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Best 32-inch TVs 2018: the best secondary TVs for any budget

In 2018, a lot of the conversation about TVs is naturally going to focus on the biggest and most technologically advanced TVs you can buy. But if you’re looking for something smaller, you’ll be pleased to know that there is still plenty of life left in the best 32-inch TVs – assuming you’re the right kind of buyer. The absolute best use for these smaller screens is as a secondary or tertiary TV for bedroom or a study where a 65-inch TV would just be too big. The best 32-inch TVs are a compelling purchase for anyone who needs a backup screen.

You probably won’t find anyone geeking out about the best 32-inch TVs, but that doesn’t mean that TV manufacturers aren’t paying attention. There are still plenty of great 32-inch TVs being released all the time, because these manufacturers realize that there is still a strong market for secondary and tertiary TVs. If you’re on the market for a bedroom TV, do yourself a favor and check out the best 32-inch TVs.

Think about it. What if you’re installing a new 65-inch TV in your bedroom, but there’s no way to position it so that it doesn’t look corny – taking up an entire corner of your room. You can avoid this wholly undesirable situation by buying one of the best 32-inch TVs to begin with. These TVs are awesome for anyone who needs a TV that blends into the background while playing their favorite Netflix shows. Plus, if you want to consume your media through streaming, you can go for a TV with smart functionality built in so that you can save both time and money.

Unfortunately, there are simply tons of 32-inch TVs out there, and it can be a little overwhelming, especially when you factor in the cheap knock-offs that you’ll inevitably run into. But, you can rest easy knowing that we’ve compiled this list of the best 32-inch TVs available right now. Every TV on this list has been thoroughly tested by us here at TechRadar, so that you can shop for the best 32-inch TVs with confidence, knowing that each of these sets will be worth the investment.

1. VIZIO D32X-D1 (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

VIZIO isn’t exactly known for their memorable and catchy product names, so it’s only natural that one of the best small screens from the company has a name like D32X-D1. 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 like Netflix, YouTube and Hulu. . 

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

Samsung has been a leader in the 32-inch screen space for years. The top of the line model from the South Korean manufacturer this year is the UN32M5300. Why? It offers full 1080p images and its Tizen operating system for a price that most folks can afford. Sure, it doesn’t have the most connections in the world, but hey, the small compromises are absolutely worth it.

3. LG 32LJ610V (UK Only)

LG’s 32-inch screen is great for bright, open rooms

Screen size: 32-inch | Tuner: Freeview HD | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel technology: LED | Smart TV: No | Curved: No | Dimensions: 480 x 720 x 160mm

The 32LJ610V is a bit on the ugly side by 32-inch TV standards, and it uses an IPS panel, making it a bad option for dark room environments. However, its picture is bright enough to stand out in light rooms, and best of all its webOS smart TV system makes it fantastically easy to use. Two out of three isn’t so bad, right?

  • 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.

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

If you’re still rocking shelves full of DVDs or you’ve got a habit of popping the latest bargain bucket DVD title in with your weekly shopping, this new Toshiba model features a built-in DVD drive. 

It likely won’t rival the other models here on all-round picture quality, 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 £299 price tag.

  • 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.

 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, we here at TechRadar are experts at compiling lists that help you find out what features to look for when you’re looking for the best 32-inch TV for you.

When it comes to 32-inch TVs, one of the most important features you should look for is ‘smart TV’ capabilities. When you’re looking for 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.

Even if you find a great bargain, you should never settle for a TV that’s lower than a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, especially in 2018. 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, the lower 1,366 x 768 resolution qualifies as ‘HD Ready’, but will deliver an image that is muddier and less clear than TVs with a full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display. Plus, these lower resolution TVs won’t even save you much money. They’re just not worth it.

One last thing to consider before you decide which TV you want, is whether or not it has all the ports you need. Devices like PS4, 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/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 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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