32 inch TVs are still popular for small rooms or kitchens. However, manufacturers rarely release 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.
We've tested 7 TVs available in this size, and here are our recommendations for the best 32 inch smart TVs you can buy in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best small TVs and the best budget TVs.
The Samsung QN32Q50R is the best 32 inch TV we've tested so far. Despite its small size, it's a 4k UHD TV. The overall picture quality is decent and delivers good performance in most uses. It can get decently bright and is more suitable for a room that isn't too bright. It displays deep blacks in a dark room and has a wide color gamut for vivid HDR colors, but due to the poor HDR brightness, it fails to deliver the creator's intent. It has a very low input lag that'll please gamers, although you won't find any of the advanced gaming features found on higher-end Samsungs.
Just like most VA panel TVs, it can't display an accurate image when viewed from the side, so you have to sit straight in front to enjoy the best picture quality. Also, the TV displays some strange motion artifacts on some content, although the response time is fairly fast.
Overall, this TV has a good performance in most uses and will serve its purpose well.
If you find the Samsung Q50/Q50R QLED expensive and you want a cheaper TV with a few compromises in quality, then check out the TCL 3 Series/32S325 720p Roku TV. This isn't a 4k TV; it's 720p (aside from the S327 variant, which is 1080p) and doesn't have the picture quality of 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'll satisfy most gamers. Unfortunately, it can't get very bright, making it more suitable for a dim room.
Get the Samsung if you want the best 32 inch 4k TV; however, if you want to save cash by making some compromises in quality but still want one of the best 32 inch smart TVs out there, get the TCL.
If you don't have much use for the smart features of modern TVs and only want a TV that can display Free-To-Air channels, then get the TCL 1 Series/32D100. Unlike the Samsung Q50/Q50R QLED, it doesn't have any smart features, but you can still connect it to an external Android TV box or Apple TV if you change your mind. It has a decent picture quality, but it doesn't have any advanced options to improve picture quality. If all you need is a display and Free-To-Air TV, then this is the model for you.
If you want the best 32 inch 4k TV out there, the Samsung is the way to go. Otherwise, if you want a simpler model with no smart features but just decent picture quality, the TCL will do the job.
If you find the Samsung Q50/Q50R QLED expensive and you don't mind a 1080p TV, check out the Samsung UN32N5300, the best 32 inch TV in the budget category. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and delivers decent picture quality, but blacks tend to look more like gray in a dark room. It can get fairly bright in SDR and you shouldn't have any issues unless you have a very bright room. It has a low input lag for casual gaming, but more serious gamers will need something faster.
Although this TV supports HDR, you won't get much benefit from using it in this mode as it can't get very bright and doesn't have a wide color gamut to deliver a full range of colors.
Overall, this is a TV that'll serve you well as a secondary TV, especially if you don't mind the 1080p resolution; this makes it one of the best 32 inch smart TVs.
The Hisense 32H4F is a basic but cheap TV. It has a sub-par picture quality with a non-standard native resolution of 768p, which is limiting. On the upside, it has good reflection handling, good viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel, a fast response time for crisp motion, and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. However, this TV has no support for HDR, can't display deep blacks in a dark room, and can't get very bright, so you shouldn't place it in a bright room.
Overall, this TV isn't for anyone looking for picture quality, but it won't break the bank and will serve you well in a garage or a kitchen.
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.
12/10/2019: Replaced the Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 with Hisense 32H4F and changed some text for clarity.
11/10/2019: Updated the models to reflect market fluctuations in prices and availability.