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The 5 Best 80-83-85 Inch TVs – Spring 2023: Reviews

  1. Table of Contents
  2. Intro
  3. Best TV

    1. Best Upper Mid-Range

      1. Best Mid-Range

        1. Best Lower Mid-Range

          1. Best Budget

            1. Notable Mentions
            2. Recent Updates
            3. All Reviews
            4. Discussions

            Updated Apr 05, 2023 at 04:17 pm

            By Adam Babcock

            If you have a large room and sit far from the TV or simply want the largest TV available, there are a few large TVs you can choose from. Even though larger TVs are becoming more popular, you’ll find more options in the 70-75-77 inch category. It’s easier to find the best 85-inch TV rather than the best 80-inch TV because 85-inch TVs are the most common, and some OLEDs are coming out in 83-inch sizes too. Choosing the right model all depends on your needs and personal budget.

            We’ve bought and tested more than 380 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best big-screen TV to buy. See our picks for the best TVs for movies and the best 4k TVs, and if you want something smaller, the best 65-inch TVs. Most brands have started releasing their 2023 lineups, so make sure to vote on which ones you want us to buy and test first. If you want to find out more about the 2023 models, check out our 2023 TV lineup page.

            1. Best 80-85 Inch TV

              LG OLED83C2PUA

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              8.8

              TV Shows

              8.4

              Sports

              8.6

              Video Games

              9.3

              HDR Movies

              8. 8

              HDR Gaming

              9.0

              PC Monitor

              9.3

              Type

              OLED

              Sub-Type

              WOLED

              Resolution

              4k

              See all our test results

              The best TV you can buy that’s available in 80+ inches is the LG OLED83C2PUA. It’s an excellent TV that delivers stunning picture quality, especially if you’re in a dark room. It looks amazing in the dark thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio that results in perfect inky blacks, with no distracting blooming or halos around bright highlights or subtitles. Combined with its high peak brightness and wide color gamut, the latest movies and shows in HDR look amazing.

              It’s no slouch in a bright room, either, as it’s bright enough to fight glare, and the reflection handling is fantastic. It also has a wide viewing angle, ensuring the image remains consistent when viewed from the sides, which is good if you have a wide seating area. It has an impressive selection of gaming features, including support for 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the latest consoles or PC graphics cards, and it supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce tearing.

              See our review

            2. Best Upper Mid-Range 80-85 Inch TV

              Samsung QN85QN90BAFXZA

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              8.6

              Sports

              8.6

              Video Games

              8.7

              HDR Movies

              8. 7

              HDR Gaming

              8.7

              PC Monitor

              8.9

              Type

              LED

              Sub-Type

              VA

              Resolution

              4k

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              If you want something cheaper than the LG C2 OLED or are never in a completely dark room, check out the Samsung QN85QN90BAFXZA instead. It’s a slightly larger TV than the LG, making it the best 85-inch TV you can get if you want something bigger. It doesn’t have the same perfect black levels as the LG, but it gets much brighter, so it’s a better choice if you’re in a very bright room, as it can handle more glare. It also delivers brighter highlights in HDR, and, combined with its excellent color gamut, it’s an impressive choice for watching content in HDR10 or HDR10+.

              It offers many of the same features as the LG, including HDMI 2. 1 bandwidth for new-gen console or PC gamers, and it has a few great gaming features like variable refresh rate technology to reduce tearing. If you’re going for a clean setup and plan on wall-mounting your TV, the Samsung QN95B QLED is nearly identical, but the inputs are housed in an external connection box, and there’s just one cable from the connection box to your TV.

              See our review

            3. Best Mid-Range 80-85 Inch TV

              TCL 85R655

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              Video Games

              8.8

              HDR Movies

              8.6

              HDR Gaming

              8.7

              PC Monitor

              8.0

              Type

              LED

              Sub-Type

              VA

              Resolution

              4k

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              If you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg but still want good picture quality, then a mid-range TV like the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED is a good alternative. It’s significantly cheaper than the Samsung QN90B QLED but still delivers great picture quality, with fantastic contrast and a decent Mini LED local dimming feature. It has excellent peak brightness in HDR and can display a wide color gamut, so it’s almost as good as the Samsung for watching movies in a home theater.

              It’s an impressive TV for gamers thanks to its quick response time, incredibly fast refresh rate, and great selection of gaming features. It supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two of its HDMI ports, so it’s a bit less flexible than the Samsung, which supports HDMI 2.1 on all four ports. The most noticeable difference between this TV and the Samsung is the lack of a wide viewing angle filter, so the TCL isn’t as well-suited for a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades when viewed from the side.

              See our review

            4. Best Lower Mid-Range 80-85 Inch TV

              Hisense 85U7H

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              Sports

              7.4

              Video Games

              8.3

              HDR Movies

              8.3

              HDR Gaming

              8.3

              PC Monitor

              7.7

              Type

              LED

              Sub-Type

              VA

              Resolution

              4k

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              If you’re on a budget but want better picture quality than the TCL 85S455, the Hisense 85U7H is the best lower mid-range TV we’ve tested that’s available in an 80-85-inch size. It’s a great TV, with good picture quality and a wide selection of additional features. It’s good for watching sports in a bright room thanks to its high peak brightness. It has worse processing capabilities and a slower panel than the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED, so it’s not as good for gaming.

              It has some great gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on two of its HDMI inputs for 4k @ 120Hz gaming, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce tearing. It’s a significant step up from the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022, as it has a full array local dimming feature and much higher peak brightness, so HDR content looks considerably better.

              See our review

            5. Best Budget 80-85 Inch TV

              TCL 85S455

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              Movies

              8.7

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              Sports

              6.7

              Video Games

              7.8

              HDR Movies

              7.7

              HDR Gaming

              7.9

              PC Monitor

              7.1

              Type

              LED

              Sub-Type

              VA

              Resolution

              4k

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              If you’re on a budget and want a large TV, you’ll have to spend a bit more than if you were getting a smaller size. However, there are a few budget-friendly models available in larger sizes. Something like the TCL 85S455 is a decent overall TV that doesn’t cost much and has a good smart platform. The Roku interface is user-friendly and easy to learn if you haven’t used a Roku product yet. Its remote doesn’t have a mic for voice control, but you can download the Roku app on your phone to take advantage of the voice assistant features.

              For picture quality, it has a fantastic native contrast ratio for deep blacks in dark rooms. Its black uniformity is also remarkable, but as expected for a budget-friendly TV, it doesn’t have a local dimming feature. It doesn’t get bright enough to fight a ton of glare, but it has decent reflection handling if you have a few lights in the room.

              See our review

            Notable Mentions

            • LG OLED83G2PUA:
              The LG G2 OLED is slightly brighter than the LG C2 OLED, and it’s available in an 83-inch and a massive 97-inch size. It has a unique design, as it’s meant to be wall-mounted and doesn’t come with a stand. It’s significantly more expensive than the C2, though, and it’s not worth the price difference.
              See our review
            • Samsung QN85QN900BFXZA:
              If you’re looking for a more future-proof investment, the Samsung QN900B 8k QLED is the best 85-inch 8k TV we’ve tested. It delivers slightly better picture quality than the Samsung QN90B QLED, but it’s not worth the price difference for most people, as there’s almost no 8k content available.
              See our review

            Recent Updates

            1. Apr 05, 2023:
              Verified our picks for availability and consistency and refreshed the text. Added the Samsung QN900B 8k QLED as a Notable Mention.

            2. Mar 03, 2023:
              Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency, and refreshed the text for clarity. Added the LG G2 OLED as a Notable Mention.

            3. Jan 11, 2023:
              Replaced the Sony X90K with the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED, as the TCL is cheaper and performs better than the Sony.

            4. Nov 23, 2022:
              Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency, and made some slight adjustments to the text for clarity.

            5. Oct 24, 2022:
              Replaced the Sony X85K with the Hisense U7H, as it’s cheaper and offers better picture quality, with more features including full array local dimming.

            All Reviews

            Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 80-83-85 inch TVs to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn’t really worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

            If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our 80-83-85 inch TV reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.

            The best 85-inch TVs for 2023

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            Written By
            Stan Horaczek

            Published May 12, 2023 5:25 PM

            The typical 85-inch TV offers screen real estate bigger than a typical twin mattress. That kind of massive display was strictly for the rich until just a few years ago. Now, massive TVs have gotten a lot more accessible. And while the floor on an 85-inch TV still hovers around $1,600, just imagine how impressive that gigantic screen would look in your living room. The Stranger Things monster would look life-sized. The movie Dune will put out enough light to give you a sun tan (not quite, but it will be really bright).  While these TVs are inherently awesome thanks to their big screens, there are some differences between models. You likely don’t need a flagship model to make the most of your viewing experience, so you can probably save thousands of dollars by choosing the right model. These are the best 85-inch TVs we recommend right now.

            • Best overall: Samsung Neo QLED 4K QN90C
            • Best budget: Hisense ULED U7H QLED
            • Best for gaming: Sony Bravia X90K
            • Best OLED: LG C2
            • Best LED: ​​SAMSUNG Crystal UHD CU8000 
            • Best 8K: Samsung Neo QLED QN900C

            How we chose the best 85-inch TVs

            I have been writing about TVs and home theater equipment for the better part of two decades. Much of that work has appeared here on PopSci, but I have also covered it for Engadget, Sound & Vision, Men’s Journal, and numerous other publications.  

            The selections on this list come from a mix of hands-on testing, spec sheet comparisons, editorial reviews, and user feedback. While we could have simply picked the flagship displays to represent the “best” overall picks, we looked for the optimal mix of image quality, features, and price. Our hands-on testing typically involves testing streaming content (as that’s the most common way to consume content right now), as well as Blu-ray playback and gaming performance tests done with a PlayStation 5. 

            The best 85-inch TVs: Reviews & Recommendations

            Whether you’re carefully choosing the correct panel for your home theater system or you’re just trying to get a quick reassurance that you’re about to make a solid Black Friday purchase, these picks for the best 85-inch TV have you covered. Be sure to read through them, as there is definitely some overlap between the awards.

            Best overall: Samsung Neo QLED 4K QN90C

            Specs

            • Resolution: 4K
            • Refresh rate: 120Hz (up to 144Hz in some cases with a PC)
            • Other sizes available: 43”, 50”, 55”, 65”, and 75”
            • Ports: 4 HDMI 2. 1, 2 USB, Ethernet, headphone, optical audio out, RF
            • Price: $4,499

            Pros

            • Excellent picture
            • Bright enough for any space
            • Robust smart TV offerings
            • Neo QLED makes for high contrast ratios

            Cons

            • Ports on the back of the TV instead of Samsung’s remote box
            • Pricey

            Samsung’s typical QLED displays produce exceptional brightness and excellent color on their own. For its latest generation of Neo QLEDs, however, the company has integrated MiniLED backlighting in order to goose the contrast ratios and allow the TV to take finer control over how objects are rendered on-screen. In short, it’s just a beautiful picture. I spent some time watching Blu-rays and playing PS5 games during my review period and was impressed with the punchy picture that could still handle more subtle imagery without overpowering my eyeballs. Ghostbusters: Afterlife isn’t a great movie, but it does have some fast action scenes with lots of on-screen objects and the QN90C rendered them beautifully. It’s still not quite as precise as OLED, but it’s gettin’ closer.

            This display also does an impressive job with sound. We typically always recommend augmenting any TV’s built-in sound with at least a soundbar (if not a full wireless surround sound system). This TV supports Dolby Atmos, and its built-in speakers allow it to localize sound without external equipment. So, if a helicopter is coming in from above, it actually sounds like it’s above everything else on the screen. This effect is cool at any size, but it’s particularly effective with a big 85-inch screen.

            While the picture itself is what makes this TV stand out, it’s also flush with features. It offers four HDMI 2.1 ports, and it has a built-in gaming mode for cloud gaming. Perhaps the most impressive extra feature is the anti-glare coating on the screen. Even with an annoying amount of front light hitting the display, the Samsung does an effective job when it comes to combatting glare. If your TV room gets a lot of light, that can make a huge difference. Contrast ratio doesn’t mean much if all you can see is a reflection of your own body sitting on the couch with a bucket of popcorn propped on your gut (which is the official PopSci TV testing position).  

            Best budget: Hisense ULED U7H QLED

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            Specs

            • Resolution: 4K
            • Refresh rate: 120Hz
            • Other sizes available: 55”, 65”, and 75”
            • Ports: 4 HDMI (2 of which are 2.1), Ethernet, RF
            • Price: $1,699

            Pros

            • Very affordable
            • Excellent picture for the price
            • Bright
            • Full-array local dimming for better contrast

            Cons

            • Picture lags behind more expensive sets

            You can sometimes find this 85-inch monster of a TV on sale for $1,500. That’s a wild price for a full-featured QLED like this one. The U7H relies on an array of small LEDs for its backlight, which provide precise control over which areas get illumination and which ones don’t. That leads to better overall contrast ratios and more pleasing images. Quantum Dots help pump up the overall brightness. 

            It runs on the Google TV platform, which makes it more agnostic than some of the other first-party platforms. It also offers a more intuitive navigation that I find easier to get around than some competitors. 

            Dig into the menus and you’ll find the Filmmaker and IMAX Enhanced modes, both of which attempt to make content look as close to the creator’s original intention as possible. The 120Hz refresh rate allows smooth action during sports or video games. But, it’s easy to tone down when you want to watch a movie without it looking like a soap opera. 

            This TV really is an excellent mix of performance and features. It was a deal at its original $2,499 price point, but now that it’s often on sale, it’s practically a steal. Hisense technically offers an even more upscale version of this TV in the U8H series, but it has been nearly impossible to find the 85-inch version in-stock anywhere for any price.

            Best for gaming: Sony Bravia X90K

            Specs

            • Resolution: 4K
            • Refresh rate: 120Hz
            • Other sizes available: 55”, 65”, and 75”
            • Ports: 4 HDMI 2.1, 2 USB, Ethernet, RF
            • Price: $1,999

            Pros

            • Exclusive features for PS5 players
            • Short response time
            • Excellent upscaling
            • Google TV platform
            • Modes specially calibrated for Netflix and other applications

            Cons

            • Not as bright as some other sets

            It makes sense that Sony would make solid gaming TVs. After all, the company is responsible for one of the most popular gaming console lines of all time. This LED TV doesn’t rely on Quantum Dots. Instead, it relies on full-array local dimming to use its available brightness to the best of its ability. It can carefully control which areas of the screen get light and which ones don’t. I often find Sony’s picture quality a bit oversharpened and a little harsh for my specific taste, but I was easily able to tone it down during my demo to my specific taste. If you don’t want to do any tweaking, this TV offers specific modes, including various flavors of HDR, IMAX Enhanced mode, and a setting specifically calibrated toward streaming Netflix content. 

            Hook up a PS5 to this TV and you unlock a few exclusive features. Those include Auto HDR tone mapping, which increases the overall picture quality and color reproduction that you’ll get from PlayStation 5 games. Auto Genre Switching also keeps tabs on what you’re watching and adjusts its performance to match appropriately. 

            Beyond the gaming-specific features, you also get high-end specs that you’d expect from a TV that costs this much. You get HDMI 2.1 ports, Dolby Atmos support, and some of the best upscaling you’ll find, thanks to the powerful built-in processor.

            Best OLED: LG C2

            Specs

            • Resolution: 4K
            • Refresh rate: 120Hz
            • Other sizes available: 42”, 48”, 55”, 65”, 77”, and 83” (they don’t technically offer a strict 85-inch TV).
            • Ports: 4 HDMI 2.1, 2 USB, Ethernet, RF
            • Price: $4,296

            Pros

            • Exceptional contrast ratio
            • Great color reproduction
            • Extremely slim display and attractive design
            • Powerful processor for upscaling

            Cons

            • Not technically 85 inches
            • Big OLEDs are still very pricey

            OK, so this is technically an 83-inch TV, but you’ll hardly notice those two missing inches thanks to the truly exemplary image quality. The LG C2 is one of the best TVs you can buy at just about any size. It offers the deep black and shadow levels you expect from an OLED, but LG’s OLED Evo tech cranks up the maximum brightness. So, if you’re in a relatively bright room, you can still get an OLED and see what you’re watching before the sun goes down. 

            The LG C3 technically debuted in January at CES 2023, but it isn’t a huge leap up from the C2, which you can currently get at a discounted price. You’re really buying an OLED for the contrast ratio, and it’s really hard to improve that much beyond what the C2 offers. 

            Of course, you get the full suite of features to go with all that picture quality. LG’s fifth-gen processor offers excellent upscaling, so content looks good even if it’s not native 4K or HDR. You get four HDMI 2.1 ports for connecting data-hungry devices. And the panel itself is absurdly thin, so it’s easy to mount just about anywhere, even when you have a giant size like this.

            The LG G3 also deserves a mention here, as it’s a truly excellent TV, but it’s considerably more expensive and won’t necessarily provide a huge noticeable upgrade for most people. It’s likely the best overall OLED, but it’s not the best mix of features for the price as far as this list is concerned. If money is no object, however, ball out with the G3.

            Best LED: ​​SAMSUNG Crystal UHD CU8000

            Specs

            • Resolution: 4K
            • Refresh rate: 120Hz
            • Other sizes available: 43”, 50”, 55”, 65”, and 75”
            • Ports: 3 HDMI, 2 USB, Ethernet, RF
            • Price: $1,695

            Pros

            • Very affordable even when it’s not on-sale
            • Decent specs for the price
            • Very good color reproduction
            • Easy to mount
            • Robust smart TV features

            Cons

            • Picture is mid compared to higher-end models
            • Only 3 HDMI ports

            If you’re worried more about size and price than other factors, this relatively barebones 85-inch TV should fit the bill nicely. Its retail price sits well under $2,000, and you can often find it discounted as low as $1,500. 

            This is the big-box variant of Samsung’s TVs like the one you’ll see at department stores or price clubs. It relies on the company’s Crystal processor, which does a surprisingly solid job of upscaling lower-resolution content to fit the 4K display. It also does a lovely job with color replication, though its contrast ratio can’t match levels offered by its OLED or QLED competition. There are some other compromises as well. You only get three HDMI ports, and the included feet aren’t very sophisticated in terms of a TV stand. 

            But, even with the caveats, this is still a great-looking TV. The panel is slim, the colors are poppy, it’s relatively bright, and there’s a whole lot of screen for not a lot of money. If you’re looking for a big TV on which you can watch movies in a relatively dark room, this will more than meet your needs and leave you with enough cash leftover to get some grub hub. I recommend pairing some Buffalo Wild Wings with the new sci-fi epic Silo on Apple TV+.

            Best 8K: Samsung Neo QLED QN900C

            Specs

            • Resolution: 8K
            • Refresh rate: 120Hz
            • Other sizes available: 65” and 75”
            • Ports: 4 HDMI 2.1, 2 USB, Optical audio, RF, Ethernet
            • Price: $7,999

            Pros

            • 8K detail is really impressive
            • Future proof to an extent
            • Powerful image processing
            • Great color reproduction
            • Ports sit on a remote box for easy installation
            • Very skinny bezel

            Cons

            • Expensive
            • No 8K content to really watch

            You don’t need an 8K TV, but that may make you want one even more than you already do. An 8K picture contains more than 33 megapixels of information. Right now, very few sources can pump out that much image data at once. Advanced gaming consoles are slowly working their way up to 8K, but it’s going to be a while before streaming content starts making the leap. 

            All of that said, Samsung’s 8K TV does look spectacular. It offers the company’s highest-end features. Everything from its connectivity to its image processor represents Samsung’s state-of-the-art tech. That image processor is necessary, too, as it can upscale 4K or even 1080p content all the way up to 8K with impressive accuracy. I spent a few hours streaming and playing PS5 games with it during my review period and was surprised by how effectively the TV took less-than-8K stuff and made it look great on such a high-res display. Horizon: Zero Dawn looked bright, poppy, and sharp with tons of detail. It also didn’t look wildly oversharpened like some TVs do when they’re working hard to upscale an image. 

            This is truly a flagship TV, and while it’s definitely expensive and ahead of its time, it will last for years, when 8K may be much more reasonable. So, this is a solid option for anyone looking to really futureproof their purchase. It’s also great for people with money who just want to flex their cool 8K screen, even though it’s somewhat impractical. 

            Things to consider when shopping for the best 85-inch TV

            Backlight

            At this point, just about every TV relies on LEDs for their backlight, but manufacturers use different varieties and configurations to achieve their desired effects. Typical LCD TVs employ LED arrays around the outside edge or across the entire face of the screen. Some manufacturers augment those LEDs with a Quantum Dots layer, amplifying the light output. As a result, these QLEDs typically offer a brighter, punchier picture. 

            As Quantum Dot technology has evolved, manufacturers have mixed with me with backlight enhancements like MiniLED and MicroLED. By making the LEDs in the array smaller, the TV can take greater control over contrast on a very localized level while still maintaining excellent brightness, thanks to the Dots. When you see a qualifier like Neo QLED, you can expect this. 

            All those TV technologies are considered transmissive as they involve a backlight shining through an LCD panel. OLED, on the other hand, is emissive, which means each pixel creates its own illumination. Organic Light-Emitting Diodes sit behind colored filters and push out the exact amount of light they need. Sometimes they even turn all the way off to create deep blacks in shadowy areas. As a result, OLEDs often produce phenomenal color and exceptional contrast ratios at the cost of overall brightness. OLEDs really are fantastic, but you’ll only find one on this list, as OLEDs don’t typically make it all the way up to 85 inches. They’re also still relatively expensive at normal sizes, so bigger panels can get a bit out of hand financially. 

            Refresh rate

            Most of the time, you’re going to be choosing between 60Hz and 120Hz when it comes to refresh rate. Higher-end models typically offer the faster 120Hz rate, while more affordable models stick to 60Hz. This stat simply refers to the number of times the on-screen image refreshes. 

            The 120Hz displays can create smoother motion, which is great if you’re playing video games or watching sports. If you’re only watching movies and want a typical look for your content, those faster refresh rates may not matter that much at all. 

            Some displays can reach all the way up to 144Hz in some specific modes, but that’s really only useful in some gaming situations.

            Connectivity

            What are you going to plug into your TV? If you’re going to plug in a 4K Blu-ray player, Xbox Series X/S, or PlayStation 5, you’re going to want to max out on HDMI 2.1 ports (and compatible cables) that can handle all the bandwidth they require for high-res playback. At this point, most major TV manufacturers offer a pretty standard selection of ports, but you’ll want to make sure that you have those HDMI 2.1 ports to maximum and future compatibility. 

            Platform

            Every modern TV is a “smart TV” at this point, but they’re not all equally intelligent or pleasant to use. Both LG and Samsung use their own proprietary smart TV platforms called webOS and Tizen, respectively. Sony often defaults to Google TV, while some manufacturers like TCL rely on the Roku platform. If you’re looking for a TV that doesn’t require an extra box for streaming, make sure you get one with an interface you don’t loathe using.

            Resolution

            If you’re going all the way up to 85 inches, you’re not going to find any 1080p TVs in current lineups. Just about all the best 85-inch TVs out there are 4K, which makes sense since it’s the current state of the technology. You will find some 8K displays out there, but you won’t find very much native 8K content to watch at all. If you want to futureproof your TV, you can splurge on an 8K set now, but we typically consider it overkill for most people. Though, we are talking about baller TVs here, so if you want to go all out and get an 8K display, then go for it. Just don’t expect to see a glaring difference between its performance and a 4K model on the vast majority of things you watch or play.

            FAQs

            Q: Is a 4K resolution enough for an 85-inch TV?

            It’s plenty unless you plan to sit as close to it as you would a computer monitor. And if that’s your plan for an 85-inch TV, you’re likely to run into other practical problems before noticing pixels come into play. Even if you bought an 8K TV, you still won’t be able to find 8K native content for it, so you’d just be watching upscaled 4K anyway. 4K is plenty. Don’t sweat it.

            Q: Is a bigger TV better for your eyes?

            Not necessarily. If you’re looking at a lot of text on the screen, a bigger display may make it easier to read. So, if you’re a big role-playing game fan or keep the captioning on at all times (like I do), it could be good for your eyes to increase the size of that text. Ultimately, a bigger TV just bombards your eyeballs with more light for better or worse. If you really want to make the TV easier on your eyes, however, think about adding some backlight to your setup.  

            Q: Can one person lift an 85-inch TV?

            As stated before, an 85-inch TV is actually larger than a twin-size mattress (at least in length and height), so you’re going to have a heck of a time getting your arms around it to lift it. A single person can likely get it up off the ground, but the sheer size of it will make it very awkward to maneuver if you’re trying to transport it or hang it on a wall. Best to see if a friend can give you a hand rather than risk a big, expensive TV.

            Q: Can I wall-mount an 85-inch TV?

            You can absolutely mount an 85-inch TV. In fact, we recommend it. Many 85-inch TVs come with built-in stands that are too wide for some smaller media consoles. Even if you don’t fully mount your new 85-inch TV to the wall, we suggest anchoring it in case it gets knocked or shaken. 

            If you buy a mount, ensure it’s rated to handle a large TV. Most support a range, but the 85s almost always require the largest model. Despite their large size, most 85-inch TVs still rely on mounting holes in a familiar VESA arrangement but check compatibility before screwing into the wall. 

            Q: How far should I sit from the 85-inch TV?

            Ideally, you’d sit about seven to 10 feet away from an 85-inch TV. You want your eyes to hit the vertical center line of the display, which will fill enough of your peripheral vision without making you turn your head or lose track of objects at the far edges of the picture. That said, some people like the feeling of a really huge TV. You can sit as close as five feet if you’re one of those people. Any closer than that, though, and it might start to feel really uncomfortable. 

            Final thoughts about the best 85-inch TVs

            • Best overall: Samsung Neo QLED 4K QN90C
            • Best for gaming: Sony Bravia X90K
            • Best budget: Hisense ULED U7H QLED
            • Best OLED: LG C2
            • Best LED: ​​SAMSUNG Crystal UHD CU8000 
            • Best 8K: Samsung Neo QLED QN900C

            It truly is wild how accessible 85-inch TVs have become in recent years. Earlier in my career, a popular electronics manufacturer had me take a car service out to New Jersey to see their 70-inch plasma TV, which cost $22,000 and couldn’t stay on for more than a couple of hours because it would raise the temperature of the room and overheat. Now, you can get an 85-inch TV for less than a tenth of that price, and it comes with free shipping. 

            The best 85-inch TVs offer all of the features you want out of a flagship display with enough screen real estate to really show off your favorite content. If you have the room and the cash to make it happen, an 85-inch TV is about as hard as you can ball out on a TV, and we wholeheartedly recommend it.

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            Rating of the best 85-inch TVs in 2023.

            The rating presents the best 85-inch TVs, according to customer and expert reviews.

            • Key Features
            • Type: LCD TV
            • Size: 85
            • Screen Format: 16:9
            • Resolution: 3840×2160
            • HD resolution: 4K UHD
            • HDR formats: Dolby Vision, HDR10
            • Sound Features: Dolby Atmos
            • Smart TV Platform: Google TV
            • Screen Refresh Rate: 100Hz
            • Model Year: 9 0007 2022

            4. 8Average

            Sony KD-85X85K

            85″ 4K UHD TV with 100Hz refresh rate. The TV is equipped with a Google TV interface and has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for wireless communication. Additional features include support for voice control, automatic color and contrast adjustment, support for streaming services and smart acoustics. Recommended for those looking for a large HD TV with smart features and extras to improve sound quality.

            Picture

            4.8

            Sound

            4.5

            Ease of use

            4.8

            Appearance

            4.9 90 003

            Functionality

            4.8

            Positive

            • Excellent image quality due to the combination of 4K UHD resolution, HDR format and a screen refresh rate of 100 Hz.
            • Large 85 inch screen that allows you to enjoy movies and TV shows in maximum comfort.
            • Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections make this TV ideal for watching online broadcasts and streaming content.
            • Using the Smart TV Platform Google TV provides rich functionality and ease of use.

            Negatives

            • High price can be a major disadvantage for most potential buyers.
            • Such a large screen requires good lighting and a sufficiently large distance between the viewer and the TV.
            • It is desirable to have a fast enough Internet channel to download content in maximum quality.
            • Key Features
            • Type: OLED, LCD
            • Diagonal: 85
            • Screen Format: 9 0007 16:9
            • Resolution: 3840×2160
            • HD Resolution: 4K UHD
            • HDR Formats: HDR10+
            • Total Sound Power: 60W
            • Screen technology: HDR, LED, QLED
            • Screen refresh rate: 100Hz
            • Power consumption: 340W

            4 .8Average

            Samsung QE85QN85BAU

            85 inch Q LED TV with 4K UHD resolution and HDR technology. It has a screen refresh rate of 100Hz and is equipped with Ethernet, USB, HDMI interfaces, digital optical audio output and a CI/CI+ slot. The TV also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and runs on the Tizen Smart TV platform. It supports HDR 10+ and has 60W audio power.

            Picture

            4.8

            Sound

            4.8

            Ease of use

            4.7

            Appearance

            4.9 90 003

            Functionality

            4.7

            Positive

            • Large diagonal and high resolution 4K UHD allow you to enjoy a detailed picture.
            • QLED screen technology delivers bright and crisp colors.
            • The presence of HDR improves the contrast and brightness of the image.
            • The 100Hz refresh rate makes the image smooth and flicker-free.
            • Numerous connectors and interfaces are useful for connecting additional devices.
            • It is possible to connect to the network via Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
            • The Tizen Smart TV platform allows you to use applications to view content from the Internet.

            Negatives

            • Large screen size can be inconvenient in small rooms.
            • Model price may be expensive for some users.
            • HDR10+ format, may not be supported by some devices.
            • The high sound power of 60 watts may be overkill for many users who usually prefer to use external speakers.
            • Key Features
            • Type: LCD TV
            • Size: 85
            • Screen Format: 16:9
            • Resolution: 3840×2160
            • HD Resolution: 8K UHD
            • HDR formats: HDR10+, HLG
            • Audio features: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby MS12, Surround, Subwoofer
            • 90 006 Illumination type: mini-LED
            • Screen Technology: HDR, Neo QLED, QLED
            • Screen Refresh Rate: 100Hz
            • Model Year: 2022

            4. 9 Average Rating

            9000 2 Samsung QE85QN800BU

            85″ 8K UHD TV with 100Hz refresh rate. Screen technology includes HDR, Neo QLD, and QLD-2, and the TV is equipped with Ethernet, USB Type-A, HDMI, digital optical audio output, and CI/CI+ slots for connectivity. It also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Powered by Tizen Smart TV platform with support for Samsung SmartThings ecosystem. The TV uses a mini LED backlight and supports HDR 10+ and HLG formats. Its sound power is 70 watts.

            Image

            5

            Sound

            4.9

            Ease of use

            4.7

            Appearance

            4.9

            9000 2 Functionality

            4.8

            Positive

            • Very high resolution 8K UHD
            • Screen technologies HDR, Neo QLED and QLED for high image quality
            • 100Hz screen refresh rate for smoother and clearer images
            • Rich set of connectors and interfaces including Ethernet, USB, HDMI, digital optical audio output and CI/CI+ 9 slot0008
            • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless connectivity provides convenient data transmission
            • Tizen Smart TV platform and Samsung SmartThings smart home ecosystem provide convenient and fast access to content and many other features
            • Provides support for HDR10+ and HLG formats for improved picture quality
            • 70W audio delivers quality sound

            Negatives

            • Expensive
            • Appropriate content quality required to take full advantage of the screen and 8K UHD resolution
            • Requires a fairly large installation space due to the huge diagonal
            • Main features
            • Type: LCD
            • Diagonal: 85
            • Screen format: 16:9
            • Resolution : 3840×2160
            • HD Resolution: 4K UHD
            • Sound Features: Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby MS12, Auto Leveling, Surround

              8

            • HDR Formats: HDR10+, HLG
            • Backlight Type: Dual LED
            • Screen Technology: HDR, QLED
            • Smart TV Platform: Tizen
            • Screen refresh rate: 100Hz
            • Model Year: 2022

            4. 7Average Score

            Samsung QE85Q70BAT

            85″ 4K UHD TV. It features HDR and LED technology with a 100Hz screen refresh rate. The TV is equipped with Ethernet, USB, HDMI, digital optical audio output and CI / CI +, and also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for wireless connection. The TV uses the Tizen smart TV platform and supports Samsung SmartThings for smart home integration. The TV is equipped with dual LED backlighting and supports HDR 10+ and HLG formats. The total power of the built-in speakers is 20W.

            Picture

            4.8

            Sound

            4.4

            Ease of use

            4.8

            Appearance

            4.9 90 003

            Functionality

            4.7

            Positive

            • detailed.
            • QLED technology produces bright and rich colors and does not distort the image when viewed from different angles.
            • HDR support allows for greater image dynamic range and better black depth.
            • Screen refresh rate of 100 Hz, which reduces the risk of stretching and distortion when moving quickly on the screen.
            • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow you to connect to the Internet and transfer files from other devices.
            • Four HDMI and two USB ports, plus SmartThings for smart home control.
            • 20W sound power, enough to watch movies and series without the need for additional sound systems.

            Negatives

            • The price can be quite high for some buyers.
            • The large screen size can be inconvenient for small rooms or apartments.
            • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos are not supported.
            • Key Features
            • Type: LCD TV
            • Diagonal: 85
            • Screen Format: 9 0007 16:9
            • Resolution: 3840×2160
            • HD Resolution: 4K UHD
            • HDR Format: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG
            • Stereo Audio: DTS, Dolby Atmos, Surround, stereo sound
            • Screen refresh rate: 120Hz
            • Smart TV platform: Google TV
            • Model year: 2022

            4. 7Average rating

            Sony XR-85X90K

            90 054 85″ 4K UHD HDR TV with LED screen and screen refresh rate of 120 Hz. The device is equipped with various connectors and interfaces, including HDMI, Ethernet, USB and AV input. There is also wireless connectivity via Airplay, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Works on the Smart TV platform with Google TV. The smart home ecosystem matches Apple HomeKit. The TV supports HDR formats such as Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG, and the sound power is 30W.

            Picture

            4.8

            Sound

            4.5

            Control

            4.8

            Appearance

            4.9 90 003

            Functionality

            4.7

            Positive

            • 4K UHD resolution, supported by HDR technology, provides high quality images ;
            • 120Hz screen refresh rate, reduces motion blur when moving quickly;
            • A large number of connectors and interfaces allow you to connect many devices;
            • Airplay, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi wireless connectivity provides ease of use and comfortable control;
            • Google TV is a platform with various features, applications and built-in services;
            • Apple HomeKit is a smart home ecosystem that allows you to control and manage devices in your home;
            • 30 W sound power for high sound quality.

            Negatives

            • High price, which makes this model out of reach for most people;
            • The VA screen type may in some situations lead to color distortion and reduced viewing angle;
            • The Direct LED backlight type can produce uneven brightness and produce cool or warm tones;
            • The list of supported HDR formats may leave something to be desired;
            • The huge screen requires a fairly large installation space, which can be difficult in small apartments.

            How to choose the perfect Sony TV

            With so many models and features to choose from, it’s hard to decide which TV fits your needs. We’ll help you choose your Sony BRAVIA TV to open up a whole new world of home entertainment.

            OLED OR LCD MODEL?

            There are two types of screens – OLED and LCD. Each one has unique features and uses our technologies to deliver an amazing viewing experience, no matter which model you choose.

            OLED TVs: Deeper Darks and Brighter Lights

            Our OLED screens have over 8 million self-illuminating pixels that can be used independently. Since each pixel can be turned on or off individually, the image is rendered with rich blacks and bright highlights, which greatly enhances the contrast. Cognitive Processor XR and unique panel control technology enhance color and contrast for true-to-life viewing. OLED TVs are great for watching movies, as texture clarity, detail and saturation of dark scenes will be much higher.

            Wide color spectrum for true-to-life hues and tones

            With the Cognitive Processor XR, our OLED TVs reproduce over a billion colors. Together with a wide color gamut panel and human perception processor, it analyzes the saturation, hue and brightness of colors for realistic and detailed reproduction.

            More depth and texture with rich blacks

            The Cognitive Processor XR™ analyzes and enhances images according to how the human eye perceives colors, so you won’t miss any detail in bright colors or deep shadows.

            Surround sound: when the screen is the speaker

            With Acoustic Surface Audio+ on Sony OLED TVs, the sound comes directly from the screen, so it matches the picture exactly for a more realistic viewing experience.

            LCD TVs: vivid scenes with rich colors

            Backlit LCD TVs provide colorful scenes even in bright rooms. This is also facilitated by the Cognitive Processor XR processor, which ensures the operation of Mini LED and Full Array LED on TVs. Thanks to our unique backlight control technologies, the light on the screen is accurately distributed over the bright areas, providing natural contrast.

            Mini LED

            The new Mini LED TVs control the backlight for brighter and darker subjects. Because Mini LEDs are much smaller and denser than Full Array LEDs, they require more precise control. It is powered by Sony’s unique XR Backlight Master Drive technology. Thanks to it, you see images on the screen with the most accurate contrast without glare. The image is saturated with natural midtones, deep blacks and vivid hues

            Explore Mini LED Models

            Full Direct Backlight

            Full Array LED places LEDs across the entire screen, allowing you to fine-tune their brightness and saturation to suit the scene. The light is distributed only to the desired areas, without affecting the dark areas. XR Contrast Booster adjusts the brightness of the brightest and darkest areas, darkening or brightening them. The picture looks more realistic due to the additional depth and detail.

            Explore our fully direct backlit TVs

            HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE TV?

            There are important points to consider when choosing the right TV size. Find out what you need to pay attention to and how you can increase the screen size. A big TV doesn’t need a huge room. Improved technology and design make it possible to use a larger screen in an existing interior.

            Correct distance from the screen

            4K TVs reproduce the picture accurately, even if the screen is large or you look at it from a close distance. Typically, the height at which the TV is installed should be two-thirds of the distance between it and the viewer.

            Distance from screen: ①90 cm: 49″ ②100 cm: 55″ ③120 cm: 65″ ④140 cm: 75″ ⑤160 cm: 85″

            Thinner bezel models

            90 002 New models are equipped with thinner frames, due to which the screen area has increased and the original size of the TV has been preserved. In addition, the viewing experience will be more realistic, because you will not be distracted by the frame or other unnecessary details .

            Movies

            Sports

            Games

            TV programs

            Applications

            Do you like to watch movies?

            Movies often feature a lot of dark scenes, so it’s important that your TV can display both blacks and bright colors realistically and in detail. Synchronization of sound with the picture is also more important for creating the effect of viewing in a cinema.

            OLED TVs for watching movies

            More than 8 million individual pixels in OLED models are used independently. At the same time, the quality of transmission of light and dark areas of the image is improved, which means that such TVs are great for watching science fiction, horror and action films. Acoustic Surface Audio™ delivers sound from the screen, whereby the sound is reproduced not just from the sides, but from certain areas.

            OLED Movie Models

            LCD Movie TVs

            Full Array LED and Mini LED TVs illuminate some areas independently of others, and brighten brighter areas even more for a more realistic picture. LCD models are suitable for watching family movies and animations, which have a lot of bright and bright scenes.

            Movie LCDs

            Love watching sports?

            Blurring is a major problem when watching fast-paced sporting events such as football matches and car racing. Choose a sharpened TV to enjoy a clear picture.

            OLED Sports

            The OLED screen displays millions of individually illuminated pixels for incredible picture clarity. Even when watching fast-paced sports, image retention and motion blur will be minimal.

            OLED models for fans

            Sports on LCD

            Choose models with XR Motion Clarity™ , a technology from Sony that reduces motion blur by inserting black images between frames. It uses an independent controller that controls the emitted light and keeps the picture clear and bright.

            ① With XR Motion Clarity
            ② Without XR Motion Clarity

            Fan LCD TVs

            Do you like to play?

            BRAVIA XR™ TVs are designed to be compatible with PlayStation®5 for an incredible experience with breathtaking picture and sound that puts you right in the middle of the action .

            4K and 120fps – your advantage in the game

            HDMI 2.1 delivers 4K at 120fps for smooth graphics and responsive controls “/> .

            Fast connection and responsive control

            Don’t waste time – as soon as you connect the HDMI cable, BRAVIA XR recognizes the console and automatically enters game mode for smooth picture and responsive control .

            Do you watch TV shows, news and other content?

            4K TVs are becoming more and more popular, but some programs such as entertainment and news are shown in sub-2K quality. Take a closer look at TVs with XR 4K Upscaling , which upscales resolution to near 4K based on Sony’s database.

            TVs with XR 4K Upscaling

            Want to use apps?

            Receive a selection of movies and series based on your preferences and previously viewed content. Add your favorite movies and TV series to your watch list directly from your smartphone to always get the most up-to-date recommendations.