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 in 2019. 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.
The best small TV we've tested that's also 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.
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.
If you want the best 43 inch TV we've tested so far, then check out the Samsung QN43Q60R. This is a good 4k TV that delivers good overall picture quality. It has deep blacks thanks to its high native contrast ratio, which is great for a dark room. It can get very bright in SDR and handes reflections well, so placing it in a bright room isn't an issue. Unfortunately, although the TV has a wide color gamut, it can't get very bright in HDR to deliver bright highlights. On the upside, it has a very low input lag and a very fast response time to deliver crisp motion with only minimal blur.
Unfortunately, like with most VA panel TVs, it can't display an accurate image when viewed from the side and lacks a local dimming feature to improve dark room performance.
Overall, this is a very good 43" TV that'll serve you well.
If you need a TV with wider viewing angles that the Samsung Q60/Q60R QLED, then check out the LG 43UM7300. It can't deliver the Samsung's deep blacks in a dark room, due to its IPS panel. On the upside, this TV maintains an accurate image when viewed from the side, so you can do house chores while watching your favorite TV show. It also handles reflections better so a few small windows in the room won't be an issue. It also has a motion interpolation feature that'll please the soap opera effect fans.
If you watch TV from straight in front and want the best picture quality, the Q60R is the best small TV in this size. Otherwise, if viewing angles are more important, the LG 43UM7300 is a good alternative.
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 a 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.
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.
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.
10/21/2019: Selected the Samsung QN32Q50R as the best 32 inch TV, and adjusted text for clarity in other recommendations.