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I Need a Smaller TV For My Small Living Room
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Washington, D.C. (July 30, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. Because of my decor, I am limited to a 40-inch TV. What is the best model and brand 40-inch TV that fits that width? -- Hal, town unknown.

Hal, that's a good question. Many consumers would love to have a big-screen TV but the size of the room where it will sit can be a major obstacle. Put a 60-inch or 70-inch set in a small living room and you will feel very cramped.

There are several 40-inch sets that offer both style, new features and a good picture quality. While our policy is never to name just one set or brand, we have compiled three possibilities for you based on your criteria

1. Vizio 40-inch, 1080p Smart LED TV
The Vizio set has an customer rating of 4.3 stars out of a possible five, based on 139 reviews. That's a good rating. The LED TV offers 120 Hz, which reduces motion blur during sports and action films, and it has Wi-Fi built-in so you can access your favorite streaming services such as Netflix, Vudu, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus. Amazon's price today is $498.

Samsung 40-inch, 1080p Smart LED TV
This Samsung TV also has built-in WiFi for your streaming services and it has an customer rating of 4.2 stars out of a possible five, based on 723 reviews. With that many reviews, you can really bank on that rating. The TV is also today's #5 best-selling LED set at Amazon's price today is $459.

3. TCL 40-Inch, 1080p LED TV
If you're looking for a lower-priced 40-inch set, this TCL TV has an customer rating of 4.1 out of a possible five, based on 42 reviews. And Amazon today is selling it for just $349. By the way, you mentioned that you were concerned about your decor. This TCL set weighs just 15.1 pounds.

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