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What are the best 43-inch 4K HDR TVs in 2021?

Here is our selection of 43 inch TVs, with modern OS, the latest HDR technologies and good overall performance. In short, televisions for all prices, but still small.

The best 43-inch 4K TVs at a glance


  • A very good 43 inch TV
  • The joys of QLED
  • Mode multi-view

If the standard is now 55 and 65 inch televisions, we do not always have the place to accommodate one in his living room. You can also prefer smaller screens for a secondary television, or simply because you want to have a discreet screen, which does not swear with its interior with the carefully crafted decoration.

Manufacturers generally leave their best technologies at the upper diagonals, one thinks in particular of the OLED which simply does not exist in 43 inches. CES 2021 will not have changed the situation, the 43 inches remaining the poor relation of announcements.

If you are looking for a bigger size, you can also consult our guides dedicated to other diagonals:

We also have guides by technology:

Or our “Hall of Fame”:

However, there are televisions that offer quite decent quality for this diagonal, we have selected the best in several price brackets.

To enjoy the experience of Android TV, you can turn to the Sony KD43XH8505 TV. Its LED panel offers a scanning frequency of 100 Hz, the highest refresh rate of the TVs that we present to you in this guide. A speed and fluidity of display that will undoubtedly satisfy those who want to make a television partly dedicated to gaming. Especially since this TV takes advantage of a input lag very low and compatible with HDMI 2.1, ideal for consoles next-gen.

This TV features the Sony X1 processor, which promises a rather fluid user experience, even if it is slightly less powerful than its Ultimate version. It will be able to convert images to 4K by optimizing colors and contrasts. This 4K UHD TV also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10 display standards (but not HDR10 + at Sony). Visual comfort is very present.

The sound processing is ensured by Dolby Atmos. Like all TVs connected to Android TV, the Sony KD43XH8505 provides access to a large number of applications available on the Play Store. Add to that its compatibility with Google Assistant to control the TV with your voice, as well as AirPlay 2. The Chromecast function is also available for streaming content from a smartphone, tablet or computer.

To go upmarket, it will be necessary to turn to Samsung with the QE43Q60T. Simple evolution of the QE43Q60R, this 2020 edition does not revolutionize the model. We find the same main features, such as support for 4K HDR, but not Dolby Vision, and still this QLED panel which, although quite basic, remains better than the LCD that we find at Philips.

It is on the software part that we find in fact the most novelties. If the TV still uses the Tizen OS and supports Apple AirPlay 2, Google Assistant, Bixby and Amazon Alexa, the real novelty lies in the appearance of multiview mode which allows two image sources to be displayed at the same time, the television and your smartphone for example. We can also appreciate the “ambient” mode to make the television virtually disappear from your interior. Coupled with the relatively thin borders of the object, this will make it quite discreet in the living room.

To enjoy a TV with a good quality-price ratio, it is better to turn to reliable brands, such as Samsung. The Samsung UE43TU8005 is one of the entry level televisions of the Korean manufacturer, more accessible than other references mentioned in this guide.

In detail, this UE43TU8005 embeds a 4K UHD 50 Hz panel and supports the HDR10 and HDR10 + standards, but it does not include Dolby Vision. To boost color rendering, Samsung has integrated Dynamic Crystal Color technology. Like all of the brand’s televisions, the Tizen OS is here. It is quite simply one of the best TV interfaces out there around.

To complete the poster, it combines the compatibilities: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple AirPlay 2. The brand’s intelligent voice assistant, Bixby, is also present.

To enjoy the best video display standards at an affordable price, we recommend the Hisense TV 43A7500F, compatible with Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HDR10 +. With its design almost borderless, this television puts everything on the image broadcast by its screen. And with such promised quality, it is quite appreciable.

Like so many other brands, Hisense has developed its own operating system, Vidaa. The navigation is fluid, the applications not as numerous as on other OS, but the main ones are there, like Netflix, YouTube and Prime Video. Vidaa is also compatible with the voice assistant Alexa, but to use it, you will already need a suitable connected speaker. Once the configuration is done, you can go through your speaker to turn on, off or modulate the volume of your television.

Note that Hisense also gives the ability to talk to Alexa through its Remote Now app. The latter, available on Android and iOS, also allows you to control the television smoothly and without a hitch, as well as to broadcast audio or video content from your smartphone. A good little asset that sets it apart from its competitors.

To learn more about this TV, do not hesitate to consult our review of the HiSense 55A7500F. This is the 55 inch version, but the test is valid for the 43 inch version.

Finally, we also wanted to include The Frame in this selection. Around 1,000 euros, the Samsung The Frame QLED 2020 uses the technology of the Q60T mentioned above, but with a very particular design, thought to look like a painting. We can even add wooden frames to make the illusion perfect.

Add to that the art mode which can display works of art and you certainly have the most discreet TV on the market. If it is first thought to be hung on the wall, it remains delivered with feet to put it on a piece of furniture. Note that it comes with the One Connect box which allows you to deport the connection of the TV. It is thus connected by a single cable which transmits both electric current and video. This 2020 version also brings the new software features mentioned above. And of course, the QE43LS03T runs on Tizen OS and its many applications.

Finally, this TV is not only intended for lovers of arts and design objects of all kinds. It also targets the community gaming with its HDMI 2.1 certification, which in principle allows 4K / 120Hz and also supports FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate (VRR). Perfect for PS5 and Xbox Series X. In addition, this QLED TV supports 4K definition and HDR10 +. Side voice assistants, compatibility is ensured with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Bixby.

The design does come at a cost, however, since it is technically identical to the Q60T, Samsung asks you to pay Around 1000 euros, but you have the wall mount and the One Connect box in the box.

In the same vein, Samsung also offers its series “The Serif”, designed by the Bouroullec brothers. The Serif does not offer “Art” mode like The Frame, but in an “Ambient” mode. It’s the same thing, but with different images. The panel is also QLED, and therefore offers admirable colors.

Know everything before buying a 43-inch TV

Why a 43 inch TV?

43 inches is obviously a small diagonal size when looking at the most popular TVs of 2019 that offer screen diagonals of 55 and 65 inches. The 43-inch format is still interesting for equipping a bedroom or a kitchen, or a small living room. More discreet than a 55-inch TV, it will be able to blend into the surroundings much more easily.

When choosing the size of your television, a tip that usually works very well is the “4.5 centimeters per inch ruler“. This indicates the minimum distance between you and the TV. For example on a 43 inch TV (4K), you have to be about 1.80 meters away from the screen. Closer, you will tire your eyes quickly and, further, you will lose your capacity of immersion. But at this distance you will have a good immersion in all the action of movies and video games. Either way, this is only an approximation and ideally each user should determine how far away they feel most comfortable. On 4K UHD televisions, the definition is so high that it doesn’t really impose any restrictions, unless you stand a few inches from the screen …

Where are the 43 inch OLED TVs?

No pun intended, small TVs are now a niche. In 2020, the average TV measured 55 inches and the 65 inches looks set to become the new standard in 2021 or 2022.

The production capacities of OLED panels are currently limited and the manufacturers are concentrating them on the largest dimensions. The smallest OLED available is the 48-inch LG CX.

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