Despite their larger competitors, the best 60-inch TVs totally qualify as “big screen.'' Nothing says you’ve got it made more than plopping one of these bad boys in the middle of a living room entertainment center. With the proliferation of movie streaming, there’s no better way to watch the latest blockbuster than on a fancy new screen. But that’s just where the possibilities start. The latest 60-inch TVs are chock full of features that even dedicated tube watchers never even conceived of. Here’s a thorough compilation of the best 60-Inch TVs, along with what makes them so coveted.

Best Overall: Samsung 60-Inch QLED 4K Smart Tizen TV
Best LG: LG 60-Inch Class UP8000 Series LED 4K UHD Smart webOS TV
Best Under $1,000: Samsung 60-Inch Class QLED Q60A Series 4K TV
Best for Streaming: TCL 65-Inch 5-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV
Best Under $500: Hisense 60-Inch A6G Series LED 4K UHD Smart Android TV

How We Picked the Best 60-Inch TVs

If you watch any movie or show that takes place in the ‘50s and ‘60s, you can expect at least one joke about a high-end television. “Big” was extremely relative back then, and anything bigger than 12 inches was considered enormous. Plus, pricier devices were also heavy on the wood accents. Luckily, TV tech has grown seemingly exponentially in the last 50 years. Here are some of the things we took into consideration when picking out the best of the best 60-inch TVs.

Image Quality: Remember when televisions went from standard definition to 1080p? The jump in picture quality was stark, and everything not in 1080p looked practically primitive. Well, now the standard for new televisions is 4K, and like before, the jump in image quality is equally shocking. At least in theory. If you plan on using your television for 4K streaming, consider that many services don’t offer all of their content in 4K. Hulu, for instance, mostly only streams its original content in 4K. Prime Video usually designates whether a TV or movie is available in 4K before you commit to renting or buying any given movie or show. Still, even 1080p content looks pretty stellar on a big 4K screen. For a television in the 60-inch category, 4K should be the floor, not the ceiling of image quality. If you're into gaming, check out our guide to the best 4K gaming monitors.

Performance: Why do Roku and Fire TV devices continue to sell by the bucket load, when plenty of televisions have built-in operating systems complete with streaming apps? I don’t mean to sound like a hacky comedian, but in many cases, the best mart TVs are actually pretty dumb! (Rimshot, audience boos). As much as TV manufacturers treat the UI as an afterthought, it’s just not a deal breaker, especially if it means you can save a little scratch on the retail price. After all, it’s nothing a $50 device can’t solve, and likely one you already own. 

Price: There’s no sugarcoating it: 60-inch TVs are expensive. Even the lower end models will run you upwards of $500, though they can easily top a thousand at the high end. That doesn’t mean that every pricey 60-inch TV is worth every penny. High prices are a given, but value isn’t consistent across models. If it’s not a smart investment, it’s best to pass.

The Best 60-Inch TVs: Reviews and Recommendations

Best Overall: Samsung 60-Inch QLED 4K Smart Tizen TV

Almost Perfect. Samsung

Why It Made The Cut: For a television in the 60-inch class, this Samsung model isn’t just a good value, it’s one of the most immersive televisions available.

Specs:
Dimensions: 30.6 inches L x 53.3 inches W x 1 inch D, without stand
Screen Size: 60 inches
Weight: 41 pounds, without stand
Display: QLED
Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Pros:
— Automatic adapts contrast
— 4K upscaling
— Slim enough to fit just about anywhere

Cons:
— Refresh rate not optimized for gaming

Samsung’s 60-inch offering is so slim, it practically disappears if you’re looking at it sideways. Despite its massive screen, you may just be able to tuck it into smaller rooms that could use a big, flashy screen. 

The built-in Quantum Processor Lite automatically upscales non-4K content while keeping the original picture true to form in detail and color. Speaking of color, dual LEDs shine over a billion shades of colors across the spectrum, for some of the most natural picture quality available. Patented Motion Xcelerator doesn’t skip a second of action, whether you’re watching a John Woo film or a playoff game. Blur will be kept to a minimum, and motion clarity will be optimized, anytime high-intensity stuff pops up on screen. Speedy as it is, this model doesn’t handle high-end gaming as well as others, with a refresh rate of only 60 hertz. That’s about the only compromise here. The Samsung Smart Hub is a brilliant one-stop shop for streaming, with supported apps for everything from Netflix to Disney Plus. Movies, TV shows, and even a few games are only a click or voice-command away. 

Best LG: LG 60-Inch Class UP8000 Series LED 4K UHD Smart webOS TV

Affordable Splurge. LG

Why It Made The Cut: If you’re looking for an LG television that pairs well with audio equipment, this 60-inch series TV is an affordable option.

Specs:
Dimensions: 30.8 inches L x 53.4 inches W x 2.3 inches D, without stand
Screen Size: 60 inches
Weight: 37.7 pounds, without stand
Display: LED
Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Pros:
— Voice control with Amazon Alexa and Google Home Assistant
— Sleek bezel provides more screen
— Pairs well with LG sound devices

Cons:
— Dimmer than OLED
— Troublesome interface

No, it’s not an OLED screen, but the LG 60-Inch Class UP8000 Series LED 4K UHD packs some surprising definition in its screen, and is one of the more affordable TVs in its class.

A Quad-core processor 4K provides the best possible picture and performance, no matter the lighting in the room you’re in. Web OS TV is a solid enough entry for streaming apps, complete with voice commands whether you’re #TeamAlexa or prefer Google Home Assistant. The LG’s thinner bezel means not only do you get more screen, but it’s easier to hang in case you’re looking for a gorgeous wall centerpiece. And because it's an LG TV, it works perfectly with LG soundbars, and pairing them to a device is a breeze with TV Sound Mode Share. While the standard refresh rate for this television is 60 hertz, a Gaming Optimizer can clock as high as 120 hertz, with an auto latency mode to reduce lag across hardcore titles. As affordable as this television is, you may still miss that OLED screen, and despite the processor, working with the interface can cause the occasional headache. That said, the LG 60-inch even comes with two free months of FuboTV, one of the best live TV streaming services built for sports fans.

Best Under $1,000: Samsung 60-Inch Class QLED Q60A Series 4K TV

Lightning Fast. Samsung

Why It Made The Cut: For a dependable gaming television under a thousand dollars, Samsung 60-Inch Class QLED can’t be beat.

Specs:
Dimensions: 30.6 inches L x 53.3 inches W x 1 inch D, without stand
Screen Size: 60 inches
Weight: 41 pounds, without stand
Display: QLED
Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate: 60-120Hz

Pros:
— Gaming ready, with processors that accelerate response time
— Cinematic color intensity
— Stunning highs and lows

Cons:
— Less than perfect sound

After a certain price point, excellent picture quality is practically guaranteed in 60-inch TVs, at least to some degree of consistency. Compromises usually come in often overlooked features like refresh rates, though the Samsung 60-Inch Class QLED is no slouch in this department.

For hardcore gaming on next-gen consoles and PC, a fast refresh rate is a must-have, especially when playing titles like “Crysis 3” where a millisecond is the difference between a satisfying win or a devastating loss. With a rate of up to 120 hertz, Samsung QLED is more than game ready. Paired with its Quantum Processor 4K Lite processors and Motion Xcelerator, response times accelerate for the most satisfying gaming experiences possible. It even optimizes picture quality game to game, so every genre is picture perfect. Of course, there are plenty of non-gaming related features to love here. Color isn’t just vibrant, it’s intense, with stunning blacks and bright whites. And while there are plenty of popular apps, there’s no way to download new ones you may want. This isn’t just for living room gaming either. Super Ultrawide GameView makes this a dependable PC gaming screen, with plenty of built-in aspect ratios whether you’re playing new hardcore games or classic arcade titles.

Best for Streaming: TCL 65-inch 5-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV

Streaming Powerhouse. TCL

Why It Made The Cut: For a dedicated streaming device, the Roku-powered TCL offers a seamless experience with a user-friendly interface.

Specs:
Dimensions: 39.4 inches L x 64.8 inches W x 8.4 inches D, without stand
Screen Size: 65 inches
Weight: 52.9 pounds, without stand
Display: QLED
Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Pros:
— Roku Smart TV platform very dependable
— Countless streaming services and apps to download
— Gorgeous visuals

Cons:
— Choppy sound
— Thicker than average

Roku televisions, big and small, are weirdly enough outliers in the Smart TV category. Why? Because these televisions, including the TCL 65-inch 5-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV have an OS built for streaming that actually doesn’t suck. 

The Roku OS sets up in minutes, and allows access to thousands of the best streaming apps, many of them free. Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video, YouTube, and even deep cuts like Crunchyroll are available. But other apps like Spotify, Skype, and Pandora make the TCL 65-Inch QLED Smart TV a full blown multimedia device. Choosing Roku for your streaming needs also gives you access to the Roku Channel, which packs countless of free popular TV and movies to stream, including “Cold Case,” “Dennis the Menace,” and “The Artist.” The tech behind this streaming device packs all the visual capabilities of 4K televisions. As gorgeous as the QLED screen is when it comes to delivering deep black, bright whites, and stunning color, the sound in this television lacks behind the others. That’s nothing a soundbar can’t solve. And with four HDMI inputs, it could easily serve as the focal point of an entertainment center. Keep in mind, the depth of this television is a little larger than many others in its class, so measure twice before deciding to hang or mount it.

Best Under $500: Hisense 60-Inch A6G Series LED 4K UHD Smart Android TV

Budget Friendly. Hisense

Why It Made The Cut: Android TV is a great OS for streaming, as long as you don’t mind making a few compromises.

Specs:
Dimensions: 30.7 inches L x 53.3 inches W x 2.9 inches D inches, without stand
Screen Size: 60 inches
Weight: 42.5 pounds, without stand
Display: LED
Resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Pros:
— User-friendly Android TV OS
— Privacy protection features
— Very affordable

Cons:
— Not OLED
— Picture quality less than stellar

Hisense 60-Inch is a 4K television, but while it’s more budget-friendly, it does lack OLED capabilities. If you’ve ever basked in the glow of an OLED screen, it’s hard to go back to a regular LED screen. Android TV is one of the most dependable operating systems for streaming, with wide support for just about every single streaming app under the sun. If all you need is a screen, Hisense 60-inch with Android TV is still a fairly good choice for its price alone. The voice remote makes navigating from channel to channel, and app to app a total breeze. There’s even a built-in TV tuner should you want to go retro and watch basic cable like in the dark ages. And while it’s not OLED, Dolby Vision makes the most of the 4K HDR capabilities, providing some stunning visuals even if it’s not as bright. While it’s inexpensive, you may just want to invest a couple more hundred dollars and improve your image quality tenfold. But for a 60-inch TV under $500, you could certainly do worse. For other wallet-friendly finds, check out our guide to the best budget gaming monitors.

Things to Consider Before Buying a 60-inch TV

Screen Size

You may have noticed that one of the televisions in this compilation of the best 60-inch TVs is actually 65 inches. That’s because there aren’t as many new televisions that are specifically 60 inches. Making a 65-inch television is reportedly less wasteful to manufacture than a 60-inch model. Of course, television size and screen size are two different things, which is why every television listed provides the actual usable screen size. Like with any massive and expensive electronic device, you’ll want to do some pre-planning before purchasing a 60-inch TV. Always take into consideration the amount of wall space if you plan on hanging it. If it’s going to be part of an entertainment center, ensure that it fits with a good amount of space on both sides. After all, having to switch out different inputs like streaming devices and the best gaming consoles could quickly become annoying.

To Mount or Not to Mount?

Anytime you’re dealing with a thin piece of tech, you can expect a low center of gravity. While heavy, these televisions tip over very easily, especially if you grab them from the top. If you live in earthquake country or aren’t confident about the stability of your television, a mount may be the best $30 insurance you can buy for your pricey television. We recommend the Mounting Dream mount, which works with televisions up to 75 inches.

Workstation Possibilities

While it may seem obscene, many televisions listed here sell themselves as screens for workstations. If you decide you absolutely need 60 inches of screen to edit video, audio, and spreadsheets, consider mounting the screen at least a little further away from your eyes. (Optimal viewing distance is at least seven-and-a-half feet, in fact.) Otherwise, hours in front of it may cause considerable strain on your eyes.

Value of OLED Screens

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, and these screens are becoming more and more popular, especially in new televisions. They provide brighter screens, better contrast, wider color ranges, and occasionally faster refresh rates. You can expect to pay more for an OLED screen, sometimes considerably more. Speaking from personal experience, I don’t think I could ever buy a non-OLED screen ever again. The difference in picture quality is just so stark, and the user experience is very satisfying.

FAQs

Q: What is the best 60-inch TV?

Our overall best 60-inch pick is the Samsung 60-Inch QLED 4K Smart Tizen TV. The Hisense 60-Inch A6G Series LED 4K UHD Smart Android TV is our favorite affordable option.

Q: Does anyone make a 60-inch TV anymore?

Manufacturers seem to be focusing more on televisions in the 55-inch and 65-inch category. Many of the screen sizes in this compilation range are 60 inches, however.

Q: What is the most reliable TV to buy?

For a reliable 60-inch TV, the Samsung 60-Inch QLED 4K Smart Tizen TV and the TCL 65-inch 5-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV are hard to beat.

Q: What TV size is the best for the living room?

A 60-inch television is the perfect size for a living room, although you should always double check available space before committing to buy a new television. 

Q: Is it worth buying a 60-inch TV?

Is a 60-inch TV worth buying? That all depends on if you’re willing to spend hundreds of dollars, as they typically run anywhere from $500 to more than $1,000.

Q: What size room do I need for a 60-inch TV?

If the walls in any room are larger than 60 inches, there’s a good chance they can accommodate a 60-inch TV. Mounting thicker televisions like TCL 65-inch 5-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV may be a little more difficult. And if you decide to recycle your model, here is our guide on how to recycle electronics.

Final Thoughts on 60-Inch TVs

A big 60-inch television is the perfect size for a sprawling living room, for both cinematic movie viewing and weeknight TV binge watching sessions. Our absolute favorite is the Samsung 60-Inch QLED 4K Smart Tizen TV, which is big, bright, and beautiful. For those looking for a solid streaming device, TCL 65-inch 5-Series 4K QLED Roku Smart TV can’t be beat, even though it’s a little chunkier than others. If you have the money to burn, LG 60-Inch Class UP8000 Series LED 4K UHD Smart webOS TV will dazzle friends and stun enemies with its audio and video capabilities.

This post was created by a non-news editorial team at Recurrent Media, Futurism’s owner. Futurism may receive a portion of sales on products linked within this post.


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