs, as they nearly all have built-in Wi-Fi technology to make use of streaming Internet services. Some of the Smart TV type options and services available with individual TVs will vary though.

7

Ports

The most common type of port on a 65 inch TV is an HDMI port, which allows you to connect other devices that can use high speed data transfer to match the high resolution display. You’ll want multiple HDMI ports in your large TV, allowing for adding devices like Blu-ray players or gaming consoles.

Some TVs offer USB, digital audio ports and other ports as well.

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Mistakes to Avoid

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Watch for Gimmicks

Skimping on Ports

Going Too Small to Save on Money

Splurging on Extra Features You Don’t Need

Which 65-inch 4K TV is Right For You?


What to Look for in the Best 65 Inch TV

  • Find the Right Resolution
  • Refresh Rate
  • Price

If you’re going to plan to watch sports or play games on a 65 inch TV, you’re going to want a unit with a refresh rate of at least 120Hz. Anything with a slower refresh rate will result in blurred frames during movement in the scene. These blurs will be even more noticeable on a large television than on a smaller screen. A TV with a variable refresh rate is great.

Who Contributed to this Review

Dan Seitz

Editor

Conor Galagan-Mead

Contributor

Christian Hokenson

Editor

Caleb Clark

Editor

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