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The 5 Best Small TVs - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best Small TVs

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 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, there are still many decent TVs available in smaller sizes.

We've tested more than 100 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 32 Inch TV

    The best small smart TV you can get in a 32 inch size is the Samsung QN32Q60AAFXZA. Lately, 32 inch TVs are becoming harder to find, but luckily this model is available in this size, and it performs like the 55 inch model we tested. With a 4k resolution, it has a high pixel density that results in crisp images, which is important if you want to use it as a PC monitor, and it displays proper chroma 4:4:4 in PC Mode for clear text.

    It's a basic entry-level TV with decent overall performance, but it lacks many extra features. It has a VA panel that performs well in dark rooms thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, and it has excellent black uniformity with minimal blooming around bright objects. However, it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve the contrast. You won't have any issues watching cable TV or if you stream content because it upscales lower-resolution content with issue, and the Tizen OS interface is user-friendly.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support any extra gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth or VRR support, so you're limited to 4k @ 60Hz gaming if you have a console. Its motion handling isn't the best either, as there's some blur behind fast-moving objects, but it still has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. Also, it displays a wide range of colors in HDR, but highlights don't pop. Regardless, it's the best 32 inch TV you can get.

    See our review

  2. Best 43 Inch TV

    The best small TV in a 43 inch size is the Sony KD-43X85J. It's a well-rounded mid-range model with a few extra features, especially for gaming. It's a good choice for both dark and bright environments, and the built-in Google TV has a ton of apps available to download if you want to stream content directly from the TV. Although we tested the 55 inch size, the results are also valid for the 43 inch model.

    If you tend to watch movies in the dark, its VA panel has a high native contrast ratio for deep blacks. On the other hand, visibility won't be an issue in bright rooms because it has impressive peak brightness and decent reflection handling. It has a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so you can easily play 4k games up to 120 fps from either the Xbox Series X or PS5. It also has variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing as long as it's on the latest firmware. Input lag at 120Hz is low, and even though it increases a bit with 60Hz content, it's still good enough for competitive gamers.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve the contrast. Also, while its HDR brightness is decent, and enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience, really small highlights don't pop the way the creator intended. It also has a narrow viewing angle, so the image looks washed out from the sides. Regardless, it's the best 43 inch TV you can get.

    See our review

  3. Alternative With Wider Viewing Angle

    If you prefer something with a wide viewing angle, then look into the Sony KD-43X80J. It's a lot more basic than the Sony X85J, and you won't get as many gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It also has worse dark room performance because of its IPS panel's low contrast ratio, but the wide viewing angle makes it a great choice if you want to watch shows or the big game with a few friends around. Motion looks smooth thanks to its quick response time, and it has a flicker-free backlight that helps reduce eye strain. Unfortunately, while it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, it doesn't make highlights pop.

    If you want one of the best 43 inch TVs, the X85J is a good choice as it has lots of features, but if you want something smaller with a wider viewing angle, check out the X80J. Like the X85J, we tested the 55 inch model of the X80J, and the results are valid for the 43 inch version.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Small TV

    The Hisense 43A6G is the best small smart TV in the budget category. It's an okay overall TV that you can get in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 85 inches, but not all perform like the 65 inch model we tested. The unit we tested has an IPS panel, which the 43 inch version also has, so the results are valid, but other sizes have VA panels and perform differently. It's a well-built TV and has a nice style that should look good in any setup.

    Having a TV with an IPS panel, like this one, is good for wide seating arrangements because it has a wide viewing angle, and the image remains accurate when viewing from the side. It's also a decent choice for a room with a few lights around because it has decent reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare. The built-in Android TV smart platform is similar to the Google TV platform on the Sony X85J, as it has a large selection of apps available to download.

    Sadly, its dark room performance leaves a lot to be desired. IPS panels have a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray, and without a local dimming feature, this TV doesn't look good in dark rooms. Even in terms of HDR, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. If that doesn't bother you, it's one of the better small TVs you can get for a low price.

    See our review

  5. Dark Room Alternative

    If you want a TV to use in a dark room, look into the Vizio V435-J01. The Vizio SmartCast system isn't as good as the Android TV on the Hisense A6G because it feels laggier and doesn't have an app store, so you can't download extra apps besides the pre-installed ones. However, it has a different panel with a much better contrast to display deeper blacks, and the black uniformity is incredible. It doesn't get bright, so it struggles in really bright environments, but it has decent reflection handling. It's a good choice for watching shows and movies in 1080p or 4k, but unfortunately, it doesn't upscale 480p or 720p content as well as other 4k TVs.

    If you're on a budget and want one of the best small smart TVs, you should be happy with the Hisense. If you prefer a better contrast, then look into the Vizio. We tested the 65 inch model of the Vizio, and the results are also valid for the 43 inch version.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN43QN90AAFXZA: The Samsung QN90A is available in a 43 inch size, but it has fewer features, and it has a different panel than the 55 inch model we tested, so it performs differently. 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 might be too big if you need a small TV under that size. See our review
  • Toshiba 43C350KU: The Toshiba Fire TV 2021 has good smart features, and it has an IPS-like panel like the Hisense A6G, but it's worth getting the A6G instead because it has better upscaling. 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 or gaming features. See our review
  • LG 43UP8000PUA: The LG UP8000 has a wide viewing angle like the Hisense A6G, but it costs more, and considering its performance, it's not worth the price difference. See our review
  • Vizio M43Q6-J04: The Vizio M6 Series Quantum 2021 is a decent all-around TV, and it has VRR support, but the 40 and 43 inch models are hard to find. See our review
  • LG 43NANO75UPA: The LG NANO75 has a wide viewing angle like the Sony X80J, but it doesn't get as bright, and it's also harder to find. See our review
  • Vizio D43f-J04: The Vizio D3 Series is a cheap TV available in 24, 32, 40, and 43 inch sizes. However, it's limited to a 1080p resolution, so you can't watch 4k content. See our review
  • Amazon 4K43M600A: The Amazon Fire TV Omni Series is a decent TV with a VA panel that costs less than the Vizio V5 Series, but it has inaccurate colors, and you can't calibrate it. See our review
  • TCL 43S446: The TCL S446 is an okay budget-friendly smart TV that uses Google TV like the Hisense A6G, but it's unclear whether or not the 43 inch model has an IPS panel like the 65 inch unit we tested. See our review
  • Sony KD-43X80K: The Sony X80K is a newer version of the Sony X80J with many of the same features and nearly the same performance, so while you can still get the X80J for cheaper, it's a better choice. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 28, 2022: Updated text for accuracy and added the TCL 4 Series/S446 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Jan 27, 2022: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability.

  3. Nov 30, 2021: Restructuring of article to reflect test results and user needs; moved the Sony X85J to 'Best 43 Inch' category, and moved the Samsung Q60A to 'Best 32 Inch' category; moved the Vizio V5 Series to 'Dark Room Alternative' to the Hisense A6G, and renamed category to 'Best Budget'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

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

  5. 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.

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.