The sweet spot for TVs seems to be 55-inches. It’s a good size for most living rooms and most TVs have that variant. However, some people want something a little bit bigger. There’s a caveat, though. Most 55-inch TVs are very competitive in terms of price. Companies price them down to encourage people to buy them.
By contrast, most 65-inch TVs are much more expensive than their 55-inch counterparts. To be honest, we recommend going with a 55-inch set if you can because you’ll save a ton of money by shaving off those 10 inches. Still, there are some good options . Here are the best 65-inch 4K TVs in most price ranges for 2018.
Best budget 65-inch TV: TCL S405
TCL’s S405 is probably your best bet for budget 65-inch 4K TVs. Admittedly, that market isn’t very big to begin with. It comes with a variety of features such as decent upscaling for HD content, 120Hz refresh rate, and three HDMI ports. The picture quality is higher than average with a decent contrast ratio and black uniformity. However, this TV has no local dimming features and does not include full array back lighting like their higher end models. Plus, the brightness could be better and it doesn’t support a wide color gamut. In truth, this is a very average 4K TV. However, its size and its price make it a decent selection. For the same price, we would actually recommend the 55-inch version of TCL’s higher end model. It’s basically the same price. Those looking for 65-inch TVs in this price range should probably save up for a little while longer or just go with a 55-inch. Still, if you absolutely must have a 65-inch TV and this is your budget, the TCL S405 is probably your best bet. We do recommend stopping at a local store to see it in person before purchasing.
Best 65-inch TV under $1000: Vizio M-Series
Vizio’s M-Series is an excellent 65-inch 4K TV. This is a FALD TV, similar to the TCL R615/R617. This one only has 32 lighting zones. However, it makes the most of it. This TV has excellent color, an excellent contrast ratio, and above average black and gray levels. Some other features include HDR 10, Dolby Vision, four HDMI inputs, and a Google Chromecast built-in.
There is a smart TV UI over top, but it’s not great and we don’t recommend it. The Google Chromecast does better in almost every way. The response time is a little higher than we would like. Otherwise, we would recommend this one for gaming as well. However, its excellent color and black levels make it above average for TV, movies, and sports. The 65-inch variant is $999.99, so basically one cent below $1000. However, your only real options in this price range are this or the TCL R615/R617. You can really go with either one. The TCL is better for gamers while the Vizio M-Series is a slightly better viewing experience overall.
Best 65-inch TV under $1500: Samsung NU8000
The Samsung NU8000 is an interesting TV. It doesn’t have more modern display tech like full array local dimming or OLED. However, Samsung managed to get this TV to compete with that technology on a fairly favorable level. The Samsung NU8000 has a bunch of modern features, including HDMI 2.0 inputs, HDR 10, HLG support, and a decent design. This TV does everything well, but nothing to an outstanding degree.
Samsung’s Tizen smart TV UI is agreeable and simple. The color, black levels, contrast, gray uniformity, and motion blur are all above average and quite enjoyable. In addition, the response time is under 20ms in most reported tests. That makes it excellent for gaming as well. Most 65-inch 4K TVs under $1000 have some sort of weakness one way or the other. The NU8000 bucks that trend by having no apparent weaknesses. However, it simply doesn’t stand out like you’ll see in the more expensive TVs in this size. It’s worth its price tag, but not a dollar more. Above this price, we would recommend going for a smaller size and newer tech.
Best 65-inch TV under $2000: Sony X900F
The Sony X900F is probably the best TV that isn’t an OLED TV. It uses a FALD display with 60 lighting zones. It also benefits from Sony’s excellent image processing. This TV has exceptionally good contrast, gray uniformity, and color. That includes a wide color gamut, HDR 10 support, enough HDMI 2.0 ports for most living rooms, and Android TV. Speaking of, Android TV has a ton of apps and it’s relatively easy to use. However, it does make the TV’s settings a little more complicated than normal. Otherwise, this is one of the best TVs on the market today. There is only a single gripe and that is the response time. It ranges in the 30ms to 40ms range. That’s a little higher than some competitors.
We might recommend the LG 8-series OLED for gamers over this one, but that does require some extra money.
Best 65-inch TV: LG 8-Series OLED
The LG 8-series OLED TVs are definitely the best 65-inch 4K TVs available. There is a whole range, starting from the B8 and ranging up to the super thin (and super expensive) W8. The cheapest, the B8, is $2799.99 at the time of this writing. LG’s OLEDs can do basically everything. The contrast ratio is basically perfect, the color is top notch, the motion blur is basically non-existent, and the response times are super low. That makes it good for gaming, sports, TV, movies, or whatever else. LG’s 2018 OLEDs come with Google Assistant. However, they do not have Chromecast support.
Their smart TV OS, WebOS, is among the worst on the list, but that’s about the only negative thing about these TVs. Of course, it comes with other features like Dolby Vision HDR, HDR 10, 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, and a super thin design. You can’t do much better than this. Sony has an outstanding OLED TV as well, but it is vastly more expensive than LG’s B8 and the B8 is already fairly expensive. The extra price doesn’t justify the marginal improvements to picture quality that Sony’s OLED has. We recommend the LG OLED to anyone that can afford it.
Bonus: Best 65-inch TV for gaming: TCL R615/R617
TCL’s R615 and R617 are TCL’s cream of the crop TVs. They offer a variety of modern features including HDR, HDMI 2.0 ports, excellent upscaling, Roku built-in, and more. This is on our list of the best 4K TVs period and for good reason. It’s an outstanding 65-inch TV for under $1000. This is a FALD (full array local dimming) display. That means it doesn’t use edge lighting like most LCD TVs. Instead, it includes 120 lighting zones all over the back of the TV. They dim and get bright as needed. Thus, this TV has an excellent contrast ratio, above average black uniformity, and it handles motion blur fairly well. Some other stuff includes a 120Hz refresh rate, HDR 10, Dolby Vision HDR, three HDMI inputs, excellent brightness, and excellent color reproduction. We like this one for gamers for two distinct reasons. Its input response time is sub 20ms. That’s about as fast as it gets for 4K TVs without going for a computer monitor. Additionally, its motion blur and motion handling is very above average for this price point. There simply isn’t a whole lot wrong with this one. Of course, more expensive TVs have better color and additional features. However, they also cost way more than this one.
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