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Best Blu-ray players

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Blu-ray players

Best Blu-ray players

We tested 22 blu-ray players to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Blu-ray player based on the following criteria:

  • DVD load time
  • Blu-ray disc load time
  • Useful features
  • HD picture quality
  • DVD picture quality
  • Ease of use

Below lists the Blu-ray players that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Blu-ray player is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Blu-ray players

Best Blu-ray player for DVD load time

DVD load time represents the time the player took to load our test DVD, measured from the time of pressing the 'load' button to the time the first video information is displayed onscreen. Depending on discs, load time may vary from our result.


This Blu-ray player which tested best for DVD load time has the following features: Blu-ray load time range (sec.), DVD loading time (sec.), Dimensions (HxWxD, in.), Type of streaming services, DLNA compatible, Plays BD (Blu-ray) discs, Plays BD-R discs, Plays BD-RE discs, Plays DVD-R discs, Plays DVD+R discs, Plays DVD+RW discs, Plays CD-R audio discs, Plays CD-RW audio discs, Plays MP3 audio files, Plays WMA files, Reads JPEG image files, HDMI input, HDMI output, USB port and Coaxial digital-audio out.

Best Blu-ray player for Blu-ray disc load time

Blu-ray load time represents the average time the model took to load our test Blu-ray discs, measured from the time of pressing the 'load' button to the time the first video information is displayed onscreen. Depending on disc, load time may vary from our result. Java-encoded Blu-ray discs may take longer.


This Blu-ray player which tested best for Blu-ray disc load time has the following features: Blu-ray load time range (sec.), DVD loading time (sec.), Dimensions (HxWxD, in.), Type of streaming services, Wi-Fi capability, DLNA compatible, Plays BD (Blu-ray) discs, Plays BD-R discs, Plays BD-RE discs, Plays DVD-R discs, Plays DVD+R discs, Plays DVD+RW discs, Plays CD-R audio discs, Plays CD-RW audio discs, Plays MP3 audio files, Plays WMA files, Reads JPEG image files, HDMI input, HDMI output, USB port and Coaxial digital-audio out.

Best Blu-ray player for Useful features

Useful features include audio/video outputs, Internet connectivity and services, and 3D capability.


This Blu-ray player which tested best for Useful features has the following features: Blu-ray load time range (sec.), DVD loading time (sec.), 4K upscaling, Web browsing, Dimensions (HxWxD, in.), Type of streaming services, Wi-Fi capability, DLNA compatible, Plays BD (Blu-ray) discs, Plays BD-R discs, Plays BD-RE discs, Plays DVD-R discs, Plays DVD+R discs, Plays DVD+RW discs, Plays CD-R audio discs, Plays CD-RW audio discs, Plays MP3 audio files, Plays WMA files, Reads JPEG image files, HDMI input, HDMI output, USB port, Optical digital-audio out and Memory card slot.

Best Blu-ray player for HD picture quality

HD picture quality indicates trained panelists' evaluation of clarity and color accuracy of a high-definition progessive-scan (1080p) signal, such as that from a Blu-ray player. All signals were routed through an HDMI connection.


This Blu-ray player which tested best for HD picture quality has the following features: Blu-ray load time range (sec.), DVD loading time (sec.), Dimensions (HxWxD, in.), Type of streaming services, Wi-Fi capability, DLNA compatible, Plays BD (Blu-ray) discs, Plays BD-R discs, Plays BD-RE discs, Plays DVD-R discs, Plays DVD+R discs, Plays DVD+RW discs, Plays CD-R audio discs, Plays CD-RW audio discs, Plays MP3 audio files, Plays WMA files, Reads JPEG image files, HDMI input, HDMI output, USB port and Coaxial digital-audio out.

Best Blu-ray player for DVD picture quality

DVD picture quality represents trained panelists' evaluation of clarity and color accuracy of an upconverted HD (1080p) signal, from a Blu-ray player playing DVD content on a HD TV. All signals were sent through an HDMI connection.


This Blu-ray player which tested best for DVD picture quality has the following features: Blu-ray load time range (sec.), DVD loading time (sec.), Dimensions (HxWxD, in.), Type of streaming services, Wi-Fi capability, DLNA compatible, Plays BD (Blu-ray) discs, Plays BD-R discs, Plays BD-RE discs, Plays DVD-R discs, Plays DVD+R discs, Plays DVD+RW discs, Plays CD-R audio discs, Plays CD-RW audio discs, Plays MP3 audio files, Plays WMA files, Reads JPEG image files, HDMI input, HDMI output, USB port and Coaxial digital-audio out.

Best Blu-ray player for Ease of use

Ease of use indicates how easy it is to use the controls on front panel and remote, and navigate through player's menu.


This Blu-ray player which tested best for Ease of use has the following features: Blu-ray load time range (sec.), DVD loading time (sec.), Dimensions (HxWxD, in.), Type of streaming services, Wi-Fi capability, DLNA compatible, Plays BD (Blu-ray) discs, Plays BD-R discs, Plays BD-RE discs, Plays DVD-R discs, Plays DVD+R discs, Plays DVD+RW discs, Plays CD-R audio discs, Plays CD-RW audio discs, Plays MP3 audio files, Plays WMA files, Reads JPEG image files, HDMI input, HDMI output, USB port and Coaxial digital-audio out.