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 27 TVs, and below you'll find our picks for the best small TVs available for purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best 32 inch TVs.
Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
The best small TV we've tested that is also available in 28" is the TCL S305 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, and this 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 is an abundance of apps and many streaming channels to choose from. You will 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 the best from the ones available in this size.
If you want a small TV with wide viewing angles, check out the Samsung N5300. This is a basic 1080p TV with mediocre picture quality. It has decent viewing angles thanks to its IPS panel, but dark room performance is lacking. It has good gray uniformity and almost no dirty screen effect, which makes it a good TV for watching sports. It has a fast response time but no other motion-enhancing features.
Its input lag is low but is still one of the highest we've measured so far. This doesn't make it a good choice for those who seek a responsive TV to use for gaming or as a PC monitor. It supports HDR content, but can't deliver a good HDR performance.
Overall, it's a mediocre 32'' 1080p TV, more suitable for smaller rooms.
If you want a little larger TV, then the best small TV in the 43" size is the Vizio E Series 2018. This TV has a decent picture quality and delivers excellent dark room performance with deep uniform blacks, thanks to its excellent native contrast ratio, outstanding black uniformity, and local dimming support. It has good SDR brightness and is suitable for most not too bright rooms, and can handle reflections well. Motion handling is decent with great response time and a handy black frame insertion feature. Gamers will appreciate the excellent low input lag in almost any mode.
Unfortunately, like with most VA panel TVs, the image deteriorates when viewed from the side, it can't deliver the best HDR experience as it can't produce bright highlights in some scenes, and it can't display a wide color gamut.
Overall, this is a good TV that should please most people.
If you find the viewing angles of the Vizio E Series 2018 inadequate for your wide room, then get the LG UM7300. You won't get the same dark room performance, as this TV has worse contrast ratio and lacks local dimming support. On the upside, the image remains accurate at an angle, the TV has a motion interpolation feature for the soap opera effect fans, and it can handle reflections better. Overall, this is a good TV that is just as good or better than the Vizio if you don't care about dark room performance.
If you want a small TV with great smart features, the best small smart TV is the TCL S517 2018. It's a decent LED UHD TV with a wide color gamut, great dark room performance, and low input lag for gaming or for 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 a Chromecast.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature, and the smaller models don't support motion interpolation. Like the Vizio E Series 2018 E43-F1, it isn't very bright and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Overall, it's a decent 4k TV that should please most people.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative that still incorporates the smart features found on the TCL S517, then get the TCL S425. This is the replacement of the S405 and it's very similar. This is a simpler version of the S517 but has all the same great smart features. Unfortunately, it can't get as bright, but it has good dark room performance. The low input lag makes the TV very responsive, and the response time is fast so fast content is not too blurry. This is a decent, cheap 4k TV that's best as a secondary TV or as a PC monitor.
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.