Here at the Strategist, 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 (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.
While we’ve waxed poetic about a cube projector that fits in the palm of your hand, investigated the best mini-projectors on Amazon, and heard from Select All about the charms of a cheap home projector, here we’re digging deep into the best home theater projectors on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)
Best 4K home theater projector with HDR
“I’ve logged over 600 lamp hours on the Optoma UHD60 projector and I still catch myself saying, ‘Wow, look at that beautiful image.’ The image quality is remarkable and very bright! I also purchased a high-end OLED TV and compared content side by side from the same source. While the TV looked excellent, the projector performed as well in most scenarios or even better when it came to sports. Even my wife, who doesn’t care about image quality and the latest electronics, appreciates the beauty of the image this thing creates! I constantly have guests tell me that they can’t believe it’s a projected image.”
Best ultrabright 4K home theater projector
“This projector exceeded my expectations significantly! Even with some of my lamps on in the living room, I was able to see it clearly. The colors really seemed to pop wonderfully and I am stunned at the resolution. My old 1080p Epson projector did a decent job, but it’ll be nearly impossible going back to that thing after seeing 4K at this size. It’s awesome!”
Best home theater projector on a budget
“My roommates and I were looking for an alternative to a TV for a dorm room since a TV with a decent size is going to run a few hundred dollars. One thing that I was worried most about was the clarity of picture in a well-lit room, since we didn’t want to have to keep the room pitch-black whenever we wanted to play some video games or watch a movie. I set this projector up and started running it in a room with the windows open on a sunny day, and the picture was still very bright and clear. For the price, I could not be happier with this projector.”
Best 3D 1080p home theater projector
“Bright! Sharp! SUPER short throw! Great price for a high-quality piece of equipment. I am primarily using it outside, with a 220-inch screen, and it sits about nine feet away from the wall. I live in a city, so there is a decent amount of ambient light, but the picture was clear and bright at 8:30 in July, before the sun had set completely. By 9:30, it was like watching a movie in a nice theater. We watched a Blu-Ray movie, and everyone was blown away by the quality.”
Best ultrabright 1080p home theater projector
“Standout product. The clarity is phenomenal for reading any kind of text, which makes it good for seeing and reading the Xbox interface that I’m using. It’s very bright and works well in ambient light, so you can watch movies and play games even during the day. The colors are excellent as well. I can’t recommend it enough.”
Best 1080p home theater projector for outdoor use
“I am using it for backyard movies on a 16-by-9-foot white PVC screen, and it is awesome. Blows everybody away when they come over for backyard movie nights. We start the show right around sunset and it does absolutely fine with dusk or twilight lighting and normal suburban background lighting of cars and neighbors’ houses, porch lights, etc.”
Best 1080p home theater projector with high refresh rate
“I’m not exaggerating when I say that this might be my favorite home technology purchase that I’ve ever made. I live in a one bedroom downtown condo and was tired of the typical ‘50-inch TV mounted on a wall’ arrangement. It’s been about seven months of daily use since I purchased, and I could not be happier. At under $800, I think you get a cinema-quality projector without breaking the bank.”
Best 1080p home theater projector with long-lasting lamp
“Very pleased with my purchase of this. Great brightness. Good bulb life. And lots of different inputs for every type of video you might need. Short throw distance allowed me to mount this very close to the ceiling and out of the way of fixtures, making the installation very clean and efficient.”
Best standard-resolution home theater projector
“I’m in love with my ViewSonic projector! I spent a lot of time researching projectors that would give me a great picture quality for backyard movie-viewing. At night, the picture quality is crystal clear. An absolutely fantastic device that I would recommend for anyone wanting to create a movie-theater ambience at home, or for presentations. I think you’ll find that you will be equally as impressed with this projector as I am.”
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