Although most manufacturers and buyers are focusing on larger TVs (see our recommendations for the best 55 inch TVs), there is 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 best 43 inch TV is the Samsung Q60/QN43Q60R QLED. It's a QLED TV with good picture quality, excellent motion handling, and a remarkably low input lag. The Q60R runs Samsung's Tizen OS that is an easy to use interface and gives you access to Samsung's app store with a plethora of apps, sure to cover your needs.
The Q60R is a versatile TV. It has a decent darkroom performance with deep blacks thanks to its excellent contrast ratio and is also suitable for a bright room as it can get fairly bright and has good reflection handling, but just like most VA panel TVs, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. It has a very fast response time so fast-moving content looks sharp, and it has native support for most of the common input formats.
Unfortunately, the 43" model is slightly limited compared to the larger sizes. It doesn't support FreeSync and only has a 60Hz refresh rate, which however seems to be the norm for TVs of this size. Overall, this TV will keep most people happy with their choice.
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 Q60R and doesn't have a wide color gamut. On the upside, it has similar overall picture quality and runs the same smart interface with access to the same apps. Unfortunately, it isn't quite 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 Samsung RU7100 is a significantly less expensive alternative with a few compromises in performance, that some people won't mind.
If you find the viewing angles of the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED limiting, then check out the LG 43UM7300. This TV has an IPS panel and thus you won't get the dark room performance of the Q60R, but it has much better viewing angles. It is a better choice for watching sports with a group of friends, or if you like to do house chores with the TV on during the day. It is also a great TV for use as a PC monitor.
If you watch TV in a dark room, then the Samsung QN43Q60R is the best choice in this size, but if you often watch TV at an angle, the LG 43UM7300 is a better choice.
If you want a 43 inch TV with the best smart features, then get the TCL 5 Series/43S525 2019. It doesn't perform its best in a pitch dark room, as it lacks local dimming, and its black uniformity isn't as good. Also, it lacks a BFI feature that could help make motion look crisper. On the upside, this TV runs the Roku TV smart platform which gives you access to a very large number of streaming channels - called apps. It's almost identical to the standalone Roku Streaming Stick. The TV has decent picture quality and can produce vivid colors in HDR due to its wide color gamut, but can't get bright enough to deliver highlights that pop. It has a low input lag and a fast response time, which will make it popular among gamers.
Unfortunately, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side, just like with most VA panel TVs.
Overall, the TCL 5 Series S525 is a good 43" 4k TV with great smart features.
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 that runs the Roku TV smart platform. If, however, you wish 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 want an alternative to the Roku TV interface found on the TCL 5 Series/S525 2018, then get the Sony XBR43X800G. You won't get the same dark room performance as the TCL, as this TV has an IPS panel. However, it can get brighter and has wide viewing angles that display an accurate image for larger angles. The Sony also runs the Android TV interface, which gives you access to the Google Play Store, which has a large selection of apps. Unfortunately, the Android TV version isn't the latest, which might disappoint some users as this version isn't as smooth.
So, if you like the Roku TV interface and would like a better dark room performance, get the TCL S525. Otherwise, those who prefer the Android TV interface should opt for the Sony X800G.
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.