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 237 TVs, 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 great QLED TV with good picture quality, remarkable motion handling, and excellent low input lag. It also has great smart features and gives you access to Samsung's app store with a very large number of apps available.
This TV delivers deep blacks thanks to its excellent contrast ratio, good peak brightness, and good reflection handling. This makes it quite versatile, as it looks good in most rooms. Unfortunately, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side, like the majority of VA panel TVs. It has an incredibly fast response time, and it has native support for most of the common input formats.
The 43" model is slightly limited compared to the larger sizes, as it has a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support FreeSync. Although this is disappointing, there are no TVs this size with these features, so it isn't unusual. Overall, this is a very good TV for most uses.
If you want to save a bit of money, the Samsung UN43RU7100 is a cheaper alternative to the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED TV. It has the same great smart features as the more expensive model, and similar overall picture quality. Unfortunately, it isn't quite as bright, and it can't display a wide color gamut for HDR content. This TV also has worse motion handling, due to a noticeably slower response time. On the other hand, it has similarly outstanding low input lag, supports most of the common input formats, and has a shared composite/component input, which is great for retro gaming.
If you want the absolute best in this category, get the Q60R; otherwise, opting for the RU7100 can save you a bit of cash, if you don't need the motion handling or response time.
If you want a TV with better viewing angles than the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED, check out the LG 43UM7300 instead. This TV is a better choice for watching sports with a group of friends, or if you like to move around the house with the TV on during the day, thanks to the much better viewing angles. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good as the Samsung Q60R or the Samsung RU7100 in a dark room, which is typical for TVs with IPS panels.
Overall, get the Samsung if you have a dark room and sit right in front of the TV; otherwise, if you watch TV from the side and don't need the dark room performance, get the LG.
If you consider smart features very important and want the best smart feature platform currently available, the best 43 inch smart TV is the TCL 5 Series/43S517 2018. Its dark room performance could be better, as it lacks local dimming, and its black uniformity isn't as good. Also, it doesn't have a BFI feature to introduce flicker and make motion crisper.
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 a good 43 inch 4k TV with great smart features.
If you want a cheaper alternative than the TCL 5 Series/S517 2018 and can make small compromises in picture quality, then check out the TCL 4 Series/43S425. This TV can't get as bright as the other TCL, can't remove 24p judder from all sources, and doesn't 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.
If smart features are the most important thing to you, the TV with the best smart features available in a 43 inch size is the TCL 43S517; otherwise, get the TCL 43S425, which will save you some cash but lacks the motion interpolation feature.
If you want an alternative to the Roku TV interface found on the TCL 5 Series/S517 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 and has only a decent contrast ratio. 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.
Overall, if you like the Roku TV interface and would like a better dark room performance, get the TCL. 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.