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 tested more than 80 TVs in the last two 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, the best smart TVs, and the best 40-42-43 inch TVs.
The best 43 inch TV that we've tested is the Samsung QN43Q60TAFXZA. It offers decent performance for its price that should please most people. If you have space, it's also available in a 50 inch variant. It has impressive out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you may not need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest, but this can also vary between units.
This is an entry-level model in Samsung's QLED lineup, so it has good overall picture quality but lacks extra features. It has an excellent contrast ratio and one of the best black uniformity we've tested on a LED TV, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks. The out-of-the-box color accuracy is impressive, it can get very bright, and it has decent reflection handling. The input lag is low, but the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz with no variable refresh rate (VRR) and its response time is mediocre.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have wide viewing angles, which is expected for a VA panel, and even though it can display a wide color gamut for HDR, it doesn't get bright enough to truly bring out highlights in HDR. It doesn't have many extra features, but it can interpolate motion up to 60Hz and supports eARC, which allows you to send high-quality audio over HDMI. Overall, this is one of the best small TVs that we've tested.
If you want a TV with better viewing angles for a wide seating arrangement, then the Sony XBR43X800H is a good choice. Its IPS panel can't produce deep blacks like the Samsung Q60/Q60T QLED, but instead, the image remains accurate when viewing from the side, and it has a much better response time, resulting in less motion blur. Besides its panel differences, it performs very similarly as it has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, decent reflection handling, and great peak brightness, but it doesn't get bright enough in HDR to make some highlights pop. Note that the 43 inch model is edge-lit, while the 55 inch model we tested uses direct LED as its backlight, so the smaller model may have worse uniformity.
If you're looking for the best small TV we've tested, consider the Samsung, but if you want one with wider viewing angles, consider the Sony.
The Samsung UN43TU8000FXZA is one of the best small TVs we've tested and it's good for gaming. It's an entry-level 4k model with decent overall performance, and it performs best in dark rooms. Although it's limited to a 60Hz panel and doesn't have gaming features like VRR support, most casual gamers should be happy with it.
In terms of gaming, it has a decent response time, but you still may notice some image duplication due to the backlight's flicker frequency. It has a Black Frame Insertion feature to help clear up motion blur, but once again, it results in image duplication because its timing looks off. Luckily, it has low input lag and it remains low whether you're gaming in 4k or 1080p. If you want to use it as a monitor for PC gaming, it supports 1440p and displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text. It also upscales lower-resolution content without any issues, which is great for older games, or those with a 1080p resolution.
Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver a good HDR experience. It has low HDR peak brightness, disappointing gradient handling, and it fails to display a wide color gamut. On the plus side, it's great for dark room gaming as it has an outstanding native contrast ratio that makes blacks look deep and the black uniformity is remarkable. All things considered, this is one of the best small TVs we've tested, especially for gaming.
If you prefer an even smaller TV that's available in a 40 inch size, then check out the Vizio V405-H19. It has a slower response time than the Samsung TU8000, so motion in fast-moving games may look blurry. The Vizio's backlight also flickers, but unlike the Samsung, it flickers at such a high frequency that you may not notice it. It also has incredibly low input lag and supports most common resolutions at 60Hz, including 1440p. However, it doesn't properly display chroma 4:4:4 with 1440p content as text looks stretched out and fuzzy, which is disappointing if you also want to use it as a PC. Sadly, it doesn't perform well in bright rooms due to its low peak brightness, but it's also a good choice for dark rooms thanks to its excellent native contrast ratio.
If you want the best small smart TV for gaming, go for the Samsung, but if you're tight on space and prefer a 40 inch model, check out the Vizio.
The best small smart TV that we've tested is the Hisense R6090G. It's a simple, budget-friendly TV that's available in a wide range of sizes. The 43 inch model may be harder to find than some of the bigger sizes, but there are a few retailers that sell it. Unlike most Hisense TVs, it has built-in Roku TV instead of Android TV. Roku is easy-to-use, the menu navigation is very smooth, and there's a ton of apps you can download through the app store.
It has a VA panel and performs best in dark environments. It has an amazing native contrast ratio and outstanding black uniformity, but there's no local dimming feature to further improve the picture quality in dark scenes. It has good out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you likely won't need to get it calibrated if you don't want to, but this varies between units. It upscales lower-resolution content without any issues, removes judder from native 24p sources, and has excellent low input lag for gaming.
Sadly, even though it supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, HDR content doesn't look all that different from SDR because it fails to display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. It also has dirty screen effect in the center, which could get distracting during sports, but this varies between units. Luckily, it has good reflection handling, so it's a good choice for most moderately-lit rooms. All in all, if you want the best small TV with good smart features, you should be pleased with this one.
Feb 05, 2021: Removed the Samsung Q50R because it's a 2019 model, and added the Vizio V Series 2020 as '40 Inch Alternative' to the TU8000.
Dec 08, 2020: Replaced the LG UN7300 with the Hisense R6090G.
Oct 09, 2020: Replaced the TCL 5 Series 2019 with the LG UN7300; removed the TCL 4 Series 2019; added the Samsung TU8000 as 'Best Small Gaming TV'.
Aug 11, 2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
Jun 12, 2020: Replaced the Vizio M7 with the Samsung Q60T and the LG UM7300 with the Sony X800H; removed the 28 inch category from the article.
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.