The 6 Best 80- to 85-inch TVs of 2019

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The Rundown

  • Best Overall: Samsung Q90R at Samsung, "You'll get the crispness of 4K plus the Samsung’s QLED technology for a killer contrast ratio."
  • Best 8K: Samsung Q900 at Samsung, "You'll be looking at 33.1 million pixels, and this is on an 82-inch display."
  • Best Sony: Sony X900F at Amazon, "Gives you support for a quality image through an extended color palette, HDR, and minimal bezels."
  • Best LG: LG 86UK6570PUB at Amazon, "Runs on LG’s smart TV platform, which will give you access to all your favorite streaming platforms."
  • Best Samsung: Samsung NU8000 at Amazon, "You have all the 4K HDR content you could want right at your fingertips."
  • Best Vizio: Vizio E80-E3 at Amazon, "The E80-E3 has all the trappings of a good budget behemoth."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Samsung Q90R

Samsung Q90R

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The Q90R is Samsung’s premier 4K series, and when it comes to image quality, you get all the crispness of 4K plus the added advantage of Samsung’s QLED advanced technology. The TV comes with local dimming through the company's Ultimate UHD Dimming, and Direct Full Array 16X means that there are concentrated zones of deep blacks and pure whites, plus over a billion colors. In fact, you can expect 100 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space, so your cinema experience will be top notch.

It also has reduced lag time and tearing with FreeSync technology, a first for television. And only on Samsung TVs can you find Bixby, which allows you to use your voice to search, change the channel and ask questions to your TV.

The Q90R 4K TV has a smart TV platform built in, so you’ll have no trouble getting access to Netflix, Hulu, and more. It also works with Amazon's Alexa, so it's possible to order your next grocery delivery while watching your favorite show.

Since the TV has so many connectivity options, you're likely to have many devices crowded underneath your media center, but you don't have to worry about unsightly cables dangling: The Q90R uses Samsung’s One Invisible Connection, which combines all your power and video cables into one neat and tidy connection.

Best 8K: Samsung Q900

Samsung Q900 8K Smart HDR QLED TV
Samsung Q900 8K Smart HDR QLED TV.

Samsung

If you’re ready to go all in on the very best television presently has to offer, you can skip right past 4K and step it up another order of magnitude to 8K with Samsung’s Q900. At 8K, you’ll be looking at 33.1 million pixels on an 82-inch display, and it upscales all other content automatically. In addition to having an incredibly sleek and modern look (thanks to ultra-thin bezels), the TV uses Samsung’s QLED display technology for an impressive contrast between bright white and dark black, giving you that dazzling high dynamic range (HDR). It also has 10-bit color for life-like visuals (plus the 7,680 x 4,320-pixel resolution), so you can watch nature documentaries and feel like you're there. And, naturally, it’s a smart TV as well, which makes it easy to cut the cable cord if you want.

Other perks include everything the Q60R series includes: support for variable refresh rates through FreeSync (making it a viable gaming option), Samsung’s One Invisible Connection for a tidier media center, voice control through Bixby, and Ambient Mode to turn it into wall art when it’s not in use (say goodbye to that dull black screen). Simply put, for Samsung, the Q900 is the crème de la crème.

Check out our guide to the best Samsung TVs you can buy today.

Best Sony: Sony X900F

Sony’s XBR-85X900F is as good as Sony’s TVs get at the moment. It gives you support for a quality image through an extended color palette, HDR, and minimal bezels. X-Motion clarity can enhance the visuals of fast action (like sports), so you won't miss that fumble on the field or ace on the tennis court. Meanwhile, support for Dolby Vision means you can get some of the best-looking high dynamic range content available. These HDR technologies are helped along by local dimming, and a Triluminos Display that allows the screen to reproduce a color gamut that's wider than conventional LCDs. It leads to a more vibrant, vivid, saturated rendering of color.

Connect your Alexa-enabled devices for seamless hands-free control of your Sony. If you’re an Android user, you’ll also be able to feel right at home with the Android TV platform that’s built into many of Sony’s TVs. And if you're a Google user, you can use the Google Assistant to navigate around menus. Just get ready to need help installing this TV, as it weighs just a hair shy of 100 pounds without the stand attached.

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Best LG: LG 86UK6570PUB

LG’s 86UK6570 is an 86-inch TV with a 4K Ultra HD resolution and support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). The picture is further improved by a wide color gamut for even richer visuals (there are 3,840 x 2,160 pixels), while a 120-hertz refresh rate reduces blur.

The TV runs on LG’s webOS smart TV platform, which will give you access to all your favorite streaming platforms such as Netflix, HBO, and Hulu. Plus, it has a full web browser built in and support for Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa available. The speakers on the TV only offer 20W output, but you have the option of optical audio out or Bluetooth to set up a wireless speaker system to improve the sound.

Once you get it set up and running, you'll find a quad-core processor minimizes video noise, and a whopping four HDMI ports allow for inputs of many different streaming boxes or gaming consoles. You'll also find that it comes equipped with LG's ThinQ technology (their line of smart products that all seamlessly integrate with each other), so you can sync your TV with your LG air conditioner with your dishwasher, fridge, and more.

A minor drawback: Because it’s both massive and heavy at nearly 100 pounds, setting it up might be a bit of a chore.

Best Budget Samsung: Samsung NU8000

If you have a leaning toward Samsung, you can also get a massive 82-inch 4K TV from the Korean tech giant for a reasonable price. The Samsung NU8000 series offers up Samsung’s Smart TV platform so you have all the 4K HDR content you could want right at your fingertips, and you can get it all through a wireless or wired connection.

You also get HDR10+ support for effective high dynamic range, Ultra Slim Array for dynamically tuned color contrasts, and Motion Rate 240 which gives all movement on-screen smoothness. And get ready to speak up since the NU8000 includes the Samsung OneRemote, which lets you control the TV with just your voice. Another nifty feature is that the TV can act as a SmartThings hub, so you can use the remote’s voice control to control a whole lot more than just the TV if you have a smart home, like your fridge, thermostat, light switches, vacuum, front door, and outlets.

Samsung even has a solution to keep your media center looking nice with its Clean Cable Solution, which routes and bundles the cables running into the back of the TV so they’re not dangling all over the place.

Best Vizio: Vizio E80-E3

Though Vizio may not have the same clout that Samsung, Sony, and LG do in the TV space, it has been putting out competitive budget TVs in recent years. The E80-E3 has all the trappings of a good budget behemoth tube. And it isn't lacking in either its specs or its list of features; this Vizio utilizes its XLED to adapt brightness dynamically and XHDR to add greater depth to images. Every one of its eight million pixels is put to great use with both live TV and home movies.

The 4K TV supports HDR10, and it uses local dimming zones to improve the contrast ratio across the screen. Vizio even shows clearly that three of the HDMI ports support a full 4K image with 4:4:4 chroma subsampling (balancing light and color to make it look better). It also supports Bluetooth connections and has Google’s Chromecast functionality built in, as well as SmartCast mobile. And, if you want voice control, you can pair it with an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device.

Read more reviews of the best Vizio TVs available to purchase online.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular 80- to 85-inch TVs on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different 80- to 85-inch TVs overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 24 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.