Best 43-inch TVs in 2022

Best 43-inch TVs
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When you haven’t got lots of space to play with, the best 43-inch TVs are ideal for delivering many of the features you’ll find on bigger sets but with the convenience of a smaller size that’s perfect for apartments and bedrooms.

In terms of features, 43-inch TVs almost always feature 4K resolution for incredible sharpness and even high-dynamic range (HDR) for great contrast. They also all come with smart features such as apps that let you stream movies and shows without the need for a separate streaming device. 

We also like 43-inch TVs because they are some of the best budget TVs as well. They offer great value for the price, and can often be found for under $300.

That said, you’ll get more choice and arguably a better picture from one of the best 55-inch TVs or above, so if you can go bigger, you should. However, if you just don't have space for a set of that size, or are on a really strict budget, one of the best 43-inch TVs is still a great option. Read on and we'll help you choose the best 43-inch TV set that's right for you.

What are the best 43-inch TVs?

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For the first time ever, an LG OLED TV is the best 43-inch TV you can buy. Now, admittedly, that's because this is the first year we've seen a 42-inch OLED that qualifies for the list — but that shouldn't take away from how special the 42-inch LG C2 OLED is. With perfect black levels, great color saturation and HDMI 2.1 ports for 4K@120Hz gameplay, it's the best small-size TV in its class.

Right underneath the LG, however, is the Samsung QN90A, Samsung's flagship QLED TV from 2021. Yes, this is a bit of a cop out considering how expensive it is, but its performance blows away every other 43-inch TV on the market. With QLED color and mini-LED backlighting for superb brightness and HDR performance, on top of an already impressive premium smart TV, it offers everything from a stylish design to rich smart TV features like video calling and personalized content curation, all while delivering great picture and sound.

If you want something more affordable, the TCL 4 Series Roku TV is often one of the cheapest models you can find, but you don’t give up much in terms of features or quality. It runs Roku’s operating system, so you get all the benefits of a Roku streaming device — including a ton of apps and an easy to use interface — without having to sacrifice an HDMI port. And gamers will love its low lag time, which translates to better game play. 

The best 43-inch TVs in 2022

LG C2 OLED TV as seen from front and sideEditor's Choice

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This 77-inch OLED is the new gold standard in big-screen TVs

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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Premium, lightweight design
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4 HDMI 2.1 ports
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Versatile performance
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Extensive gaming features

Reasons to avoid

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Not LG’s brightest OLED TV
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No ATSC 3.0 tuner

The LG C2 OLED TV is this year’s set to beat. Not only is it the best OLED TV thanks to an impressive display panel, but a premium design, maximum versatility and great smart TV platform hit all the high marks, too.

What’s more, this C series lineup is LG’s largest in terms of size options — the configurations span from 42- to 83-inches, all of which sport full arrays of HDMI 2.1 ports. Most also feature LG’s evo OLED panel, which was first introduced on the LG G1 OLED TV and now looks to upgrade the C2’s performance.

We can’t say our test results for this LG C2 OLED TV review showed significant improvement, but to be fair, there wasn’t much room to improve. Instead, what makes this one of the best TVs of the year is that it offers fantastic picture quality for the price — exactly what you’d expect from LG’s best-selling OLED TV series.

Read our full LG C2 OLED review.

Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV reviewEditor's Choice

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The ultimate QLED TV at 43-inches

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 43 inches
Screen Type: QLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI (1 HDMI 2.1)
Size: ‎8.8 x 37.8 x 24.5 inches
Weight: 30.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful, thin design
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Neo QLED delivers incredible brightness
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Impressive anti-glare abilities
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New solar-chargeable remote

Reasons to avoid

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Visible blooming at times
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Just one HDMI 2.1 port

Although it's the most expensive 43-inch TV on this list by a country mile, there's no denying that the Samsung QN90A is technically the best 43-inch TV money can buy. By combining Samsung's highly refined quantum dot technology with the tight control of mini-LED backlighting, the QN90A achieved 1813.83 nits in our testing — more than four times the LG G1's 412.05 nits. Color reproduction, meanwhile, was 99.51% — on a par with other excellent non-OLED sets, though below what you get on the best OLEDs. Samsung pairs that image quality with a bounty of smart TV functions and genuinely intelligent features, like a solar-powered remote control that eliminates the need to swap out batteries — delivering eco-friendly design and unbeaten convenience at the same time.

The whole thing is packed into a gorgeous 1-inch-thick design that contains a huge array of smart features, potent Dolby Atmos sound and some of the best performance we've ever seen. HDMI 2.1 connectivity comes as standard, and it's also a great option for gamers thanks to plenty of dedicated features and an impressive 12.6-millisecond lag time in our testing. One slight negative is that it only supports HD10+ and not Dolby Vision as well, which means it's not quite as versatile as some sets, but overall it's the best TV we've seen in the past 12 months.

Read our full Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review.

TCL 4-Series Roku TV (S435)

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Best value 43-inch TV

Specifications

Screen size: 43 inches
Screen type: LCD
Refresh rate: 60Hz
HDMI ports: 3 (1 ARC)
Size: 38.2 x 22.3 x 3.3 inches
Weight: 15.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Excellent value-priced 4K
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Good color fidelity
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Solid Roku skills

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision support
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Minimal sound adjustments
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Picture adjustments are difficult to find

Our pick for the best overall 43-inch TV, the TCL 4 Series Roku TV, is also the best value you’ll find in this size. This 4K TV oftens sells for less than you’ll find bargain 1080p TVs. It has good color accuracy and supports HDR10 — but not Dolby Vision — for improved contrast. It uses Roku’s system software, which we think provides one of the best smart TV experiences available and has plenty of apps to choose from. We found it had a low lag time of 14 milliseconds during testing too, so this set also will handle fast-paced gaming well. 

In exchange for the great price, the TCL 4 Series is missing a few features that more expensive TVs deliver. It lacks local dimming, so the HDR performance isn’t as good as it could be. It also has weak speakers, with little bass and limited power. If this is going to be your main TV, consider adding a soundbar to overcome the sound issues. 

Read our full TCL 4-Series Roku TV (S435) review

Toshiba C350 Fire TV review

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A killer Amazon Fire TV

Specifications

Screen Type: LCD
Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
HDR support: Dolby Vision, HDR10
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI (1 ARC)
Size: 37.9 x 22.0 x 2.9 inches
Weight: 15.0 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Responsive Fire TV
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Good color in standard mode
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Low lag time

Reasons to avoid

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Flat HDR
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Inconsistent backlighting

The Toshiba C350 Fire TV is the 2021 addition to the small family of Amazon-powered smart TVs, offering good features and decent performance for its extremely affordable price. Our testing found it to be a decent example of the Fire TV template, combining good-enough 4K picture quality, impressively short lag times, and Amazon's great Fire TV smart features. This includes built-in Alexa voice control, a pretty big app store and (of course) an interface that puts Amazon's Prime Video service front and center. The 43-inch version is the smallest of the range of screen sizes and also the cheapest — expect to pay around $280 (and likely less during sales events) making it one of the smartest affordable TVs you can get.

The C350 doesn’t come with the latest bells and whistles, such as HDMI 2.1 or Dolby Atmos support, but it does Dolby Vision and HDR10 — though not very well. But with excellent color accuracy, low lag time and a good looking design, it's still a solid TV for the price, and better than many Fire TV models we've seen in the past.

Read our full Toshiba C350 Fire TV review.

Amazon Fire TV Omni Series

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Fire TV has never looked better, or been easier to use

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

Amazon has dabbled in the smart TV game for a few years now, letting TV manufacturers use the same software found on some of the best streaming devices, like the Fire TV Stick 4K Max and Fire TV Cube to power value priced smart TVs. But the Amazon Fire TV Omni series represents a pretty dramatic change to that formula, as the first Amazon-powered smart TV to carry the Amazon brand instead of another manufacturer, as well as the first of likely many Fire TV models with built-in far field microphones for hands-free voice control. 

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.
 

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.

If you've narrowed down your TV shopping by brand, price range or screen size, check out our picks for the best TVs in each.

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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.

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