We have updated our guide to reflect the best 40-42-43 inch TVs available in the winter of 2017, choosing from all the models we reviewed over the year. A few of these TVs have gone back to their Black Friday prices for the Super Bowl sales.
Best 40-42-43 Inch TVs - $300+
There are no high-end TVs that comes in between 40-43 inch, so the prices aren't too high. TVs with the good picture can still be had and the ones we picked below are the best we've found.
The best TV we've reviewed this year in the 40-inch range is the Sony XBR43X800D. It has good picture quality and great handling of motion, so it's especially good for sports. It's one of the best at displaying lower resolution content and also does pretty well with HDR. Since it fits most people's needs, this is our top pick for a 43 inch TV.
As a pretty close second, the Samsung UN40KU6300 is a great choice for a living room TV. It performs well across a wide range of usage, making it a good versatile TV. Video games are especially good on it, and since it gets quite brighter than its competition, its suitable for a brighter area.
Note: The pricier Samsung UN40KU7000 is not worth it since the picture quality is about the same. Stick to the cheaper UN40KU6300. The 43-inch version of the KU7000 uses a different panel with the product number AA01.
If you are on a budget, get the Vizio D40u-D1 instead. It performs better for movies in a dark room since it can get the blacks darker. It is also a great gaming TV, with its very low input lag of 13.5 ms. However, it doesn't get as bright, and it doesn't upscale low-resolution content (like cable TV or DVDs) as well, making it a bit less versatile.
For the price, it is a great choice. But if money is not a major concern, get the more versatile Samsung or Sony.
Best 40-42-43 Inch TVs - Under $300
At this time, there is only one TV worth mentioning that we reviewed between 40-43 inch under $300 and it represents a good value.
For that price point, the TCL 40FS3800 is the only TV worth considering. Although its picture quality can't compete with the pricier models, those looking for a basic TV will be satisfied with the picture this TV produces. Besides its attractive price point, the robust smart features of the TCL 40FS3800 will also please those looking for an affordable but complete smart experience.
Our recommendations above are what we think is currently the best 40 to 43 inch TV to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
A few examples of 40" to 43" TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Samsung UN40JU7500. Better TV than all the above but is now hard to find or too expensive. See our review
- Samsung UN40JU6500. Decent TV, but the Vizio D40u-D1 is a better deal. See our review
- Vizio M43-C1. Almost out of stock everywhere now. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here are the list of all our reviews of TVs that have a 40-42-43 inch size. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.
Questions & Answers
Usually none. The refresh rate is not an indication of motion blur for TVs given the same input frame rate. A 120Hz TV just means it can interpolate the frames, which creates the soap opera effect.
For TVs with active 3D there is an advantage of the higher refresh rate, because it gets effectively halved for each eye. A 120 Hz panel allows a 60Hz refresh rate for each eye.
Update: We have now reviewed several 4k TVs, including within this size range.
Update: We reviewed the E Series and M Series. They are a great value for their price. However, the local dimming feature is indeed not very effective (see our reviews for details).
Update: Replaced selection with newer model.
Update: The Samsung UN40J6300 is a Best Buy exclusive. It's indeed a better TV overall than the E-series, but since it's not available on Amazon, we aren't listing it here.
If you don't mind slightly higher input lag than ideal, the Samsung UN40J6200 would be a good choice for a TV. It has really good contrast, black uniformity, and motion handling. If you want better input lag, the Vizio E40-C2 is the best option, though its black uniformity is a bit worse.
4k not needed, smart features are irrelevant - I just care about picture quality. Logical choice seems to be the LG LF6300 series at 43".
Is the 2015 43" LG still IPS (some Amazon reviews say no)? Any other reason to prefer 2014 vs 2015 6300 model (stand is different, anything else)? Other options? 2014 ViZio M series at 49" looks interesting.
We don't know how this is going to impact support for current-run TVs, so we're holding off on recommending Sharp models for the time being. If you want a good budget TV, go for the Vizio E-series instead. The quality is very good, and Vizio shouldn't be going anywhere.
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