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Best 32-inch smart TV: small screens for any budget

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The best 32-inch TVs take advantage of the smaller scale in ways you might not have considered – not everyone has room in their homes for a massive 85-inch screen.

That said, 32-inch smart TVs make for great secondary screens for the kitchen, garage or a kid's room where a larger-size screen doesn't make sense. 

Plus, let's be honest, they're much, much cheaper as well – especially if can snag a  Black Friday TV deal to bring down the cost.

Best 32-inch TV deal – Samsung Q60A QLED TV: $499

Best 32-inch TV deal – Samsung Q60A QLED TV: $499 $479 at Best Buy
This is one to watch. It's not substantially discounted yet, but we're expecting to see a big price drop on this one. You don't often see a 32-inch TV with 4K HDR support and a stellar smart platform – but the Samsung Q60A is the real deal. Its quantum dot filter makes colors look super saturated and brighter than most other small-screen TVs. Top that off with Samsung's Tizen smart platform and a substantial price cut, and you've got the recipe for a best-selling 32-inch TV.

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. 

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. We’re confident that you’ll be able to find a compact display that’s right for you.

Best small TV

32-inch Samsung The Frame smart TV hanging on wall while displaying painting, near orange chair

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Best small TV: Samsung The Frame

The most stylish small TV out there

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

32-inch Toshiba WK3C smart TV on kitchen counter, showing recipe

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Toshiba WK3C Alexa TV (UK)

A Full HD TV with hands-free Alexa control

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 TVFreeview 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

32-inch Cello smart TV with Android TV platform

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Cello Smart Android TV (UK)

A cheap HD TV worth buying

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 have 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

32-inch Sony KDL32WE613 TV on stand

Sony KDL32WE613 (UK)

HDR in a 32-inch TV

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

Kids watch The Incredibles on a 32-inch Vizio D-Series smart TV

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Vizio D-Series (US)

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

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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32-inch TCL 3-Series Roku TV on wooden counter

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TCL 3-Series Roku TV (US)

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

Screen size: 32-inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Panel type: LED
Smart TV: Roku TV
Dimensions: 20 x 31.1 x 5.2 inches
Reasons to buy
+x3 HDMI ports+Roku platform
Reasons to avoid
-Dim output-No HDR

The TCL 3-Series isn't the most technically impressive model in our best TCL TVs guide, but it does offer a lot for the price. At a 32-inch size, this small TV packs in Full HD resolution, direct full-array dimming (no edge lighting then) and even the excellent Roku operating system found on a host of other TCL TVs.

Roku is the saving grace of this cheap TV, really, adding a sleek and well-organized smart platform with substantial app support: Netflix, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, Hulu, and more. Three HDMI ports give you a lot of connectivity options too, while the 60Hz panel doesn't hurt either.

TCL TVs have a tendency towards quite aggressive overprocessing and high contrast images, which will only be more prominent on its cheaper screens – but for an affordable model that won't be a nightmare to navigate, the 3 Series is a good bet for one of the best 32-inch TVs. 

And while we haven't reviewed this model ourselves, we've seen enough TCL TVs to get a good sense of what's on offer.

Read more: Should I buy a TCL TV?

Best 32-inch smart TV FAQ

Couple watching 32-inch smart TV in blue room

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What are the perks of a small 32-inch smart TV?

Size isn't everything, as the best 32-inch TVs can attest to by offering much sharper 720p or 1080p picture quality on a more compact display. This means there's much less risk of the displayed image appearing blurry as a result of poor upscaling on a larger 4K-capable TV. Some even offer HDR, injecting that smaller, sharper screen with a burst of color.

The smaller size of a 32-inch TV also means that they're offered a good degree more in the way of portability. Need to move the TV to a different room or house? It's far more manageable with a smaller 32-inch TV than with a 4K giant.

How much does a 32-inch smart TV cost?

Prices vary between brands, but even the best 32-inch TVs are cheaper than even the most basic, entry-level 4K tellies. Prices can also vary depending on what features you're looking for.

UK buyers on a budget might look for the Cello Smart Android TV, which costs £199 for a 'gets-the-job-done' level experience. For something a tad more premium, the HDR-capable Sony KDL32WE613 will run you around £259 for the 32-inch model.

In the US, the Vizio D-Series' 32-inch model is somewhat equivalent to the Cello Smart Android TV, costing just $179 for a basic, but functional experience. The TCL 3-Series is similarly affordable at $219 but with a few quality features like full 1080p HD, 3 HDMI ports and loads of streaming apps built in.

What to look for in a 32-inch smart TV

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.

Other TV sizes to consider

Ports and inputs

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.

The right kind of panel

There are essentially two types of LCD panel technology out there for 32-inch TVs: IPS and VA. IPS panels offer slightly wider viewing angles, while VA panels support much better contrast.

With big screen 'main' TVs likely to be used for watching films, sometimes with the lights dimmed, the lack of contrast with IPS screens can become a big issue, causing dark scenes to look washed out. So if you're looking for a 32-inch TV to go into a relatively dark environment, a VA panel is a must.

IPS panel contrast issues are less problematic in bright rooms such as conservatories and kitchens, though, and the (slight) IPS viewing angle advantage can also be handy in such large environments where viewers may be using the TV while walking around the room.

Sound quality

Far too many 32-inch TVs treat sound as an afterthought, even though it's a key part of any viewing experience. It can be tricky to judge a TV's likely audio performance, though, without hearing it for yourself.

All you can do is look for rated speaker output specifications (even though these are notoriously unreliable) and clues in a TV's design: forward firing speakers, built-in bass woofers, enough space on the rear to allow air to move around, and so on.

Small TV alternatives

32-inch smart TV on kitchen counter as person bakes

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Best small TV alternatives: what about a smart display?

It's worth considering whether other, smaller displays might fulfil your needs as well. Once your screen gets smaller than 32 inches, you're moving into monitor or even smart display territory.

A monitor might be a better idea if you want to double up your TV with a computer screen – and you'll often get better specs and higher refresh rates thrown in, compared to the same size for televisions. (Check out our guide to the best monitors for more.)

Smart displays, too, are effectively small screens that can be easily placed anywhere around the house, and tend to come with basic app support, such as YouTube. Amazon's Echo Show range (Echo Show 10, Echo Show 5) pack in Amazon Prime Video, while the Google Nest Hub Max boasts Netflix support – making a little TV binge while you're cooking pretty straightforward.

Original reporting in this article was by John Archer.

Henry St Leger

Henry is TechRadar's News & Features Editor, covering the stories of the day with verve, moxie, and aplomb. He's spent the past three years reporting on TVs, projectors and smart speakers as well as gaming and VR – including a stint as the website's Home Cinema Editor – and has been interviewed live on both BBC World News and Channel News Asia, discussing the future of transport and 4K resolution televisions respectively. As a graduate of English Literature and persistent theatre enthusiast, he'll usually be found forcing Shakespeare puns into his technology articles, which he thinks is what the Bard would have wanted. Bylines include Edge, T3, and Little White Lies.