The Best 26 to 29-inch LED/LCD TVs of 2019

Great TVs for modest-sized spaces

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Best Smart TV Features: TCL 28S305 28-inch Roku TV

TCL S305 Series Roku TV
TCL S305 Series Roku TV. Image courtesy of Amazon

The TCL 28S305 incorporates quite a bit behind its small 28-inch screen. First off, this set features 720p native screen resolution supported by Direct LED Backlighting for improved contrast and energy efficiency, as well as 60Hz refresh rate.

The TCL 28S305 also provides all the basic connections you need, including 3 HDMI inputs, a shared composite/component video input, and even a headphone connection. In addition, a USB input is provided for access to digital still photos and videos stored on USB flash drives. However, the big bonus included in the 28S305 is the inclusion of the Roku operating system which enables you to watch content from Netflix, HuluPlus, YouTube, and more without having to plug in a separate media streaming box (the TV has built-in Wi-Fi).

Of course, when you don't want to watch streaming content, the TCL 28S305 has a standard antenna/cable connection for reception of over-the-air broadcast signals. If you are looking for a small TV that really packs it — check out the TCL 28S305.

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Best Non-Smart TV: LG 28LJ4540 28-inch LED/LCD TV

LG has a great reputation ​for making stylish, and excellent performing, LCD PC monitors, but they are also heavily invested in both LCD and OLED Televisions. The LG 28LJ4540 is a compact 28-inch (actually 27.5 inches) LCD TV that delivers great images with its Direct LED backlight, 1366x768(approx 720p) native display resolution (which is fine for this small screen size) and LG's Triple XD engine video processing which provides excellent color and contrast.

In terms of connectivity, the LG 28LJ4540 is a little lean with just one HDMI input and one ant/cable input for the ATSC and QAM tuners for reception of over-the-air and unscrambled HD cable signal sources. No other video inputs or are provided, no audio outputs are provided for connection to an external audio system, and there is no built-in Wi-Fi or ethernet for access to internet streaming content. However, if you are looking for a smaller screen size TV that provides the basics, check out the LG 28LJ4540.

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Best DVD Player Combo: Jensen JTV2815DC 28-Inch LED TV

If you’re looking for a TV with as specific a size as 26–29 inches, you're probably dealing with some very precise space restraints. Jensen is a TV brand not trying to compete too much with the sleek bezels of the Samsungs and LGs of the world, but they seem to have found themselves a nice niche.

Known mostly for RVs and tight spaces, Jensen TVs are really great for multimedia setups and wall mounting. This JTV2815DC gives you great nuts-and-bolts features as well as a built-in DVD player. The high-performance TV offers 1080p resolution (1366 x 768 pixels) in the 16:9 LCD panel. The TV appears to be known mostly for its beautiful white representation, particularly useful in an LCD panel. It has the requisite HDTV tuner for streaming up to 1080p video, and there’s that included DVD player, making it a great option for an office setup, wall-mounting in a kitchen or fitting into your mobile RV unit.  

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Solid Basics: RCA RTDVD2811 28-Inch LED TV

RCA is a classic brand known for basic, low-price features that will give you what you want in a device, and not much more. Their line of smart Roku TVs are true gems in the flatscreen market, and, while they don’t make the Roku TVs in sizes less than 32 inches, they do make DVD-combo models, like this one, in smaller sizes.

The way RCA handles basic features is what earns its spot as best for “Solid Basics.” It serves its purpose as a 720p TV offering a decent HD image without a ton of flashy picture features (a specific resolution of 1368 x 768 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9). The refresh rate leaves a bit to be desired at 60 Hz, but higher refresh rates for gaming purposes tend to be reserved for the higher, flashier price point. Overall it’s a great machine for most purposes.

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Best Bundle: LG 28LJ400B LED TV Kit

LG offers a great machine for the price — even if you’re looking for something that measures less than 32 inches. The brand's 27.5-inch, diagonally measured screen offers 720p resolution (1366 x 768 pixels) with a color depth of 16.7 million colors and 200 nits of brightness. Needless to say, the LJ400B TV will pull its weight in brightness and image quality. But this package sweetens the pot with a ton of add-ons.

In addition to the expected remote control, this bundle also offers a slim wall-mount kit for compact spaces (it’ll even work with other TVs ranging from 19–45 inches), and a 750-Joule 6-outlet surge adapter that will not only ensure proper, safe, surge-free power performance but will also provide a night light — extra handy for those dimly lit areas behind sound systems and entertainment centers. It’s a great deal for a high-performance TV and it comes with enough supplies, right out of the box, to position it wherever you'd like in your house.