If you’re on the hunt for a bigger television screen, you could do a lot worse than a 65-inch TV. You’ll need a decent amount of space in your living room to fit a 4K television of that size, of course, but if you have the room to spare, a 65-inch TV could be just the thing to take your home entertainment setup to the next level.
TV makers are going bigger and bigger every year; while 55-inch TVs are still the flagship, the market for 65-inch TVs is growing fast, with most sets these days being offered in both sizes, alongside even larger sizes.
Why go as big as 65 inches, we hear you say? Well, Most smart TVs nowadays will pack in 4K resolutions, while many feature color and contrast improvement with HDR (high dynamic range), and a 65-inch TV can help show off those enhancements in far more detail than a meagre 40-inch TV set. If you want to go even larger, you can also consider these 75-inch TVs – or make a real statement with the Samsung Q950R, which measures a whopping 98 inches.
The trouble is, getting a bigger screen can also just show off the imperfections in a TV’s processing even more clearly – which is why we’ve brought together the best 65-inch TVs in this handy guide, to make sure you won’t regret investing in a big-screen set. With the top picks from the likes of Samsung, Sony and LG, you know you’re getting the very best 65-inch 4K TVs out there.
Make sure you know your budget though, as stepping up to a 65-inch TV can cost you a pretty penny – though you may be able to get a decent discount in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in November, if you can wait that long.
We’re well into 2019 now, and most (though not all) of the year’s new releases have trickled out – and we’ll be updating this list every few weeks as new models hit the market. But for now, these are the best 65-inch 4K TVs out there.
- If a 65-inch TV is going to be far too big for your home, then take a look at our top pick of the best best 55-inch and best 40-inch TVs instead.
What you need to know about Black Friday 2019
There’s no question that Black Friday TV deals are going to be massive ahead of the November 29 start date and continue on through Cyber Monday in early December. Whether you’re looking for a state-of-the-art 8K QLED TV, or a budget-friendly OLED to binge watch your favorite Netflix series on, make sure you bookmark our best Black Friday TV deals page for the latest updates in the run up to the sales extravaganza.
Black Friday may be a few weeks away, but we’re already seeing some TV deals worth checking out. For UK buyers, these Philips 4K TVs have up to £200 off at Amazon, while US shoppers can already get some sharp TV discounts from Best Buy.
Best 65-inch TV sets: making a choice
The sets in this list give you a wealth of choice at the popular 65-inch TV size, but as we’ve said, sometimes a lot of choice gets confusing. That’s why we’re here to try and help you answer the question: which one is right for you?
Currently, our favorite 65-inch 4K TVs are LG’s series of OLED TVs, boasting exceptional black levels and premium HDR in the form of Dolby Vision. On the other hand, they aren’t the best option for brightly lit rooms.
If your living room’s ratio of windows to doors is too high, you might want to consider Samsung’s QLED TV series for your 65-inch 4K TV purchase instead. In comparison to the LG mosels, these are bright and colorful, and pack in technology that helps them cope with overly bright environments.
Of course, Sony TVs come with both OLED and LED panels, and you can’t go wrong with these either – so you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking out the best 65-inch TV set.
Don’t forget 60-inch TVs either – we haven’t highlighted any in particular in this list, but you still get a decent-sized set, all the benefits of a 4K resolution, and the usual set of smart TV features too. Oh, and they’re a little bit cheaper.
As you consider what you can afford, how bright your room is and where it’ll look best in your living room, let’s take a look at our favorite 65-inch 4K TVs right now. Each one in this list has been tested and approved by our expert team of reviewers, so you can make a well-informed decision.
Best 65 inch 4K TVs at a glance
- Best 65-inch TV: LG OLED65C8
- The second best: Philips OLED 803 4K
- The LCD champ: Samsung Q90 QLED TV
- HDR Hero: Panasonic TX-65GZ2000
- LG’s fancier OLED set: OLED65E9
- Master upscaler: Sony A9G/AG9 OLED
- Master of motion: Sony XBR-65X900F
- Best entry-level OLED: LG OLED65B9
- For lower budgets: TCL 6-Series Roku TV
- For UK viewers: Hisense U8B ULED TV
Best 65 inch 4K TVs of 2019
1. The best 65-inch TV: LG OLED65C8
The love affair with LG OLED continues
Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: OLED | Smart TV: WebOS | Curved: No | Dimensions: 57.0 x 34.7 x 9.1 inches (W x H x D)
Superb picture quality
Limited peak brightness for HDR
No HDR10+ support
The big question this year for 65-inch 4K TV buyers with money to spend is QLED or OLED? QLED is Samsung’s LCD-based screen tech, while LG makes not just the panels for its own OLED TVs but the other makers too.
An OLED like the OLED65C8 is hard to beat for a cinema-like environment. This 65-inch TV actually has much better contrast, and probably color, than your local cinema screen.
It uses WebOS software too, which just about the best smart TV interface out there in our humble opinion.
Cinematic images, smart software and slick design – what more could you want? Well, as you’re asking, Samsung’s QLED TVs are much brighter (which does wonders for HDR), and their motion handling is a little better too. However, for the image quality fundamentals of color and contrast, the LG OLED65C8 still wins in our opinion.
This TV is so high up our list for its practicality, though. It costs less than other OLEDs, or Samsung’s top QLED, which makes it our top choice. While this year’s LG C9 OLED is already on the market, the 2018 model is almost half the price right now – making it currently a dead good deal too.
Read the full review: LG OLED65C8
2. The close second best: Philips OLED 803 4K
Philips redefines reality with next-gen P5 image processor
Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: N/A | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: OLED | Smart TV: Android N | Curved: No
Superb image performance
Designer good looks
No Freeview Play
Android update is long overdue
Only two full-specification 4K HDMI inputs
Philips has significantly upgraded the picture processing power of its 2018 OLED TVs, and the benefits of this new-found brawn can be seen writ large, with enhanced contrast and spectacular colors.
The brand’s second generation P5 Perfect Processing Engine offers twice the picture processing power of the original, and that was a pretty impressive chip in its own right.
The effectiveness of Philips second generation P5 picture engine may sometimes be subtle with real-world content, but it gives this 65-inch TV set an edge when it comes to playing 4K or HD in SDR.
Buyers should weigh the visual benefits against the minor irritations, like poor catch-up TV provision, just two full-spec UHD HDMI inputs, and the lack of Dolby Vision. The Philips Hue-compatible Ambilight room lighting system, and the promise of an early Android TV updates, however, might just balance the books.
With a competitive price point for the technology on offer, the 803 is arguably Philips most compelling OLED proposition to date.
Read the full review: Philips OLED 803 4K HDR TV
3. The LCD champ: Samsung Q90 QLED TV
Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview/FreeSat | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: QLED | Smart TV: Samsung Eden | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1450 x 922 x 284mm (W x H x D)
Superb picture quality
Incredible HDR performance
Wider viewing angles
Comprehensive smart platform
No Dolby Vision support
No Dolby Atmos speakers
Samsung’s flagship 4K QLED for 2019 has somehow managed to outdo last year’s Q9FN, and well deserves a place on this list.
As the top model in Samsung’s QLED range – 8K models like the Q950R aside – the Q90 offers a truly dynamic picture with market-leading picture processing and incredible HDR images. Not to mention a dazzling peak brightness of 1,600 nits (double that of most OLEDs). And with a sleek, bezel-less design, and the OneConnect box to tidy away all your cables, the Q90 is as nice to look at when the TV is off as well.
But one of the most impressive innovations with the Q90 is the viewing angles: something that LCD panels traditionally struggle with, given that backlighting usually faces directly forwards. Samsung has tackled the problem admirably, with its Ultra Viewing Angle technology meaning that contrast and color are as strong off-axis as they are head-on, correcting one of our main complaints for the Q9FN.
Add to that the built-in Bixby voice assistant and comprehensive smart platform, and you have a top-class television full able to compete with the OLED TVs out there.
Read the full review: Samsung Q90 QLED TV
4. HDR hero: Panasonic TX-65GZ2000
For our European readers, Pana’s flagship OLED makes a great centerpiece
Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD/Freesat | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: OLED | Smart TV: My Home Screen 4.0 | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1446 x 905 x 78 mm (W x H x D)
Incredible sound system
Custom OLED panel
Poor app support
No HDMI 2.1
Few televisions released this year have quite the swagger of the Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED. Sitting at the very top of Panasonic’s 2019 TV range, this flagship TV offers the best of the company’s HCX Pro Intelligent processing, with a custom-made OLED panel to distinguish it from the cheaper Panasonic GZ1500 and GZ950 / GZ1000 models.
That’s not to mention the broad HDR format support Panasonic has introduced across its mid-range and high-end sets. However, while even the sub-£1,000 GX800 model packs in the likes of Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and HLG, it’s the GZ2000 that should really show off these formats at their best.
Another standout feature is the 140W Dolby Atmos speaker system, involving both a built-in soundbar and upward-firing speakers, with incredibly precise audio location across the screen – meaning you’re getting both precision and power from your television’s drivers.
You won’t find this one in the US, despite its popularity among professional Hollywood colorists – but those of you in the UK can nab the 65-inch model for £4,399.
Read the full review: Panasonic GZ2000
5. LG’s fancier OLED set: OLED65E9
For larger budgets, the E9 OLED offers a bit more oomph in audio
Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: OLED | Smart TV: WebOS | Curved: No | Dimensions: 57.0 x 36.0 x 8.7 inches (W x H x D)
Awesome picture quality
Excellent operating system
Much improved gaming potential
Occasional picture noise
Lacks brightness vs LCD
LG’S OLED 65E9 doesn’t stray too far from the C Series model listed above, though the design is a bit more ambitious, with a gorgeous bezel-less glass panel that appears to simply float above the TV stand.
You’re getting an equivalent picture and 2nd-gen a9 processor, and in terms of getting bang for your buck, the C Series is generally the better option. But for those wanting something with the wow factor – even when you’re not watching anything on it – and a boosted audio system packed in, the E9 is certainly the premium option.
But the OLED65E9 will add a good few hundred dollars (or pounds) to the cost of your OLED television, which aren’t cheap to begin with, so we advise you think carefully about whether the upgrade is worth it for you.
Read the full review: LG OLED65E9
6. Master OLED upscaler: Sony A9F/AF9 OLED
Most of your content in HD/SDR? Sony’s upscaling tech is second to none
Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD/Freesat | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: OLED | Smart TV: Android TV | Curved: No | Dimensions: 144.9 x 83.2 x 32.0 (W x H x D)
Audio+ sound system
Android Oreo smart platform
Lean back design
Reworked image presets
Black level crushing
There are nowadays a handful of choices if you want a 65-inch OLED TV. Sony, Panasonic and LG all make them, and each offers multiple options.
The 65-inch Sony KD-65AF9 is one of the best, too. Sony has some terrific upscaling algorithms at play, meaning even those HD/SDR images get the cinematic treatment on this 4K set – often more so than LG’s own panels. The new X1 Ultimate processor clearly helps with picture processing, with the vivid color and flawless contrast expected of a top-class OLED.
The AF9 struggled with a frustrating smart platform, but its successor’s Android Oreo interface is simpler, stripped back, and much faster to load too.
Sony still insists on a lean-back design that works better on paper than it does on practice, but it’s a small complaint for one of the year’s best OLEDs. Just stay clear of the Netflix Calibrated Mode: as it stands it tends to harm rather than help the picture.
Check out the full review: Sony A9F / AF9 OLED
7. Master of motion: Sony XBR-65X900F
Top LCD picture quality with improved HDR and motion
Screen size: 65-inches | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: Direct-lit LCD with local dimming | Smart TV: Android TV | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1,447 x 898 x 297 (W x H x D)
Excellent motion handling
Android TV can test your patience
The Sony XBR-65X900F was one of the first 65-inch 4K TVs of 2018, taking over from 2017’s Sony XBR-65X900E.
Improvements include greater brightness, which improves HDR performance, and even better motion handling. In fact, we doubt you’ll find smoother motion handling on any other set.
Image quality is also fantastic, with great black depth and insight – even SD content looks good. As this is an LCD you don’t quite get the perfect blacks of OLED, but it gets as close as LCD can.
Like previous Sonys, the Sony XBR-65X900F uses Android TV, which can be frustrating at times. However, it does give you access to masses of apps, games and streaming services. Sound quality has improved too, although this TV’s speakers won’t, of course, make an action movie’s explosions shake your floorboards.
In the UK this 65-inch TV set is known as the KD-65XF9005.
Read the full review: Sony BRAVIA XBR-65X900F
8. Best entry-level OLED: LG B9 Series OLED
An affordable OLED that doesn’t compromise on quality
Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: Freeview Play, Freeview Satellite | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: OLED | Smart TV: WebOS 3.5 | Curved: No | Dimensions: 57 x 32.7 x 1.85 inches (W x H x D)
LG’s cheapest 2019 OLED
Rich colors and sharp detail
Not the latest processing
Want an OLED TV experience without the price tag? The LG B9 OLED may be the television for you.
Sitting at the bottom of LG’s 2019 OLED range, the comparatively budget set forgoes the a9 Gen 2 processor of its more expensive siblings (like the C9) for a simpler a7 Gen 2 model.
You have to be careful going for the cheapest OLED TVs out there, as some like the Hisense O8B simply don’t get the balance between bargain and baseline quality. The LG B9, though, still manages to achieve a dynamic picture with the infinite contrast and vibrant colours in keeping with the rest of the range – even if some mild video noise creeps into the darker sections of the screen.
Overall, though, its £1,299 starting price (for the 55-inch model) makes it the best ‘budget’ OLED out there.
Read the full review: LG B9 OLED TV
9. For lower budgets: TCL 6-Series Roku TV (US only)
The best 65-inch TV for those of us on a budget
Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: N/A | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: LCD | Smart TV: Roku TV | Curved: No | Dimensions: 57.1 x 10.7 x 35.6 inches
Bright, colorful HDR
Supports Dolby Vision
Roku TV is amazing
Loss of darker details
Limited motion settings
There’s no doubt in our minds – the TCL P6-Series was hands down the best budget TV of last year in the sub-$1,000 price range. It made our Best TVs of 2017 list, as well as our Best 4K TVs of 2017 list, alongside OLEDs from Sony and LG, and QLED TVs from Samsung – all of which cost two, three, four or even five times as much as TCL’s budget-friendly series.
If there was a downside to last year’s models, one that could’ve and should’ve been fixed by year’s end, it was the fact that the TVs were limited to one size – a paltry 55-inch screen. Worse, production couldn’t keep up with the heavy demand once word got out how spectacular those TVs were.
Thankfully that’s all changed this year and the TCL 6-Series is now available in a gorgeous, affordable 65-inch TV size that not only looks phenomenal, but goes easy on your wallet as well for a 4K screen.
Read the full review: TCL 6-Series (R615, R617)
10. For UK viewers: Hisense U8B ULED TV
A cheap 65-inch TV with an easy-to-use smart platform
Screen size: 65-inch | Tuner: N/A | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | Panel technology: ULED | Smart TV: Vidaa U 3.0 | Curved: No | Dimensions: 1449 x 906 x 364 mm
Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
Easy to use smart platform
Solid build quality
Not HDR10+ compatible
Slapdash local dimming
Hisense is a TV brand known for bringing some real budget prices to even some of the biggest screens, and the U8B proves it. Sold only in the UK, this edge-lit 65-inch 4K TV bundles a host of different patented technologies that make up Hisense’s ULED panels – essentially a jacked-out LED display, rather than a different type of technology altogether.
Why so cheap? The edge lighting won’t make for the most consistent brightness across the screen – compared to a full array backlight – but it does keep the panel wonderfully thin. With a silver trim and imposing stand, too, this is a television designed to have an impact.
The Hisense U8B ULED has a clean and straightforward UI, through its Vidaa U smart platform, with plenty of streaming and catch-up apps – including FreeView Play. With Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, there’s plenty of premium format support too – though sadly not HDR10+.
You won’t get quite the picture quality of other entries on this list, but it’s not quite a straggler, either. This is a fully-fledged 4K panel, with crisp images and decent motion handling – even if the edge-lighting and dimming zones can lead to blooming around bright areas of the screen. For the price, definitely a 65-inch TV to consider.
Read the full review: Hisense U8B ULED TV review
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