The 6 Best 80 to 85-inch TVs of 2021

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If your living room or home theater is on the larger side, you'll want to consider an 80 to 85 inch TV. These large-screen models are perfectly suited for finished basements and rooms with vaulted or cathedral ceilings, and really do bring the movie theater experience into your living room - at a price.

And if you just want the best big screen out there, our experts think you should just buy the Samsung QN85QN85AAFXZA Neo QLED 4K 85-Inch TV. It's not cheap, but it is great.

We've rounded up our other TV picks below and broke down their features to help you decide which is right for you.

The best holiday deal on 85 inch TVs we've found is also our top pick, the Samsung QN85A Neo QLED 4K 85-Inch TV, which is currently $2999 at Samsung, down from $4499.

The Rundown
Movie lovers will appreciate how this TV actually watches each scene to adjust the display to keep it perfect.
Its dual speakers use sensor technology to adjust sound settings and volume to fit your space.
If you just want a great 4K TV with a larger screen, the Samsung Q70T is the best choice.
The frame of the TV is versatile enough to be normally mounted, flush with your wall or even recessed into your wall.
It's the only TV on our list that works with Apple’s Homekit technology.
It has a Game Optimizer mode to set custom configurations to help you tailor the experience to the way you like to play.

Best Overall: Samsung QN85QN85AAFXZA Neo QLED 4K 85-Inch TV

Samsung QN85QN85AAFXZA Neo QLED 4K 85-Inch TV
What We Like
  • Object tracking sound

  • Adaptive picture and sound

  • All-new game mode

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

We can’t figure out which group of people would be disappointed by this TV. Movie lovers? Nope, the TV actually watches each scene to adjust the display to keep it perfect. Audio lovers? Nope, the integrated speakers use object tracking sound technology for virtual, 3D surround sound without the need for external home audio equipment.

Audio lovers who are also neatniks? Nope, this TV supports wireless soundbars and subwoofers. Gamers? Nope, you can adjust the settings for a smoother session. Oh, and the remote is solar powered! The only group of people upset by this TV, then, are accountants.

Size: 85-Inches Panel Type: QLED Resolution: 4K HDR: Quantum HDR 24X Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Best futureproof 8K TV: Samsung QN85QN900AFXZA 85-Inch Neo QLED 8K TV

SAMSUNG 85-inch Class QN900A Series
What We Like
  • Most affordable 8K model

  • Excellent picture and sound

  • Next-gen Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support

What We Don't Like
  • No 8K content available

The Samsung QN900A is one of the most affordable 8K televisions available, retailing at just under $9,000 for the 85-inch screen. This may still seem very steep to some customers, but other 8K models can retail for as much as $30,000. This model is built around an all-new 8K processor, and its dual speakers use sensor technology to adjust sound settings and volume to fit your space.

The screen is treated with an anti-glare and anti-reflection coating for optimal viewing at almost any angle, and supports an updated Multi-View feature which allows you to watch up to four videos at the same time. And if you have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you can take advantage of the tap-view feature. Simply tap your phone against the TV to instantly share your screen.

Size: 85-Inches Panel Type: QLED Resolution: 8K HDR: Quantum HDR 64X Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Best 4K: Samsung QN85Q70TAFXZA 85-Inch 4K Smart TV

Samsung QN85Q70TAFXZA 85-Inch 4K Smart TV
What We Like
  • Voice controls

What We Don't Like
  • No composite video input

  • No virtual surround sound

If future-proofing your home theater is a low priority on your list and you just want a great 4K TV with a larger screen, the Samsung Q70T is the best choice.

Simply put: You will not be sad in any way if you buy this TV, other than you won't have bragging rights for spending the most money. No one will be able to tell this particular TV didn’t cost over $3,000. It will only seem like it did. Don’t worry, it can be our secret.

Size: 85-Inches Panel Type: QLED Resolution: 4K HDR: Quantum HDR Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Best LG: LG OLED77GXPUA 77-Inch OLED 4K TV

LG OLED77GXPUA 77-Inch OLED 4K TV
What We Like
  • Excellent picture

  • Plenty of inputs

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Burn-in possible

OK, OK, this doesn’t technically belong on a list of 80 to 85-inch TVs, but it’s not like there’d be a long list of the top 77-inch 4K TVs, so we stuck it on here.

If you are loyal to LG and want a great TV, this is your pick. One fun, non-technical aspect of this TV is that the frame of the TV is versatile enough to be normally mounted, flush with your wall or even recessed into your wall. LG put as much care inside the TV (which you can’t control) as well as how you can put this in your home (which you clearly can control).

Size: 77-Inches Panel Type: OLED Resolution: 4K HDR: Dolby Vision IQ Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Best Sony: Sony Bravia XR Master Series A90J 83-Inch OLED TV

Sony Bravia XR Master Series XR 83-Inch OLED TV
What We Like
  • Excellent picture and sound

  • Multiple voice assistants

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

We remember the day when Sony made the best TV, period. While competition has made TVs better for everyone, we’re glad to see Sony still make our list. Whether you're a Sony loyalist or just looking to upgrade your current living room or home theater setup, the Bravia XR A90J is the best the brand has to offer.

This model is designed from the ground-up to offer some of the best picture and sound available for customers. There’s a lot of neat (but way technical and kind of boring) tech in this TV, but if you love Sony and love having $8,000 fewer in your account, this sounds like a good deal. Oh, and it’s the only TV on the list that works with Apple’s Homekit technology. You can decide if that’s good or bad, but it also works with Alexa and Google Assistant.

Size: 83-Inches Panel Type: OLED Resolution: 4K HDR: Dolby Vision IQ Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Best for Gaming: LG OLED83C1PUA C1 Series 83-Inch OLED TV

LG OLED83C1PUA C1 Series 83-Inch OLED TV
What We Like
  • G-Sync/FreeSync gaming capability

  • Voice control

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

If you’re serious about gaming, then we can be serious about gaming TVs. This TV from LG is ideal if you managed to snag the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X because it has (check notes) lots of boops and beeps and doohickeys and fuzznussles. Just kidding.

It’s got support for Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync variable refresh rate (smoother gameplay). It also has a Game Optimizer mode to set custom configurations to help you tailor the experience to the way you like to play (and to ideally avoid problems during play).

It’s got four HDMI inputs, which means all the consoles can be directly attached to the TV and you can use the voice-enabled remote to switch inputs. You know, “Computer, I’d like to play Halo 4!” to which we might hear “Master Chief knew you were coming and retired because he was tired of getting fragged by the Covenant.” Ah, technology.

Size: 83-Inches Panel Type: OLED Resolution: 4K HDR: Dolby Vision IQ Refresh Rate: 120Hz

Final Verdict

If you picked any TV from this list at random, you’d be thrilled with the result. If you were to pick on purpose, get the Samsung QN85A (view at Amazon). It has all the features you want and some you don’t realize you need. Example: Want to add a sound bar later? You need certain inputs to make it easier. If you want to move up a notch in picture quality, the A90J from Sony (view at B&H) is really like having a movie screen in your home. You’ll pay for it dearly, but what a display!

FAQ
  • Is OLED better than QLED?

    An OLED television uses cutting edge technology and organic substrates to create the picture you see. With this tech, an OLED TV is capable of a wider range of colors, better detailing, and deeper contrasts, giving you unparalleled picture quality. A QLED television uses traditional LED back or side-lighting and panels. While it isn't quite as good as an OLED, you can still get a great picture with a QLED television.

  • Is it worth buying an 8K TV?

    In all honesty? No. Televisions capable of native 8K resolution are insanely expensive right now, some costing as much as a brand new car, and no streaming, cable, or over-air services offer native 8K content. It will probably be a few years still before we begin to see 8K video available for streaming or with cable, satellite, and over-air broadcast channels, so it's best to wait before investing in an 8K television.

  • What is a laser TV?

    A laser TV works like a projector; it uses LED laser bulbs to create a picture in 1080p or 4K resolution. The difference between a laser TV and a standard projector is that a laser TV has an incredibly short throw distance, with some needing just 6 inches of space between it and the wall! This means you won't have to have a huge room in your house or outdoor theater in order to use one. Check out our article that explains laser TVs in-depth.

  • What is an OLED display?

    OLED uses individually lit pixels to produce deep, inky blacks for better contrast as well as organic compounds for richer, brighter colors. All televisions use LED lighting as a basis for their screens, but have very different applications to produce different picture qualities. A television with an OLED panel will cost the most, but also give you the best picture. OLED uses individually lit pixels to produce deep, inky blacks for better contrast as well as organic compounds for richer, brighter colors. The downside to having an OLED model, besides extreme cost, is the danger of "burn-in" Burn-in was prevalent in the days of plasma and projection TVs; panels that were used for too long or showed the same image for too long became damaged, creating a ghost image and ruining the unit.

    OLED panels still carry the risk for burn-in damage, but it's far less likely than with older television technologies. OLED panels also carry the risk of color degradation over time. However, like burn-in, color degradation takes a lot longer with OLED units than with older televisions.

  • What is a QLED display?

    Samsung and other television manufacturers use proprietary QLED panels to produce stunning picture quality at a lower cost than their OLED counterparts. QLED stands for "quantum dot LED," and TVs that use these kinds of screens produce excellent color ranges and volumes as well as great contrast and detailing without the risk of burn-in and color degradation. These panels use what are known as quantum dots rather than an organic material to produce colors and images. These quantum dots measure in the nanometers, making it easy to pack more of them in per pixel for greater detailing. 

What to Look For in an 80- to 85-Inch TV

If your home theater or media room is big enough, an 80-85 inch television can enhance your space and create a truly cinematic experience for family movie night or your next watch party with friends.

Large-format televisions also have wider viewing angles and better color saturation and volume at extreme angles, giving everyone a great view no matter where they sit. No matter what your home theater needs are, there are several important factors to consider before purchasing a large-format television. We'll break down each feature to help you decide what's right for you.

Caixun Android TV 75-inch

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Resolution Options

When choosing a resolution for your large-format TV, there are several to choose from. You can buy a full HD 1080p unit for decent picture quality, a 4K UHD model for enhanced picture quality and to keep up with current video trends, and even an 8K TV to future-proof your home theater. A full HD 1080p resolution television uses older technology to produce a middling resolution picture. This was popular several years ago when HD video first became available.

However, 4K resolution has become the new gold standard in home entertainment as television and video streaming technology become more sophisticated. Televisions that have 4K resolution often support HDR, high dynamic range, technology to produce color and contrast levels that closely mimic what you would see in the real world. This technology comes in four variations: HDR10/10+, HLG (hybrid log gamma), Dolby Vision, and Technicolor HDR. There isn't much difference between each variation of HDR besides which company has licensed the use of the technology. Each variation uses the same basic principles to produce enhanced color volumes and contrast for better detailing and more life-like pictures.

Companies like LG and Sony have taken the next steps into the future of home entertainment by producing their own lines of televisions with 8K resolution. Televisions with 8K resolution have four times the pixels of their 4K counterparts and 16 times the resolution as 1080p HD. You may find arguments online and in print reviews that the human eye can't really see the difference between 8K and 4K resolutions, and this is true to an extent.

"The most critical element of a TV is its picture quality, so I always advise people to focus their budget on getting the TV that delivers the best cinematic experience." — Tim Alessi, Senior Director of Product Marketing, LG Electronics USA

The difference in picture quality between 8K and 4K TVs isn't nearly as dramatic as the difference between 4K and 1080p, but it is noticeable to a degree. However, the biggest drawbacks to owning an 8K television are: price, and the limited availability of 8K content. TVs that have 8K resolution are outrageously expensive at the moment because they're on the cutting edge of home entertainment, and streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video are still catching up to 4K with their selection of movies and shows. It may be several years before we see 8K UHD video become more common, but if you're willing to invest a lot of money to future-proof your home theater, it may be a worthy investment. 

TCL 50S425 50-inch Roku TV (2019)
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Refresh Rates

Along with resolution, a screen's refresh rate plays an important factor when considering picture quality. Refresh rate refers to how many times a television changes the image on screen per second; so 60Hz means the image cycles 60 times per second. The two most common refresh rates are 60Hz and 120Hz, with some television models having variable refresh rates that switch between the two depending on the type of media it's showing. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother the image motion, and the better the picture quality. However, a higher refresh rate may produce the "soap opera effect," making your older DVDs or other video look strange or poor quality. This happens when your television simulates a 60Hz refresh rate on media that doesn't support it. You can avoid or fix this problem by turning off the motion smoothing option in your television's settings. High and variable refresh rates are great for console gamers, and often are paired with automatic low latency modes to reduce input lag and prevent screen stuttering and tearing during fast paced action scenes. 

Other Factors

There are hundreds of other factors to consider when shopping for a large-format TV, including accessibility features for visually impaired or hard-of-hearing users, parental controls to prevent little ones from watching shows and movies that aren't age-appropriate, and even personal style.

"To ensure you are getting the right TV for your lifestyle, take a look at the picture performance in the store and don’t be afraid to ask for a remote control to try the various picture modes to be sure it suits your eye." — Tim Alessi, Senior Director of Product Marketing, LG Electronics USA

A television should look as good when not in use as it does when you're playing a game or watching a movie. Some televisions have ambient or gallery modes that turn them into living works of art or make them blend in with your walls to compliment your home decor. Others have art-inspired stands that give them a sleek, modern look. Wall-mounting is another feature that gives you more placement options when floor space is at a premium, and allows you to set up custom home theater configurations that best suit your space.

Thankfully, there are a lot of brands, styles, and price points to choose from when shopping for a big-screen TV that make it easy to find something that best fits both your wants and needs.

About Our Trusted Experts

Taylor Clemons has been reviewing and writing about consumer electronics for over three years. She has also worked in e-commerce product management and has extensive experience with what makes a TV a great choice for home entertainment.

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