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How to buy the best 32-inch TV

by Andrew Laughlin Back to advice guides

Ideal for living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens, a 32-inch TV is still a very popular choice. We explain what to look out for when buying the best 32-inch TV.

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Why choose a 32-inch TV?

Despite television screen sizes creeping up in recent years, 32-inch is still a great option for people who want a medium-sized television for their home.

If you'll be watching television mostly in standard definition, a 32-inch TV is best viewed from about two and a half metres away. In high definition, such as on Freeview HD television or Blu-ray films, you can get even closer, with about two metres considered ideal.

Within this size category, you have lots of options in terms of budget and features. Log in or sign up to see reviews from our expert and independent TV testing.

Best 32-inch TVs
Three TVs worth considering
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This 32-inch TV has plenty of quality in its locker across picture and sound, plus it's easy to use and you get some top notch features for the price. To find out more, log in or sign up now.
For a great price you get a top-quality television with this big-brand model. Picture and sound are fantastic, and the smart-TV features are great, too.
If 32-inch is the size for you, you should definitely consider this model. It has great picture and sound quality, plus some impressive features. To find out what it is, log in now.
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Prices given in British pounds and taken in November 2014

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What makes a good 32-inch TV?

  • Top picture quality: Don't compromise by settling for poor picture quality on your new TV. The best 32-inch TVs will dazzle with lots of detail, display vibrant but natural colours and show clean-looking images from Freeview TV to Blu-ray films.
  • Full HD display: To get the best picture clarity, go for 1080p, or Full HD. An HD-ready TV will let you view HD content but it won't be at as high a resolution as Full HD. New 4K TVs are available, but they're mainly in sizes over 40-inches.
  • Built-in HD tuner: You'll need HD content in order to enjoy your high-definition display. Go for a 32-inch TV with a built-in Freeview HD or Freesat HD tuner, allowing you to get subscription-free digital TV channels. Some TVs even have both.
  • Smart-TV features: Not essential, but smart TV is certainly a nice bonus feature. It may add to the cost of your TV but it's useful to use online apps, such as catch-up TV services and film streaming, on your TV. Head to What is smart TV? for more.

What won't I get?

  • Outstanding sound quality: Although standards are improving, modern TVs aren't known for the kind of top-notch sound you'd hear on your home hi-fi. If sound is important to you, consider adding a soundbar or hooking your TV up to your hi-fi speakers (for how, see our TV connections wizard).
  • Large-screen experience: With TVs 42-inch or larger now quite common, 32-inch sets are beginning to seem a little on the small side. Menus and smart-TV features are often optimised for big screens, and so don't always look great on smaller ones.