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Best Small Flat-Screen TVs to Buy Right Now

James K. Willcox

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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.

The good news is you don't have to sacrifice picture quality when you downsize the screen. In fact, many of the smaller flat-screen TVs in our ratings have very good or excellent high-definition picture quality. Instead, you might have to give up features such as 4K UHD resolution, which will not matter much on a screen 32 inches or less, and room-filling sound, since few TVs of that size deliver top-notch audio.

Here are five can't-miss picks for people in search of small flat-screen TVs. The list includes both new models and some leftover 2016 sets, since often companies don't refresh their smaller TV lineup as frequently as they do larger ones.

Samsung UN32J4000

This 32-inch 720p set from Samsung, originally introduced in 2015, is still going strong. It's a basic, low-priced 60Hz model that nonetheless offers very good high-definition picture quality and a wider-than-average viewing angle. Its sound, however, is only fair, but that's not uncommon in this screen size. It has two HDMI inputs and one USB port.

Sony KDL-32W600D

This 32-inch LED LCD-based 720p TV from Sony, in its top regular HD series for 2016, delivers very good high-definition picture quality, plus a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD set. Like many sets this size, its sound quality was only fair. Unlike Sony's 4K models, it has Sony's own smart TV system, not Android TV. The TV has two HDMI inputs and two USB ports.

LG 32LJ500B

This 32-inch smart TV from LG, a 720p model that's very similar to the 32LJ500 model except it comes with smart TV capability, delivers very good high-definition picture quality and a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD-based set. This model is a 60Hz set, and comes with LG's updated webOS 3.5 smart TV system. It has two HDMI inputs and one USB port.

Vizio D32x-D1

This 32-inch 1080p set, in Vizio's line of entry-level D-series models, narrowly edges out the Hisense 32H5FC model, another good choice. It offers very good high-definition picture quality and a wider-than-average viewing angle for an LCD set. Its sound, though, like many smaller sets, was only fair. (The main difference between this D32x set and the very similar D32 model is that this set is a 60Hz model, while the other set uses backlight scanning to achieve a higher refresh rate.) The TV has the company's VIA Plus smart TV platform, and two HDMI inputs and one USB port.

LG 24LJ4840-WU

Looking for an even smaller set? This 720p LED LCD TV from LG, a smart TV with access to streaming services, delivers very good high-definition picture quality. Like many sets this size, though, it has a fairly narrow viewing angle, and its sound was only fair. It has two HDMI inputs, and two USB ports.



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