For the last several years, TVs once considered too large for most rooms (we're looking at you, 65-inch TVs, have become increasingly affordable. But there's still a place in the world for small TVs. Though high-quality 32-inch LED TVs have gotten harder to come by, they're still out there. And they're the perfect solution for smaller spaces like dorm rooms, guest rooms, garages, or tight apartments.
If you just want the best 32-inch TV we've tested, that honor goes to the Vizio D-Series(available at Amazon for $195.87). However, while many of these are older models (they just don't make as many smaller TVs these days) there are a number of other options that offer a great viewing experience. While you can often find crazy deals on no-name brands at big-box stores, we recommend sticking to more established manufacturers for your purchase if you want a good experience. These are our favorite choices currently available.
These are the best 32-inch TV's we tested ranked, in order:
32-inch Vizio D-Series
32-inch Sony W600D Series
32-inch TCL 3 Series
32-inch Samsung N5300
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This is (one) of the two 32-inch 2018 D-Series models from Vizio. While we've tested the larger 60-inch D-Series and found it to be a satisfactory TV, the D-Series—traditionally Vizio's most budget-facing and spec-straddling series year after year—tends to shine in the smaller sizes, where its lack of polish is less important compared to its price tag.
This 32-inch model has full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, two HDMI ports, built-in WiFi,Vizio's "SmartCast" Google Cast-based software, full-array local dimming, decent viewing angles and a good-enough looking design for most folks. Available around $200, it's one of the best 32-inch options all considered.
The only issue we've seen is that this D-Series model can be a bit hard to track down(it isn't currently available from Vizio.com, for example). However, if you can locate it (and make sense of the D-Series' traditionally difficult-to-parse model naming convention), this one should suit your 32-inch TV needs nicely.
I'm Lee Neikirk and I've been testing and reviewing TVs at Reviewed since 2012. People spend so much of their time seeking entertainment and inspiration from the screens they look at every day, and your TV is usually the biggest one. I feel like making sure you have a good TV is one way of ensuring that the time you do spend in front of it can improve your quality of life, even if only just a little bit.
In our TV testing lab, we have the latest CalMan calibration software, a QuantumData signal generator, and individual light/color measuring meters—not to mention about 200 Blu-rays and sundry AV equipment. We use industry-backed and scientifically sound tests to determine things like a TV's HDR peak brightness of what percentage of the DCI-P3 color standard it achieves. We also watch an awful lot of Netflix. Our top priority is to discover what the consumer will actually experience at home—regardless of what the meters say.
I personally tested and reviewed almost every TV on this list myself, and for those I didn't, it was still tested via the methodology and human vision-related weighting metrics I designed in conjunction with Reviewed's staff scientists and tech experts.
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 even offer HDR, which heightens a picture's dynamic range. That said, most of them aren't going to have the flashy features you'd expect in a larger model. In other words, you're not going to find any OLED screens or 4K resolutions at this size.
Next let's talk about resolution. We think it's safe to say that most 32-inch TV's have a resolution of 720p instead of 1080p resolution (full HD). This is because a lot of household brands try to compete in that size anymore. A 720p resolution is acceptable, for sure, but it's not going to be as clear as a 1080p. That's not to say that there aren't any great 32-inch TV's with full HD out there.
You'll also want to take viewing distance into account. Before you purchase the TV, you should consider where you'll be sitting in relation to it. The simplest way to do this is to measure the distance between you and the TV and then multiply it by 0.84. This should give you the screen size you'll need.
The last thing you should take into account is the size of the TV stand. If you're not mounting the TV to your wall, you'll want to make sure you have the room for the stand, as most of them are pretty wide.
Other 32-inch TVs We Tested
Maybe you aren't interested in the D-Series—not to worry, there are other good 32-inch TVs out there. While we haven't tested all of the TVs we're recommending here, we've generally tested their brother and sister models within each manufacturer's lineup. If you're looking for a different design or something a little fancier, check out one of the recommended models below.
32-inch Sony W600D Series (2016)
While this is a 2016 model, when we tested it we found it to be a surprisingly excellent 32-inch option. You can still find it kicking around online and at some retailers for around $300.
While it's pricier than the 32-inch D-Series, it delivers a sleek design and picture quality that (for 2016) was as good as TVs twice as expensive. The fact that it's still widely available is a testament to this TV's abilities.
For what you're paying, you're getting full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, smart features, and a very lightweight but sturdy product that's dressed a cut above most of the TVs in this price range. If you can track this one down, it's a winner.
While we haven't tested the TCL 3 Series directly, we tested the 5 Series and 6 Series for 2018, and found them to be very high-value TVs overall.
The 32-inch 3 Series is a 720p (not "full" HD) resolution TV with—probably its best feature—the Roku streaming platform built right in. There's nothing fancy here (no HDR, or 120 Hz refresh rates, or anything like that), but for its price point we have no doubt this one gets the job done.
While the image quality of the 3 Series will be fine for most TV and movies, we're not sure we'd pair it with a modern video game console with a 1080p output, just because the image will have to be down-sampled to fit the 3 Series' native 720p resolution. However, if you have any last-gen consoles, have at it!
This is one of the few 32-inch Samsung TVs you can still get, and we haven't tested it, so take this recommendation with a grain of salt.
However, this full-HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution TV has Samsung's "micro dimming pro" contrast, built-in WiFi, and smart features, so it it's a well-rounded product overall. It's a little pricier than some of the other TVs on the list, but it's also more impressively appointed.
Lee has been Reviewed's point person for most television and home theater products since 2012. Lee received Level II certification in TV calibration from the Imaging Science Foundation in 2013. As Editor of the Home Theater vertical, Lee oversees reviews of TVs, monitors, soundbars, and Bluetooth speakers. He also reviews headphones, and has a background in music performance.
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