The Best 65-inch TVs of 2018

By Lee Neikirk

When it comes to TV sizes, the 65-inch class is no longer considered "huge" by the major manufacturers. Where their best, brightest, and even most value-facing TVs are concerned, manufacturers always offer a 65-inch size. It's the gold standard for AV enthusiasts.

We test and review TVs all year long, and the lion's share of them are 65-inch models—there are tons to choose from. Fortunately, we have a very good idea which ones are the best. If you just want the best-performing 65-inch TV for the money, pick up the 65-inch LG C8 OLED (available at Amazon for $2,796.99).

However, you might not want to spend the kind of money demanded by an ultra-premium screen—don't worry, there are still a bunch of great 65-inch TVs for every price range. These are the best right now.

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Updated September 28, 2018

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65-inch LG C8 Series (2018)

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65-inch LG C8 Series (2018)

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For years, OLED technology has been the most impressive thing in TVs, and OLED TVs have been our #1 choice for the last several years. It makes sense, then, that the best TV you can buy right now is an OLED model.

The LG C8 is not the priciest OLED TV on the market, nor is it the cheapest from LG—that honor goes to the step-down B8 series—but it is our pick for #1, right now.

What you're getting:

  • 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution
  • The best possible black levels
  • Excellent HDR/Dolby Vision performance
  • High-end processing with AI/LG ThinQ
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, & Dolby Atmos compatibility
  • OLED-panel refresh rates

What you're not getting:

  • Super high brightness (compared to similarly priced LED TVs)

LG's 2018 OLED lineup includes five different series: the W8, G8, E8, C8, and B8. However, while there are some differences in design, speakers, and available sizes, the W8 through C8 TVs are identical in terms of picture quality—LG has said as much, and I've seen it myself.

The B8 doesn't have the new Alpha 9 processor that the others have, which helps the C8 to cinch the lead for "best possible quality" while still being relatively much more affordable than the W8 flagship. As for the point about high brightness: the C8 (and LG's other 2018 OLEDs) are still much brighter than 99% of the TVs on the market, they just aren't as bright as some of the quantum dot models available this year.

However, no matter which way you slice it, from a pure performance standpoint the C8 is still the best all around TV you can buy in 2018. Check out the full review for more details.

65-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)

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65-inch TCL 6 Series (2018)

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If you want a really solid 65-inch TV that doesn't skimp on future-facing features, but won't run you out of town with its price, it doesn't get much more wallet-friendly than this year's TCL 6 Series.

Starting at $999, you're getting a lot of TV goodies here: 4K resolution, HDR and Dolby Vision compatibility (with HDR brightness benchmarked around 600 nits), Roku streaming box functionality built into the software (a key feature), and a full-array local dimming style backlight.

You're missing out on a couple of the hallmarks of very premium LED TVs here—namely, 120 Hz refresh rates and quantum dots—but if you can live without those enhancements, you're not going to find a better 65-inch TV in this price range. Read the full review for more info on the TCL 6 Series.

How We Test

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I've been testing and reviewing TVs at Reviewed since 2012. In our TV testing lab, we have the latest CalMan calibration software, a QuantumData signal generator, and individual light/color measuring meters—not to mention about 200 Blu-rays and sundry AV equipment.

We use industry-backed and scientifically sound tests to determine things like a TV's HDR peak brightness of what percentage of the DCI-P3 color standard it achieves. We also watch an awful lot of Netflix. Our top priority is to discover what the consumer will actually experience at home—regardless of what the meters say.

I personally tested and reviewed almost every TV on this list myself, and for those I didn't, it was still tested via the methodology and human vision-related weighting metrics I designed in conjunction with Reviewed's staff scientists and tech experts.


Other 65-inch TVs We Recommend

It's kind of easy to pick the best-performing TV—usually you just have to be willing to pay a lot. However, between the priciest ultra-premium sets and the most frills-free entry-level models, there's a wide range of very worthy 65-inch models to choose from, depending on how much you want to pay and how many bells and whistles you want.


65-inch Vizio P-Series Quantum (2018)

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65-inch Vizio P-Series Quantum (2018)

While it's not quite high-performance enough to warrant our "best overall" pick, and not quite affordable enough to warrant the "best value" category, if we were giving awards for affordable performance, the 65-inch P-Series Quantum would sweep the category.

For around $2,000—sometimes less online—you're getting a 65-inch 4K HDR/Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos TV equipped with full-array local dimming for huge contrast/brightness and quantum dots for wide color production. The Quantum's brightness is pretty out of this world (HDR tests revealed around 1,600 nits at points), and it's just about as colorful as any other TV on the list, too. From a performance standpoint, the Quantum is stunning for the price.

However, it's more affordable than its performative peers for a few small reasons—some related to components/design, some related to performance—that very picky AV enthusiasts might take issue with. However, for budget-minded picture quality fanatics, the P-Series Quantum is a dream come true. Read our full review for more information.

65-inch LG B7 Series (2017)

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65-inch LG B7 Series (2017)

LG's 2017 entry-level OLED TV is still kicking around, and it's one of the best ways to get a good deal on a 65-inch OLED in 2018.

Available around $2,500 (but often seriously discounted during sales), the B7/B7A OLED is very close in quality to the newer, brighter, and more technologically advanced 2018 models—it has the same nigh infinite contrast, high peaking colors, and huge viewing angles you'll find on any OLED TV.

You won't get the 2018 line's "AI" upgrades nor their advanced processing, and the design for this one isn't anywhere near as svelte as the upper-tier OLEDs, but for what you're paying it's a damn fine TV. Check out our full review of the LG B7 OLED.

65-inch Samsung Q9FN Series (2018)

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65-inch Samsung Q9FN Series (2018)

This is Samsung's 65-inch flagship TV for 2018, and as you'd probably expect, it's chock full of advanced TV tech and smart extras, and is priced to reflect that.

Priced around $3,000 (though sometimes it's online for less), the 65-inch Q9FN gives you 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution, HDR10/HDR10+ compatibility (benchmarked around 1,600 nits in Movie mode, which is almost unparalleled), a wide color gamut thanks to its use of quantum dots, full-array local dimming, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and Samsung's usual level of polish when it comes to design, software presentation, and physical extras like the remote and "OneConnect" box.

The Q9FN is essentially a fancier version of the Vizio P-Series Quantum. It's slightly easier on the eyes, and possesses a bit more filigree and a few more picture extras by comparison. Whether that's worth an extra $1,000 to you will have a lot to do with your budget. Check out the full review of the Samsung Q9FN for more info.

65-inch Vizio P-Series (2018)

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65-inch Vizio P-Series (2018)

The 65-inch Vizio P-Series is another stellar cross-pollination of performance and affordability. It's almost identical to the P-Series Quantum, except it doesn't have quantum dots. Simple enough, right?

However, while you're not getting those tiny quantum dots, you are getting a bunch of other stuff: 4K resolution, HDR/Dolby Vision compatibility (benchmarked around 1,000 nits, which is very good), full-array local dimming (with 100 zones), a 120 Hz refresh rate, and the same SmartCast/Google Cast-based smart features you'll find on most of Vizio's 2018 TV lineup.

For around $1,000 online, the 65-inch P-Series is a very good deal. You aren't getting "ultra-premium" here, but it's a very good TV for this price, better than many similarly priced models.

65-inch Samsung Q7FN Series (2018)

65-inch Samsung Q7FN Series (2018)

A couple of rungs down the ladder from the flagship Samsung Q9FN, the Q7FN is a great way to get most of the same great tech at a somewhat more reasonable price.

You're getting a similar level of polish and tech savvy fare here compared to the top Samsung of 2018: 4K resolution, HDR10/HDR10+ compatibility, quantum dot color, the Samsung Smart Hub/OneConnect "setup" that gives these so-called QLED TVs their posh flare, etc. The biggest difference between the Q7FN and Q9FN flagship is that the Q7FN has an "edge-lit" backlight type, compared to the the Q9FN's full-array LED backlight.

While the switch from full-array to edge backlighting does make some big differences in overall picture quality, in general the Q7FN does a very good job reproducing the Q9FN's general picture quality, which is pretty good considering it's almost $1,000 less expensive. Read the full review of the Samsung Q7FN here.

65-inch Samsung NU8000 Series (2018)

65-inch Samsung NU8000 Series (2018)

If you're interested in the better trappings of Samsung's 2018 lineup, but don't want to shell out the extra money for the "quantum dot" upgrade, the NU9000 series from this year is a good compromise.

This TV has a lot of the same trappings of the fancier Samsung QLEDs—4K resolution, HDR10/HDR10+ support, a 120 Hz refresh rate, etc.—as well as a similar physical design aesthetic and software menus. It just doesn't have the quantum dots, so it isn't as bright/colorful.

However, it's still an excellent 65-inch TV for the ~$1,300 you're paying, combining a high-end design with Samsung's best 2018 tech (again, except quantum dots). Read our full review of the Samsung NU9000 here.

65-inch Vizio E-Series (2018)

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65-inch Vizio E-Series (2018)

Year after year, Vizio's E-Series stands in as a very budget-friendly way to score a future-facing TV—but don't go thinking it isn't a downright good product just because of its price.

While you can find the 65-inch E-Series for under $800 online right now, which makes it a sight more affordable than a lot of the TVs on this list, it still offers up a lot of the same goodies as the ultra-premium sets: 4K resolution, HDR compatibility, full-array local dimming, smart features.

You're not getting the brightness for impressive HDR nor more specialized trappings like a 120 Hz refresh rate, but for what you're paying you're still getting a TV that will be good enough for most viewers. Check out of our full review of the 2018 Vizio E-Series.

65-inch TCL 5 Series (2018)

65-inch TCL 5 Series (2018)

If you want a reliable 65-inch TV, but want to pay as little as possible for it, the best super-value TV we've tested is the TCL 5 Series from this year.

The 65-inch model gets you 4K resolution, HDR compatibility (though disappointing HDR brightness), the ever-popular Roku platform, and a pretty fine design all around.

This TV won't impress on high-brow AV fronts, but it'll still knock your socks off, especially if you haven't upgraded your TV in a while. Check out our full review of the TCL 5 Series.

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