The best 32-inch TVs 2018

Tight on space in your living room? Check out our guide to the best 32-inch TVs

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Buying a TV for a small living room? 32-inch TVs have gotten a bit of a bad rep, falling behind there 55-inch and 65-inch counterparts but they can still offer a great viewing experience and are ideal if you are after a great TV on a budget. So we've rounded up the best 32-inch TVs to prove that bigger isn't always better...

1. Panasonic TX-32ES400B

The most full-featured 32-inch TV you can buy today

Specifications
Tuner: Freeview Play
Resolution: HD Ready
Panel type: LCD (IPS)
Smart TV: My Home Screen
DVD Player: No
USB Recording: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Freeview Play included+USB recording supported
Reasons to avoid
-No Full HD

The Panasonic TX-32ES400B has everything we'd want from a 32-inch TV in 2018. Its My Home Screen operating system is quick and easy to navigate, it features Freeview Play for easy access to catch-up services, and you're also able to plug in a USB hard drive to have it record live TV. 

The only issue with the set is that its HD Ready rather than Full HD, which means images won't be quite as sharp and crisp as they could otherwise be. 

For the most part we don't think this is too much of a concern. Full HD only really becomes essential at 40 inches and above, and below that you won't see too much of a benefit. 

The one exception to this rule is gaming since there are certain games out there that rely on displaying a lot of text on screen, which can often benefit from the extra resolution of Full HD.

It's not a use case that will impact upon everyone, and nor will it even affect every gamer, but it's worth bearing in mind depending on what you intend to use your TV for. 

2. Sony WE613

HDR in a small screen? You better believe it

Specifications
Tuner: Freeview HD
Resolution: HD Ready
Panel type: LCD (IPS)
Smart TV: Linux
DVD Player: No
USB Recording: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Supports HDR content+IPS panel offers great viewing angles
Reasons to avoid
-No Full HD-No Freeview Play

High dynamic range (or 'HDR' for short) is the hot new thing in TVs. It increases the maximum brightness of a TV while also allowing it to display blacker or 'truer' blacks, resulting in far more dynamic images. 

HDR has almost exclusively been attached to 4K TVs, but in 2017 Sony added the  technology to its Full HD and HD Ready sets. 

The advantages of the tech won't be nearly as big for HD sets as for 4K ones, but if you're an owner of a PS4 console (which offers HDR at 1080p) then you'll see at least a marginal benefit. 

Elsewhere the WE613 is fairly standard for a 32-inch TV. It has the ability to record to an external USB device, and it also offers access to a number of different streaming and catch-up services (although unfortunately it doesn't support Freeview Play to seamlessly hop between live TV and catch-up). 

3. LG 32LJ610V

Full HD with few of the frills

Specifications
Tuner: Freeview Play
Resolution: Full HD
Panel type: LCD (IPS)
Smart TV: WebOS
DVD Player: No
USB Recording: No
Reasons to buy
+Full HD+WebOS is fast and slick
Reasons to avoid
-No USB recording functionality

Its thick bezel might make it look a little dated, but the LG 32LJ610V's combination of a nice bright screen and snappy WebOS operating system more than makes up for it. 

The TV is also the first on this list to feature a Full HD panel rather than a lower resolution HD Ready one, which should benefit you if you're going to use your TV to display a lot of text. 

Freeview Play is included so you should be able to easily access catch-up services, although unfortunately the TV doesn't allow you to record live TV to an external USB device, which might be an issue if a piece of content doesn't make it onto a streaming service after its broadcast. 

4. Toshiba 32D3753DB

A great media-playing TV

Specifications
Tuner: Freeview Play
Resolution: HD Ready
Panel type: LCD
Smart TV: Toshiba Smart Portal
DVD Player: Yes
USB Recording: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Built in DVD player+Freeview Play
Reasons to avoid
-No Full HD-Bulky design

The Toshiba 32D3753DB comes packing a built-in DVD player, which is something of a mixed blessing. 

On the one hand this is super convenient if you were planning on using the TV to play a lot of DVDs anyway. It means you won't have to dedicate shelf-space to a player, and everything can be neatly controlled using a single remote. 

But on the other hand this is an HD TV, and it's a shame to be limited to standard definition DVD discs. 

Regardless, if DVD playback is a priority, then the Toshiba 32D3753DB is a great choice alongside Freeview Play support. 

5. Hisense 32M2600

A not-so-smart budget offering

Specifications
Tuner: Freeview HD
Resolution: HD Ready
Panel type: LCD
Smart TV: Unbranded
DVD Player: No
USB Recording: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Decent sound and picture quality
Reasons to avoid
-No Full HD-No Freeview Play

If budget is your priority, then the Hisense's 32M2600 is a great choice. 

It's got a more limited selection of smart TV features thanks to Hisense's proprietary operating system, and you also don't have Freeview Play to get easy access to catch-up services. 

Picture and sound quality is also acceptable at this price point. It's not going to blow your socks off, but you can get a lot worse at the budget end of the spectrum. 

Otherwise this is a well-made budget TV that should serve you well. 

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