Best 65-inch TV Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best 65-inch TVs you can buy in 2020.
While it's certainly not always the case, with TVs the old adage holds true: bigger generally is better. As the quality of content at our disposal improves, with more pixels being pushed out by TV broadcasters, streaming services and Blu-ray discs, it's worth getting a bigger screen to make the most of it.
HD and now 4K video means you can sit closer to your TV, while smaller bezels make modern 65in TVs significantly less massive than those that have gone before. They're getting ever thinner, lighter and easier to wall-mount, too. No wonder 65-inch TVs have risen so much in popularity.
Below you'll find our pick of the best 65-inch 4K TVs, including LCD, OLED and QLED models from the likes of LG, Samsung, Sony, Philips and Panasonic, and offering support for HDR video in various forms, as well as streaming from Amazon Prime, Netflix, Apple TV, BBC iPlayer, and loads more besides.
LG's first 2020 OLED is a barnstormer. While we'd usually like to start the year with the C-class model, which is the most affordable set with all of the best picture processing, this GX takes that same picture and adds more powerful sound and a beautiful design.
This is LG's 'Gallery' model, and as such is entirely intended for wall-mounting. You don't even get a stand in the box (although feet can be bought separately), with a low-profile mount provided instead. The set is a uniform 2cm deep, which is exceptionally slim. The CX, by comparison, is 4.7cm deep.
Picture-wise, LG has taken the exemplary performance of its 2019 OLEDs and improved it in a few key areas, with dark detail, colour richness and motion handling all getting a worthwhile boost. The set sounds decent, too, particularly for one with essentially invisible speakers.
The only issue for UK buyers is the current lack of catch-up apps such as BBC iPlayer, but LG assures us it's working on this. Either way, this is a stunning TV and the current 2020 TV benchmark.
Read the full LG OLED65GX review
What if you could get a healthy chunk of flagship performance without spending flagship money? That’s the dream isn’t it? Well the Q70R makes that dream a reality.
It offers many of the features of the top-of-the-range Q90R but with a very substantial discount. Of course, the Q70R doesn’t offer all of the picture processing features of the Q90R – that would be silly. But it does offer a Q90-lite performance that makes it an absolute belter in its own right.
The Q70R produces a brilliantly detailed and sharp image with vibrant but natural colours. It also boasts the same operating system and app selection as every other model in Samsung's 2019 QLED range, and that makes it a joy to use and gives you access to more content than any rival system
Read the full Samsung QE65Q70R review
While OLED panel technology hasn't changed a great deal in the last couple of years, LG is doing a great job of squeezing out more and more performance with each of its new sets. This C9 is the most affordable model in the 2019 range that gets all of the company's best picture tech (the B9 has a less well-specced processor), and it's an absolute doozy.
Perfect blacks, amazing contrast and rich colours make for a brilliantly exciting picture. It sounds pretty good by flatscreen standards, too. No wonder we named it our favourite 65 incher at the 2019 What Hi-Fi? Awards.
The C9 has now been superseded by the CX and GX (above) but, thanks to some heavy end-of-life discounting, represents great value for money while it's still available.
Read the full LG 65OLEDC9PLA review
While we found the 55in version of the Philips OLED804 a little short of spectacular, that was apparently down to us receiving a not-quite-final sample of the set. That might sound like a dubious excuse but, having now tested the 65in model, it seems to be accurate - because the 65OLED804 is one of the very best TVs you can currently buy.
The picture is super-sharp, punchy and detailed, and sound is good, too, despite the OLED804 having a fairly entry-level speaker system. The Android operating system means the app selection is excellent, and you get Dolby Vision and HDR10+ (as well as standard HDR10 and HLG) so all HDR bases are covered.
The motion processing is weaker than that of many rivals and a lack of HDMI 2.1 features is a shame, but this remains a superb performance-per-pound TV.
Read the full Philips 65OLED804 review
Brand new for 2020, the Q95T isn't the successor to the Q90R that we were expecting it to be, but it is a brilliant TV in its own right and has launched at a lower price than did its 'predecessor'.
It has fewer dimming zones and goes less bright in real terms than the Q90R, but the Q95T is otherwise better in every meaningful way. It delivers a richer, more solid and more natural picture, much improved motion processing, and better sound.
The Tizen operating system is largely unchanged, and that's no bad thing. No other operating system has as much content or more quickly gets you to what you want to watch.
Read the full Samsung QE65Q95T review
Instead of adding a soundbar to your OLED TV at a later date, Philips solves the problem by integrating a Dolby Atmos soundbar into its 65OLED984 . It's no ordinary soundbar either, given it's designed by Bowers & Wilkins. The design is unique - the OLED panel is perched on top of a floor-standing pedestal that also incorporates the bar.
This Philips OLED set isn't just smartly packaged. Slight motion issues aside, it produces a brilliant 4K HDR picture. In fact, we don't think there's another OLED TV on the market that picks out as much detail. It's a punchy and dynamic performer with Full HD SDR content too. Sonically, the TV serves up an open and spacious soundstage where there's genuine placement of dialogue and effects and more than enough bass on tap.
Sure the 65OLED984 is a very pricey proposition, but this combination of picture and sound quality justifies the outlay.
Read the full Philips 65OLED984 review
Samsung has pulled out all the stops for its current 4K TV range, and the Q90R QLED sufficiently raises the bar on previous models. This 65-inch Q90R is a backlit TV that goes almost as black as an OLED and has OLED-like viewing angles, while retaining the Samsung QLED advantage of greater brightness.
It also boasts brilliantly judged colours and excellent dark detail, not to mention an excellent operating system packed with apps.
Read the full Samsung QE65Q90R review
The LG B9 is a mixture of the old and the new – it combines the company's 2018 processor with its 2019 OLED panel. This makes it the most affordable model in LG’s current OLED range and a tempting proposition indeed.
The picture is natural, colourful and well-measured for contrast whether you’re watching in 4K or upscaling from HD, and whatever processor power is missing certainly won't ruin your TV experience.
There are small discrepancies in light and dark detail that the top LG processor offers and it’s worth paying the extra for them if you can. As far as this price proposition goes, though, the LG OLED65B9PLA gets our full vote of confidence.
Read the full LG OLED65B9PLA review
Just below Sony's Master Series is this 65 inch LCD cracker. What this TV offers is a very watchable and forgiving picture with wonderfully balanced colours, superb detail and simply the best motion processing tech around at the moment. It's smooth and sharp and without either flicker or any of the ‘soap opera effect’.
It's exceptionally bright and vibrant for the price. It may not have the black levels, viewing angles or extreme contrast abilities of the far more expensive Samsung QLEDs and LGs OLEDs but you simply will not find such a beautifully performing TV without paying much, much more. Full marks.
Read the full Sony KD-65XG9505 review
Like the look of LG's C9 but want improved sound built in? This E9 could be just the ticket. It produces just the kind of picture we'd hope for and supplements it with impressive sonic aptitude.
This E9 has more speakers than its sibling (4.2ch compared with 2.2ch), more amplifier power (60W against 40W) and slightly different positioning (forward-firing vs down-firing). The result is a solid sonic performance on par with the best soundbars at the affordable end of the market.
Ultimately, our recommendation would be to go for the C9 and partner it with a superior sound bar or, even better, a proper home cinema system. But if neatness is paramount, the E9 is a great solution.
Read the full LG OLED65E9PLA review
The 2018 version of the Sony above is still available and makes a great choice if you want to save some money on your next TV. This mid-range model combines some of the best features of 2018's top-end TVs with a price that’s affordable to more people. Strong colours, smooth motion processing, impressive black levels.
It may not be a bells and whistles OLED, but this Sony LCD set is a great all-round option. And look at that price for a 65-inch TV.
Read the full Sony KD-65XF9005 review
Sony's flagship Master Series OLED TV aims to get closer to the content creator's intention than ever before. And it does a mighty fine job of doing so. If the combination of brilliant motion processing, excellent detail levels and impressive upscaling isn't enough to convince you to give this TV an audition, the Sony KD-65AG9 has an extra trick up its sleeve.
Its next-gen acoustic surface tech delivers some of the most impressive sounds we've ever heard from a flatscreen TV. You can even use the TV as the centre speaker in a surround sound system thanks to the standard speaker terminals on its rear.
Read the full Sony KD-65AG9 review