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The 5 Best Small TVs - Spring 2024 Reviews

Updated Apr 26, 2024 at 09:21 am
Best Small TVs

Even though 55-inch and 65-inch TV models have become the most popular 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, many decent TVs are still available in smaller sizes.

We've bought and tested more than 430 TVs, and below, you'll find our picks for the best small TVs or the best small smart TVs available to buy. See our recommendations for the best smart TVs, the best 32-inch TVs, and the best 40-42-43-inch TVs, or vote on which TVs you want us to buy and test. To learn more about the 2024 models, check out our 2024 TV lineup page.

  1. Best Small TV

    LG's C Series of OLEDs have always been some of the best small TVs you can buy, and the LG C3 OLED is no different, as nothing else comes close to it in this size. It's a fantastic TV with incredible picture quality, deep inky blacks, and high peak brightness. It's available in a few different sizes, down to a 42-inch size that's great for an office or guest bedroom. It has a fantastic selection of extra features, and it has very good image processing that handles low-quality and low-resolution content well. It also supports advanced audio and video formats, which makes it an excellent choice for a small home entertainment setup.

    HDR content looks excellent on this TV thanks to the near-infinite contrast ratio of its OLED panel, and its color gamut displays a wide range of colors, so content looks vibrant. Its nearly instantaneous response time makes it great for gaming, resulting in crystal-clear motion with no distracting blur or ghosting behind fast-moving objects. It supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four of its HDMI ports, allowing for 4k @ 120Hz gaming, and it also supports all variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies, meaning you can take full advantage of the PS5, Xbox Series X|S, or a PC with a recent graphics card.

    The LG C4 OLED is now available, and like its predecessor, it comes in a 42-inch model. It features a new processor, can do up to 4k @ 144Hz, and is supposed to be brighter than the C3. It's also a lot more expensive at release, so unless you really need those minor upgrades, you're better off getting the cheaper C3 while it's on sale.

    See our review

  2. Best Bright Room Small TV

    If you mostly watch content in a bright room, an LED TV like the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED is better than the LG C3 OLED. The Samsung is an impressive TV with amazing picture quality, and it has an incredible peak brightness and a great selection of gaming features. It also has stellar reflection handling, making it easy to see in very bright rooms. It still looks good in a dark room thanks to its high contrast ratio and Mini LED local dimming feature, but there's more distracting blooming around bright highlights in darker scenes when compared to the LG.

    It's available in small 43- and 50-inch sizes, and these two models are especially good for gaming, as they support up to 4k @ 144Hz on all four of their HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports. Sadly, these smaller models have a narrower viewing angle than the bigger ones, so sit right in front of them for the best picture quality. The TV also includes VRR to reduce tearing and has very low input lag, making it a fantastic choice for a small gaming room.

    The Samsung QN90D QLED is now available and comes in 43-inch and 50-inch models. It can do 4k @ 144Hz and has a new processor that is supposed to provide better overall picture quality than its predecessor. Unfortunately, it's a lot more expensive at first, so unless you want those upgrades, you're better off getting the cheaper QN90C while it's still available.

    See our review

  3. Best Very Small TV

    If you're looking for something smaller than 42 inches, the best very small TV we've tested is the Samsung Q60C QLED. It's available in a wide range of sizes, down to a very small 32-inch model. Although it isn't nearly as good as the LG C3 OLED or Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED, it's one of the few TVs you can buy in a very small size without sacrificing performance or reducing the native resolution. It delivers decent picture quality with an adequate contrast ratio, fantastic black uniformity for deep blacks in a dark room, and very good peak brightness in SDR. It handles glare well thanks to its decent reflection handling, making it a good choice for an office or bedroom with lots of light, especially when watching SDR content.

    It has a built-in smart interface with a great selection of streaming apps, so you don't have to worry about buying a separate streaming stick to watch your favorite shows. Sadly, it lacks advanced gaming features like VRR technology to reduce tearing, although that is to be expected for a cheaper model. Although it supports HDR, it lacks a local dimming feature and can't get bright enough for HDR content to stand out.

    The Samsung Q60D QLED is now available to purchase and once again comes in 32-inch and 43-inch models. It runs a newer version of the Tizen OS, has a refreshed design, and is supposed to bring minor improvements to picture quality and sound. It's also quite expensive at launch, so unless you want those small upgrades, you're better off buying the cheaper Q60C while it's still available.

    See our review

  4. Best Mid-Range Small TV

    If you want a more feature-rich experience than what the budget models provide but don't want to pay much, the Sony X85K is the best mid-range small TV we've tested. Like the LG C3 OLED and Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED, it delivers more premium picture quality than the cheaper models on this list and is available down to a 43-inch size. Thanks to its great SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling, it's a much better choice for a bright living room than the budget and cheap picks. Even in a dark room, it displays deep blacks thanks to its high native contrast ratio, but it lacks a local dimming feature to improve its contrast.

    Unlike many mid-range TVs available in a small size, it has gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support. These make it fully compatible with the Xbox Series X and PS5. Even if you don't game and just want to stream your favorite content, the Google TV interface has a ton of apps to download.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Small TV

    The best budget small TV we've tested is the Roku Select Series. It's just as good as the Samsung Q60C QLED while being cheaper, and it comes in an even wider range of sizes than the Samsung. Unlike the Samsung model, the Roku's smaller 24- and 32-inch sizes are both 720p TVs, and its 40-inch model is 1080p. It's not the brightest TV in HDR, but it's decent for watching movies in a dark room with its adequate contrast, great black uniformity, and excellent color and HDR brightness accuracy. Plus, the TV has very good peak brightness in SDR, which results in a pleasant viewing experience in SDR content. Unfortunately, its image processing is inadequate, so it's not the best choice to watch low-resolution or low-bitrate content on.

    It's a good gaming TV if you don't care about advanced features, as it doesn't support VRR and is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, but it does have a fast response time and very low input lag. It comes with the built-in Roku TV operating system; this has a user-friendly interface that's easy to learn and many apps you can download. It has a good remote with an integrated microphone for voice commands, or you can also give commands through the Roku companion app on your phone. You can also plug headphones into the remote, a great feature at this price point. Overall, the TV is decent and provides a good user experience, especially at its price. Still, if you're a Costco member, you can get the slightly better Hisense A6/A65K for a similar price. But if Costco isn't an option, the Roku is a great choice.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Amazon 4K43M600A: The Amazon Fire TV Omni Series is a budget-friendly model similar to the Roku Select Series. However, the Roku is cheaper and a bit better due to its better pre-calibration accuracy and faster response time. See our review
  • LG 42LX3QPAU: The LG OLED Flex is a 42-inch TV with a screen that can be curved. It's very good and performs similarly to the LG C3 OLED. However, it's expensive and not a good value overall. Unless you need a bendable screen, the C3 is the better option. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 26, 2024: Added mentions of the Samsung Q60D QLED, Samsung QN90D QLED, and LG C4 OLED in the 'Best Very Small TV,' the 'Best Bright Room Small TV,' and the 'Best Small TV' categories, respectively. We also refreshed some text throughout for clarity.

  2. Feb 29, 2024: Added more information to the Amazon Fire TV Omni Series and the LG OLED Flex for clarity in our Notable Mentions. Also included a link to our 2024 TV lineup page and refreshed the text about the LG C3 OLED.

  3. Jan 10, 2024: The Roku Select Series replaced the Hisense A6/A65K as the 'Best Budget Small TV' due to the Hisense only being sold at Costco. The Roku's affordability and wide range of sizes also make it the 'Best Cheap Small TV', so these categories have been removed for now.

  4. Oct 27, 2023: Replaced the TCL 3 Series 2019 with the TCL S4/S450G as 'Best Cheap Small TV', although the TCL 3 Series 2019 is now our 'Best Cheap Very Small TV' pick.

  5. Aug 31, 2023: Refreshed the text for accuracy and consistency.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best small TVs or the best small smart TV 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.