The 6 Best 60 Inch Televisions

Updated February 02, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

6 Best 60 Inch Televisions
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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Bigger isn't always better, but as screen resolution improves, larger display surfaces become necessary for the enjoyment of all those tasty pixels. These 60-inch TVs will fit nicely into almost any viewing space, and they come complete with lightning-fast refresh rates and great apps to access your favorite content. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best 60 inch television on Amazon.

6. Vizio E60-C3

If you haven't been enticed to get yourself a 4K set just yet, but you still want a high-quality 1080 HD experience in this size class, then the Vizio E60-C3 is a good option. It has a very fast refresh rate to complement its full-array LED backlit screen.
  • 12 active lighting zones
  • intuitive smart remote
  • backlighting can fail too soon
Brand VIZIO
Model E60-C3
Weight 58 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. LG Electronics 60SJ8000

While most sets out there require the purchase of additional speakers to get their audio anywhere near the quality of their image, the LG Electronics 60SJ8000 boasts a sound system designed by audiophile favorite Harman Kardon.
  • 240hz equivalent refresh rate
  • very sturdy base
  • not the highest-contrast option
Brand LG
Model pending
Weight 62.6 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. Sony KD60X690E

The Sony KD60X690E is a convenient and inexpensive option for the customer who wants something simple and effective without the top-tier specs. Dedicated remote buttons for Netflix and YouTube make accessing your favorite content that much easier.
  • x-reality pro upscaling engine
  • good audio components
  • software can be buggy
Brand Sony
Model KD60X690E
Weight 69.9 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Samsung Electronics UN65MU9000

The Samsung Electronics UN65MU9000 places a significant emphasis on color variance, with over a billion more shades than some other companies' UHD models offer. Also, its Triple Black Extreme brings out a lot of detail from dark areas of the image.
  • stand hides your cables
  • four hdmi inputs
  • responsive to voice commands
Brand Samsung
Model UN65MU9000FXZA
Weight 84 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. TCL 55P607

In addition to having a pleasantly low price in its own right, the TCL 55P607 saves you the trouble of purchasing a streaming box, as it's got Roku software preinstalled. That also means you only need one remote to control everything.
  • full-array backlighting
  • dolby vision hdr
  • mobile app provides extra features
Brand TCL
Model 55P607
Weight 50.2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. LG Electronics 60UJ7700

The LG Electronics 60UJ7700 employs the company's webOS 3.5 smart interface, which allows you to quickly access the most popular streaming apps available, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and more. The set also boasts a great image from almost any seat.
  • nearly invisible bezel
  • automatic color correction
  • local dimming performs poorly
Brand LG
Model 60UJ7700
Weight 58.5 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

Lights Behind Your Screen

It's a distinct probability that, at some point in the research you've been doing into your next television purchase, you came across this notion that LED TVs were, in fact, LED backlights behind an LCD screen. For some reason, certain bloggers, reviewers, etc. get their undies twisted over this subtle misnomer, as though the entire industry were conspiring to mislead us.

Are there ways in which the industry is, on a whole, misleading us? Absolutely, but this isn't one of them. It's more a clumsy evolution of our classification system for TVs than a ploy to get you to buy one over another.

LED backlighting is the standard, built into more TVs than any other component system. Essentially, the zeroes and ones that convey picture information to your TV tell it which LEDs to light up and how brightly to do so. This creates a kind of black and white haze of an image that's nebulous and unrefined. It's like watching A Hard Days Night on acid.

A layer in front of that LED panel refines that image further before it reached the LCD screen around which your unit is designed. That screen makes the final adjustments in color and definition. From there, the screen clarity only depends on when you had your last eye exam.

The Truth Hertz: Motion Blur Isn't Always Your TV's Fault

Imagine you're overweight (according to the National Institutes of Health that shouldn't be too hard for about 75% of American males). Now, imagine there was a surgery that could make you leaner and healthier just by cutting you into smaller pieces and stitching you back together. Sounds nuts, right?

Well, in humans it is nuts, but for images it creates a whole new world of clarity.

Keep in mind that movies are actually composed of a series of still images moving by at just the right speed to create what's called the flicker effect (like a flip book you'd draw in the corners of your math text book), which is meant to fool your brain into thinking the images are really moving.

Look at any roll of film negatives you might have lying around, and you'll notice that each image is separated from the next by a small portion of undeveloped celluloid.

When HD first arrived on the scene, there was a movement to convert classic films to digitally rendered HD versions. The first one of these I saw was Total Recall, and I remember noticing how eerily smooth the picture looked. It was enough to make you squirm.

You see, in those early days of HD conversion, companies would remove that gap in the developed film and stitch the frames back together, extending each one just enough and altering the speed of the reel just slightly so that the movie took the same amount of time to run, but there was no longer any flicker effect.

All of a sudden the brain didn't have to be fooled into thinking that a series of still images was moving because, for the first time, it really was just moving.

Since then, most companies have switched back to a real frame rate similar to that of film. People just like it better. But the rate at which those frames get captured, and the rate at which your television can display them is significant.

If an event, like the race in the picture above, is captured with too low a frame rate, you get that motion blur, and you need a TV with some advanced motion technology like LG's Trumotion or Samsung's Clear Motion Rate. Those technologies perform a version of the weight loss surgery we talked about, helping to stabilize and refine a poorly captured image. That said, if the source image is too far gone, the TV can only help so much.

On the other hand, if you have a clear, perfectly captured image that was shot or rendered at 120 frames per second and your TV can't get above 60Hz (Hertz is the television equivalent of frames per second) you're going to see more blur than you'd like.

Television And The Family

At the peak of the American family ideal, with 2.3 children and a dog, a white picket fence and a distant if not unhappy patriarch, a secret stash of Quaaludes and a not so secret stash of bourbon, there is always this image of the family unit gathered around the radio. After all, in the 50s and 60s, television sets were comparatively rare luxuries for middle America.

In those early days of consumer TV, the sets were mostly black and white, controlled without a remote, and the programming was extraordinarily limited. So who'd want one, right?

It's easy to forget that anything resembling a consumer culture existed before our own moment in history. I get it: the platforms by which a company can talk directly to an individual about his or her desires have developed at an alarming rate over the past decade. But even in those days there was a need to keep up with the Jones', so to speak, a need to stay current.

So, TVs crept faster and faster into American homes, with the availability of footage from Vietnam spurring on sales to families with loved ones in the conflict.

Still, not much about the technology changed for a while. There were giant versions of the basic cathode ray television available, but their viewing angles were terrible and their prices were astronomical. Plasma and LED/LCD have changed all that, and the images they put out are developing in concert with the cameras that capture those images. As long as we keep watching, the future of TV is a bright one.



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Last updated on February 02, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.


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