Best 65-Inch TVs Under $1,000

Sets from Hisense, Samsung, Sony, and TCL deliver the goods without breaking the bank

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With many of us at home and watching more TV, you might be thinking of stepping up your television game. If you love jumbo TVs but not their outsized prices, here’s some good news: You can pay less than $1,000 and still get a great viewing experience.

That might be surprising if you check Consumer Reports’ TV ratings, which are available to digital members, because many of the top-performing 65-inch sets cost $1,500 or more, and some prices go well beyond $2,000. But especially if you’re willing to buy a slightly older model, you can find a satisfying big TV for a lot less.

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The 65-inch televisions below, which cost less than $1,000, are a mix of carryovers from 2019 plus several newer 2020 models. (We'll add 2021 sets when they become available later in the year.) We've listed the TVs below in order of CR's Overall Score, starting with the best-performing sets.

Prices on TVs can fluctuate widely at this time of the year, especially as you get closer to the Super Bowl, when there are a lot of "Big Game" promotions on TVs. (Remember to get a price-match guarantee from the retailer in case prices suddenly fall after you buy.) Want to save even more money? You can often spend a bit less by getting a smaller version of the same TV; the model names will be almost identical.

In the past year we’ve made a few noteworthy changes to our TV ratings. While overall picture quality still remains critically important, we’ve added data privacy and security scores for all the TVs we test because we think these are important concerns for consumers. We evaluate 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 also encouraging TV makers to ship their sets to consumers with the optimal privacy settings turned on by default. (Of course, you can also adjust the settings yourself, but we’ve found that consumers can find them tricky to locate and use.)

Samsung UN65RU8000

This 65-inch 4K smart TV from Samsung, a 2019 model, was at the top of the company’s mainstream line of 4K TVs that don’t bear the QLED moniker. It delivers top-notch picture quality, though its high dynamic range (HDR) performance has very limited effectiveness. (Samsung TVs support the HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG HDR formats.) This set also has a very good rating for sound, so many people will find it sufficient for watching movies and playing music.

Samsung’s smart TV platform includes its own Bixby digital voice assistant, which works with other Bixby- and SmartThings-enabled devices. It’s also compatible with the Google Home and Amazon voice assistants.

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