I've been reviewing TVs since the days of and , and I try to keep it simple by focusing on one crucial concept: picture quality for the money.
As they become increasingly more common, 65-inch TVs are more affordable than ever. Aisn't a tall order, and if you are able to spend a few hundred more, you'll be able to get sets with truly excellent image quality. I prefer using 65-inch screens when I make side-by-side comparisons of TVs here at CNET, since just about every mainstream TV-maker offers this size. 65-inch TVs are big enough to show off -quality video and but are not too huge to line up next to each other. Here are some of the best 65-inch TV screens I've found.
The list below represents the best TVs I've reviewed in CNET's test lab (for 2020, that's my basement), where I compare smart LED TV, QLED TV, Ultra HD TV, 4K HDR TV and other 65-inch TV options and list them side-by-side to see which ones are most worth buying. Here are my latest recommendations, updated periodically, with the following notes to keep in mind.
- Looking for another size? Check out: 32-inch TVs, 43-inch TVs, 55-inch TVs and 75-inch TVs.
- 2020 has and many new TVs are shipping late. A few of the TVs on this list are still 2019 models, but I expect to review soon.
- On the other hand, since , the new models may not include major upgrades over the 2019 versions. Most buyers will still be perfectly happy with a 2019 TV, especially since they're generally cheaper.
- Don't see what you're looking for below? Here are all of the TVs I've reviewed, with more coming soon.
No TV I've ever tested offers this much picture quality for this little cash. The 2020 TCL 6-Series has even better image quality than its predecessor, thanks to mini-LED tech and well-implemented full-array local dimming that helps it run circles around just about any other TV at this price. It's also a solid choice for gamers with a new THX mode that combines low input lag and high contrast. As if that's not enough, the Roku TV operating system is our hands-down favorite. Read our TCL 6-Series (2020 Roku TV) review.
The 2020 LG CX is the best-performing TV we've ever reviewed, and it's also among the best-prepared for the new consoles. If you're counting milliseconds, it also has the lowest (best) input lag of the three TVs.
1080p input lag: 14ms
4K HDR input lag: 14ms
Sizes: 48-, 55-, 65-, 77-inch. Read our LG OLEDCX series review.
TCL's 8-Series also features mini-LED and the result is superb contrast, brightness and high dynamic range that beats the less expensive 6-Series in my side-by-side comparison. The overall image quality doesn't quite hit OLED levels, but it comes pretty close and costs a lot less. Read our TCL 8-Series (2019 Roku TV) review.
With overall image quality on par with the TCL 6-Series and a price that's not that much more expensive, the X900H's suite of connections is actually better than the TCL. It's the most affordable TV with full 4K/120Hz HDMI input capability.
1080p input lag: 16ms
4K HDR input lag: 15ms
Sizes: 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch. Read our Sony XBR-X900H review.
Aside from the TCL 6-Series above, this is the runner-up for best TV for the money. The TCL has a better picture in a couple of important areas, in particular HDR brightness and contrast. I'd also recommend the TCL to streaming-centric viewers because of its superior Roku smart HDTV system. It's great for watching Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV and more. And finally this is a 2019 model, so you might want to wait a bit for my upcoming reviews of the 2020 version. Read our Vizio M-Series Quantum M8 series (2019) review.
Roku is our favorite platform for streaming apps like Netflix, and it's even better baked into this 4K TV. Picture quality on this TCL 65-inch television set can't beat any of the models above -- its 4K resolution and HDR compatibility don't do anything to help the picture -- but it's perfectly fine for most people, especially at this price.
Note that the TCL 65S425 and 65S421 (the Walmart version) are very similar and we expect them to perform basically the same.
Other stuff to know about buying a new TV
I'm pretty sure you'd be happy with any one of the TV screens above, but a new set can be a big investment, so maybe you're looking for a bit more information. Here's a quick-and-dirty list.
- In my opinion, bigger is better. Big TVs are cheaper than ever, and your money is best spent on larger screen size rather than a slight upgrade in image quality.
- If you don't like the built-in smart TV system with smart functionality, you can always add a media streamer. They're cheap and easy to use, and receive updates more frequently than most smart TVs. See the best media streamers here.
- Most TVs sound terrible, so it's worthwhile to pair your new set with a sound bar or other speaker system. Good ones start at around $100. See the best soundbars here.
Looking for even more info? Here's everything to know (and more) about.