32 inch TVs are still popular for small rooms or kitchens. However, many of the 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 in the last two years, and here are our recommendations for the best 32 inch smart TVs you can buy. Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best smart TVs, the best small TVs, and the best budget TVs. If you need any 32 inch display, then check out the best 28-32 inch monitors.
The best 32 inch 4k TV that we've tested is the Samsung QN32Q50RAFXZA. Although this is an older model from 2019, it's still easily available at major retailers, and it's one of a few 32 inch TVs available with a 4k resolution. This allows it to display images full of crisp detail, and you can easily watch your favorite 4k content.
It comes with a reduced version of Samsung's Tizen OS, which still has many of the same features and capabilities as the higher-end models with the normal versions. It's easy-to-use, menu navigation is smooth, and there's a ton of apps you can download through the app store. This means that you won't need to get an extra streaming device, and you can cast everything through the TV itself. In terms of picture quality, it has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio, so it displays deep blacks when viewed in the dark.
Sadly, it doesn't get very bright, so even though it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out. Its reflection handling is only decent, so it's best to avoid using it in a well-lit room. Also, it has narrow viewing angles so the image looks inaccurate when viewing from the side, and it's not the best choice for large rooms like kitchens. Regardless, this is still the best 32 inch TV we've tested.
The TCL 32S327 is the best 32 inch TV with a 1080p resolution that we've tested. You can still find it available despite being a 2019 model, and it's worth getting over its replacement, the TCL 3 Series 2020 because the newer model is limited to 720p. The higher 1080p resolution on the 2019 version allows you to watch Blu-rays or use it for console gaming if you wish.
It's a straightforward TV with built-in Roku TV. This smart platform is very easy-to-use, but unlike other Roku TVs, the menu navigation isn't smooth, and it may feel laggy at times. Once it's working properly, the app store offers a ton of apps available to download, so you can easily stream your favorite content. It performs best in dark environments because its VA panel has a great native contrast ratio to display deep blacks. Although it doesn't get very bright, it still has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room.
Sadly, it doesn't support HDR, but that's somewhat expected for an entry-level 1080p TV. It also has fairly narrow viewing angles, so the image loses accuracy when viewing from the side. Make sure to get the S327 variant because the S325 is also 32 inches but has a 720p resolution instead of 1080p. Overall, this the best 32 inch smart TV with a 1080p resolution that we've tested.
If you prefer a TV with wider viewing angles, then check out the Samsung UN32N5300. While its contrast ratio is much lower than the TCL 3 Series 2019, its wider viewing angles are better for wide seating arrangements since the image doesn't lose much accuracy from an angle. It feels reasonably well-built, and Samsung's Tizen OS is easy to use with a great selection of apps. While it doesn't have a fast response time like the TCL, there's not much stutter when playing lower frame rate content. Our unit also has good uniformity, so there's minimal dirty screen effect to distract you during sports, but this can vary between units. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, so it may struggle with glare in well-lit rooms, and it has a high input lag for gaming.
You can't go wrong with the TCL if you're looking for a 32 inch TV with a 1080p resolution and high contrast ratio, but if you need a TV with wide viewing angles, consider the Samsung.
Apr 29, 2021: Verified picks for availability; updated text for accuracy.
Apr 01, 2021: Verified picks for availability; updated text for clarity.
Mar 02, 2021: Removed the Hisense H4F because it's unavailable.
Feb 12, 2021: Confirmed picks were still accurate and updated text for clarity.
Jan 14, 2021: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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.