Welcome to the sweet spot for big-screen TV size. Nearly every mainstream TV series on the market includes a 65-inch iteration. And since they’re an increasingly common size, 65-inchers are cheaper than ever. You can get a solid budget model for under $500, and sets with excellent image quality starting at just a few hundred more than that.

This list represents four of the best TVs CNET has reviewed in our test lab.

LG OLED65B8PUA

CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (outstanding)

The cost: $1,789 at amazon.com

The good: The LG B8 has spectacular image quality, second only to LG’s more-expensive OLED TVs among models we’ve tested. It delivers perfect black levels, superb uniformity, wide viewing angles, accurate color and a great bright-room picture. Its striking design features a super-slim panel.

The bad: It can’t get as bright as competing LCD TVs.

The bottom line: LG’s entry-level OLED TV doesn’t compromise picture quality.

With superb picture quality that rivals TVs costing twice as much, TCL’s 6 series is the best TV value we’ve ever reviewed. (CNET)
With superb picture quality that rivals TVs costing twice as much, TCL’s 6 series is the best TV value we’ve ever reviewed. (CNET)

TCL 6 series (2018 Roku TV)

CNET rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 (outstanding)

The cost: $800 at tclusa.com

The good: The affordable TCL 6 series has excellent overall image quality, with deep black levels, very good brightness, rich contrast and accurate color. Its Roku smart TV platform is the best available, with a simple interface and extensive streaming app support. The TV handles both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range sources.

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The bad: Brightness and video processing fall short of some more expensive TVs.

The bottom line: With superb picture quality that rivals TVs costing twice as much, TCL’s 6 series is the best TV value we’ve ever reviewed.

If you want the best TV picture quality and are willing to pay for it, the LG C9 should be the first 2019 TV on your list. (CNET)
If you want the best TV picture quality and are willing to pay for it, the LG C9 should be the first 2019 TV on your list. (CNET)

LG OLED65C9PUA

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (excellent)

The cost: $2,497 at amazon.com

The good: The LG C9 OLED TV has better image quality than any television we’ve ever tested. It delivers perfect black levels, wide viewing angles, superb uniformity, accurate color and a great bright-room picture. Video processing is slightly better than last year. It adds HDMI 2.1 features and support for Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay 2 are coming soon. Its striking design features a super slim panel.

The bad: The C9 is expensive, and 2018 OLED TVs perform almost as well for much less money. It can’t get as bright as competing LCD TVs.

The bottom line: If you want the best TV picture quality and are willing to pay for it, the LG C9 should be the first 2019 TV on your list.

By bringing quantum dot color to a more affordable price point, the M-Series Quantum breaks new ground among midrange TVs. (CNET)
By bringing quantum dot color to a more affordable price point, the M-Series Quantum breaks new ground among midrange TVs. (CNET)

Vizio M658-G1 Quantum (2019)

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (excellent)

The cost: $800 at vizio.com

The good: The M-Series Quantum has excellent picture quality for the money, with deep black levels, accurate color and very good 4K HDR performance. Its smart system is phone-friendly, with Google Cast and Apple AirPlay control.

The bad: Less HDR punch than some competitors. Poor remote and on-screen smart TV system. Many models named M-Series Quantum won’t perform as well as the one we reviewed.

The bottom line: By bringing quantum dot color to a more affordable price point, the M-Series Quantum breaks new ground among midrange TVs.