Best Big-Screen TV Bargains

Top-performers aren't cheap, but these 4K models from LG, Samsung, TCL, and other brands offer a lot for the money

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A couple of years ago, 55-inch TVs seemed pretty big, but these days 65-inch sets are very popular, and lots of televisions in people's homes are even larger. Unfortunately for shoppers, the prices are big, too. Many of the top large-screen models in our TV ratings cost $2,000 to $3,000 or more.

But you don’t have to spend top dollar to get a decent big-screen television.

Despite lower-than-average prices, all the sets below provide satisfying overall picture quality. And each one features smart TV tech, offering access to online streaming services without the need for an external streaming player. (You'll need to be a CR member to view the list.)

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The overwhelming majority of TVs on the market are LCD models, and all but one of the sets listed below are 4K LCDs. But we included one OLED TV as well. In general, OLEDs are quite expensive, but this particular one rivals the best TVs in our ratings at a somewhat lower price. (It's still nearly $2,000.) Sets with this technology have dominated our ratings in recent years, providing rich, deep blacks and unlimited viewing angles.

We also chose to focus on models that can provide a satisfying high dynamic range (HDR) experience. When done well, HDR can boost a TV’s brightness, contrast, and color, making the pictures on the screen look more like real life. The exceptions we've included have very low prices for their screen sizes; many people might consider that a worthwhile trade-off.

While overall picture quality remains critically important to our TV ratings, we also now include scores for data privacy and security. Given that most sets these days are smart TVs that connect to the internet, we think that TV data privacy and security have become important concerns for consumers. As a result, we now evaluate the various ways TV brands collect, use, and share that 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 adjust the settings yourself, but we’ve found that consumers can find them tricky to locate and use.)

The list below mainly consists of 65-inch sets, which are increasingly popular, but we also highlight a few even larger sets. Remember that you can typically pay less by choosing any of these models in a smaller screen size.

CR digital members can also sort through our TV ratings by price and find lower-cost models that could be a better fit for their needs. For example, not-so-good sound will tend to bring down a TV’s Overall Score. But that set might be a terrific choice if you intend to use a sound-bar speaker or home theater system. A set with a narrower viewing angle might not be a problem if you’re able to sit directly in front of it at all times.

All the models in our ratings went through a battery of objective measurements and subjective evaluations designed to push a TV to its limits. And like all products rated by Consumer Reports, we bought every set at retail.

The models below are listed in order of their Overall Score. They’re mainly 2020 televisions, but we did include one new 2021 model. If you do choose an older model, don’t worry—you’re not giving up much performance by choosing one of these sets. You're just getting a lower price.

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