Although most manufacturers and buyers are focusing on larger TVs (see our recommendations for the best 55 inch TVs), there's still a lot of interest in smaller models. You won't find the most advanced, high-end models in these sizes, but there are still some very good TVs to choose from. Depending on your usage, a large monitor might also be a good choice. See our picks for the best 34 inch+ monitors.
We've tested more than 70 TVs in the last two years and below are our recommendations for the best TVs available in 40-43 inch sizes in 2019.
The Samsung Q60/QN43Q60R QLED is the best 43 inch 4k TV we've tested so far. It has a good overall picture quality and delivers deep blacks in a dark room, but lacks a local dimming feature to improve performance. It has an exceptionally low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and motion handling is excellent thanks to the fast response time that displays fast-moving content with just minimal blur. It runs Tizen OS, which is Samsung's smart TV interface. It's simple, very easy to use, and connects to Samsung's app store where you'll find a large selection of apps, suitable for any need.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image degrades at an angle so it's not the best choice for a room with a wide seating arrangement. Also, the 43 inch model doesn't support FreeSync and its panel has a refresh rate of 60Hz instead of the 120Hz the larger variants have.
Overall, this is a very good TV and certainly the best 43 inch TV we've tested so far.
If you find the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED expensive, get the Samsung UN43RU7100, which is significantly cheaper. It can't get as bright as the other Samsung and doesn't have a wide color gamut. On the upside, it has a similar overall picture quality and runs the same smart interface with access to the same apps. Unfortunately, it isn't as bright, and it can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. Fast-moving content has more blur due to the slower response time, but it has similarly excellent low input lag and supports the most common input formats.
Overall, if you want the best TV in this category, get the Q60R; otherwise, the RU7100 is a significantly less expensive alternative with a few compromises in performance that some people won't mind.
If wide viewing angles are important to you and you find that the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED isn't performing well in this aspect, then check out the LG 43UM7300. You won't get the same blacks as the Samsung in a dark room, but the IPS panel ensures that the image will remain accurate for wide viewing angles, so you can move around while watching TV. Overall, the LG offers a decent picture quality and is more suitable for an average lit room. It runs the LG WebOS smart interface. It's a smooth and easy-to-use smart TV platform with access to LG's content store that offers a large selection of apps.
If viewing angles are the most important thing, get the LG; otherwise, the best 43 inch TV is the Samsung.
The best 43 inch smart TV for smart features is the TCL 5 Series/43S525 2019. It delivers deep blacks in a dark room but lacks a local dimming feature to make the picture quality even better. The picture quality is decent overall and the TV has a great response time that delivers fast-moving content with little motion blur trail. It has a remarkably low input lag that makes it an attraction to gamers and it can display a wide color gamut, which is great for HDR content. This TV runs the Roku TV smart interface that has thousands of apps, which they call streaming channels. The TV's interface is almost identical to the stand-alone Roku Streaming Stick.
Unfortunately, this TV can't get very bright and the image degrades when viewed from the side.
Overall, it's a good 43" TV that has all of the Roku smart TV features you're looking for and delivers good performance in most uses.
If you want to save some cash over the TCL 5 Series/S525 2019 and don't mind some small compromises in picture quality, then check out the TCL 4 Series/43S425. It can't get as bright as the other TCLs and can't remove 24p judder from all sources. It also lacks a motion interpolation feature, but on the upside, it has a faster response time and a lower input lag that make it a better choice for gaming or use as a PC monitor. When in a dark room, it displays deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio.
If smart features are important to you, then get the TCL 43S525, which runs the Roku TV smart platform. If, however, you want to save some cash but want the same smart features and don't mind a slightly worse performance, then get the TCL 43S425.
If you're not a fan of the Roku TV interface and are more used to using Android TV, then check out the Sony XBR43X800G. This TV has an IPS panel and can't display the same deep blacks as the TCL 5 Series/S525 2019. On the upside, it has a decent picture quality and the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. It has good motion handling with a very fast response time that delivers crisp motion, and it can get fairly bright to fight glare. It runs the Android TV interface, which gives you access to Google Play Store, which has a very large selection of apps.
For fans of the Roku smart interface, the TCL is the best option. However, if you'd like a TV with Android, the Sony is a great alternative.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 40 TVs to the best 43 inch TVs to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, 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 40-42-43 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.
11/29/2019: Confirmed the picks and made small changes to text for clarity.
10/30/2019: Updated picks and made changes to text for clarity.