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The best 85-inch TVs of 2024

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A side-by-side image of a Samsung QN900D QLED 8K TV next to an LG G4 OLED 4K TV.The best 85-inch TVs offer a cinematic experience even in big spaces.

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The best 85-inch TVs deliver a viewing experience that smaller displays simply can’t match. Though sets this big used to be rare, most brands now sell 85-inch versions of several popular TV models. And while still expensive, they’ve come down in price a lot over the last few years.

To help you find the ideal extra-large display for your needs, our experts have compiled a carefully curated list of the best 85-inch TVs you can buy. The TCL QM8 offers the best balance between price and performance at this size thanks to its bright QLED panel and high-contrast Mini LED backlight. But if price isn’t a concern, the LG G4 is a premium OLED with stunning picture quality that beats every other 85-inch TV we’ve tested. 

We also have picks for entry-level QLED and high-resolution 8K models at this size, so all home theater needs are accounted for. 

Note: LCD-based TVs (LED, QLED) are often manufactured with an 85- or 86-inch screen size, but OLED displays are sold in a slightly smaller 83-inch size. For that reason, we’ve included 83-inch OLED TVs in this guide.  

Our top picks for the best 85-inch TVs

Best overall: TCL QM8 4K QLED TV – See at Best Buy

Best midrange OLED: Samsung S90C 4K OLED TV – See at Amazon

Best high-end model: LG G4 4K OLED TV – See at Walmart

Best 8K display: Samsung QN900C QLED 8K TV – See at Amazon

Best on a budget: TCL Q6 QLED 4K TV – See at Best Buy

Best overall

When it comes to balancing price and image quality, TCL’s QM8 QLED is the best 85-inch TV. It’s incredibly bright while maintaining excellent contrast thanks to the precision of its Mini LED backlight with local dimming. And despite its extra-large size, it’s often available for $1,700 or less, an unbeatable value for such a big display with these specifications.

Though we typically recommend OLED models, like the Samsung S90C, as the top picks in our other best TV guides, OLEDs at this screen size jump up dramatically in price, and many are missing color and brightness features found on their smaller counterparts. An OLED will still deliver the best overall image quality, but at this size, the QM8 QLED has a big edge in value for most people.

The QM8’s color volume is especially impressive thanks to its quantum dot filter, which you won’t find on any OLED over 77 inches. Quantum dots also help the TV achieve a peak brightness of around 2,000 nits, which is more than enough to enjoy the full benefits of most HDR content. 

This display also has a leg up over cheaper QLED models thanks to its high number of local dimming zones, which helps the QM8 achieve deep black levels without major halos around bright objects. However, contrast still can’t match the pixel precision of an OLED panel, so you might see the dimming zones at work during certain scenes when watching TV in a dark room. 

When reviewing the QM8, we also noticed slight issues with shadow details getting lost in dimmer scenes, but this can be mitigated by adjusting some of the display’s settings. But the QM8’s biggest weakness is its viewing angles. Colors and contrast distort when you sit off to the side of the screen. If you want a similar 85-inch QLED TV with better off-axis viewing, we recommend Samsung’s more expensive QN90C. Otherwise, you’ll need to pay substantially more for an OLED like the Samsung S90C or LG C3.

With Google TV built-in, the QM8 offers a reliable interface and easy access to all of the best streaming services. The TV is also a great fit for gamers since it offers up to a 144Hz refresh rate for smooth motion when paired with a compatible PC. The TV’s build and design aren’t as premium as more expensive models, but the QM8’s strengths far outweigh its cons. 

A 2024 version of this TV is now available as well. TCL says the new model can hit a whopping 5,000 nits, which is a notable step up. However, it’s rare for HDR videos to call for that level of extreme brightness. And since the 2024 model costs much more, the 2023 QM8 remains our top recommendation while supplies last.  

Read our TCL QM8 4K TV review.

Best midrange OLED

Samsung’s 83-inch S90C OLED is more than double the price of many similarly sized QLED TVs, but its picture quality is a clear step above. The S90C delivers an infinite contrast ratio with deeper black levels and wider viewing angles than any QLED, leading to a notable upgrade in overall image performance, especially if you like to watch TV in a dim home theater environment. 

We still think our top pick, the TCL QM8 QLED, is a better overall value at this size, but if you’re willing to spend twice as much, this midrange OLED has key perks. In a dark room, the S90C’s pixel-level contrast control outmatches any QLED we’ve tested, offering one of the best movie-watching experiences you can get from an 83-inch TV. 

Though not as bright as the QM8 or LG’s more expensive G4 OLED, the S90C still gets bright enough for most needs. However, unlike smaller versions of the S90C, the 83-inch model does not use quantum dots in its panel. This means bright colors won’t look quite as vivid as they do on sets with quantum dots, like the QM8. And while smaller S90C models do support a 144Hz refresh rate with a PC, the 83-inch S90C maxes out at 120Hz. This will still enable high frame rate support on consoles like the PS5 but could be a drawback for dedicated PC gamers.

In this performance class, there’s also the 83-inch LG C3 OLED to consider. At this size, the C3 and S90C both use similar, if not identical, display panels. Their prices tend to fluctuate, so one is often on sale for less than the other. Though we lean toward recommending whichever happens to be cheapest at the moment, there are some small differences worth noting.

Both TVs support the standard HDR10 format, but the C3 also supports Dolby Vision, while the S90C supports HDR10+. Dolby Vision and HDR10+ offer similar perks, but Dolby Vision is more widespread on streaming services. Check out our HDR TV guide for more details on each format. On the other hand, the S90C has the bonus of supporting the Xbox Game Pass app directly through its smart TV interface. With this app, Game Pass members can stream Xbox games without a console.

Samsung and LG also sell 2024 versions of each TV, called the S90D and C4. While they both get a little brighter than their 2023 counterparts, they cost substantially more. For now, we think the 2023 editions remain the better buys. 

Read our Samsung S90C 4K TV review (65-inch model with quantum dots).

Best high-end model

LG’s 83-inch G4 OLED is the ultimate high-end TV in this size. It’s the most advanced OLED available at 83 inches, besting the overall picture quality of all our other picks. Of course, it also has the highest price tag of any TV you’ll find in this guide. 

First things first, buyers should note that the 83-inch G4 is designed with wall mounting in mind. So much so that it doesn’t include a traditional TV stand. Instead, you get a bracket that lets you mount it flush to your wall with virtually no gap. It looks beautiful hung up this way, but you can buy a stand separately if wall mounting isn’t an option for your room. 

Outside its elegant style, the G4 is a picture-quality powerhouse. Using LG’s latest OLED Evo panel, it offers all the benefits that OLEDs are known for, including an infinite contrast ratio, perfect black levels that disappear into a dark room, and wide viewing angles so you get a great image no matter where you sit. 

An 83-inch LG G4 OLED displaying an image of sphere sliding through curved track while resting on a TV stand in a bright room.The 83-inch G4 doesn’t include a stand but LG sells stands separately for an extra cost.

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In addition, the 83-inch G4 incorporates MLA (Micro Lens Array) technology to boost its brightness. This feature was missing from the 83-inch edition of last year’s G3, and it enables a sizable upgrade in luminance over competing 83-inch OLEDs, like the Samsung S90C. During our tests, we measured a peak of around 1,550 nits on the 65-inch G4, which should carry over to the 83-inch option. 

Though the Samsung S95D OLED can get brighter in short bursts, that model is not available in 83 inches. As it stands, the 83-inch G4 is the brightest OLED you can get in such a large screen size, and it delivers gorgeous HDR highlights while maintaining great performance even in rooms with a lot of light. 

LG’s webOS smart TV interface rounds out the package with solid navigation speed, access to every major streaming app, and nice perks like hands-free voice control and a remote that supports motion controls. You can navigate menus by waving the remote at the screen to move a virtual cursor.

Our top pick, the TCL QM8 QLED, still delivers a better price-to-performance ratio, and our midrange OLED pick, the Samsung S90C, offers similar contrast capabilities for less money. But, if budget isn’t a concern and you want the absolute best image quality you can get at this size, the LG G4 is the 83-inch TV to beat. 

Best 8K display

Though we think most buyers are better off with a high-end 4K TV, 8K displays like the Samsung QN900C have their fans, especially at extra-large screen sizes. At 85 inches, an 8K TV will offer some benefits over 4K thanks to higher pixel density, which means you can sit very close without seeing individual pixels like you would on a 4K set this large.

However, it’s important to remember that the perks of 8K are subtle. There’s still no native 8K content to watch outside a few YouTube videos, and though the TV’s upscaling looks great, it’s not a huge improvement over watching the same content on a 4K TV with similar capabilities. 

A Samsung QN900D 8K TV displaying an in image of a cityscape in a living room.Samsung’s QN900 TVs deliver incredible image quality, but their 8K resolution isn’t a big selling point. (2024 QN900D model pictured above.)

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But even ignoring its 8K resolution, the QN900C is just a stunning QLED TV. Its Mini LED backlight is one of the best out there, and it gets about as close to OLED-level contrast as we’ve seen on a display like this. It also has a high peak brightness of about 2,300 nits, and it can sustain that brightness much better than an OLED. 

This is one of the best Samsung TVs you can buy, but its impressive picture quality is more a result of its dimming performance and quantum dot colors rather than its actual pixel count. If you’re willing to spend top dollar for high-end picture quality, we still think you’re better off with a premium 4K OLED like the LG G4, but if you’re set on buying an 8K display, the QN900C is easily one of the best 85-inch TVs to snag.

Buyers should note that Samsung now sells a 2024 edition of this display, called the QN900D. We also tested that model, and it performed much like the QN900C during our evaluation. But since the QN900D costs much more, we still recommend the older model as the better value. 

Best on a budget

The best 85-inch TVs don’t come cheap. Even basic models rarely dip below $800, and those sets make many performance sacrifices to get that cheap. However, there is one 85-inch TV that still manages to deliver solid image quality for just under $900: the TCL Q6 QLED. 

Other options that cost a bit less, like the Hisense A7 and the step-down TCL S4, use regular LED panels without quantum dots, which limits their color volume and brightness performance. But the Q6 offers a more vibrant and accurate HDR image while remaining competitively priced for its size. 

That said, the Q6 still has drawbacks compared to pricier models. Viewing angles are narrow, so picture quality takes a big hit if you sit to the side of the screen. This is common for most TVs in this class, so if viewing angles are a priority over color gamut, we recommend going with an alternative budget model like the 86-inch LG UQ75. And like many TVs in this class, the Q6 is limited to a 60Hz screen rather than 120 or 144Hz, which makes it less suited for high-end 4K gaming.

Though brighter than cheaper 85-inch sets, the Q6 maxes out at around 500 nits. That’s just under the 600-nit range we typically recommend as a starting place for budget HDR TVs. It also lacks local dimming, so it can’t adjust brightness across different zones on the screen. This leads to elevated black levels compared to step-up models, like the TCL Q7

For most screen sizes, our go-to budget pick is the Hisense U6K which has local dimming. Unfortunately, that model isn’t offered in sizes above 75 inches. As it stands, the Q6 is the most affordable 85-inch QLED TV you can buy, and compared to its direct competitors, it delivers great value for the money.

How we test 85-inch TVs

A white test pattern displayed on LG's G2 and C2 OLED TVs - LG G2 and C2 4K TV first lookA peak brightness test pattern displayed on an LG OLED TV.

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To choose the best 85-inch TVs, our team of experts relies on a combination of hands-on testing and research informed by more than a decade of experience covering the home entertainment product market. 

When reviewing TVs, we typically evaluate each model’s 65-inch option since that’s considered the industry’s flagship size. However, a specific model’s overall performance often remains comparable across sizes 55 inches and up. For example, an 83-inch LG G4 OLED and a 65-inch G4 OLED have the same specs. The only notable difference is the size of each panel. 

However, there are instances when certain TV models have more dramatic differences across their sizes. For instance, the Samsung S90C OLED uses quantum dots on its 55-, 65-, and 77-inch models but does not use quantum dots on its 83-inch model. This means the 83-inch model can’t match the color performance of its smaller counterparts. We take all of these differences into account when recommending TVs and detail these instances when they pop up.

To evaluate displays, we look at key picture quality elements like color performance, clarity/sharpness, contrast control, HDR brightness, refresh rate, smart TV interface speed, off-angle viewing, and overall value. We use an X-Rite iDisplay Plus colorimeter and test patterns on the Spears & Munsil HDR Benchmark 4K Blu-ray disc to check brightness and other objective image attributes. 

We also rely on various movies and TV shows to look at real-world performance in bright and dark rooms. We’ve selected specific scenes to compare quality across TVs with black levels, shadow detail, HDR capabilities, and upscaling in mind. Sources include 4K, 1080p, and standard definition (SD) material from Blu-rays, streaming services, and cable TV.

85-inch TV FAQs

A Samsung QN900D 8K QLED TV on an entertainment console with a bright cityscape on the display.The subtle benefits of 8K resolution are more noticeable on an 85-inch TV than on smaller sizes.

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Is 85 inches a good TV size?

The best 85-inch TVs can provide a level of immersion that smaller displays can’t achieve. They’re especially good for larger rooms since you can sit farther away and still get a cinematic experience. Though there are fewer 85-inch models to choose from compared to smaller screen sizes, several of our picks for the best 4K TVs are sold in 83 to 85-inches. 

However, many rooms simply can’t accommodate a TV this big, and 85-inch sets are typically pricey. If you need a smaller display, check out our guides focused on other sizes:

How much should you spend on an 85-inch TV?

Generally, you should expect to pay at least $900 to snag one of the best 85-inch TVs, though top high-end models cost $5,000 or more. 

We’ve seen entry-level 85-inch LED TVs on sale for as low as $750, but budget QLED models typically start at around $900, and midrange options with local dimming and higher brightness capabilities sell for around $1,200 to $1,800. High-end 85-inch QLED 4K TVs with the best performance usually cost around $2,000 to $3,000, and 8K models can be between $4,000 and $7,000.

If you want one of the best OLED TVs in this class, 83-inch options start at around $3,000, while high-end OLEDs this big can cost as much as $6,500. Check out our full QLED vs. OLED guide for details on how OLED and QLED TVs compare in performance.

Unfortunately, 85-inch TVs below $700 are virtually non-existent unless there happens to be a particularly great deal during a big sales event, like Amazon Prime Day. If you’re shopping for a cheaper set and don’t mind stepping down in size, check out our guides to the best TVs under $500 and best budget TVs to see our top recommendations. 

Is 4K resolution enough for an 85-inch TV?

In general, 4K resolution is plenty to deliver a sharp and detailed image on an 85-inch TV. That said, the higher pixel density of an 8K display can improve picture clarity if you sit very close to your TV. 

Improvements in pixel smoothness on an 85-inch 8K set should become most visible if you sit less than five feet from your display. However, for most people, this subtle benefit is not worth the extra money that an 8K TV costs.

Do 85-inch TVs offer good sound quality?

Though there are exceptions, even the best 85-inch TVs tend to offer middling audio performance. Built-in TV speakers typically use small drivers placed in areas that muffle sound. They can get the job done for casual viewing, but we recommend shoppers invest in a dedicated speaker system or soundbar to get the best audio performance. We especially like models that support Dolby Atmos, since this format can provide an immersive surround sound experience. 

Check out our various soundbar guides to see our top recommendations for different needs: 

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