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The 6 Best Small TVs - Winter 2020
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Even though 55" and 65" have become the most popular TV sizes, smaller TVs are still very important to a lot of 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 reviewed more than 70 TVs in the last 2 years, some are available in smaller sizes, and below you'll find our picks for the best small TVs available for purchase. See also our recommendations for the best 32 inch TVs.

Note: Since many new TVs aren't available in smaller sizes, you'll notice that some older models remain as picks in our recommendations.


  1. Best 28 Inch TV: TCL 28S305

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    6.3
    Mixed Usage
    5.8
    Movies
    6.9
    TV Shows
    7.1
    Sports
    7.0
    Video Games
    4.6
    HDR Movies
    4.1
    HDR Gaming
    6.6
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 1080p (except 28", 32")

    The best small TV we've tested that's available in a 28 inch size is the TCL S Series/28S305 2018. Its small size makes it suitable for rooms where space is scarce, like a kitchen or a dorm room. This is a mediocre TV. It can't get very bright, so it's not a good choice if your room is bright. It can display deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio, which improves dark room performance, but the overall picture quality is just mediocre.

    This TV has a 720p resolution and is powered by the same excellent Roku TV smart platform found on higher-end TCL models. There are many apps and streaming channels to choose from. You'll most certainly find what you're looking for, and you can also stream files from your mobile device.

    Overall, this is a mediocre TV, but of the best small smart TVs available in this size.

    See our review

  2. Best 32 Inch TV: Samsung QN32Q50R

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    6.4
    Movies
    7.6
    TV Shows
    7.5
    Sports
    8.6
    Video Games
    6.6
    HDR Movies
    8.0
    HDR Gaming
    8.2
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    If you find that your space allows for a 32 inch TV, then the best small TV in the 32 inch category is the Samsung QN32Q50R. It's a good overall 4k TV with a VA panel. It has a decent picture quality with deep blacks, thanks to its high native contrast, and a wide color gamut. Unfortunately, it can't get very bright in HDR, so HDR content lacks most of the bright highlights you'd expect to find. It has an extremely low input lag but doesn't support any advanced gaming features like FreeSync.

    Unfortunately, motion is only decent due to the noticeable motion artifacts that this TV displays, despite having a great response time. Also, the image degrades at an angle and might not be the best choice if you often watch TV from the side.

    Overall, this is the best 32 inch 4k TV and it'll keep most people happy.

    See our review

  3. Best 43 Inch TV: Vizio M437-G0

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    7.9
    Movies
    7.5
    TV Shows
    7.7
    Sports
    8.6
    Video Games
    8.1
    HDR Movies
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2017 M437-G0 is the best 43 inch TV we've tested. This is an impressive TV with good picture quality. When in a dark room, blacks are deep and uniform thanks to the TV's high native contrast ratio, great black uniformity, and local dimming support. You shouldn't have any issues placing this TV in a bright room, as it can fight glare and handle reflections well. When in HDR, it can't display bright highlights as it should, but it has an exceptional color gamut and displays rich, vivid colors. Motion is decent overall. The fast response time leaves only a small blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and the TV has very little stutter and can remove judder from most sources. The input lag is low and gamers will enjoy responsive gaming experiences.

    Unfortunately, just like with most VA panel TVs, the image degrades at an angle. The SmartCast smart OS isn't very smooth, and although you'll find the most common apps, you can't add any more. 

    Overall, this is the best 43 inch TV available.

    See our review

  4. Alternative With Wider Viewing Angles: LG 43UM7300

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    IPS
    Resolution 4k

    If you have a room with a wide seating arrangement and you find that the Vizio M7 Series Quantum's viewing angles are limiting, then get the LG 43UM7300 instead. It has an IPS panel and can't deliver the deep blacks found on the Vizio, but on the upside, the image remains accurate at an angle, which is great for your wide seating arrangement. The LG is good enough for most decently-lit rooms and has excellent reflection handling, so a few more lights won't be an issue. Finally, its smart interface gives you access to LG's app store where you'll certainly find the app you need.

    If you watch TV from straight in-front, the Vizio is the best choice; otherwise, if you often view from the side, the LG is a good alternative.

    See our review

  5. Best Small Smart TV: TCL 43S525

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    7.1
    Movies
    7.3
    TV Shows
    7.0
    Sports
    8.4
    Video Games
    7.3
    HDR Movies
    8.1
    HDR Gaming
    8.1
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    If you want a small TV with great smart features, the best small smart TV is the TCL 5 Series/43S525 2019. It's a decent LED UHD TV with a wide color gamut, great dark room performance, and outstanding low input lag for gaming or use as a PC monitor.

    This TV has great smart features. There are hundreds of streaming channels (apps) available, so you won't need to worry about having an external streaming box like an Apple TV connected to the TV. It can also stream files directly from your mobile device, similar to Chromecast.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature and doesn't support motion interpolation. It can't get very bright and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Overall, however, it's a decent 4k TV that should please most people.

    See our review

  6. Gaming Alternative: TCL 43S425

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k

    If you're looking for a TV in the same price range as the TCL 5 Series/S525 2019 with better gaming performance, get the TCL 4 Series/43S425 2019. It's not as bright as the other TCL but, on the upside, it has good dark room performance and the same great smart features. Gamers will appreciate the very low input lag that offers a responsive gaming experience and the fast response time that delivers very crisp motion with just minimal blur trail behind fast-moving content. Overall, this decent TV isn't expensive and will serve you well as a secondary gaming TV or a PC monitor.

    If you're looking for the best small smart TV, go with the 5 Series, but if you're looking for something specifically for gaming, consider the 4 Series.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED: Very good TV but the Vizio M7 Series Quantum is better and cheaper. See our review
  • Samsung The Frame 2018: Good 4k TV, but extremely expensive. See our review
  • Samsung RU7100: Good 4k LED LCD TV, but the Samsung Q60R is better. See our review
  • Vizio V Series 2019: Decent TV, but the Samsung Q60R is a better choice. See our review
  • Samsung UN32N5300: Mediocre 1080p TV, with wide viewing angles. Suitable as a secondary TV in smaller rooms. See our review
  • TCL 3 Series 2019: Decent TV for the price, but the TCL 43S525 is a better choice. See our review
  • TCL S Series/S405 4k 2018: This is gradually being replaced by the S425. Get whichever one is cheaper. See our review
  • Vizio E Series 2018: Great TV, but very hard to find. See our review

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 small TVs. 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.

Recent Updates

12/18/2019: Replaced the Samsung Q60R with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2019 and made small changes to text for clarity.

10/21/2019: Selected the Samsung QN32Q50R as the best 32 inch TV, and adjusted text for clarity in other recommendations.

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