The 6 Best 40-Inch Smart TVs of 2020

All the latest tech packed in smaller-sized screens

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The Rundown
Best Overall:
TCL 40S325 at Amazon
"With the Roku app, you can turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote."
"The remote features a built-in microphone that is compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa virtual assistants."
"The Vizio D40u-D1 40-inch TV delivers great 4K UHD resolution in a smaller package."
Best for Streaming:
Toshiba 43LF711U20 at Amazon
"You can connect the TV to your Echo smart speaker for expanded voice controls."
"It delivers stunning 1080p full HD resolution for a clear picture and great color saturation."
Runner-Up Best 1080p:
Samsung UN40M5300UA at Amazon
"The Smart Hub menu organizes your apps and music for you."

There are plenty of great options for a 40-inch smart TV from top brands like Samsung and Vizio. You can choose a model with different options like 1080p or 4K UHD screen resolution, streaming platforms and pre-loaded apps, and even voice controls. There are also a variety of price points for 4-inch smart TVs that fit almost any kind of budget.

If you're looking to upgrade your main television in your living room or home theater or want a secondary TV for your bedroom or kid's playroom, there is always a model to fit your needs. We've broken down the best 40-inch smart TVs help you choose what's right for your home.

Best Overall: TCL 40S325 40-inch 1080p Smart TV

What We Like
  • Roku TV

  • Voice controls

  • Plenty of inputs

What We Don't Like
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

  • Not 4K UHD

TCL has established itself as a quality and reliable brand that offers plenty of great smart TV options at affordable prices. The 40S325 40-inch TV is built on the Roku platform to give you access to all of your favorite streaming apps like Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. The convenient hub menu lets you choose between apps, an antenna, game console, or cable or satellite box without having to navigate confusing input menus. 

With the Roku app, you can turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote for easier browsing and search functions as well as adding voice controls; the voice controls are compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant. The direct lit LED panel produces great 1080p HD resolution to give you a consistently clean and clear viewing experience. With three HDMI inputs, a USB port, as well as RF and composite video connections, it's quick and easy to set up the ultimate home theater configuration.

Best Budget: Skyworth E20300 40-Inch 1080p Android TV

What We Like
  • Under $200

  • Voice controls

  • Bluetooth connectivity

What We Don't Like
  • No native iOS support

  • No composite video input

If brand loyalty isn't an important factor to you when shopping for a new smart TV and you're working with a limited budget, the Skyworth E20300 Android TV is worth a look. This TV is built on the Android TV operating system to give you access to thousands of apps, movies, and shows. The remote features a built-in microphone that is compatible with both Google Assistant and Alexa virtual assistants to give you hands-free voice controls right out of the box. The LED screen has a 1mm bezel to give you an edge-to-edge picture in gorgeous 1080p HD for a more immersive viewing experience. 

It also has a viewing angle of 178 degrees, so no matter where you're sitting in your living room or home theater, the picture will look clean and colorful, even from the side. The TV has Chromecast built in, allowing you to share your smartphone, laptop, or tablet screen for more streaming options; iOS users can download the Miracast app to share their screens. The TV features Bluetooth connectivity so you can connect wireless sound bars, speakers, and other external audio equipment for a custom home theater configuration.

Best 4K: Vizio D40u-D1 40-Inch 4K UHD Smart TV

What We Like
  • Spatial scaling engine

  • Automatic updates

  • 7-app quick launcher

What We Don't Like
  • No voice controls

Having a smaller-sized TV doesn't mean you have to sacrifice having a great picture as well. The Vizio D40u-D1 40-inch TV delivers great 4K UHD resolution in a smaller package. The LED panel features eight active dimming zones for improved contrast and deeper blacks to make colors and details come to life. With 8.3million pixels, you'll get four times the resolution of a 1080p model television. With a six-core processor and a spatial scaling engine, 1080p and 720p content is intelligently upscaled for a clean, clear picture. 

The TV has built-in dual band Wi-Fi connectivity and smart functionality so you can access all your favorite streaming apps right from the unit without any specialized or external equipment. With an expanded app library, you can discover even more shows, movies, and songs to enjoy with family and friends; and with a seven-app quick launcher, all your favorite apps will be at your fingertips for fast and easy access. The TV can automatically download firmware and app software updates so you'll always have the latest versions of everything and never lose access to any features. The TV has five HDMI ports so you can connect your home theater equipment and game consoles without a fuss.

Looking for a 4K UHD TV in general? Check out our top picks for Best 4K UHD TV.

Best for Streaming: Toshiba 43LF711U20 43" 4K HDR Fire TV

What We Like
  • Parental controls

  • Voice controls

  • 4K UHD

What We Don't Like
  • No built-in tuner

The Toshiba 43-inch Fire TV is an excellent option for customers looking to cut the cord with their cable or satellite providers and move exclusively to streaming content. This TV is built on the Amazon Fire TV platform to give you instant access to tens of thousands of shows and movies with pre-loaded apps like Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, and Disney+. The included remote control has a microphone and Alexa voice commands built in to give you hands-free control right out of the box. You can connect the TV to your Echo smart speaker for expanded voice controls. 

The quad-core processor and LED panel produce great 4K UHD resolution and intelligently upscale non-UHD content for a consistently great viewing experience. With a 60Hz refresh rate, action scenes always have silky smooth motion so you never miss a single detail. The TV also has parental controls that allow you to set restrictions on streaming content so you can be sure little ones aren't watching anything that is inappropriate.

Streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video have revolutionized home entertainment and become the new gold standard. The Fire TV platform gathers all your favorite apps in one place for quick and easy access, and televisions with the platform built in eliminate the need to buy extra equipment. - Taylor Clemons

Best 1080p: Hisense 40H4F 40-Inch Roku Smart TV

What We Like
  • Roku built in

  • Voice controls

  • DTS TruSurround audio

What We Don't Like
  • No screen mirroring capabilities

If you're looking for a TV that delivers great image quality but you don't necessarily want to splurge on a 4K UHD model, the Hisense 40H4F is a great pick. This model features the Roku streaming platform built in to give you access to thousands of music and movie streaming apps without the need for an extra device. It delivers stunning 1080p full HD resolution for a clear picture and great color saturation time after time. The built-in speakers feature Dolby DTS TruSurround technology to give you a more immersive and cinematic listening experience. 

With the Roku app and compatible Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled devices, you can have hands-free voice commands for more ways to control your TV or search for something to watch. If you take gaming seriously, this TV features a dedicated game mode that gives you extra low latency input for that extra edge you need to win.

Runner-Up Best 1080p: Samsung UN40M5300UA

What We Like
  • Dolby DTS 5.1 audio

  • Eco Sensor

What We Don't Like
  • No built-in streaming platform

The Samsung UN40M5300UA is another great choice when looking at standard HD smart TVs. This model has built-in dual band Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to download apps like Prime Video, HBO Now, and Disney+ directly to the TV. The Smart Hub menu organizes your apps and music for you to give you quick and easy access to your current binge-watch obsession, favorite movies, and songs. 

The USB port allows you to play photo slideshows, movies, and music directly from any flash drive. The built-in speakers use Dolby DTS Premium Sound 5.1 audio technology to create a virtual surround sound listening experience. The 1080p resolution screen features Samsung's Eco Sensor programming to automatically detect ambient light in your room and adjust the TV's brightness for the best viewing experience in any environment. It also has a wide color enhancer for better saturation and color wheel to make the picture look more true-to-life.

Taylor Clemons has been reviewing and writing about consumer electronics for over three years. She has also worked in e-commerce product management and has extensive experience with what makes a TV a great choice for home entertainment.

What to look for in a 40-inch smart TV

Screen Resolution- Not all smart TV screens are created equal. You can find models with 720p, 1080p full HD, and 4K UHD panels. What you should choose for your home depends on the kind of movies and shows you plan on streaming and watching. Regular and Blu-Ray DVDs? Choose a 1080p full HD television. Plan on streaming UHD content and buying a UHD DVD player? A 4K UHD model is the right choice for you.

Voice Controls- Voice commands are quickly becoming the new standard when it comes to home televisions. Many smart TVs now have some form of hands-free voice controls integrated into their remote controls or are compatible with devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers. Some even connect to your smartphone so you can use Siri or Cortana.

Streaming Platform- Some smart TVs have the Roku platform built in, so you get access to thousands of music and movie streaming apps all in one place without the need for extra equipment. Others have their own proprietary hub menus for quick access to apps.