TVs are getting bigger and bigger, which leaves a big void in the small TV market. There’s no place for a great big 4K TV in your kitchen or office space, so what’s a person supposed to do? Thankfully, you can still find a great quality small TV, even new ones, in 2021.
We considered 43-inch TVs and smaller for our recommendations. Just a word of caution, when you start to dip into the 32-inch realm, you’ll be dealing with older models (from 2019 or older). Manufacturers just aren’t racing to make small TVs anymore. But if there is one advantage of going with a smaller and older TV — you can usually score a pretty great deal.
Below you’ll find our recommendations for the best small TVs available. They range from 43-inches all the way down to 22-inches. Regardless, when you go with a small TV, especially a new one from Sony or Samsung, you can get a really great TV with incredible picture quality and smart features for a fraction of the cost of the best 65-inch TVs. Bigger isn’t always better.
1. TCL 43-inch 4K UHD Smart LED TV (2021)
For a ridiculously low $299 you can get a 4K TV with a Roku interface — one of the best streaming platforms available, especially if you are new to smart TVs. The 43-inch size makes it a great addition to your bedroom or your workout room. There’s plenty of connectivity including three HDMI cables to connect all of your peripherals and even a headphone jack in case you want to get a little midnight gaming in without waking up the household.
2. Samsung Q60T 43-Inch QLED TV
One of the most affordable ways to get a brand new Samsung QLED TV is to go with the 43-inch Q60T. With Quantum Dot technology and the Quantum 4K Lite processor, the picture quality on this small TV is bright, vivid and clear. You can choose from Alexa, Google Assistant or Bixby as your voice assistant. You can also control your entire smart home through your TV with integration with Samsung SmartThings. This might be a small TV, but its capabilities are anything but.
3. Sony X80J 43-Inch TV
The Triluminos Pro display technology is equally as impressive a QLED panel found in most Bravia TVs, plus when paired with the X1 image processor, the imagery is downright impressive. Beyond the impressive picture quality is the Google interface that’s easy to navigate and even learns your favorite shows to create personalized recommendations for you. Toss in Google Cast and Google Assistant and you have a world-class small TV for under $600.
4. Vizio 32-Inch D-Series Full HD Smart TV
What if we told you that for under $350 you could get a smart TV with Airplay 2 and Chromecast — would you even believe us? Well, in 2021, Vizio is proving that possible with the D-Series. Sure, it’s not a 4K panel, but you won’t mind when you can seamlessly stream content straight from your phone or laptop thanks to all of the available connectivity options. Not to mention, you can link up Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free control.
5. TCL 40-inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TV (2019)
Yes, this is not a 4K TV, and yes, this is a 2019 model. But with Amazon now slashing the price on this highly-rated set to $229.99, it’s a downright steal. It has the great Roku interface and Alexa connectivity, the voice-control remote, and enough inputs (three HDMI, one USB, RF, Composite, Headphone jack) for you to add whatever components to it you’d like. Much has changed in TVs in three years, but great deals have not, and this is definitely a great deal.
6. Samsung The Frame 32-Inches
Is it a TV or a great piece of artwork? That’s the beauty of Samsung The Frame. Bordered with a stylish wood frame, when the TV is in Art Mode, it displays thousands of different pictures from the Samsung Art Store. When you are watching TV, you get a full HDR picture with Quantum Dot technology color saturation. It’s a great way to hide your small TV on your wall.
Not only is this one of the thinnest TVs in the world, but it’s also one of our favorite TVs that doubles as a digital art frame. The Frame is available in a range of sizes from 32-inches all the way up to 65-inches. However, if you want to score a great deal on a small TV, the 32-inch version is currently on sale.
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7. Insignia NS-24DF310NA21 24-Inch Fire TV (2020)
You don’t see TVs smaller than 32 inches in circulation that often anymore, but a 32-inch TV is still too big for a tight shelf or a kitchen counter. For those secondary situations, a small 24-inch TV is what the doctor ordered, especially this Insignia Fire TV. But don’t balk at the 720p resolution — on a TV that small, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between that and 1080p. Plus, the Fire TV integration between over-the-air TV and streaming channels is seamless.
8. Samsung 43-Inch AU8000 4K TV (2021)
For the price, this small TV is among the best you will find. The panel offers impressive 4K resolution as well as HDR10 support for great picture quality. Gamers will appreciate the very low input lag and everybody can enjoy multiple voice assistant options including Alexa, Google Assistant and the propriety Bixby.
9. Insignia 43-Inch Fire TV
Anyone who loves all things Amazon will be pleased with how the Insignia fits into the Amazon ecosystem. The Fire TV operating system is similar to that of a Kindle or Fire Stick, so anyone who knows how easy and intuitive Fire OS is will be pleased. And it wouldn’t be a true Fire TV without Alexa. You can call upon the voice assistant to help you navigate through shows or control other smart devices in your home. It’s a pretty sweet deal considering you get all these smart features around $200.
10. Samsung The Serif 43-Inch TV
TV designs have been streamlined, optimized and minimized to the point where they all essentially look the same when you’re looking at them head-on. But for design connoisseurs, it doesn’t have to be that way. Thanks to Samsung’s collaboration with the Rowan and Eric Bouroullec, the award-winning industrial designer from Paris, you can pick up The Serif, which will bring a modern sensibility to any small space thanks to the minimalist legs that this 43-inch TV is perched on. But the Serif isn’t just about looks: this is a 4K QLED TV featuring HDR 10 compatibility and an ambient mode that serves up attractive visuals when the TV isn’t in use.
11. Sceptre 43-Inch Class FHD TV
This Sceptre TV isn’t going to change the way you view TV forever, but it might make you reconsider the amount of money you would be willing to spend on one. The Android TV platform is one of the more convenient platforms around and makes navigating to find your favorite shows a piece of cake. And if you have the itch to game, there is plenty of connectivity to connect all of your consoles. For $250, you’re getting a pretty solid TV, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
12. Hisense 40-inch Class FHD Roku TV
40-INCH UNDER $250
Shopping on a budget doesn’t mean you need to compromise quality. The Hisense 40-inch TV is a sound example of that. It’s a non-TCL TV that sports the awesome Roku TV platform making navigating through your favorite apps and shows as easy as it gets. And you can pair this TV with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Even gamers will be able to take advantage of a late-night session using game mode. Not bad for a TV under $250.
13. Toshiba 32LF221U21 31.5-Inch Fire TV
BEST UNDER $200
The Fire TV platform is essentially having an Amazon Fire Stick built right into your TV. The platform brings all of your favorite streaming apps with plenty of others available to download. Of course, with a Fire platform, you get the convenience of voiceless control with built-in Alexa. With all this built-in tech, you’d think we were talking about a TV over $500, but you can score this Toshiba for a hair over $150.