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The best 65-inch TV for 2021: LG, TCL, Sony, Vizio and more

I’ve been reviewing TVs since the days of plasma and rear projection, and I try to keep it simple by focusing on one key concept: picture quality for the money.

#As 65-inch TVs become increasingly common, they are more affordable than ever. A solid budget model for under $500 isn’t a tall order, and during holiday sales like #Black #Friday or #Presidents #Day they’re even cheaper. #When I make side-by-side comparisons of TVs here at CNET, I prefer using 65-inch screens since just about every mainstream TV maker offers this size. #It’s big enough to feature HDR-quality video and 4K but not too huge that it dominates most living rooms. #Here are some of the best 65-inch TV screens I’ve found.

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The list below represents the best TVs I’ve reviewed in CNET’s test lab (for 2021, 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.
  • The pandemic has thrown a wrench in shipping times, and many TVs are shipping late.
  • #Most of the TVs on this list are 2019 and 2020 models, but I expect to review more TVs soon.
  • #On the other hand, since TVs are generally a mature technology, the newest models may not include major upgrades over the previous versions. #Most buyers will still be perfectly happy with a slightly older 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.

#Read more: #What size of TV do I need?

#Sarah #Tew/CNET

#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.

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#What’s that you say? #You just want the best TV, money’s no object? #Here you go. #In my side-by-side tests, the LG CX smart OLED TV is the best TV I’ve ever reviewed, with world-beating contrast, perfect wide viewing angle and excellent uniformity. #If you can afford it, this is the TV to get.

#Read our LG OLEDCX series review.

#Sarah #Tew/CNET

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 close and costs a lot less.

#Read our TCL 8-Series (2019 #Roku TV) review.

#Sarah #Tew/CNET

#If you value #Sony’s brand, the X900H is an excellent choice, with image quality on par with the TCL 6-Series and a price that’s not that much more expensive. #And its suite of connections is actually better than the TCL’s. #In winter 2020 it will get full 4K/120Hz HDMI input capability to maximize the potential of the new #Xbox #Series X and #PlayStation 5, and right now it’s the cheapest TV that works with ATSC 3.0 antenna broadcasts.

#Read our #Sony XBR-X900H review.

#Aside from the TCL 6-Series above, this is the best TV for the money. The TCL has a better picture and better smart HDTV system so it’s a superior TV overall, but it’s also a couple hundred dollars more expensive. #If you can’t afford the 6-Series, this #Vizio is a good runner-up.

#Read our #Vizio M7-Series #Quantum (2020) review.

#Sarah #Tew/CNET

#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 features, you can always add a media streamer. They’re cheap and easy to use, and receive updates more frequently than most top rated 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 buying a new TV and getting the the best viewing experience.

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