Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve covered all sorts of technology before — including earphones, microwaves, and slow cookers — here, we’ve rounded up the best home projectors for everyone, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated overall home projector
The best-rated overall projector was this one by Vamvo, which has 3,120 reviews, 79 percent of which are five stars. Sixty-nine happy customers praise the sound quality, while another 102 say the HD-video quality is excellent. The projector sits on a surface (rather than being mounted) and can project screen sizes of between 44 inches and 200 inches, according to multiple reviews. One customer, who gave the projector five stars, says the built-in speakers were very good, likening them to a Bluetooth speaker, though you can plug in external speakers if you want richer sound. Fifty-five reviewers said it was easy to use, including a self-confessed novice who managed to set it up in ten minutes.
Best-rated (less expensive) home projector
This projector has the highest number of five-star reviews of all the home projectors we’ve featured, with 81 percent total, and it comes in at just under £80. One five-star review called it fantastic value for money. The reviewer said they wanted an affordable model for projecting spooky videos on their house during Halloween, but they were so impressed that they brought it inside for watching movies during the rest of the year. While most reviewers used it for films or viewing parties, one illustrator said the projector was great at helping her enlarge her drawings so she could trace them onto canvas. Seventy-three reviews out of 471 total said the 1080p HD picture quality was excellent, and there were 71 positive reviews about the sound quality, even though the projector isn’t compatible with a sound bar or external speakers. One reviewer said that, for the price, it was as good as they expected.
Best-rated home projector for outdoors
This is the brightest projector featured, offering 5,500 lumens (the measurement of emitted light), making it particularly well suited for outdoor projections, according to reviewers. It has 1,000 reviews in total, and one in ten said the picture quality was excellent, while 15 reviews specifically mentioned how quiet the projector was, which was helpful during outdoor movie nights. This projector was capable of displaying a clear image on a number of surfaces, from a concrete garage wall to the side of a wooden shed. One reviewer noted that, for darker surfaces, taping a bedsheet to the wall helped balance the colours out.
Best-rated HD/1080p projector
Customers who wanted the sharpest possible picture quality said this projector was outstanding. According to one reviewer, their 4k television has practically been abandoned since they bought this projector, while another says the picture quality is sharp and detailed even when all the lights are on. It also has the option to scale down the size of the image being projected, which one reviewer said was helpful in her oddly proportioned living room. Other customers called the picture stunning, fantastic, and crisp, and though one self-professed expert said the shades of red were a little off, this was fixable with the projector’s colour settings. Though the speaker and sound quality weren’t as good as the picture quality, 13 reviewers said this pricier model was excellent value for money.
Best-rated projector for gaming
Gamers described playing their favourite consoles on this projector as magical, including one person who said this projector was practically made for gaming. Another customer logged almost 200 hours in a single month because they fell back in love with their Xbox after buying this model. Reviews said the picture quality was exceptional (at 1080p, it’s the same as the Optoma model), but it also had a number of positive reviews from people who used it in small rooms; the projector’s “short throw” means it works best up close to the screen (approximately 1.5 metres, according to reviewers), rather than at the back of the room. One reviewer commented that the projector had very good reduced lag times (which is when there is a delay between a command being issued and the command being carried out), making it a great choice for competitive gamers. Another, who primarily plays Nintendo Switch, said they hadn’t noticed any lag whatsoever.
A Strategist-approved screen
While several reviewers projected against sheets, living rooms, and even the occasional shed, this enthusiastically reviewed projector screen would ensure your picture quality is a little more consistent.
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