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For screen size, 65 is the new 50, and large TVs are cheaper than ever. Here are our favorites.

David Katzmaier Sept. 27, 2021 4:00 p.m. PT
  • Best 65-inch TV for the money TCL 65R635 Jump to details $1,178 at Amazon
  • Best 65-inch TV, money no object LG OLED65G1P Jump to details $2,797 at Best Buy
  • Best high-end 65-inch TV for the money LG OLED65C1P Jump to details $1,797 at Crutchfield
  • Best 65-inch OLED alternative Samsung QN65QN90A Jump to details $2,100 at Samsung
  • Best budget 65-inch TV TCL 65S435 Jump to details $598 at Walmart
  • Best budget 65-inch TV runner-up Vizio V655-J Jump to details $598 at Walmart
  • Best midpriced 65-inch alternative to TCL, Vizio Sony XR65X90J Jump to details $1,398 at Amazon
  • Best 65-inch TV for maximum brightness Hisense 65U8G Jump to details $1,120 at Amazon
  • Best design, features in a midpriced 65-inch TV Samsung QN65Q60A Jump to details $948 at Walmart
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Now more affordable than ever, 65-inch TVs are an increasingly popular choice for most households. You can get an exceptional 65-inch TV -- with smart features and other desirable attributes -- for less than $1,000, and sale prices for budget models routinely dip below $500. I prefer using 65-inch screens when I make side-by-side comparisons of TVs here at CNET because nearly every mainstream TV maker offers this size. They're not so big that they take over most living rooms, but they're large enough to showcase HDR-quality video and 4K resolution while you watch your favorite movies and TV shows. 

The list below represents the best 65 inch TV options I've reviewed in CNET's test lab (for 2021, that's my basement), where I compare smart LED TV, QLED TV, 4K HDR TV, Ultra HD TV and other 65-inch TV options and list them side by side to see which ones are the most worthy of buying. I considered factors like smart TV features, refresh rate, gaming features, contrast ratio, peak brightness, whether it has an HDMI port (preferably several) and more. Below are my latest recommendations, with the following notes to keep in mind.

  • Looking for another screen size? Check out: 43-inch TVs, 55-inch TVs and 75-inch TVs.
  • Although most of these TVs are 2021 models, a few came out in 2020. For the 2020 TVs on this list I've included a "2021 outlook" section with everything I know about the new models, but in general the 2020 TVs are similar (and often a better bargain) compared to 2021 models.
  • This list is updated periodically.

Read more: What size of TV do I need?

Best 65-inch TV for the money

TCL 65R635

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No TV I've ever tested offers this much picture quality for this little cash. The TCL 6 Series has an excellent image, thanks to mini-LED tech and well-implemented full-array local dimming that helps it run circles around just about any other TV at this price. It's also a solid choice for gamers with a THX mode that combines low input lag and high contrast. As if that's not enough, the Roku TV operating system is our hands-down favorite.

2021 outlook: This TV came out in 2020 but it will stay on sale throughout 2021 and remains my top choice so far. TCL also sells an 8K version of the 6-Series, but I don't think it's worth the extra money, as well as a Google-powered version I have yet to review (although according to TCL, its image quality is the same as this Roku version).

Read our TCL 6-Series (2020 Roku TV) review.

 

$1,178 at Amazon

Best 65-inch TV, money no object

LG OLED65G1P

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What's that you say? You just want the best TV and can afford whatever you want? Here you go. In my tests the LG G1 OLED TV and the cheaper C1 below were the best TVs I've ever reviewed, with unbeatable contrast, perfect wide viewing angle and excellent uniformity. The main advantage of the G1 is slimmer, more wall-friendly design compared to the C1, so if you value that style and can afford it, this is the TV to get. 

Read our LG OLEDG1 series review.

 

$2,797 at Best Buy $2,697 at Crutchfield $2,672 at Amazon

Best high-end 65-inch TV for the money

LG OLED65C1P

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Currently available for hundreds less than the G1 above, and with picture quality that's basically just as good, the C1 is a better choice overall for people who want a really nice OLED TV but don't have money to burn. The only real advantage to the G1 is that slim styling, but the C1 is pretty slim itself and comes in a wider array of sizes.

Read our LG C1 series OLED TV review.

 

$1,797 at Crutchfield $1,797 at Amazon $1,797 at Walmart

Best 65-inch OLED alternative

Samsung QN65QN90A

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Looking for a high-end TV with spectacular image quality, but don't want an OLED? The Samsung QN90A is your best bet. This TV uses QLED TV tech augmented by mini-LED for a brighter image than any OLED TV. The spectacular contrast of OLED still won out in my side-by-side tests, but the QN90A QLED screen comes closer than ever. 

Read our Samsung QN90A series (2021) review.

 

$2,100 at Samsung $2,073 at Amazon $2,198 at Walmart

Best budget 65-inch TV

TCL 65S435

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Roku is our favorite platform for streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, and it's even better baked into this 4K TV. Picture quality on this TCL 65-inch television set can't beat any of the models above -- its 4K resolution and HDR compatibility don't do anything to help the picture -- but it's perfectly fine for most people, especially at this price.

Read our TCL 4-series Roku TV (2021) review.

 

$598 at Walmart $570 at Best Buy $649 at eBay

Best budget 65-inch TV runner-up

Vizio V655-J

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Vizio's V-series is our favorite budget alternative to the TCL 4-Series Roku TV. We liked Roku's smart TV system better (sound familiar?), but the V-series has some advantages, including a better remote with voice and more advanced picture settings. Picture quality between the two was basically the same, so if you don't have a preference, it makes sense to get the cheapest one.

Read the Vizio V655-J review.

 

$598 at Walmart

Best midpriced 65-inch alternative to TCL, Vizio

Sony XR65X90J

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With excellent picture quality, anchored by full-array local dimming and plenty of brightness to make HDR content shine, the X90J is Sony's answer to the TCL 6-Series and step-up Vizio models. This LED TV's sleek looks and the Google TV operating system score additional points, as does its next-gen console support (it has 4K/120fps inputs and Sony promises VRR... sometime) and built-in NextGen TV tuner. If you want an "S" brand, this is one of the best values we've tested.

Read our Sony X90J series (2021) review.

 

$1,398 at Amazon $1,398 at Walmart $1,400 at Best Buy

Best 65-inch TV for maximum brightness

Hisense 65U8G

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Most of the TVs on this list are bright enough for just about any room, but maybe you want a screen that's as bright as possible. The U8G outshines others in its price range and was basically as bright as the significantly more-expensive Samsung QN90A. Its image quality falls a bit short in other areas, and its selection of sizes is limited, but if raw brightness is what you crave, the U8G delivers.

Read our Hisense U8G series review.

 

$1,120 at Amazon $1,120 at Best Buy $1,592 at eBay

Best design, features in a midpriced 65-inch TV

Samsung QN65Q60A

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Samsung is the TV brand that sells more TVs than anyone and one of its most popular is the Q60A series. Its sleek design stands out compared to the other TVs on this list -- although the ultrathin OLED models are even sleeker -- it offers better features and image quality than budget models like the TCL 4-Series, and it comes in a vast array of sizes. The TVs above are all superior values, but if you want a Samsung TV and can't afford the QN90A, this is a great choice.

Read our Samsung Q60A series (2021) review.

 

$948 at Walmart $948 at Crutchfield $950 at Best Buy

Other stuff to know about buying a new 65-inch TV

I'm pretty sure you'd be happy with any one of the TV screens above, but a new set can be a big investment, so maybe you're looking for a bit more information. Here's a quick-and-dirty list.

  • In my opinion, bigger is better. Big TVs are cheaper than ever, and your money is best spent on a larger screen size rather than a slight upgrade in image quality.
  • If you don't like the built-in smart TV system with smart features, you can always add a media streamer. They're cheap and easy to use, and receive updates more frequently than most top rated smart TVs. See the best media streamers here.
  • Most TVs sound terrible, so it's worthwhile to pair your new set with a sound bar or other speaker system. Good ones start at around $100. See the best soundbars here.

Looking for even more info? Here's everything to know (and more) about buying a new TV and getting the best viewing experience.

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