Best 40-Inch LED TVs

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 19, 2020
Getting a large screen TV is much less expensive than it used to be. If you're in the market for a new TV that includes many of the latest display technologies that can be used in a small to medium-size living room, then a 40-inch LED TV just might be the best choice. Read on for our top 5 picks and find the best 40-inch TV for your home. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Size
Screen Resolution
Motion Rate
Smart TV
3D Support
Interfaces
Sound
Warranty
 
PROS

Quantum HDR technology offers natural color reproduction - all objects are displayed on the screen as realistic as possible. Eco Sensor technology intelligently adapts the screen’s brightness to the intensity of the ambient light in the room.

CONS

Some users note small viewing angles.

OUR VERDICT

The Samsung QN43Q60TAFXZA boasts modern Quantum Dot technology that takes the image to a whole new level in terms of clarity and saturation. Add to this good sound reproduction with a total power of 20 watts and you will get one of the best TVs on the market.

detailed parameters
Size

43" (50", 55", 58" 65", 75", 85" also available)

Screen Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD)

Motion Rate

120 Hz

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 3 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The innovative X1™ processor carefully analyzes the incoming signal and uses its advanced algorithms to upscale the resolution up to 4K Ultra HD. This is especially relevant when watching low-quality videos (online or from external media).

CONS

The remote is ridiculously long.

OUR VERDICT

This Sony Smart TV runs on the Android operating system, so you'll get many advanced features. Google Play™ will provide access to millions of applications, including the popular online services Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney +.

detailed parameters
Size

43" (49", 55", 65", 75" 85" also available)

Screen Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD)

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 240 MotionFlow™ XR

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 4 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Optical out, 1 x Headphones jack, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The auto game mode is great for people who plan to connect game consoles to the TV - when it is activated, dynamic scenes will be displayed quickly and smoothly, which allows you to instantly respond to various game situations.

CONS

The software can be slow and unresponsive at times.

OUR VERDICT

This model is famous for its high image quality and an amazing refresh rate of 120 Hz. It also has large viewing angles and is perfect for large rooms. Owing to its sleek, elegant, and minimalistic "boundless" design, it'll blend beautifully into any interior.

detailed parameters
Size

43" (50", 55", 65", 75", 85" also available)

Screen Resolution

3840 x 2160 (4K Ultra HD)

Motion Rate

120 Hz

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 3 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in, 1 x Optical out, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

802.11ac 2x2 dual-band Wi-Fi guarantees a stable Internet connection, even if the Wi-Fi router is quite far from the TV. Many of the provided interfaces (including Composite in) allow for connecting all kinds of devices.

CONS

The built-in speakers are not very powerful.

OUR VERDICT

If you are looking for a budget TV to watch mainly digital television and play movies from flash drives, we recommend going with this model. Despite the Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, the picture will delight even demanding users.

detailed parameters
Size

40" (32", 43", 49" also available)

Screen Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 120 CMI (Clear Motion Index)

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

1 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 3 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in., 1 x Optical out, 1 x Headphones jack, Ant. in

Sound

5 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The built-in Bluetooth module makes it possible to connect a wireless soundbar (the sound will be transmitted without any lag). Digital optical out is also provided for connecting to a Bluetooth-free speaker system. There is also a 3.5-mm jack for wired headphones.

CONS

Only 2 HDMI inputs.

OUR VERDICT

This 40" TV may be the best option for small homes where free space is an issue. Due to its extremely thin design, it will look stylish on the wall. Compatible with almost any bracket with the VESA 200 x 100 mount pattern (sold separately).

detailed parameters
Size

40" (32" also available)

Screen Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 120 Smooth Motion

Smart TV

Yes (Built-in Wi-Fi)

3D Support

No

Interfaces

Bluetooth, 2 x USB, 1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45), 2 x HDMI, 1 x Composite in., 1 x Optical out, 1 x Headphones jack, Ant. in

Sound

2 x 7 W

Warranty

1 year

Samsung (QN43Q60TAFXZA)

An Audio and Visual Treat

Looking for one of the best TVs on the market that falls within the size that you need? There is little reason to look elsewhere, as the Samsung 43-inch 4K UHD Dual LED Quantum HDR Smart TV provides you with both high quality, high resolution video along with excellent sound capabilities, making this TV a true powerhouse that will give you exactly what you are looking for.

To start with, let's take a look at the visual quality you get from this television. The basic specs are sure to impress anyone, as this TV supports a full 4K Ultra HD viewing experience with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. Along with that, the 120 Hz refresh rate ensures an extremely smooth viewing experience of moves and games, all without blurriness or choppy playback.

What really steals the show with this television, though, is the Samsung Quantum Dot technology, which provides exceptional color reproduction that simply isn't possible on most other TVs. Combined with the Quantum processor, you get even lower resolution images upscaled perfectly to 4K resolution, giving you video quality and clarity beyond what you have experienced with any other TV. This is no exaggeration, either, as a simple viewing of virtually any content on this TV will clearly show.

Review of Samsung (QN43Q60TAFXZA) 43-inch 4K UHD Dual LED Quantum HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (2020 Model)

Powerful Audio

One thing that almost always seems to be missing with most modern TVs is a good sound system. There may be some reasons for this, mainly because of the popularity of home theater systems that provide powerful audio amplification, but still, most people would appreciate having good quality speakers on their TV. This is especially true of those who are putting the TV in a smaller room and can't connect a separate audio system. Thankfully, this simply isn't a concern with this television, thanks to the 2 x 10 W speakers built into the unit. You'll get powerful, high-quality audio to match the exceptional video quality provided by the unit.

As if having great audio and video isn't enough, this television provides you with just about everything else you could want in a TV. The smart TV functionality provides you with plenty of streaming service options, so whether you like Netflix, Disney+, or another service, you should have your bases covered. What's more, this TV is compatible with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, meaning you can easily control the TV with voice commands, so you won't need to keep track of what buttons to press on that pesky remote. Speaking of which, the remote actually has a built-in microphone, so you can use simply just to power on the TV and then use voice to control it. Overall, the number of features and the high-quality performance of this TV will amaze almost anyone.

Samsung (QN43Q60TAFXZA) 43-inch 4K UHD Dual LED Quantum HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (2020 Model) in the use

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Sony (X800H)

Flexible Smart Functionality

Most TVs nowadays, including all of the ones in this review, seem to come with smart TV functionality. While this may sound great at first, the functionality of any particular TV set is going to vary greatly from any other. That is due to the type of software used to provide the smart features. Most may include apps for accessing the most popular streaming services, but many people will often find that the smart functionality doesn't cover everything they want. This can be especially bad when there is no way to change what apps or services are offered. Fortunately, for those who want a high degree of flexibility in their TV's smart functionality, there is the Sony X800H 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV.

What makes the smart TV functions on this model so good is the fact that it runs the Android operating system, the same OS that powers many smartphones and tablets. And as such, this allows you to have access to a huge number of different apps that will give you the functionality that you desire. Whether it's a particular streaming service that you need, or perhaps other apps such as those giving you access to the latest news or weather, you can find and download them directly to the TV, so there's no need to worry about this TV not offering the specific functionality that you want.

Review of Sony (X800H) 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with HDR and Alexa (2020 Model)

Upscale any Video

Beyond the smart TV functionality of this unit, there is plenty more on offer here. The TV supports full 4K resolution, meaning that your movies and other content will always look great. This even extends to video formats that don't support 4K. Thanks to the built-in X1 processor, any video content that is displayed on this TV is carefully analyzed and then upscaled to provide you with exceptional clarity and detail. This means that even movies that you watch on your old DVD player will look great on this TV, which will be especially appreciated by those who still have a sizeable DVD collection.

Along with the exceptional video quality with any content, this TV also provides excellent sound quality thanks to its built-in 2 x 10 W speakers. If that isn't enough for you, though, the TV includes an array of different ports that let you connect external devices to the system, including Bluetooth for connecting to wireless speakers, or an optical audio out port for connecting to a high-end home theater system. Four HDMI ports let you connect virtually anything you want to the television, including Blu-ray players and video game systems, and all of them will look fantastic here. To put it all in a nutshell, this 43-inch TV from Sony will be the perfect centerpiece for any home entertainment system.

Sony (X800H) 43-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV with HDR and Alexa (2020 Model) in the use

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Samsung (UN43TU8000FXZA)

Great View from any Angle

LCD and LED televisions have really increased the overall video quality of TVs, but they have had their drawbacks too. One of the biggest disadvantages that many units have suffered from is lacking of a good viewing angle. Sure, almost any TV will look great when you're sitting directly in front of it, but for those who are having to view it from a side angle, that can be a different story completely. Many TVs have a relatively narrow viewing angle, which often limits the proper placement of the unit. But with the Samsung 43-inch 4K UHD HDR Smart TV, though, this problem will be a thing of the past.

The viewing angle of a TV can be just as important as any other aspect, and in that this unit really shines. The extremely sharp 4K resolution of this TV will give you exceptional video quality, but this is even true when viewed from the sides. The wide viewing angles ensure that no matter where you sit, you'll see every image in bright detail with fully accurate color reproduction. What will also help, of course, is the extremely thin and elegant design of this TV, which ensures that you're able to place it almost anywhere you want.

Review of Samsung (UN43TU8000FXZA) 43-inch 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (2020 Model)

Superb Gaming Experience

TVs aren't just meant for watching movies or TV shows. In fact, one of the most popular uses for a TV nowadays is for gaming, with the great high-powered gaming consoles available. If you are an avid gamer, then you will definitely want to take a look at this unit. The built-in Auto Game mode gives you an excellent gaming experience, ensuring that all fast action that is taking place on the screen is rendered in full detail, without any blurring or skipped frames, and letting you get the best out of your gaming experience. In short, you won't have to worry about the TV being a bottleneck in your gaming experience.

There's a lot more to offer for everyone else, too. The smart TV functionality gives you full access to a huge variety of streaming services, and the Universal Guide lets you quickly and easily find any moves or TV shows that you may want to watch. The included remote is also great, as it not only gives you easy control over your television but also automatically detects and configures itself to work with other devices that you have connected, including various types of media players. This set is even compatible with several voice assistants, including Alexa and Bixby, so you can fully control your viewing experience with voice commands. If all of these features are what you are looking for in a new television, then this model may be a perfect choice.

Samsung (UN43TU8000FXZA) 43-inch 4K UHD HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (2020 Model) in the use

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TCL (40S325)

Quality on a Budget

Even though TV prices have come way down lately, it can still be a bit pricey to get a TV that has all of the modern features that one expects. Whether it has great smart TV functionality, excellent picture quality, or even just an easy to use experience, most of the cheaper models seem to disappoint. Not this one, though. The TCL 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TV gives you everything you want in a smart TV but at a very affordable price. So affordable, in fact, that the price will probably make it seem hard to believe the amount of functionality that is packed into this unit.

To start off with, the smart TV function is powered by Roku, the makers of the famous media streaming boxes that have taken the market by storm. This means that the smart TV functions are not only abundant, with hundreds of different channels and access to virtually any streaming service that you want available, but it is also extremely easy to use, featuring an intuitive interface. These same qualities that have made Roku boxes so popular will make this TV an extremely attractive option for those who don't want to have to connect too many devices to their television. Even the remote for the TV is just like the standard Roku remote, so if you have used a Roku device before, you'll feel right at home here.

Review of TCL (40S325) 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TV (2019)

Connect Anything

Sure, not having to connect a media streaming box is nice, but people often have various other devices that they want to add. Whether it be DVD or Blu-ray players, game consoles, or even USB storage devices, you can connect virtually anything you want to here. The TV comes with a variety of ports, including a USB port, an Ethernet port for a wired Internet connection, and 3 HDMI ports for your most modern devices. There is even support for composite out, so if you have an older device like an old DVD player, you can still pair it without needing any kind of an adapter.

Given the budget price of this flat screen TV, it shouldn't come as any surprise that it doesn't support 4K Ultra HD. That is fine for many people, as its full HD resolution of 1920x1080 will be more than sufficient for getting a good quality picture. What will be a surprise, though, is the slim design of the unit, making it easy to place almost anywhere you wish. One big shortcoming of this TV is that the built-in speakers are not very powerful, so if you want a great audio experience to go along with the excellent picture quality, some external speakers would be a big help. Regardless, considering the extremely affordable price of this 40 inch TV, anyone looking for a decent TV on a budget should definitely take a closer look at this model.

TCL (40S325) 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED Roku TV (2019) in the use

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Hisense (40H5500F)

Fit In Any Space

Finding a good place to put any TV that is 40 inches or larger can be a challenge, especially when doing so in a small room. Many of the TVs of this size will have differently shaped stands that can make it difficult to find the perfect place to put the unit. But what about if you want to mount it on the wall? With many TVs, this just isn't an option, but then we're not talking about just any TV here. We are talking about the Hisense 40-Inch 1080p Android Smart TV, which has been designed to let you place it anywhere you want, even if space is at an absolute premium.

What makes this TV so easy to place is the fact that it supports wall-mounting. Although the TV does come with its own stand, those who want to mount the unit on a wall can easily remove the stand and use a standard VESA 200 x 100 mount pattern. This is definitely something not often found in low-priced televisions, so those who are on a budget with both space and money will find this TV worth an extra look. Just be aware that the VESA mount will need to be purchased separately if you want to go with this option, although they are relatively inexpensive, meaning they won't add too much additional cost to the purchase of this unit. Plus, they are pretty easy to install even for those who aren't too handy with tools.

Review of Hisense (40H5500F) 40-Inch 1080p Android Smart TV with Voice Remote (2020 Model)

Bluetooth Audio

Regarding the quality of the picture displayed by this TV, we can say that most people won't be disappointed. The full HD resolution gives you a sharp image with a fast motion rate, so even fact action will look clear and sharp without any blurriness. In addition, the built-in 7-watt speakers, although far from being the most powerful you'll find, do a pretty good job of reproducing audio. If you prefer to connect to an external speaker system, you will definitely be in luck. Not only is an optical audio out port present, but this TV also features Bluetooth audio, allowing you to wirelessly connect it to a soundbar without any kind of audio lag.

Although you do have plenty of options for connecting audio output devices, input is a slightly different matter. This TV only has 2 HDMI ports, so you may be a little constrained in what media devices you can connect. You won't have to worry about a media streaming box, though, thanks to the more than capable smart TV functionality that is built-in. Just like some of the more expensive models, you also get voice control thanks to the built-in microphone on the remote. All things considered, this smart TV gives you nearly comparable functionality to what you'll find on much more expensive TV sets, with excellent flexibility in where to place it to boot.

Hisense (40H5500F) 40-Inch 1080p Android Smart TV with Voice Remote (2020 Model) in the use

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What is a 40-inch TV?

With the rise of 4K televisions, as well as the fact that LCD and LED-based technology is becoming less and less expensive, the standard sizes of televisions available for sale have been increasing by quite a bit. Just 20 years ago, only those for whom money was no object could afford TVs with screen sizes above 40 inches. Nowadays, though, you can find much larger televisions for a pittance, even those that have smart TV functionality built-in. In short, virtually everybody can afford a large TV nowadays.

Yet, that doesn't mean that large TVs are the way to go for everyone. Those with small to mid-sized living rooms may find a monstrous screen size to be too large for their tastes. However, the "sweet spot" on screen sizes for such rooms appears to be around 40 inches, and with the cost reductions of TVs on the whole, that means that getting a good 40-inch television for a small room should be easier than ever. And not only that, but even those that have extra capabilities such as 4K video support or smart TV functionality are now within most people's price range, meaning that there is little excuse now to not upgrade that ancient television that you've been holding on to.

It is not only televisions that have benefitted from the lowering of LED panel prices. Computer monitors are now also cheaper than ever. If you need a good monitor as well as a good TV, take a look at some of the best curved monitors available.

What Features to Compare

Those who are not on the up-and-up in regards to TV technology will probably think that one TV may be just as good as another. Of course, that is far from being the case, as there are a wide variety of different factors that separate the capabilities and overall performance of any particular television.

First off, the main thing most of us look for in a television is its overall Screen Size. Not all of the TVs in this review are available at the exact size of 40 inches, so you may want to be aware of the exact size before you buy.

With a larger screen size, having a high Screen Resolution is equally important. This essentially indicates the highest detailed image that the TV can display. All TVs at a minimum will support the standard HD resolution of 1920x1080, but if you have devices such as Blu-ray or streaming media players that support 4K resolution, then you will want to make sure that the TV you get supports it also.

One aspect of a television that many people may not be overly familiar with is the Motion Rate, which essentially indicates the number of times the screen is refreshed each second. Basically, the higher the motion rate, the smoother the television image will appear, especially whenever fast camera movements or lots of action is appearing on-screen. This is particularly important for those who play games on their TV, as fast-action games will appear much smoother and more realistic.

Smart TV functionality is one of the newest things to appear in most televisions, which can make life much easier for those who often use streaming services. Before, in order to use a streaming video service, you needed some kind of a device to connect to the TV. But with smart TVs that have various streaming services built-in, you won't have to connect extra hardware to the TV in order to use them. Although all of the TVs in this review have smart TV functionality, not all of them are the same. 

There are a few other aspects of any TV that are worth paying attention to, including 3D Support, the number of Interfaces available, as well as the TV's Sound capabilities. Depending on your own specific needs in a TV's functionality, these will always be worth checking as well.

How to Make Your Own Home Theatre

There are a few enthusiasts out there who love making their own home theater based around their television, trying to bring the best of the cinematic experience to their own living rooms. After all, when you have such a high-quality television set, why not make the entire experience of watching movies on it just like going to the theatre, except without the inconveniences such as expensive food and drinks? Although many people think it may be extremely expensive to do this, it can easily be done on a budget. Below are some of the extra things you will need to help make your own home theatre on a budget.

Chairs

Probably the most important thing outside of the television in a home theatre would be where the viewers will sit. No home theatre experience can be complete without somewhere comfortable to sit. In fact, you can easily surpass the comfort level of any cinema by having a much more comfortable chair with features that can't be found in any cinema seating. For instance, a swivel armchair can let you orient yourself however you want instead of being crammed up next to someone, while an excellent massage recliner can give you the most relaxing experience while watching your favorite movie.

Coffee Table

One thing you can't find in virtually any cinema is a good old fashioned coffee table. If you like spending your morning coffee or late night snacks in front of the TV, having one of these will give you an experience that simply can't be found anywhere else.

Wall Mount

One of the best ways of replicating the cinema experience is by mounting your new 40-inch TV set on the wall, thus helping to free up space within your home theatre. Using a great wall mount can help you not only add space to your home theater room, but also help orient the TV in the most comfortable way possible.

Audio

You simply can't replicate the experience of a cinema in your living room without having a good quality sound system to help immerse you in the action. There are plenty of options for anyone, including having a high-quality soundbar for those with a smaller living room, or even a full-fledged stereo receiver for those who want the absolute best in audio reproduction. A powered subwoofer can help bring the deepest explosions and rumblings to life, and a great pair of over the ear headphones can let you enjoy your films without bothering anyone else in the house.

Media Devices

Although most Smart TVs let you enjoy plenty of films and serials through online streaming, many people have their own vast collection of DVDs and Blu-ray discs that they would still like to enjoy in their home theatre. Both DVD and Blu-ray players can be added for very reasonable prices, and many include technology that will let you upscale these older discs to take advantage of the superior image quality of a 4K television set.

Gaming Consoles

Last but not least, many home theatre enthusiasts don't find watching TV to be their sole source of entertainment. Many people now enjoy playing the latest and greatest video games, which you can do by choosing one of the best video game consoles available. In fact, most of these gaming consoles also include many other media functions, letting you use just one device to not only play games but also watch your favorite films and serials.

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Publish Date: 2020-07-19 17:47:03