The 40 inch TV was once as big as you could go (remember those days?), and although those days are long gone with the advent of super-sized screens and home cinema, we think the humble 40 inch still has a lot to recommend itself. ALOT. So, if you're thinking about buying a new TV and don't know which size to choose, let us sway you with the benefits of the good old 40 inch.
And, once we've convinced you, take a peek at our 5 of the best 40 inch TVs for recommendations.
1. On a budget? Save £££s with a 40 inch TV
Unlike their 55 inch, or 60 inch counterparts, 40 inch TVs still offer a decent-size screen, without the higher price tag. You'll be looking at a £300 to £700 price range, as opposed to £,1000 + in the 55 inch and upwards categories.
2. Small living room? A 40 inch is a great size
If you're looking to upgrade from your 32 inch TV, a really large TV may be a bit of a shock to your living room, dominating and overwhelming it. This is unlikely to be the case with a 40 inch, which will give you the increase in size without drastically impacting on your living space. Find out how to calculate your TV screen's ideal size in our guide to choosing a television.
3. After smart options? Yup, 40 inch TVs have those too
Until fairly recently, many 40 inch TVs came without Smart TV options – so, although they were cheap, there was no way to watch your Netflix or iPlayer on them. This is no longer the case, with most 40 inch models offering a decent range of smart options for streaming on demand.
Avoid a model that has its own operating system and look instead for one with Roku TV, LG's webOS or Samsung's Tizen.
4. Great viewing quality? Buy a 4K 40 inch TV
It is true that you won't get the ultimate new viewing technologies in a 40 inch model; for example, OLED panels are not available at this size. Nevertheless, there are still plenty of 40 inch TVs that offer excellent viewing quality, including Ultra HD and HDR. This won't be offered as standard, but if you're into picture quality and are prepared to spend a little bit more, it'll be worth it.
Whichever you buy, ensure it's got multiple HDMI ports (plus options for optical audio out and RCA connectors) so that you can connect most of your devices.
5. Don't want a TV on show? A 40 inch can double up as wall art
Like your TV to blend in nicely with your living room decor? Pick a model that doubles up as wall art. Samsung make particularly attractive 40 inch models that look like beautiful, framed prints when in standby mode.