Our pick of the best 32-inch TVs for comfortable viewing

The best quality 32-inch TVs available in the UK for the ultimate viewing experience every evening.

The best 32-inch TV's

by Angelica Daujotas |

Affordable and moderately sized, watching your favourite shows and films can now be made possible wherever you need, with the very best 32-inch TV.

32-inch TVs are the perfect size for comfortable viewing in smaller spaces like your bedroom, kitchen, or even grandchild’s room - ideal for areas of your home that aren’t centred around viewing.

The tech market is filled with TVs boasting a QLED display or a 60-inch screen, but the 32-inch remains ever so popular. The perfect size, not too small or too big, makes them the top choice for smaller living rooms and kitchens.

They do just about most if not all of what a snazzy 55-inch TV could offer, with Freeview channels, plenty of connections for HDMI and DVD players, some even boasting Smart TV features - all of this without breaking the bank!

What to look out for in a 32-inch TV

Screen resolution

A TV display is made up of thousands of tiny squares of light called pixels, screen resolution refers to the number of distinct pixels displayed horizontally and vertically. This is usually referred to in width x height, e.g. 1280 x 720 pixels.

The resolution best suited for you will depend on your TV size, living space, and budget, ultimately the higher the screen resolution the better.

Related: The best 43-inch smart TVs for every budget

Freeview Play

Freeview Play is a service that combines on-demand and catch-up television streaming into one place, allowing you to browse forward to what’s upcoming, and backward to see shows from the previous week.

Smart TV

A smart TV is a television that can connect to the internet independently from any extra gadgets like an Amazon Fire Stick or a set-top box. They’re typically pre-loaded with a selection of recognisable on-demand catch-up apps, such as BBC iPlayer, All 4, and ITV Hub, and subscription services such as Amazon Prime Video or Netflix. A Smart TV will also allow the user access to other internet services, such as news apps, weather services, internet browsers, and social media apps like Facebook.

If you’re someone who loves to watch TV, whether it be soaps, Nordic noir dramas, reality shows, or blockbuster movies, then a Smart TV is likely to be worth it. The internet connection offers up access to free and paid-for content via apps, whenever you want it.

The best 32-inch TVs

Check out our round-up to find the very best 32-inch TV for your needs and budget, with a selection of our top picks from household favourites like LG and Samsung.

With a full HD screen and user-friendly smart interface in the form of Toshiba Smart Portal, this is a compelling television for the price. Its screen has the power of HDR and HDR10, so its quality is very vibrant and clear. It'll also link up with Alexa and Google devices, allowing for voice control to change the channel, volume, or load up apps. Plug a USB or hard drive, and you'll be able to pause live Freeview, too.

Specifications

Screen: 1080p, Full-HD

Smart TV: Yes

Freeview Play: Yes

Connections: HDMI x3, USB x2, VGA x1, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet

Pros:

• 1080p screen good contrast

• Good amount of connections

• Reliable smart features

Cons:

• Poor energy rating

LG's screen delivers a very nice image, which is bright and detailed (thanks to the onboard HDR and processing cores). In our opinion, one of LG's real strengths is its user-friendly OS and smart features. The sound is also good, offering a decent amount of power for such a small set. For newcomers to the world of smart TVs, this is a comfortable place to begin. It also works with Alexa, which allows for voice control and syncing with Echo smart speakers.

Specifications

Screen: 720p, HD Ready

Smart TV: Yes

Freeview Play: Yes

Connections: HDMI x3, USB x2, Optical, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet

Pros:

• User-friendly

• Nice sound

• Stylish stand

Cons:

• Only 720p

Samsung is a name that can be trusted, no matter the device, and that certainly rings true with the 2020 model of its T5300, full-HD 32-inch TV. Samsung's HDR tech manages picture detail, helping components of an image stand out and come alive. Ultra Clean View also helps the image to impress viewers and the colour representation is bright and vibrant. The smart OS used here is Tizen, which is simple to use, quick and reliable. As well as Prime Video, Netflix and BBC iPlayer, there's Apple TV, Now TV and Disney+ support.

Specifications

Screen: 1080p, Full-HD

Smart TV: Yes

Freeview Play: Yes

Connections: HDMI x2, USB x1, Optical, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet

Pros:

• Excellent 1080p screen

• Well-implemented smart features

• Nice colours

Cons:

• Some apps need reinstalling to fully function

Sony's Bravia range is a darling of the television market, bringing excellent visual technology to consumers for a reasonable price. The KD32W800PU offers a LED direct-lit HD screen and with it, a refined visual experience. You'll also get vibrant colours and beautiful natural tones, thanks to Sony's Live Colour technology. With Google Assistant built-in, you can use your voice to control your TV. Change channels, load apps, or even ask for recommendations, simply by asking, "Ok Google, what should I watch?” Freeview Play is built-in, and many of the major streaming apps are represented - though a media stick might be needed for those with broader tastes. Plugin a USB stick, and you’ve got built-in recording, too.

Specifications

Screen: LED directlit, HD Ready 1366 x 768p

Smart TV: Yes

Freeview Play: Yes

Connections: Bluetooth, built-in WiFi, DMI 2.0b x 3, USB 2.0 x 2 and 3.5mm jack audio output.

Pros:

• Great picture quality with Live Colour technology

• Voice controlled assistant via remote

• Freeview HD with Freeview Play

Cons:

• More expensive than competition

TCL's 32-inch smart TV is a tidy and affordable option. The 32S5209K uses Android OS, so the user interface is simple to navigate and reliable. This means that you have access to smart apps like Netflix and YouTube, but it's also capable of running Google Home and the Google Play Store. There's a built-in Chromecast screen-sharing feature - this lets you use apps like BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub on a smartphone and then stream the content to the TV.

Specifications

Screen: 720p, HD Ready

Smart TV: Yes

Freeview Play: No

Connections: HDMI x2, USB x1, Chromecast, Bluetooth

Pros:

• Dolby Audio sound

• Very affordable

• Chromecast adds huge value

Cons:

• Not Full-HD

• 720p, not 1080p as advertised

This super stylish TV from Panasonic boasts a sharp Full HD picture with superb definition and contrast for life-like images. The TX-32JS360B comes with fast-motion processing for smooth pictures and you can access all your favourite content through the smart platform. It even has a Sport, Movie, and Game mode so you can customise your settings depending on the content you're watching with the intelligent backlight control optimising everything you watch.

Specifications

Screen: 1080p, Full HD

Smart TV: Yes

Freeview Play: Yes

Connections: HDMI x2, USB x1

Pros:

• Surround sound

• Competitive price

• Excellent picture

Cons:

• Reviewers have remarked on the TV guide display being quite small

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