The best small TV for most people is the . Since most 32-inch TVs are meant for a secondary room or to be very price conscious, this TCL set stands apart with its affordable price tag and integrated Roku functionality. As a result, it has the best smart features of any small TV and saves you the $50-plus that an external Roku box would cost. It even offers three HDMI ports, while most TVs in this size have two. The picture quality is good, and the value can’t be beat. TCL also offers two other variants on this set, the and the . If you’re okay with the styling, go for whichever one is available at the lowest price.
Most publications don’t take the time to evaluate small TVs, instead focusing all their efforts on high-end ones even though small TVs are what most people actually buy. For anyone seeking a 32-inch TV, out-of-the-box performance and value will be the most important components. While some TVs offer the controls for a professional calibrator like myself to get the best performance out of them, no one is going to spend $250 on a TV and then spend $350 on calibration. It has to perform well straight out of the box with little work. It also has to offer the best value, with great streaming options and plenty of inputs available without your having to buy another streaming dongle or HDMI splitter.
Again, it’s worth noting that we do not recommend spending more than $300 on a small TV. At $400 and up, you start entering the fully-loaded zone for the 32-inch class. You’ll find a mix of 1080p sets, built-in streaming services, higher refresh rates, swivel stands, attractive designs and better built-in audio features. All of that may be overkill for a secondary bedroom set, but you may consider splurging if your living room can only handle a 32-inch screen. If you can afford one of these $400 32-inchers, you might as well go with a 40-inch screen.