The 5 Best Small TVs - Fall 2021 Reviews

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Even though 55 inch and 65 inch 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 a guest room or kitchen, or even for student dorms. 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 tested more than 80 TVs under the latest test bench; some are available in smaller sizes, and below you'll find our picks for the best small TVs available for purchase. See our recommendations for the best 32 inch TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 40-42-43 inch TVs.


  1. Best 43 Inch TV: Samsung QN43Q60AAFXZA

    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    6.9
    Movies
    7.7
    TV Shows
    7.3
    Sports
    7.2
    Video Games
    6.9
    HDR Movies
    7.2
    HDR Gaming
    7.5
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The Samsung QN43Q60AAFXZA is the best small TV available in a 43 inch size. It's an entry-level QLED TV with decent overall performance. We recommend this TV over the Samsung QN90A QLED, which is also available in a 43 inch size, because the 43 inch model of the Q60A should perform the same as the 55 inch model we tested, while the 43 inch variant of the QN90A is different. This TV is fairly well-built and has a nice style that should look good in any setup.

    It comes with Samsung's Tizen OS as its smart system, which is user-friendly, and menu navigation feels very smooth. You also get many apps available to download, and the remote comes with a mic for voice control. Our unit has impressive out-of-the-box accuracy, so you may not need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest, but this can also vary between units. Visibility shouldn't be an issue in most well-lit rooms because it gets bright enough to fight glare and has decent reflection handling. It also has a VA panel with a high native contrast and excellent black uniformity if you want to use it in a well-lit room.

    Unfortunately, even though it supports HDR10+, HDR content doesn't look anything special because its peak brightness is just okay, and it lacks a local dimming feature. It also has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out and inaccurate from the sides. If that doesn't bother you, it's one of the best small TVs.

    See our review

  2. Alternative With Wider Viewing Angles: Sony KD-43X80J

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    IPS
    Resolution 4k

    If you need something with wider viewing angles, then look into the Sony KD-43X80J. Because it has a different panel type than the Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED, it has a much lower contrast, so it's not a good choice for dark room viewing. However, that means the image stays accurate no matter where you sit, so it's a great choice to use as a PC monitor. It displays chroma 4:4:4 with 1080p and 4k signals, which is important for reading text, but it doesn't with 1440p signals. It has low input lag for a responsive desktop experience, and motion looks smooth thanks to the quick response time. Even though it displays a wide color gamut, its HDR performance is disappointing due to the low HDR brightness, mediocre contrast, and no local dimming.

    If you want the best small TV for all-around performance, the Samsung is a good choice, but if you want something with wider viewing angles, then look into the Sony. Keep in mind, we tested the 55 inch model of the Sony, but the 43 inch should perform the same.

    See our review

  3. Best Small TV For Gaming: Sony KD-43X85J

    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    7.2
    Movies
    7.8
    TV Shows
    7.6
    Sports
    7.7
    Video Games
    7.2
    HDR Movies
    7.7
    HDR Gaming
    7.8
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The best small TV for gaming is the Sony KD-43X85J. It's a well-rounded mid-range model that has a few extra gaming features. It's a good choice for gaming in both dark and bright environments, and the built-in Google TV has a ton of apps available to download if you don't want to stream content through your gaming console. Although we tested the 55 inch size, the 43 inch variant should perform the same.

    It has a 120Hz panel with two HDMI 2.1 inputs, so you can easily play 4k games up to 120fps from either the Xbox Series X or PS5. It doesn't have any variable refresh rate support at the time of writing, but that should come in a future firmware update. Input lag at 120Hz is low, and even though it increases a bit with 60Hz content, it's still low enough for competitive gamers. Motion looks smooth thanks to the quick response time, and it has a black frame insertion feature that flickers at 120Hz. If you game in the dark, it has a fantastic contrast ratio, and it gets bright enough to combat glare for gaming well-lit rooms.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve the contrast. Also, its reflection handling is just decent, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite a bright window. On the plus side, it displays a wide color gamut and has fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy, so you likely won't need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. Overall, it's the best small TV for gaming that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: Vizio V435-J01

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    If you want something cheaper for gaming, then look into the Vizio V435-J01. It doesn't have a 120Hz panel like the Sony X85J, so you'll be limited to 60 fps gaming, but it has a slightly lower input lag at 60Hz. The Vizio is a basic TV that doesn't have many extra features, but that's expected from an entry-level option. It has a decent response time, but you may notice some black smearing, which is common on VA panels. Speaking of which, it has an incredible contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature either. Unfortunately, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR, and it doesn't display a wide color gamut.

    If you want one of the best small TVs for gaming, you can't go wrong with the Sony, but if you don't want to spend a ton of money, then check out the Sony. Keep in mind that even though we tested the 65 inch model, we expect the 43 inch model of the Vizio to perform the same.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Small TV: Hisense 43A6G

    6.5
    Mixed Usage
    5.8
    Movies
    7.3
    TV Shows
    6.8
    Sports
    6.4
    Video Games
    5.5
    HDR Movies
    6.5
    HDR Gaming
    8.0
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    IPS
    Resolution 4k

    The best small smart TV that you can get for cheap is the Hisense 43A6G. It's a basic entry-level model with Android TV as its smart platform, which offers many apps through the Google Play Store and is fairly easy to use. The included remote is great and has a built-in mic that gives you access to voice control for Google Assistant and Alexa.

    It's available in a variety of sizes, but not all of them perform the same. The 43 inch model has an IPS panel like the 65 inch model we tested, but other sizes have VA panels, so they perform differently. The IPS panel offers wide viewing angles, and even though it doesn't get very bright, it has decent reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a couple of dim lights around. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, which is great if you watch cable TV or old DVDs. If you want to use it as a PC monitor, it displays chroma 4:4:4, which helps make text clear.

    Unfortunately, the IPS panel models have a low contrast ratio and sub-par black uniformity, so they're not great for dark room viewing. However, if you want something a bit bigger, the 50 inch variant's VA panel should have much higher contrast. HDR content also doesn't look much better than SDR because it can't display a wide color gamut. If you need something simple and cheap, the A6G is one of the best small TVs available.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN43QN90AAFXZA: The Samsung QN90A is available in a 43 inch size, but it has fewer features and is different than the 55 inch model we tested, so we don't know how it performs. See our review
  • LG OLED48C1PUB: The LG C1 is an excellent overall OLED with exceptional picture quality, but since its smallest size available is 48 inches, it's too big to be considered a pick on this list. See our review
  • Samsung QN43LS03AAFXZA: Samsung The Frame 2021 is a stylish TV, but the 43 inch model is expensive and not worth the cost. See our review
  • Toshiba 43C350KU: The Toshiba Fire TV 2021 has good smart features and it has an IPS-like panel like the Sony A6G, but it's worth getting the A6G instead. See our review
  • Hisense 43R6090G: The Hisense R6090G is similar to the Hisense A6G in terms of features, but the 43 inch model has a VA panel and uses Roku TV, if that's what you prefer over the Sony A6G. See our review
  • Samsung UN43AU8000FXZA: The Samsung AU8000 is a decent gaming TV that costs less than the Sony X85J, but it doesn't have a 120Hz panel. See our review
  • Sony XBR43X800H: The Sony X800H is the predecessor to the Sony X80J and gets brighter, but the 43 inch model is edge-lit while the 2021 model is direct LED, which helps with uniformity. See our review
  • LG 43UP8000PUA: The LG UP8000 has wide viewing angles like the Sony X80J, but it doesn't get as bright. See our review

Recent Updates

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

  2. Aug 03, 2021: Replaced the Samsung AU8000 with the Sony X85J because it has HDMI 2.1 inputs; replaced the Vizio V Series 2020 and the Hisense R6090G with the newer Vizio V5 Series 2021 and the Hisense A6G; updated Notable Mentions.

  3. Jun 04, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q60T, Sony X800H, and Samsung TU8000 with their replacements, the Samsung Q60A, Sony X80J, and Samsung AU8000; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.

  4. Apr 06, 2021: Reviewed accuracy of picks with minor updates to text. No change in recommendations.

  5. Feb 05, 2021: Removed the Samsung Q50R because it's a 2019 model, and added the Vizio V Series 2020 as '40 Inch Alternative' to the TU8000.

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.

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