The 7 Best 65-Inch 4K TVs of 2019

Create your personal movie theater with these large, 4K TVs

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The Rundown

  • Best Overall: LG OLED65C9PUA at Amazon, “Due to its best-in-class range of colors, near-perfect black levels, and excellent contrast, images will practically bounce off the screen."
  • Best Budget: TCL 65S405 at Amazon, "Yet another example of an affordable, high-quality option from the brand."
  • Runner-Up, Best Budget: TCL 65S517 at Amazon, “Packed to the brim with smart features.”
  • Best Value: TCL 65R617 at Amazon, "With strong backlighting, deeper blacks, and accurate colors, you'll believe you're watching a much more expensive TV."
  • Best QLED: Samsung QN65Q60RAFXZA at Amazon, "A dazzlingly bright QLED TV that offers deep, rich color and near-1:1 true blacks."
  • Best Smart Features: Sony XBR65X900F at Amazon, "Runs a customized version of Android TV that gives you access to the Google Play Store and its thousands of apps."
  • Best for Gaming: Sony XBR65A8F at Amazon, "Automatically reduces latency to anywhere between 30ms to 45ms so you don't miss a beat."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: LG OLED65C9PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart OLED TV

Among the most striking displays available, the LG OLED65C9PUA OLED 4K TV is not only a visual stunner, but it's one of the more prestigious panels you can get as well. Measuring 65 inches diagonal, the display supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10 content while its 4K a9 Gen 2 "intelligent processor" offers four-step noise reduction. In effect, every game, movie, or TV show you throw at it will be crystal clear. And, due to its best-in-class range of colors, near-perfect black levels, and excellent contrast, images will practically bounce off the screen.

The built-in Google Assistant and Alexa digital assistants let you bypass the remote and control the TV completely with your voice. Voice commands pair well with the onboard WebOS software, which also offers over 70 free premium channels by way of LG Channel Plus and support for streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu. You can also stream music and videos via iOS and macOS with its AirPlay 2 compatibility. Plus, the sound quality ain't half bad either, thanks to Dolby Atmos.

Best Budget: TCL 65S405 4K UHD TV with HDR

TCL has cemented itself as a formidable television manufacturer in recent years and the 65-inch 4K UHD with HDR Roku TV is yet another example of an affordable, high-quality option from the brand. While it might lack elements like local array dimming, the robust feature set, and upscaling performance make it an excellent budget option.

Everything centers around the built-in Roku TV interface. One of the best streaming platforms around, Roku gives you instant on-screen access to apps, a web browser, and thousands of channels to watch. Netflix, Amazon, Sling, and HBO Now are all accounted for and even have shortcut options on the TCL’s remote control. The downloadable Roku mobile app adds voice search for finding and discovering programming and an option for streaming audio so you can listen to whatever is playing on the TV via headphones plugged into your smartphone or remote.

While the Roku features are the main focus of the S405, the picture shouldn’t be overlooked. High dynamic range gives you solid picture quality, especially during 4K playback. And the TV is great at upscaling current HD content to near 4K so your media looks its best.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: TCL 65S517 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

Packed to the brim with smart features, TCL’s 65S517 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV is an excellent budget option. Adopting Roku as its smart interface has given TCL's popularity a huge boost, and for good reason. Roku’s navigation is especially user-friendly, allowing you to navigate via the simplified remote control or using voice control. With more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes available along with streaming favorites like Netflix and Hulu, there’s something for everyone. 

Dolby’s Vision high dynamic range (HDR) provides a superb lifelike picture with real-world colors, which makes this TV feel like it should cost far more than it actually does. It also includes a surprising number of ports for this price range: three HDMI 2.0 and a single USB 2.0 allow for the connection of external components like Chromecast, DVD or gaming systems, and a coaxial input can connect to any available sound system. An available ethernet port helps connect directly to the internet or buyers can opt for built-in Wi-Fi. 

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Best Value: TCL 65R617 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV

The best picture quality for the money now belongs to a TCL television. When it comes to stretching your dollars, you won’t do any better than the TCL 65R617 4K Ultra HD Roku smart LED TV. With strong backlighting, deeper blacks, and accurate colors, you'll believe you're watching a much more expensive TV. Support for high dynamic range and HDR10 are all standard while Dolby Vision adds even more detail for a theater-like experience.

If you like to watch sports or action movies, the 120Mhz refresh rate ensures that stuttering frames are a thing of the past. TCL televisions have always been good at gaming but the 65R617 makes gaming great thanks to the low input lag. And, of course, it has a built-in Roku TV platform, which is already an extremely popular interface for its diverse channel selection and simplified remote control. Thousands of shows and movies are available on nearly every streaming service imaginable, and you can access directly from your TV screen. Plus, a feature called 4K Spotlight makes finding 4K content easier than ever. 

Best QLED: Samsung QN65Q60RAFXZA Flat QLED 4K Q60 Series

Given its reputation, it should come as no surprise that Samsung makes one of the most revered TVs on the market, namely the QN65Q60RAFXZA 4K Q60 Series. This 65-inch marvel is a dazzlingly bright QLED TV that offers deep, rich color and near-1:1 true blacks. Yet, somehow, color washout is kept to a minimum, with eye-popping shadow detail and more natural, realistic colors taking center stage.

Its quad-core processor effortlessly powers its smart TV components. A menu loaded down with Samsung Apps sits adjacent to a full web browser. Unsurprising for a panel in its class, it boasts support for all the major streaming platforms — Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video included. The Bixby-powered smart remote lets you navigate apps, absent the need to press a single button. You can even mirror Android devices to the big screen. But that's not all — HDR10+ paired with a buttery smooth 120Hz refresh rate will keep you glued to the couch, for better or for worse.

Best Smart Features: Sony XBR65X900F 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Wrapped in a metal frame, the XBR65X900F has a minimal bezel and premium build — instead of the utilitarian black that's standard for so many televisions, Sony has opted for a gunmetal finish that really makes the design stand out. But, as good as it looks, the real highlight is this TV's smart features. It runs a customized version of Android TV that gives you access to the Google Play Store and its thousands of apps. Built-in Chromecast makes streaming from portable devices as easy as ever, and Google Assistant lets you search for content and control playback using voice commands.

The other centerpiece of the TV is Sony’s X1 Extreme processor, which is responsible for the excellent picture. It powers the XBR65X900F's beautiful 65-inch screen, with lifelike colors and lag-free action that make all your media look great. Dolby Vision HDR, HDR10, and HLG are all on board too to improve color accuracy, deepen blacks, and enhance detail.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best Sony TVs

Best for Gaming: Sony XBR65A8F 4K Ultra HD Smart BRAVIA OLED TV

The XBR65A8F TV from Sony can take your games to the next level. Perfect for mounting on the wall (if you want a truly immersive experience), this TV can actually keep up with your gameplay and delivers cinema-quality audio to bring your virtual environments to life. It automatically reduces latency to anywhere between 30ms to 45ms so you don't miss a beat and includes Sony's unique Acoustic Surface technology to pump out simulated stereo sound across the entire surface of the screen. It sounds like the audio is coming directly from the images on the screen, which is a pretty cool effect when you're in the middle of gameplay. And, because Sony also makes the PlayStation, you're sure to have a stable connection between TV and console. 

Gaming aside, this TV is also great for all your other favorite media. Support for HDR formats (HDR10, HLG) gives you a beautiful on-screen image with lifelike colors. It also has an Android TV OS powering the smart features, so you'll have access to your favorite streaming services and other Google Play apps.

What to Look for in a 65-Inch 4K TV

LED or OLED - Not all televisions are lit in the same manner. More traditional LED televisions are illuminated entirely by one LED backlight, while OLED televisions have each pixel lit individually. The difference is stunning dark black color and extremely vibrant colors with excellent contrast.

HDR/Dolby Vision - Looking to get the brightest and most beautiful colors from your television? Seek out a solution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) or Dolby Vision; these features allow your television to display a more dynamic range of colors at once. The difference between HDR and Dolby Vision is very subtle and Dolby Vision is only slightly better. If you can afford it, buying a Dolby Vision TV is a smarter option since these are also compatible with HDR content.

Smart features - Don’t have an Apple TV or Roku box? Not a problem—many televisions now offer built-in smart apps such as Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu. If you don’t already have a streaming box, these are some excellent features to look for when shopping. You’ll save money because you won’t have to buy a streaming box to access those services.