Best 40, 42 and 43in TVs: HD and 4K TV bargains

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TVs have just got bigger and bigger in recent years, which means suddenly, there isn't quite so much action at this screen size. The likes of LG, Panasonic and Sony don't spent too much time concerning themselves with smaller screen sizes - and lest we forget, a 40, 42 or 43-inch TV is still a very decent-sized screen. We've rounded-up our pick of the best 40 to 43-inch TVs to have been given the What Hi-Fi? review treatment to help you find a small(ish) screen bargain.

Best 40in HD TV

Finlux 40FMD294B-P

It has its compromises, but this budget set offers a solid Full HD performance for not very much money.

SPECIFICATIONS

Full HD | Freeview Play | 2 HDMI inputs

Reasons to Buy
Sharp, watchable picture
Largely well-judged colour palette
Decent on-demand offering
Excellent value
Reasons to Avoid
Lacks some subtle detail
Contrast could be better
Poor sound
Chunky design

Sometimes you don’t need bells and whistles to get the job done well. This Finlux set, rather short on either of them, does just that, and all for just £250. There have been some understandable compromises, but they’ve been well handled so they’re far from glaring, ultimately creating a better-considered picture than we’d expect.

Best 40in 4K TV

Samsung UE40MU6400U

Absolutely tremendous value for a 4K picture of this make quality. Among the best pound-for-pound TVs currently available. 

SPECIFICATIONS

4K resolution | HDR10 compatible | Wi-fi

Reasons to Buy
All the specs and apps you could hope for
Deep, insightful blacks
Impressive detail and definition
Natural, nuanced colours
Great value
Reasons to Avoid
You can get more impressive HDR if you spend more money

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TV manufacturers might be doing their best to convince everyone they need a gigantic, IMAX-rivalling screen for their front room, but the truth is that for many people 40in is big enough.

The good news for those people, as evidenced by the UE40MU6400, is that you can still get a great picture at that sort of size – and at a very affordable price.

Best 43in 4K TV

Hisense H43AE6100UK

One of the cheapest and most cheerful 4K TVs around

SPECIFICATIONS

4K | HDR10, HLG | LCD w/ LED edge backlight | HDMI x 3 | USB x 2 | Optical x 1

Reasons to Buy
Fantastic price
Good features and apps
Balanced, detailed pictures
Reasons to Avoid
Poor HDR performance
Weak blacks
Tinny sound

With the big TV manufacturers seemingly concerned only with selling the biggest, fanciest TVs in their ranges, it’s up to the likes of Hisense to deliver what many punters are screaming out for: a moderately sized screen at a low price.

How low? For just £329, Hisense will sell you a 43in screen with an edge LED backlight and support for 4K and HDR. The HDR isn't brilliant, but otherwise the H43AE6100UK is in many ways quite a bargain.