Although not as popular in recent years, there's still some demand for 32 inch TVs for small rooms or kitchens. However, many popular manufacturers don't release models in this size, and they're becoming hard to find. Usually, the picture quality or overall performance of these TVs is 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. If there's a 32 inch model that you want us to buy and test, check out our suggestion tool.
We've tested over 100 TVs under the latest test bench, and here are our recommendations for the best 32 inch smart TVs you can buy. Also, make sure to check out our picks for the best small TVs, and the best budget TVs. If you don't necessarily need the smart interface or tuner, then check out the best 28-32 inch monitors.
The best 32 inch smart TV with a 4k resolution is the Samsung QN32Q60AAFXZA. It's a decent 4k TV, and it's one of the few models on the market that's advertised to perform the same on all sizes, including the 32 inch model. It's a decent TV overall, but it's a bit light on extra features; even the smart interface is a bit simplified compared to Samsung's higher-end models. The smart platform is still great, with an easy-to-use layout and a great selection of additional apps.
It's a versatile TV that looks great in a variety of settings. It looks good in a dark room, thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and black uniformity, resulting in deep, uniform blacks, although it lacks a local dimming feature to improve contrast. Visibility isn't an issue in bright rooms, either, thanks to its great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, although it can't handle direct sunlight very well.
Sadly, the image degrades at an angle, so it's not as well-suited for a wide seating arrangement. Although it's a bit limited for gaming, most 32 inch TVs aren't very good for gaming, so this is also the best 32 inch TV for gaming we've tested to date. Overall, despite these limitations, it's a decent TV, and it's the best 32 inch 4k TV we've tested.
The best 32 inch smart TV with a 1080p resolution is the Vizio D32f-J04 (Full HD - 32"). It has okay overall performance, and people looking for a basic TV to watch their favorite shows or the news should be happy with it. We tested the 40 inch model, and our results are also valid for the D32f-J04 variant because it has a 1080p resolution, but be careful when buying because the D32h-J09 variant has a 720p resolution.
It's passable for watching movies in a dark room, as it has superb contrast and decent black uniformity, resulting in deep uniform blacks in a dark room. However, it lacks a local dimming feature to improve contrast. It's not very bright, but this isn't an issue in a dark room. It can also remove judder from most sources, and due to its relatively slow response time, there's very little stutter. It also upscales lower resolution content well, great if you have a collection of DVDs lying around.
Sadly, it doesn't support HDR at all, so you'll be limited to watching SDR movies. Also, while its SmartCast interface is good enough for streaming from popular apps, it feels slow most of the time, and you can't download any apps besides the pre-installed ones. You can still cast content from your phone, and if you don't mind that, it's the best 32 inch TV with a 1080p resolution.
If you want something with better smart features, then check out the TCL 32S327. Its contrast isn't as good as the Vizio D3 Series 2021, so its blacks aren't as deep. However, the built-in Roku TV is an easy-to-use interface with many apps you can download through the app store, but menu navigation doesn't feel the smoothest. Our unit has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, which is great because you can't calibrate the TV, and it has good reflection handling. You have to ensure you get the S327 variant because it has a 1080p resolution, while the S321 and S325 variants are limited to 720p. This TV doesn't support HDR and is limited on extra features, but that's expected from a basic, 32 inch TV.
If you want the best 32 inch TV with a 1080p resolution, you can't go wrong with the Vizio. If smart features are important to you, then look into the TCL.
The best 32 inch TV we've tested for wide seating arrangements is the Samsung UN32N5300. This is an older TV, but since Samsung hasn't released many 1080p TVs in the past few years, you can still find it. Keep in mind that we tested it on test bench 1.5, so you shouldn't compare the results directly with other TVs in this recommendation, which we tested on test bench 1.6.
It's a simple TV that should be a good choice for bedrooms or kitchens, where you'll be viewing the TV from different angles. It's a basic 1080p TV with limited features, but it's decent for watching streaming channels or TV shows while cooking or hanging out in the bedroom. It comes with Samsung's Tizen OS built-in, which has a simple, easy-to-use interface with a great selection of streaming channels. It also upscales lower resolution content well, which is great if you prefer to watch DVDs.
Unfortunately, even though it has decent reflection handling, it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare, so it's best to avoid placing it in a room with strong light sources around. Also, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray when viewed in a completely dark room. If these don't bother you, it's the best 32 inch smart TV for wide seating areas.
Dec 16, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.
Nov 16, 2021: Added the Vizio D3 Series 2021 and moved the TCL 3 Series 2019 to 'Alternative With Better Smart Features'.
Sep 24, 2021: Moved the Samsung The Frame 2020 to Notable Mentions because we don't know how the 32 inch model performs; made the TCL 3 Series 2019 a main pick.
Aug 25, 2021: Moved the Samsung Q50R to Notable Mentions as it's no longer available. Added the newly-released 32 inch Samsung Q60A as the 'Best 32 Inch TV'. Added the Samsung The Frame 2020 as the 'Best 32 Inch 1080p TV' and moved the TCL 3 Series 2019 as a 'Cheaper Alternative'.
Jun 28, 2021: Moved the Samsung N5300 to a main pick; added the Hisense H4F to Notable Mentions.
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 32 inch TVs. 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.