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The 3 Best 32 Inch TVs - Fall 2021 Reviews

The best 32 inch smart TV with a 4k resolution is the Samsung QN32Q60AAFXZA. It's a decent 4k TV with excellent contrast, great peak brightness, and decent reflection handling. Unlike most 32 inch models on the market, it appears to have the same specs as the larger sizes, so you're not compromising on anything but size when choosing a smaller model, and we expect the results to be the same as the 55 inch model we tested.

It's a decent choice for gaming, with exceptionally low input lag, but it's not the most advanced gaming display, as it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, and its response time is a bit slow. It upscales low-resolution content well, great if you plan on hooking it up to a cable box or DVD player, but it only has HDMI inputs, so if you have older analog devices, you'll need to buy an adapter. The smart interface is easy to use, and it has a huge selection of apps.

Unfortunately, it's a pretty basic TV overall, with few additional features. It supports HDR10 and HDR10+, but there's no local dimming feature, and it can't get very bright in HDR, so it's not a good choice if you're looking for a great cinematic experience. Overall, despite its limitations, it's a decent TV, and it's the best 32 inch TV for gaming available.

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  • We’ve updated this overview to add our newest pick for best OLED TV.

June 7, 2021

We’ve spent hundreds of hours researching and testing TVs to find the best options for any space and budget. This article provides an overview of the top picks across all of our guides to the best TVs, with links to our full coverage. The TCL 6-Series—available in 55-, 65-, and 75-inch screen sizes—is our recommendation for a great LCD TV at a reasonable price. But if you want even better performance, a lower price, a smaller size, or the best choice for gaming, we have other recommendations, as well.

Pros:Con:
Great image contrast, brightness, and detail comparable with that of $1,000+ TVsHDMI inputs support a maximum bandwidth of only 18 Gb/s
Integrated Roku support for all major streaming servicesSome people might find the Roku remote too basic
Gaming-friendly features

Great image quality for the price: Best LCD/LED TV

An LCD TV sits in a living room media center, displaying a family of polar bears walking in snow.

Buy a midrange LCD TV if:

  • You want quality for a reasonable price: The good ones offer excellent picture quality, solid preset image modes, easy on-screen navigation, and plenty of inputs for under $1,500.

Buy another type of TV if:

  • You want the best image quality possible: An OLED TV will provide a clear, truly lifelike image with perfect blacks and bright highlights, but you’ll have to pay for it.
  • You’re on a tight budget: If you’re willing to compromise on image quality to save some money, consider our budget pick.
  • You don’t have very much space: If you’re looking for a TV to fit in the corner of your small bedroom or dorm, get a 32-inch model.

Why we like it: The TCL 6-Series is our favorite LCD/LED TV thanks to its combination of great image quality, simplicity, and features that make it ready for the future—all for an affordable price. The TV uses advanced technologies such as quantum dots and mini LEDs to produce an image that is very colorful and has superb contrast ratios and HDR performance. The 120 Hz LCD panel can deliver cleaner, smoother motion for TV shows, movies, and video games without resorting to the soap opera effect. And the built-in Roku interface makes it easy to access almost every streaming service without having to add an extra streaming box.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The HDMI inputs are limited to a bandwidth of 18 Gb/s, which means they can’t accept a 4K signal at 120 Hz, only at 60 Hz. The video processing on the 6-Series is fine, but it’s not as good as what companies like Sony and Samsung offer. Some people might find the supplied Roku remote to be too basic. There are no number keys, so selecting a TV channel requires using the on-screen guide or the up and down arrows.

Available sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
HDMI ports: four
Smart OS: Roku

See our complete coverage and learn more in our full review

  • The Best LCD/LED TV

    The Best LCD/LED TV

    The new and improved TCL 6-Series is our favorite LCD/LED TV, thanks to its great performance, simple Roku interface, and future-proof features.

If you can’t spend as much: Best budget 4K TV

A TV sits on a media console.

Buy a budget 4K TV if:

  • You’re willing to sacrifice image quality: Spending a little more money will get you noticeably better image quality.

Buy another type of TV if:

  • You watch a lot of TV during the day: Our budget 4K TV picks might not be bright enough to compete with sunlight through windows, which might bother you during a lazy Sunday morning.
  • You want something that looks as good turned off as it does while on: A more expensive TV may have better aesthetics than our budget pick.

Why we like it: The 55-inch Vizio M-Q8 has the advanced technologies needed to deliver a great-looking 4K picture. Plus it’s easy to use and has a variety of streaming services built in.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Vizio panel isn’t as bright as the best LCD TVs we’ve tested, and it has only a 60 Hz refresh rate, so motion isn’t as fluid as it can be on a 120 Hz panel. The M-Q8 uses the claw-foot stand design, in which the two feet are spaced far apart, so it needs a table or stand that’s as wide as it is.

Available sizes: 55 and 65 inches
HDMI ports: four
Smart OS: SmartCast

See our complete coverage and learn more in our full review

Upgrade for the best possible performance: Best OLED TV

Our best OLED TV pick, the LG C1 Series, displaying scene from a car race in a video game.

Buy an OLED TV if:

  • You want the best possible image quality, regardless of price: OLED TVs can produce the best HDR image quality of any TV currently available.
  • You watch TV in a room where you can control the lighting: In a bright room, an OLED TV might reflect a lot of light that obscures the picture. If you are looking for a TV for a dark room, or a home theater setup, OLED TV is the perfect choice.
  • You want your TV to look as nice off as it does on: An OLED TV usually has an attractive metallic design that will look great in your living room.

Buy another type of TV if:

  • You largely watch TV in a very bright room: OLED TVs can’t compete with LCD models for overall brightness, which can easily overpower reflections and direct light.
  • You aren’t looking for the best possible picture quality: An LCD TV can provide a great image at a much lower price.

Why we like it: The LG C1 offers superb image quality, is brighter than previous OLED TVs, supports the leading HDR and HDMI 2.1 standards, and has an extremely thin and attractive design. Its WebOS smart-TV platform is easy to use and supports all of the major video and audio streaming services. Videophiles will like that the C1 gives them more control over the image than competing OLED TVs do, while the Filmmaker Mode makes it easy for anyone to get an accurate image.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The HDMI 2.1 ports on the C1 offer a bandwidth of 40 Gbps, instead of the full 48 Gbps bitrate. The sound quality of the LG C1 could be better, but that’s the case with every flat-panel TV. We expect most people will pair a TV in this price range with an AV receiver and surround-sound combo or at least a good soundbar.

Available sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches
HDMI ports: four
Smart OS: WebOS

See our complete coverage and learn more in our full review

For small spaces: Best 32-inch TV

A product shot of the TCL Roku TV on a white background.

Buy a 32-inch LCD/LED TV if:

  • You don’t have space for a larger TV: Our other picks are likely too big for small bedrooms or dorm rooms.

Buy another type of TV if:

  • You care about picture quality: A larger LCD or OLED TV will provide an image with much higher definition.
  • You’ve got plenty of space: A 32-inch TV will look a little odd in most suburban living rooms.
  • You’d like a TV that looks as nice when off as it does while on: A high-end LCD or OLED TV will have much better aesthetics.

Why we like it: The 32-inch TCL Roku TV is our pick for the best 32-inch TV because it has three HDMI ports instead of two and comes with Roku OS built in. This saves you the roughly $40 you’d otherwise have to spend on a streaming stick. We don’t think that the 32-inch Roku TV is all that special, but it is the best of the small TVs we tested and good enough for viewing in a small room. It’s also available in 28-, 40-, 43-, and 49-inch versions.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Although this 32-inch TCL model looks good for the price, it’s not remarkable. But these days that’s true for all small TVs, which are increasingly an afterthought for TV makers. The prices of larger screens have dropped to the point that almost anybody can afford one; as a result, small TVs are based on designs that lag several years behind the latest technology. This 32-inch TCL offers only 720p resolution, which means that it doesn’t support 4K (the larger three sizes in this series go up to 1080p, but that’s still just HD). They also don’t do HDR. You have to really need the small size to justify getting one of these right now.

Available sizes: 32 inches
HDMI ports: three
Smart OS: Roku

See our complete coverage and learn more in our full review

  • The Best 32-Inch TV

    The Best 32-Inch TV

    The best small TV for most people is the TCL Roku. Its low price tag and integrated Roku make it great for a second room or the very price-conscious.

For gamers: Best TV for video games

A video game is displayed on the LG CX OLED television set up as a monitor with a desktop, mouse, and keyboard in frame.

Buy a gaming TV if:

  • You want low input lag: The lower the TV’s input lag, the less time between when something happens in the game and when you see it on your screen.
  • You want the latest gaming-friendly HDMI 2.1 features: The newest HDMI 2.1 specification includes a number of gaming-friendly features, like automatic low latency mode, variable refresh rate, and the bandwidth to pass a 4K 120 Hz signal. While many TVs might support one or two HDMI 2.1 features, only a select few currently support the higher bandwidth.

Buy another type of TV if:

  • You don’t play video games: Other TVs can deliver great performance for movie- and TV-watching for a lower price.

Why we like it: In addition to being our favorite overall performer for movies, the LG CX OLED TV supports all the HDMI 2.1 features you could want for gaming, including 4K 120 Hz inputs, ALLM, VRR, and HGIG. In addition, it has one of the lowest input lags we’ve measured on a TV, its game mode offers accurate colors, and it has superior viewing angles and pixel-response times compared with LCD TVs. It supports AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync for PC gamers, too. Unlike almost every other HDMI 2.1 display out there, the CX supports HDMI 2.1 on every HDMI input (it has four total), not just one or two.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Some people worry about burn-in when using an OLED TV as a gaming monitor, though we don’t think this is a major issue. The HDMI 2.1 ports on the CX offer a bandwidth of 40 Gbps, while the former C9’s HDMI inputs offered a full 48 Gbps bitrate. With all the current gaming sources that are available, this should not be a concern.

Available sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77 inches
HDMI ports: four
Smart OS: WebOS

See our complete coverage and learn more in our full review

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Chris Heinonen is a senior staff writer reporting on TVs, projectors, and sometimes audio gear at Wirecutter. He has been covering AV since 2008 for a number of online publications and is an ISF-certified video calibrator. He used to write computer software and hopes to never do that again, and he also loves to run and test gear for running guides.

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Not everyone has the space or budget for an enormous TV, but most of the TVs I review are 55 inches and up -- and for good reason. So you shouldn't be shocked that there are only two picks in my quest to find the best 32-inch TV.

I typically start with a 55-inch display for a number of reasons:

  • I always recommend getting a bigger TV if you can afford it and have the space.
  • A smaller TV is cheaper so people depend less on reviews and more on pricing differences.
  • Larger TVs are getting less expensive too, narrowing the price gap and making bigger sets better values.
  • A smaller TV has worse picture quality because TV-makers reserve their best tech for larger models. If you want great picture quality, the best possible wide viewing angle, industry-leading smart capabilities, top-notch screen resolution and sound quality and an HDMI port or USB port for all of your devices, a bigger screen size is usually the way to go.
  • If you're a console gamer, the size of your TV makes a huge difference in your gaming experience, especially ones with low input lag and that are HD ready.
  • Readers overwhelmingly ask me to review larger TVs.
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For all of those reasons and more (not least of all enjoyability when watching movies and TV episodes, flipping through the channels or streaming on Hulu, Netflix, or Disney Plus) 32-inch TVs are the smallest ones I review -- and there are only two current models with this screen size worth recommending. Just like with 43-inch sets, the next-largest size I review, you won't find the latest extras at this size -- all 32-inch TVs still have HD TV (720-pixel or 1080p) resolution instead of 4K and none have picture-enhancing extras such as full-array local dimming. Instead, I prize smart TV features like built-in streaming apps and access to YouTube.

The list below represents the best TVs in the 32-inch size I've reviewed in CNET's test lab, where I compare them side by side to see which ones are most worth buying. When I take into account things like viewing experience, display, refresh rate, resolution, remote control, smart features, streaming, sound, input lag and connectivity, there are only two I can recommend. So, if you're unquestionably in the market for a small TV, here are a couple of good ones.

Best 32-inch TV overall

TCL 32S325

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Remember how I said smart TV function is king at this screen size? Roku is our favorite platform for a live TV streaming service like Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube and the rest, and it's even better baked into this smart television. At this price buying a separate streamer for Roku is a significant investment -- and juggling that streamer's remote is a hassle -- so if you must get a TV of this size to meet your viewing needs, this is our pick for the best 32 inch TV.

It has three HDMI ports, delivers high-quality images with 720 pixel high definition and is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you don't have to upgrade your smart speaker devices to interact with this particular 32 inch TV.

Read CNET's TCL 32S325 Roku TV review.

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Still with me? If neither of those TVs appeal to you my advice is that, at this size, just about any Roku TV that's $130 or less is a good choice. Roku licenses its operating system to TV brands including Hisense, RCA, Sharp and others -- and any of them will deliver the smart capabilities and smart TV advantages of my top choice above. If you insist on a small TV from another brand like Samsung, LG or Vizio that's fine, but know that at this size you'll probably be paying more for similar image quality and an inferior smart TV experience compared to the two TVs above.

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The Best 32-Inch TVs of 2021

The 32-inch TCL 3-Series on a table displaying HD content

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How We Tested

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The Testers

Reviewed has been testing TVs since some of its current employees were in middle school. While many proud TV testers have come and gone through Reviewed's labs, the current Home Theater team consists of Michael Desjardin and Lee Neikirk. Michael is a senior staff writer and a six-year veteran of the Reviewed tech team. A film enthusiast and TV expert, he takes picture quality seriously but also understands that not every TV is a good fit for everyone.

As Reviewed's Home Theater Editor, Lee doesn't do as much testing these days. However, he designed the company's current TV testing methodology after receiving calibration certification from the Imaging Science Foundation.

A TV tester measuring a TV's contrast

Credit: Reviewed / Chris Snow

The Tests

It'd be an understatement to say that we're serious about TV testing. The lab in our Cambridge location is outfitted with much of the same equipment you'd find at a factory that manufactures and calibrates television.

On the hardware side, we've got things like a Konica Minolta CS-200 tristimulus color meter, an LS-100 luminance meter, a Leo Bodnar input lag tester, a Quantum Data 780A signal generator, and more Blu-rays than we can keep track of. For software, we use CalMan Ultimate, the industry-standard in taking display measurements and calibrating screens to specifications.

Our testing process is equally complicated and has been honed over many years to gather data that is marginal enough to satisfy curious video engineers, but also relevant to the average person's viewing experience. We measure things like peak brightness, black level, hue and saturation for primary and secondary digital colors, the accuracy of the TV's electro-optical transfer function—you get the idea, it's complicated.

Weighting for our performance tests is based on how the human eye prioritizes vision, which means we put "brightness" data (monochromatic eye based on light sensitivity) higher than colorimetry, which is also scaled by the eye's sensitivity, and so on.

Outside of the strictly technical tests, we also spend a lot of time just watching and using each TV, getting a feel for the at-home experience of doing things like dialing up streaming video service, connecting a Blu-ray player and watching movies, using the smart features, and checking out the TV's ports, remote, and on-set buttons—anything and everything that might be relevant.

What You Should Know About 32-Inch TVs

While everyone has different eyes, generally, our vision all functions the same way: we prioritize dynamic information and bright, compelling colors over subtler hues and resolution (sharpness). Generally, a TV can be considered a good TV when we forget that we're watching a TV. We don't see pixels creating mixes of red, green, and blue to simulate colors; we see the real world, lit and colored as it is, in fluid motion.

In simpler terms, this means a TV that can get very bright and dark without obscuring details; produces accurate colors (compared to various color standards designated by the International Telecommunication Union); possesses proper bit-mapping and the right codecs and decoders for video processing; and can properly play the various types of content thrown at it without judder, blurring, and so on.

Note that specs alone (pixel count, measured brightness) aren't automatic indicators of quality, much like intense speed is not automatically an indicator of a good car.

A good TV doesn't have to be a colossal TV. In fact, a smaller TV is generally more affordable and can fit just about anywhere. Some of them offer HDR, which heightens a picture's dynamic range, but the vast majority of 32-inch TVs aren't going to have the flashy features you'd expect in a larger model.

Next let's talk about resolution. We think it's safe to say that most 32-inch TV's have a resolution of 1080p (full HD), but as you’ll learn, there are 4K options available. With such a small screen size, however, 4K resolution is not necessary for most use cases.

What TV Terms Do I Need To Know?

When it comes to knowing what you're paying for, almost no category is rifer with subterfuge and tomfoolery than TVs. While knowing the specs of the TV you're shopping for is only half the battle, it's the bigger half. Here are the key bits of jargon you'll want to know while browsing:

LED/LCD: This refers to Light Emitting Diode and Liquid Crystal Display. LEDs are the backlights used in LCD TVs, also sometimes called a LED TV for this reason. The LED backlight shines through a layer of a semi-solid substance called "liquid crystal," so named for its ability to morph in reaction to tiny electrical volts and allow light to pass through.

OLED: This means Organic Light Emitting Diode. This is an altogether different panel technology than LED/LCD. Rather than an LED backlight element shining through an LCD panel element, OLED TVs essentially combine the backlight and crystal array, using sub-pixel strata that produce light and color individually.

4K/UHD: Usually 4K refers to resolution—specifically, 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. This is the current standard/mainstream resolution for most TVs. UHD means Ultra High Definition, and actually refers to a suite of picture improvements like 4K resolution and Wide Color Gamut, which can display many more shades than HD TVs.

High Dynamic Range: Like "UHD," High Dynamic Range (or HDR) refers to both a type of TV and a type of content that expands on the typical range of brightness (luminance) and color that a TV will produce. HDR TVs are newer and usually a bit more expensive, but can have many times the brightness and 30% more color production than non-HDR TVs. Current top HDR formats include HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision.

60Hz/120Hz: These numbers refer to what is called a "refresh rate," with Hz (hertz) representing "times per second." So if a TV's refresh rate is 60 Hz, this means it re-scans and updates for picture information 60 times per second; with 120 Hz, it's 120 times per second. Currently, TVs only come in 60 or 120 Hz. A higher refresh rate is always better, but not always necessary.

Smart TV: The term "smart TV" has evolved a lot over the years, but all it really means is that the TV connects to the internet. Most smart TVs these days are just a way to watch streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video on your TV. Some smart TVs have browsers, calendars, or even Roku or Android functions. All smart TVs have ethernet or WiFi built-in.

Quantum Dots: Quantum dots are used in LED/LCD TVs only. These are microscopic nanocrystals that produce intensely colored light when illuminated. Quantum dots can be used to vastly improve the red and green saturation of a TV, and are one way that LED/LCD TVs can match the color spectrum of OLED.

Local Dimming: OLED panels look great because each pixel can operate independently. LED/LCD TVs can imitate this functioning via a process called local dimming, where localized clusters of LEDs dim or boost depending on whether the screen needs to be darker or brighter, sometimes vastly improving their performance and worth.

What Is a TV Series?

You may notice the TVs listed in this roundup don't follow the traditional naming convention you might see in a store or online. That's because rather than nominating a single size of TV (such as the LG OLED65C8PUA, aka the 65-inch LG C8 series OLED), we nominate the entire range of sizes within a "series."

Typically these TVs are identical in performance but differ in price and size. We do this in order to offer you more flexibility in your decision, but also because it's the most accurate representation available.


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The 6 Best 32- to 39-Inch LED/LCD TVs of 2021

Final Verdict

For an amazing picture in a compact little package, loaded for bear with a fantastic suite of features and bonuses, our top pick the TCL 32S327 (view at Amazon) is a no-brainer. If you're looking to save some scratch, on the other hand, Toshiba's 32-inch Fire TV (view at EBay) is a great alternative, with built-in support for Alexa and a ton of streaming platforms.

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What to Look For in a 32- to 39-Inch TV

Televisions with smaller screens make great secondary TVs in bedrooms, kids' playrooms, and rec rooms, and they're also perfect for living rooms and apartments that are on the smaller side. Many brands and manufacturers offer great options for small-format televisions, featuring voice controls, streaming capabilities, and even 4K UHD resolution in order to give you the best viewing experience available. Brands like Hisense and TCL use the Roku platform to give you access to thousands of movie and music streaming apps without the need for extra equipment; and with the Roku app, you can use your smartphone or tablet as a voice-enabled remote for easier browsing. Insignia and Toshiba feature the Amazon FireTV platform, which features the Alexa virtual assistant built-in, eliminating the need for third party smart speakers in order to use voice controls. Smaller brands like Sceptre not only offer smart features in their televisions, but also pack plenty of accessibility options into their models. Sceptre includes a screen reader, vibrations, and audio cues to help visually impaired and blind users navigate menus. 

If screen resolution is an important deciding factor for you when shopping for a new small-screen television, you can find affordable 4K TVs as well as models that have excellent 1080p full HD resolution. If you're looking to set up a small home theater or just want to connect all of your playback devices, you can select TVs with multiple HDMI and USB inputs as well as Bluetooth connectivity for wireless audio and video setups. No matter what your needs are, there is a small-format TV to suit your space. We'll break down screen resolution, smart features, and connectivity options to help you choose which is right for your home.

Screen Resolution

Screen resolution can be confusing to customers who aren't tech-savvy or up-to-speed on the latest trends in home entertainment. Put simply, screen resolution refers to how detailed your television's picture is. Models featuring 4K UHD panels have become more and more popular in recent years as the technology improved and became more affordable, but you can still get TVs with 1080p or 720p screens. There are even televisions now with 8K screens, but those are extremely expensive and not available in small screen sizes. Televisions with 4K resolution give you four times the pixels of a 1080p model, meaning you'll get more details packed into your TV screen. Models with 4K screens also feature high dynamic range (HDR) technology, which allows your TV to analyze shows and movies scene-by-scene for optimum color, contrast, and detailing to give you the best picture possible. 

This makes 4K televisions best suited for streaming content, since services like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime video now offer a range of UHD content and your television can upscale older shows and movies in 4K for a better viewing experience. TVs that use 1080p or 720p resolution are better for customers who either don't stream at all, or stream only rarely and prefer to get their entertainment from traditional broadcast media. Since cable and satellite providers as well as over-air broadcast stations don't offer many, if any at all, 4K options for watching your favorite shows and movies; this means that you wouldn't be able to take full advantage of your 4K TV's technology and capabilities, wasting your time and money.

Streaming and Smart Features

Being able to stream your favorite shows and movies has become the new standard for home entertainment. The latest smart TVs use updated operating systems which allow you to download apps like Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+ or have them preloaded so you can start streaming right out of the box. This system eliminates the need for any external equipment to access your favorite apps. As we've mentioned before, TCL and Hisense use the Roku platform; this not only lets you stream media, it also uses a companion app for your smartphone or tablet to give you voice controls as well as an easier way to browse movies and shows. Televisions which use the AndroidTV operating system usually have native voice controls via Google Assistant and often allow you to mirror your smartphone or tablet screen with Chromecast for more ways to watch videos with friends. 

Brands like LG, Samsung, and Sony have their own proprietary operating systems which, depending on the price range and screen size, give you many more smart features than their competitors. Samsung televisions have their own virtual assistant, Bixby, as well as compatibility with Alexa and Google Home so even if you don't have a separate smart speaker, you get voice controls over your TV. Some Samsung models also have a gallery mode that turns your TV into an art gallery when it isn't being used so it can blend seamlessly into your home decor. LG models use AI-assisted picture technology that intelligently analyzes both 4K and 1080p content to give you the best viewing experience. They also use Dolby Atmos audio to create virtual surround sound and 3D audio for cinematic quality sound. If you're a die-hard Sony customer, their televisions have a dedicated picture mode for watching shows and movies on Netflix. This picture mode automatically adjusts color and contrast to give you the same picture quality as a studio master copy of your favorite shows and movies. They also are compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast so you can mirror your Android and iOS device screens.

Connectivity

How a television connects to your playback devices is a huge factor to consider when shopping for a new TV. Newer DVD, Blue-Ray, and UHD DVD players use HDMI cables to connect to your TV, as do modern game consoles. If you use these devices fairly often, it's important to choose a TV with multiple HDMI inputs; many TVs have at least four so you can connect multiple game consoles and DVD players. Some televisions have USB ports for viewing pictures on external memory storage devices like flash drives and external hard drives. Not all TVs support every kind of file type, so make sure you check what kinds of files your TV supports so you're not blocked from sharing photos with friends. Having a smart TV means that you'll have built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to connect other smart devices like virtual assistant speakers and smart light bulbs in order to set up a smart home network. Wi-Fi also allows your TV to connect to the internet in order to use a web browser, download firmware updates, and access all your favorite apps. 

For customers who want to create a home theater, many smart TVs feature Bluetooth connectivity for wireless audio. This will allow you to wirelessly connect soundbars, satellite speakers, and subwoofers so you can have a clean-looking audio configuration; this is also great for small living rooms and apartments where wires can create trip hazards and make the space feel cluttered. Wireless audio also lets you create custom speaker configurations so you can take full advantage of a room's acoustic qualities. If you have wireless headphones, you can use the Bluetooth connection for private listening so you don't disturb others while you enjoy your favorite music, movies, shows, or games. Bluetooth also lets you connect your mobile devices and laptops to the TV for screen mirroring.

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VIZIO 30-39 Inch TVs

Make an Educated Decision When Buying a Vizio 30-inch to 39-inch TV

First founded in 2002, Vizio made a name for itself by focusing on the production of flat-screen LED and LCD televisions. Their line of products run the gamut from traditional LED screens to fully featured smart televisions that allow viewers to view a wealth of original programming without having to subscribe to cable service.

What is the difference between LED and LCD TVs?

LCD is short for "light crystal display." The technology relies on liquid crystals that regulate the passing of light through two layers of polarized glass, creating a crisp and vivid image. LEDs are technically a subsection of LCD TVs, but they used diodes rather than fluorescent lights, and theres more variation on where these diodes can be placed. LED TVs offer a higher quality picture, and theyre usually thinner and more lightweight. Their unique design also means that theyre less prone to reflecting glare from external light sources.

What are some common hardware features of these TVs?

Most of the Vizio 30-inch to 39-inch TVs come with USB, HDMI, and composite ports. However, the number of ports available can vary by unit. Therefore, buyers may want to consider the number of external sources they want to hook up to their LED TV before making a purchase. Many come with double USB ports. These can be useful when connecting a streaming dongle like a Chromecast or Amazon Fire to your LED monitoring. You can also use these for viewing videos or photos directly through a USB flash drive. While all of Vizios smart TVs are Wi-Fi enabled, this feature is also available in some of their other models. All of the Vizio models available offer HDTV level display resolutions.

What smart TV features can buyers expect to find?

Vizio offers a selection of smart TV options, and all of these smart televisions come pre-loaded with Vizio Smartcast software. Built off the Chromecast architecture, Vizio Smartcast provides users with access to thousands of streaming services directly out of the box. Additional features include the ability to navigate the Smartcast interface with a mobile phone rather than a traditional remote control and voice control when synced to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa devices. Updates are handled automatically to any Vizio smart HDTVs connected to a wireless network. A more limited subsection of these smart TVs come with a version of the Chrome browser, allowing viewers to surf the web directly on their TV monitor. Typically, HDMI inputs are also available on LED and LCD TVs.

What are some of the more prominent TV apps available?

Depending on your model of TV, you may have to download individual apps through the smart television interface.

  • Subscription apps: Television and movies are available in the form of Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Amazon, and Plex.
  • Music streaming apps: Music can be streamed through iHeart Radio, Pandora, and YouTube.
  • News apps: News services are provided via the Yahoo! network with dedicated finance, general news, sports, and weather streams.
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Best 32-inch smart TV: small screens for any budget

It's easy to think size is everything, but the best 32-inch TVs take advantage of the smaller scale in ways you might not have considered. Many of us already have some of the best 4K TVs in our homes (and some lucky few among you might even have a cutting-edge 8K telly), but there's plenty of reasons to own a 32-inch TV as a secondary screen.

A smaller TV might sound like a bit of a step down from larger models like the best 55-inch TVs, but the compact size can actually work in a 32-inch screen’s favor. They make a great addition to the kitchen to keep you occupied while cooking, for example, and are the perfect size for a child's bedroom. 

Then you've also got the benefits of smart TV functionality. Having streaming apps like Netflix, Disney Plus and more at the touch of a button means that entertainment has never been more accessible.

Sure, you’ll miss out on glorious4K resolution with these smaller displays (keep in mind that 4K becomes standard with40-inch TVs and above). You also won’t be getting eye-catching tech like OLED or QLED panels. But the best 32-inch smart TVs aren’t slouches, either, and you might be surprised at how adeptly they can realise HD or Full HD resolution.

With the best 32-inch smart TVs, you’re still getting 720p or 1080p resolution, and some may even have HDR (high dynamic range), a contrast-enhancing feature that’s every bit as impressive as 4K. This makes 32-inch TVs an excellent choice for gaming on the HD-centric Nintendo Switch, too, as many of its titles are best suited to a 1080p display.

A decent investment in one of the best 32-inch smart TVs might even be a better choice than cheaper Ultra HD TVs, which can have a hard time effectively upscaling HD content. For that, you may want to look at 55-inch and 65-inch TVs if you don’t already own one.

We’ve done our best to have reviews available for many of the best 32-inch smart TVs featured in this list. But in the cases where there isn’t a review, our expertise allows us to spot a great TV when we see one, and we’re confident that you’ll be able to find a compact display that’s right for you.

Best small TV

Best small TV: Samsung The Frame

The most stylish small TV out there

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Panel type: LCD

Smart TV: Tizen

Dimensions: 728.9 x 419.4 x 24.7mm

Reasons to buy

+Beautifully made+Customizable bezels

Reasons to avoid

-Expensive-Low brightness

You might be surprised to see a designer television in this small TV guide, but this art-minded new Samsung TV is a shoe-in – at least, after it introduced a new 32-inch TV size for the 2020 model, bringing QLED picture quality to its smallest size ever.

The Frame's main feature is to blend in with your decor, with an Art Mode that displays classic artworks and an Ambient Mode for moody screensavers. Customizable bezels mean you'll be able to fully control the appearance and color of your set, too, whether you're wall-mounting among some real picture frames or placing it on a bedroom shelf for some late-night watching.

The Frame is more expensive than most on this list, but if you're after the finest 32-inch TV / home furnishing, this is going to be it.

There is a new Samsung The Frame TV releasing in 2021, with an even slimmer casing and more options for customization, retailing for approximately the same price too – but it doesn't currently have a 32-inch size, meaning the 2020 model is your best bet for now.

Read our full review: Samsung The Frame (2020)

Best small TV UK

Toshiba WK3C Alexa TV (UK)

A Full HD TV with hands-free Alexa control

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch

Resolution: HD (720p)

Panel technology: LED-LCD

Smart TV: Toshiba Smart Portal

Dimensions: 439 x 732 x 78 mm

Reasons to buy

+Surprisingly good images+Built-in Alexa

Reasons to avoid

-Only HD-Alexa’s voice is a bit hoarse

The Toshiba WK3C Alexa TV is here to combine straightforward TV viewing and voice assistant functionality in one very affordable package, making it one of the best 32-inch TVs out there.

The built-in (and hands-free) Alexa support certainly covers what you’d get from an Echo speaker, or hope for from a smart TV. We had no trouble using the Amazon voice assistant to summon apps, look for content, or power the television on and off – though it’s an always-on affair, without the easy mute functions of an Amazon Echo smart speaker.

The picture is surprisingly good, too, given the price and limitations of this HD resolution set. The processor handles HD sources, or those downscaled from 4K, very well. There’s a trace of motion judder that occurs across moving backgrounds, pictures far better in the foreground in general, but it’s a small issue that’s not overly noticeable on such a small TV. Freeview Play support is a great addition for UK viewers too.

All in all, the Toshiba WK3C is something of a steal for those who don’t need a higher-resolution screen. Just keep in mind that you're only getting HD (720p) resolution on both the 24-inch and 32-inch sizing options.

Read our full review: Toshiba WK3C Alexa TV

Cello Smart Android TV (UK)

A cheap HD TV worth buying

Specifications

Screen size: 24-inch, 32-inch, 40-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Panel type: LED

Smart TV: Android TV

Dimensions: 730 x 183 x 483mm

Reasons to buy

+Decent picture+Android TV

Reasons to avoid

-Limited viewing angles-Feeble sound

Cello may be a humble British TV brand, but it knows how to cater to those on a tight budget. The Cello Smart Android TV starts at just £179 for a 24-inch size, and comes in at £199 for a 32-inch TV size.

For that price you're getting Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and surprisingly comprehensive smart TV features. The Cello Netgem smart TV that used to be in this guide made do with a very basic operating system – without even Netflix support – and the move to Android for this year's range can only be an improvement. 

Sure, there are better interfaces than Android for higher-end sets, but it's highly unusual at this price, packing in Chromecast, Google Assistant support, and most popular TV streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Rakuten. You even Freeview Play – for the UK's terrestrial broadcaster catch-up services.

Picture performance is decent for the price, too, with consistently lit pictures and generally smooth motion from HD/SDR sources.

Read our full review: Cello Smart Android TV

Sony KDL32WE613 (UK)

HDR in a 32-inch TV

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch

Resolution: 1366 x 768

Panel type: LCD

Smart TV: Cloud TV

Dimensions: 490 x 731 x 187mm

Reasons to buy

+Has HDR+Recording over USB

Reasons to avoid

-Only 720p

The Sony KDL32WE613 is proof a 32-inch TV doesn't have to miss out on newer tech. It supports HDR, usually only seen in much larger, more expensive TVs. 

HDR isn't equal across sets as it relies on a screen's contrast and brightness, but it will let you squeeze more out of a top-end Netflix or Amazon Video subscription, or your favorite console games. The TV also offers recording over USB, Wi-Fi and access to BBC iPlayer, YouTube and a fistful of other apps. 

The stinger is this 32-inch TV set is only 720p, not Full HD. If you're going to watch close-up, the benefits of higher resolution may outweigh HDR. 

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Best small TV USA

Vizio D-Series (US)

Apps and full array backlighting both add to a brilliant small TV

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch

Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Panel type: LED

Smart TV: SmartCast

Dimensions: 20 x 31.1 x 5.2 inches

Reasons to buy

+1080p resolution+Full array backlighting

Reasons to avoid

-Remote isn't great -Sound quality isn't top class

VIZIO pretty much rules the roost when it comes to high-quality value TVs in the United States, with the Vizio D-Series emerging as one of the best small TVs out there.

While the name might not exactly jump out at you, VIZIO's small screen has a lot going for it – including a full 1080p resolution and an app tray full of the most popular streaming services (including Netflix, YouTube and Hulu) on the SmartCast platform, which is also used on Vizio's high-end sets and H1 OLED.

You're getting a basic pair of 5W speakers, so it might be worth plugging in some external audio hardware, but you're getting a good feature list for such a small TV and small price – including two HDMI ports, one USB port, ARC support, and a 60Hz refresh rate (rather than the 50Hz of some other sets at this size).

This is another untested model, but if you're looking for something smart, small and affordable at a 32-inch size, VIZIO's small screen offers a lot for the price.

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