The 8 Best 42-inch TVs of 2020

Opt for a smaller screen without sacrificing great features

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The Rundown
Best Overall:
TCL 43S517 at eBay
"Delivers crisp 4K imagery."
Runner-up, Best Overall:
Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 at Amazon
"The remote features built-in Amazon Alexa voice controls for hands-free browsing."
"If you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device, you can connect them to the TV."
"If you see this TV going for under $200, consider it an incredible steal."
"It runs on LG’s webOS platform, which is one of the best around."
"It has an improved picture processor to upscale standard HD media without distorting the image."

Best Overall: TCL 43S517

What We Like
  • Built-in Roku platform

  • 4K UHD

What We Don't Like
  • No built-in voice control

For a great balance of features and a price that doesn’t put it at the high end of the pack, the TCL 43S517 stands out as a truly excellent option. We’ve already ranked it as one of the best 4K TVs under $1000, and with all that it offers, it handily takes the top spot on this list as well.

The TCL 43S517 is a 4K smart TV that uses the Roku TV platform. When it comes to finding streaming content, Roku is already one of the best options there is, so to have the functionality baked right into the TV is a plus. You also get voice control, so there’s less fussing around in TV menus.

Of course, you’re also getting the crisp imagery offered by a TV panel with a 4K resolution, further enhanced by a wide color gamut that offers over one billion colors, and support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The whole package is rounded out with dual eight-watt speakers, three HDMI 2.0 ports, dual-band Wi-Fi, and an Ethernet port.

Runner-up, Best Overall: Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 43" 4K Fire TV

What We Like
  • Fire TV operating system

  • 4K UHD

  • Amazon Alexa voice remote control

What We Don't Like
  • Wi-Fi connectivity issues

For an even more budget-friendly 4K UHD TV, check out the Insignia NS-43DF710NA19. This TV also features the Fire TV operating system, allowing you to watch your favorite Netflix and Amazon Prime Video shows and movies from a single, all-in-one hub menu. The remote features built-in Amazon Alexa voice controls for hands-free browsing.  

This model has three HDMI ports, allowing you to connect everything from a Blu-Ray player or soundbar to your game consoles quickly and easily. With a refresh rate of 60Hz, this TV delivers smooth and clear motion when watching sports or the latest blockbuster action movies. The backlit LED array screen produces stunning colors for crisp and detail-packed images. This TV is compatible with VESA wall mounting brackets to give you plenty of placement options.

Best Value: TCL 43S425 43-Inch 4K UHD Roku TV

What We Like
  • Voice controls

  • 4K UHD

  • Roku built in

What We Don't Like
  • No Bluetooth connectivity

Our second TCL pick on this list is a TV that gives you the most features for the price. This 43-inch model features the Roku streaming platform built in to give you access to thousands of apps, shows, movies, and songs without the need for extra equipment. With the Roku app, you can turn your smartphone or tablet into a remote control for easier browsing and searching; it can even give you hands-free voice controls. If you have an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device, you can connect them to the TV for expanded voice controls and integrate your TV into your smart home network. 

This model has three HDMI inputs (including one with HDMI ARC compatibility), a USB port, an RF input, and a composite video input. This allows you to connect all your media playback devices, audio equipment, and game consoles without needing an HDMI switcher or other cumbersome equipment. With a refresh rate of 120 Hz, every action scene will have buttery smooth motion so you'll never miss a single detail.

Best for Cheap 4K: Toshiba 43” 4K UHD TV 43LF621U19

What We Like
  • Amazon Fire TV platform

  • HDR10 support

What We Don't Like
  • No voice control in remote

If you want to get a 4K Ultra HD TV without breaking the bank, Toshiba has the solution for you. The Toshiba 43LF621U19 is incredibly affordable and the good news is that you’re not losing out on features.

This is a fully smart TV powered by Amazon’s Fire TV platform. You’ll get easy access to Netflix, HBO, Prime Video, and more popular streaming channels. Plus, Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant is built right into the remote, so you can easily control the TV with just your voice. You can even control other smart home devices through Alexa on the remote.

The Toshiba 43LF621U19 offers support for HDR10, which may not be the newest or most exciting high dynamic range profile, but it is easy to find content that uses HDR10. With dual-band Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, this TV is ready to quickly stream 4K HDR content as well.

Best Premium: LG 43UK6500AUA

What We Like
  • Durable metal frame

  • Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa compatible

What We Don't Like
  • Voice control remote sold separately

If you're up for splurging a little bit and want a TV you can count on lasting and looking great for years to come, take a hard look at the LG 43UK6500AUA. It has a metal frame that will give it a more stylish footprint in your home, even when it’s turned off, and the panel is surrounded by razor-thin bezels.

When the TV is turned on, you’re also going to get great visuals. The LG 43UK6500AUA is a 4K Ultra HD smart TV, and it runs on LG’s webOS platform, which is one of the best around. With LG’s ThinQ AI and optional support for Google Assistant, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa, you can get the content you want to watch quickly and easily.

Beyond resolution, the content is further enhanced by the LG 43UK6500AUA’s support for HDR10 and HLG, as well as its use of local dimming. The TV also offers a wide color gamut, and LG’s 4K Active HDR can further improve dynamic range in your content.

Best Samsung: Samsung UN43RU7100FXZA

What We Like
  • Amazon Alexa/Google Assistant compatible

  • Bluetooth connectivity

What We Don't Like
  • Must use separate devices for voice controls

The Samsung RU7100 is a great option for a 4K TV that has amazing native UHD resolution. It also has an improved picture processor to upscale standard HD media without distorting the image. With a refresh rate of 60Hz and Samsung's Motion Rate 120 technology, there's virtually no blurring during fast-paced action sequences. Whether you're watching the big game or your favorite movies, each frame will deliver silky smooth motion so you never miss a detail. 

You can connect your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant devices for hands-free voice controls over browsing and picture settings. The included OneRemote automatically detects and controls compatible media devices like soundbars and Blu-Ray players so you never have to fumble with multiple remotes ever again. This TV also has Bluetooth connectivity so you can use wireless headphones for private listening or connect soundbars without having to run extra cables. The back of the TV has convenient cable management channels and clips to help you create a clean-looking home theater setup.

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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.