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 best 32 inch TV we've tested so far is the Samsung QN32Q50R. It's a 4k TV, despite its small size, and delivers decent overall picture quality. Blacks look deep in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio, and the TV can get decently bright, which is good for an average lit room. Although it has a wide color gamut and delivers vivid colors in HDR, it can't get very bright and can't deliver the specular highlights the way they should be. Gamers will appreciate the low input lag, but unfortunately, it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like FreeSync found in higher-end Samsungs.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, and although the response time is great, most people will notice some motion artifacts on specific content.
Overall, the 2019 Samsung Q50R is the best 32 inch 4k TV and will keep its owners happy.
If you find the Samsung Q50/Q50R QLED expensive isn't satisfactory and you want a cheaper TV with a few compromises in quality, then check out the TCL 3 Series/32S325 720p Roku TV. This is only a 720p and not 4k TV (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 will 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 some cash by making some compromises in quality but still want one of the best 32 inch smart TVs, then 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. 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 one 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 nor does it 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, making it one of the best 32 inch smart TVs.
The Vizio D Series 1080p 2017 D32f-E1 has basic smart features and is an overall mediocre TV. It has decent viewing angles and good reflection handling thanks to its IPS panel. Unfortunately, it can't get bright and can't fight bright room glare. At the same time, it lacks a high contrast ratio. This hurts dark room performance as it delivers blacks that look gray in a dark room. On the upside, the TV has an excellent low input lag which is great for gaming. Unfortunately, when used as a PC monitor, it can't display proper 4:4:4 even when set to 'Computer' mode, so any text appears blurry.
Overall, for the right price, this TV will serve you well as a secondary unit for a room where picture quality isn't the primary concern.
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.
11/10/2019: Updated the models to reflect market fluctuations in prices and availability.