The 5 Best 75-Inch TVs of 2021

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If you really want to get that cinema feel in your living room, a 75-inch TV could be the perfect way to do it without completely overwhelming your room. The latest models all offer built in streaming, and many have support for virtual assistants like Alexa and Google assistant you can talk to your TV rather than using a remote.

If you're not sure what size you want, check out our guide to buying a TV. But if you're set on 75inches, we think Samsung's QN90A is the one you should just buy, unless you are on a tight budget, in which case you can't go wrong with TCL's Series 5.

The Rundown
Best overall:
Samsung QN90A at Amazon
A fantastic TV for any use, with a brilliantly bright display
Best budget 75inch TV:
TCL TCL 5 Series at Amazon
Built in Roku software make this a great budget choice for a big screen setup
8K gives you four times the detailing of 4K and 16 times that of 1080p so every minute detail and color comes to life.
With cutting-edge OLED technology, each pixel emits its own light for exceptionally true-to-life images.

Best overall: Samsung QN90A (75inch)

What We Like
  • Bright colors and deep blacks

  • Supports multiple voice assistants

  • Rechargeable remote

What We Don't Like
  • No Dolby Vision support

  • Samsung's software has limited streaming apps

The Samsung QN90A is one of the best televisions available on the market, and is the perfect upgrade for anyone looking to recreate the cinema experience in their living room.

For a TV this big, looks are important, and the QN90A has thin bezels and a sleek look. Even the remote Switch it on, and it gets even more impressive. It's also got a small, centered stand which is important as it means you don't need a really wide surface to stand it on.

Samsung uses a type of display called QLED, which has mini-LED bulbs and individual contrast zones to create colors and detailing that rival what you can see in far more expensive models. What that means is you get bright colors and deep blacks (and in TVs, both are as important as each other - washed out blacks will make the picture look awful).

Testers have also reported low input lag, meaning the picture updates really quickly - crucial if you're using it for gaming (less so for anything else). However, one notable omission is the lack of support for Dolby Vision, a standard that has become popular for making sure the picture you see on screen accurately reflects what the filmmaker/game maker wants you to see. Despite this, watch some good quality content (look for 4k movies and TV shows, or plug in a PS5 or Xbox Series X console).

The QN90A uses Samsung's own software, and while most streaming services are supported, don't expect the endless apps of a Roku or Apple TV (although there is absolutely no reason you can't just plug one in if you don't mind an extra box).

There's also Ambient Mode, which lets you turn your new TV into a work of art that blends into your home decor when not in use.

Best budget 75inch TV: TCL 5 Series (75inch)

TCL 5 Series
What We Like
  • Unobtrusive design

  • Voice controls

  • Built in Roku software

What We Don't Like
  • Wide legs mean you'll need a very wide TV stand

The TCL 5-Series is a great option for a 75-inch television if brand-loyalty isn't important to you and you're looking for a solid TV with a more affordable price. It's got Roku software built in, and comes with a simple, easy to use remote.

Along with our much more expensive top pick, the TCL uses a screen technology known as QLED, and the screen has 80 contrast control zones to create deep, inky blacks and bright, clean whites for enhanced contrast and detailing. Console gamers will love the automatic game mode, which detects when your console is connected and turned on, and our tester found this worked well.

If you use a virtual assistant, you can connect an external smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google home for hands-free voice controls; you can also download the Roku app to your mobile device to use voice commands for browsing content. The back of the TV has integrated cable management channels to help keep your cords and cable organized as well as 4 HDMI inputs so you can connect all of your favorite game consoles and playback devices at once.

Best 8K: Samsung Q950T 85-Inch 8K TV

Samsung Q950TS 85" Class HDR 8K UHD Smart QLED TV
What We Like
  • Adaptive picture and audio

  • One cable connection

  • AMD FreeSync

What We Don't Like
  • Insanely expensive

  • No native 8K content available yet

If you want your home theater to be on the cutting edge of entertainment, the Samsung Q950T is the perfect TV to bring your living room or media space into the future. This television uses Samsung's proprietary QLED technology to pack over 33 million pixels into the screen, producing ultra-realistic 8K UHD resolution; 8K gives you four times the detailing of 4K and 16 times that of 1080p so every minute detail and color comes to life on your TV. The all-new processor is designed to analyze movies and shows scene-by-scene to intelligently upscale non-8K content for better clarity. It also works with ambient sensors to automatically adjust picture brightness and volume so you get the best viewing experience possible and never miss a word of dialogue. This TV is built with a multi-speaker array that produces object tracking sound for virtual 3D audio that follows the action on screen for an incredibly immersive experience.

With Bluetooth connectivity, you can set up wireless soundbars and subwoofers for a custom theater configuration. If you prefer wired connections, the Q950T works with the OneConnect box, allowing you to have a single cable that connects all of your playback devices and game consoles to the TV, eliminating unsightly tangled cords. Like it's 4K Q Series cousins, this television features Multi-View, letting you simultaneously watch streaming or broadcast media while screen mirroring your smartphone or tablet. The Tizen operating system has Samsung Bixby and Alexa virtual assistants built in, and it also works with Google Assistant for hands-free controls. Console gamers can take their skills to the next level with AMD FreeSync technology; this tech prevents screen tearing and stuttering that can ruin immersion as well as reduces input lag for near real-time on-screen reactions to your button presses, letting you rack up Call of Duty or Fortnite wins.

Best OLED: LG OLED77GXPUA 77-Inch OLED 4K TV

LG OLED77GXPUA 77-Inch OLED 4K TV
What We Like
  • Excellent picture quality

  • Great design

  • Filmmaker mode

What We Don't Like
  • Very Expensive

The GX series is the newest line of OLED televisions from LG, and it offers the absolute best when it comes to picture quality. With cutting-edge OLED technology, each pixel emits its own light for brilliant colors and the deepest blacks possible for exceptionally true-to-life images and enhanced contrast. The screen is virtually bezel-free to give you an edge-to-edge picture for a more immersive viewing experience. The third generation a9 processor uses artificial intelligence to analyze both picture and sound, working with Dolby Vision IQ HDR and Dolby Atmos to create virtual surround sound and better upscaling of non-4K content.

Sports fans will love the sports alert feature; it gives automatic updates to scores, league standings, and other information, making it perfect for fantasy football leagues or office bracket pools. Movie buffs can take advantage of the filmmaker mode, which works with Netflix to show you films as the directors and producers intended. The frame of the television was inspired by gallery art, allowing for flush or recessed wall mounting to blend in with your home decor. The TV has 4 HDMI inputs and 3 USB ports, allowing you to connect everything from cable boxes to game consoles all at once. It also has Alexa and Google Assistant built-in for hands-free controls.

Final Verdict

75 inch TVs are not cheap, and which one to get really depends on how much you can afford. If you want the absolute best, then Samsung's QN90A is the one you should just buy. It's uncompromisingly brilliant, and you won't regret paying its premium price. However, for under $1,000 TCL's Series 5 is also a great option - and while the picture quality is not as jaw-droppingly good as the Samsung, the basic technology is the same, and it'll still give you a great viewing experience..

FAQ
  • What is an LED TV?

    With terms like LED, QLED, and OLED becoming more prevalent in televisions, it can be difficult to understand what it all means. All televisions use the same basic principles to produce a picture: some sort of substrate to produce colors and details when hit with backlighting and electrical signals. The major differences are seen with just how a television uses these principles. A basic LED television uses an LCD panel with has an electrical current to produce colors and an LED panel for backlighting. These models of televisions are usually the most affordable since they use much older technology. The trade off is that colors and details are often muddy and not as sharp as they could be. They also tend to be the bulkiest of the available televisions due to the fact that older LED panels need a lot of room.

  • What is a QLED TV?

    Samsung and other companies have introduced what they call QLED televisions. They still use LED backlighting, but they use what are known as quantum dots to produce colors and details. It's the same basic concept as an LCD panel, but the quantum dots are smaller in width than a human hair, meaning they can be thinner, lighter, and pack more pixels into the screen for more color volume and detailing.

  • What is an OLED TV?

    The televisions which give you the absolute best picture available use OLED technology. These models use organic compound layers for colors and edge-lit LED arrays. These televisions are incredibly thin and give you the absolute best in color range and detailing. They also happen to be the most expensive since OLED panels are expensive to produce. They also come with the danger of burn-in: a permanent after-image created by scrolling headline tickers or static images over a long period of time. Fortunately, burn-in isn't much of a danger under normal circumstances, but it is something to consider when shopping for a television.

What to Look For in a 75-inch TV

Televisions that sport 75-inch screens do more than just give you a large picture when enjoying your favorite shows and movies. Many of the most popular brands and manufacturers strive to provide premium features with their larger televisions; features like voice controls, screen mirroring, and virtual surround sound are becoming more and more popular along with ambient light and sound sensors to automatically change picture and volume settings to match your environment.

Many larger screened televisions produce excellent 4K resolution, with a few even taking the leap into the future with 8K resolution. 75-inch TVs tend to be on the more expensive side, but their high price tags are usually justified by the number of premium features they offer as well as picture technologies like QLED or OLED panels. We're going to break down some of the most important factors to consider when looking to purchase a 75-inch television to help you choose the one that's right for your home.

HDR/DOLBY VISION

HDR is another term that can be confusing when shopping for a new television. It stands for "high dynamic range" and refers to a process of mastering content for recording and broadcasting. When coupled with 4K resolution and a wide color gamut, a TV that supports HDR mastering can produce colors, contrast, and details that are very close to what you'll see in real life. HDR mastering is marketed under several different names, including: HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10/HDR10+, and Technicolor HDR. They all use the same basic concepts to master 4K content for viewing, but vary slightly in how they go about doing it. HDR10 and HDR10+ are royalty-free, somewhat generic, technologies that are used in home televisions, UHD Blu-Ray players, and some streaming services. They index the darkest and brightest points in a movie and show in order to level out what is in-between. Dolby Vision is a format used by Dolby Labs. It's a bit more precise than HDR10, as it analyzes individual scenes and frames for more accurate brightness and contrast. This technology is used in almost all major TV brands except Samsung, and it has limited support on Netflix, Amazon, and Vudu.

HLG is designed for cable, satellite, and over-air broadcasts. Its backwards compatible, so both HDR-enabled and non-HDR televisions can receive and display an HLG signal. This makes it cost effective for broadcasters who have to be mindful of their bandwidth and customer limitations. Technicolor HDR is the least used, seeing only minor use in Europe. It can be used for both recorded and broadcast media, and uses frame-by-frame reference points for encoding picture information. Like HLG, it's backwards compatible with non-HDR televisions so they can receive and display the signal. The downside is that being backwards compatible severely limits how detailed the HDR version of the signal can be, making Technicolor HDR inferior to the other versions of the technology.

Smart Features

When looking for a smart TV, it's important to remember that smart features go beyond simply streaming content. There are 75-inch televisions available that support hands-free voice controls with either voice-enabled remotes or with a separate smart speaker. You can use Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and even proprietary programs like Samsung's Bixby to control your TV and integrate it into your smart home network. There are also several different operating systems and streaming platforms you can choose from when shopping for a television. Each platform and operating system offers something different. From a bevy of preloaded apps to integrated screen mirroring and automatic sports alerts, there's something for everyone. Most televisions in the 75-inc size class feature an AI-assisted processor that intelligently upscales non-4K content with a noise reduction process for a consistent picture no matter what you're watching. These processors also us artificial intelligence to monitor your watch and browsing histories to suggest new content to enjoy with friends and family. Some televisions offer virtual surround sound or object-tracking sound for a more immersive listening experience. Others have dedicated film watching or video game modes that automatically change picture and audio settings for smoother motion and enhanced detailing as well as reducing input lag for near real-time reactions on screen to your button presses.

About Our Trusted Experts

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 solid TV for home entertainment.

Jeremy Laukkonen has been writing for Lifewire since 2019. He previously wrote about technology for major trade publications. At Lifewire, he reviews hundreds of products ranging from laptops and phones, to TVs, speakers, and generators.

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