Best 32-inch TVs 2018: The best small TVs for any budget

Best 32-inch TVs

Who says excellent TVs have to be huge? The 32-inch TVs we're looking at here are perfectly decent, even if manufacturers tend to want to push their biggest and most expensive sets. If you want to unearth some 32-inch TV gems, you've come to the right place.

Say you're working to a modest budget, or you have limited room at home: a 32-inch TV can be perfect for your needs, and we've got the best 32-inch screens for your consideration right here.

  • Want to know about the best 32-inch TVs of 2019? Our CES 2019 coverage starts January 7! 

Before you go in though, you should know you're unlikely to find the latest and greatest TV features on a 32-inch model: OLED panels are off the table, and there's little point in 4K resolutions at these display sizes.

Even at a bargain basement budget though, you can still bag yourself a superb 32-inch TV set with a Full HD 1080p resolution, crystal-clear image quality and connected smart platform catch-up features. Some 32-inch sets even offer newer features like HDR.

The main difficulty is that there are so many TV sets out there at this 32-inch size, it can be hard to know exactly which one is worth your hard earned dough.

Our TV experts have tested and researched the best options, whether you're in the US or UK. And, the best bit, they cost just a fraction of the price of a giant OLED TV like the LG C8 OLED. Read on for our pick of the 32-inch TV bunch.

Best 32-inch TV sets

Best 32-inch TV sets

1. VIZIO D32X-F1 (US only)

Apps and full array backlighting for less than you might expect

Screen size: 32-inch | Tuner: N/A | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel technology: LED | Smart TV: VIZIO Internet Apps Plus | Curved: No | Dimensions: 505 x 733 x 184 mm

1080p resolution
Full array backlighting
120Hz effective refresh rate
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 2018 D32-F1 being the best of them all. 

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). We'd recommend plugging in some speakers if you can, as the integrated ones aren't great. 

That being said, if you're looking for something smart, small and affordable at a 32-inch size, you can't beat VIZIO's small screen wonder in our opinion.

Best 32-inch TV sets

Best 32-inch TV sets

2. Samsung UN32M5300 (US only)

Samsung's M5300 Series is the top of its class for 2018

Screen size: 32-inch | Tuner: NA | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel technology: LED | Smart TV: Smart Hub | Curved: No | Dimensions: 29.2 x 18.5 x 5.7 inches

1080p resolution
Great app selection
Only 2 HDMI ports
Only optical audio supported

Samsung has been a leader in the 32-inch TV space for years, and at the moment its top of the line model is is the UN32M5300. 

Why? It offers full 1080p images and its Tizen operating system for a price that most folks can afford. This grants access to loads of apps, and the TV's built-in Wi-Fi stops you from having to plug it into your router. 

Sure, the UN32M5300 doesn't have the most connection ports in the world, with just two HDMI slots to pick from. But hey, the small compromises are absolutely worth it.

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Best 32-inch TV sets

Best 32-inch TV sets

3. TCL 32S305

A 32-inch TV from 2017 that still can hang with the best of them

Screen size: 32-inch | Tuner: N/A | Resolution: 720p | Panel technology: LED | Smart TV: Yes (Roku TV) | Curved: No | Dimensions: 28.9" x 19.2" x 7.2"

Roku TV built-in
Super affordable
It's from 2017
Only 720p

Back in 2017, the TCL 32S305 was one of the best-selling 32-inch TVs. It was affordable, offered built-in Roku TV and decent picture quality considering the fact that it was limited to 720p. 

Since then, a number of better-looking TV have come along (cough Samsung M5300) but, if price is your main criteria, then you can't go wrong with 2017's best.

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Best 32-inch TV sets

Best 32-inch TV sets

4. Toshiba 32D3753DB (UK only)

Toshiba's 32-inch screen is for cinephiles with DVD collections

Screen size: 32-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 1366 x 768 | Panel technology: LED | Smart TV: Cloud TV | Curved: No | Dimensions: 498 x 745 x 215

DVD combo
Freeview Play
Only 720p resolution

If you have shelves full of DVDs or a habit of popping the latest bargain bucket DVD title in with your weekly shopping, this new Toshiba 32-inch model is one to consider, with its built-in DVD drive. 

It's not going to rival some of the other models here on all-round picture quality, and it isn't Full HD either. But it still looks attractive despite its combi design, and supports the Freeview Play smart system in the UK, which adds up to a lot of features for its £229 price.

You also get three HDMI ports, one more than several other 32-inch TV sets in this round-up.

  • This product is only available in the UK as of this writing. US and Australian readers: check out a fine alternative in the Samsung UN32M5300.

Best 32-inch TV sets

Best 32-inch TV sets

5. Sony KDL32WE613 (UK only)

HDR in a 32-inch TV

Screen size: 32-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 1366 x 768 | Panel technology: LCD | Smart TV: Cloud TV | Curved: No | Dimensions: 490 x 731 x 187

Has HDR
Recording over USB
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. 

Best 32-inch TV sets

Best 32-inch TV sets

BONUS: SunBrite SB-3211HD

Need an outdoor TV that can see out all year long? This is it.

Screen size: 32-inch | Tuner: N/A | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel technology: LCD | Smart TV: N/A | Curved: No | Dimensions: 490 x 731 x 187

Fully weatherproof
Bright, 1,000-nit display
Includes speaker bar
It's costly as all heck

If you came here looking for an outdoor TV in the 32-inch bracket, we wouldn't feel right sending you off without mentioning SunBrite's series of full-outdoor TVs.

The SunBrite SB3211 in particular offers a super-bright screen that can compete with the sun in any setting. Not only does it pack in 1,000 nits of brightness, but it carries a 1080p resolution and a weatherproof speaker bar.

The only drawback is that it's crazy expensive – around $3,300 if you buy directly from SunBrite. That said, if you want the best 32-inch TV set you can keep outdoors to make your rental home (or real home) even better, this is it.

 Which TVs does TechRadar recommend? 

We know that shopping for a new TV can be a massive hassle, more so when you’re not sure what you’re looking for. But, don't worry, the experts here at TechRadar are veterans at compiling lists that help you find out what features to check for when you're looking for the best 32-inch TV for you.

With 32-inch TVs, one of the most important features to look for is 'smart TV' capabilities. When it comes to a TV for a second or third room, smart features can drastically improve the value and utility of TVs for the simple reason that it prevents you from having to purchase another set-top box or streaming stick.

Instead, all of the functionality of those devices is built right in, saving you time and money. If you’re looking for a TV to fill a bedroom or study, a set with Wi-Fi capability that supports video streaming and file sharing should be at the top of your list.

If you can, we recommend avoiding TVs with resolutions lower than 1080p. Sure, a 720p image will look fine on a smaller screen, but if you want all the details in the images, a 1080p TV is the way to go. Keep in mind that some retailers and manufacturers will try to mislead customers by labeling most 32-inch TVs as 'HD Ready', signifying that it features an HD resolution; however, even though the lower 1,366 x 768 resolution technically qualifies as 'HD Ready', it's going to deliver an image that is muddier and less clear than TVs with a full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display.

One last thing to consider before you decide which 32-inch TV you want, is whether or not it has all the ports you need. Devices like the PS4, the Nintendo Switch and DVD/Blu-ray players will need HDMI inputs; the Nintendo Wii or other legacy game consoles will need a component or even composite video input; PCs, if they don’t use HDMI, will likely use a DVI or VGA input; and Sky or cable set top boxes will need an additional HDMI.

When you have a lot of different devices to connect, it will really make your life easier getting a 32-inch TV that has enough ports to support everything you want to do with it. Keep these tips in mind, and you should have no problem finding the small screen of your dreams.

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