Buyer’s Guide to Small TVs

Posted September 15, 2016 - Blog Posts

Small screen TVs are great for other rooms in the house, when you don’t have much space or if you move around a lot. Don’t let the size fool you either, they pack in an awful lot of tech – many even give you catch-up as well as live TV.

We’re thinking bedrooms, kitchens and studies – the size makes them ideal to double up as computer monitors, and at basically the same cost why not have TV functionality as well?

So, whether you’re after one for size, functionality or price, there’s something for you. Here are our picks of the best small TVs.

Pick of the non-smart TVs

Non-smart (standard) TVs are ideal for those who want a cheap and cheerful solution for a small TV. While they don’t offer catch-up or apps, these TVs still cover all of the important features for an excellent viewing experience. All of the top brands offer low priced products in this category, so there is no shortage of quality.

Panasonic Viera TX-24C300B – £129.99 – 24″

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Grab an absolute bargain with this Panasonic TV with Freeview HD built in. It may not be the newest, but it has excellent picture quality (with deep blacks), media player (via USB), and high refresh rate ensuring a smooth picture. This is particularly good for sport.

  • 720p resolution
  • Freeview HD
  • 2x HDMI, 1x USB, 1x SCART
  • 200 Hz refresh rate
  • USB playback
  • High contrast

Available from:

Co-op Electrical

Amazon

LG 28MT48DF – £159.99 – 28″

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Another great low-price offering, this time from LG. This TV also has excellent dynamic contrast (that’s range of colour to you and I) and is HD Ready. At 28″ it offers surprising value for its size. Unlike the Panasonic, it only has standard definition Freeview built in, however, Freeview HD channels could be received and recorded with one of our Freeview Recorders.

  • 720p resolution
  • Freeview
  • 1x HDMI, 1x USB, 1x SCART
  • USB playback

Available from:

Richer Sounds

Currys

Finlux 32HCD274B-ND – £138.99 – 32″

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This Finlux offers fantastic value for a 32″, offering a lower cost for the size than more recognisable brands. It has a bright and crisp LED screen and boasts being one of the most environmentally friendly TVs on the market.

  • 720p resolution
  • Freeview
  • 1x HDMI, 1x VGA, 1x SCART
  • High contrast

Available from

Amazon

Sony Bravia KDL32RD433BU – £259.99 – 32″

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If you’re after a higher end model, this Sony incorporates a wide range of features, boasts full 1080p and has Freeview HD as standard. It also features image up-scaling technology, designed to optimise any inputted media. You can also record TV directly to a USB hard drive (sold separately), and play videos, view photos and listen to music.

  • 1080p resolution
  • Freeview HD
  • 2x HDMI, 2x USB, 1x SCART
  • USB playback
  • Upscaling technology
  • Dolby Digital Plus sound

Available at

Currys

Pick of the Smart TVs

Smart TVs are TVs with built-in catch up services, with other apps like Netflix, Amazon Video and Now TV widely available. Other apps also include everything from web browsing to games and social media. While slightly pricier than their less intelligent brothers, Smart TVs are a more future-proof offering. There are a lot of exciting products to choose from in the smaller TV range.

Samsung UE22H5600 – £169.00 – 22″

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With some powerful Smart features, there is no shortage of entertainment with this Samsung. The size also makes it ideal to double up as a computer monitor. Boasting playback from USB devices, and built-in Wi-Fi, it has an awful lot of features for its size. As with all Smart TVs you can catch up on demand and stream other content from video apps.

  • 1080p resolution
  • Freeview HD
  • 2x HDMI, 2x USB, 1x SCART
  • USB Playback
  • Wi-fi and Ethernet

Available from:

John Lewis

Panasonic Viera TX24DS500B – £229 – 24″

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This Panasonic has everything you need from a Smart TV with some rather interesting extras. It comes with Freeview HD, and has a surprisingly high refresh rate for a TV of this size. There are a wide range of apps available including Panasonic’s ‘Swipe and Share’ app, which enables you to stream pictures and media wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet. Panasonic’s infamous picture and sound processing technologies mean you can expect exceptional quality all round.

  • 720p resolution
  • Freeview HD
  • 2x HDMI, 1x SCART, 1x USB
  • 400 Hz refresh rate
  • USB Playback
  • Wi-Fi only (no Ethernet)

Available from:

Richer Sounds

Samsung LT27D390SW/XU – £229.99 – 27″

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If you have a bit more room, this Samsung is the way to go. Bigger than the above Panasonic, it also comes with 1080p giving an incredibly sharp and detailed picture. The only drawback is, with a low refresh rate, motion may appear less fluid than the Panasonic. It isn’t short on features though, and also has a good amount of connections. Samsung’s Smart TV app store is the most comprehensive, offering a fantastic range of apps.

  • 1080p resolution
  • Freeview HD
  • 2x HDMI, 2x USB, 1x Composite Input, 1x Component Input, 1x SCART
  • USB Playback
  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet
  • Excellent range of apps

Available from:

Currys

LG 32LH604V – £329.00 – 32″

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This LG comes with built in Freeview HD, and a whole host of image and sound technologies designed to maximise your experience. It has compatibility with the LG Magic Remote (motion controlled), access to LG’s comprehensive app store, and it uses their WebOS operating system which allows for multi-tasking. It also looks visually attractive, with a smooth metallic bezel frame.

  • Full 1080p
  • Freeview HD
  • 3x HDMI, 2x USB, 1x Composite Input
  • USB Playback
  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet

Available from:

John Lewis

Richer Sounds

Sony Bravia KDL32WD751 – £349 – 32″

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Finally, with impressive array of  features, this Sony is a fantastic option in this category. It boasts excellent picture quality, smooth motion and great sound thanks to their various built-in technologies. It offers good connectivity, an impressive range of apps (particularly good for gamers), and its mirroring technology allows for easy streaming from a smartphone. As with the previous Sony, you can record TV straight onto an external hard drive.

  • 1080p resolution
  • Freeview HD
  • 2x HDMI, 2x USB, 1x SCART
  • USB playback
  • Phone/tablet mirroring
  • Wi-Fi and Ethernet connection

Available from:

Richer Sounds

So . . .

Whatever you are looking for in your new small TV, there is a fantastically priced TV out there (packed full of features) with your name on it.

Don’t forget, if you’re after a bigger TV, we went though the best TVs 2016 has to offer back in May.

 

 

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