Best 32-inch TVs in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 18, 2019
Need a small TV for your kitchen, bedroom, or exercise room? A 32-inch model is just what you need! This compact TV can easily fit into any small room and bring you hours of entertainment. We have reviewed the best 32-inch TVs to make your choice less tricky. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Size
Screen
Motion Rate
Smart TV
Interfaces
Sound
Warranty
 
PROS

The Wide Color Enhancer (Plus) technology delivers a richer and more diverse colour range for better picture quality even in the darker areas.

CONS

The SmartHub on this TV is a bit outdated.

OUR VERDICT
If you're looking for a top-notch TV from the best manufacturer in the world, the Samsung Electronics UE32M5520 is the best pick. It delivers a stunning picture with amazing clarity.

detailed parameters
Size

32"

Screen

1920 x 1080, VA

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 600 PQI (Picture Quality Index)

Smart TV

Yes (built-in Wi-Fi)

Interfaces

2 x USB

1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45)

3 x HDMI

1 x Component / Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Ant. in

Sound

2 x 10 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

It boasts the X-Reality™ Pro, a stellar upscaling and conversion technology that shows ultimately crisp HD content.

CONS

It has only 2 HDMI ports.

OUR VERDICT

The Sony Bravia KDL32WE613BU is a good smart TV with stellar picture quality, amazing surround sound, and intuitive apps for easy browsing. A great alternative to Samsung TVs.

detailed parameters
Size

32" (40", 49" also available)

Screen

1366 x 768, IPS

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 400 MotionFlow™ XR

Smart TV

Yes (built-in Wi-Fi)

Interfaces

2 x USB

1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45)

2 x HDMI

1 x SCART

1 x Optical out

1 x Headphones jack

1 x Ant. in

Sound

2 x 5 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The tiny bezel here measures just 7mm, which creates a floating look that's rarely seen in entry-level models.

CONS

It's not a Full HD TV, it's just Full HD ready TV.

OUR VERDICT

With no Full HD resolution, the Panasonic TX-32E302B is pretty basic, however, it makes a good value second TV. It offers decent picture quality. Plus, it can play multiple file formats through a USB flash drive.

detailed parameters
Size

32" (24", 43" also available)

Screen

1366 x 768, IPS

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 200 Real motion rate

Smart TV

No

Interfaces

1 x USB

2 x HDMI

1 x VGA-in

1 x SCART

1 x Composite in

1 x Coaxial out

1 x Headphones jack

1 x Ant. in

Sound

2 x 6 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

It has a built-in tuner for Freeview HD and Freesat HD programmes. Thanks to webOS, you can always browse something great to watch.

CONS

Some users find that it's lacking in sound quality.

OUR VERDICT

If you want a good Full HD, Freeview/Play, and 32-inch screen for a reasonable price, this TV ticks all the boxes. In addition, it's featured with innovative WebOS that opens up many new possibilities.

detailed parameters
Size

32"

Screen

1920 x 1080, IPS

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 100 TruMotion™

Smart TV

Yes (built-in Wi-Fi)

Interfaces

2 x USB

1 x Ethernet port (RJ-45)

3 x HDMI

1 x Component / Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Headphones jack

1 x Ant. in

Sound

2 x 5 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This one is compatible with Alexa, so you can control this TV with your voice through selected Alexa devices.

CONS

The user interface is too complicated. 

OUR VERDICT

This TV is a great option for those who want to make their home smarter using Alexa. There are many interface connection options, and the model offers clean and contrasty pictures from all sources.

detailed parameters
Size

32"

Screen

1920 x 1080, VA

Motion Rate

60 Hz / 600 TPQ (Total Picture Quality)

Smart TV

Yes (built-in Wi-Fi)

Interfaces

2 x USB

3 x HDMI

1 x VGA-in

1 x Composite in

1 x Optical out

1 x Headphones jack

1 x Ant. in

Sound

2 x 6 W

Warranty

1 year

Samsung UE32M5520

The Best of the Best

This TV needs no introduction. Samsung is the top brand that produces the best TVs all across the globe. It offers either sophisticated models with lots of extra functions and the best-in-class image or budgetary TVs that offers high quality for a reasonable price. This one falls into the first category. It's a feature-rich 32-inch TV from Samsung that boasts excellent image quality along with multiple nifty features.

The main highlight of the Samsung UE32M5520 is the Wide Colour Enhancer technology due to which you can enjoy Full HD quality with crisp and vibrant images. The technology delivers richer and more diverse colour spectrum for a better picture even in the darker areas. And thanks to the Contrast Enhancer, you'll enjoy each image with more depth. The TV automatically adjusts levels of depth in different areas of the screen to bring even flat images to life.

The Micro Dimming Pro, one more proprietary Samsung technology, also contributes to the stellar picture quality. It divides the screen into hundreds of tiny zones, analysing each one separately to adjust colour, brightness and sharpness depending on the ambient light in a room. As a result, the picture becomes more “eye-friendly” with deeper blacks and better contrast vibrancy across the whole screen. Importantly, you get not only crystal-clear image but also reduced electricity bills. On average, the TV uses just 60 kWh per year (if used 4 hours a day for 365 days).

Review of Samsung UE32M5520 32-Inch Full HD Smart TV

Control Options

Just like other high-end Samsung TVs, this one comes with OneRemote than makes it easier to search the needed content and flip channels through the Smart Hub. The TV has the Smart Hub 2017 version that is a bit outdated but still has quite a lot to offer. It allows you to quickly find the needed movie, TV show, sports events, and more. The Smart Menu is very user-friendly and simple to customise. All the apps can be easily rearranged as you like. Moreover, if you download a special mobile app, you'll be able to browse the content and control the TV right from your mobile. Handy, right?

The last but not the least feature that will definitely be appreciated by any gamer is the Cloud gaming. Owing to it, you'll be able to play world-famous streaming and PC games right on this TV. Hands down, this is one of the best TVs that offers a bit more than any other model in its price range. It's ultra-crisp, smart, and very intuitive.

Samsung UE32M5520 32-Inch Full HD Smart TV in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Sony Bravia KDL32WE613BU

Excellent Image and Sound

Meet another decent TV from a world-renowned brand, the Sony Bravia KDL32WE613BU. It costs way less than similar Samsung TVs but can compete with them in terms of picture and sound quality. For starters, it's featured with the X-Reality Pro technology that enables you to rediscover every single detail. This is a fantastic upscaling and conversion technology that shows ultimately crisp HD content. It analyses each scene to upscale every pixel and reduce unwanted noise. As a result, you can enjoy sharp, enhanced details. Plus, thanks to the Motionflow XR technology, even fast-paced action scenes remain crisp and clear.

What also makes images more enjoyable is the High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. No longer will details be lost in the dark or bright scenes. The technology optimises the picture quality by using dynamic tone mapping. In other words, the HDR increases contrast in every area of the screen, delivering better shadow detail, colour saturation, and enhanced contrast. As a result, you’ll see every reflection of sunlight on the fuselage or the textures in the shiny metal wings of the airplane.

Yet, not only is the picture quality amazing here. Sony folks have designed this TV with ClearAudio+ fine tunes to "make your listening as lifelike as your viewing". The sounds here have greater clarity and separation than ever.

Review of Sony Bravia KDL32WE613BU 32-Inch HD Ready HDR Smart TV

About the Interface

Yet, no product is flawless. Sony tried to make this TV as slim as possible (and they succeeded), so they compromised on some important things like a separate optical connection and the number of HDMI ports. This TV has only two HDMI ports, which might seem insufficient for some customers. However, built-in Amazon and quick access to YouTube can save the situation. With one button only, you can go straight to YouTube to enjoy your favourite videos. The folks in Sony have fitted the remote with a YouTube button that should prove useful. Moreover, the unit boasts Freeview Play that combines live, catch up, and on-demand TV in one place. Hence, you'll be able to watch 70 digital channels, 15 HD channels, as well as programmes from BBC iPlayer, All 4, ITV Hub, Demand 5, and UKTV Play. For free!

To round up everything said above, The Sony Bravia KDL32WE613BU is a good TV with an amazing picture, surround sound, and intuitive apps for easy browsing. Well worth every penny!

Sony Bravia KDL32WE613BU 32-Inch HD Ready HDR Smart TV in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Panasonic TX-32E302B

Affordable Option

Need a cheap Smart TV as an auxiliary one for your bedroom or kitchen? Take a closer look at the Panasonic TX-32E302B. It's a budget-friendly model from the reputable brand that does its main job pretty well. Armed with a 100Hz panel, it's good enough to provide customers with a blur-free picture. Unlike other low-end LED TVs, this one has a good back-light blinking system that reduces the response time as well as the motion blur.

It's worth noting that this TV is actually not a Full HD TV, it's an HD-ready TV. Simply put, it's just equipped with a Freeview HD tuner, meaning it can show some channels in HD resolution. Namely, it offers you 70 free channels, with 15 of them in HD quality. So, you will be able to watch some of your favourite programmes in high definition and crystal clear quality.

Yet, be ready that you'll get the 1366 x 768p resolution from all other sources. Although today this definition might seem almost dinosaur-like, most films and TV shows will be colourful and contrast-heavy.

Review of Panasonic TX-32E302B 32-Inch HD Ready LED TV

Neat Design

While we can't say that the picture quality is the main strength of this telly, the chief attractions here are undoubtedly a narrow bezel, small footprint and low price. Measuring 734x477x184mm, it has a slim gloss-black frame which keeps you focused on the screen. The tiny bezel is just 7mm, which creates a floating look that's rarely seen at entry-level models. All the wires are neatly hidden within a stand for a clean look. So, you see more of a picture and less of a mess.

On the rear of the TV, there is a selection of ins and outs that include two HDMI slots, RF input, full RGB Scart, USB slot, and a set of component video/audio inputs. The TV's handling of digital media is fairly fluent and file compatibility is wide.

All in all, we'd judge the Panasonic TX-32E302B as a good value, especially considering its ability to play multiple files through a USB flash drive, modern-looking slim bezel, built-in Freeview HD tuner and versatile picture performance. This is a respectable second TV choice.

Panasonic TX-32E302B 32-Inch HD Ready LED TV in the use

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User Manual     Manufacturer


 

LG 32LK6100

Huge Upgrade

The LG 32LK6100 32" Smart 1080p LED TV is a huge jump from an ordinary 720p TV and an amazing way to improve your movie watching experience. This is a great Full HD TV with a superb picture, which offers a lot for the money. It delivers an ultimately sharp image, making any TV show or film look highly-detailed and realistic. From nature documentaries to romantic dramas, you can be sure to get a clear picture with an excellent 1080p definition (five times better than standard 720p). And for optimum contrast, the LG LK6100 is fitted with the advanced HDR technology - you'll be able to see even the darkest shades with jaw-dropping clarity.

Although the Full HD upgrade from 720p is just glorious here, there's still one thing that soured our impression a bit. This telly doesn't have analogue audio output and its speakers are not that powerful (the price for a slim design). Having said that, there are multiple sound settings to play with including standard, cinema, clear voice, etc. So, finding the one that suits you best can make things much better.

Review of LG 32LK6100 32-Inch Smart HDR Full HD LED TV

Easy Setup

The setup of this TV is as simple as plugging it in the leads and switching it on. The setup is computer-like in the amount of information and it literally guides you through each setting. And once the setup is complete, it'll be extremely easy for users to access the menus and fine tune everything here and there. But if you still get stuck with something, you can download the free, extensive manual from the LG website anytime.

All the settings can be adjusted with a large LG remote. It's simply laid out and has good-size buttons that feel nice and solidly rubbery. Hence, you won't end up mashing the wrong button. Also, it's worth mentioning that this TV is compatible with the famous LG Magic Remote (should be bought separately).

As for the Smart capabilities, this TV supports Freeview Play, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, Netflix, Prime Video, and more. Additionally, it offers Full internet browser and YouTube Screen mirroring (for Android smartphone app).

So, if you want a decent Full HD, Freeview/Play, and a 32-inch screen for a reasonable price, this one may tick all the boxes. It's a great substitution to any ageing TV.

LG 32LK6100 32-Inch Smart HDR Full HD LED TV in the use

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Toshiba 32L3863DBA

Smarter than Smart

If you're turning your home into a smart house using Alexa, you should definitely have a closer look at the Toshiba 32L3863DBA as it successfully integrates with Alexa. In other words, you'll be able to control this telly with nothing but the sound of your voice via an Amazon Echo or Echo dot. But take note that Alexa does not work straight out-of-the-box and setting it up involves jumping through some hoops.

Another thing that adds scores to this TV is the wide range of available music, video, TV and social media apps. Toshiba offers an extensive selection of entertaining apps including Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, and more. Yet, this huge list of services might be a bit hit and miss - the interface is overly complicated and each app involves putting emails and passwords, which is rather time-consuming.

As for the picture quality, it's terrific for less than £220 and so is the sound. The picture is good with an even backlight and decent black levels. The TV seems bright enough for any light conditions; and the sound is acceptable for dramas, news, and documentaries.

Review of Toshiba 32L3863DBA 32-Inch Smart Full-HD LED TV

Wide Connectivity Options

What also adds appeal to this Japanese TV is the exceptional connectivity options. For example, you can easily display photos and videos from your smartphone or tablet, as well as check your social media accounts while you're watching this TV. Another key feature is USB recording, meaning you can add a USB memory stick and record any programmes with ease.

The last but not the least, this plasma boasts the unique feature rarely found it its price range - Bluetooth connectivity. This way, if you have hearing problems or just don't want to interrupt your family members, you can connect your Bluetooth headphones and enjoy the immersive sound experience. Once you're connected, the system turns off the TV speakers. However, if you need dual sound, you can get a headphone amp with Toslink input additionally.

All in all, it's a great Full HD TV that offers a bit more than expected. It's smart, bright, and flexible in its interface options. You really can't beat the price.

Toshiba 32L3863DBA 32-Inch Smart Full-HD LED TV in the use

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What Is a 32-inch LED TV?

Did you know that on average people watch about five hours of TV per day, nearly 35 hours per week? Almost as a full-time job! And most families own two or more TV sets. People tend to install huge 55-inch TVs in their cosy living rooms and more compact models in smaller rooms. A 32-inch TV has just the right size to fit in bedrooms, guest rooms, exercise rooms, or kitchens. For this review, we have chosen the best LED TVs available on the market. This type of TVs is equipped with traditional LCD panels that are backlit with LEDs. Usually, LED TVs have very thin displays, produce a wide colour gamut, provide added brightness, offer good contrast levels, and consume little electricity. The majority of models are packed with built-in Wi-Fi allowing users to watch stream TV, YouTube videos, browse the Internet, listen to the radio, access various apps, and more. So, we hope after you've read this review of the top five 32-inch LED TVs, you can make the right choice.

What Features to Compare

Resolution

The first thing to consider before buying a TV is a display resolution. Actually, the resolution is the number of distinct pixels that can be displayed on the screen. The higher this number, the better. Currently, most TVs have High-definition (HD) resolution or Ultra-high-definition (UHD) resolution. The cheapest TVs have HP (1280p x 720p) resolution. The picture isn't so impressive compared to UHD resolution, however, if you're buying a television just for watching TV shows, this resolution will be sufficient for you. Moreover, such popular channels as ABC, Fox, ESPN, and some other channels broadcast at 720p only. More sophisticated (and pricey!) models use Full HD resolution (1920p x 1080p) that is better for watching movies, sports events, and similar video content. And the high-end TVs have the best 4K UHD resolution that ensures the clearest and the sharpest picture possible. Yet, these TVs are the most expensive on the market.

Design

Also, take a look at the design of a TV. If you want to fully focus on entertainment, choose those models with minimal bezels to enjoy almost edgeless pictures. Try to choose the frame that will match your room interior. In case you want to mount a TV on the wall, look for models that come with articulating or tilting wall mounts.

If you're going to connect HDMI cables, satellite receivers, Blu-ray players, game consoles, or USB drives to a TV, consider the interface and the ports available.

Another thing to take into account is a remote control. If your elderly relatives are going to use a TV too, it's better to choose remotes with fewer buttons. We would like to point out that some top TVs can be paired with your smartphones or tablets after downloading a dedicated app.

Extras

Here, you need to decide whether you want an ordinary or a smart TV. By Smart TV we mean a model with built-in Wi-Fi and, consequently, access to the Internet. These models offer plenty of TV programs, movies, and music without a need to connect a TV antenna or subscribe to cable/satellite services. They come with numerous apps already pre-installed, and if you wish, you can always download more. Yet, smart TVs are more expensive than ordinary ones. So, if you need a simple TV without all those bells and whistles, there's no reason to overpay for "smart" functions.

Did you know?

The Longest Running TV Shows

TV shows have been around since the earliest days of the medium and many of them have come from the radio. So, the beginning of "talk show golden age" is considered to be somewhere in 1948, however, the television wasn't widespread across American families until the 1950s. Meet the Press is the longest-running show (news/interviews) that was first broadcasted on November 6, 1947. Nowadays, the number of episodes make more than 3,600. As for the television talk shows, the world's longest-running show is called The Tonight Show. It has debuted in 1954 and continues up to this day (more than 12,000 episodes). One of the most popular TV shows in the US now is the Oprah Winfrey Show. Currently, it consists of 25 seasons, 4561 episodes.

The First TV Advertisement

The first television ad was broadcasted on July 1, 1941, on screens in the US. The 20-second spot for Bulova watch appeared before a baseball game. At that time the advertisement cost just $9 (~ £7).

The Largest TV in the World

The Austrian company, C Seed, has released the world's largest 4K widescreen TV, C Seed 262. As it goes from its name, the LED screen makes as many as 262 inches (6.65 meters). The TV is priced around $500,000 (~ £390,000).

The World's First TV

The first television was invented by J.L. Baird, in 1926. It delivered coarse image and had 30 lines only. Nowadays, the number of lines reaches 2160 (UHD resolution). HD television standards were ratified in 1996, before manufacturers all over the world invented the first HD sets.

When It All Started...

The first US television station was launched in 1928, while BBC transmission started in 1930. Yet, the real expansion of television came in 1950s-1960s, after World War II. The first satellite television was launched in 1962. Already in 1969, more than 600 million people had satellites in their homes.

How Many? Statistics

99% of American households have at least one TV, and more than 60% people have at least three TV sets. There're more than 275 million TVs in the US nowadays. The majority of families prefer cable TV.

4% of energy consumption go on powering television.

Annually, Americans watch approximately 250 billion hours of television.

During our entire life, we see over 2 million TV ads.

Where the Word "Television" Comes From

The word "television" comes from the word "tele" (Ancient Greek) meaning "far" and the Latin word "visio" meaning "sight". Actually, the word “Television” was first documented as a term in 1900. It was coined by Constantin Perskyi, a Russian scientist.
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Publish Date: 2019-02-18 10:01:04