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 cheaper models, but if you care about getting a TV with a built-in interface, you can find the best 32-inch smart TV for your needs. If there's a 32-inch model that you want us to buy and test, check out our suggestion tool.
We've bought and tested more than 375 TVs, and here are our recommendations for the best 32-inch TVs you can buy. Also, make sure to check out our picks for the best small TVs, the best budget TVs, or the best smart TVs. If you want the best 32-inch TV for gaming or you don't necessarily need the smart interface or tuner, it's better to look into a 32-inch monitor.
The best TV you can get in a 32-inch size is the Samsung QN32Q60AAFXZA. It's one of the few 32-inch TVs available with a 4k resolution, making it the best 32-inch 4k TV, and it performs similarly to the 55-inch version we tested. The high-resolution screen combined with the relatively small size results in an incredibly sharp image. Although it's expensive for a small TV, it offers the best picture quality compared to other 32-inch models as it displays deep blacks with minimal blooming, and it also gets bright enough to fight glare in a well-lit room.
It runs Samsung's Tizen OS smart interface, which is easy to use, quick, and has a great selection of streaming apps, making it the best 32-inch smart TV. There are some great built-in smart features to make your life easier, like the built-in mic on the remote, so you can ask it to open up your favorite apps quickly. It can even be wall-mounted, which is great if you want to tuck it into a corner of your kitchen or mount it on a swing arm.
If you're looking for a cheap 32-inch TV, and don't care as much about picture quality, check out the TCL 32S327 instead. It's an ideal choice if you need a small TV and don't care as much about picture quality. Make sure you get the 32S327 variant, which has a 1080p resolution like the 40-inch model we tested, as the other 32-inch variants have a lower 720p resolution. Both variants are decent choices overall, but the higher 1080p resolution delivers a much sharper image.
The built-in Roku smart platform makes it easy to stream your favorite shows without needing a cable box or streaming stick, but as this is a cheap TV, the menus can feel sluggish due to its limited processing capabilities. Also, the remote doesn't have a built-in mic, so there isn't a voice assistant feature unless you use your phone and the Roku companion app. As for the picture quality, it doesn't get bright enough to overcome glare, but that's normal for a cheap TV, and if you care about picture quality, it's better to stick with the Samsung model.
If you want a small TV for a kitchen or anywhere you're likely to walk around a lot, check out the Samsung N5300. It's a cheap 1080p TV like the TCL 3 Series 2019, but what makes this a better choice for kitchens or other rooms with wide viewing areas is that it has a much wider viewing angle, so the image remains consistent when you move off to the side. It's not as well-suited for a dark room, though, as blacks are raised and it has low contrast when viewed in the dark.
It's a decent TV if you want to watch shows and don't want to buy an external cable box or streaming device because it comes with Tizen OS as its smart platform. It's user-friendly, and you can also cast your phone to watch personalized content, but its remote doesn't come with a mic for voice control like the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED. Unfortunately, as expected for a basic 1080p TV with an IPS panel, its picture quality isn't anything special, and its color accuracy is mediocre, so images aren't the most life-like. If you want better picture quality, it's better to stick with the TCL.
Jan 09, 2023: Verified our picks for accuracy and made some minor changes to the text for clarity.
Nov 22, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text throughout. Added the Samsung The Frame 2022 QLED as a Notable Mention.
Sep 23, 2022: Renamed the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED as the 'Best 32-Inch TV' and the TCL 3 Series 2019 as the 'Best Cheap 32-Inch TV' to reflect their price and performance.
Jun 03, 2022: Renamed the Samsung Q60A to 'Best 32 Inch 4k TV' and made the TCL 3 Series 2019 the 'Best TV', and moved the Vizio D3 Series to Notable Mentions.
Mar 17, 2022: Updated text for clarity and added the Samsung Q50/Q50R to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendation above is what we think is currently the best TVs available in a 32-inch size that are available 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.