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 80 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 with excellent contrast, great peak brightness, and decent reflection handling. Unlike most 32 inch models on the market, it appears to have the same specs as the larger sizes, so you're not compromising on anything but size when choosing a smaller model, and we expect the results to be the same as the 55 inch model we tested.
It's a decent choice for gaming, with exceptionally low input lag, but it's not the most advanced gaming display, as it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, and its response time is a bit slow. It upscales low-resolution content well, great if you plan on hooking it up to a cable box or DVD player, but it only has HDMI inputs, so if you have older analog devices, you'll need to buy an adapter. The smart interface is easy to use, and it has a huge selection of apps.
Unfortunately, it's a pretty basic TV overall, with few additional features. It supports HDR10 and HDR10+, but there's no local dimming feature, and it can't get very bright in HDR, so it's not a good choice if you're looking for a great cinematic experience. Overall, despite its limitations, it's a decent TV, and it's the best 32 inch TV for gaming available.
The best 32 inch smart TV with a 1080p resolution is the TCL 32S327. It's an entry-level model from 2019 that you can still find available to purchase. The newer TCL 3 Series 2020 is available in a 32 inch size but only with a 720p resolution. As for the 2019 model, you have to make sure you get the S327 variant, which should perform like the 40 inch model we tested, but the 32S321 is different because it has a 720p resolution.
This TV comes with Roku TV built-in, which has a ton of apps available to download, and you won't need to get an external streaming device. It's user-friendly, and you should be able to learn how to navigate the menu in no time, but the interface feels laggier than on other Roku models. It doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content like from DVDs or cable boxes, which is great.
Sadly, the picture quality isn't the best on this TV. It doesn't support HDR, has low peak brightness, mediocre gradient handling because it has an 8-bit panel, and while it has a great contrast ratio, there's no local dimming feature. On the plus side, our unit has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, which is excellent because there's no way to calibrate it. All things considered, it's the best 32 inch TV with a 1080p resolution.
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 the TCL 3 Series 2019, 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. Thanks to its wide viewing angles, the image remains accurate when viewing from the side, which is great for large seating arrangements. It's a 1080p TV that doesn't have any issue upscaling lower-resolution content, and it even comes with Tizen OS built-in, so you have an excellent selection of apps available to download without using an external streaming device, which is a nice addition to an entry-level TV.
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.
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.
Apr 29, 2021: Verified picks for availability; updated text for accuracy.
Apr 01, 2021: Verified picks for availability; updated text for clarity.
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.