Best 65-Inch TVs Under $1,000

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

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If you love jumbo TVs but not their outsized prices, here’s some good news: Prices for bigger TVs keep dropping. While the very best big-screen TVs can still cost $2,000 or more, you can pay less than $1,000 for a 65-inch set and still get a great viewing experience.

If you check Consumer Reports’ TV ratings—available to digital members—you'll see that many of the better-performing TVs this size are older 2020 sets. That's okay; you won't be missing out an many new features if you choose one of them.

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But in our list below, we do highlight one new 2021 model, from Hisense. We will be adding more new sets to this list as we test more models. 

Note that at this time of the year prices on 2021 models are at their highest, so it's possible that a TV that now costs more than $1,000 could be much less in just a few months. (It's always a good idea to ask for a price-match guarantee from a 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.

Last year we 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.)

We've listed the TVs below in order of CR's Overall Score, starting with the best-performing sets.

Hisense 65H9G

This 65-inch 4K smart TV from Hisense, a flagship model from 2020, delivers the goods with very good overall picture quality, plus an effective HDR experience. (This set supports the HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats.) It has a full-array LED backlight with local dimming, which can help improve dark scenes and contrast when done well, and uses the Google Android TV smart TV system, which has Chromecast and Google Assistant built in. It will also work with Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay 2.

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