The best 85-inch TVs are large and in charge. They offer excellent performance — especially if you're looking at buying a new 8K TV — and some cost less than you'd expect for a TV this size.
What we're looking for when choosing the top models are strong high-dynamic range (HDR) performance for great contrast and color,120Hz refresh rates for crisp motion, multiple HDMI 2.1 ports to accommodate consoles and streaming players and a large selection of on-board streaming services.
Usually 85-inch TVs are some of the most expensive TVs on the market, however at this specific time of year, we're hard at work finding you the best Cyber Week TV deals, with our deals hub sporting a category dedicated to 85-inch TVs and even larger sizes. Some of the sets below are going for tasty discounts at the moment, including the Sony 85-inch Bravia XR X90L 4K TV that was $3,299 but is now $1,998 @ Amazon.
Why trust us? We put each television we review through a series of instrument tests to measure different aspects of performance, like color accuracy, brightness, and more. We use the results as an objective measure to supplement our reviewers' subjective impressions of color, contrast and detail in the tests with real-world content. We then take the best of each screen size and put them into these guides.
My name's Nick and I look after our guides to the best TVs, best OLED TVs and best 4K TVs. Most of my day is spent watching and evaluating new screens from LG, Samsung, Sony, Hisense, TCL and Vizio. I have 10 years of experience in AV, and before I joined Tom's Guide I was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar. I love helping people find the perfect TV, so please feel free to reach out over email or tag me on Twitter and I can help you out. At the moment, you'll find me searching the interwebs for the best Cyber Week deals. In the realms of giant discounted TVs, these include a nice $350 saving on the LG 86" UR7800 4K LED TV and an amazing $750 discount on the LG 77" G3 OLED TV, which is in the conversation as the greatest TV of all time.
The quick list
The best 85-inch TVs in 2023: quick list
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Best OLED TV
Don't sleep on the 83-inch LG G3 OLED
It's got a high price tag, but the LG G3 is the best 85-inch TV. It's one of the brightest OLED TVs on the market, and its visuals are eye-catching no matter what you want to watch. It will blend seamlessly into your wall and is built to last.
Best QLED TV
The 4K QLED TV to beat in 2023
The Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV offers strong HDR brightness, ample viewing options and strong picture performance into a single package. It's not quite at the level of the LG G3, but it's much more affordable.
Best 8K TV
The best 85-inch 8K TV
Samsung's QN900C Neo QLED 8K TV is the most premium television the company has delivered to date, reaching new heights in terms of design and performance, making it one of the best 8K TVs you can buy right now.
Best value TV
This 85-inch Hisense is a strong value option
The 85-inch Hisense U8K Mini-LED TV is all about bringing high-end features to a mid-level price bracket. Its peak brightness exceeds any TV around that price, and its color reproduction is as good as some of this year’s best TVs.
Best Mini-LED TV
The best Mini-LED TV
The Sony Bravia X95K Mini LED TV is our top pick from Sony. It has the HDR performance you crave on movie night, pairing the set’s high luminance and targeted backlight control with plenty of nuance and practical vibrancy.
Best Ultra-Budget TV
Best Ultra-Budget TV
Sony’s entry-level line of TVs might not have the looks of an OLED TV, but the Sony Bravia X80K punches well above its price. With fine picture quality and Sony’s technological innovations, it's better than you might expect at a price you're going to love.
Best OLED TV
The LG OLED evo G3 offers the best of all worlds: It’s an OLED TV, so you get perfect blacks, infinite contrast, and intense colors, but it also boasts astonishing brightness that guarantees you won’t miss out on the full impact of the thrilling HDR effects so essential to movies today. Plus, it uses LG’s thoroughly refined webOS smart platform; it has a good remote control; and it’s gorgeous to look at — a true showpiece that will grace your wall as smartly and stylishly as higher-end framed artwork.
Our testing confirmed the high quality of the LG G3 OLED’s picture. It has the highest SDR brightness we’ve seen in a flagship OLED TV: 326 nits, well past its closest competitor. As for HDR brightness, the G3’s result of 1,361 nits puts it neck-and-neck with the Samsung S95C, in other words solidly in LED territory.
If TVs as a category have an Achilles Heel, it’s audio — and that’s what marks the G3’s biggest performance stumble. With a 4.2-channel 60W speaker system and Dolby Atmos, the set doesn’t sound bad, but it also doesn’t quite sound good.
To call the G3 a compromise candidate, however, is to diminish how good it is — and it is very good indeed. If you have the money to buy one of the best TVs out there, the LG OLED evo G3 should absolutely be on your shortlist — and maybe even at the very top of it.
Read the full LG G3 OLED review.
The best QLED TV
The Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV has almost everything you’d expect from a premium 4K Mini LED TV — outstanding HDR brightness, a good selection of sizes, consistent upscaling, ample support for a variety of content, and more. Powered by Samsung’s high octane Mini-LED panel, the QN90C promises excellent performance across the top genres.
For those who aren’t familiar, Mini-LED backlighting delivers high levels of brightness while maintaining realistic color and gradations of luminance. Fantastic brightness and great off-angle viewing are performance highlights, while the endearing rechargeable remote and versatile interface are things we think you’ll appreciate.
While the QN90C Neo QLED isn’t the most premium of all the 4K Samsung 2023 TVs— that honor belongs to the Samsung QN95C — due to its lower price, it’s the one that you’ll probably be most tempted to buy.
Read the full Samsung QN90C QLED TV review.
The best 8K TV
Boasting a stunning design, dazzling picture quality, unmatched brightness, excellent black levels and a wealth of gaming features, the QN900C is every bit as premium as its hefty price tag would suggest.
Want high peak brightness? Samsung's delivered a TV that could inspire you to wear sunglasses indoors. Looking for the ultimate gaming setup with full HDMI 2.1 support? You'd be hard-pressed to find a more robust set of gamer-centric features anywhere else. What about top-notch upscaling, excellent black levels, stunning colors and immersive in-built sound? Tick, tick, tick and tick.
If you're unwilling to settle for anything but the most premium TV Samsung has to offer, the QN900C is the one to go for. Not only is it one of the best 85-inch TVs we've tested, it's one of the best TVs of 2023, period.
Read our full Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K TV review
The best mid-range TV
The Hisense U8K Mini-LED offers flashy colors that look great in a brightly lit room. Even in a room with lots of ambient lighting, colors with deep hues don’t lose their saturation and the results are truly mesmerizing. Key to the U8K’s success are the Mini-LED Pro with Full Array Local Dimming panel that helps the TV retain good black levels in scenes with higher levels of brightness and a quantum dot layer that allows the TV to cover a groundbreaking 80% of the Rec2020 Color Space. It might be a party in the front, but it’s all business in the back of the screen.
So why is it at #4 on our list? Despite these enviable qualities, the Hisense U8K isn’t without its faults. Among the ones we found during our testing period were middling input lag (13.2ms) and slightly long load times when jumping from one streaming app to another. The TV’s color volume is absolutely massive, but its accuracy of 4.46 as measured in our Delta-E test leaves a lot to be desired. These issues don’t prevent the Hisense U8K from being one of the best TVs on the market — and one I’ll keep coming back to watch — but it does mean that gamers looking for the fastest response times and cinephiles looking for the most accurate colors might want to look at some other options like the LG G3 OLED or Samsung QN90C QLED instead.
Read the full Hisense U8K Mini-LED TV review.
The best Mini-LED TV
The Sony Bravia X95K Mini LED TV is the brand’s first set powered by Mini LED backlighting. It has the kind of HDR performance you crave on movie night, pairing the set’s high luminance and targeted backlight control with plenty of nuance and practical vibrancy. Sony packages it up in a sleek build, complete with multiple stand configurations and a great remote.
In out-of-the-box standard mode, the Sony Bravia X95K Mini LED TV covered 99.89% of the Rec 709 color space, which is a nearly perfect reach to the average viewer with an LED TV. The X95K’s best Delta E score came in at an excellent 1.88 in Filmmaker Mode, which isn’t surprising as Sony has long emphasized preserving the filmmaker’s intent in picture processing. Pretty on-brand for a TV manufacturer that’s also a movie studio.
Read our full Sony Bravia X95K Mini LED TV review.
Best ultra-budget TV
Sony’s entry-level line of TVs might not seem to offer a lot to the discriminating shopper, but the Sony Bravia X80K (just $1,499 for the 85-inch model) punches above its price. With fine picture quality and backed by Sony’s cagey technological innovations and sharply honed attention to fit and finish, the X80K is, in most ways, better than you might expect.
No, you’re not going to get as sumptuous a picture as you may with other TVs from Sony or other companies, but we didn’t encounter anything that looked bad on it. You don’t get the full sparkling sense of magic from Spider-Man: No Way Home, due to the somewhat diminished brightness. The dusty foreboding of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and goosebump-inducing aerial action of Top Gun: Maverick are a bit muted because of the backlighting.
But if you don’t need or want a TV with outlandish performance, you don’t have to pay for it — and you can still get a respectable TV. For a simple TV at an affordable price, the Sony X80K is an attractive and effective compromise candidate.
Read our full Sony Bravia X80K TV review.
How to choose the best 85-inch TVs for you
When looking for an 85-inch TV, follow our TV Buying Guide tips. If you put some thought into what you need from a TV, you’ll be able to enjoy your purchase for years to come.
Size: First, decide if you’re locked into an 85-inch model. You’ll find more options in 65- and 75-inch models and often better values.
And remember to fit the TV to the room it's in. For an 85-inch 4K TV, you'll be dealing with a TV that measures 75 inches across, and you'll want to be sitting at least 85 inches from the set to get a good viewing experience. (Learn more in our article What size TV should you buy?)
Price: Expect to pay anywhere from $1,700 to $5,000 for these 85-inch TVs, although you may be able to find some models on steep discount if you buy at the right time, like around the Super Bowl or Black Friday.
Installation: Plan to have at least one extra set of hands around when setting up an 85-inch TV; all the TVs on this list weigh more than 100 pounds and are really large.
But don't rule out wall mounting. The models here will work with standard VESA mounting brackets, including the best TV mounts.
Ports and features: All these TVs have four HDMI ports, which is generally the most you’ll find on any TV, and several have at least one port that supports HDMI 2.1, the latest standard. If you plan to use a sound bar, pick a TV that supports HDMI ARC, which lets you connect to the soundbar with a single cable. You may also want a TV that supports Bluetooth so you can listen on your headphones without disturbing people around you.
How we test 85-inch TVs
When it comes to evaluating TVs, we're serious about getting it right. That's why every TV we review is put through a rigorous testing process that measures key standards of picture quality and performance.
Our lab tests involve testing for color accuracy and color gamut using an X-Rite i1 Pro spectrophotometer, an AccuPel DVG-5000 video test pattern generator and SpectraCal CalMAN Ultimate calibration software. These tools are relied on by professional calibrators throughout the industry, and we've paired them with custom workflows to gather the information needed for our reviews. These measurements are taken first in standard mode to simulate the average watching experience, and then taken again in other display modes to find the top color and brightness performance offered by each set.
Our testing measures contrast and maximum brightness, as well as lag time. Using a Leo Bodnar Video Signal Input Lag Tester to test video signal delay, we time how long it takes for content to travel from the original video source to the screen, measured to the millisecond. Shorter response times equate with faster gaming performance, letting us objectively know which TVs are better for gaming.
We use all of these objective test results to make comparisons about quality and performance between different TVs, but our evaluation doesn't end there. We also spend hours with each set, watching shows and movies, and using carefully selected video samples to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each set and help us tell you which TVs look and sound the best in a real home viewing environment.
And there's more to today's TVs than just viewing, so we also check out the smart TV functions and evaluate everything from the interface to the remote control design. This lets our reviews speak to the technical capabilities of today's smart TVs and how they fit into your connected home.
If you're still narrowing down your TV shopping by brand, price range or screen size, check out our picks for the best TVs in each.
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