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 or a major sports event on a 65-inch TV. But the best big-screen TVs don’t come cheap—prices for the top 10 models in our TV ratings range from about $2,000 to $3,800.

However, you don’t have to spend top dollar to get a decent big-screen television. That’s especially true this year, with manufacturers producing more big TV models at a wide range of prices.

Despite lower-than-average prices, the sets described below—which can be seen by CR members—offer 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. That’s something many lower-priced TVs fail to deliver.

These sets also provide excellent 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. 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 relatively 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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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. And see whether you can get a 30-day price-match guarantee from the retailer. That will make sure you benefit if the price drops significantly after you make your purchase.

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 the 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.

The more than 200 models in our ratings right now all went through a battery of objective measurements and subjective evaluations designed to push a TV to its limits. You’ll see individual scores for attributes such as high-definition picture quality, Ultra High Definition performance (for 4K models), viewing angle, motion blur, and sound quality. We also consider versatility and ease of use. 

And like all products rated by Consumer Reports, every set was bought at retail.

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LG OLED65B8PUA

You might have a hard time wrapping your head around a TV this expensive being considered a bargain. But if you’re looking for a top-performing OLED 4K TV, the 65-inch LG OLED65B8PUA, a discounted leftover 2018 set, is the least expensive option by a few hundred dollars. And it 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 that this model has been replaced by the LG OLED65B9PUA, which costs more because it’s newer.

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