Best outdoor projectors

These best outdoor projectors will help you create an outdoor cinema in your backyard.

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Enjoy movie night in the comfort of your yard with the best outdoor projector. There's no need to sit inside and watch your favorite movie or TV show when you can do so from outdoors. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the weather and the movie at the same time. Don't forget snacks...

The best outdoor projector should be high performing, easily portable, and simple to use. Ideally, you also want to ensure it can be used both during the day and at night. Our best pick is the Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector since it operates at a low noise level, it's can be connected to your smartphone for use and it's happily affordable. See more great options below.

Best outdoor projector

Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector

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Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector

Be amazed by the low noise level

Easy to use and great value.

Pros:

  • Quietest model on our list
  • Advanced color engine
  • Easily connects to your smartphone

Cons:

  • The edges can be slightly out of focus

A great model to buy no matter the size of your budget, the Vankyo delivers a very decent viewing experience with vibrant color thanks to its advanced color engine. 

Easy to use by simply plugging into your phone or laptop, its real selling point is its exceptionally quiet, cool operation: it won't heat up, and it won't make the characteristic noise many projectors make. The only downside of this projector is that the picture quality may not be as amazing as the others, particularly around the edges of the screen. Still, for a movie night in your back yard, this is a great option.

Best outdoor projector

Yaber Native 1080P Projector

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Yaber Native 1080P Projector

Our top pick for performance and value

This is our top choice of outdoor projectors for the quality of image and its huge screen.

Pros:

  • 4D keystone correction
  • Huge screen up to 200 inches
  • Very bright

Cons:

  • Expensive

This exceptionally well-built Yaber projector is the first of its kind, offering 4D Keystone image correction that ensures the picture you're projecting is always a standard rectangle. 

With 6800 lumens, it's exceptionally bright, and it has a much higher than average resolution of 1080 p, which prevents any image distortion. Oh, and our favorite feature of this mighty projector, is the massive picture it can project – as large as an enormous 200 inches across.  

Complete with a screen

DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector

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DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector

Very inexpensive

Use this projector to watch ESPN, HBO Now, Prime Video and more.

  • Comes with screen
  • Can work in any light
  • HDMI port
  • Silent operation

  • Speakers aren't the best quality – you can connect your own 

For use with Netflix, Prime Video, and more, the DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector is a great pick. 

This outdoor projector also comes with a 100-inch screen, both of which are portable for your convenience. It supports 1090p resolution and can be used indoors or out, day or night. Ideally, this projector needs to be set up with a distance of 1.5 to 5-meters available. For use with everything from laptops to tablets and DVD players, it even has a HDMI port connection. There's also a built-in stereo sound speaker, too. Its advanced fan cooling system makes for silent operation, and its five-layer LCD lens offers the clearest resolution on every detail.

Compact

QKK Mini Projector

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QKK Mini Projector

It's portable, but performs like a bigger one

The best compact projector you can take with you anywhere.

Pros:

  • Small design
  • Long lamp life
  • !00-inch projector screen included
  • Eye protect

Cons:

  • Needs a flat surface to project from
  • Works best in complete darkness

The QKK Mini Projector is the model you should consider in a smaller garden, or if you're planning on using it while camping. 

This mini projector is very portable at just under four pounds, and can easily be connected up to your phone for easy streaming. It's also built to last with a long lamp life, and is kinder on your eyes than some of the brighter models on our list. The biggest bonus with this model, though, is the included projecting screen, making it a great value purchase. Bear in mind that you might not get as good results from this projector if it's not completely dark outside, or if you're trying to project from an angle. 

Budget pick

AuKing Mini Projector 2020

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AuKing Mini Projector 2020

You won't find better at such a low price

Best projector that won't break the bank, while still delivering a nice viewing experience.

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Big screen projection up to 170 inches
  • Advanced cooling system reduces noise

Cons

  • Not the sharpest picture
  • Needs complete darkness

If you want something easy-going for the occasionally movie night at home or in the garden, the very reasonably priced AuKing projector is hard to beat. 

It may be cheap, but it has most of the functions of much more expensive projectors: big screen projection as large as 170 inches, low noise and fast cooling technology, and 1080p resolution is possible, which is rare at this price point. You will need to be realistic about the capabilities of this little machine, though: picture quality will be best when viewed from about a five-metre distance, and it does need complete darkness. 

For large screens

Yaber Native 1080P Projector

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Yaber Native 1080P Projector

Oh-so bright

This projector can fit screens that measure up to 200-inches

Pros:

  • 4D keystone correction
  • Huge screen up to 200 inches
  • Very bright

Cons:

  • Expensive

This exceptionally well-built Yaber projector is the first of its kind, offering 4D Keystone image correction that ensures the picture you're projecting is always a standard rectangle. 

With 6800 lumens, it's exceptionally bright, and it has a much higher than average resolution of 1080p, which prevents any image distortion. Oh, and our favorite feature of this mighty projector, is the massive picture it can project – as large as an enormous 200 inches across.  

Great value

Topvision 1080P Supported Video Projector

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Topvision 1080P Supported Video Projector

The best quality projector we found in its price range

The outdoor projector that'll give you the best experience for an excellent price tag.

Pros:

  • Advanced LCD display 
  • Brighter than other projectors in its range
  • Quiet
  • Large viewing up to 18 feet

Cons:

  • Not as bright as some others

The Topvision 1080P Supported Video Projector delivers a better image quality on a large screen than other projectors at its price point, making it exceptionally good value for money. 

The LCD display technology delivers a super crisp picture, even at a vast 18-feet projection size. It's also highly compatible with a wide range of devices, including Roku Stick, Chromecast, laptops, PS3, and Xbox. It's nice and bright for a projector of its class, but at 4500 lux, it's not the brightest on our list.

Our verdict

Want a professional quality projector with picture quality that will blow your mind? Go for the Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector: it operates quietly, it's super affordable and very easy to use. The DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector is also inexpensive and it comes complete with a 100-inch screen, while the QKK Mini Projector is a great portable pick.