Whether you want to turn on the news to get a glimpse of the weather while brewing your coffee or the evening news while making family dinner, having a television in the kitchen can be a nice luxury. But what if space is at a premium? Today, there are plenty of small TVs that are just right for the job. And in many cases, these entertainment hubs have the resolution, sound quality, and added features that rival those larger versions you have in bedrooms and other living spaces.
VIZIO D24F4-J01 24-Inch Class D-Series LED 1080p Smart TV
High pixel HD
Preloaded with streaming services
Screen mirroring for AirPlay and Chromecast
No built-in voice assistant
VIZIO’s 24-inch LED HD TV earns top honors on our list of small televisions for the kitchen because it offers high performance at a fair price. The pick won’t break the bank, but it has plenty of nice-to-have features, including full HD 1,080-pixel resolution, great brightness and color saturation, built-in speakers, and is preloaded with streaming services, including Google Play Movies & TV, Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, Showtime, Starz, Spotify, and YouTube. It also has screen-mirroring technology for both Apple AirPlay and Chromecast.
The TV is nice and sleek and doesn’t have a bulky surround, so it tucks away nicely for the most unobtrusive addition to your kitchen—at least as far as technology goes, Plus, it comes equipped with a stable stand, so you can perch it on the counter. If you’d rather conserve the counter space, that’s fine, too—the television can be mounted out of the way easily.
Price at time of publish: $168
Size: 24 inches | Display: LED | Resolution: 1080 pixels | Smart Capable: Yes | Warranty: 1 year
Insignia 24-Inch F20 Series NS-24F201NA23 Smart HD TV
Integrated streaming services
Voice assistant via the remote control
Only 720 pixels
These days, you don’t have to spend a ton to get a quality TV for the kitchen—especially if you’re okay with something small. But that doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing quality for affordability. The 24-inch Insignia TV has an LED HD screen that has a 720-pixel resolution for vibrant colors and clarity. What’s more, the tech has a 60-hertz refresh rate—the number of times per second that the image is refreshed on the screen—for a more realistic picture.
It has plenty of convenience features, too. The built-in Wi-Fi lets you stream from the integrated apps: Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, Sling TV, and YouTube. Plus, you can control the TV with voice commands via the Alexa remote.
Price at time of publish: $90
Size: 24 inches | Display: LED | Resolution: 720 pixels | Smart Capable: Yes | Warranty: 1 year
Samsung 32-Inch Class QLED LS03B Series The Frame Quantum HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (QN32LS03BBFXZA, 2022 Model)
Integrated streaming services
Great built-in speakers
Separate accessories required for full experience
When funds aren’t a concern, you can opt for the most luxurious of kitchen TVs: the Samsung Frame TV. If you’ve spent a fortune decorating your space just the way you want it, this TV is a great option, since it looks more like a work of art than a television, thanks to a slim design encased in a picture frame bevel. When not in use, the TV can also display a variety of professional artwork or your personal photos. The 2022 model has Samsung’s new Matte Display Film (a premium matte finish with anti-reflection technology) that diminishes glare on the screen.
It’s not just nice to look at, though. The Quantum LED picture is crisp and clear, and the TV itself has a 20-watt speaker system for great audio without an added soundbar. Plus, it’s equipped with all the smart features you might want, such as voice control through Alexa and Google Assistant as well as a full suite of web browsing and streaming services, including Disney Plus.
Price at time of publish: $598
Size: 32 inches (also available in 43, 50, 55, 65, 75, and 85 inches) | Display: LED | Resolution: 4K pixels | Smart Capable: Yes | Warranty: 1 year
TCL 32-inch Class 3-Series HD LED Smart Android TV - 32S334, 2021 Model
High pixel HD resolution
Integrated Roku TV platform
No ethernet cable
For those who don’t want to add another cable box to their suite or have already made the decision to cut the cord, a comprehensive smart TV is the way to go. This way, you can still get a host of entertainment in the kitchen, but won’t have to pay extra for another box.
This particular TV is a great option since it’s fully equipped with a built-in Roku, meaning you can stream high-quality full HD content through the platform's 4,000+ apps, including Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Hulu, and YouTube. The TV also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for the ultimate convenience—especially when your hands are full in the kitchen.
Price at time of publish: $230
Size: 32 inches (also comes in 40 inches) | Display: LED | Resolution: 1080 pixels | Smart Capable: Yes | Warranty: 1 year
SuperSonic SC-499 Portable Widescreen LCD TV
Equipped with many ports
Want the option to watch TV in the kitchen, but don’t want to commit to having a device permanently situated on the counter or the wall? A small, portable TV is a decent option. Though these are much smaller and not quite as tech-savvy as standard models, they get the job done—especially this model, which has an LED screen that delivers a crisp, clear picture.
Alhough the SuperSonic Portable LED TV isn’t technically a smart TV, it does come equipped with USB, AC/DC, and MMC inputs that allow you to connect to other media devices, like Firestick, Roku, and Chromecast—all places you can get access to your favorite streaming services. The portable size makes it super convenient to move around no matter how you decide to organize your kitchen.
Price at time of publish: $98
Size: 9 inches | Display: LCD | Resolution: 480 pixels | Smart Capable: No | Warranty: 90 days
Samsung QN32Q60AAFXZA 32-Inch Class Q60A QLED 4K Smart TV
Multiple HDMI and USB ports
Built-in voice assistants
Though this TV is on the larger side (at least as far as small TVs for the kitchen go), it’s worth making room for the extra inches—especially if picture quality is important to you. The 32-inch set has a 4K 2,160-pixel full HD resolution LED display for excellent detail, color, and contrast that makes everything look life-like. It also has a 60-hertz refresh rate and enhanced motion technology, so it can keep up with fast-moving action scenes or sports games without any residual blur (great for gaming, too!).
The TV has a built-in streaming player, so you can stream content from popular services, like Apple TV+, Disney+, Google Play Movies & TV, Hulu, Mixer, Prime Video, Showtime, Sling TV, YouTube, and Netflix. Some other perks: three HDMI ports, two USB ports, and two built-in voice assistants. If you have a home cook you really want to spoil, we think this makes a particularly great home and kitchen gift.
Price at time of publish: $498
Size: 32 inches | Display: LED | Resolution: 2160 pixels | Smart Capable: Yes | Warranty: 1 year
Samsung UN32N5300AFXZA 32-Inch Class LED Smart FHD TV
Full HD resolution
Multiple HDMI and USB ports
No voice assistant
If you want a TV that can do it all—no extras required—look to this Samsung. It has an excellent full 1080-pixel HD resolution that delivers plasma-like deep blacks and rich colors in all lighting conditions. Unlike many other sets, this one also has superior sound quality, thanks to two 5-watt speakers. Because of this combination, you’ll get one of the most full viewing experiences possible in a TV of this size.
You’ll get all the nice features you want. In addition to the built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to stream from your favorite apps, there's an ethernet connection for a stable connection. You'll also find two HDMI inputs and a USB input.
Price at time of publish: $228
Size: 32 inches | Display: LED | Resolution: 1080 pixels | Smart Capable: Yes | Warranty: 1 year
LG LED TV 24" HD 720p
Easy counter placement
Does not have smart features
This 24-inch TV is a great option for tight spaces, like the kitchen counter, because it’s slim and compact and comes with feet that allow the set to stand on its own. It's also great for those who sometimes need a second monitor when working from home. The chic white trim will complement a wide variety of kitchen décor.
This has a 720-pixel HD resolution with superior color and high contrast. It also has two built-in 3-watt speakers, plus HDMI and USB ports, which makes hooking up to a dongle (like Google Chromecast) an easy solution to being able to view content on streaming services, such as Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, Google Play Movies & TV, Showtime, and more.
Price at time of publish: $140
Size: 24 inches | Display: LED | Resolution: 720 pixels | Smart Capable: No | Warranty: 1 year
If you’re looking for a sleek smart TV at a fair price, you can’t beat the VIZIO 24-Inch Class D-Series LED 1080p Smart TV. It has plenty of enviable features like full HD 1080-pixel resolution, great brightness and color saturation, built-in speakers, and preloaded streaming services. For a great budget pick, we recommend the Insignia 24-Inch Class F20 Series LED HD Smart Fire TV.
What to Look for in a Small TV for the Kitchen
In the main living space, smart TVs are becoming more standardized. Do you want to be able to access your streaming services? How about a web browser? Some smart TVs have that capability. Other features to consider include the number and placement of HDMI, USB, and/or ethernet ports, which might be useful if you want to plug in peripherals, such as laptops or gaming systems. Finally, another question would be whether Bluetooth connectivity is important to you and your family.
Where are you going to put it? Does it mount easily on the wall, or do you have to place it on a countertop? Can it rest on a base or a sturdy stand that can support an electronic device in a room that gets a lot of use—and foot traffic? If you need versatility with how the TV is going to exist in your space, it's worth thinking through what will work best with your setup.
What size TV is best for a kitchen?
The kitchen is certainly not the place where an enormous, wall-dominating technological marvel is necessary, but modern flatscreen design means you can pack quite a bit of image space into a small package. We recommend a size of between about 20 and 40 inches. This of course depends on your kitchen size and layout: If you have a bigger space, or a breakfast nook/dining area that will share the TV, aim for the higher end of this range. In a more compact kitchen where you won't be very far from the screen, a smaller screen is fine, but anything under 20 inches is more like a computer monitor that you'll have to get right up close to to read text or make out details.
Where should a TV be placed in the kitchen?
It all depends on your kitchen layout and size. If people gather around the island and that's where you do most of your prep, and you'd like to have a TV close by to watch while you cook, then find a spot that works within eye level.
If your kitchen is older, smaller, and/or more traditional, space is likely a consideration. You could perhaps hide it in a little nook or shelf, such as one where you might normally tuck away a microwave. If your kitchen can accommodate it, you can hang it on the wall, a little higher than eye level, if you imagine people will be watching it while standing. Another popular move is to place it as though it's just one of many appliances in the kitchen: Above a double oven, for example.
What's the difference between LED and LCD?
Buying a television is a little bit like an exercise in understanding acronyms. The main screen types we have included here are LCD and LED. It gets confusing, but technically speaking, LED displays are the same as LCD screens. However, LCD's light source at the back of the screen is fluorescent, whereas LED displays use light-emitting diodes (hence, LEDs). An LED television also uses less power and typically is known for a brighter display with sharper contrast; the panels tend to be thinner, too.
What is the smallest smart TV?
Smart TVs—that is, ones that can connect to Wi-Fi and come pre-loaded with streaming services and other apps—come in lots and lots of different sizes. The smallest available smart TVs are 24 inches, with many brands and models available at that size. However, there is a range of tiny smart devices, like the Amazon Fire TV Stick and the Roku, that can plug into a TV of any size and let it use the full range of online content out there.
How can I hide my kitchen TV?
If you'd like the TV to be less conspicuous in the kitchen, you're not alone. There are a few ways to deal with this issue. You can hide it behind a hidden panel or cabinet. You can obscure it behind a framed print or photo. Make it less conspicuous by positioning it on a shelf in your kitchen with other things, such as cookbooks, small potted plants, mugs, bowls, smaller appliances, or other kitchen essentials.
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This roundup was written by Brigitt Earley, who has written and edited hundreds of gift guides for various publications over the course of the last 10 years. She also holds a culinary degree from the French Culinary Institute.
Rachel Werner is a consumer expert and culinary writer. Her passion for educating others on food trends, ethical shopping and eco-friendly living inspired her to start freelance writing as a side hustle nine years ago. She continues to write for several print and digital publications, while also teaching for The Loft Literary Center, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and Hugo House.