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If you’re in the market for a new TV, this is an exciting time of year for a few reasons. One is that we’re starting to see the first new 2022 TVs being introduced by several brands. The other is that many great sets from previous years are now at their all-time lowest prices. So in the coming months you’ll have an interesting mix of new and leftover models from which to choose.
We’re still a few weeks away from finalizing our tests of the first 2022 sets, but we’ll be adding them to Consumer Reports’ TV ratings as soon as we can. New models are introduced throughout the spring, so if you’re looking for one of these new televisions, keep checking back to see our test results. We update this list regularly.
In the meantime, the list below of the best TVs you can buy right now is available to CR members and spotlights sets with screens that are 65 inches or larger. That’s an increasingly popular size range. But most of these models are also available in smaller, less-expensive sizes; you can also find some of them with even larger screens.
The TVs that perform best in CR testing tend to be pricier flagship models. But we’ve also included some great 65-inch 4K sets that cost under $1,000—some much less—plus a few really jumbo sets priced under $2,000.
You may have noticed we’ve made a few changes to our TV ratings in recent years. While overall picture quality and other characteristics remain important, we also include data privacy and security scores for all the TVs we test. Now that TVs routinely connect to the internet, data privacy and security have become concerns for consumers.
Consumer Reports evaluates the various ways TV brands collect, use, and share consumer data, how well they protect it, and how transparent they are about their data practices. We’re encouraging TV makers to ship their sets to consumers with the optimal privacy settings turned on by default. You can adjust the settings yourself, but many people find them tricky to locate and use.
Like all the products that Consumer Reports tests and rates, every TV we evaluate is purchased at retail. We don’t accept freebies or handpicked models from manufacturers.
LCD TVs vs. OLED TVs
Before you dive into the individual models, it pays to understand the two basic technologies used in today’s televisions: LCD TVs, which are also called LED TVs for the LED backlights that illuminate the screen; and OLED TVs, where each pixel generates its own light.
There are far fewer OLED TVs on the market, and they tend to be more expensive, though prices have dropped over the past couple of years. OLED sets do a great job of displaying the blackest parts of an image, so the deepest shadows can really look black, as in real life, rather than gray. OLED TVs also have essentially unlimited viewing angles, so the picture still looks great if you view it from the sides of the screen.
There’s a big wrinkle in the technology for 2022: Samsung and Sony are introducing a new type of OLED TV that uses quantum dots, which promises a brighter overall image. We’ll have an article discussing this QD-OLED technology, along with test results for these new TVs, in the coming weeks.
A majority of TVs being sold are LCD sets. While they generally can’t deliver OLED-like black levels, they get better every year, especially models that use full-array backlights, where the LEDs are spread across the entire rear panel instead of just along the edges. These models include a feature called local dimming, which divides the backlights into zones that can be dimmed or illuminated separately, depending on the scene. This can help improve black levels.
Some newer sets have Mini LED backlights, which use a large number of even smaller LEDs that can be divided into more zones and locally dimmed.
Typically, only pricier TVs have full-array backlights with local dimming. Other sets are edge-lit, with the LEDs positioned on the sides of the screen. Some of these sets also include local dimming, but it tends to be less effective than in sets with full-array backlights. The best LCD TVs can create very bright, vivid images.
Best TVs Overall
LG OLED65CXPUA, Sony XBR-65A8H, Sony XR-65A90J, LG OLED65C1PUB, Samsung QN65QN85A, Samsung QN65QN90A
Given the closeness of their Overall Scores, you can’t go wrong with any of these top-performing TVs. Note that the Samsung sets are the only LCD-based TVs in a selection dominated by OLEDs. Some of these models are also available in larger screen sizes, and those tend to perform similarly.
The LG OLED65CXPUA and the Sony XBR-65A8H are both 65-inch 4K smart OLED TVs from 2020 that are at their lowest prices so far. Both are great sets, though the LG does a bit better for HDR, or high dynamic range. Following right behind these sets are the Sony XR-65A90J, a flagship 2021 OLED TV, and LG’s OLED65C1PUB, the 2021 successor to the 65CXPUA model noted above.
The Samsung QN65QN85A and the QN65QN90A, which are 2021 sets, deliver among the best HDR performance we’ve ever tested. Both are top-tier Neo QLED TVs that use Mini LED backlights that can boost contrast and minimize haloing around bright objects when they appear against a dark background. The main differences between these sets are that the QN90A gets just a bit brighter and that it has an ATSC 3.0 tuner, which can receive the new Next-Gen over-the-air TV signals in markets where those broadcasts are available.
All these TVs offer top-notch overall picture quality, an enjoyable high dynamic range (HDR) experience, and excellent sound.
Great TVs That Aren't Quite as Pricey
Samsung QN65Q80A, Sony XR-65X90CJ, Samsung QN65Q7DA
Almost all the TVs listed in the top group, above, cost at least $1,600, and several are $2,000 or more. That’s outside the budget for a lot of people. As alternatives, these three 65-inch sets from Samsung and Sony are less expensive but still deliver top-notch HD and 4K picture quality, effective HDR performance, and satisfying sound.
The Samsung QN65Q80A, in the company’s top regular QLED series for 2021, delivers very good overall picture quality, and its top-notch HDR performance beats that of the other sets in this group. This TV also has a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD TV and very good sound. But it lacks the Mini LED backlight found in the Neo QLED sets.
The Sony XR-65X90CJ, a model sold via warehouse clubs, does a bit better than the Samsung listed above in delivering HD and 4K picture quality. But its HDR performance is a bit below that model’s, though it’s still quite good. And like the Samsung set listed below, its sound is just average.
The Samsung QN65Q7DA, in a series below the 8-series sets sold through warehouse clubs, does well for all picture-quality attributes, including HDR.
All these sets except the Samsungs are LCD-based models that have full-array LED backlights with local dimming. The LG and Samsungs sets use their respective company’s smart TV systems, while the Sony uses the Android TV system.
Best Supersized TVs That Cost $2,000 or Less
Sony XR-75X90J, Samsung QN75Q70A, TCL 75R635, Vizio P75Q9-J01, Hisense 75U6G
These 75-inch TVs sell for between $1,000 and $1,700, while most of our top models in this screen size cost $2,000 or more—and sometimes a lot more. All these sets have an overall picture quality that earns Very Good or better ratings, but the HDR performance is mixed.
The Sony XR-75X90J, a 2021 model that’s currently selling for about $1,600, has great overall picture quality and very good HDR. It also does a nice job with sound. The Samsung QN75Q70A, also from 2021, has similarly impressive picture quality, but its HDR performance and sound are below that of the Sony.
The TCL 75R635, which uses Mini LED backlights, does very well for overall picture quality, and it’s the only model in this group to earn top marks for HDR effectiveness. The Vizio P75Q9-J01 also has satisfying overall picture quality but didn’t do as well for HDR performance. The Hisense 75U6G, a 2021 set, also doesn’t do as well for HDR, but it’s relatively inexpensive for its size and features.
The Sony and TCL sets offer better-than-average sound. All the sets support the HDR10 and HLG HDR formats, and all except the Samsung support Dolby Vision. The Samsung and Vizio also support HDR10+. (You can read about those formats in our explainer on HDR technology.)
The Hisense is an Android TV, while the Sony has the newer Google TV system. The Vizio uses an Android offshoot called SmartCast, and Samsung uses the company’s own proprietary Tizen smart TV platform. The TCL is a Roku TV.
Best 65-Inch TVs for Under $1,000
LG 65NANO90UPA, Hisense 65U8G, TCL 65R635, Hisense 65U7G, Samsung QN65Q6DA, Hisense 65U6GR
The best TVs tend to be pricey, but there are some really good performers that cost less than $1,000. The top three picks below offer a very good or great HDR experience, something many lower-priced sets can’t do. Remember that if you want the same models in sizes smaller than 65 inches, the prices tend to be lower.
To start, the LG 65NANO90UPA offers both satisfying picture quality and HDR performance. It also has better-than-average sound. The Hisense 65U8G, a 4K Android TV situated just below the company’s flagship TV series for 2021, and the TCL 65R635, a 2020 model that was carried over into 2021, deliver impressive performance for the price, with satisfying overall picture quality plus top-notch HDR. Both sets also have above-average sound.
The Samsung QN65Q6DA, in an entry-level QLED series for 2021, and Hisense 65U6GR, a 2021 Roku model, have very good overall picture quality, while the Hisense 65U7G does even better. None, however, can match the HDR performance of the Hisense or TCL models above.
All of these are smart TVs: LG and Samsung have their own smart systems, the 8-series Hisense is an Android TV, and the other Hisense and the TCL are Roku TVs.
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