The best 60-inch smart TVs

The best TVs with screens between 58- and 65-inches, smart capabilities, and 4K resolution

The best 60-inch smart TVs

by William Lobley |

Once you decide to break into the 60-plus-inch range for your new TV, you are seriously upgrading the role it plays in your living room. Bravo, it’s a decision well made. No longer a mere gogglebox, the TV becomes a shrine to the cinematic experience, bringing high-definition excitement, comedy, and drama into your home.

As that is the case, it’s fair to say it’s important that you choose your TV wisely and correctly. Have no fear, whether you're looking for a 60 inch TV, 50-inch TV or a 40-inch TV, we’re here to guide you through.

You’ll want a smart TV. No doubt about it, they are the best thing to happen to TV since, well, TV. You can access endless reams and streams of entertainment whenever you like. As it’s such a requirement of the modern watching experience, all the TVs we have collated for you are smart and capable of streaming from subscriptions services. You’re welcome.

Our round-up of the best 60-inch smart TVs has some fantastic, and truly competitive prices so you get the most bang for your buck, but if you're looking for THE best deal you can get, we'd definitely recommend waiting for Prime Day, or even Black Friday.

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Also, each of the products included here have immense and powerful 4K screen resolutions. What this effectively means is that each of these products will provide four times the resolution of a typical Full HD TV. This precision, once witnessed, simply cannot be forgotten. The precision and the detail that is shown to you will transform the act of watching television. Dramas, soaps, films, sports, and games all take on a more urgent tone.

The best 60-inch smart TVs:

Here are our favourite 60-inch smart TVs so you can get the best experience:

Philips 58PUS8555/12 58" UHD 4K LED TV

Philips Ambilight 58PUS8555/12
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Specifications
Screen Size: 58"
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 p
HDR: Yes
VRR: Yes
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.1
Energy Rating: G
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Guarantee: 2 Years
Additional Features: Android TV, Ambilight
Pros Cons
• Awesome ambilight feature • Slightly weaker refresh rate
• Great price for the size
• Solid picture quality

Overview

The Philips 58PUS8556 is the 2021 iteration of its ever-popular TV range, featuring Ambilight. This feature casts a glow from the rear of the screen, freeing entertainment from the border and creating an immersive viewing experience – an effect that is truly mesmeric when combined with a screen of this size. The 4K HDR10+ optimisation, Dolby Vision, and P5 Perfect Picture Engine work in conjunction to create a superb image, from both traditional or streamed content, and console gaming. The abundant image customisation options are also a real boon, offering ample fine-tunings to perfect the visual performance.

LG 65UP81006LA 4K LED UHD HDR Smart TV

LG 65UP81006LA
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Specifications
Screen Size: 65"
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 p
HDR: Yes
VRR: Yes
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.1
Energy Rating: G
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Guarantee: 2 Years
Additional Features: Google Assistant, Alexa
Pros Cons
• Great size for the price • Weaker refresh rate
• Nice build quality
• Stunning picture quality

Overview

The LG 65UP81006LA brings you a consistent and stunning image, worthy of being described as 'cinematic'. There's a Quad-Core 4K processor, dedicated to delivering the best UHD image possible, and LG's extremely capable Ultra Surround software couples with AI audio tuning and Clear Voice III (a feature that refines the frequencies of the human voice) to deliver a well-balanced and powerful experience. Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are compatible, and the interface runs on the award-winning LG webOS, which is reliable, comprehensive, and simple to use. The HDR game mode also makes it an excellent choice for gamers.

Hisense 65AE7000FTUK 4K UHD HDR Smart TV

Hisense 65AE7000FTUK 4K UHD HDR Smart TV
©Hisense
Specifications
Screen Size: 65"
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 p
HDR: Yes
VRR: Yes
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.0
Energy Rating: A+
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Guarantee: 2 Years
Additional Features: HDR10+, DTS Studio Sound
Pros Cons
• Great picture quality • Weak refresh rate
• Incredibly energy efficient
• Great value

Overview

The Hisense 65A7100FTUK is designed for a smooth user experience. The VIDAA 4.0 Smart TV OS is Amazon Prime, Netflix, Freeview Play, and YouTube enabled, and all of these are accessed through dedicated remote buttons for fast browsing. Hisense has provided two inbuilt viewing enhancement features; the HDR10+ (which offers fantastic contrast and true-to-life colour enhancement), and DTS Sound Studio (automatic volume levelling, bass enhancement, speaker EQ and dialogue enhancement).

Though the visual display is 4K HDR, the picture colour and clarity don't have as much of a wow factor when compared to what you'll find on higher priced models.

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Samsung 65 Inch QN94A Neo QLED 4K Smart TV (2021)

Specifications
Screen Size: 65"
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 p
HDR: Yes
VRR: Yes
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.1
Energy Rating: F
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
Guarantee: 5 Years
Additional Features: GameView, Q-Symphony, 3D Object tracking sound
Pros Cons
• Fantastic refresh rate • Some users report slight motion blur while gaming
• Brilliant colour range with Neo-QLED
• Excellent sound

Overview

Samsung's one-of-a-kind Neo-QLED tech shook the TV market last year, bringing record high refresh rates to QLED, while retaining an almost reasonable price. With a flurry of marvellous modes such as GameView, and Samsung's brilliant Neo Quantum 4K processor, gaming has never felt so good.

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Sony BRAVIA KE65XH81-65-inch - LED - 4K Ultra HD

Specifications
Screen Size: 65"
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 p
HDR: Yes
VRR: Yes
HDMI Features: 4 x HDMI 2.0
Energy Rating: G
Refresh Rate: 50 Hz
Guarantee: 3 Years
Additional Features: X1 Processor, Dolby Vision, Triluminos
Pros Cons
• Great value • Weak refresh rate
• Excellent Triluminos display for great range of colour
• Great sound

Overview

Here, you get some of the best of Sony's features without slipping into the law of diminishing returns. This product has Sony's Full-Array display that adjusts the brightness and contrast in different sections of the screen, in order for optimal viewing. You also get the X1 4K processor that, combined with its TRILUMINOS and X-Motion Clarity, gives superb clarity, detail, colour, and smoothness. It's a wonderful screen on which to watch sport, films, and play games.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What size TV do I need?

This is very much a decision arrived at after deliberation between your available space, budget, and requirement. Though as a general rule, it's sensible to have the smaller TVs in smaller rooms, larger in the biggest rooms.

If you're too close to a TV, no matter how high quality the image, it's going to look sub-par. Too far, and you may as well watch Netflix on your phone.

Here’s a rough guide to the minimum distance you should have from your TV when viewing HD and UHD content:

40-inches - 80 inches (6.7 feet)

50-inches - 100 inches (8.3 feet)

65-inches - 130 inches (10.8 feet)

75-inches - 150 inches (12.5 feet)

What’s 4K and what is Ultra HD?

These terms refer to the same thing – TV resolution. 4K screens offer four times more pixels than HD screens, with 8.3 million pixels working across the screen. This means clearer, accurate images.

Screen Resolution guide:

HD: 1280×720

Full HD: 1920×1080

Ultra HD/4K: 3840×2160

Read What's The Best's full guide on resolution.

What’s HDR and HDR10+?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It works to get as much light, crispness and depth into your picture. Whites are brighter and blacks are darker and over one billion colours are on offer. HDR10+ is an extension of this, but the use of metadata creates an even more refined picture.

What is Dolby Vision?

Dolby Vision is Dolby’s HDR and HRD10+.

What is 4K?

4K smart TV screens have a resolution of 3840×2160 - this is what's known as a 4K resolution. Put simply, screens give you the pixels, HDR takes care of making them look good.

What is High Dynamic Range (HDR)?

High Dynamic Range smart TVs are able to reach brighter and darker colours than regular HD TVs. This means the picture on-screen appears more like the real-life image.

What's OLED?

LED screens use a backlight to provide the image. With OLED, the pixels produce their own light which gives greater accuracy to the image. If this might be something you're interested in, why not have a look at our roundup of the best OLED TVs.

What’s QLED?

Samsung does not make OLED TVs, they make QLED. QLED is a Samsung property that replaces Liquid Crystals (found in LCD) and replaces them with Quantum dots, which Samsung believes to produce much more vibrant and bright colours and sharper images. QLED technology does tend to make a TV cheaper than its OLED competitor. If you're interested in finding out more, we've got a guide of the best QLED TVs.

What can a smart TV do?

A smart TV is a television that connects to the internet independently, without any need for an extra gadget like an Amazon Fire Stick or a set-top box. They’re usually pre-loaded with a selection* of on-demand catch-up apps, such as BBC iPlayer, All 4, and ITV Hub, and subscription services such as Amazon Prime Video or Netflix. A smart TV will also allow the user access to other internet services, such as news apps, weather services, internet browsers and social media apps like Facebook.

Some models also offer additional features, such as Bluetooth connectivity for wireless audio connections, and smartphone and tablet connections.

*The selection of apps available pre-loaded or available to download may differ between smart TV manufacturers and models, so it’s worth double checking the model you’re considering.

Is it worth buying a smart TV?

If you’re someone who loves to watch TV, whether it be soaps, Nordic noir dramas, reality shows or blockbuster movies, then a smart TV is likely to be worth it. The internet connection offers up plentiful access to free and paid-for content via apps, whenever you want it.

William Lobley is a Senior Content Writer and reviewer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology, gaming and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

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