The Best Home Theater Projectors for 2020

There are many cases when you need to watch a move with friends or family, but the screen is just not big enough. In other cases, you need to show a business project to a large audience. Sometimes your small monitor cannot satisfy your gaming ambitions. In every case a projector will help you get a huge, bright screen on an almost unlimited area.

Projectors have different levels of brightness and while some can light up a 100 inch screen, other are just enough for 30 inches. The amount of lumens shows how powerful a projector is. Some projectors are additionally optimized for gaming or office work.

In this list we will put together a list of 7 best projectors on the market with the best ratio of price and worth. This will help people make an educated decision when buying one.

Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
DLP
#1
VANKYO LEISURE 3
9.9
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#2
Epson VS250
9.9
/
10
Great for presentations
#3
ViewSonic 3600
9.7
/
10
Combines great brightness and resolution
#4
Optoma GT1080HDR
9.6
/
10
Optimized for gaming
#5
DR. J Professional HI-04
9.4
/
10
Affordable model with very bright image
#6
APEMAN NM4 Mini
9.2
/
10
Best small pocket model
#7
Anker Nebula Capsule
8.9
/
10
Very bright and clear pocket projector
#8
BenQ TH671ST
8.7
/
10
Gaming model from best brand
VANKYO LEISURE 3
#1
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
9.9
/
10

This device allows you to get up to 60% more light than a conventional model, and supports a great resolution of 1920 by 1080, so it is much easier to see small details in the picture. This makes the model ideal for watching films or games at home, however it is not advised for Power Point and office programs.

The device has no problem playing many different video formats, displaying photos or connecting to a tuner and receiving TV series. It has ports for connection to Play Stations 3 and 4 and can synchronize with a smartphone. It can be used for gaming, if coupled with a Play Station. It comes with a protective bag, which allows it to be very portable. To attach an iPhone you need and HDMI adapter.

The watching size can be up to 170 inches in diagonal. The minimal size is 32 inches. The distance to the wall ranges from 5 to 16.4 feet. The recommended distance is 6.5 feet.

Even though the projector heats up, it has a fan, which cools it. The fan is almost noiseless of itself, but it also has an attached noise suppressor, which makes it almost noiseless.

Pros:

  • Very easy to set up and start using
  • Does not overheat and does not make much noise
  • Very small, light and easy to handle

Cons:

  • Not the best sound quality

Epson VS250
#2
Great for presentations
Editor’s Rating:
9.9
/
10

This model boasts a peak brightness of 3200 lumens, and thus the image will be visible even in a well-lit room. It is equipped with a fan that prevents overheating, but the noise level never gets above 37 decibels. In ECO mode the volume falls to 28 decibels. The model has manual digital zoom. The resolution is SVGA – 800 by 600 pixels, and this is ideal for most presentation and PowerPoint graphics.

The device has a pixel count of 480000 and the zoom goes from 1 to 1.35x. The device can effortlessly synchronize with most laptops and smartphones by using an HDMI plug. It also can load content in many forms and work with most media players. The device has a mono speaker with a power of 2 watts.

The temperature never gets above 41 degrees.

Pros:

  • Very bright
  • Very vivid, bright colors
  • Almost plug and play – extremely easy to set up

Cons:

  • Pretty quiet sound – weak speakers. However, decent in a small room

ViewSonic 3600
#3
Combines great brightness and resolution
Editor’s Rating:
9.7
/
10

The projector is optimized for displaying presentations, such as school or office presentations. The projector grants use of a large screen, which can have a diagonal of up to 120 inches. The maximum distance to the screen is 15.5 feet.  The device makes almost no sound, and its volume never exceeds 27 decibels.

The model is notably easy to set up in a few simple steps, almost to the point it is plug-and-play. The lamp on this model can shine for 15 thousand hours straight, because of the ECO mode. The resolution can be changed from VGA to FullHD, 1920x1080. The device can connect with any kind of PC, notebook or smartphone. The manufacturer presents a three-year guarantee with the device and ships it with a VGA cable and remote controller.

Pros:

  • Very colorful and bright image, even in a lit room or far from the screen
  • Easy-to use menu
  • Very light and easy to carry

Cons:

  • Some colors may appear a bit different hue than on the original image

Optoma GT1080HDR
#4
Optimized for gaming
Editor’s Rating:
9.6
/
10

This model is high-end and costs pretty much, but is totally worth its price. It has many premium features that make all the difference in gaming – for example there is the HDR10 support, which is very rarely included in a projector. The model also has a very short response time – 8.4 ms. In gaming it makes all the difference between a win and a loss. The short throw lens allows you to get an image with a diagonal of 120 inches from a distance of 4 feet. With a refresh rate of 120 Hz you get a great gaming monitor with a huge size. The device gives out very accurate color.

The picture has a resolution of 1080p, but it allows 4K input. With a brightness of 3800 lumens you can have a great picture even in a well lit room.

The lamp is guaranteed to live for up to 15000 hours. The device can connect to any kind of device – gaming consoles, PCs, smartphones and others. There are two HDMI inputs.

Pros:

  • The very short throw of the lens allows you to have a huge image from the short distance of 4 feet
  • The picture is huge and very bright, remaining perfectly visible in broad daylight
  • Very fast response time and refresh rate make it great for gaming

Cons:

  • Very expensive

DR. J Professional HI-04
#5
Affordable model with very bright image
Editor’s Rating:
9.4
/
10

This model is shipped with a 100-inch screen. It enhances the already excellent brightness and contrast. The projector is great for watching movies – it has a resolution of 1080p. However the manufacturer says it is not the best for PowerPoint or other office programs. The lamp is guaranteed to live for 40 thousand hours. The projector has a maximum distance of 5 meters, where it gives a picture 176 inches in diagonal.

The model connects well with most kinds of devices, like smartphones, PCs and Blu-Ray players. You can connect speakers to it to make it have full surrounding sound.

The manufacturer gives a three-year warranty with this device.

Pros:

  • Excellent contrast even lets you tell the difference between Blu-Ray and conventional CD
  • Great sound quality – even though it is worse than loudspeakers, it surpasses most notebook speakers and is good enough for most things
  • Very good price for a quality device

Cons:

  • The small fan inside goes very fast to cool the LED, so it is fairly loud

APEMAN NM4 Mini
#6
Best small pocket model
Editor’s Rating:
9.2
/
10

This device weighs very little, and its weight is comparable to that of a phone. It weighs 260 grams, and that’s the reason it is called a pocket model – it is possible to carry it in a pocket without eve knowing it is there. It ships with a tripod that lets it be stable. The 1080p and a 1000 to 1 contrast ratio make it great for anything. The projection is good up to 4 meters away and has a diagonal of up to 100 inches.

The brightness is pretty low – it ranges from 50 to 100 lumens, and as such the projector produces no heat at all. Therefore the fan makes barely any noise.

The model has a built-in battery that allows about two hours of work at full capacity. The model therefore is much more portable. It can also be charged anywhere. The ports allow you to connect it to a PS3 or 4. The durable lamp lives for up to 45 thousand hours.

The model has connectors for most devices with video output.

Pros:

  • Absolutely tiny and very light and portable
  • Very bright and vivid picture
  • The battery makes it possible to bring it to a picnic or other place without an electric connection

Cons:

  • The USB port is there only for charging and cannot be used for connecting

Anker Nebula Capsule
#7
Very bright and clear pocket projector
Editor’s Rating:
8.9
/
10

The DLP technology lets this small model achieve great clarity and deliver 100 lumens onto any surface up to 100 inches in diagonal. Still, the manufacturer say this one is best for dim or dark rooms, where the 100 lumen light will be more visible. The powerful speaker gives surround sound, and its power is 5 watts. The battery lasts for 4 straight hours of video.

The entire thing weighs only 15 ounces, making it a great portable model. It can synchronize with many different formats and display videos straight from Youtube or Netflix.

The device can connect to any device with a video output, but it also has a Wi-Fi chip for wireless connection.

Pros:

  • Wireless connection comes in very handy
  • Very portable and light
  • Very long battery life

Cons:

  • The lens easily gets scratched

BenQ TH671ST
#8
Gaming model from best brand
Editor’s Rating:
8.7
/
10

With a large resolution of 1080p and 92% color accuracy this model gives a great image, so it is good for movies or games. The quality of the image makes both movies and games very immersive. The fast response time makes the device great for gaming as well.

The short throw of the lens makes it possible to show a 100 inch screen from a distance of 5 feet. But the maximum screen size is 300 inches. The device won an award for being the best gaming projector in the world.

The device is shipped with a three-year warranty. The ports let it connect with any kind of PC or notebook. It has both USB and HDMI outlets.

Pros:

  • Great picture quality – crisp and bright
  • Good for gaming – no lag whatsoever
  • Good price for such a great projector

Cons:

  • Heats up substantially when working for a long time