The 40-43” size is slowly losing the focus of manufacturers. Manufacturers and buyers are focusing on larger TVs, but even though you will not find the most premium models among these sizes, there are still some good TVs to choose from.
We've tested 23 TVs in 2017 and 2018 that are available in a 40-42-43" size and below are our recommendations for the best ones to buy.
The Samsung UN43NU7100 is the best TV that we have reviewed so far that is available in a 40-42-43 inch size. The NU7100 has excellent dark room performance that is great for movie lovers thanks to the excellent native contrast and outstanding black uniformity.
The NU7100 has excellent low input lag for gaming or for use as a PC monitor, although it lacks the more advanced gaming features like VRR found on the more expensive Samsung TVs like the NU8000.
Unfortunately, it can't remove judder from any source though, but this shouldn't bother most people. Overall, it is a decent entry-level 4k TV that should please most people.
The Vizio E Series 2018 is a good 4k VA TV with deep, uniform blacks, and very good reflection handling. Gamers will appreciate the fast response time and low input lag, which also means it feels responsive when using it as a computer monitor. Unfortunately, there isn't much advantage to HDR, as it doesn't have a wide color gamut and isn't very bright in HDR, so small highlights don't stand out as much as they should.
Overall, it is a good entry-level 4k TV that should please most people, but it is difficult to find and is currently sold out at most retailers.
If you find that the Samsung NU7100 has poor viewing angles and you want a 40-43” TV that you can view from the side, then we recommend the Sony KD43X720E. It has decent viewing angles and is an entry level 4k TV with low input lag that will please gamers. The IPS panel does not allow it to produce deep blacks and thus the picture quality in a dark room is mediocre. You will be getting the most of this TV if you place it in a brighter room where you can also accommodate wider seating arrangements.
If you want a better smart feature platform than our top pick, get the TCL 5 Series 43S517. You might experience more uniformity issues with the TCL 43S517 than with the Vizio E43-F1 and dark scenes on the Vizio look more uniform with less clouding.
On the upside, the TCL S517 has the Roku smart features platform and is great for gaming as it has a very low input lag. HDR content will also look better on the S517 due to the wide color gamut. This TV has a high native contrast ratio that makes blacks look deep in a dark room just like more expensive models such as the TCL R617, which is not available in a 40-43” size.
Overall, the TCL S517 is a great 43 inch TV that offers many of the options found in larger models for a fraction of the price.
If you want a cheaper alternative than the TCL 43S517 but are not willing to compromise in picture quality, then get the TCL 43S405. You will not get the more advanced motion interpolation features or the same brightness as the S517. On the upside, the TCL S403 is great for gaming as it has very low input lag, it displays deep blacks in dark rooms due to the great native contrast ratio and has low motion blur that keeps fast content clear. Unfortunately, it has become hard to find.
If you want an even cheaper alternative than the TCL 43S405, then get the TCL 40S305, which is quite similar. It is a basic 1080p TV with minimal settings and no HDR support and it cannot get very bright. On the positive side, blacks are deep and are reproduced well, and the TV uses the Roku interface that provides it with excellent smart features.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 40-43 inch televisions 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.