Best Big-Screen TV Bargains for Sets 70 Inches and Larger

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

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It wasn’t too long ago that a 55-inch TV seemed pretty big. But these days, lots of televisions in people’s homes are 70 inches and even larger. The prices tend to be big, too. Many of the top supersized models in our TV ratings cost $3,000 or more.

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

The 70-inch and larger sets below aren’t cheap, but they cost less than most jumbo televisions. And what’s just as important is that they perform well in CR’s testing. All of them are smart TVs, 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, which includes multiple televisions from Hisense, LG, Samsung, and TCL.

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An overwhelming majority of TVs on the market are LCD models, but we included one OLED TV as well. In general, OLEDs are quite expensive, but prices have been falling recently. Sets with this technology have dominated our ratings in recent years, providing rich, deep blacks and unlimited viewing angles. But some LCD sets now offer comparable performance.

We also chose to focus mainly on 4K models that can provide at least some level of an 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.

While overall picture quality remains important to our TV ratings, we also now include scores for data privacy and security. We 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.)

If you’re looking for a smaller but well-priced model, check out our list of the best 65-inch 4K TVs under $1,000. You can usually 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 soundbar. A set with a narrower viewing angle might not be a problem if you’re able to sit directly in front of it.

Like all products rated by Consumer Reports, we bought every set at retail.

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