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Blu-ray player reviews

We test 16 Blu-ray players in the CHOICE labs including the Xbox One, and models from Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and more.

Last updated: 23rd February 2015

If you're pondering whether to spend money on a Blu-ray player as streaming digital content becomes more popular, there are still some good reasons to take the plunge – particularly if you've already got a library of DVD and Blu-ray discs.

Blu-ray is currently, and probably will be for the near future, the best quality picture you can get on your TV. This is regardless of whether you have a normal HD TV or have splashed out on a 4K model. There is very little 4K content easily available, so a Blu-ray player that does a good job of upscaling from 1080p to 4K will make the movies you currently own look even better.

If your TV doesn't have many smart features like TV catch-up, DLNA, mirroring, or apps like YouTube, a Blu-ray player can add these features for relatively little cost.

A Blu-ray player can play your DVDs and the best of them will upscale them to near-Blu-ray quality. Unfortunately, many struggle with this, so check the DVD picture quality score in the table below.

This test will help you decide which Blu-ray player:

  • has the best picture quality
  • is the best at upscaling DVD quality to HD
  • is the easiest to use
  • has the best ability to network and the most connection types
  • plays which formats
  • loads discs the fastest
  • is the most energy efficient.

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We tested 16 products against 39 criteria - these are the top criteria according to our experts.

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