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 150 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.
For office use, the best 32 inch monitor we've tested is the LG 32UD99-W. It has a sleek design that will look good in any home office or workspace, and its large screen offers plenty of space to multitask. With a 4k resolution, it also has a high pixel density despite its larger size, so text and images remain sharp and clear. It has one of the highest contrast ratios on an IPS monitor that we've tested, but it's still only okay and blacks may still look grayish in the dark.
While its vertical viewing angles are only decent, it has very good horizontal viewing angles, which is great for sharing content with a co-worker sitting next to you since the image doesn't lose accuracy from the side. It's also well-suited to bright office lighting because it gets bright enough to combat glare, although its reflection handling is disappointing, so it may be best to avoid placing it directly across from a window or light. Text clarity is fantastic, and it has a flicker-free backlight to reduce eye strain.
Unfortunately, its ergonomics are mediocre, so it may be harder to set it to your ideal viewing position. Also, the build quality is just okay and we've received reports that the corners begin to show light bleed after a couple of years' use, but we haven't noticed this on our unit. On the upside, it's good for casual gaming on the side and even supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR). All in all, it's the best 32 inch monitor we've tested for office use.
If you need an office monitor that performs well in darker lighting conditions, check out the BenQ EW3270U. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the LG 32UD99-W, and it has terrible ergonomics with very few adjustment options, but its VA panel has a high contrast ratio that can produce deep blacks that looks great in the dark. It has a very good response time, so motion looks clear in fast-moving content, making it a good choice if you game on the side. It also has a low input lag and supports FreeSync VRR to reduce screen tearing. It only has decent brightness, but its reflection handling is good, so glare shouldn't be an issue. Finally, it has a fantastic color gamut and good out-of-the-box color accuracy.
The LG is the best option if you prefer an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and better ergonomics, but if you need a monitor with better dark room performance, the BenQ is a good alternative.
The best 32 inch gaming monitor we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T. 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, 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 LC32G75T, 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 LG 32UL500-W is the best 32 inch monitor in the budget category we've tested. It's a 4k model that provides plenty of space and delivers sharp images and text. It's best suited for a dark-to-moderately-lit room because it has a high contrast ratio to produce deep blacks, but it doesn't get very bright, so glare might be an issue in well-lit settings. The viewing angles are adequate, quite good for a VA panel monitor; however, there's still some loss of image accuracy when viewing from the side, which isn't ideal if you need to share work that requires perfect accuracy.
It has a 10-bit panel with superb gradient handling to minimize banding. It covers the entire sRGB color gamut, but its Adobe RGB coverage is only decent and might not be good enough for professional photo editors. Color accuracy is poor out of the box, so you might need to calibrate it first if you plan on doing color work. It has a 60Hz refresh rate and decent response time, which is fine for playing casual, slower-paced games, and it supports VRR to reduce screen tearing.
Sadly, the ergonomics are terrible because it only allows for tilt adjustment, which makes it harder to place the screen at your optimal viewing position. There are no USB ports for charging, but there are built-in speakers if you don't have dedicated ones. It has a flicker-free backlight and a reader mode that can help reduce eye strain. Overall, it isn't the most feature-rich, but it's a wallet-friendly option that should please most people.
Mar 23, 2021: Updated text for clarity; no change to recommendations.
Jan 22, 2021: Removed Dell U3219Q because the LG 32UD99-W is better for photo editing. Replaced BenQ EL2870U with LG 32UL500-W.
Nov 24, 2020: Replaced Samsung C32HG70 with Samsung Odyssey G7.
Sep 25, 2020: Moved the Dell U3219Q from 'Cheaper Alt' to the main pick 'Best For Photo Editing'.
Jul 20, 2020: Removed the Dell S3219D.
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.