Best 43-inch TVs in 2024

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The best 43-inch TVs are great for folks who want a TV to double as a monitor, or for anyone with a smaller-sized living room. 

Right now, LG OLED TVs are basically the king of this screen size, with the LG C3 OLED being the best value for your buck. The only downside of OLED TVs in general is that they have a reflective front screen, which you might find annoying if you have a lot of ambient light in your living room. 

If you're looking for a rival QLED TV, check out the Samsung QN90C, available in exactly 43 inches, or for more budget-friendly options, you can find smaller sets like the Samsung Q60C and Amazon Omni for under $500. 

Whatever your budget, there's a 43-inch TV out there for you.  

Best 43-inch TV

The best 43-inch TVs in 2024

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The LG C3 OLED 42-inch model in our testing labs.

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The LG C3 OLED is the best 42-inch TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 42, 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 eARC)
Size: 56.7 x 32.5 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 32.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Superb picture quality
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Improved smart interface
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Top-notch gaming features, performance

Reasons to avoid

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Not LG’s brightest OLED TV
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No ATSC 3.0 tuner
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Average-at-best sound

For so many reasons, the LG C3 OLED is the best 43-inch TV you can buy this year. Because it uses an OLED panel, expect perfect black levels, well-saturated colors, and unbeatable contrast. The C3 also uses LG's evo OLED panel, which enables the C3 to hit around 820 nits at peak brightness. 

For gamers, the C3 offers four full HDMI 2.1 ports that can pass 4K/120 signal from an Xbox Series X or PS5, and its input lag measured in at a respectable 9.3ms when it was in Auto Low Latency Mode. That's very fast for a TV. 

There are a few minor drawbacks that held it back from being a five-star screen, namely you'll likely need a soundbar to enhance the out-of-the-box audio, and its price can be a bit high for a 43-inch screen. Still, it's an incredible TV and one that anyone will be happy to have around. 

Read our full LG C3 OLED review.

Best QLED TV

Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TVEditor's Choice

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The best 43-inch QLED TV is this small, bright Samsung

Specifications

Screen size: 43 inches
Screen type: Neo QLED
Refresh rate: 120Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 43.9 x 25.4 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 30.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

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4 HDMI 2.1 ports
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Excellent off-angle viewing
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Spectacularly bright
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Less blooming than previous model
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Rechargeable remote

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision support
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Included stand isn’t very sturdy

If an OLED TV isn't feasible for your particular setup (ambient brightness, remember, can really wash out an OLED screen) then you should consider our runner-up, the 43-inch Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV. It offers even better brightness of around 1,400 nits in HDR, which should be plenty to overcome the glare from a nearby window. Key to its success is its Mini-LED panel that improves contrast over traditional LED backlights and reduces blooming (when bright objects on a black background bleed light). It makes a huge difference when it comes to brightness and contrast and pretty much any top TV comes with either Mini-LED or OLED panels. 

The only real strike against the Samsung QN90C is that it doesn't support Dolby Vision, pretty much the de facto standard for Hollywood HDR. Movies mastered in HDR will still default to HDR10 so you'll still get most of their performance, but you're missing out on the carefully color-mastered moments in big blockbuster films. 

If you're not too particular about your HDR support and need something to combat ambient brightness, the QN90C is a solid pick.

Read our full Samsung QN90C QLED TV review.

Best OLED TV

Sony Bravia XR A90K OLED TV streaming

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The best 43-inch TV if money is no object

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 42 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (2 HDMI 2.1, 2 HDMI 2.0)
Size: 36.73 x 21.5 x 2.24 inches
Weight: 29.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Fine HDR performance
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Above-average sound
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Elegant remote control
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Google TV smart interface

Reasons to avoid

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Some distortion at high volume
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Only two HDMI 2.1 ports
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High input lag compared with competing TVs

So we've already discussed why OLED TVs are so great with the LG C3 OLED. But what it you took an OLED and gave it the best motion processing and upscaling in the world? That, my friends, would be the Sony Bravia XR A90K. 

The A90K is specifically designed to be a smaller screen. In fact, it's only available in either a 42-inch or 48-inch model. Despite that, though, it packs an enormous amount of picture processing power under the hood. Our reviewer loved how natural the picture looked, and how motion didn't have any artfefacting. 

So why is down here at #3? For one, its priced like a 65-inch TV. For another its raw test data doesn't paint the prettiest picture. Its peak brightness is around 640 nits in a 10% window. Its color accuracy out of the box isn't great. We measured its Delta E value (where the lower the number is, the more accurate the colors are)  as 4.2061. The LG C3 OLED scored a 1.385, comparatively. 

With proper calibration, this TV is incredible. But it's a real investment. 

Read our full Sony Bravia XR A90K review.

Best Value TV

Samsung Q60C QLED TV streaming

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The best budget 43-inch TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 32, 43, 50, 55, 65, 70, 75, 85 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB
Size: 48.5 x 27.9 x 1 inches
Weight: 34.2 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Good color handling
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Very low input lag
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Nifty remote doesn’t need batteries

Reasons to avoid

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Lackluster brightness, color
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No HDMI 2.1 ports

The Samsung QN90C is a show-stopping QLED TV, but it comes with a price tag to match. The Samsung Q60C drops some features and takes a hit on performance, but the result is that you're getting a QLED TV at a steep discount. Because it's a bit cheaper, the Q60C makes for a great bedroom TV where you don't need peak performance, a basement TV or even one for a teenager or older kid. 

While it doesn't get as bright or as colorful as the QN90C, the Q60C is still a solid pick for gamers, as it comes with impressively low input lag and strong color accuracy. Games will look good and play smoothly, even though they'll max out at 60fps. 

Because it's a 60Hz TV, it's not the best for sports enthusiasts where players are constantly on the move, and its low brightness means HDR won't look as punchy here as it will on other sets. 

Still, if you need something more affordable for a second room, the Samsung Q60C covers the basics for a reasonable price.

Read our full Samsung Q60C QLED review.

Best Cheap TV

Amazon Fire TV Omni QLED on entertainment stand

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An affordable 43-inch TV with Fire TV baked right in

Specifications

Screen size: 43 inches
Screen type: LCD
Refresh rate: 60Hz
HDMI ports: 3 (1 ARC)
Size: 38 x 22.6 x 3.6 inches
Weight: 15.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Premium design looks great
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Fire TV has never been better
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Hands-free Alexa control is best voice interaction yet

Reasons to avoid

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Mediocre display and audio
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A bit pricey for feature set

The Amazon Omni Fire TV won't win any awards for its earth-shattering HDR performance, but its built-in Fire TV platform and low sticker price makes it a strong contender for the best 43-inch TV. The ability to summon Alexa hands-free is great when you want to ask a quick question, and its respectable 10ms of input latency make it one of the better picks for gamers who don't mind plugging into an HDMI 2.0 port rather than a new HDMI 2.1 socket.

Amazon's smart TV software has always been at its best when showcasing built-in Alexa functionality, but the Amazon Fire TV Omni series takes this to a new level, enhancing that capability and pairing it with a better looking TV than any Fire TV we've seen before. It's not a perfect product, but our Amazon Fire TV Omni review explores the many ways Amazon tries to make its new Fire TV the best Fire TV.

Read our full Amazon Fire TV Omni review.
 

Best 43-inch TV Test Results

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TVPeak Brightness (tested)Delta-E (tested)BT2020 Color Volume (tested)Input Lag (tested)
Samsung QN90C1546.55 nits2.240477.15% 9.2ms
Sony A90K OLED640.23 nits4.206172.07%16.1ms
LG C3 OLED819.9 nits1.390873.95%9.1ms
Samsung Q60C409.98 nits1.654769.79%9.0ms
Amazon Fire TV Omni556.32 nits1.917573.8%10ms

How to choose the best 43-inch TV for you

How to choose the best 43-inch TV for you

When looking for a 43-inch TV, follow our TV Buying Guide tips. If you put some thought into what you need from a TV, you’ll be able to enjoy your purchase for years to come. 

First, check that a 43-inch TV makes sense for your space. According to our What size TV should you buy? guide, a 43-inch TV is ideal for viewers seated 3.5 to 4 feet away from the screen. That size makes them the perfect second TV for a bedroom, an inexpensive kids TV or a dedicated TV for gaming.

If your space will allow for a larger unit, we recommend you go bigger — even if you think you’ll be happy with a smaller screen, a bigger one helps make the experience of watching more engaging. 

Finally, consider which ports you need and how many. The number of HDMI ports you need depends on how many devices you plan to plug in — a streaming stick, game console or cable box, for example. Most of these TVs have three HDMI inputs, but some have four. If you plan to use a sound bar, you may need an optical digital audio or a 3.5 mm auxiliary output. You may also want a TV that supports Bluetooth so you can listen on your headphones without disturbing people around you.

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How we test the best 43-inch TVs

How we test the best 43-inch TVs

When it comes to evaluating the best 43-inch TVs, we're serious about getting it right. That's why every TV we review is put through a rigorous testing process that measures key standards of picture quality and performance.

Our lab tests involve testing for color accuracy and color gamut using an X-Rite i1 Pro spectrophotometer, an AccuPel DVG-5000 video test pattern generator and SpectraCal CalMAN Ultimate calibration software. These tools are relied on by professional calibrators throughout the industry, and we've paired them with custom workflows to gather the information needed for our reviews. These measurements are taken first in standard mode to simulate the average watching experience, and then taken again in other display modes to find the top color and brightness performance offered by each set.

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Our testing measures contrast and maximum brightness, as well as lag time. Using a Leo Bodnar Video Signal Input Lag Tester to test video signal delay, we time how long it takes for content to travel from the original video source to the screen, measured to the millisecond. Shorter response times equate with faster gaming performance, letting us objectively know which TVs are better for gaming.

We use all of these objective test results to make comparisons about quality and performance between different TVs, but our evaluation doesn't end there. We also spend hours with each set, watching shows and movies, and using carefully selected video samples to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each set and help us tell you which TVs look and sound the best in a real home viewing environment.

And there's more to today's TVs than just viewing, so we also check out the smart TV functions and evaluate everything from the interface to the remote control design. This lets our reviews speak to the technical capabilities of today's smart TVs and how they fit into your connected home.

Nick Pino
Managing Editor, TV and AV

Nick Pino heads up the TV and AV verticals at Tom's Guide and covers everything from OLED TVs to the latest wireless headphones. He was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar (Tom's Guide's sister site) and has previously written for GamesRadar, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade. Not sure which TV you should buy? Drop him an email or tweet him on Twitter and he can help you out.