Our pick of the best 85-inch TVs offer a larger-than-life cinematic experience and won't cost you an arm and a leg like larger TVs used to.
That said, while choice is generally a little more restricted at this screen size, the best TV brands all offer 85-inch TVs with flagship features to match any of the best 4K TVs. That means you should look out for HDMI 2.1, high-dynamic range (HDR) for great contrast and color and 120Hz refresh rates for crisp motion.
Every TV in this buying guide has been through the exacting Tom's Guide testing process, which includes evaluation of peak brightness, color accuracy, color reproduction and lag time, all using specialized testing equipment. Of course we also spend hands-on time with each set so we can give you our real-world judgement as to how good (or otherwise) it is.
Not sure if an 85-inch TV is right for you? Before you spend thousands of dollars on one, make sure you can sit far enough away to properly enjoy it. The general guidelines for viewing distance for a 4K 85-inch TV are the TV should be 10-12 feet from where you sit — check out our guide What size TV should I buy? for more information.
What are the best 85-inch TVs?
Right now our top pick is the Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV (QN85QN90AAFXZA) — the winner of the 2021 Tom's Guide Award for Best TV. It has every feature you want in a top-of-the-line TV, such as 120Hz refresh rate and HDMI 2.1. Most importantly its Neo QLED screen rivals OLED TVs for intense color and deep blacks, while producing an incredibly bright picture with mini-LED backlighting.
That makes it an excellent TV for sunny rooms and watching TV in the daytime. It’s also a great TV for gamers since it has low lag time and supports the best features of the latest game consoles.
If you want that same giant screen size without the hefty price tag, then the TCL 4-Series Roku TV (85S435) is our value pick for 85-inch models. It delivers great 4K performance and decent HDR support, not to mention reliably excellent Roku TV smarts. Even better, it does it all for less than some smaller premium 4K TVs.
The best 85-inch TVs in 2022
The Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV combines Samsung's highly refined quantum dot technology with the tight control of mini-LED backlighting, resulting in one of the best TV displays you'll ever see. Our testing found it offered brilliant color and unmatched brightness for a superb performance, and Samsung pairs that with a bounty of smart TV functions and genuinely intelligent features – we loved the solar-powered remote control that eliminates the need to swap out batteries, delivering eco-friendly design and unbeaten convenience at the same time.
The whole thing is packed into a gorgeous 1-inch-thick design that contains a huge array of smart features, potent Dolby Atmos sound and some of the best performance we've ever seen. HDMI 2.1 connectivity comes standard, along with gamer-friendly features and impressive 12.6-millisecond lag time for an unparalleled gaming experience. It's the best 85-inch TV we saw last year, and it continues to be a great choice in 2022. It was the winner of the 2021 Tom's Guide Award for Best TV, and won a second award as the best gaming TV of the year.
Read our full Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review.
It's more expensive than most other 85-inch TVs on this list, but the 2022 version of LG's premium G-series OLED TVs is here — and it's brilliant. The LG G2 OLED improves upon last year's G1 in almost every regard to up the game when it comes to the screen tech. Brightness has been a long-time OLED shortcoming, but in our testing we found that the LG G2 reached 590.54 nits — way above the G1's 412.05 result. And brightness is just one aspect of its performance that impressed us, with color accuracy, color gamut and lag times all faring well in our testing. And of course you get the deep blacks we've come to expect from OLED.
It's not quite 85 inches like the rest of our entries, but this 83-inch TV's design is also something to behold, with a minimalistic silver frame that gives it a near-bezel-less appearance. It's also well equipped with ports, sounds better than almost any OLED we've ever heard and offers a full-featured smart TV platform that should satisfy most households, without quite being the best. The LG C2, which we're currently testing, may end being a better purchase for most people, but until then this is the best OLED TV you can buy.
Read our full LG G2 OLED TV review
At smaller screen sizes the LG C1 OLED is a fantastic value among premium TVs, offering an amazing OLED display, plus tons of features and superb gaming abilities. The 83-inch model — LG doesn't make an 85-incher — can't be described as cheap, but we'd expect it to have all of the same qualities otherwise.
In our testing, we found the display offers rich picture quality, superb HDR support and superlative gaming performance. It also sounds surprisingly good, once you've tweaked the settings from the factory default.
Plenty of smart features are on hand in LG's webOS, including Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, plenty of streaming apps and a suite of gaming features. It's a year old now and will be replaced by the LG C2 very soon, so expect price cuts on this model before long.
Read our full LG C1 OLED TV review.
The Samsung Q80T QLED TV might be from 2020, but it's still one of the best 85-inch TVs out there. Minus the port array sitting on-unit, the Q80T seems every inch as premium as the top-shelf Samsung QN90A from 2021 thanks to a full array backlight, local dimming, Object Tracking Sound and a Quantum processor that intelligently upscales low-resolution content.
Better yet, the Q80T costs a couple hundred dollars less than the QN90A, making it one of the best Samsung TVs to feed your appetite for a big screen.
An added perk of the Samsung Q80T QLED 4K TV is an antireflection layer that makes it a breeze to watch in bright rooms with windows and is a strong performer when it comes to robust colors and contrast.
For the price, brightness, upscaling capabilities, sound and smart features, I’d put the Q80T on your short list.
Read our full Samsung Q80T QLED TV review.
The 85-inch TCL 4 Series Roku TV 85S435 is one of the best TV values you'll find in any size. It has good color accuracy and supports HDR10 — but not Dolby Vision — for improved contrast. It uses Roku’s system software, which provides one of the best smart TV experiences available and has plenty of apps to choose from. With a low lag time of 14 milliseconds, this set also will handle fast-paced gaming well. And with a price of $1,599 it's one of the most affordable 85-inch TVs we've seen.
In exchange for the great price, the TCL 4 Series is missing a few features that more expensive TVs deliver. It lacks local dimming, so our review found the HDR performance isn’t as good as it could be. It also has weak speakers, with little bass and limited power. If this is going to be your main TV, consider adding a soundbar to overcome the sound issues.
Read our full TCL 4-Series Roku TV (S435) review.
If you're going really big on screen size you may want to go big on pixels, too — and the LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV certainly does that. Obviously you'd pay a high price for a TV in this class, but from the inclusion of mini-LED backlight to the union of NanoCell and QLED technologies, you'll be getting a premium TV set too.
Brightness and color accuracy were impressive in our testing, while 8K upscaling allows 4K and even 1080p content to be enjoyed on the ultra HD screen. But we also found the controls to be sluggish and the upscaling to be variable. Plus, bear in mind that an 8K TV is still a tough sell right, largely because 8K content is still pretty much non-existent. Still, this is one of the most affordable 8K sets we've seen and if you want a really big 8K TV this is worth a look.
Read our full LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K 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.
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