Best 2016/2017 60-65" TVs Editor's Choice for Quality, Value, and Budget

Top Recommended 60" - 65" LCD and LED Televisions for 2015

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(chosen by editors Robert Wiley, Jack Burden and Phil Conner)

The largest sizes of LCD and LED TVs that we feel comfortable in recommending for 2016 can be found below. These recommendations are based on price, quality, and value and standouts receive an Editor's Choice Award. In some cases there may be more than one recommended TV for each category. In our review testing lab we look for consistency in a brand and model series in many categories such as Picture Quality from both standard definition and HD resolution. Other features such as internet connectivity and the television's overall appearance also factor in.

LG OLED65C6P
Editor's Choice: Best Quality

This is one of the more affordable OLED TVs for the year, but still gives you the fantastic black levels and vibrant color of the more expensive LG OLEDs. In the 65” size you will appreciate the contrast created by this picture as being the best you have ever witnessed.Read Review

Sony XBR-65X930D
Editor's Choice: Best Quality

This is the replacement for one of the top quality models from last year. It's one of the best 4K LED TVs on the market for 2016. Picture depth, detail and refined image edges are highlights.Read Review

Samsung UN65KS8000
Editor's Choice: Best Quality

The “S” in the model number stands for Super UHD. It's a high end Samsung with a very wide color spectrum to take advantage of future HDR content. Excellent black levels for an LED 4K TV. Color is super vibrant.Read Review

Sony XBR-65X850D
Editor's Choice: Best Quality

This is the replacement for one of the top quality models from last year from Sony. It has a great processing engine and keeps the price reasonable. It competes very well with the best value Samsung and LG models.Read Review

Samsung UN65KU6500
Editor's Choice: Best Quality

The KU6500 is actually a budget 4K UHD model from Samsung. It has a Smart Hub feature rather than the higher end Tizen Smart TV system. Picture is still pretty strong except at side angles. Strong gaming input lag performance.Read Review

Vizio D60U-D2
Editor's Choice: Best Quality

Color and light flow through are surprisingly good on this inexpensive Vizio D series model. The Smart TV function works well, and the unit has extremely low gaming input lag. It comes in 60 or 65 inch sizes.Read Review

Samsung UN65JS9000 4K UHD
Editor's Choice: Best Quality

This is the top of the line for Samsung this year. Aside from amazing upscaling upgrades include chamfered frame bezel design, a built in pop up webcam, and full array backlighting. Read Review

Sony XBR65X930C
Editor's Choice: Best Quality

This 4K TV from Sony has breathtaking 4K upscaling capability and side mounted speakers for enhanced audio. It's not inexpensive but it's the best TV in the market this year. Read Review

Vizio M65-C1 65” 4K UHD LED
Editor's Choice: Best Value

This model recently received our highest value rating of the year at 95/100. Vizio has a very complete offering in the M-series 4K series. You get value and 4K UHD resolution in one package for $1698. We were impressed by the upscaling quality in recent testing. There is also a 60” version. Read Review

LG 65U7700 4K UHD
Editor's Choice: Best Value

A few key upgrades from previous 4Ks from LG include 4 HDMI 2.0 inputs, IPS panels for increased brightness and better side angle viewing, and Ultra Clarity for even better motion blur reduction. $2200. Read Review

Samsung UN65JU6500 4K UHD TV

Another great offering from Samsung with good 4K upscaling. Read Review

Vizio E60-C3 1080p LED 60”
Editor's Choice: Best Budget

There is also a 65” version of this super affordable offering from Vizio. I would prefer a more upgraded picture quality in this size, but this model has the basics covered well including essential Smart TV Apps. At $799 who can complain. Read Review

Top Recommended 2014 LED and LCD TVs

Vizio E600i-B3      Editor's Choice: Price
60" LED TV

The E600i-B3 features full-array LED backlighting instead of the edge-lit variety we have seen in the past. The 60 inch size has 16 zones of Active dimming with the aim of increasing contrast. Vizio Internet Apps Plus is also included in the E series for the first time.

Sharp LC-60SQ15U      Editor's Choice: Value
60" LED TV

A bright and colorful picture is the highlight of the picture of the Sharp SQ15 series of LED TVs. The new Quattron+ color technology adds more subpixels to the display for a higher level of detail. Built-in upscaling works to provide a higher level of sharpness that a traditional 1080p screen can achieve. This model sports active 3D playback.

Samsung UN60H6400      Editor's Choice: Quality
60" LED TV

The UN60H6400 is an excellent and feature packed option for the 60 inch class size. The H6400 series brings 3D playback and the newly designed touch pad remote to the table. Those are the main differences between this and the H6350 series. It offers strong picture quality with bright peak whites and dark blacks thanks to the bright edge-lit LED lighting.

LG 65LB6300     
60" LED TV

The IPS panel makes big improvments to the side angle viewing quality. We started to see contrast drop off at around the 45 degree off-center mark. Last year's LG's saw the same amount of degradation at around 25 degrees. Colors stay vibrant as you move off-center as well thanks to the IPS panel.

Top Recommended 2013 LED and LCD TVs

Sony KDL-60R550A      Editor's Choice: Value
60" LED TV

Sony went with larger size screens with its 2013 offerings as that trend has been hot with consumers. Though this is not a direct replacement model for last year, it's the 3rd tier quality and feature-wise in Sony's 2013 and early 2014 lineup.

Samsung UN65F8000      Editor's Choice: Quality
1080p 65" LED TV

The clear coat, rich black screen and the high quality edge lighting LEDs allow for colors to pop and give a real sense of depth when viewing HD quality source material. Light flow-through (areas of the on screen picture that show lights, or sunlight streaming into images) is the best of any TV you will find on the market.

Samsung UN60F7100     
60" LED TV

Voice Interaction is included with the F7100 and works well for speeding browsing and searching content you may want to watch. Last year the function was OK for the most rudimentary functions. This year you will want to use it extensively.

Sharp LC-60LE650U      Editor's Choice: Value
60" LED TV

The LC-60LE650U is a good TV for use in brightly lit rooms with lots of window light due to the peak whites. Another situation is live HD sports action which we feel the LE650U does a very nice job displaying as the 120Hz panel and internal processing helped to smooth action scenes.

Vizio E601i-A3      Editor's Choice: Price
60" LED TV

The ultra slim form factor is also very attractive and really makes a huge difference on how this mammoth TV looks in the living room. Vizio has also slimmed the bezel around the picture so you get more picture for the size of the TV. These two features together make for a great looking TV on the physical side of things.

Vizio M651d-A2R      Editor's Choice: Value
60" LED TV

The overall 2D picture quality of this TV will depend a lot on the picture mode you select. Black levels are reasonably saturated, and the TV certainly has plenty of brightness in whites. Image edges are not as crisp as some of the better Sony TVs on the market but they are far from bad.

Top Recommended 2012 LED and LCD TVs

Samsung UN60ES8000 Review     
60" LED TV

This top end 60" model from Samsung is very similar to the ES7500 listed above except that it has more zones included in its micro dimming ultimate package to give more lacalized picture contrast. It's priced a little higher as well at $3200.

Sharp LC-60LE640 Review      Editor's Choice: Price
60" LED TV

Sharp's specialty in the larger sized LED/LCD TVs is also in their ability to keep the cost reasonable. Though the 60LE640 forgoes some of the best features out there. It does not have 3D capability but does have Internet TV features. Side viewing angles and contrast may not be the best but otherwise it's a solid performer at $1499.

Samsung UN60ES7500 Review      Editor's Choice: Quality
60" LED TV

Samsung's 60ES7500 has most of the feature upgrades of the very top tier 60ES8000 for 2012 such as a built in web browser and smart interaction features allowing voice and hand gesture control. The appearance is also stunning with that super thin .25" frame. The top is taken off the price at $2800.

Sharp LC-60LE847 Review      Editor's Choice: Value
60" LED TV

Sharp is pretty dominant in the very large LED TV market at the moment. The LC-60LE847 combines some great features such as Sharp's trademark Quattron 4-color pixel, a very clean nice looking design, and 240Hz to give a great value TV. At $2200 they are also keeping the price in check.

LG 65LM6200 Review
65" LED TV

Samsung's 8000 65" TV is the only 65 inch LED backlit LCD Panel for 2011 and early 2012. This TV has the top feature set from Samsung with built in Wifi, active shutter 3D ready, and the cool QWERTY remote control. The Smart Hub Internet TV is a particular standout with access to many applications on the app store as well as streaming media and a full web browser. It's not an inexpensive TV but it "has it all."

Top Recommended 60" - 65" LCD and LED Televisions for 2011

Samsung UN65D8000      Editor's Choice: Quality
65" LED TV

Samsung's 8000 65" TV is the only 65 inch LED backlit LCD Panel for 2011 and early 2012. This TV has the top feature set from Samsung with built in Wifi, active shutter 3D ready, and the cool QWERTY remote control. The Smart Hub Internet TV is a particular standout with access to many applications on the app store as well as streaming media and a full web browser. It's not an inexpensive TV but it "has it all."

Samsung UN60D7000     
60" LCD TV

The UN60D7000 uses a 1080p, 240Hz LCD panel with LED edge lighting, the edge lighting is capable of local dimming for increased contrast in dark scenes and better contrast than LED or LCD televisions with constant back lighting.

These Samsung LED panels can get very bright and they produce rich, saturated color. Sometimes the colors can appear oversaturuated but many viewers like that look and broadcast and cable networks comply by oversaturating their content. Color leap off the screen but if you desire more realistic color you can use the wide variety of picture controls to tone down the appearace to one more suitable for your viewing.

Sharp LC60LE830UN      Editor's Choice: Value
60" LED TV

Sharp's new X-gen LED panel with Quattron Quad pixel technology is impressing me more and more. Once you review as many TVs as we do, you get used to the most subtle differences in a TVs picture performance. What I am beginning to realize is that Quattron panels offer something more than your average LED TV. Not only are yellow and gold colors more acutely interesting, all of the colors pop more – but not with typical contrast enhancement. Maintaining a natural richness while improving color dynamics is a difficult task, and I am more and more a believer in this technology which I initially thought was a gimmick to be quite honest. The LC-60LE830 enjoys all the benefits of Sharp's best panels while foregoing some of the more expensive features.

LG 65LW6500     
60" LED Television

The LW6500 is another of the new passive Cinema 3D LED back lit LCD televisions. It is a high end TV that includes the full SmartTV internet suite and the motion controlled Magic Wand remote along with the aforementioned Cinema 3D feature. See our video review and full written review of this new LCD television.

Sharp LC-60E88U      Editor's Choice: Price
60" LCD TV

Sharp Electronics debuts an LCD TV utilizing a 240Hz refresh rate panel, enabling a superior picture for fast-moving entertainment content such as movies and sports. Offering an affordable large-screen option, the new LC-60E88UN (60 1/32" diagonal) expands Sharp's suite of 60-inch models, filling out a highly sought-after screen size. This Full HD 1080p model utilizes Sharp's next-generation X-Gen Panel for stunning images and offers a new piano-black design to match the high-quality picture.

"The recent opening of Sharp's state-of-the-art Sakai City LCD factory has enabled us to greatly increase efficiency for producing larger screen sizes, allowing more and more consumers to bring home affordable large-screen TVs," said Bob Scaglione, senior vice president and group manager, Product and Marketing Group, Sharp. "This new 60-inch model offers a new popular size and with a 240Hz refresh rate panel, it provides the ultimate medium for sports and movie buffs."






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