What size TV should I buy?
Top 5 best 40 to 43-inch TVs
By Martin Pratt
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It's one of the most popular screen sizes, but standards on 43-inch TVs have slipped in favour of bigger TVs in recent years. We show you the best 40 and 43-inch TVs from our rigorous, independent testing and some key features to look out for.
If you’re looking for great value, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find TVs packed with the latest features but without the hefty price tags of larger sets.
Larger sized TVs are becoming more popular as prices drop, but 40- to 43-inch models still remain the size of choice for many. You can still expect a 4K-ultra HD screen and a slick smart TV platform, even if you want to spend no more than £400.
Over the years, we’ve tested hundreds of models of this size, se we know what the best 43-inch TVs can offer and what the worst ones lack. From pin-sharp pictures to sickly skin tones and superb soundtracks to dreadful dins, we’ve seen and heard it all. Here, we show you some of the best and worst from the Which? test lab.
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Best 40 to 43-inch TVs
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And here are three 40 to 43-inch TVs to avoid
With these TVs going for as little as a couple hundred pounds, it can be difficult to refuse the bargain basement prices. But that can often mean paying the price in terms of quality. While spending a little more will get you a fantastic Best Buy TV like the ones above, we’ve also seen some more than double this fail to impress our experts.
40 to 43-inch TVs to avoid
How to choose the best 40 to 43-inch TV
A 40 to 43-inch TV is the right size for you if your sofa is about three metres away. If you’re going for a 4K ultra-HD set (see below), you can sit a little closer; about 2.5 metres. You can find more guidance on which size of TV to buy with our online tool.
If you’ve decided that a 40 to 43-inch TV is for you, here are some features to look out for:
- PVR functionality: TVs with built-in PVR functionality mean you can connect a USB hard disc drive to the TV and then be able to pause and record live programmes. Some have twin tuner PVR functionality, meaning you can watch one programme while recording another.
- Freeview Play: this handy software combines catch-up services with the electronic programme guide, so you can watch programmes you've missed and see what's coming up all from the same menu.
- HDR: HDR, which stands for high dynamic range, improves the contrast on TVs in an effort to make crisper whites and deeper blacks with more variation of colour in between. There are five different formats with different manufacturers supporting different ones. Pay attention to how many formats the TV you're eyeing up is compatible with and find out more about them and how they differ in our guide to HDR.