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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 QLED: Samsung QN65Q60RAFXZA at Amazon
"A dazzlingly bright QLED TV that offers deep, rich color and near-1:1 true blacks."
Best Budget: TCL 65S405 4K at Amazon
"Yet another example of an affordable, high-quality option from the brand."
Runner-Up, Best Budget: LG M8600 Nano 8 at Amazon
"With a price tag under $800, this TV still delivers everything you come to expect for home entertainment."
Best Value: TCL 65R617 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV at Amazon
"With strong backlighting, deeper blacks, and accurate colors, you'll believe you're watching a much more expensive TV."
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: Samsung UN65RU8000FXZA 8 Series 4K UHD Smart TV at Amazon
"The Real Game Enhancer mode features AMD FreeSync technology for an optimized refresh rate."
If you're in the market for a TV on the larger side, a 65-inch model may be the right choice for you. We've selected our top picks from trusted brands like TCL, Sony, and Samsung with a variety of different features. So whether you're setting up your first home theater or it's just time for an upgrade, you can be confident you'll find the right model for your home.
If you're wondering how this lineup stacks up against the best of the best, make sure to check out our guide to the absolute best TVs of 2020.
Low input lag
Burn-in is still possible
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.
"The image quality on the LG C9 is, frankly, stunning thanks in large part to its excellent contrast and wide range of colors, combined with the OLED panel’s ability to turn individual pixels on and off." — Emily Issacs, Product Tester
Excellent motion handling
Affordable QLED panel
No local dimming
No Dolby Vision support
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.
"At almost half of the cost of its OLED competitor, Samsung’s Q60R offers great value to gamers on a budget for whom performance is the most important feature of the TV." — Emily Issacs, Product Tester
Roku remote lacks advanced features
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.
Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos support
Built-in voice controls
AirPlay 2/Chromecast support
No built-in TV tuner
The LG M8600 Nano 8 65-inch TV is another example of a high-end model from a respectable brand that's still on the affordable end of the price spectrum. With a price tag under $800, this TV still delivers everything you come to expect for home entertainment. It uses an LED panel with local dimming zones for an enhanced contrast and to produce stunning 4K UHD resolution. It supports Dolby Vision HDR10 and HLG technology for sharper details and more colors to make images come to life. The dual 20 watt speakers utilize Dolby Atmos programming to produce a virtual surround sound listening experience.
The TV is built around LG's second generation a7 processor for faster image processing and menu browsing as well as smoother upscaling of non-UHD content so you get a consistently beautiful picture. The included remote is voice-enabled with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant built in for hands-free controls. You can connect your smartphone or tablet to the TV with AirPlay 2 or Chromecast for more ways to share photos, videos, and music with family and friends.
Roku makes tons of streaming apps available
3 HDMI ports
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.
Interface feels a bit slow
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.
Integrated cable management
Plenty of inputs
Not Samsung OneConnect Box compatible
For anyone who takes their video games seriously, the Samsung RU800 8 Series is the perfect TV choice. This unit is built around Samsung's UHD processor to provide great 4K UHD resolution and give you HDR support for more detailing so every frame looks amazing. It also utilizes Samsung's Dynamic Crystal Color technology to produce millions of colors and make images come to life. The Real Game Enhancer mode features AMD FreeSync technology for an optimized refresh rate to prevent picture stutter and tearing. It also uses Game Motion Plus for ultra-smooth action so you never miss a beat of action.
The wide viewing angle you get from this TV guarantees you have the best seat in the house no matter where you are. The TV has four HDMI inputs so you can connect all your game consoles at once without a fuss. It also features integrated cable management channels so your setup always looks clean and organized. When you aren't using the TV, it has an Ambient Mode that turns the screen into a work of art so it seamlessly blends into almost any decor and looks as great as it does when you're gaming.
With its excellent smart features, gorgeous 4K image quality, and an easy-to-use interface, LG has only improved on last year’s model with the LG OLED C9. That said, these improvements aren’t significant leaps, mainly coming from processor improvements and the addition of HDMI 2.1 ports. If you’re simply looking for the best TV from last year and price isn’t a consideration, look no further. On the other hand, there are other great 65-inch 4K TV models that may not have all the extra features the C9 does, but do have comparable quality without breaking the bank.
Taylor Clemons has been reviewing and writing about consumer electronics for over three years. She has also worked in e-commerce product management and has extensive experience with what makes a TV a great choice for home entertainment.
Emily Issacs began writing for Lifewire in March 2019. A graduate of Monmouth College and Western Illinois University, she is passionate about emerging technologies and how they can enrich daily life. Emily resides in Lombard, Illinois, where she works in email marketing for companies such as Oracle and Shaw + Scott. When she’s not checking out the latest tech, she’s working on her first novel.
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.