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The best 40-inch TVs: What are your options?

Here's our list of the best 40-inch TVs you can buy today.
December 8, 2019
Samsung The Frame on a wall

Owning a large 55-inch TV can make content consumption more immersive. However, not everyone needs such a large TV for their living room spaces. For them, 40-inch TVs will serve them just fine. The size still works for viewing from a distance, and resolution typically doesn’t see a drop from larger TVs.

Here’s our list of the best 40-inch TVs you can buy today.

The best 40-inch TVs:

Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best 40-inch TVs as new TVs launch.

1. Samsung Q60 Series

Samsung Q60 series

You won’t find AMOLED on the Samsung Q60 Series, but the QLED panel produces similar contrast. In this case, the panel supposedly covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color space. Also, the panel doubles down on the contrast with support for HDR10 Plus.

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Elsewhere, the Q60 Series features Samsung’s Quantum Processor 4K upscales lower-resolution content to 4K. Also featured are an ambient mode to blend with the surroundings, compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and Bixby support.

The Samsung Q60 Series is available for $497.99.

2. LG 43UM7300PUA

LG 43UM7300PUA press image

Starting with the panel, the LG 43UM7300PUA features an IPS panel with 4K resolution. There’s support for HDR10 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), the latter being a newer HDR standard. In short, HLG is well-suited for broadcasts and can dynamically change colors based on your environment.

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Notably, the 43UM7300PUA is one of a select number of TVs with AirPlay 2 support. If you don’t live in Apple’s ecosystem, the TV also supports Alexa and Google Assistant. Finally, the TV runs webOS with a clean and responsive interface.

The LG 43UM7300PUA is available for $296.90.

3. TCL 5-Series

TCL 5 Series

The TCL 5-Series promises a great viewing experience, thanks to its thin bezels and 4K resolution. It also boasts HDR support with Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG. For gamers, the Game Mode detects when you’re playing games and automatically kicks in for lower latency.

As with other TCL TVs, the 5-Series is a Roku TV. That means you have access to Roku’s robust, if somewhat spartan, smart TV interface and slew of streaming apps. As a nice bonus, the included remote supports voice control, Alexa, and Google Assistant.

The TCL 5-Series is available for $299.99.

4. Sharp Smart Roku TV

Sharp Smart Roku TV press render

As the name implies, the Sharp Smart Roku TV runs the Roku TV platform and its thousands of streaming apps. The TV itself features a 39.6-inch FHD panel, a 178-degree viewing angle, and support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

The Sharp Smart Roku TV is available for $169.99.

5. Vizio V-Series

Vizio V Series

The Vizio V-Series features a Full Array LED panel with 4K resolution. According to Vizio, the panel upscales lower-resolution video for a sharper image. Also, the panel supports HDR with HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision.

With the software, the V-Series features built-in Chromecast. All you have to do is download Chromecast-enabled apps on your device and tap the Cast button to stream it to the TV. Finally, the TV supports Alexa and Google Assistant.

The Vizio V-Series is available for $239.99.

6. Sony X800G

Sony X800G

Supporting HDR with HDR10 and HLG, the Sony X800G features the 4K X-Reality Pro for upscaling. Sony’s Motionflow XR refresh rate technology should handle fast-moving sequences better than other TVs.

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For software, the X800G runs Android TV out of the box. That means the Google Play Store and built-in Chromecast are front and center. If you live on Amazon’s side of the fence, there’s Alexa support.

The Sony X800G is available for $398.

7. Samsung The Frame

Samsung The Frame press image

Imagine the Samsung Q60 Series placed in a picture frame instead of a traditional TV design. You get The Frame, arguably the most unique-looking TV on our list of the best 40-inch TVs.

As with the Q60 Series, The Frame features quantum dot technology, 4K UHD resolution, the Quantum Processor 4K for upscaling, and HDR. It also features the same smart TV software and support for Alexa.

The best part about The Frame is literally in the name. It looks fantastic and fits the aesthetic of any home. Better yet, the frame is available in various finishes. Available finishes include black, white, beige, and walnut.

The Frame is available for $997.99.

8. Insignia Fire TV Edition

Insignia Fire TV Edition press render

The Insignia Fire TV Edition is made by Best Buy, but that doesn’t make the TV a bad one. It features a 38.6-inch FHD panel and Amazon’s Fire TV platform. You can pair the TV with an Echo device, which lets Amazon Alexa respond to queries from across the room. Better yet, Alexa is built into the included remote control.

The Insignia Fire TV Edition is available for $169.99.

That’s it for our list of the best 40-inch TVs. In the comments below, let us know about your own recommendations or your thoughts on our list!