7 of the best Blu-ray players 2018

Get the best quality picture and sound with our top picks for Blu-ray players

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Blu-ray has taken over standard DVDs in the last few years, offering higher definition for both your favourite movies and games. They have the same format as DVDs, so they’re just as simple to play but if you want the full home cinema experience, then it’s definitely recommended to upgrade to Blu-ray sooner rather than later. 

However, Blu-ray discs are not compatible with your standard DVD player which means you’ll need to invest in a new device in order to enjoy the privilege of better quality images. Blu-ray players use blue lasers rather than a DVD’s red laser (hence the name Blu-ray), and the discs themselves are compressed in a different way. 

4K is obviously the best of the best right now, and would complement your home cinema system nicely if you already have a 4K TV, but it’s not absolutely necessary to get a decent quality picture. Since Blu-ray is pretty much the most common form of media these days, you can pick yourself up a decent HD Blu-ray player at an affordable price, but which one is right for you? 

Some have more features than others, but what you can rest assured by is that all Blu-ray players have backwards compatibility, which means you can watch all of your DVDs on a Blu-ray player still, you just won’t get the same quality. Some of the newer Blu-ray players have features such as internet connectivity which allows you to stream content from the likes of Amazon and LOVEFiLM, and you can control all of this via an app on your smartphone. 

We’ve rounded up some of the best Blu-ray players on the market right now, so you can enjoy the best quality movies and games right in the comfort of your own home. 

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1. Panasonic DMP-UB900EBK 4K Blu-Ray Player

A smart 4K player for the best quality images

Specifications
Best for: Smart 4K
Dimensions: HWD 6.8x43.5x19.9cm
Ultra HD Support: Yes
Storage: None
Reasons to buy
+Miracast function+High-resolution

If you want the best of the best, then customers firmly believe that this is it. With 4K and smart features, you really can experience cinematic viewing from your living room. The images are considered to be significantly better than that of a standard HD Blu-ray player and smart features include being able to mirror your smart device to the player to stream videos or images. If you like to watch 3D movies, then this device is also said to display incredible 3D images and look particularly good on a 4K or OLED TV

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2. SONY BDP-S6700 Smart Blu-ray Player

Stunning visuals without the hefty price tag

Specifications
Best for: Quality/price
Dimensions: HWD 3.9x25.5x19.2cm
Ultra HD Support: Upscale to 4K
Storage: None
Reasons to buy
+Rich colours+Compact design

If the 4K Blu-ray player is completely out of your price range, then this Sony player is the next best thing and comes in at a fraction of the cost. It is said to have excellent images and you have the ability to upscale this player to 4K if you have a 4K TV. One of the best things about this Blu-ray player is that it is small and compact and super easy to use. Users were a little bit disappointed in its lack of apps, but with such good sound and image quality, this Blu-ray player is excellent value for money. 

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3. Oppo UDP-203 4K Bluray Player

A piece of kit to invest in if you’re serious about movies

Specifications
Best for: Serious piece of kit
Dimensions: HWD 7.9x43x31.1cm
Ultra HD Support: Yes
Storage: None
Reasons to buy
+Speedy response+Looks and feels expensive

Yes, this Oppo Blu-ray player is expensive, but it really is true that you get what you pay for. Customers have praised this device for its all-round quality from the images to the sound and even the build quality feels luxury. If you’re serious about movies and want to have the best viewing experience, then users are saying that this player ticks all the boxes. It doesn’t quite make our top spot due to its luxury price tag, but if you want something that will last, then this Blu-ray player is said to be a worthwhile investment. On top of its stellar performance, it’s also said to be super quiet and speedy which makes the entire process that much more enjoyable. 

4. Sony UBP-X800B Smart 3D Blu-ray Player

3D movies look great on this smart player

Specifications
Best for: 3D Quality
Dimensions: HWD 5x43x27
Ultra HD Support: Yes
Storage: None
Reasons to buy
+Dolby Atmos installed for 3D sound field+Multi-room compatability

If you really want to jump on board with the 3D movie trend, then this is the best Blu-ray player for you. In addition to playing Blu-ray DVDs in high resolution, non 4K content, including documentaries and other TV content, will be upscaled to HD. You’ll get a range of apps such as iPlayer, Netflix and more, while its multi-room compatibility means you can use it as a hub to stream music to every room in the house via Sony multi-room speakers. 

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5. Sony BDPS1700B Smart Blu-ray Player

An affordable and reliable player that gets the job done

Specifications
Best for: Budget buy
Dimensions: HWD 3.9x23x19.4cm
Ultra HD Support: No
Storage: None
Reasons to buy
+Affordable +Range of TV apps

If you simply want a Blu-ray player to play movies, then this Sony player will get the job done without breaking the bank. It boasts no frills, but is simple to use and has the basic TV streaming apps available. Despite not having 4K quality, users have been impressed with the images and the speediness of the box itself. For those who are looking to invest in their first Blu-ray player, or who don’t watch movies that often, then this is an affordable alternative to some of the flashier models that will still provide excellent entertainment. 

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6. Samsung UBD-M9500 DVD Player

Stream content wirelessly to your phone or tablet

Specifications
Best for: Streaming
Dimensions: HWD 4.5X40.6X22.56CM
Ultra HD Support: Yes
Storage: None
Reasons to buy
+Stream content wirelessly+4K Quality

Does your family always argue over what to watch? If you can’t agree on a movie, then you can use this Blu-ray player to stream different things to different devices. Someone can be watching TV while you stream a movie from your Blu-ray player to your tablet or phone. Customers found this Blu-ray player to be quite large, so make sure you have the room in your TV cabinet for it first if you hate messy cables. This Blu-ray player boasts 4K quality but no 3D, so it all depends on which is more important to you.

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7. Microsoft Xbox One S

Play your Blu-rays on this gaming device

Specifications
Best for: Gaming and movies
Dimensions: HWD 6.35x29.5x22.6cm
Ultra HD Support: Yes
Storage: 2TB
Reasons to buy
+Games console+4k Quality 

If you’re a gamer, then investing in an XBOX One S could save you some money on buying a Blu-ray player separately. The XBOX One S has 4K quality images which make for a truly unique gaming and viewing experience. If you’re not a gamer, then this could just be an unnecessary purchase, but for large families who all like different things, this is a great multifunctional console that will save TV cabinet space. You can also take advantage of apps such as Netflix, Amazon Video and you’ll get a 14 day Xbox Live Gold trial. 

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