Last updated: October 15, 2021

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Welcome to our large 32 inch TV test 2021. Here we present all the 32 inch televisions that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the Internet.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best 32-inch TV for you. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos.

Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy a 32-inch TV.




Summary

  • 32 inch TVs are ideal as second TVs for the bedroom or kitchen as well as for the guest room and as far as the picture format is concerned, you can choose between Full HD, HD Ready and currently still limited to 4k, while in terms of display quality, only LCD / LED displays are currently possible at this size.
  • There are also 32-inch TVs with various reception connections and, depending on your preference, as Smart TVs, with built-in DVD or Blu-Ray players, USB recording and Ambilight. Curved or 3D versions are not produced as 32-inch TVs due to lack of demand and benefit.
  • Depending on the screen quality and additional features, you can expect a purchase price between 110 and 1500 euros and buy them on numerous websites such as Amazon or in specialist shops.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a 32 inch TV

Who is a 32 inch TV for and what should you consider in general?

32-inch TVs are particularly suitable as second TVs for the kitchen, guest room or holiday home - but depending on the size of your living room, they can also be used as "main TVs".

A wall mount is particularly practical, even for small living rooms. You should look for a swivelling wall mount so that your TV can be optimally aligned. (Source: pixabay.com / StockSnap)

You should also consider these things, especially at the beginning

  • For 32-inch TVs, the optimal distance to the set is 1.2 to 2m (depending on the quality of the picture format) - i.e. if you have 2m or more available, you don't need to pay any further attention to this aspect. Otherwise, however, you should see if you are satisfied with the quality of the picture format that makes sense in your room.
  • So far, there are mostly Full HD and HD Ready 32 inch TVs and not so many 4k TVs (and they are also very expensive).
  • So far, 32-inch TVs are only available in LCD / LED and not yet in OLED displays - but we will introduce you to these technologies once they are introduced.
  • When making your decision, it is important to consider how you will receive the TV signal so that the TV has the necessary connections.
  • Consider whether you also want a DVD player or a recording function for TV programmes built in or access to the Internet (so-called Smart TV).
  • Even if curved and 3D 32-inch TVs are not generally available, we wouldn't recommend them in any case, because both features are useless for this size of TV.

How big is a 32-inch TV exactly (dimensions in cm) and how much does it normally weigh?

Here is an overview of exactly how big your 32-inch TV is

  • Diagonal: 81.3cm (The 32-inch figure refers to the diagonal, and 32 inches corresponds to a good 80cm).
  • Width: Equivalent to 70.8cm for a 16:9 TV.
  • Height: Equivalent to 39.8cm for a 16:9 TV.

According to our brief research, 32 inch TVs without a stand weigh about 3.8 to 6.5 kilograms and for a stand you then have to add about 1 more kilogram.

Can you use 32 inch TVs as monitors and PC screens?

Of course you can use your TV as a 32 inch monitor. TVs can generally be used as monitors today without much effort. It is also possible to buy a monitor and use streaming services on it and thus also watch TV.

However, if you want a 4k inch TV, you may have seen that they are still very expensive (and also rare) with prices up to 1500 euros. So if it has to be 4k, you would be better off buying a 4k 40 inch TV (or bigger), as these are much cheaper than 4k 32 inch TVs and there is also a wider range.

However, if a Full HD or HD Ready is enough for you, you can also use a 32 inch TV as a monitor for your computer without any problems.

Make sure, however, that you have enough space in your room or office for the optimal distance. If you decide to buy a TV as a work monitor, you should always keep these things in mind

  • HDMI 2.0 connection
  • Scale the computer picture to approx. 110 to 125 percent.
  • Arrange the windows optimally on the television.
  • Optimise the fonts, if necessary.
  • Finally, enlarge the mouse pointer in particular, otherwise you run the risk of not being able to find it on the large screen!

What are the alternatives to 32 inch TVs?

Of course, there are other sizes of TVs that you should look at depending on your needs or preferences

  • 24 inch TVs: Optimal for a kitchen, for example.
  • 40 inch TVs: These have a diameter of around 1m and are suitable for both the living room and a room.
  • 65 inch TV: The 65 inch TV gives you that cinema feeling in your own living room or the feeling of being in the front row at a sporting event.

Decision: What types of 32 inch TVs are there and which one is right for you?

In general, 32-inch TVs can be divided into 3 different types. Below you can get an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of the different types. A distinction is made between

  • Full HD 32 inch TV
  • HD Ready 32 inch TV
  • 4k 32 inch TV

What distinguishes a Full HD 32 inch TV and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Full HD has a lower resolution than 4k / UHD, but with 1920 x 1080 pixels it has twice the resolution of HD Ready TVs.

Advantages
  • Optimal price-performance ratio
  • Large range of products
  • Also ideal for Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs
  • Supported by all content producers
Disadvantages
  • Currently the solid standard, but nothing special

What is meant by "optimal price-performance ratio" is that Full HD TVs are significantly cheaper, especially for 32 inch TVs, and at the same time the human eye can see almost no difference to 4k.

What distinguishes an HD Ready 32 inch TV and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

With HD Ready 32 inch TVs you get 1280 × 720 pixels, which is less than half as many as with Full HD TVs. Even though HD Ready are very old now (they were introduced in 2005), you can still buy them today and at a very fair price.

Advantages
  • Now very affordable
  • Large selection
Disadvantages
  • Significantly lower quality than Full HD and 4k
  • No longer the latest technology

If you don't mind the loss of quality and the fact that they could become obsolete in the next few years, an HD Ready 32 inch TV will definitely be the optimal choice.

What distinguishes a 4k 32-inch TV and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The term "4k" refers to the resolution of your TV and is practically synonymous with the term UHD. In both cases, the resolution is 4x higher than that of a Full HD TV and thus comes to 8 million pixels.

In addition, according to the catalogue of criteria, such a TV must have 4k-capable connections. The effect of 4k is that you will almost no longer be able to see any pixels, even if you are standing directly in front of it.

Advantages
  • Technology of the future
  • Higher picture quality than Full HD
  • Today's Blu-Ray DVDs have 4k quality
Disadvantages
  • Still very expensive
  • Few broadcasts
  • Little difference to Full HD
  • No effect at regular seat distance
  • Does not yet show to best advantage on small (32 inch) TVs

ARD and ZDF, for example, will not broadcast 4k broadcasts until 2022. There is also no 4k resolution on YouTube (at least at the moment).

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate 32-inch TVs

In the following, we would like to show you the factors you can use to compare and evaluate 32-inch TVs. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular 32-inch TV is suitable for you or not. The criteria you can use to compare 32 inch TVs include

  • Display quality
  • Internet capability
  • Connection type
  • Recording and playback function
  • Enjoyment factors
  • Special functions

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in each of these criteria.

Display quality

Before we come to concrete tips and recommendations, we would first like to explain the various terms used in the image-generating technologies.

LCD

These are liquid crystals, which then produce different grey values. However, since LCDs do not light up themselves, they need a backlight and a polarising layer to produce the colour.

LED

LEDs are light-emitting diodes that can convert current directly into light and whose brightness is proportional to the current intensity. They are available for red, green and blue and by superimposing them, all other colours can also be produced.

They are primarily used as backlighting because otherwise high resolutions are not possible - only in stadium screens or cinemas are they therefore used directly to produce images.

OLED

Like LEDs, they can generate light directly, but are technically based on carbon and can be liquefied as their most important feature. This is important because it allows them to be easily sprayed onto substrates with a high pixel density, which in the case of OLED screens makes screens around 0.5mm possible. So far, however, these models are not yet available for 32-inch TVs.

QLED

This is only a further development and partial improvement of OLED screens specially produced by Samsung. Samsung also does not yet offer 32-inch TVs in QLED quality.

Hertz (Hz)

The hertz refers to the frame rate, i.e. how many images are displayed per minute. 50 or 100 Hz means, for example, that your TV can display 50 or 100 pictures per minute.

The clue here is that for the human eye, 24 frames per minute would actually be sufficient for the picture to appear smooth. But to ensure that this never happens, it is standard for 32-inch TVs to offer 50 Hz or more.

Specific recommendations

OLED TVs are always premium TVs, even if the price differences are no longer quite so great.

Kriterium LED / LCD OLED QLED
Preis Große Preisspanne Immer noch sehr teuer Vergleichbar mit OLED
Lebensdauer Sehr lang Jetzt vermutlich wie LCD Besser als OLED wegen anorganischer Bestandteile
Darstellung von Kontrasten Besonders schwach bei Hell-Dunkel-Kontrasten Besser als LCD Besonders optimal in wechselnden Hell-Dunkel-Räumen

The "presumably" in "meanwhile presumably like LCD" means that at this point in time, when OLED TVs (in general) have only been on the market for a few years, it is not yet possible to say exactly how long their lifespan will be.

A TV with 100 Hz is quite sufficient, but you still need the new HDMI 2.0 connection, because you can still see the difference between 50 and 100 Hz, but not with all higher picture speeds.

Internet capability

"Smart TV" is not a brand name and is the generic umbrella term for TVs that can not only be connected via antennae but also to the internet. The individual manufacturers then developed many different names of their own for it and use them today with their respective devices.

  • Display of additional information provided by the TV broadcasters
  • Watch missed programmes later
  • Use of apps from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.
  • Hold video conferences via Skype and Co.

In addition to the pre-installed programmes and the PS4, Wii or XBox, you can also turn your TV into a Smart TV with various set-top boxes.

Situation where someone has bought a Smart TV and Apple TV and is then watching Netflix on it (Image source: pixabay.com / StockSnap)

The main set-top boxes are Apple TV and Nvidia Shield TV (for Android TV). From these, you can then transfer all relevant apps such as Netflix, Facebook and so on to your TV. You can also use Chromecast to send content from iOS and Android apps as well as from Google Chrome to your TV.

How to connect

Before we get to specific tips and recommendations, we'd first like to explain the different terms related to the connection:

Receiver and Sat Receiver (DVB-S)

As the name implies, a receiver receives and processes data. Sat receivers are a special sub-type of receivers that receive data via a satellite dish and then process it so that you can watch it on your TV. Another name for this is DVB-S, although nowadays the second generation is active and relevant

DVB-T and DVB-C

DVB is the abbreviation for "Digital Video Broadcasting" and is the result of a multi-party initiative to make digital television available in Europe.

DVB-T is also a receiver and refers to reception via an aerial, which is located directly in the television or which you buy separately with the television. With it, you can receive about 30 channels, which can vary from region to region depending on where you live.

This technology is now in the second stage of development, so you should only buy DVB-T2 devices (DVB-T1 is no longer supported)

. DVB-C is also a receiver and the technical term for cable television and the first standard is still used today, although the second has actually already been standardised. The reason for this is that there are no frequency shortages in this area at the moment.

Triple Tuner and Twin Tuner

A triple tuner is a reception module or tuner that is already installed in the TV set and ensures that you can receive DVB-S2, DVB-T2 and DVB-C without additional external equipment.

CI+

This enables you to receive encrypted content from private broadcasters without additional equipment.

Specific recommendations

  • If you make sure that your 32-inch TV has a triple tuner, you don't have to worry about DVB-S, DVB-T and DVB-C any more.
  • If you only want to watch public programmes, there are no additional costs for DVB-T2 tuners.
  • All current TVs today actually have a DVB-C tuner already installed. However, you must bear in mind that cable television (in Germany at least) has been privatised and therefore cannot be received free of charge.

Recording and playback function

Of course, you only need to consider this aspect if you want your TV to record programmes or play DVD/Blu-ray discs. But if at least one of them applies to you, you should definitely take a closer look at these three terms:

PVR

PVR means "Personal Video Recorder" and is a hard disk recorder that allows you to record TV programmes and is a feature that is often built right into set-top boxes or receivers.

Built-in DVD and Blu-Ray players

If you still watch DVDs or Blu-rays regularly, it is of course ideal if a corresponding drive is already built into your TV, so you would no longer need any additional devices.

USB recording

This is another way to record programmes from your TV and store them on a hard drive. To do this, make sure that your TV supports USB recording and therefore has a USB 2.0 output. The additional storage device should ideally have 250 to 500 GB of storage space, a read speed of at least 20 Mbps and a write speed of at least 34 Mbps.

Since your TV will then support this function, there will be a menu where you can then simply select your favourite programmes and they will be recorded by the TV. It doesn't matter what you use to receive the TV signal in the sense of Chapter 5.3.

Enjoyment factors

While you have to decide before you buy whether you want a TV with or without a bezel (not much can be said about this, as it depends on your preferences) or with or without Ambilight, you can only address the issue of sound quality on today's slim TVs after you buy them.

Whereas Ambilight was a static illumination of the TV screen when it was first introduced in 2004, the light now adjusts to the dominant colour of the screen in real time. On the one hand, Ambilight improves the viewing experience and on the other hand, it makes the eyes less tired when watching TV.

But if you don't want to buy an expensive Ambilight TV, you can alternatively just put a cheap LED lamp behind the TV - with the same effect. There are also additional lamps that can change colour like Ambilight Finally, let's look at the aspect of sound quality:

The basic rule here is first of all that good sound needs space, which is not possible if the set is too thin (which is usually the case today). But if you have bought such a TV, you can improve the sound as follows:

  • See if you can improve the sound settings directly on the TV.
  • Do you still have an old stereo system? If so, just connect it to the TV and the sound will improve noticeably.
  • Use Bluetooth headphones that give you optimal sound quality without cables - especially over-ear headphones with active noise cancellation from Teufel. Note, however, that if the TV is not Bluetooth-enabled, you will have to buya(cheap) so-called Bluetooth transmitter.
  • If you don't want to wear Bluetooth headphones while watching TV, you can of course also buy corresponding speakers, whereby the same applies as for the headphones.

Special features

The advantage of curved TVs is that the picture looks bigger than with regular TVs and it seems to the viewer that he or she is being "pulled" into the picture. In other words, curved TVs are a publicity stunt with no added value for 32 inch TVs. As with curved technology, 3D technology also comes from cinema technology.

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