Best Big-Screen TV Bargains

Top-performing televisions aren't cheap, but these models offer a lot of performance for the money

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There’s nothing like watching a blockbuster movie on a 65-inch TV. But the best big-screen TVs don’t come cheap—prices for most of the top 10 models in our TV ratings range from about $1,500 to $3,300.

However, you don’t have to spend top dollar to get a decent big-screen television. And recently, manufacturers have been producing big TV models that sell for a wider range of prices.

Despite lower-than-average prices, all the sets described below provide great overall picture quality, and each one features smart TV tech, offering access to online streaming services directly from the set without the need for an external streaming player. (You might want to adjust the privacy settings, though.)

Most of the TVs are LCD models, which make up the overwhelming majority of all TVs sold each year. However, we did pick one OLED TV with a comparatively modest price because sets with that technology have dominated our ratings in recent years, providing rich, deep blacks and unlimited viewing angles.

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Additionally, all but one of the sets provide a satisfying high dynamic range (HDR) experience, which can boost a TV’s brightness, contrast, and color, making the pictures on the screen look more like real life. The one exception in our list costs only $500, so for many people that could be a worthwhile trade-off.

This year, we've made a few noteworthy changes to our TV ratings. While overall picture quality still remains critically important, this year we've added data privacy and security scores for all the TVs we test.

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 issues 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 also adjust the settings yourself, but we've found that consumers can find them tricky to locate and use.)

With regard to security, companies are judged by how well they implement various safety features, such as encrypting all user communications by default, enabling automatic security updates, and protecting against known security vulnerabilities.

The list below consists of 65-inch sets, which are increasingly popular, along with one 75-inch set that delivers top-notch picture quality at a price lower than that of many 65-inch TVs. You can typically pay less by choosing any of these models in a smaller screen size.

CR 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 the TV 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, every set was bought at retail. Note that all are 2018 or 2019 models—don't worry, you're not giving up much performance by choosing one of these sets, just getting a great price.

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LG OLED65B9PUA

You might have a hard time wrapping your head around the idea that an almost-$2,000 TV could be considered a bargain. But if you’re looking for a top-performing OLED 4K TV, the 65-inch LG OLED65B9PUA is the least expensive option by a few hundred dollars. This 2019 set delivers everything you’d want in a TV: great overall picture quality, effective HDR performance, and even top-notch sound. Like all the OLED TVs we’ve tested, it delivers very deep blacks, along with an almost unlimited viewing angle. Note this model is slowly disappearing, and is being replaced by the LG OLED65BXPUA ($2,200), which we plan to test soon.

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