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If you’re looking to upgrade or add a new TV to your home, now’s a great time. We’re living in a golden era of what TVs can do, delivering outstanding quality and convenient features. But why are we focusing on 43-inch sets specifically?
A 43-inch set is, on average, the ideal size for a room. Biggest is not always best, and can often create an uncomfortable viewing experience similar to sitting front row at a cinema. Massive screens require you to sit way back, and most living rooms just don’t have that amount of space. With a 43-inch set, sitting between 5 to 10 feet away is perfect, allowing you to take in the whole picture without darting your eyes from one side of the screen to the other.
How to Shop for the Best 43-inch TV
If you’ve got a huge space, like a basement, a bigger screen can work. But for most rooms, 43 inches is the sweet spot. Here’s what to consider when looking for your new set:
Picture Quality: This just gets better and better with each new generation of TVs. Having 4K and HDR capability in a set is more common than ever now, delivering advanced AI that brightens, darkens, and overall sharpens the picture wherever it’s needed. This can affect details like texture and gradients, creating an even more lifelike image no matter what you’re watching or playing.
Refresh Rate: This is how fast the TV can keep up with what you’re watching, and tells you how many times per second your set is creating a new picture. It’s especially important for things like sports and action movies, delivering a clarity that older sets can’t keep up with. There’s nothing wrong with a set that has 60Hz, but a 120Hz set can handle a higher frame rate, so if fast-paced programming is what you’re into, go for the higher Hz.
Sound: As TV sets have gotten thinner over the past decade, one of the unfortunate casualties has been the built-in speaker quality. They’ll get the job done, but if you don’t already have a soundbar or external speakers, we advise getting that set up when (or before) your new TV arrives. It significantly enhances whatever content you’re watching, bringing an immersive experience you can feel all around you.
Connectivity: Most sets nowadays feature a home screen that gives you fast access to your favorite streaming services, like Netflix, Roku, Hulu, and Spotify. Voice control is also built in, often in the remote, for speaking commands that can be picked up clearly and fast. For hooking your TV up to bigger smart home systems like Amazon’s Alexa, Google Home, or Apple HomeKit, it’s best to double-check that the TV can integrate with it before buying, and avoiding the disappointment of finding out once it’s too late.
What Are the Best 43-inch TVs?
From Samsung to LG, here are the best 43-inch televisions you can buy online right now.
1. Samsung 43-inch Class QLED Q60A Series
The picture quality here is absolutely stunning, with over a billion colors and automatic upscaling to 4K, in part thanks to the Quantum Processor inside. The options for adjusting attributes like color and contrast let you find your ideal settings for the perfect picture, or just let the dual LED adjust what you’re watching in the moment.
The body is extremely slim. The entire unit weighs just under 20 pounds, while still managing to have three HDMI ports, two USB, and one digital optical audio connection. It works especially well with other Samsung devices, but also integrates with your existing smart home setup too.
2. LG NanoCell 75 Series 43-inch TV
LG’s latest model features a picture that’s absolutely dazzling, which is thanks to its NanoCell 4K display. The picture is impressively lifelike, powered by a billion popping colors and a Quad Core processor.
The company hasn’t forgotten about gamers either. Automatic low latency mode gives a smooth performance when playing your favorite platform, along with HGiG for extra detail and quick access to the settings you might need in a pinch.
The set also effortlessly integrates as a smart home assistant, delivering basics like weather and news and allowing control of other connected devices around the house. This happens all while still keeping the power consumption low at just 55W.
3. Sony X80J 43-inch TV
If details are what you’re looking for, look no further than Sony’s X80J set. The 4K Ultra HD picture is stunning and smart, analyzing whatever you’re watching for the best possible display of vibrant and balanced colors.
Four HDMI ports (more than most we typically see) are perfect for those with a lot of gadgets to connect. Airplay 2 makes streaming from Apple devices simple and same also goes for casting from Google devices with Chromecast.
The booming sound was a nice surprise in our testing, and this is slim and light enough to hang on a wall in tight spaces.
4. TCL 43-inch 4K Smart Roku LED TV
TCL has cemented itself in the TV market as one of the best choices when working with a budget. This 43-inch set features 4K, is HDR capable, and still holds up as a top choice for an affordable set.
The picture is clean and detailed, with wide bezels, easy access to streaming services and a remote that no one will be confused by. Ports are all organized on one side, and this works best in darker rooms due to its backlighting, and looks great in any setup with its gunmetal frame.
5. Amazon Fire TV Omni 43-Inch
Amazon has thought of everything here.
Ports are plentiful and all located in one strip instead of divided up between sides. Four HDMIs (including one eARC for soundbars and digital audio) was enough for us to connect a laptop, gaming console, and satellite hookup, with an optional Ethernet/LAN port for a wired way to link a modem or home network. WiFi is an option too, of course, which took about 3 minutes to get up and running, and once an Amazon account is connected, you’ll not only get access to Prime Video, but also a host of other streaming services, some of which are completely free, with an improved search function too. It’s quick to connect up to other Amazon smart devices around the house, like Ring doorbells, Echo Speakers, Fire TV, and your favorite Bluetooth headset.
The 4K Ultra HD-supported picture quality (with 60Hz refresh rate) is crisp, colorful, clear, and bright, with a strong dynamic backlight that makes it ideal for things like using with a laptop and not straining to see from across the room. The bezels are barely there, allowing more room for the screen, and the included remote has an intuitive design where your thumb always seems to know where to go for the right option, including designated buttons to access the most common streaming channels. You’ve also got the ability to control everything completely hands-free with Alexa too, thanks to the built-in mic, with the option to turn it off for privacy as well.
Setup was incredibly swift, and the TV unit itself is fairly light at just over 15 pounds. The smart features are seemingly endless, and part of the fun is playing around to see what hidden surprises you can find.