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The 5 Best Small TVs - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best Small TVs

Even though 55-inch and 65-inch models have become the most popular TV sizes, smaller TVs are still important to many people. These sizes are great for a secondary TV, like in student dorm rooms or a guest room, and if you have the space, even in a kitchen. Although you usually won't get the most advanced features or the best picture quality, there are still many decent TVs available in smaller sizes.

We've bought and tested more than 360 TVs; below, you'll find our picks for the best small TVs available to buy. See our recommendations for the best 32-inch TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 40-42-43 inch TVs.

  1. Best 32-Inch TV

    If you want a small 32-inch TV for a bedroom or kitchen where you don't have much space, we recommend the TCL 32S327. Although you don't get the same remarkable picture quality as some larger sizes, it's the best small smart TV because it comes with Roku TV built-in, which is a user-friendly smart platform. It means you can watch your favorite content without needing an external streaming device or cable box, so you can easily hook up your TV and start playing content.

    The 32S327 variant has a 1080p resolution like the 40-inch model we tested, so if you find the 32-inch size too small, you can get something a bit bigger too. In terms of picture quality, it has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, which is great because you can't actually calibrate the TV. Although it isn't the best for well-lit rooms as it doesn't get bright, it displays deep blacks if you want to use it in a dark room. Overall, if you want a simple 32-inch TV, you'll be happy with this one.

    See our review

  2. Best Small TV

    As long as you have the space to allow it, you'll have many more small TV options available to you in the slightly larger 42 or 43-inch size. If this is the case, the best small TV we've tested is the LG OLED42C2PUA. It delivers the best picture quality for a TV available in this size range, so get this if you want better picture quality than the TCL 3 Series 2019 and you have the space. We tested the 42-inch model as a monitor, and while it's a great choice to use as a monitor, it's also a fantastic TV. It performs best in dark rooms because it has a near-infinite contrast ratio that produces perfect black levels, and there isn't any blooming around bright objects. It means it's remarkable for watching movies, and the 4k resolution allows you to stream your favorite content in crisp detail.

    Even in bright rooms, it gets bright enough to combat glare with most content. It has incredible reflection handling, so visibility shouldn't be an issue in most rooms. If you want to use it in a wide seating area or if you place it in the kitchen and walk around while watching TV, the wide viewing angle means that the image remains consistent as you move off to the side. For the best overall performance in a small TV, you should get this one.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Small TV

    If you want to spend less money while getting a good overall TV, then the Sony KD-43X85J is the best mid-range small TV. Although we tested the 55-inch variant of this TV, the results are also valid for the 43-inch model. It's a good overall TV with a few features if you also want to use it for gaming, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, which makes it ideal for gaming in a dorm room or at your desk. The built-in Google TV interface is user-friendly, has a ton of apps available to download, and the mic in the remote gives you access to the Google Assistant feature.

    It's a great choice whether you're using it in a bright or dark room. In a bright environment, visibility isn't a problem because it has impressive SDR peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so glare isn't a problem. Although it lacks local dimming for the best contrast possible, it still has a really high native contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity that make it perform well in dark rooms, so it's a great choice no matter the environment.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Small TV

    Should you be looking for something on more of a budget, then the Amazon 4K43M600A is the best small smart TV available in the budget category. It's an okay overall TV that lacks many extra features, but it's good for what it's designed for as a basic 4k TV with good smart features. It uses Amazon's proprietary Fire TV interface, which feels smooth to navigate through the menus, and the app store has a massive selection of apps. Both the remote and the TV have built-in mics that you can use with Alexa to open apps and search for content. We tested the 65-inch version of this TV, and the 43-inch model performs the same, except it doesn't support Dolby Vision.

    It's a 4k TV that displays native 4k content and 1080p content perfectly, and although there are some minor issues with 480p and 720p signals, content from DVDs and HD cable channels still look good. It has decent peak brightness and reflection handling if you want to use it in a bright room, and like the Sony X85J, it also looks great in dark rooms because it displays deep blacks and has good black uniformity.

    See our review

  5. Best Small TV For Bright Rooms

    If you want something to use in a bright environment, the Samsung QN43QN90BAFXZA is the best TV to get for bright rooms. It's an excellent overall TV that uses Mini LED backlighting, allowing it to get extremely bright, even enough to fight intense glare. The 43-inch version uses a different screen coating than the 65-inch model we tested, so while the reflection handling isn't as good, it's still fine enough to use in these bright environments. The 43-inch TV also doesn't have the viewing angle layer like on the larger variants, so it isn't ideal for wide seating areas, so the image looks best when viewing from right in front.

    Colors are accurate out-of-the-box, so you won't have to calibrate it unless you really want to, and it doesn't have issues upscaling lower-resolution content. HDR content also looks great, as it displays a wide range of colors, gets bright enough to make highlights pop, and displays deep blacks. It means that it performs equally as well in dark rooms as in bright rooms.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG OLED48C1PUB: The LG C1 is a previous version of the LG C2 that's available for cheaper, but only get this if you're willing to go up to a 48-inch size. See our review
  • Samsung QN32Q60AAFXZA: The Samsung Q60A is a good 32-inch 4k TV if you want a higher resolution than the TCL 3 Series 2019, but it costs more, and unless you're going to use it to its full capabilities, it's likely not worth getting. See our review
  • Vizio D43f-J04: The Vizio D3 Series is a cheap TV available in 24, 32, 40, and 43-inch sizes. However, it's limited to a 1080p resolution, and its smart platform isn't as good as the TCL 3 Series 2019. See our review
  • Sony KD-43X85K: The Sony X85K is the newer version of the Sony X85J with very similar performance, but while you can still find the X85J for cheaper, it's worth getting. See our review
  • Vizio M43Q6-J04: The Vizio M6 Series is a decent mid-range TV with a few features, but its smart platform isn't user-friendly like the Sony X85J. See our review
  • Amazon 4K43N400A: The Amazon Fire TV 4-Series is a cheaper version of the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series, but it has worse overall picture quality. See our review
  • Samsung UN43AU8000FXZA: The Samsung AU8000 is a budget TV like the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series, but it's a bit more expensive. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 29, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs and for consistency; replaced the Samsung Q60A with the TCL 3 Series 2019 because it's cheaper; renamed the Sony X85J to 'Best Mid-Range'; added the LG C2 as 'Best Small TV'; replaced the Hisense A6G with the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series for consistency; added the Samsung QN90B, and removed the Sony X80J and Vizio V5 Series 2021.

  2. Mar 28, 2022: Updated text for accuracy and added the TCL 4 Series/S446 to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jan 27, 2022: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability.

  4. Nov 30, 2021: Restructuring of article to reflect test results and user needs; moved the Sony X85J to 'Best 43 Inch' category, and moved the Samsung Q60A to 'Best 32 Inch' category; moved the Vizio V5 Series to 'Dark Room Alternative' to the Hisense A6G, and renamed category to 'Best Budget'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. Oct 01, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Samsung QN90A and Toshiba C350 Fire TV to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best small 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 are available in 43 inch sizes and smaller. 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.