Best 85-inch TVs in 2023

Best 85-inch TV
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The best 85-inch TVs offer a huge upgrade on older TVs, both in size and in pixel quality. Some 85-inch TVs now offer 8K resolution — effectively four times the amount of pixels offered by 4K TVs — but they also come with the latest TV tech like high-dynamic range (HDR) for great contrast and color and 120Hz refresh rates for crisp motion.

Although they aren't as cheap as smaller models, 85-inch TVs can fill your wall with cinema-quality images that the whole house can enjoy.

So which 85-inch TV should you buy? Our go-to answer at the moment is the LG C2 OLED that comes in a 83-inch version. It's one of the first TVs in 2022 to earn a rare five-star rating based on 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. We highly recommend it.

But is now the right time to buy a 85-inch TV? Well, yes and no. If you want last year's models at a steep discount, now is a great time to buy. With Super Bowl TV deals available now, you can find some amazing deals. That said, we saw the future of TVs at CES 2023 in early January. If you can hold out for another three or four months, new 85-inch TVs will start dropping around then.

What are the best 85-inch TVs?

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If you want the best 85(ish)-inch TV, the LG C2 OLED is the way to go. Not only is it the best OLED TV thanks to an impressive display panel, but a premium design, maximum versatility and great smart TV platform hit all the high marks, too. It's also a bit cheaper than the Samsung QLED as well.

If OLED isn't right for your room, check out 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. 

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 2023

LG C2 OLED TV as seen from front and sideEditor's Choice

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This is the OLED TV you want to own

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 42, 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 eARC)
Size: 56.7 x 32.5 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 32.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Premium, lightweight design
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4 HDMI 2.1 ports
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Versatile performance
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Extensive gaming features

Reasons to avoid

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Not LG’s brightest OLED TV
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No ATSC 3.0 tuner

The LG C2 OLED TV is this year’s set to beat. Not only is it the best OLED TV thanks to an impressive display panel, but a premium design, maximum versatility and great smart TV platform hit all the high marks, too.

What’s more, this C series lineup is LG’s largest in terms of size options — the configurations span from 42- to 83-inches, all of which sport full arrays of HDMI 2.1 ports. Most also feature LG’s evo OLED panel, which was first introduced on the LG G1 OLED TV and now looks to upgrade the C2’s performance.

We can’t say our test results for this LG C2 OLED TV review showed significant improvement, but to be fair, there wasn’t much room to improve. Instead, what makes this one of the best TVs of the year is that it offers fantastic picture quality for the price — exactly what you’d expect from LG’s best-selling OLED TV series.

Read our full LG C2 OLED review.

Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review

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A flagship TV with a gorgeous picture

Specifications

Screen size: 85 inches
Screen type: QLED
Refresh rate: 120Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (1 ARC, 1 HDMI 2.1)
Size: 74.5 x 42.6 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 98.1 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful, thin design
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Neo QLED delivers incredible brightness
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Impressive anti-glare abilities
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New solar-chargeable remote

Reasons to avoid

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Visible blooming at times
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Just one HDMI 2.1 port
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No Dolby Vision support

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.

LG G2 OLED TV on tv stand

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The finest 83-inch OLED TV you can buy

Specifications

Screen Size: 83 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 56.7 x 32.3 x 1.0 inches (w/o stand)
Weight: 50.3 pounds (w/o stand)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent, bright picture
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AI-boosted sound quality
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Clever cord management
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4 HDMI 2.1 ports

Reasons to avoid

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Can only be wall-mounted with LG-made mount

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

Sony Bravia X95K Mini LED TV in living room

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Sony's best 85-inch TV in 2022

Specifications

Screen Size: 85 inches
Screen Type: Mini-LED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 eARC)
Size: 56.9 x 32.9 x 2.4 inches
Weight: 70.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Punchy HDR performance
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Impressive motion handling
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Convenient stand options

Reasons to avoid

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Narrow viewing angles
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Bit of blooming

The Sony Bravia X95K Mini LED TV, the brand’s first set powered by Mini LED backlighting, is our top pick from the Sony 2022 TV lineup. 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. 

We still believe the LG G2 OLED and Samsung's 2021 QN90A offer slightly better performance for the price, but it’s easy to recommend this Sony to anyone shopping for a non-OLED 4K HDR TV. 

Read our full Sony Bravia X95K Mini LED TV review.

Samsung Q80T QLED TV

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Clever smart features and a great image makes for a star-studded Samsung 85-inch TV

Specifications

Screen size: 85 inches
Screen type: QLED
Refresh rate: 120Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (1 ARC)
Size: 74.5 x 42.6 x 2.2 inches
Weight: 109.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Rich colors and contrast
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Object Tracking Sound works well
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Impressive 4K upscaling

Reasons to avoid

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Released in 2020
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No Dolby Vision support

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.

TCL 4-Series Roku TV 85S435

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A big screen, with big savings

Specifications

Screen size: 85 inches
Screen Type: LED
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDMI ports: 3 HDMI 2.1 (1 ARC)
Size: 74.9 x 43.1 x 3.9 inches
Weight: 101.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Excellent value-priced 4K
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Good color fidelity
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Solid Roku skills

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision support
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Minimal sound adjustments
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Picture adjustments are difficult to find

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

LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV

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An 88-inch QNED TV that has an 8K resolution

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 88 inches
Screen Type: Quantum Dot/NanoCell + Mini-LED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 65.6 x 37.7 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 82 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Eye-popping 8K video quality
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Excellent brightness, color reproduction
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Good sound quality, with lots of additional options available

Reasons to avoid

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Requires significant viewing space for full 8K effect
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Inconsistent upscaling
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Sluggish controls
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Limited 8K content

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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Nick Pino
Managing Editor, TV and AV

Nick Pino heads up the TV and AV verticals at Tom's Guide and covers everything from OLED TVs to the latest wireless headphones. He was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar (Tom's Guide's sister site) and has previously written for GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade. Not sure which TV you should buy? Drop him an email or tweet him on Twitter and he can help you out.

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