32 inch TVs are still popular for small rooms or kitchens. However, manufacturers are rarely releasing new models in this size. Usually, the picture quality or overall performance of these TVs are below average, as they tend to be inexpensive budget models, so you could benefit significantly from going up to the 40-42-43 inch TV sizes.
Note: Manufacturers do not release many new models in these sizes. Because of this, some of our older models remain as picks in our recommendations.
The best 32 inch smart TV we’ve tested so far is the Samsung N5300. It's the replacement of the 2017 Samsung M5300, which was just slightly better and you should get it if you can still find it. The newer model has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles that allows you to watch TV from up close without experiencing uniformity issues at the edges. It has a decent picture quality with good gray uniformity and can get bright enough for an averagely lit room. Although it supports HDR, there is little benefit to using it in this mode.
On the downside, this TV, just like most IPS TVs, has poor dark room performance and most gamers will find the input lag too high for their needs.
Overall, if you need a secondary TV, this one will serve you well.
If the dark room performance of the Samsung N5300 is not satisfactory and you want a TV with better blacks in a dark room, then check out the TCL 3 Series S325 720p Roku TV. This is only a 720p and not a 1080p TV (aside from the S327 variant) and lacks the wide viewing angles found on the Samsung. On the bright side, this TV has a passable picture quality with deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio. It also has a low input lag that will satisfy most gamers, but unfortunately can't get very bright, making it more suitable for a dim room. Overall, if picture quality is not your primary concern, this TV can be a good choice.
If all you need is a TV to watch Free To Air channels or just use as a display, then get the TCL D100. This TV has no smart features and if you wish to stream any content, you must use an Android TV box or an Apple TV. The picture quality is decent, but doesn't have any advanced picture enhancements to help you improve its performance. It's best for those who want a display and (possibly) Free To Air TV.
If you are looking for a budget 32 inch TV with a native resolution of 1366x768, then check out the Samsung M4500. This TV can deliver deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio, can handle reflections well, and is free from image retention. It has a fast response time, so fast-moving objects leave only a small blur trail. The TV can also interpolate low fps content up to 60 fps to deliver smoother motion, and has the same smart interface like the one found in higher-end models.
Unfortunately, the input lag isn't too low, which is something most people will notice if they use the TV as a PC monitor or for video games. The viewing angles are poor, and you must sit straight in front so that you enjoy the best picture quality.
Overall, this is a TV that can't perform well and serves better as a secondary TV.
The Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 has basic smart features and is an overall mediocre TV. It has decent viewing angles and good reflection handling thanks to its IPS panel. Unfortunately, it can't get bright and can't fight bright room glare. At the same time, the Vizio lacks a high contrast ratio which hurts dark room performance as it delivers blacks that look gray in a dark room. On the upside, the TV has an excellent low input lag which is great for gaming, but unfortunately, when used as a PC monitor, it can't display proper 4:4:4 even when set to 'Computer' mode, so any text appears blurry.
Overall, for the right price, this TV will serve you well as a secondary unit for a room where picture quality is not the primary concern.
Our recommendation above is what we think is currently the best 32 inch smart TV to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it) 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 32 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.