Best Blu-ray player 2019: quality image and sound for enjoying your favourite films and games

Our pick of the best Blu-ray players will ensure the best picture and sound quality

Best Blu-ray player

Looking for the best Blu-ray player available? Blu-ray has taken over standard DVDs in the last few years, offering a higher definition viewing experience for your favourite films and games.

While they have the same format as DVDs and are just as simple to play, the notably higher quality offered by Blu-ray is recommended if you want the full home cinema experience. Blu-ray discs are also 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.

Some Blu-ray players have more features than others, but you can rest assured 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.

Browse our pick of the best Blu-ray players, suitable for varying budgets and requirements to find the best model for you. Then, for more advice, information and expert buying guides, take a look at our technology hub page.

What is the best Blu-ray player?

In our opinion, the best Blu-ray player currently available comes in the form of the Panasonic DMP-UB900EBK 4K Blu-Ray Player, thanks to its 4K quality and smart features, which ensure a cinematic viewing experience. 

On top of this, it offers the opportunity to watch 3D films, which look particularly good on a 4K or OLED TV.

Want to browse more 4K Blu-ray players before making your final decision? It might be worth browsing our pick of the best 4K Blu-ray players before making your final decision. 

How to buy the best Blu-ray player

When it comes to buying the best Blu-ray player to suit your movie-watching and gaming needs, we'd recommend bearing the following features in mind:

4K or non 4K

If you have a 4K television and soundbar, it's definitely worth investing in a 4K Blu-ray player, which offers dramatically better quality picture than a non 4K model. 

Internet connectivity

Some of the newer Blu-ray players have features such as internet connectivity which allows you to stream content from the likes of Prime Video, and you can control all of this via an app on your smartphone.   

The best Blu-ray players you can buy right now

 Panasonic DMP-UB900EBK 4K Blu-Ray Player an example of the best blu ray players

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

Best 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, we'd recommend investing in this model from Panasonic. With 4K and smart features, you really can experience cinematic viewing from the comfort your living room. 

Image quality is 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. 

Browse our guide to the best OLED players if you're looking to set up a high quality system. Shop more 4K Blu-ray players on Amazon.

SONY BDP-S6700 Smart Blu-ray Player an example of the best blu ray players

2. SONY BDP-S6700 Smart Blu-ray Player

Best Blu-ray player for price: 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, this Sony player is the next best thing and comes in at a fraction of the cost. 

Users report excellent image quality, with the option to upscale to 4K, if you have a 4K TV, proving particularly popular. On top of this, a small and compact design that's easy to use makes this Blu-ray player a quality piece of equipment.

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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Oppo UDP-203 4K Bluray Player an example of the best blu ray players

3. Oppo UDP-203 4K Bluray Player

Best Blu-ray player for movie buffs: 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 certainly 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. 

Sony UBP-X800B Smart 3D Blu-ray Player an example of the best blu ray players

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

Best Blu-ray player for 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're a fan of watching 3D films, 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 thanks to this handy player from Sony.

Complete with a range of apps such as iPlayer, Netflix and more, multi-room compatibility means you can use your Blur-ray players as a hub to stream music to throughout the house, via Sony multi-room speakers. 

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Sony BDPS1700B Smart Blu-ray Player an example of the best blu ray players

5. Sony BDPS1700B Smart Blu-ray Player

Best budget 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 enjoy movies, 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. 

Microsoft Xbox One S an example of the best blu ray players

6. Microsoft Xbox One S

Best Blu-ray player for gaming: 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, investing in an XBOX One S could save you some money on buying a Blu-ray player separately; offering 4K quality that's ideal for both gaming and viewing experiences.

If you’re not a gamer, 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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