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What's behind our Blu-ray player Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 19 models in Blu-ray players to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Overall score is based primarily on picture clarity and ease of use. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • UHD picture quality
    The Ultra HD performance rating represents a composite observation of native 4K with and without high dynamic range settings from UHD Blu-ray disc sources.
  • HD picture quality
    HD picture quality indicates trained panelists' evaluation of clarity and color accuracy of a high-definition progessive-scan (1080p) signal. All signals were routed through an HDMI connection.
  • 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.
  • Useful features
    Useful features include audio/video outputs, Internet connectivity and services, and 3D capability.
  • 4K-capable
    This player can play 4K (Ultra HD) content, streamed from the Internet, or from Ultra HD Discs.
  • 4K upscaling
    It upconverts standard 1080p programs to quasi-Ultra HD—3840x2160—resolution for use with new Ultra HD TVs.
  • 3D-capable
    A 3D-capable Blu-ray player when fed a proper 3D signal and used with other required 3D equipment, such as 3D glasses and 3D capable TV--provide a strong illusion of three-dimensionality.


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Recommended Blu-ray players

Recommended Blu-ray players are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
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Home-entertainment options are expanding. Blu-ray players, which can play both high-definition Blu-ray discs and regular DVDs, are the best choice for use with an HDTV. If you're looking for information about Blu-ray players, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ Blu-ray player reviews will give you honest advice that you can trust. Use our Blu-ray player buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased ratings and Blu-ray player reviews to help you choose the best Blu-ray player for your needs.

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Xbox One S 2TB
A 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray high-definition video disc player from Microsoft with 4K upconversion for Blu-ray and standard DVDs, native 4K UHD playback for use with UltraHD TVs, built-in WiFi capability for connecting wirelessly to a home network and is 3D-capable.

Blu-ray player buying guide

Blu-ray players are a good match for high-definition TVs, especially 1080p sets, which can display all the detail contained on Blu-ray discs. The picture quality is top-notch, the best currently available. Many new players can play 3D Blu-ray movies and regular high-def Blu-ray discs. The latest development: models that can upconvert 1080p high def to 4K when used with an Ultra HD TV. All Blu-ray players can also play standard DVDs (upconverting the video to quasi-HD resolutions) and CDs, so you can use one player for all your discs. Many new players can stream video from the Internet, providing instant access to movies and TV episodes from Amazon Instant Video, CinemaNow, Netflix, Vudu, and other online movie services.

If you have an HDTV, we strongly recommend that you buy a Blu-ray player rather than a standard DVD player. Prices for Blu-ray players now start at less than $100, but expect to pay a bit more for a major-brand player that has 3D and wireless capbility. There are already many thousands of Blu-ray titles--movies and TV episodes--on the market, and a growing number of 3D Blu-ray titles.

Portable Blu-ray players let you watch a movie anytime, anywhere--perfect for long trips or waits between flights. Though you can also play movies on a laptop computer with a built-in Blu-ray drive, portable players are often smaller and lighter and might offer more playback options. Most portable players look like small laptops minus the keyboard. They typically have a 7-to-10-inch screen (measured diagonally) with a clamshell-style cover that protects the screen when it's closed. Other models have an exposed screen like a tablet's. You probably won't appreciate the benefits of high definition on such a small screen, but if you have a library of Blu-ray discs, you might like the option of taking them on the road. (You cannot play Blu-ray discs on a standard DVD model.) Figure on spending $150 or more for a portable player.

This guide can help you sort through the various options to find the right model. While price is always a factor, also consider the features and brand. Make sure you check out our shopping advice, which should help you find the right model at the best price.

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