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 206 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: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the beginning of the year as last year's models are gradually replaced by newer ones.
If you want a very small TV, check out the TCL 28S305. While it definitely isn't as good as the other TVs on our list, it is a good choice for a small budget TV for a dorm or kitchen. It isn't very bright and the picture quality is not impressive, and the 28" and 32" models are limited to a 720p resolution.
The 28S305 has excellent smart features, and is powered by the same smart platform as the much more expensive S517 or R617. The Roku interface has an excellent assortment of available apps and can stream media files from your mobile device.
If you like the soap opera effect, the Samsung M4500 is a good 28" alternative, but it is hard to find. Unlike the TCL S305, the M4500 can interpolate low frame rate content up to 60 Hz. Unfortunately, the M4500 can't remove judder from any source, and it has higher than average input lag. It is a bit brighter than the S305, and it has more advanced smart features.
If you want a small TV with wide viewing angles, check out the Samsung UN32M5300. The M5300 is a mediocre 1080p TV with decent viewing angles and a fast response time. It has a decent motion interpolation feature to further improve motion performance, but its capabilities are limited by the 60 Hz refresh rate.
It has very good low input lag, making it a decent choice for a dorm-room gaming TV. It gets decently bright and has great reflection handling. Unfortunately, it is a bit hard to find at the moment.
If you're looking for a larger option, the best small TV in the 43 inch size is the Samsung UN43NU7100. It has decent picture quality and an excellent dark room performance, due to the high native contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity. It is better suited for an average lit room as it has good reflection handling, but it cannot fight the glare a very bright room. It supports most common resolutions and has a low input lag which make it a good choice for those who wish to use it for gaming or as a PC monitor.
The NU7100 supports HDR but there is little benefit in using it in this mode due to its limited brightness and lack of a wide color gamut. The viewing angles are bad and the TV is more suitable for a seating arrangement that favors watching directly in front.
Overall, most people should be happy with this decent, entry-level 4k TV.
If you want a small TV with great smart features, check out the TCL 43S517. It is 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.
The S517 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 is 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 43S405/43S425. The S405 is gradually being replaced by the S425, which is the same with only minor cosmetic improvements. Even though it is a simpler version of the S517, it has all the same great smart features. It cannot get as bright but on the upside, it has great dark room performance, a low input lag that makes the TV very responsive, and a low motion blur that keeps fast content clear. The S405/S425 is a decent, cheap 4k TV that works well 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.