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The best 85-inch TVs you can buy: Expert tested

We tested the best 85-inch TVs with bright screens, OLED panels, and 4K resolution from LG, Samsung, and Sony to help you choose the right one.
Written by Taylor Clemons, Staff Writer and  Artie Beaty, Contributing Writer
Reviewed by Kayla Solino
Sony Bravia XR A80L | Best 85-inch TV overall
Sony Bravia XR A80L
Best 85-inch TV overall
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LG NanoCell 75 Series | Best budget 85-inch TV
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Samsung QN90C | Best 85-inch TV for gaming
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TCL QM8 | Best 85-inch TV for brightly lit rooms
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Best 85-inch TV for brightly lit rooms
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A nice, large television can be a centerpiece in any home, and if you're specifically looking for an 85-inch television, you're in luck, because that's the size where sets start to become truly special. At this size, an ordinary TV becomes something that makes you stop and pay attention. Depending on the time of year, you can find some amazing deals on TVs.

Also: The best TVs of 2024

Are you looking for a new TV for movie night? Do you need a set to cheer on your favorite team? Do you want to take advantage of new gaming technology? Brands like Sony, Samsung, and TCL have all made great additions to their 85-inch TV lineups, and they might be more affordable than you think. 

What is the best 85-inch TV right now?

We tested and researched dozens of TV models to put together a list of the best 85-inch TVs you can buy right now. Our overall pick for the best 85-inch TV is the Sony Bravia XR A80L. Its excellent picture quality makes it perfect for movies, gaming, and everything in between. Advanced modes will keep gamers happy, XR Clear Image makes for incredibly vibrant colors, and Acoustic Surface Audio+ provides a truly immersive experience like nothing else.

Keep reading to learn more about the Sony Bravia XR A80L and my picks for the best budget and best OLED 85-inch TVs.

The best 85-inch TVs of 2024

Pros & Cons
  • Excellent picture quality
  • 11 picture modes
  • Acoustic Surface Audio+
  • No VRR support
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If you value pure picture over features, the Sony A80L is going to be tough to beat. The 83-inch panel has 11 different picture modes, including IMAX Enhanced and a dedicated game mode, so you can get the best image possible for watching movies and shows or playing video games. 

ZDNET contributor Artie Beaty conducted hands-on testing with the A80L, calling the XR Clear Image feature, which uses AI to make details more apparent, "game-changing." He also praised the technology for showing "subtle textures and details that would be missed without it" in lower-resolution content upscaled to 4K, saying it brought older shows to life in a way that many sets struggle to do correctly.

Review: Sony Brava XR A80L

The A80L also works with Sony's Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology, which turns the entire screen into a giant speaker. This means you get near-perfect video and audio syncing, plus sound that follows the on-screen action. For example, if someone runs from one side of the screen to the other in a movie, you'll hear the footsteps move from side to side along with the action.

With Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in, you'll get hands-free voice controls and screen mirroring right out of the box, giving you more ways to control your new TV and entertain family and friends.

Many Best Buy customers say this was their introduction to the world of OLED TVs, and they're more than happy with the set's quality. "This is by far the best TV on the market," one user wrote, saying it's "absolutely stunning in every aspect." Movie buffs often give its HDR high praise as well.

Sony Bravia XR A80L tech specs: Screen size: 83 inches | Panel type: OLED | Refresh rate: 120Hz | Resolution: 4K | HDR: Dolby Vision | Audio: Dolby Atmos, Acoustic Surface Audio+ | Voice controls: Alexa, Hey Google

Pros & Cons
  • Price
  • Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support
  • Preloaded streaming apps
  • 120Hz refresh
  • No dedicated game mode for picture settings
  • No composite in/out ports
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While larger-screen TVs can quickly jump to the more expensive side, the LG NanoCell 75 Series breaks that trend and offers an 86-inch panel for $1,500. It uses LG's NanoCell LED panel with Dolby Vision and HDR10 support for enhanced color, contrast, and detailing, while the 120Hz refresh rate gives you ultra-smooth motion. The built-in speakers work with Dolby Atmos, creating a virtual surround sound and an exceptional experience when streaming music, movies, and shows. 

For audiophiles, the TV supports Bluetooth connectivity, so you can set up wireless speakers, subwoofers, and sound bars for a custom home audio configuration. With built-in voice controls via Alexa, Hey Google, and even Apple HomeKit, you'll get hands-free control over your new TV and connected devices. The NanoCell 75 has a suite of preloaded, popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video, so you can start streaming immediately.

Amazon reviewers praise this set's picture, especially the bright, sharp colors of 4K content and the impressive price point. 

LG NanoCell 75 Series tech specs: Screen size: 86 inches | Panel type: NanoCell LED | Refresh rate: 120Hz | Resolution: 4K | HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10 | Audio: Dolby Atmos | Voice controls: Alexa, Hey Google, Apple HomeKit

Pros & Cons
  • FreeSync Premium Pro
  • Dolby Atmos and Object Tracking Sound Lite
  • Anti-reflection film
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • No G-Sync support
  • No composite video input for retro consoles
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Looking for an 85-inch TV to be the center of your gaming setup? Look no further than the Samsung QN90C. Not only does it provide excellent 4K resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate to keep things smooth, and a very low input lag (under 10ms), but it also has the Samsung Gaming Hub. This specially designed menu connects you to cloud-based gaming services like Xbox Game Pass, Blacknut, and GeForce NOW. You can connect multiple devices with the 4 HDMI ports if you prefer physical consoles. A retro console connection is available via the RF input, but if you have consoles that use a composite output, you'll need a composite-to-HDMI converter. 

If you like to tinker with settings, Samsung's Game Bar provides access to everything you'd ever want to change.

On the audio front, the QN90C has Dolby Atmos and Samsung's Object Tracking Sound Lite technology for virtual surround sound audio that follows the on-screen action. It also supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro VRR to prevent screen tearing and stuttering.

Best Buy customers often say they chose this TV specifically for gaming, pointing out the gaming hub as a big selling point and the 120hz processor that keeps things running smoothly.

Samsung Q80C tech specs: Screen size: 85 inches | Panel type: QLED | Refresh rate: 120Hz | Resolution: 4K | HDR: Quantum HDR+ | Audio: Dolby Atmos, Object Tracking Sound Lite | Voice controls: Alexa, Bixby, Hey Google

Pros & Cons
  • 2,000 nit peak brightness
  • Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
  • IMAX-certified
  • Great picture quality
  • Pricey compared to other options
  • No G-Sync support
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If you watch TV in a bright room, you know how much it can impact your viewing experience. The TCL QM8 should be one of your first choices for a bright room, as this set handles light better than almost any other. With a peak brightness of 2,000 nits, you can make out details and colors you'd otherwise miss. It has a fast 120Hz refresh rate and 4K resolution for a clean, smooth picture, and with support for Dolby Vision HDR and an IMAX certification, you'll get the best detailing and contrast to make colors pop.

Review: TCL QM8

I conducted hands-on testing with the TCL QM8 and stuck it in my office since that's the brightest room in my house (with all of my lighting for photography and filming videos). Movies, games, and shows all looked amazing, with bold colors and clean, crisp details, even when I had my room as bright as possible.

Amazon reviewers note this is an excellent TV for bright rooms, with many complimenting the brightness. "The TV has great contrast due to the Mini LED arrayed backlight," wrote one, adding that "this is a fantastic TV that performs like an upper-tier TV."

TCL QM8 tech specs: Screen size: 85 inches | Panel type: QLED | Refresh rate: 120Hz | Resolution: 4K | HDR: Dolby Vision | Audio: Dolby Atmos | Voice controls: Alexa, Hey Google

Which is the best 85-inch TV?

My pick for the best 85-inch TV is the Sony A80L. This is one of Sony's top offerings, packed with premium features. The Cognitive Processor XR makes this set an eye-catcher; it has a low input lag for gamers, and the upscaling is some of the best I've ever seen. The audio from this TV is stellar, but if you spring for an additional Sony soundbar, the TV becomes a center channel.

Best 85-inch TV




Sony Bravia XR A80L


Dolby Vision

Dolby Atmos, Acoustic Surface Audio+

LG NanoCell 75 Series


Dolby Vision, HDR10

Dolby Atmos



Dolby Vision

Dolby Atmos

Samsung QN90C


Neo Quantum HDR+

Dolby Atmos, Object Tracking Sound+

*MSRP at time of writing. Please note that the actual price may vary by retailer and depending on available promotions and discounts.

Which 85-inch TV is right for you?

Once you've hammered out a budget for your new 85-inch TV, the most important thing to remember is what you'll use your TV for the most. Have you cut the cord and moved exclusively to streaming? You'll want to choose a model with a preloaded suite of popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video so you can get started right out of the box. 

Do you have a network of smart speakers? Pick a TV that supports your preferred virtual assistant and has multi-room linking to pump music and dialogue throughout your whole home.

This table quickly breaks down which 85-inch TV best suits your watching preferences. 

Buy this 85-inch TV...

If you want...

Sony Bravia XR A80L

A high-end, large-screen OLED TV. It uses Sony's Acoustic Surface Audio to turn the whole screen into a speaker for near-perfect video and audio syncing.

LG NanoCell 75 Series

A more budget-friendly 85-inch TV. This TV retails just under $1,500 making it more affordable while providing an 86-inch screen.


An 85-inch TV for brighter home theaters and living rooms. This TV has a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits for better visibility in daylight and under harsh overhead lighting.

Samsung QN90C

A well-rounded 85-inch TV for a variety of uses. The Samsung QN90C offers both Dolby Atmos and Object Tracking Sound+ for a more immersive viewing experience.

Factors to consider when choosing an 85-inch TV

Before investing in an 85-inch TV, you should consider the following factors: 

  • Use cases: Will you be mainly watching movies, playing video games, streaming TV shows, watching live sports, or a mix of all these? Some sets have specially designed gaming hubs that let users fine-tune settings, some have booming built-in audio that provides a theater-like sound experience, and some have the best picture you'll see. Choose your set based on which performs best in the area you want.
  • TV location: Consider where you'll have your TV set up. Some sets do poorly in brightly lit rooms, while others have special features for brightly lit rooms. 
  • Price: Before you choose your set, consider how much money you're willing to spend. There are quality, budget-friendly options, but you'll likely have to give up a few features in exchange for a lower price.
  • Number of ports: Some TVs have a limited number of input ports. If you're connecting a couple of video game consoles, a sound bar, and a cable box or DVD player, you might have to choose which one gets the best input slot. Ensure the TV you choose has enough input slots for your needs. 

How we test TVs

While many manufacturers have reached a consensus on standardizing screen size classes, there are still a few outliers—even at big brands like Sony and LG. Some brands choose to produce 83-inch models, and I have considered many and even included one (the Sony A80L), as they are quite similar in viewing area to an 85-inch model. 

I've also considered many other factors when testing and researching the 85-inch TVs on this list:

  • Picture quality: A TV is only as good as the images it can produce. With 4K resolution and 60-120Hz refresh rates being the norm, it's easier to get a quality big-screen TV. Sony also produces a large-screen OLED for ultra-detailed images and enhanced contrast.
  • Audio quality: Tinny or cheap-sounding TV speakers can ruin your viewing experience. I've chosen 85-inch TVs that support HDMI eARC connectivity for setting up sound bars and other audio equipment, as well as support for premium audio drivers like Dolby Atmos.
  • Features: While every set on this list will have pretty good picture and audio quality, some truly shine when it comes to extra features. Some sets have extra picture settings that let you fine-tune things to your liking, and some have special gaming modes that let you tinker with options and set things up specifically for your style of gameplay. 
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity have become standard for home TVs as more and more people switch from cable and satellite providers to exclusively streaming content via apps like Netflix and Disney+. But I've also made sure that each TV on this list has plenty of HDMI and USB inputs and a hardwired Ethernet connection so you can easily connect DVD or Blu-Ray players, game consoles, audio equipment, and more reliable internet connections. 

Can I wall-mount an 85-inch TV?

You absolutely can! 85-inch TVs are getting lighter, but they can still be heavy and have larger VESA mount spacing, so you'll want to spend extra money on a heavy-duty mounting bracket. Mounts like the Echogear wall mount can support up to a 90-inch screen size and up to 125 pounds (about 57kg) of weight. Make sure you consult your TV's operating manual for specific mounting requirements so your shiny new screen doesn't come crashing down in the middle of the night, taking most of the wall with it.

What's the biggest TV you can buy?

The TCL 98R754 is a staggering 98 inches wide if we're talking about conventional televisions. But if you're willing to consider a laser or short-throw projector TV, Samsung's The Premiere can show a screen up to 130 inches. But unless you live in a cavernous McMansion with 18-foot cathedral ceilings and a sprawling layout, you won't get them to fit in your living room, let alone take full advantage of their features.

How can I know if an 85-inch TV will fit in my room?

The best way to find out is to measure (in inches) from where the TV will be wall-mounted or placed on a stand to where you will be sitting and then divide that measurement by 2. If your couch is anywhere from 150 to 170 inches (12.5 to 14 feet) from the TV, an 85-inch screen will be an almost perfect fit. You can, of course, go a bit bigger (if possible) or smaller depending on your budget and what's available from each brand. A screen that is too big can overwhelm your space and even cause motion sickness. In contrast, one that is too small will make it feel cavernous and force everyone to crowd around to see.

Are there alternative 85-inch TVs worth considering?

There are lots of options out there if you're looking to buy a new 85-inch TV. Here's a short list of other models I thought were great picks:

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