This early in the year, you're still going to be looking at 2016 models. Newly announced TVs are still unavailable, and their performance isn't going to be cost efficient when compared to the older models. 65 inches is quickly becoming the best selling size and you can find the best TVs in this bracket.
Best very high-end 65 Inch TV
None of the TVs we recommend in this price range are LED TVs; all are OLEDs (you can learn more about OLED here).
The best 65 inch 4k TV is the LG OLED65B6P. OLED technology allows TVs to produce absolute blacks, so the contrast it produces is essentially infinite. As contrast is by and large the most important factor of picture quality, OLED is simply unbeatable in this aspect.
It doesn't only get this part right. On LCD TVs, the different technologies force you to choose between high contrast and wide viewing angles; OLED offers both. Motion is also instant, so fast moving images like sports and video games are bliss. Video games especially, since LG recently updated their TVs and lowered the input lag across the board making them some of the lowest tested.
If you were looking to get the best TV available, look no further. It's expensive, but it's easily a step above any LCD TV.
Best high-end 65 Inch TV
TVs in this price range have the best combination of picture quality and features for the price. TVs in that category come close to even the best TVs on the market in term of picture quality, except they lose a bit of picture quality at an angle compared to OLED TVs.
It's very hard to recommend something other than the Samsung UN65KS8000 in this price range. It's relatively inexpensive at about half the price of the cheapest OLED of the same size, and its picture quality is some of the best you can find in an LED TV. It gets very bright, which is good for HDR and it also covers a great color gamut. Input lag is low too, even in HDR, so it does very well for gaming.
Most of it is thanks to the VA panel this TV uses. While it isn't OLED, it reaches the highest contrast ratio we've found on an LCD TV.
If you were looking for a high-end 65" 4k TV, the KS8000 is the TV that most people should be looking at.
Those that only watch movies in the dark might want to take a look at the Vizio P65-C1 which offers even better blacks with its full array local dimming. The performance is also just as great for playing video games. It supports 1080p @ 120hz and has very low motion blur, so it's an excellent gaming TV. However, the Vizio P65-C1 has more reflections and isn't as versatile as the Samsung UN65KS8000, so this Vizio TV is not an as good choice for watching TV shows in a bright room.
Note: Vizio has updated the software of their TV lineup to better their input lag while in HDR, but it unfortunately still is quite high when compared to the LG B6 and the KS8000.
Best mid-range 65 Inch TV
Mid-range TVs present nice options for watching normal content. Compared to pricier TVs, they usually can't get as bright or offer as many colors. None of which matter for non-hdr content.
The Vizio M65-D0 has a similar picture quality to the pricier Vizio P65-C1. The main difference is the lack of a wide color gamut, which results in a worse HDR performance. If you don't care about HDR, though, it is a great choice, especially for movies in a dark room.
It's equally as good as the P Series for gaming, with the same great attributes of low motion blur and input lag. The full array local dimming, while not as good as its more expensive bigger brother, is still excellent. This means that its dark room performance is better than anything else in this price range.
If you were looking to buy a mid-range TV in this size, the Vizio M65-D0 is what you should get.
For something more well-rounded, the 65 inch LED TV to buy is the Samsung UN65KU6300. It doesn't have local dimming, 3D or astounding HDR support but can still get bright and offers nearly as good picture quality for normal content. Video games are especially responsive on the Samsung UN65KU6300 (19.8 ms input lag), and blur isn't a problem in sports.
Movie performance isn't as good as the Vizio, but the KU6300 serves a bit better as a jack of all trades.
If you will mainly watch TV and live sports in a wide living room, you should check the Sony XBR65X750D's.
It has excellent upscaling and is one of the best smart TVs at handling motion. It's not to say that the XBR65X750D is bad at other tasks. Its input lag, while not as good as the Samsung, is still good enough for most people. The TV is also capable of flickering to almost completely remove motion blur, which some people might enjoy for gaming.
On the whole, the Sony XBR65X750D is a very good TV that should fit the needs of most people looking for a TV for sports and other live content in a bright living.
Best budget 65 Inch TV
Budget TVs offer good bang for the bucks although with more limited performances regarding extra features of the like of brightness, colors, local dimming or 3D.
For this budget, it's hard to find anything at all in this size. The TCL 65US5800 certainly offers good value, however. It features the excellent Roku smart platform and decent overall picture quality. It's nothing exceptional, but if you're not picky, it's hard to go wrong with it.
While the picture quality is nothing to write home about, the Roku smart platform is a very strong selling point. If you were looking to buy a smart TV where you could reach all the content you want from the same place, the TCL 65US5800 is a good pick.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 65 inch TVs to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it) and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of 65 inch TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Samsung UN65KU7000. Not a very good TV, has a wide color gamut but is pretty dim even compared to the lower end KU6300. See our review
- Sony XBR65X930D. Excellent TV, but usually priced at a premium when compared to the KS8000 and the Vizio P. See our review
- Samsung UN65KS9000. Great TV but nearly no improvements over the cheaper Samsung KS8000. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that have a 65 inch size. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.