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 190 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 should 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 coworker 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 computer monitor we've tested for office use.
If you prefer something to use in a dark environment, then check out the BenQ EW3270U. It doesn't get as bright as the LG 32UD99-W, so it's a better choice if you work in a dark room because its VA panel has a high contrast with deep blacks. The out-of-the-box accuracy on our unit is good, and it has an incredible SDR color gamut for content creators. Like the LG, it has a 4k resolution that helps deliver clear text, and it has a few extra features like a USB-C input and built-in speakers. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out the way the creator intended. Sadly, it has terrible ergonomics and fairly narrow viewing angles, so it's not suggested for sharing your screen with others.
If you want the best 32 inch monitor for office use and you need wide viewing angles, you should be happy with the LG, but if you want one with a VA panel, then check out the BenQ.
If you want a gaming monitor, then the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA is the best 32 inch gaming monitor that we've tested. It's a 1440p option that's packed with features and delivers excellent gaming performance. It's commonly known as the Odyssey G7, and it's available in both a 27 and 32 inch size; we tested the 32 inch model. It's a well-built monitor with a curved screen and okay ergonomics, so it should be fairly easy to place in an ideal viewing position.
This monitor has a high 240Hz native refresh rate with native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It has an incredibly quick response time, so motion looks smooth whether you're gaming at 60Hz or its max refresh rate, and the input lag is low. It even has a black frame insertion feature to help improve the appearance of motion, but it's unlikely you'll need it. It's a great choice for dark room gaming thanks to its VA panel and high native contrast; it has an edge-lit local dimming feature, but it performs terribly and doesn't improve the contrast at all.
Unfortunately, because it has a VA panel, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not the best choice for co-op gaming as the image looks inaccurate when viewing from the side. On the plus side, if you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has good reflection handling. Overall, this is the best 32 inch computer monitor for gaming that we've tested.
If you don't want to spend so much money on a gaming monitor, then check out the LG 32GN650-B. It has a lower 165Hz refresh rate compared to 240Hz on the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T and has a slower response time, but that's somewhat expected for a low-cost model. It still offers great overall gaming performance thanks to its FreeSync support, very low input lag, and great response time at its max refresh rate. It has a slower response time when gaming at 60Hz, but you'll only notice this if you game with a console. In terms of picture quality, it has the same 32 inch, 1440p screen as the Samsung and has a high contrast ratio for deep blacks. Sadly, it doesn't deliver a true HDR experience because of its lack of wide color gamut and mediocre HDR peak brightness.
If you want the best 32 inch gaming monitor, you can't go wrong with the Samsung, but if you want to save some money, look into the LG.
The LG 32UL500-W is the best 32 inch budget monitor that we've tested. Even though it's limited on many extra features, it delivers good overall performance, especially for office use. It has a 4k resolution that helps deliver crisp images and clear text thanks to its high pixel density. It's well-built, but it doesn't offer much in terms of ergonomics as you can only tilt it a bit.
This monitor is very good for content creators because it has a full coverage of the commonly-used sRGB color space used in most web content and fantastic coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. There aren't any signs of color bleed, and gradient handling is incredible. Although it doesn't get extremely bright, it has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a bright environment. On the other hand, it has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio that displays fairly deep blacks for use in a dark room.
Sadly, it's limited to a 60Hz panel, which is normal for a 4k monitor, and even though it has FreeSync support it only works within a narrow range. It has a decent response time, but you may notice black smear in objects in dark scenes. Still, input lag is low if you want to use it for casual gaming. It has wide viewing angles for a VA panel, so it's good for someone sitting next to you, but the image still looks washed out at wide angles. Overall, for its price, it's one of the best monitors available in this size range.
Jul 19, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Acer Nitro XV282K and LG 32GP850-B to Notable Mentions.
May 20, 2021: Replaced the LG 32GK850-B with the 32GN650-B; added the ASUS VG32VQ, LG 32GN50T-B, Gigabyte G32QC, Dell S3221QS, and BenQ EL2870U to Notable Mentions.
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.
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.