The best 32-inch TVs 2021: ideal bedroom, office and kitchen TVs

The best 32-inch TVs have smart platforms and even HDR support – going compact doesn't mean giving up all the latest tech

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Best 32-inch TVs 2021
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The best 32-inch TVs are ideal for those with small-sized living rooms, or as a TV in a bedroom or office. It's the larger TVs that you tend to see advertised and pushed most strongly in stores, but compact sizes still sell like mid-size hotcakes, due to sheer practicality.

Of course, the best 32-inch TVs are also generally much cheaper than larger sets, and so remain popular for that reason alone, which is fair. But even if you're buying on a budget, you still deserve best quality you can get for that price, and that's what we're here to deliver.

32-inch TVs are naturally popular during back-to-school season, and uni students in particular will find this size able to fit in all but the pokiest of bedrooms.

While they might not offer every advanced feature of the best TVs out there, 32-inchers can still deliver great smart TV option to those who want to spend less. Having said that, you can get some fairly fancy 32-inch TVs, with prices that start to crossover with the cheaper of the best 43-inch TVs

You won't find any 4K TVs here, and while there are models with HDR, don't expect the levels of brightness and contrast control that you get from more cinematic sizes, such as the best 48- to 50-inch TVs or best 55-inch TVs. Generally speaking, these TVs are design to offer bang for buck from their HD screens, and that's just fine with us.

Don't forget to also check out our list of best TVs under £500 too, where 32-inch TVs run shoulders with larger-size sets that still down to affordable prices.

Best 32-inch TVs: Is this the right size for you?

It’s hard to believe that a 32-inch TV was once considered huge, but these days this screen size is usually sought as a secondary TV. They tend to be used in locations where space is a premium or you want to view the screen up close: that means kitchens, offices, bathrooms and gyms. But for those wanting a smart screen to fit into a smaller space, the humble 32-inch Full HD TV is the ideal choice.

Obviously, don't choose one if what you really want is cinematic thrills and the height of technology – you won't find any of the best OLED TVs in this size, and they tend to lack the connectivity features of the best gaming TVs. Let's be realistic that the focus here is getting a good clear pictures, and sound that's good enough that you can hear what's going on.

Best 32-inch TV: What to look for

The 32-inch TV is the last bastion of Full HD, so don’t expect to find any 4K panels on screens this size. That’s not really a great loss: Ultra HD is hardly going to wow you with a picture this small

However, some 32-inch TVs still offer HDR support, which gives you a better picture overall. If you can, we recommend grabbing one with this feature, because it helps to make images look more lifelike and rich – it's one of the few recent TV technology improvements that's just as effective on smaller screens as big ones. Streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ all offer HDR support for movies and TV.

Otherwise TVs at this size tend to be fairly stripped down in terms of features, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy a decent smart platform that supports the main video streaming services.

Best 32-inch TVs: the list

Samsung The Frame (2021)T3 Best Buy Award badge

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1. Samsung The Frame 32" (2021)

The best TV that's also an art gallery

Reasons to buy
+Art mode is amazing+One Connect box with single cable+QLED is impressive+Can be mounted flush to the wall
Reasons to avoid
-Not 4K

If you're looking for a 4K TV, you'll need to look at a bigger version of The Frame: this one is Full HD. But at this size that's not a deal-breaker, especially when you consider that the display here is QLED – so you're getting OLED-esque contrast and colour without OLED prices. We've very impressed with QLED and we think you will be too.

The unique selling point here is Art Mode, which turns The Frame into a picture or photo frame when it isn't active. You get three months of free artworks with the TV, and if you choose not to subscribe afterwards you can use your own images and photos instead. It's a really great idea, especially when you mount The Frame to the wall: it's been designed cleverly so it mounts flush to the wall, with just a single cable going to the One Connect box. You can even swap the bezels to make it blend in even better with your decor.

In addition to superb picture quality you also get some clever features including mirroring from your mobile device, SmartThings support so you can start watching a movie on the bus and then pick up where you left off when you get home and turn on The Frame, Bixby, Alexa and Google Assistant, and a really nice remote. You can also use The Frame as a wireless PC monitor.

It's impressive stuff, and the only real weakness here is the audio: as a sound system, The Frame makes a really good picture frame. The slim case doesn't leave much room for speakers, and while the sound isn't terrible you're going to want one of the best soundbars for Samsung TVs if you want it to sound as good as it looks.

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2. LG 32LM6300

The best 32-inch TV overall

Reasons to buy
+Excellent smart platform+Full HD resolution+HDR support+3x HDMI inputs
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing at this price

When it comes to the best 32-inch TVs, the LG LM63 is proof you don’t need to compromise on features just because the screen’s small. This Full HD LCD TV sports a simple but sophisticated design that offers a choice of stand or wall mounting. There’s no shortage of connections either with three HDMI inputs, two USB ports and built-in Wi-Fi.

There’s a direct backlight and quad-core processing for improved upscaling, sharper images and more accurate colours. There’s also full calibration controls and a range of picture modes that includes one with a low input lag for gaming. The LM63 even supports HDR10 and HLG, with the latter used by BBC iPlayer.

It’s with video streaming services that this 32-inch TV is at its strongest, boasting LG’s award-winning webOS smart platform. This responsive and intuitive system offers a comprehensive choice of services, including Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Apple TV+, and all the UK catch-up services.

The LM63 also has Freeview HD and satellite tuners, allowing you to enjoy all your favourite broadcast programming. There’s even Dolby Audio and a virtual surround mode, making this diminutive star the 32-inch smart TV to beat.

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The best cheap 32-inch TV

Reasons to buy
+Quick access to streaming services+Decent picture and sound quality+Simple, compact design
Reasons to avoid
-No HDR or Dolby Vision-Won’t be good for gaming-Can’t ask Alexa through the remote

A small TV that won't break the bank, the Hisense 32A4GTUK 32-inch set doesn't compromise too much on sound and picture quality to keep the price down. It has bright, accurate colours and a compact design that is very easy to set up. 

From the remote, you get quick access to some of the most popular streaming services like Netflix or YouTube. It also comes with Freeview Play installed to catch up on the past week's TV, like from the BBC or ITV. For more ways to watch, read the news or play games, the app store has plenty of possibilities as well. You can even hook it up to your Amazon Alexa or Google Home devices to control it by voice. 

You may think you need to spend big on a TV for decent picture quality or handy smart features, but that’s not the case – our Hisense 32A4GTUK review reveals it to be a cheap TV with loads of ways to stream, so it's a great choice for the bedroom, office or small living room.

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The best 32-inch TV for Amazon Alexa users

Reasons to buy
+Amazon Alexa built-in+Plenty of ways to connect +HD ready with HDR10 support
Reasons to avoid
-Not particularly bright-Won't be great for gaming 

If you want a TV that can be integrated with the rest of your Alexa-controlled smart home, the Toshiba WK3C will be a great choice. With two microphones built into the front, you’ll not only be able to use Alexa to control the TV by voice, but you’ll be able to use it as a smart display as well, so you can get all the answers to your burning questions. 

Considering how cheap it is, you won’t sacrifice too much on picture quality either. It’s far from perfect but you’ll still get vibrant colours and relatively detailed imagery. Another big plus point is the sound, it’s loud, balanced and you won’t feel the need to improve it with a soundbar if you plan to use this as a kitchen TV. 

Despite not having an operating system as comprehensive as Android TV or Roku, you’ll still be able to stream all your favourite shows from services like Netflix and Prime Video without needing to plug in extra tech, and Freeview Play incorporates UK catch up services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and All 4. 

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5. Sony KDL-32WE613

The best 32-inch TV for sport

Reasons to buy
+Excellent image processing+HDR support
Reasons to avoid
-Only HD Ready

The Sony WE61 is another great 32-inch TV that manages to cram in plenty of features despite a reduced amount of screen real estate. This HD Ready LCD TV benefits from Sony’s customary flair with an elegant design, and narrow frame thanks to edge LED backlighting. There’s even cable management to keep things tidy.

The WE61 delivers a superior picture performance with a host of image features, including Sony’s X-Reality PRO processor, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, HDR support and Live Colour technology. There’s even Motionflow XR for smoother motion when you’re watching football, and ClearAudio+ for improved sound quality.

This 32-inch smart TV isn’t as comprehensive as LG and Samsung, but still supports the usual suspects like Netflix and YouTube. There’s also Freeview Play for easy access to all the UK catch-up services. For broadcast UK TV there’s a Freeview HD tuner, and if you want to connect another device, Sony includes a pair of HDMI inputs and two USB ports.

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6. Panasonic TX-32FS503B

The best 32-inch TV for picture accuracy

Reasons to buy
+Great picture accuracy+HDR support
Reasons to avoid
-Only 720p HD Ready

The Panasonic FS503 largely mirrors the Sony when it comes to design and features, making it another solid 32-inch TV. This HD Ready LCD model also uses an LED backlight and sports a sleek and minimalist design with a choice of stand or wall mounting.

There are plenty of processing features to ensure top-notch picture quality, such as high contrast performance, HDR support and adaptive backlight dimming. There’s also a host of picture modes, including dedicated sport and game modes, along with calibration controls.

This 32-inch smart TV includes Panasonic’s My Home Screen 3.0, allowing you to enjoy streaming services like Netflix and YouTube. In addition, all the UK catch-up services can be accessed via Freeview Play, and for live TV there’s a Freeview HD tuner.

In terms of connections there are two HDMI inputs, a pair of USB ports and built-in Wi-Fi. Finally, a decent audio system is augmented by a number of sound modes, including virtual surround, rounding out a strong 32-inch TV.

Sharp 1T-C32BC5KH2F (32BC5K)T3 Award

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The best 32-inch TV for sound

Reasons to buy
+Main TV streaming apps come pre-installed+Plenty of ways to connect other devices+The Harmon Kardon speakers are very loud
Reasons to avoid
-The remote isn’t very responsive-UI is a bit hard to navigate -No HDR10 or Dolby Vision support

You'll never get soundbar-like surround sound from a small TV, never mind a budget one. But if you want a set that you won't need to hook up an external audio device to, then the Sharp 1T-C32BC5KH2F (32BC5K) will be a good choice because of its massive volume capabilities. 

Not only is it super loud, but the image quality is pretty good too - it has accurate contrast between light and dark areas which lends itself well to showing detail in on-screen content. Colours could look a little dull at times though it's not massively noticeable in most types of TV. 

Pre-installed on this compact TV set are all the streaming apps you could need including Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer and YouTube. It's not as easy to navigate as Android or Roku TVs but everything you need is there. 

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The best budget 32-inch TV for smart features

Reasons to buy
+Budget-friendly+Lightweight and slim+Good contrast between light and dark
Reasons to avoid
-No microphone built-in to use the Google Assistant-In-built speakers aren’t great-No HDR10+ or Dolby Vision support

A 720p TV with Android TV smart features built-in, it's almost hard to believe the TCL 32ES568 has such a low price. This compact set has a smart, black design making it perfect for any small living, bedroom or office. 

Setup is as simple as following a few instructions in the Google Home app, after that away you go. It comes with a few of the key streaming apps pre-installed like Netflix, Disney+ and Amazon Prime, you can download others from the Google Play Store or Chromecast shows directly from your smartphone. 

The picture quality was definitely good enough, with deep blacks and well-balanced contrast. A couple of things worth noting are that the colours could have been more vibrant and the sound was a little tinny, you can read more about that in the full TCL 32ES568 review. It definitely won't match up to a TV that costs three times the price, but you shouldn't expect it to - overall it's great value for money. 

Stephen Withers
Stephen Withers

Steve Withers is a professional calibrator and freelance journalist who regularly contributes to T3, reviewing audio and video products, and writing articles. Steve has been writing about audio and video products for over ten years and, along with T3, he also contributes to TechRadar, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, AVForums, Pocket-lint, Home Cinema Choice, and Wired. Steve is Level 2 certified with THX, the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and the Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). As such, he remains abreast of all AV technology developments and the latest industry standards as we transition into a new era in home video and audio.