Best Small TV: 7 Picks For Extra Entertainment Space

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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In recent years, the trend of owning a small TV has increased. With the advent of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, more people opt for smaller screens that provide a more intimate viewing experience. Not only do small TVs take up less space, but they also tend to be more affordable than their larger counterparts. However, with so many options on the market, choosing the right one for your needs can be overwhelming.

This article will explore the best small TVs in 2023, considering factors such as picture quality, features, and price point. Whether you're looking for a TV for your bedroom, kitchen, or apartment, we've got you covered. So sit back, relax, and let's dive into the world of small TVs, with our best overall selection being insignia 32" Class F20. We chose this small tv because it has a built-in Fire TV operating system and can be controlled remotely with Alexa voice command.

SAMSUNG UHD Tv is our second-best choice because it was a bit pricey and hard to set up. TCL 1080p Roku Smart LED TV is our third pick because it has unparalleled technology at a very affordable price.

Why a Small Tv?

Extra rooms, such as your bedroom or guesthouse, require a TV set, and buying the biggest screen is not always prudent. Additionally, living in an apartment may mean you have less space, thus requiring you to buy a small tv.

A small TV is considered to be between 22 inches and 50 inches. While they are small, not all compromise on the many television features that make a great set. You can find great smart tv features, several HDMI ports, excellent resolution, great compatibilities, and more.

The following are the top 7 picks for the best small TVs you can buy:

1. Best Price Value: INSIGNIA 32-Inch Class F20 Series Smart HD 720p Fire TV

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The INSIGNIA Class F20 Smart HD Fire TV is a television set with a 32-inch screen size and a resolution of 720p. It is part of the F20 series from INSIGNIA, which offers a range of affordable smart TVs with various screen sizes.

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This model features the Fire TV operating system, developed by Amazon, which we found effective in accessing a wide range of streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and more. It also includes Alexa voice control, which was useful when we used our voice to search for content, launch apps, and control our TV.

Other INSIGNIA 32-inch Class F20 Series Smart HD 720p Fire TV features include built-in Wi-Fi, multiple HDMI and USB ports, and a slim design that is easy to mount on a wall or place on a stand. While the 720p resolution may not be as high as some other TVs on the market, it still provides a good viewing experience for most users, especially those looking for an affordable smart TV option.

Pros:

  • Easy mounting.
  • Ideal for any room.
  • Has parental controls.
  • Has a built-in Fire TV operating system.
  • Has voice command over remote with Alexa—Plus.

Cons:

  • Not loud enough

2. Great Picture Quality: SAMSUNG 43-inch Class Crystal UHD TU-8000 Series

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No viewing is off the limits with this 43-inch tv from Samsung. It comes with all the smart features you want in any TV, thus making its small screen size less of a worry.

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One of the most prominent features we liked about this tv is the 4K picture quality enabled by a high-quality 4K UHD Processor. While the resolution is not the only feature you need for entertainment, this Samsung TV invests in image quality with ultra-slim array backlighting, HDR compatibility, and a 60Hz refresh rate for vibrant images and clarity.

Its sleek design improves decor quality in any room and is compatible with mini and Versa wall mounting. With a wide viewing angle, this smart tv connects to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for ease of use.

It also comes with 3 HDMI inputs, 2 USB ports, an ethernet port, an optical audio input, and a composite input, so you never have to worry about what to watch next. It works with Bixby Voice, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant.

Pros:

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity improves viewing options.
  • It comes with numerous ports for better entertainment.
  • HDR compatibility guarantees great image quality.60 Hz refresh rate to eliminate blurry videos.
  • Compatible with voice assistants.
  • A great option for gamers.
  • From a reputable brand.
  • Excellent sound quality.
  • It is a 4K smart TV.
  • Ideal for any room.
  • Easy mounting.

Cons:

  • It can be tough to set up.
  • A bit pricey

3. Best Overall: TCL 32-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV

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TCL is one of the most prominent TV brands globally. Their small TV line features 32S327, a 32-inch smart TV with two configurations; Roku TVmgd Android TV.

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The TCL 32S327 packs a 1080p High-Resolution resolution for crystal clear images when you watch movies or videos. With an LED screen, this tv is ideal for rooms with limited tv space, such as dorms, tiny apartments, RVs, or bedrooms. The google tv is also available in larger screen sizes if you have more room.

We found our movie nights entertaining with this small tv. It came with a high resolution and Direct-lit LED screen, boasting a 60Hz refresh rate that eliminates blurry images or videos even when watching action-packed content like sports or movies.

This TCL tv has several connectivity features, including 3 HDMI ports, a USB port, and Wi-Fi compatibility to stream or play media files. It is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and features a headphone jack and optical audio output to improve your viewing and entertainment experience.

It has a sleek design, and you can easily mount it on the wall.

Pros:

  • It can be wall-mounted.
  • Excellent sound quality.
  • You do not need a cable box.
  • You can choose any of the two configurations.
  • It is compatible with voice assistants for easier browsing.
  • 3 HDMI and 1 USB port to allow you to play external media.
  • 2-band Wi-Fi compatibility is great for streaming thousands of videos online.
  • It comes in a sleek design with sturdy feet and can be placed on simple TV stands.
  • Available in larger screen sizes and can be bought with accessories like soundbars at discounted prices.1080 HD resolution is ideal for movies, series, live TV, and sports 60Hz refresh rate to eliminate motion blur.

Cons:

  • Not available in 4K resolution.

4. INSIGNIA 24-Inch Class F20 Series Smart HD 720p Fire TV

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INSIGNIA 24-inch Class F20 Series Smart HD 720p Fire TV...
  • 720p resolution - View your favorite movies, shows and games in...
  • Alexa voice control - The Alexa Voice Remote lets you easily...
  • Fire TV experience built-in - Watch over 1 Million streaming...
  • Supports Apple AirPlay - Share videos, photos, music and more...
  • Supports HDMI ARC - Sends audio directly from the HDMI jack to a...

The INSIGNIA 24-inch Class F20 Series Smart HD 720p Fire TV is a television set with a 24-inch screen size and built-in Amazon Fire TV technology. This means you can access your favorite streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, directly from your TV without needing an additional gaming device.

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This tv has a resolution of 720p, which we consider high definition; however, the tv does not have but not have full HD. It has a refresh rate of 60Hz, meaning the screen updates 60 times per second.

The INSIGNIA Fire TV also features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. You can easily connect to your home network and stream content without additional cables or hardware. Additionally, it has three HDMI ports, which allow you to connect other devices, such as a gaming console or Blu-ray player.

Pros:

  • It has a voice remote with Alexa.
  • Has Fire TV experience built-in.
  • HDMI connections.

Cons:

  • Not compatible with cameras

5. Best Fire TV Edition: Toshiba 43LF621U21 43-Inch Smart 4K UHD With Dolby Vision

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If you want great speed and performance, you might need to give this 43-inch tv from Toshiba a try. It comes with built-in Fire TV and voice control for ease of use. We liked how we could connect to streaming platforms like Direct TV, Sling TV, Netflix, Hulu, and more, accessing our favorite shows online easily.

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We liked how this smart tv is built to support over 8 million pixels, giving a high 4K resolution so that you won't miss any tiny detail in your content. Additionally, it allows you to stream high dynamic range (HDR) content online, like movies and videos. If you dread blurry content, this tv has you covered, as it comes with a 60Hz refresh rate to reproduce even the fastest movements on your movie or tv shows.

For fast performance, the TV comes with a quad-core CPU/Multi-core GPU to hasten your searches. Wi-Fi connectivity also means you can access any content online as long as you have fast internet. This TV also has three HDMI ports and other input and output ports. You can also buy 50" and 55-inch TVs of this same model.

Pros:

  • Relatively affordable.
  • Impressive audio processing.
  • 4K resolution for best picture quality.
  • 60Hz refresh rate for seamless viewing.
  • Input land output ports for better entertainment.
  • Dolby Vision HDR compatibility for better colors.
  • Quad-core or Multi-core processors for instant search results.
  • Alexa compatibility for easier TV control and smart home features.
  • Built-in Fire TV to integrate live over-the-air TV and streaming channels for a better viewing experience.

Cons:

  • None

6. Best Full HD Resolution: Hisense 40-Inch Android Smart TV With Voice Remote

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With a 40-inch screen, this TV from Hisense fully displays smart features, starting with an amazing 1080p resolution and an android operating system. We enjoyed that the tv can support voice control, connects to Wi-Fi, and works with DTS Studio Sound for the best sound quality.

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The TV also supports Bluetooth connectivity, so you can stream music or other content and listen on your headphones or soundbar. This tv boasts a 120Hz refresh rate that reduces input lag in fast-paced streaming content.

We liked that the tv comes with two HDMI ports, 2 USB Ports (v 2.0), an RCA input, an ethernet port, a Digital Audio Output (Optical) port, and composite audio input. It is also worth mentioning that the TV is compatible with Vesa wall mounting and has a 1-year warranty.

Pros:

  • An android operating system that allows you to download more streaming apps.
  • 120Hz refresh rate allows comfortable viewing of fast-paced content.
  • Input and output ports for more entertainment options.
  • DTS Studio Sound for well-balanced sound frequencies.
  • Bluetooth connectivity is a plus.
  • Full HD 1080 resolution tv.
  • Supports voice control.

Cons:

  • The TV could use a better back design.
  • Voice control problems.

7. Best 720p Resolution: Sony 32-Inch 720p Smart LED TV

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Sony has this 32-inch small smart TV with a great 720p resolution, Wi-Fi connectivity, and an LED screen on sale. While it is not an android TV, this Sony KDL32W600D lets you connect to your home network, stream movies from platforms like Netflix and Hulu, and enjoy more entertainment from other platforms like YouTmg and Live TV.

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With the brand's Motionflow XR 240 technology, the tv enabled us to enjoy fast-moving action from movies and sports because it enables a 60Hz refresh rate to eliminate blurring. The TV also uses the Clear Phase technology to analyze and balance audio quality so you can listen to all your content with smooth frequencies.

We enjoyed that the tv comes with two HDMI cable ports, a stereo minijack headphone output, 1 Component/Composite, an optical digital audio output, 1 RF input for the antenna, and an ethernet port. All these ports are well-designed at the back of the TV to keep cables out of sight.

The TV also features 2 USB inputs, which we liked as it enabled us to load content from a thumb drive, connect our camera, and view images on a larger screen. For even better viewing, this TV allows screen mirroring so you can share your smartphone screen and stream content from there.

Pros:

  • Slim design.
  • Easy to use remote control.
  • Available at an affordable price.
  • Several ports for more functionality.
  • Small screen with a 720p resolution to allow crisp images.
  • MotionFlow XR 240 technology enables a 60Hz refresh rate for more comfortable viewing.
  • Smart Tv operation system backed by Wi-Fi connectivity so you can access built-in streaming services.

Cons:

  • Not so good sound quality.
  • HDMI ports location is not ideal for wall mounting.
  • Not an Android TV; hence you won't be able to add more streaming apps.

How To Know The Ideal Size Of Your Best Small TV

Buying a small TV is easier when you know the best features to look for, but do you know the ideal size for your room? Before deciding on the best TV features, calculate the best TV size for comfortable viewing.

To understand how many inches will work for your room, measure the distance between your ideal TV and sitting positions. Ideally, it would be best if you sat as far as 1.0 to 2.5 times the measurement of your screen size.

It is best to take these measurements in inches, or if you take them in feet, then convert the number into inches(1 inch= 0.083ft). The following are examples to guide you;

  1. If you want to buy a 42-inch TV set, you can sit 84 inches(7 ft) away from it.
  2. If you are unsure about the best screen size, you can divide the length between the Tv position and your sitting position by two; i.e., If the distance is 120 inches, you can buy a 60-Inch tv for comfortable viewing.

Factors to Consider When Buying the Best Small Tvs in 2023

If you have that extra guest room, dorm room, or any other wall needing a smaller TV, you must apply the same techniques when buying a big TV to find the best deal. These are some of the essential features to consider when buying the best small tv:

1. Screen Size

You need to calculate the best screen size for your new TV before buying it. The size is important in determining how visible content will be from where you sit. A TV screen size is measured diagonally, from one top corner to the opposite lower corner. This number is different from the dimensions of the TV, which are lower.

When choosing the screen size, it is important to consider the viewing angle. If the TV will be placed in a room where people will be sitting at different angles, it is best to choose a wider viewing angle.

2. The Screen Resolution

The screen resolution is another feature that determines how enjoyable your TV time is. A higher resolution screen allows you to sit closer to the TV because the image looks more life-like, thus not affecting your eye comfort. Resolution means the number of pixels reproducing a picture on your display of horizontal rows and vertical columns.

When buying a small TV, it is best to pick one with no less than 3840 x 2160 resolution, 4K, because you can comfortably sit next to it. 4K means you get 3840 pixels to produce a life-like picture on 2160 horizontal lines.

3. Sound Quality

The sound quality of a TV is often overlooked but is an important factor to consider. While small TVs typically do not have the same sound capabilities as larger TVs, there are still some features to look out for. Look for a TV with built-in speakers that offer decent sound quality.

If you want to enhance the sound quality, consider purchasing a soundbar or a set of speakers. These can be easily connected to the TV, providing a much better audio experience.

4. High Dynamic Range (HDR)

A small tv compatible with HDR can display better color and more balanced brightness and contrast for better overall image quality. When buying a small TV, you will find this feature in some 4K models. Look out for "HDR10" or "Ultra HD Premium" terms on the product descriptions before you purchase.

5. Refresh Rate

When buying a TV set, always look for the refresh rate, expressed in Hertz or Hz. It is the number of times an image is refreshed on your screen per second. This refreshing eliminates blurry content when watching fast-paced sports or action movies.

The standard refresh rate for all TVS is 60Hz, but you can find double or triple the number, up to 240Hz, for the best seamless streaming.

6. Design and Aesthetics

The design and aesthetics of a small TV can also be an important factors to consider, especially if you're placing it in a prominent location. Some small TVs have slim bezels and a sleek design, while others have a more traditional look. Consider which design matches your room's aesthetics and complements your existing decor.

7. External Connection Ports

Ideally, your small tv should have at least three HDMI ports, a USB port, and other vital connections for the best performance. HDMI ports allow you to connect accessories like soundbars, Roku TVs, or Chromecast, while USB ports allow playing content on your thumb drive.

For the ports, spot at least one or two that support the newest HDMI formats, like 2.1 and 2.0, for faster connections. You can get a smart tv with an HDCP 2.2 HDMI port that supports 4K resolutions.

8. Smart Capabilities

Smart capabilities are becoming increasingly popular in small TVs. Smart TVs are internet-enabled and allow users to stream content from popular streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. They also allow users to browse the internet, access social media, and play games.

Choosing a TV with a user-friendly interface is important when considering smart capabilities. Some TVs have a clunky interface that can be difficult to navigate. Look for a TV with a well-designed and intuitive interface to ensure a seamless user experience.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Best Small TV

a) Which TV is best in 24 inches?

Choosing the best TV in a particular size can depend on various factors, such as your budget, preferred brand, features, and intended use. However, based on customer reviews and expert ratings, some of the top-rated 24-inch TVs on the market include Samsung UN24H4500AFXZA, LG 24LJ4540, Vizio D24f-G1, and TCL 3-Series 24S325.

Ultimately, the best TV in 24 inches depends on your preferences and needs. It is recommended to read reviews and compare features and prices before purchasing.

b) Is a 24-inch TV too small?

The appropriate size of a TV largely depends on personal preference and the intended use of the TV. For some people, a 24-inch TV may be suitable for a small room or use as a computer monitor. However, a larger screen size may be more appropriate for others who enjoy a more immersive viewing experience or plan to use the TV for entertainment purposes, such as watching movies or playing video games.

Considering factors such as viewing distance, room size, and usage is recommended when selecting a TV size. As a general guideline, a viewing distance of about 1.5 to 2 times the diagonal screen size of the TV is recommended for optimal viewing experience. A 24-inch TV would mean a viewing distance of approximately 3 to 4 feet.

c) What is the smallest TV you can buy?

The smallest TV you can buy will depend on several factors, such as the brand, model, and region. However, the smallest commercially available TV screen size is 7 inches. Some brands, such as Sony and LG, offer 7-inch portable TVs that are lightweight and can be easily carried around. These TVs usually have a resolution of 1024x600 pixels and are ideal for personal use, such as watching movies during a commute or while traveling.

It's important to note that technology is always evolving, and even smaller TVs may be available in the future. Additionally, some brands may discontinue or change their product lines, so it's always best to check with the manufacturer or a reputable retailer for the latest information on available TV sizes.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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