Thu. May 19th, 2022
Best 65-Inch TV for 2022

For the normal American living room, a 65-inch TV hits the sweet spot. At CNET we recommend getting the biggest TV you can, and this size of screen is large enough for comfortable viewing in medium-sized rooms. Our reviews generally pit 65-inch TVs next to one another side-by-side because nearly all of the best TV series include this size, and it’s easier to compare differences than with smaller screens, for example 55-inch sizes. Finally, 65-inch TVs cost hundreds less than 75-inch TVs and some of our favorites are around $1,000, and hundreds less on sale.

With that in mind, check out our list of the best 65-inch TVs. In spring 2022, our best TV advice is still to buy a 2021 model. We’ll update this list periodically and if we haven’t reviewed the newest version yet, we’ll include a “2022 Outlook” section to give you a sense of what you’re missing (or not).

Read more:  There’s Actually a Better Place to Mount Your TV

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No TV I’ve ever tested offers this much picture quality for this little cash. The TCL 4K UHD TV has an excellent image, thanks to mini-LED tech, Dolby Vision HDR 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 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.

This TV came out in 2020 but it will stay on sale throughout 2021 and 2022 and remains my top choice so far. TCL also sells an 8K version of the 6-Series, but I don’t think it’s worth the extra money, as well as a Google-powered version I have yet to review (although according to TCL, its image quality is the same as this Roku version).

2022 outlook: TCL has yet to announce a successor to this TV.

Read our TCL 6-Series (2020 Roku TV) review.

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With picture quality as good as any TV I’ve ever tested and a price that’s not too crazy, the LG C1 OLED TV is still my go-to pick for people who prioritize picture and are willing to pay for it. It beats any non-OLED TV on this list, including the Samsung QN90A below, with its perfect black levels, unbeatable contrast and superb off-angle viewing. It also has the best gaming features, making it the perfect companion to an Xbox Series X or S, PlayStation 5 or both. 

I also reviewed the successor to the C1, the LG C2, and the two have essentially identical picture quality. The newer version brings a couple of minor improvements, including lighter weight and a couple new gaming modes. Since the 2021 C1 currently remains on sale for hundreds less than the 2022 C2, I recommend getting the C1 instead.

Read our LG C1 series OLED TV review.

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The C2 is the first 2022 TV we’ve reviewed and it’s superb, but right now the 2021 model is a better deal. We compared the C2 directly with last year’s C1, side by side. In terms of picture quality, the two were basically identical, despite the fact that LG touts the new “Evo” panel on the C2. Real improvements include carbon-fiber construction for lighter weight — the 65-inch version weighs just 37 pounds with its stand, versus 72 pounds for the 65-inch C1 — as well as some additional tweaks to game mode and a new “always on” feature. Those enhancements aren’t worth the price difference, so our advice is to buy a C1 now or wait until later this year, when the C1 sells out and the C2 gets a price cut.

Read our LG C2 series OLED TV review..

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Looking for a high-end TV with spectacular image quality, but don’t want an OLED? The Samsung QN90A is your best bet. This TV uses QLED TV tech augmented by mini-LED for a brighter image than any OLED TV. The spectacular contrast of OLED still won out in my side-by-side tests, but the QN90A QLED screen comes closer than ever. 

2022 outlook: The 2022 version of the Samsung QN90A is called the QN90B. We haven’t reviewed it yet, but we expect it to have very similar image quality. Samsung touts improved processing and a few extra features but nothing earth-shattering, and the 2022 QN90B currently costs hundreds of dollars more than the 2021 QN90A.

Read our Samsung QN90A series (2021) review.

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Roku is our favorite platform for live TV streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, and it’s even better baked into the TV. This TCL 4-Series can’t beat any of the models above on image quality — its 4K resolution and HDR performance don’t do much to help the picture — but it’s perfectly fine for most people, especially at this price. 

Note that TCL also makes a Google TV and an Android TV version of the 4-Series. We haven’t reviewed them, but we expect similar picture quality to the Roku version.

2022 outlook:  TCL has yet to announce a successor for this TV.

Read our TCL 4-series Roku TV (2021) review.

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Vizio’s V-series is our favorite budget alternative to the TCL 4-Series Roku TV. We liked Roku’s smart TV system better (sound familiar?), but the V-series has some advantages, including a better remote with voice and more advanced picture settings. Picture quality between the two was basically the same, so if you don’t have a preference, it makes sense to get the cheapest one.

2022 outlook:  Vizio has yet to announce a successor for this TV.

Read the Vizio V655-J review.

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