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(Pocket-lint) - We may live in the age of media streaming, but there are still plenty of reasons to own a good DVD player.

Many of us have massive collections of TV and movies in the format, and you can never be sure when a movie might disappear from a streaming service, after all. 

While many brands offer DVD players, though, some may not hold the same long-lasting quality as others. You'll be hard-pressed to find big differences between the designs of many DVD players, but the internal components often vary greatly and create big differences in performance. 

So, whether you need to replace an old workhorse or you're just starting a new collection, here are some of the best DVD players on the market. 


What is the best DVD player? Our top pick is the Sony BDP-S6700. Other DVD players worth considering are the Panasonic DVD-S700EB-K Sony DVPSR210P, LG BP250 DGBRLLK, and the Panasonic DMR-EX97EB-K..


Our Top Pick: DVD Players

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Sony BDP-S6700

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For

  • Potential for 4K visuals
  • Turns your TV Smart

Against

  • Pricier than many
  • Noisy playback

The Sony BDP-S6700 Blu-Ray DVD Player puts forward a great case for replacing your DVD player, or just buying one in general. It's not your typical single-purpose DVD player, it's quite a bit more.

First off, it basically turns your TV into a Smart TV. Which, for some of us that don't already have that functionality, is actually pretty nifty. So, that means it connects to Wi-Fi and allows you to browse your favourite sites and streaming services.

Some downsides are that it's a fair bit more expensive than other DVD players, and it is fairly noisy during playback, which can get distracting.

DVD players we also recommend

Here are four other DVD players you should also consider.

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Panasonic DVD-S700

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For

  • Clean design
  • Clear images thanks to oversampling

Against

  • No cables included

The Panasonic DVD-S700 Player gives you smooth viewing without any trouble, with a dustproof design that helps counter any sort of household negligence that could cause the player to malfunction.

Thanks to some nifty tech, it offers playback up to 1080p, which is pretty much par for the course these days.

It will even let you rip your favourite music onto discs, keeping a hard copy for when the internet goes down.

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Sony DVPSR210P

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For

  • Super affordable
  • Up to 1080p resolution

Against

  • Doesn't play Blu-ray discs

This sleek DVD player from Sony looks really nice and classy, with a glossy front and super compact design.

It'll work with both DVDs and CDs, too, so if you hook up a sound system you could have a multi-use box. Unfortunately, it won't play Blu-rays or anything but DVDs.

There's an included remote for easy controls, and it's simple to get it controlling your TV as well, making for an impressive package.

It's a simple DVD player that'll get the job done, and for an excellent price, too.

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LG BP250

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For

  • Full HD upscaling
  • External hard drive playback
  • Supports 3D and 4K playback

Against

  • No audio jacks for surround sound systems
  • Out of date remote controller

The LG BP250 Blu-Ray and DVD Disc Player, covers both bases, meaning it doesn't matter if you're watching a DVD or Blu-Ray disc.

Its muted style will blend in nicely in your lounge too, only coming to life when you need it. It'll also support up to 4K resolution.

One potential major drawback is the fact that it doesn't have the audio jacks to connect to a surround sound system.

It's a fairly strange feature to miss out on, but, for the price, it's something that must have had to go.

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Panasonic DMR-EX97EB-K DVD Recorder with Freeview HD

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For

  • DVD ripping
  • Freeview HD allows for recording your favourite shows

Against

  • Expensive
  • Not Blu-ray compatible

The Panasonic DMR-EX97EB-K goes a step further than most DVD players by integrating your normal TV watching. You can program it to record your shows with Freeview HD, making sure you won't miss anything in case you're not around to watch it.

It's an entertainment device that even includes the ability to access external drives, so you can watch things that aren't on a DVD. Better yet, you can rip DVDs and keep another copy handy to watch on other devices besides your TV.

It's also, for our money, the best-looking player in this list, which helps when it's taking up space on a shelf. Aesthetics still matter, after all.

It's not cheap, though. But that's what you have to pay for all the choice features it has.

Other products we considered

When deciding which DVD players we believe to be the best currently available, we spent hours testing and researching. As with all of our buyer's guides, we consider a range of factors when it comes to recommending devices - and also when a new device enters our top five selections. It's not just about our own testing, either, with consumer reviews, brand quality and value all factoring.

In all of our roundups, there are also many products we test that don't make the final cut. Since they may be the right fit for some people, however, we've listed them below.

How to choose a DVD player

DVD players are cheaper than ever. The tech is established and generally reliable. It really comes down to what you're likely to do with the player besides watching DVDs on it. Do you want to access the internet, connect to an external hard drive or connect your surround sound system to it? These will all make a difference in your choice. And then there's aesthetics. While most look fairly similar, there are some that stand apart and will look better on a shelf.

So, what should you be looking out for?

Why should you buy a DVD player?

You might have an extensive collection of DVDs and boxsets that you want to watch. And this is the main reason you'd buy a DVD player. They might be a bit of old tech, but they're reliable and easy to use, so might be worth it.

What will you use the DVD player for?

With so many streaming services, it might be hard to justify a DVD player, but they are worth it when you have precious favourites in disc form that you enjoy watching from time to time. And the best thing is that it's a once-off payment and you can watch them whenever you like. Some of these DVD players offer extra features that extend the usage, but more of that below.

What should it look like?

There's not a lot that goes into the design of a DVD player. You'd be hard-pressed to find something that's more than a black rectangle. Though some designs have buttonless facades and glossy finish that look that much smarter. If you're in the market for a better design, then there are options for you. But there's also the basic design with buttons and a simple-to-use display.

Are there any other features?

As you've no doubt read, some of these DVD players have extra features other than the simple DVD playing ability. You can turn your TV into a Smart TV, rip DVDs and CDs, and even play PS3 on one of them. If these features are what you're after, then they're worth the extra money to get a device that's more than a single-purpose machine.

More about this story

Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.

In the case of DVD players, we had a good time watching all our favourite movies and box sets each night. We tested the resolution and playback capabilities and even ripped a couple of CDs and DVDs to see how good the quality came out. From these tests, we were able to decipher which are worth your time and why.

We've been testing DVD players since they became a thing, and have a great feel for what's needed and what use the extra features hold for each device. And while they haven't changed a lot, there have been some incremental changes, like in resolution and smart features, that makes quite a difference.

As with any roundup, it's not possible to deliver a list that works for every type of user, but we lean on the experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team - as well as thoroughly assessing the areas above - in order to do our best in this regard.

What we always tend to avoid when compiling these picks are needless spec comparisons and marketing lines; we just want to provide an easy to understand summary that gives you an idea of what each mouse is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity. 

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.
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