Monitors come in many shapes and sizes, and although 27 inch and 34 inch monitors have become very popular recently, there are quite a few good monitors available in 28, 29, and 32 inch 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 130 monitors, and below you'll find our top picks for the best 28-32 inch monitors that are available for purchase. See our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best 1440p monitors, and the best gaming monitors.
The best 32 inch monitor we've tested is the LG 32UD99-W. Its 4k resolution makes it a great choice for both productivity and gaming. Text remains sharp and easy-to-read, and the screen 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. Although its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, it does support FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, which provides a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Input lag is low, the response time is good, and its flicker-free backlight helps to reduce eye strain during those long gaming sessions. Its clean and minimalist design fits easily into any setting, and the slim bezels are great for multi-monitor setups.
Generally speaking, IPS monitors have rather mediocre contrast ratio and black uniformity; however, this is one of the best performing IPS panels we've tested in terms of displaying deeper blacks, but blacks still appear closer to gray. It has decent color accuracy out-of-the-box and supports HDR, though its peak brightness may struggle to bring out highlights in HDR content. Overall, this is the best 32 inch monitor we've tested.
If you want to use this monitor in a dark room, then check out the BenQ EW3270U. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the LG 32UD99-W, but with its VA panel, it displays deep blacks when viewed in the dark. It's also a 4k screen with remarkable text clarity and good color accuracy. It has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing and displays a wide color gamut for HDR content. Sadly, it doesn't get very bright, so small highlights don't pop in HDR, and it doesn't combat glare in really bright rooms. It also has bad ergonomics as it doesn't offer any height or swivel adjustments. Fortunately, it's good for 4k gaming because it has low input lag, a quick response time, and native FreeSync support.
If you're in the market for the best 32 inch monitor with a 4k resolution, you can't go wrong with the LG, but if you want an alternative for use in dark rooms, the BenQ is a good choice.
The best 32 inch monitor for photo editing we've tested is the Dell U3219Q. It has a 4k resolution, and when combined with its 32 inch size, it allows you to see images in great detail and have multiple windows opened at once. It's well-built, and the stand offers excellent ergonomics, so you can easily adjust it to your liking.
It has everything that a photo editor needs. It has full coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content and has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. It also has no signs of color bleed and outstanding gradient handling, both of which are important for photo and video editing. It has wide viewing angles if you need to share your screen with others, and if you work in a dark room, it has great peak brightness, and the reflection handling isn't bad.
Unfortunately, with its IPS panel, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark. There's a local dimming feature, but it doesn't perform well at all. On the upside, it has excellent gray uniformity, so solid colors across the screen look good, and it has great out-the-box color accuracy, so you likely won't need to get it calibrated. All in all, if you need a screen for this use, this is the best 32 inch monitor for photo editing that we've tested.
The best 32 inch gaming monitor we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA, otherwise known as the Odyssey G7. It's a 1440p model with a rather aggressive curve, which helps with visibility on the sides and provides a more immersive gaming experience. It has a VA panel that can produce deep blacks, making it a great choice for gaming in the dark. It's well-suited for bright rooms as it has good reflection handling and impressive peak brightness, so you shouldn't have any issues with glare. The viewing angles are only mediocre, though, which is expected of most VA panels.
Its standout feature is its exceptional motion handling. It has an incredibly fast response time that results in almost no motion blur, and it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to further improve clarity. However, like most monitors, its BFI feature isn't usable while variable refresh rate is active. And speaking of VRR, it supports FreeSync natively and is certified G-SYNC compatible. It has a good color gamut with excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space, but it only gets bright enough to bring out some highlights in dark scenes.
There are a few extra features that can be useful for some. There's a black stabilizer feature that makes objects more visible in dark scenes, and you can add a virtual crosshair or frame rate counter. Finally, if you're planning on using it for work, the pixel density is a bit low, so text doesn't look as sharp. In that case, there's a 27 inch model available. All in all, this is a feature-rich model that should please most people and the best 32 inch gaming monitor we've tested.
If you prefer getting a monitor that has native G-SYNC support, then check out the LG 32GK850G-B. Like the Samsung Odyssey G7, it has a 1440p resolution and a VA panel with a good contrast ratio. However, it has native G-SYNC support, which is more effective at reducing screen tearing than a model with G-SYNC compatibility. It has a lower 165Hz refresh rate, but it's still enough to provide smooth gameplay and should be good enough for most people. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, and it doesn't have a Picture-in-Picture mode.
Overall, the Samsung is a better choice for most people because it has superior motion handling and is cheaper. However, if you want native G-SYNC support, the LG is a great alternative.
The best 28 inch monitor in the budget category we've tested is the BenQ EL2870U. It's a decent overall model that's best suited for gaming and has some nice extra features for a budget option.
It has a very low input lag, even with VRR enabled, resulting in a responsive gaming experience. The motion handling is good so fast-moving objects look fairly clear, but the limited 60Hz refresh rate might be more suited for console gamers than serious competitors. It supports FreeSync VRR technology to reduce screen tearing and it's G-SYNC compatible. The 28 inch, 4k screen gives you an immersive gaming experience and allows you to open multiple windows at once if you're using it for work. It also has great out-of-box color accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated unless you want to.
Unfortunately, it uses a TN panel, so the contrast ratio, black uniformity, and viewing angles are all disappointing. It also doesn't get very bright, and although it supports HDR, it can't display the wide range of colors needed in that mode. However, it comes with good extra features like built-in speakers. Overall, this is the best 28 inch budget monitor we've tested.
11/24/2020: Replaced Samsung C32HG70 with Samsung Odyssey G7.
09/25/2020: Moved the Dell U3219Q from 'Cheaper Alt' to the main pick 'Best For Photo Editing'.
07/20/2020: Removed the Dell S3219D.
03/20/2020: Replaced the LG 32UD59-B with the BenQ EW3270U and added the Dell S3220DGF to Notable Mentions.
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.