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The 6 Best 40-42-43 Inch TVs - Summer 2019
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The 40-43” size is slowly losing the focus of manufacturers. Manufacturers and buyers are focusing on larger TVs (see our recommendations for the best 55 inch TVs), but even though you won't find the most premium models among these sizes, there are still some good TVs to choose from.

We've tested 24 TVs that are available in these sizes and below are our recommendations for the best 40-43 inch TVs.

Note:  Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.

  1. Best 40-42-43 Inch TV: Vizio E43-F1

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    7.4
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.6
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.5
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    7.3
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.1
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.2
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    The Vizio E Series 2018 E43-F1 is the best 43 inch 4k TV that we've tested so far. It delivers decent picture quality, with excellent dark room performance thanks to the excellent native contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity. It also has great reflection handling, making it a versatile 4k TV great for most rooms.

    This TV has decent motion handling, with a great response time and versatile black frame insertion feature. It has excellent low input lag in almost any mode, which is great for gamers.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience, as it can't produce bright highlights in some scenes, and it can't display a wide color gamut. Overall, it's a good TV that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With Better Smart Features: Samsung RU7100

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 43" 50" 55" 58" 65" 75"

    If you're not happy with the smart features on the Vizio E Series 2018 and are looking for something better, then check out the Samsung RU7100. You won't get the Vizio's local dimming feature or crisp image. The Samsung's response time isn't as fast, so you'll notice a little more blur in fast-moving content. On the upside, it has a motion interpolation feature to please the soap opera effect fans and a very low input lag that'll keep gamers happy. The overall performance is not far from the Vizio's. This TV runs Samsung's Smart Hub, which gives you access to a large selection of apps and performs just as well as smart interfaces found on higher-end Samsung TVs.

    See our review

  3. Alternative With Wide Viewing Angles: Sony KD43X720E

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    IPS
    Resolution : 4k

    If you often use your TV as a PC monitor and find that the viewing angles on the Vizio E Series 2018 are inadequate, then get the Sony X720E. You will not have the Vizio's deep blacks since the Sony has an IPS panel, which makes the image washed out in darker rooms. On the upside, this is a decent entry-level 4k TV with a low input lag that you can safely use as a PC monitor or for gaming. It has wide viewing angles that prevent uniformity issues at the edges of the screen when you view the TV from up close. Lately, it has become hard to find.

    See our review

  4. Best 40-42-43 Inch TV For Smart Features: TCL 43S517

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    What it is: General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Movies
    What it is: Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    7.5
    TV Shows
    What it is: TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.1
    Sports
    What it is: Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.1
    Video Games
    What it is: Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    7.1
    HDR Movies
    What it is: HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    7.8
    HDR Gaming
    What it is: HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    7.9
    PC Monitor
    What it is: PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you consider smart features very important and want the best smart feature platform currently available, the best 43 inch TV is the TCL 5 Series S517. This TV doesn't have the Vizio E Series 2018's dark room performance, as it lacks local dimming and black uniformity is not as good. Also, it doesn't have a BFI feature to introduce flicker and make motion crisper, like the Vizio does.

    On the upside, this TV gives you access to a very large number of streaming channels and an even larger number of apps through its Roku TV smart platform, which is almost identical to the standalone Roku Streaming Stick. It has decent picture quality, with a high native contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks in a dark room. It can produce rich and vivid colors in HDR due to its wide color gamut, but can't get bright enough to produce highlights that pop. It has a low input lag and a fast response time, which will make it popular among gamers.

    Overall, this is one of the best 43 inch smart TVs available.

    See our review

  5. Cheaper Alternative: TCL 43S425

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k

    If you want a cheaper alternative than the TCL S517 and can make small compromises in picture quality, then check out the TCL 4 Series S425. This TV can't get as bright as the S517, can't remove 24p judder from all sources, and does not include a motion interpolation feature. On the upside, it has a faster response time and a lower input lag that make it a better choice for gaming. It can display deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and overall is a decent choice for a secondary TV for a kitchen or a garage.

    See our review

  6. Even Cheaper Alternative: TCL 40S325

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 1080p (except 32")

    If you want an even cheaper alternative than the TCL 4 Series S425, then get the TCL 3 Series S325 40 inch TV, which is quite similar. It's a basic 1080p TV with minimal settings and no HDR support. It cannot get very bright. On the positive side, blacks are deep and are reproduced well, and the TV uses the Roku interface, which has some excellent smart features.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN43Q60R: Very good TV, but the Vizio is cheaper and not much worse. See our review
  • Samsung The Frame 2018: The best TV available in this size, but way more expensive than┬áthe rest in this category. See our review
  • Samsung UN43NU7100: Good 4k TV. Very similar to the RU7100. Get this if you can find it. See our review
  • LG 43UK6300: Average LED TV with wide viewing angles, but poor value compared to the cheaper TCL S517 and hard to find. See our review
  • TCL 43S405: A decent Roku TV. Has been replaced by the S425 and is becoming hard to find. See our review
  • TCL 40D100: Good basic LED TV, essentially the same as the S325 but without any smart features. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 40-42-43 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.

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