The Best 40-inch TVs of 2018

By Lee Neikirk

If you want the best TV around 40 inches that you can buy, our top pick is the 43-inch 2017 Vizio E Series (available at Best Buy for $359.99). This very affordable Vizio may be a little bigger than 40 inches, but it delivers great picture quality and 4K resolution at a very friendly price.

While there aren't as many straightforward 40-inch models to choose from in a year of huge screens and High Dynamic Range, there are still great 40-inch TVs out there. We've personally reviewed/tested every item on the list, and can stand by their quality.

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Updated January 11, 2018

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43-inch Vizio E Series

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43-inch Vizio E Series

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While you won't get HDR (High Dynamic Range) compatibility in this size, Vizio's very affordable 43-inch E Series is still an excellent choice for its full-array local dimming backlight, 4K resolution, and reliable picture quality.

You're getting a lot for less than $400, including Vizio's Google Cast-based "SmartCast" system (which takes some getting used to, but is ultimately a great smart interface), and most importantly, picture quality that's way beyond most TVs in this price range. Read the full review.

40-inch Samsung MU7000

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40-inch Samsung MU7000

Samsung's MU7000 is pretty pricy for a 40-inch TV—it's anywhere between $500 and $700 online—but for that price you're getting a very highly polished product with a lot of next-gen tech built in.

Not only is this the most handsome TV on the list, it's one of the only 40-inch models we tested this year to offer HDR compatibility, on top of great smart features and 4K resolution. Read the full review.

43-inch Sony X800E

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43-inch Sony X800E

Sony's 43-inch X800E is another pricier option on the list, but you do get a few extra inches for that price, and it's a very finely tuned TV at the end of the day.

For around $600 online, you're getting 4K resolution, HDR10 compatibility, a minimalist and smartly designed exterior, and Sony's unique Android TV smart platform. Read the full review.

40-inch Samsung MU6300

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40-inch Samsung MU6300

You can find the 40-inch Samsung MU6300 for around $400 on Amazon, which is an awesome price for this TV. This 2017 model delivers 4K resolution, Samsung's usual attention to detail and design elements, and HDR compatibility.

This one's great if you can find it for $400 or less, though some retailers sell it for a lot more. This gets you way more futuristic tech than the Vizio E Series, so keep an eye out for it. Read the full review.

40-inch Vizio D Series

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40-inch Vizio D Series

Vizio's 2017 D Series is a little hard to track down online, but if you can find it around its original price of $320 in retail stores, it's one fo the best bargain options for this year.

While this one only gets you 1080p resolution (full HD) rather than 4K, you still get pretty good picture quality, and this is the smallest size to include Vizio's full-array local dimming backlight. Read the full review.