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Best Small Flat-Screen TVs to Buy Right Now

You don't have to sacrifice quality just because you need a smaller set

several small flat-screen TVs on display
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Nothing wows a crowd like a giant-screen television, but sometimes a modest-sized flat-screen TV is a more realistic choice, especially in a bedroom, an office, or an apartment. And smaller TVs are less expensive.

The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice picture quality when you downsize the screen. In fact, many flat-screen TVs that are 32 inches or less receive a Very Good score for high-definition picture quality in Consumer Reports' TV ratings, and a few earn Excellent ratings.

More small models are now smart TVs, providing access to streaming video services without the need for an add-on streaming media player. Prices range from less than $100 for the smallest sets up to about $250 for full-featured 32-inch smart TVs.

But there are sacrifices. With TVs this size you might have to give up features such as 4K resolution, though that won't matter much on a small screen. And few 32-inch TVs deliver top-notch audio.

All of the 200-plus models in our TV ratings go through a battery of objective measurements and subjective evaluations designed to push a TV to its limits. In our ratings you’ll see separate scores for high-definition picture quality, UHD performance (for 4K models), HDR (high dynamic range) effectiveness when available, viewing angle, motion blur, and sound quality. We also consider ease of use and versatility.

We now incorporate brand-level reliability and customer satisfaction ratings into our Overall Scores. Those ratings are based on a large survey of Consumer Reports members.

As we do with every product that Consumer Reports tests, we purchased all of the TVs at retail outlets. We don’t accept freebies or hand-picked models from manufacturers, so every tested model is just like the one you might take home.

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Here are five can’t-miss small flat-screen TVs.

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Samsung UN32M4500
Samsung UN32M4500

    Samsung UN32M4500

    This 32-inch HDTV from Samsung, a 720p model, is currently the only set this size or smaller to earn an Excellent rating for high-definition picture quality. But its viewing angle is narrow, and like many sets this size, its sound gets only a Fair rating. The set, a 60Hz model, is a fairly basic smart TV with access to several streaming video services.

    2

    LG 32LK540BPUA
    LG 32LK540BPUA

      LG 32LK540BPUA

      This 32-inch 720p LG TV is unusual in that it's one of the few non-4K sets we've seen that can accept an HDR signal, though its HDR performance was ineffective. The TV offers Very Good high-definition picture quality and a wider-than-average viewing angle. Like many sets this size, though, its sound receives only a Fair rating. This model has LG's webOS smart TV platform, and it supports Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice-powered digital assistants.

      3

      Samsung UN32N5300
      Samsung UN32N5300

        Samsung UN32N5300

        This 32-inch 1080p smart TV from Samsung offers Very Good high-definition picture quality and a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD set. Like many models this size, though, its sound earns only a Fair rating. It's a more basic smart TV than Samsung's 4K models, but it does provide access to several streaming services.

        4

        LG 24LJ4840-WU
        LG 24LJ4840-WU

          LG 24LJ4840-WU

          This smaller-sized 720p LED LCD TV from LG, a smart TV with access to streaming services, earns a Very Good rating for high-definition picture quality. Like many sets this size, it has a fairly narrow viewing angle, and its sound was rated only Fair.

          5

          Toshiba 32LF221U19
          Toshiba 32LF221U19

            Toshiba 32LF221U19

            This 32-inch 720p smart TV from Toshiba—an Amazon Fire TV model that's sold by Amazon and at Best Buy—offers Very Good high-definition picture quality, but a fairly narrow viewing angle. It uses Amazon's Fire TV smart TV for access to streaming services, and it has built-in support for Amazon's Alexa voice-powered digital assistant.

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