The Best Small TVs: 2016 Edition

The Best Small TVs: 2016 Edition

We spend a lot of time here at Cordcutting.com helping you get your content up on your “big screen.” But size isn’t everything in entertainment, and there’s actually a lot to be said for smaller televisions. Today’s modern small TVs offer unparalleled picture quality and can double as monitors for cord cutters that spend a lot of time on their computers. The small footprint of a thin modern HDTV allows us to put TVs anywhere we might need them, without having to clear off a whole shelf or create an eyesore. With an affordable small television and a low-cost streaming device like a Chromecast, you can make your kitchen, bedroom, exercise area, or study more cord cutter-friendly.

If the advantages of a smaller TV sound good to you, then check out our list below. We’ve put together this ultimate guide by combing the Internet for the most reliable best-of lists and compiling them here. This list represents an aggregate view of some of the most reliable sources on the web, including CNET, the Wirecutter, Amazon customer reviews, and more. As always, we’ll include links to purchase these devices and details on their specs.

 

TCL 32S3800 Roku Smart LED TV

TCL 32S3800 Roku Smart LED TV

Price: $170

Specs: 32”, 720p, 60Hz native refresh rate, Roku platform, 3 HDMI inputs, 1 USB port

Reviews and Customer Feedback

The Wirecutter considers the TCL 32S3800 to be the cream of the crop among smart TVs, and see no reason to disagree. This is one of the smart TVs that TCL made in partnership with Roku, meaning that the user interface will look very familiar to Roku users. We’re huge fans of Roku’s platform, which is much more user-friendly than that of the typical smart TV. While we normally don’t think much of smart TVs (since more user-friendly add-on devices are so affordable), we make an exception for smart TVs that use the Roku platform.

 

Samsung UN24H4000

Samsung UN24H4000

Price: $149

Specs: 24”, 720p 60Hz native refresh rate, 2HDMI inputs, 1 USB port

Reviews and Customer Feedback

If you’re looking for something even smaller than 32”, the Samsung UN24H4000 is a good bet. This is a 2014 model, but it still packs a punch – and now comes with a very, very low price tag. This size of TV makes a great television-second computer monitor combination. Amazon reviewers rave about this model: it has an average rating of 4.5, and over 70% of users gave it the perfect 5-star rating. This is clearly the budget option on this list, but it’s also a consumer favorite.

 

Vizio E32-C1 Smart LED TV

Vizio E32-C1 Smart LED TV

Price: $228

Specs: 32”, 1080p, 120Hz effective refresh rate, smart functionality, 2 HDMI inputs, 1 USB port

Reviews and Customer Feedback

For customers looking for 1080p in the 32” range, the folks over at The Wirecutter recommend the Vizio E32-C1. It’s easy to see why, because Vizio’s E series has garnered acclaim from all over the net. CNET reviewed the entire series at once and gave it an overall 8.1 – quite a high mark for a CNET review. No matter where you slot in size-wise, you’re likely to be pleased with the E series. Vizio does very good work with their small TV lineup – this is the first of several Vizio products that made our list.

 

Vizio E320-B2

Vizio E320-B2

Price: $200

Specs: 32”, 720p, 60Hz effective refresh rate, 2 HDMI inputs, 1 USB port

Reviews and Customer Feedback

Here at Cordcutting.com, we’re generally of the opinion that there’s no need to buy a smart TV. With so many low-cost streaming devices out there, there’s not really any reason to commit to the shoddy user interface of most smart TVs (as we mentioned above, smart TVs that include the excellent Roku platform are the exception here). With that in mind, here’s an option for those who want a solid TV and don’t care about built-in smart TV functionality. Amazon users love this one and have given it 4.3 out of 5 stars. The Wirecutter considers it the best option for non-smart small TVs. And since it’s part of the E series, you know that CNET likes it too.

 

Vizio M43-C1 Smart LED TV

Vizio M43-C1 Smart LED TV

Price: $498

Specs: 43”, 4K UHD, 120Hz effective refresh rate, 5 HDMI inputs, 1 USB port

Reviews and Customer Feedback

A slightly larger TV, this is the only model on our list that’s 4K capable. While there’s not yet a ton of 4K ultra-HD content around, it’s clearly the wave of the future. The best small 4K UHD TV is the Vizio M43-C1. It’s part of Vizio’s M series, which CNET raved about in their review and later included in their list of best 33-43” televisions. Amazon reviewers are on board too, with more than half of users giving the Vizio M43-C1 a perfect 5-star rating.

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Stephen Lovely
Stephen Lovely
Stephen Lovely is a freelance writer and a longtime cord cutter with a passion for technology and entertainment. You can find his work on Cordcutting.com and his tweets at @stephenlovely.

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