The Best 65-Inch TVs – December 2018
Almost every piece of technology in the world is getting smaller and smaller, and that tends to be a good thing. Smaller and more powerful microchips inhabit our computers and smartphones, which in turn become more portable; and small, wearable technologies such as smart watches have made it easier to stay more productive on the go.
But some pieces of tech are actually better off bigger—much bigger—and nothing embodies this opposing reality like the flatscreen TV, which thrives when it’s at least thirty inches wide.
But why stop at thirty inches? Although in the not-so-distant past expanding the size of your TV meant that you had to sacrifice an unfortunate amount of image clarity and depth, the truth is that it’s now completely possible to have an enormous TV that retains the quality and crisp imagery you’d expect from a smaller, more compact screen.
So if you’re looking to bring the magic of a full-fledged home theatre into your home without spending an exorbitant amount of money on an in-wall screen setup, check out this list of top-notch (and relatively affordable) 65” TVs.
When it comes to buying an oversized TV, the only real limitation is the size of the room in which you want it to sit. Bigger TVs keep getting better and more powerful with each generation, and if you go with a well-known and reputable brand, there’s really no reason why you should be concerned with losing picture quality as a result of an expanded screen.
Of course it’s more understandable that you’d be concerned with price, and it’s true that 65” TVs don’t tend to be cheap. But the good ones also usually stand the test of time, so you likely won’t have to scramble to find a replacement any time soon.
With these caveats in mind, we’ve decided to award our number-one spot to the Samsung QLED TV, which combines truly stunning and crystal-clear resolution with a sleek and minimalist design at a reasonable price point.
With an ultra-thin border, this TV sports an infinity screen that at times seems to have no official end. It offers an impressive amount of depth and image resolution along with deep blacks and rich colors, and this TV also boasts an incredibly helpful anti-reflective screen—meaning you won’t usually have to worry about closing the blinds when the sun reaches that insufferable spot in the sky that usually makes viewing your screen impossible.
The QLED also sports HDR Elite technology, which is designed to reveal an unusual amount of detail in your media, and a unique Ambient Mode allows you to elevate the ambiance in your living room through a wide range of decorative content, useful information about what your watching, your own photo library, and even background music.
This TV was also intelligently crafted to minimize the number of wires and connective parts it needs in order to operate. This means that you’ll be able to mount the TV flush to your wall without having to deal with a jumble of unsightly cables.
You’ll also enjoy a Smart TV feature that intelligently helps you find streaming and live TV shows with a universal guide, and there’s also OneRemote and voice assistance for even more streamlined functionality. You can also download the SmartThings app in order to control every aspect of your TV and its connected devices through your smartphone.
Although perhaps not as well-known as Samsung in the endlessly competitive world of widescreen TVs, LG is hands-down one of the leading producers of great media tech products, and this 65-inch flatscreen TV is no exception.
The picture quality on this TV is phenomenal, with a color range and articulation that’s unrivaled by most other units in this price range. You get a Smart Assist feature that gives you unlimited and easy access to your favorite apps and content via WiFi, and access to a number of valuable ports—including four HDMI inputs, three USBs, one RF, a composite, ethernet, optical, and more.
This TV also comes loaded with Pairs 4K Ultra HD picture technology, which dramatically enhances clarity, contrast, color, and overall detail on the screen. This TV also doesn’t require backlighting—meaning you’ll be able to enjoy deeper blacks and more vivid colors on a thinner screen. This also means that the on-screen images are extremely life-like, which is a plus for action films that demand a realistic representation of colors and backgrounds.
You also have the option of using the famed Dolby Access App, which turns your TV into a full-fledged entertainment powerhouse by allowing you to stream clips of full-length feature films at a moment’s notice.
You’ll also be able to queue up movies, TV shows, online content and more from top content providers and then toggle between them with an impressively intuitive WebOS interface.
This TV is also supremely easy to set up, and its uniquely thin design means that it fits in perfectly with practically any home environment.
It’s no coincidence that Samsung occupies two of the top three spots on our list of the best 65-inch TVs. This company truly reigns supreme when it comes to creating incredible and relatively affordable TVs and monitors, and this curved giant is a testament to the brand’s ingenuity and style.
This screen brings a new level of visual immersion, thanks to a beautifully curved facade that makes you feel as though you’re sitting inside an actual movie theater while you watch your favorite shows.
It comes loaded with 4K Color Drive Pro technology that reveals a much wider and more vibrant spectrum of realistic colors for a more authentic picture, and you’ll be able to enjoy more pronounced contrasts with 4K HDR Pro technology.
There’s a single remote that automatically detects and controls all of your connected devices, and you don’t have to endure the constant headaches that come with manual programming or external remote routing.
This screen is also ideal for streaming action-packed movies or shows with fast-moving content, since Motion Rate 120 technology allows for crystal-clear and blur-free resolution regardless of how fast objects are moving on the screen.
It also doesn’t hurt that this screen offers four times more pixels (3840×2160) than standard Full HD—meaning that your images come to life in a far more realistic fashion.
This TV comes outfitted with a full array of inputs and outputs, including three HDMI ports, two USB ports, one Ethernet port, one component input, one composite input, one RF input, one Digital Audio output, and one RS232C serial interface.
Where would a truly great tech list be without a piece of Sony equipment? As one of the undisputed kings of all things media, Sony has unsurprisingly made a name for itself in the world of high-powered and oversized flatscreen TVs.
This 65-inch beast boasts a 4K HDR resolution (thanks to eight million self-illuminating pixels that provide for deep blacks and rich colors), and HDR Super Bit Mapping means that your picture stays smooth even during the most action-packed films.
It comes with built-in Chromecast technology so you’ll be able to quickly and easily connect to your smart devices, and an intuitive voice-control feature means that you’ll be able to control virtually every aspect of your media experience with a variety of home automation devices—including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
We were also impressed with this TV’s unique panel characteristics, which make the picture look great regardless of where you’re sitting. This is a big plus for family viewing, where people tend to be spread out in different parts of the room and viewing the screen at a variety of different angles and distances.
Although not as well known as Sony or Samsung, TCL has earned a reputation for building powerful TVs at affordable costs.
This Ultra HD TV sports an impressive display and performance at a price that won’t break the bank, and if you’re a Roku user, this display comes factory-loaded with a range of smart features that make home integration a breeze.
The 65-inch iteration of this screen offers access to thousands of streaming channels featuring more than 500,000 movies and TV episodes via Roku TV (although you don’t need a Roku device in order to use the TV without this added access), and it pairs 4K Ultra HD picture clarity with the contrast, color, and detail of Dolby Vision HDR technology in order to deliver a truly life-like picture.
A unique Edge LED backlighting system also produces exceptionally rich blacks and a whopping 1.07 billion display colors—meaning that even the most subtle nuances in shade will not go unnoticed.
This screen also offers a wide range of useful inputs, including three HDMI ports, a USB port, RF, Composite, Optical Audio, Ethernet, and more.