Best 40, 42 and 43-inch TV Buying Guide:
Welcome to What Hi-Fi?’s round-up of the best 40, 42 and 43-inch TVs you can buy in 2022.
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Manufacturers are so desperate for you to buy one of their biggest and most expensive TVs that they dedicate almost no effort to promoting their smaller and more affordable sets.
But for many people, a 65-inch TV is too big and even 50-inch is a stretch. That’s where the 40-, 42- or 43-inch TV comes in.
Lest we forget, just a few years ago this was considered large for a television, and a TV in one of these sizes can still be fairly cinematic without turning your lounge into an Odeon.
Unfortunately, flagship specs are rarely, if ever, available at sizes such as these – heck, the first sub-55-inch OLED was launched only a little over a year ago – so if this is as big as you can go, you’re going to have to accept that your new TV will probably be a little less feature-rich than the biggest and best sets out there.
As mentioned, you won’t find an OLED at this size, so you’ll be looking at LCD models with LED backlights, generally of the edge variety. Direct LED (also known as full array) backlights aren’t unheard of at these sizes, but they are fairly rare.
It’s now common to find 4K on 40, 42 and 43-inch sets, even at the budget end, and support for HDR formats (including HDR10+ and even Dolby Vision in some cases) is usually included, too.