We all deserve to enjoy the crispness of blu-ray video, don’t we?
But are there quality products available for under 100 bucks?
Not to worry. We’ve done some digging and found just that.
After researching dozens of models, we’ve put together the best blu-ray players you can buy for under $100.
Read ahead for the best picks and our opinion of them:
|1||Sony BDPS3500 Blu-ray Player with Wi-Fi (2015 Model)||2396 Reviews||Check Price|
|2||Samsung BD-J5100 Curved Blu-ray Player (2015 Model)||1159 Reviews||Check Price|
|3||Panasonic Smart Network 4K Upscaling 3D Blu-Ray Disc & Streaming Player DMP-BDT270 (Silver), WiFi,...||2141 Reviews||Check Price|
3 Best Cheap Blu Ray Player – 2017
This is hands down the best cheap Blu Ray player currently available on the market. It plays full 1080p video and has DVD upscaling. The manufacturer has upgraded the Wi-Fi module, so streaming is smoother than ever before. This player comes with three connections, one each for HDMI, Ethernet and Coaxial. It gives access to over 300 streaming apps including Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and Hulu Plus. It has the cool ability to play videos from Android compatible devices on the screen thanks to a tech called Miracast. Also, it’s PlayStation 3 ready. You can stream PS3 video via the player to get better quality on screen.
The UI that comes with the player is really easy to customize and control. It is mobile compatible, so you can access controls from your smartphone as well. There are many app features that enhance the movie watching experience. The cherry on top is the Energy Star 3.0 compliance certification. If you’re looking for the best Blu Ray player under $100, this should be a good choice. The downer is really the sound quality. It has Dolby HD, but it doesn’t always support surround sound.
- Improved Wi-Fi module
- Playstation 3 compatible
- Mobile compatible UI
- Energy Star 3.0 compliance certificate
- Over 300 apps available
- Sound quality could be better
This is a simple and fast Bly Ray player that is affordable and highly user friendly. We really liked the wonderful curved exterior as well. It looks posh despite the low price tag. The player is really uncomplicated and works smoothly with all popular streaming services like Roku and Netflix. Disc loading is really fast and it gives the highest quality possible for the DVDs. This player comes with HDMI, HDMI-CEC, USB, and Ethernet connection ports, one of each.
There were a number of preinstalled apps, like Netflix, YouTube and Pandora. This Blu Ray player can play even older discs, unlike most new products. Setup is really easy soon out of the box as well. We didn’t experience much lag during play. Controls are easy enough to navigate. The player is really lightweight and doesn’t take up much space. It supports Dolby True HD and DTS surround sound. However, there is no wireless capability. It requires a wired connection to connect with a network. Also, the player lacks any LED indicators, which can be annoying at times. You won’t know if a disc is playing by looking at the player.
- Easy to use and set up
- Plays new and old discs
- Good sound quality
- No wireless connections
- Lacks LED light indicators
This is a superb Blu Ray player to consider. It can upscale DVD quality. Meaning, it can play standard DVDs in a 4K Ultra HD equivalent. Don’t get your hopes up too much though. While the video quality is definitely better using this player, it cannot instantly render bad quality video to HD. This player is said to be able to convert 2D video to 3D. We couldn’t test this claim to say anything about it. It comes with an app to watch content on smartphones as well. It has Miracast tech that can mirror the content on your smartphones onto a larger screen.
Also, if you have any content stored in an external hard disk, this player can provide direct access to the content. It has Wi-Fi connection, so you won’t have to bother with wires. The player has only two wired connections, one each for HDMI and power. This works as a con too, as you won’t get any more connectivity. There are no ports for USB or Ethernet. As for streaming, it works lag free with most streaming services.
- Superior DVD upscaling ability
- Fast and lag free
- Wireless connections
- Works with smartphones
- Can connect an external HDD
- Can connect an external HDD
Tips for Buying a Budget Blu Ray Player
Here are several tips to keep in mind when buying a blu Ray player for less than $100:
There’s little point in buying a Blu Ray player unless you have a Full HD TV set that can play 1080p video. While Blu Ray players can read both standard and Blue Ray discs, a standard TV will not show the glorious clarity of Blue Ray video.
Blu Ray players come in two modes: Bonus View and BD Live. Blu Ray players manufactured in the past two or three years all come with Bonus View mode. BD Live mode allows users to download multimedia files off the internet, stream content or access interactive content. Not all are BD Live capable unless specified in the product description. Some models may say “BD-Live ready.” This means that the player does not have enough internal storage capacity necessary for downloading and streaming. Meaning, if you want a BD Live Blu Ray player, you have to buy one that very explicitly says it supports BD Live.
Keep in mind that not all Blu Ray players can render 3D graphics. If you want 3D graphics, you have to buy a Blu Ray player that’s specifically designed to play those discs. 3D Blu Ray players are rather new so they tend to be a bit expensive.
Consider buying certified refurbished Blu Ray players. Refurbished players work just like the new ones but cost far less.
To keep costs down, buy a Blu Ray player model released in the previous year. If you want to buy the latest 2017 or 2016 models, prices will be higher for no reason. However, you can buy a 2015 model for fraction of the original listed price. Most newer and older models are basically identical when it comes to functionality.
Blu Ray players connect to TV sets via HDMI connections. So, you will have to buy a cable because most manufacturers do not provide HDMI cables with Blu Ray discs.