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The 4 Best 40-42-43 Inch TVs - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best 40-42-43 Inch TVs

Although most manufacturers and buyers are focusing on larger TVs, there's still a lot of interest in smaller models. You likely won't find the most advanced, high-end options in 40 to 43-inch sizes, but there are still some very good TVs to choose from. It's easier to look for a 43-inch TV because it's a more common size instead of looking for the best 40-inch smart TV, but there are some 42-inch OLEDs coming out if you want the best 42-inch TV.

Note: While the TVs we test are mainly large sizes, like 55 or 65 inches, these recommendations are based on 43-inch TVs that we expect to perform like the larger sizes. We'll mention if there are notable differences between the 43-inch model and the one we tested, and we won't recommend the TV at all if it's a significant difference.

We've bought and tested more than 350 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs available in 40, 42, and 43-inch sizes available for purchase. See our picks for the best small TVs, the best TVs, and the best 55-inch TVs.

  1. Best 42-Inch TV

    The best 42-inch TV we've tested is the LG OLED42C2PUA. It's a remarkable TV with stunning picture quality, especially in dark rooms. We tested the 42-inch version as a monitor, but the results from the 65-inch model we tested as a TV apply to the smaller size. OLEDs are unique because they turn each pixel on and off, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity, making it a fantastic choice for dark rooms. Even in bright rooms, it gets bright enough to fight glare and has fantastic reflection handling.

    If you're also a gamer looking for a small TV, this is a remarkable choice as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that makes it fully compatible with the Xbox Series X and PS5. It also has low input lag and a near-instantaneous response time for a quick gaming experience. If you want another small TV for PC gaming, the 43-inch model of the Samsung QN90B QLED has a 144Hz refresh rate, making it ideal for high-frame-rate gamers, but it doesn't deliver the same black levels as the LG. Whether you're gaming or streaming content, the LG is a fantastic TV.

    See our review

  2. Best 43-Inch Mid-Range TV

    If you want to spend a bit less money and still get good performance and features, the Sony KD-43X85J is the best 43-inch TV in the mid-range category. It's a good TV with features that should please people looking for a TV for various uses, from gaming to watching movies. It comes with Google TV as its smart platform, which is easy to use and has a ton of apps available to download, and the built-in mic gives you access to Google Assistant. It performs well in dark rooms, thanks to the high native contrast ratio for deep blacks, but sadly there's no local dimming feature to improve it, meaning it won't look as good as the LG C2 OLED in dark rooms.

    If you tend to watch a lot of shows or movies in HDR, it displays a wide range of colors and has decent HDR peak brightness. It means that some highlights pop and colors are vivid, which is good enough for a satisfying HDR experience, making this the best mid-range TV in this size range.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget 43-Inch TV

    For those on a budget, the Amazon 4K43M600A is a good choice as a 43-inch TV. It's a rather basic TV that doesn't have the bells and whistles of some higher-end models, but it's good for what it is as an entry-level 4k TV. It comes with the Fire TV smart platform, which is easy to use and makes navigating through the menus feel smooth. There are tons of apps you can download, and the built-in mic on the remote gives you access to Alexa voice assistant, making it easy to open apps and search for content. Although its overall picture quality isn't the best, it still performs well in dark rooms as it displays deep blacks, and it has decent reflection handling and peak brightness if you want to use it in a bright room.

    If you're on a budget and don't care as much about the best picture quality, the Vizio D3 Series 2021 is the best 40-inch TV with a 1080p resolution. It's another basic TV that's good for watching cable TV or DVDs, but if you stream content, it's best to stick with the Amazon TV.

    See our review

  4. Best 43-Inch TV For Watching TV Shows

    If you watch a lot of TV shows with your family members or friends, then the Sony KD-43X80K is the best 43-inch 4k TV for your needs. If you watch shows in a wide seating area with a few people around, you'll want a TV with a wide viewing angle so that the image looks the same whether you're sitting in front or from the sides. It provides exactly that as the image remains consistent as you move off-center. The easy-to-use Google TV interface makes it easy to stream your favorite content, and if you watch content from cable boxes, it doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution signals.

    This TV also has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, so even if you want an accurate image, you'll be happy with it, and it has a flicker-free backlight that reduces eye strain. It's on the expensive side, so if you want something cheaper, the Hisense A6G is another decent choice, but it doesn't get as bright as the Sony, so it isn't as good in bright rooms.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • TCL 43S446: The TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 is a decent 43-inch TV with Google TV as its smart platform, meaning it's similar to the Sony X80K. However, the 43-inch version may have a different panel that performs differently than the 65-inch model we tested. See our review
  • Samsung QN43Q60BAFXZA: The Samsung Q60/Q60B is a decent 4k TV that costs less than the Sony X85K, but it doesn't have as many gaming features. See our review
  • Amazon 4K43N400A: The Amazon Fire TV 4-Series is the lower-end version of the Fire TV Omni Series. It has worse accuracy, but if that doesn't bother you, get whichever you can find for cheaper. See our review
  • Sony KD-43X80J: The Sony X80J is the older version of the Sony X80K, but it's also harder to find. Still, if you can find it, both TVs are similar, and you should get whichever you can find for cheaper. See our review
  • Samsung UN43AU8000FXZA: The Samsung AU8000 is a bit better than the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series as it has more accurate colors and better reflection handling, but it costs more, so if you're on a budget, it's worth getting the Amazon TV. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 30, 2022: Added the LG C2 as the 'Best 42-Inch TV' and renamed the Sony X85J as the 'Best Mid-Range'; replaced the Sony X80J with the newer Sony X80K and the Amazon Fire TV 4 Series with the higher-end Amazon Fire TV Omni Series; moved the Samsung AU8000 to Notable Mentions.

  2. May 12, 2022: Replaced the Vizio V5 Series with the Amazon 4 Series because it has better smart features and made the Hisense A6G its own category as 'Best For Wide Seating Areas' to reflect user needs; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Apr 07, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for clarity.

  4. Mar 10, 2022: Swapped the Hisense A6G and the Vizio V5 Series picks because the Vizio is better overall and renamed the Hisense to 'Wide Viewing Angle Alternative'; added the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series to Notable Mentions.

  5. Feb 11, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for clarity.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 40, 42, and 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 40 to 43-inch TV reviews. 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.