Monitors come in many shapes and sizes, and although 27" and 34" monitors have become very popular recently, there are quite a few good monitors available in 28", 29", and 32" sizes. Although they're sometimes seen as niche sizes, many of them offer the same great features found on more popular sizes, including advanced gaming features like FreeSync, high-resolution 4k screens, and, more recently, HDR support.
We've tested over 85 monitors, and below you'll find our top picks for the best 28-32 inch monitors that are available for purchase in 2020. See our recommendations for the best 4k monitors.
The best 32 inch monitor we've tested so far is the LG 32UD99-W. This monitor's 4k resolution makes it a great choice for both productivity and gaming. Text remains sharp and easy to read, and the monitor's size allows you to have multiple windows open at the same time without feeling cramped. The IPS panel has wide viewing angles so images don't appear washed out when viewed from the side, which is great for sharing content or for co-op games. On the subject of gaming, although the monitor's refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, it does support FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which provides a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Input lag and response time are excellent, and the monitor's flicker-free backlight helps to reduce eye strain during those long gaming sessions.
Generally speaking, IPS monitors have rather mediocre contrast ratio and black uniformity; however, this is one of the best performing IPS panels we've seen. It has decent color accuracy out of the box and it supports HDR, though the monitor's peak brightness may struggle to bring out highlights in HDR content. The monitor's clean and minimalist design fits easily into any setting and the slim bezels are great for multi-monitor setups. Last but not least, LG included picture-in-picture functionality and a USB 3.0 hub that supports fast charging.
Overall, if you're looking for a monitor that can do it all, go with this one.
If the LG 32UD99-W is slightly out of your budget, check out the Dell U3219Q. It's also a 4k monitor with a 60Hz refresh rate; however, build quality and ergonomics are significantly improved compared to the LG. The downside is that it doesn't support variable refresh rate, black uniformity is noticeably worse, and the backlight isn't flicker-free. It has decent HDR performance and there is a local dimming feature as well, though it performs rather poorly. Lastly, this monitor has impressive color accuracy out of the box and it also has a USB 3.0 hub for charging.
Overall, the LG is still our main recommendation, but if your budget is tight, the Dell is a good alternative that performs admirably.
If dark room performance is important to you, then a VA monitor may be a better choice, such as the LG 32UD59-B. This VA panel has a much better contrast ratio and black uniformity than the LG 32UD99-W, so blacks look black in a dark room. Although the stand is very sturdy, it's pretty basic when it comes to ergonomics, with only height and tilt adjustments available. LG also cut a few features that may disappoint gamers: the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, response time is higher than average, and there is no variable refresh rate support or HDR.
The LG 32UD99-W is a better choice for a bright room, but if dark room performance is a must, the LG 32UD59-B is a better alternative.
The Samsung C32HG70 is the best 32 inch gaming monitor. This is a curved monitor with a 1440p resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. The large but stable stand offers decent ergonomics and the monitor can be VESA mounted as well. The VA panel provides a fantastic contrast ratio but at the expense of poor viewing angles and sub-par black uniformity, with significant clouding throughout the screen.
Gamers will be happy to hear that Samsung has managed to pack in almost every advanced gaming feature, with FreeSync support, excellent response time, low input lag, flicker-free backlight, HDR, and even local dimming, although the latter performed quite poorly.
Overall, this is a monitor that excels at gaming but is versatile enough for almost any use.
If you want to have the best performance out of your NVIDIA graphics card, the LG 32GK850G-B might be a better choice than the Samsung CHG70. The spotlight feature here is the native support for G-SYNC, allowing you to game at a high refresh rate that's nearly tear-free and without having to use vertical sync. There are some trade-offs, though: it lacks some features available on the Samsung, such as HDR and black frame insertion feature.
The Samsung is the best 32 inch gaming monitor for most people, but if native G-SYNC support is important to you, the LG is the best G-SYNC alternative.
The BenQ EL2870U is the best 28-32 inch budget monitor we've tested so far. At 28 inches, the 4k resolution delivers a good picture with great color accuracy out of the box, despite being a TN panel. It does suffer when it comes to viewing angles, contrast ratio, and black uniformity, but that's to be expected with this type of monitor. HDR is also supported, but with a mediocre peak brightness and lack of wide color gamut, it doesn't make much of a difference.
For gaming, this monitor has a great response time, with only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It has a limited 60Hz refresh rate, which might disappoint some, but it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, with G-SYNC compatibility after a driver update.
Overall, it's a decent monitor for most uses.
If you want something even cheaper, check out the Dell S3219D. This monitor has a slightly larger screen, but a lower native resolution of 1440p, resulting in text that isn't quite as sharp as the BenQ EL2870U. It has a VA panel that has better contrast and better black uniformity than the BenQ, as well as better gray uniformity. The refresh rate is slightly higher at 75Hz and it supports FreeSync.
Overall, the BenQ is better for most people, but if you're on a tight budget, the Dell is an acceptable alternative.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 28-32 inch monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer the make your own decision, here is the list of all of our monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.
01/21/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
11/22/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.