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Smallest smart TVs in 2021

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The smallest smart TVs offer big functionality in sizes as small as 43, 40, 32 and 24 inches, packing full-sized smart capabilities into more manageable sizes. Whether it's a second TV, a primary TV for a small apartment or dorm room, or just an inexpensive TV for the kids, you can get these smaller size TVs with all of the features their larger siblings offer, with full HD or even 4K resolution offered in these compact sizes.

These small smart TVs are perfect for dorm rooms, bedrooms and studio apartments. Based on our guide What size TV should you buy?, you should sit about 3.5 feet or closer when watching a 4K TV in these sizes. Be aware that the smallest of these small TVs tend to lack 4K resolution, but they’re still very sharp in HD, and still offer all of the streaming and connected capabilities of higher-resolution models.

Don’t expect to find all the features and premium touches that are included in larger TVs — as you get smaller, so do your choices. Not everything will have 4K resolution, and port selection may be limited. But one way the large TVs can’t compare is price: these small TVs can be found for very little money.

What are the best small smart TVs?

We test some small smart TVs specifically, but more often focus on the 55- and 65-inch versions that have the same features and performance. When a manufacturer makes a great 55- or 65-inch TV, we expect the smaller model will be just as good, so we've based some of our picks on our experience with the larger versions. In other cases, we haven’t tested the specific models but rely on our experience with similar TVs from these brands to make our assessments. 

The best small smart TV is also the best 43-inch TV: The TCL 4 Series. It has Roku’s excellent operating system, which gives you almost every app you want and is super easy to use. Along with its very good picture, it’s a great TV for gaming thanks to low lag time — which means you can play fast games without the TV becoming a hindrance. 

We also really like the Sony Bravia X800H. It's a little more expensive than many of the models on this list, but as Sony's smallest and most affordable Android TV, it offers a rich collection features and solid picture quality and sound for the money.

For a surefire sales win, keep an eye out for the Toshiba C350 Fire TV, which gets steep discounts anytime Amazon or Best Buy have a sales event. It's a pretty great budget TV even without a discount, offering a 4K display, Amazon-powered smart functions and surprisingly great gaming performance.

The best small smart TVs in 2021

TCL 4-Series Roku TV (43S435) review

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1. TCL 4-Series Roku TV 43S435

Best value 43-inch TV

Screen size: 43 inches
Screen type: LCD
Refresh rate: 60Hz
HDMI ports: 3 HDMI 2.1 (1 ARC)
Size: 38.2 x 22.3 x 3.3 inches
Weight: 15.4 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Excellent value-priced 4K+Good color fidelity+Solid Roku skills
Reasons to avoid
-No Dolby Vision support-Minimal sound adjustments-Picture adjustments are difficult to find

The TCL 4-Series demonstrates that 4K is mainstream now, with respectable picture quality and the very convenient Roku TV smart interface. 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 provides one of the best smart TV experiences available and has plenty of apps to choose from. With a low lag time of 13.1 milliseconds, 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.

best small smart TVs: Sony XBR-43X800H

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2. Sony XBR-43X800H

Feature rich 43-inch TV

Screen size: 43 inches
Screen type: LCD
Refresh rate: 60Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (1 ARC)
Size: 38.3 x 22.5 x 2.3 inches
Weight: 20.7 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Bright and sharp picture+Wide viewing angles+Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
Reasons to avoid
-Clunky remote-Average color accuracy

The bright and sharp picture of the Sony Bravia X800H, along with its robust Android TV smart OS, make it one of the best midsized TVs — if you don’t mind the price. The 4K TV includes HDR10 and also handles Dolby Vision for a vivid picture. It can also play Dolby Atmos for better sound — something few small TVs do at this point, but also something you’ll want in the future. The TV features Android TV as its smart platform, and you can stream wirelessly from your mobile device via Chromecast or Apple AirPlay 2. It has four HDMI ports, where most 43-inch TVs have three. 

In addition to those extras, the X800H is very bright and its low lag time makes it a good set for gamers. But the 43-inch version of the X800H doesn’t share all the goodies that come in the larger models in this line. For example, it uses edge backlighting instead of direct backlighting. As a result, its contrast isn’t as dark as we’d like. 

Read our full Sony Bravia X800H review.

Toshiba C350 Fire TV review

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3. Toshiba C350 Fire TV (2021 model)

A killer Amazon Fire TV

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
+Responsive Fire TV+Good color in standard mode+Low lag time
Reasons to avoid
-Flat HDR-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. It's 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, like 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. With even the largest 55-inch model selling for less than $500 (and likely much less during sales events), it's 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.

best small smart TVs: Vizio V-Series V405-H19

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4. Vizio V-Series V435-J01

Strong picture quality in a 43-inch TV

Screen size: 43 inches
Screen type: LCD
Refresh rate: 60Hz
HDMI ports: 3 HDMI 2.1 (1 ARC)
Size: 38.3 x 22.3 x 3.3 inches
Weight: 15.6 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Low lag time+Lots of adjustments possible
Reasons to avoid
-Low brightness-Poor HDR performance-Slightly slow interface

If low prices are what you're after, then the Vizio V-Series (2021 model) might be just the budget-friendly 4K smart TV you're after. The Vizio V-Series’s smallest variation is 43-inches, which only just fits our “small” TV description.  With exceptional affordability, decent smarts from Vizio's SmartCast software and great gaming capabilities, it's a fantastic bargain, even when it's not on sale – and it frequently is, with steep discounts occurring throughout the year.

A trio of HDMI 2.1 ports deliver gaming-friendly features like auto low latency mode and impressively short lag times of just 13.1 milliseconds. If you want great gaming performance for less, this is definitely the budget gaming TV to get. But keep in mind that this is a 60Hz display, so variable refresh rates and high refresh rates are off the table. And general performance is decent enough, but the brightness isn't great and the audio would benefit from adding a soundbar.

Read our full Vizio V-Series (2021 model) review.

best small smart TVs: Insignia LED HD Fire TV Edition NS-24DF311SE21

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5. Insignia LED HD Fire TV Edition (NS-24DF311SE21)

An Amazon-powered smart TV in a tiny size

Screen size: 24 inches
Screen type: LCD
Refresh rate: 60Hz
HDMI ports: 3 (1 ARC)
Size: 21.7 x 12.8 x 3.4 inches
Weight: 19.6 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Alexa voice assistant built in+Good sound for its size
Reasons to avoid
-720p resolution-Annoying ads

When you’re really pressed for space — and cash — the 24-inch Insignia LED HD Fire TV Edition should be high on your list. Also available in 32-inch size, this 720p-resolution TV is perfect if you love Amazon’s interface and you’ve got Alexa sprinkled throughout your place. While it doesn’t have all the features of the Insignia 4K Fire TV Edition, its smart features are among the best you’ll find in a TV this size. The Fire TV operating system brings all the benefits of Amazon’s familiar interface and, of course, it has Alexa built in so you can use your voice to navigate and play content — as well as control other smart devices in your home. The unit also produces better sound than many small TVs.

But its 720p resolution means you won’t get all the sharpness you may be used to. And unfortunately, the TV interface is full of ads. But it’s a worthy choice if you like the Amazon experience and you want a TV for a really low price.

best small smart TVs: Samsung Q60T QN43Q60TAFXZA

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6. Samsung Q60T QN43Q60TAFXZA

QLED tech in a 43-inch TV

Screen size: 43 inches
Screen type: QLED
Refresh rate: 60Hz
HDMI ports: 3 (1 ARC)
Size: 37.9 x 22 x 2.3 inches
Weight: 19.8 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Rich color and sharp details+Alexa and Bixby inside+Lots of apps
Reasons to avoid
-Blurring during fast action-Limited viewing angle-Dimming at edges of screen

While most small TVs have standard LED LCD screens, the Samsung Q60T brings one of the best screen technologies available, QLED, or quantum-dot LED, to its 43-inch version. Its QLED screen produces more intense colors than a regular LED and competes with an OLED screen for vividness and deep blacks. The Q60T delivers a very sharp picture, and thanks to that QLED screen, good colors. It handles HDR well, producing excellent contrast. Thanks to the Tizen smart operating system, you’ll have access to tons of apps. 

But the Q60T costs several hundred more than the TCL 4 Series, and while it has a good picture, there are some flaws. This year’s model has a slower processor and lower refresh rate, which resulted in some blurring during fast motion scenes. It’s color accuracy was also below other QLED sets. But if you want one of the best screens in a 43-inch TV, the Q60T is the one for you.

Read our full Samsung Q60T review.

best small smart TVs: Vizio D-Series D24F-G1

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7. Vizio D-Series

Little HD TVs with SmartCast

Screen sizes: 32, 40, 43 inches
Screen type: LCD
Refresh rate: 60Hz
HDMI ports: 2 (1 ARC)
Size: 35.6 x 20.5 x 2.5 inches
Weight: 12.2 pounds
Reasons to buy
+1080p HD+Full-array backlight
Reasons to avoid
-Limited brightness-Smart platform lacks some apps

If you’re seeking a tiny TV and can afford to pay a little more than the Insignia LED HD Fire TV costs, the Vizio D-Series is a step up in terms of tech. With several compact sizes of 1080p HD instead of the Insignia’s 720p, you'll get a better image. Available in 32-, 40- and 343-inch versions, the D-Series also has a full-array backlight which should make for a brighter and better overall image. 

The D-Series picture quality doesn’t match Vizio’s next-tier model line, the V-Series (featured earlier on this list), but the smallest V-Series is 43 inches. The D-Series comes with the same smart operating system as the V-Series, Vizio’s SmartCast, which has improved over the years but still lacks some apps and isn’t the easiest to use. But if you want a small 1080p TV, this could be your best option. 

Read our full Vizio D-Series (2021 model) review.

How to choose the best small smart TVs for you

When looking for a small smart 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. 

Size: How small is small enough? The difference between the screen size of a 24-inch TV and a 43-inch TV is pretty significant. If your space will allow for a larger unit, we recommend you go bigger — even if you think you’ll be happy with the smallest screen, a bigger one helps make the experience of watching more engaging. 

Price: Expect to pay $100-$200 for the smallest TVs on this list, and expect to pay more like $300 or more on the larger end of “small.” Some of these TVs sell for $500 or more.

Features: 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 only two. 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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Michael Gowan

Michael Gowan covers soundbars, TVs, portable speakers and other audio- and video-related topics for Tom’s Guide. He’s written about music and technology for more than 20 years for a raft of publications including Wired, Men’s Journal, PC World and Macworld. When he’s not reviewing speakers, he’s probably listening to one anyway.