While a 65 inch TV It’s the standard size for most homes, if you want to go even higher, the most obvious upgrade is a 75-inch model. It is a size available in many of the best TV series we reviewed on CNET – even those fancy OLED TVs (they’re technically 77 inches, but they’re still included on this list).
If you are undecided about whether to go for a great-performing 65-inch model or a 75-inch set that performs a little worse, but costs about the same, I recommend that you go big. If you’re looking to improve your viewing experience, increasing the TV screen size is the best use of your money, rather than a slight increase in picture quality, color accuracy, viewing angle, or any smart functionality. . However, I don’t recommend that you get a 75-inch TV that doesn’t perform well enough to satisfy you. That’s where our guide comes in – to help you decide how much money to spend.
Sign up for the CNET TVs, Streaming and Audio newsletter to get the best of our home entertainment coverage.
The list below represents the best TVs that I have reviewed in CNET’s test lab, where I compare them side by side to see which one is the most worth buying. At the moment, my television lab is my basementand as usual I have reviewed the 65 inch sizes from the series listed below. That said, the 75-inch versions are basically identical beyond screen size. When reviewing TVs, I take into consideration factors like the number of HDMI ports, color accuracy, contrast ratio, refresh rate, the TV’s smart capabilities, and more.
Here are my latest recommendations, which I update as I review new TVs, with the following notes to keep in mind.
- Looking for another size? Check out: 32-inch TVs, 43-inch TVs, 55-inch TVs and 65-inch TVs.
- If you’re concerned that the new 2021 TVs have some great feature or picture quality improvement that will be missed if you buy a TV now, relax. Televisions are generally a mature technology and our advice is that if you need a new television now, you should get one.
- Some of the TVs below were released in 2020. The new 2021 models are out now and we’ve reviewed a few so far. For the 2020 TVs on this list, I’ve included a “2021 outlook” section with everything I know (so far) about the new models.
- Don’t see what you’re looking for next? Here are all the TVs I have reviewed, with more to come soon.
David Katzmaier / CNET
No TV I’ve ever tried offers this much picture quality for so little money. The 2020 TCL 6 series has even better picture quality than its predecessor, thanks to mini-LED technology and well-implemented full-matrix local dimming that helps it run in circles around just about any other TV at this price. It’s also a solid option for gamers with a new THX mode that combines low input lag and high contrast. As if that wasn’t enough, the Roku TV operating system is our undisputed favorite.
Outlook 2021: TCL says that this TV will remain on sale for most of 2021. I don’t expect it to be replaced until at least the fall, and it could stick around all year. TCL will also sell an 8K version of the Series 6, but I don’t think it’s worth the money.
Read our TCL 6 (75R635) series review.
TCL 6 Series Roku TV Review: Brighter and Better Than …
Sarah Tew / CNET
What are you saying? You just want the best 75 (roughly) inch TV and can afford what you want? Here you have. In my benchmarks, the LG G1 OLED TV is the best TV I’ve ever reviewed, with unmatched contrast, perfect viewing angle, and excellent uniformity. It beats the LG CX image below, just barely, and offers a slimmer, more wall-friendly design. OLED TVs don’t come in a 75-inch size, so this 77-inch model is the closest equivalent. If you can afford it, this is the best TV in this size range.
Note that as of mid-summer 2021, the 77-inch G1 is out of stock at many stores.
Read our LG OLEDG1P (OLED77G1PUA) series review.
David Katzmaier / CNET
With picture quality that’s almost as good as the G1 before it, the 2020 CX is an overall better option for people who want a really nice OLED TV but don’t have the money to spend. The G1 was a bit brighter in my measurements and has slightly better video processing, but it was really hard to tell the difference. The only real advantage of the G1 is its slim styling, but the CX is itself quite slim.
Outlook 2021: The new model, designated C1, is currently available for a few hundred more than the CX. I haven’t reviewed it yet. It adds some minor new features and improved processing, but I expect the image quality to be largely the same as the CX.
Read our LG OLEDCXP (OLED77CXPUA) series review.
David Katzmaier / CNET
Looking for a high-end TV with spectacular picture quality, but don’t want an OLED? The Samsung QN90A is your best option. This TV uses mini-LED augmented QLED technology, for a brighter picture than any OLED TV. OLED’s spectacular contrast still won out in my side-by-side tests, but the QN90A comes closer than ever.
Read our Samsung QN90A (2021) series review.
Sarah Tew / CNET
Roku is our favorite platform for streaming apps like Netflix, and it’s even better integrated into this 75-inch 4K ultra HD TV. The image quality on this 4K UHD TCL can’t beat any of the previous models – its 4K resolution and HDR compatibility do nothing to improve the picture, but it’s perfectly fine for most people, especially at this price.
Read our TCL 4 Series (2021) Roku TV review.
Geoffrey Morrison / CNET
Samsung sells more TVs than anyone else and one of the most popular is the Q60A series. Its sleek design stands out compared to the other TVs on this list, although the ultra-thin OLED models are even sleeker, offering better features and picture quality than budget models like the TCL 4 series. The TVs above have higher values, But if you want a 75-inch Samsung TV and can’t afford the QN90A, this is a great option.
Read our Samsung Q60A (2021) series review.
Other things to know about buying a new TV
I’m pretty sure you’d be satisfied with any of the TVs above, but a new smart TV can be a great investment, so maybe you’re looking for a little more information. Here’s a quick and dirty list.
- In my opinion, the bigger the better. Large TVs are cheaper than ever and it is better to spend your money on large screens rather than a slight improvement in picture quality.
- If you don’t like the built-in smart TV system, you can always add a media streamer for more content. They’re cheap and easy to use, and they get updates more frequently than most smart TVs. See the best streaming devices here.
- Most TVs have built-in speakers with terrible sound quality, so it’s worth pairing your new gear with a soundbar or other speaker system. The good ones start at around $ 100. Check out the best soundbars here.
Looking for even more information? Here’s everything you need to know (and more) about buying a new TV.