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The Best 40-42-43 Inch TVs - Fall 2022 Reviews

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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 for people looking for the best 43-inch 4k TV. There aren't as many options available in this size range as larger sizes, but there are still some premium models as well as cheaper TVs available. It's easier to look for a 43-inch TV because it's a more common size than 40 inches, and there are some 42-inch OLEDs coming out. Unfortunately, there are very few 40-inch TVs on the market, so if you're looking for the best 40-inch TV, you'll have a wider selection available if you can fit a 42 or 43-inch model instead.

We've bought and tested more than 375 TVs over the last nine years, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs available in 42, and 43-inch sizes available to buy. See our picks for the best small TVs, the best smart TVs, and if you want something bigger, 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 fantastic TV that delivers stunning picture quality, especially in dark rooms, thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio. Its OLED panel delivers perfect black uniformity, with no distracting blooming or haloing around bright objects in dark scenes. It's fantastic for a variety of uses, including if you want to use the smaller size as a PC monitor, and its wide viewing angle is great for use as a PC monitor, as the sides of the screen remain uniform even if you're sitting close to the screen. You can also easily share your screen with someone else, and they'll see the same thing you do.

    It has great accuracy even without calibration, resulting in life-like images without the added expense of having to calibrate. HDR content looks excellent thanks to the near-infinite contrast and its color gamut that displays a wide range of colors. It also has decent HDR peak brightness to make some highlights stand out, but if peak brightness is important to you, the Samsung QN90B QLED is a 43-inch TV that gets even brighter but doesn't produce the same perfect black levels, so the LG is better overall.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range 43-Inch TV

    If you want something cheaper than the LG C2 OLED without sacrificing too much, the Sony KD-43X85K is the best 43-inch TV in the mid-range category. While its picture quality isn't nearly as good as the LG, it has many of the same gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, which is great if you want to take full advantage of the PS5 or Xbox Series X, as it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming. Sony TVs are also known to have good processing features, and this one is no exception, as the accuracy before calibration is fantastic and upscaled content looks great.

    It performs well in both dark and bright rooms. It has a high native contrast ratio, so blacks look black in a dark room, even when bright highlights are displayed. It doesn't have a local dimming feature, so dark scenes don't look as good as they do on the C2. Its reflection handling is very good and has impressive peak brightness, so visibility isn't a problem in well-lit rooms as it can easily overcome glare.

    See our review

  3. Best Lower Mid-Range 43-Inch TV

    If you're looking for something cheaper and you aren't going to take advantage of the gaming features of the Sony X85K, then a lower mid-range model like the Samsung QN43Q60BAFXZA is a good alternative. Its picture quality is similar to the Sony model, as it has the same fantastic contrast and remarkable black uniformity but lacks a local dimming feature. Although it has worse reflection handling, it still gets bright enough to fight glare in rooms with a few lights around.

    Its built-in Tizen smart interface is very easy to use and has a huge selection of streaming apps, so you can easily find your favorite content. The mic in the remote gives you access to Google Assistant, Bixby, and Alexa, so you can choose the voice assistant you prefer. One of the downsides of this TV is that while it displays a wide range of colors in HDR, its HDR peak brightness is just okay, so it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience, but that's what you have to expect for a TV in this price range.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget 43-Inch TV

    For those on a budget, the Amazon 4K43M600A is a good choice as the best 43-inch TV at a low cost. It's a rather basic TV that doesn't have the bells and whistles of some higher-end models like the Samsung Q60/Q60B QLED, 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 to 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. There are a few drawbacks you have to expect from a budget-friendly model, as it doesn't upscale 480p and 720p content as well as other TVs, which isn't ideal if you watch DVDs or cable TV. If that's important to you, the Samsung AU8000 is a good alternative, but it doesn't get as bright.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap 43-Inch TV

    If you want something even cheaper, look into the TCL 43S455. It isn't that much different from the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series and performs better in a few areas, like its upscaling and color accuracy, but as it's a cheaper TV, there are a few drawbacks. It doesn't get as bright, so it's better to use this TV in a dim room, and its remote doesn't have a built-in mic, so the only way you can access the voice assistant feature is with the Roku app on your phone. The Roku smart platform is user-friendly and easy to learn, which is great if you don't want to spend extra on a streaming device.

    In terms of its picture quality, it's much like the other 43-inch TVs in this recommendation, as it has high contrast for deep blacks in dark rooms. If you like to watch movies, it's decent TV for that use, and it removes judder from 24p sources, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies. If you want to connect a soundbar, it supports Dolby Atmos passthrough but not DTS:X, which is disappointing as most UHD Blu-Rays use DTS:X for the main audio track.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Vizio M43Q6M-K04: The Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2022 is cheaper than the Samsung Q60/Q60B QLED, so it's a good alternative if you want an option between the mid-range and budget price categories. It has a few more gaming features than the Samsung TV, but overall the Samsung delivers better picture quality and has better smart features. See our review
  • Sony KD-43X80K: The Sony X80K is a lower-end version of the Sony X85K, but it isn't worth getting despite the lower price because it has worse picture quality and doesn't have any gaming features. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Nov 23, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency. Made some minor changes to the text for clarity.

  2. Oct 24, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

  3. Sep 26, 2022: Replaced the Sony X85J with the newer X85K and renamed to the 'Best Upper Mid-Range TV' because of its price placement; added the Samsung Q60B and the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022 in their respective categories; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 40-inch smart TV, 42-inch TVs, 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.

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