We've updated our recommendations for 40 to 43 inch TVs for the summer of 2017. Newer models are more affordable now, and some of them offer very good performance for their price. Some TVs from 2016 remain in our picks though, since they offer better value than newer models.
Best 40-42-43 inch TV
There are no high-end 40-43 inch TVs, so the prices aren't too high. Some models get close to more expensive models performance-wise, with minor feature differences.
The best 40-42-43 inch 4k LED smart TV we've reviewed is the Sony XBR43X800D 4k TV. It produces good picture quality and has great motion. Compared to other TVs in this size, it has a considerable advantage in HDR thanks to its wider than average color gamut. It doesn't have a local dimming feature, but its blacks are still quite deep giving it a pretty high contrast.
Its picture quality degrades at an angle and it is more expensive than the average TV in this size, but it's still the best 43 inch TV available today.
If the Sony X800D is a bit too hard to find, look for the Samsung UN40MU7000 4k LED TV. It's a similarly performing TV, but it's usually slightly more expensive.
Best Budget 40-42-43 inch TV
Budget TVs still available today in this size are a definite step down in picture quality compared to the more expensive models. They are significantly cheaper, however.
If you're looking for something inexpensive, get the TCL 40S305 1080P smart TV. It's a definite step down in picture quality compared to the more expensive recommendations, but it still produces decent picture quality and has excellent smart features. It's a great choice for those looking for a simple TV to put in a bedroom.
If you want a 4k model and you don't mind paying a little more for it, the TCL 43S405 is essentially the same as the TCL S305 but with a higher resolution and better input lag and motion.
- Vizio D40u-D1. Almost out of stock everywhere now. See our review
- Samsung UN43MU6300. Good entry level TV, but not much better than the TCL S405 for the money. See our review
- Sony X800E. Great choice for a TV of this size with a wide viewing angle, but the older X800D is a better TV overall. See our review
- Samsung UN43KU6300. Decent budget TV, but the TCL S405 offers more value for a cheaper price. See our review
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 40-43 inch televisions to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs that have a 40-42-43 inch size. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.