May 2021

Blu-ray Players: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Blu-ray Player rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2021.

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Blu-ray Players.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Blu-ray Players, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2021 ranking

At a glance - May 2021 Ranking

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Rank Price Blu-ray Player
What Hi-Fi
Fix the Photo
IndieWire
AnxietyTech
The Techlounge
Digital Trends
Wirecutter
Crutchfield
The Master Switch
TopTenReviews
#1
$248 Sony UBP-X800M2
3
2
4
8
2
2
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-
7
4
#2
$460 Panasonic DP-UB820-K
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1
8
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2
1
12
3
#3
$178 Sony UBP-X700
2
7
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6
-
1
-
2
6
-
#4
$115 Sony BDP-S6700
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8
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-
6
5
-
-
2
1
#5
$1300 Panasonic DP-UB9000
5
1
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-
-
-
-
4
9
-
#6
$46 Sony BDP-S3700
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5
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3
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-
-
3
3
-
#7
$70 LG BP175
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2
5
5
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-
-
-
2
#8
$345 LG UBKM9
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3
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4
3
-
-
-
-
#9
Check price Samsung UBD-M8500
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9
1
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-
-
-
-
#10
$199 Panasonic DP-UB420
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-
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1
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4
-
#11
$192 LG UBK80
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-
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2
3
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We ranked Sony UBP-X800M2 #1 in May 2021 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

A great 4K Blu-ray player for the money,despite a couple of peculiar traits.

Pros
Crisp, detailed picture
Rhythmic, musical sound
Supports SACD and DVD-A

Cons
Lacks HDR10+
Odd Dolby Vision execution
Could be more vibrant

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Fix the Photo

Virtually Silent

Pros
Dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support
High video quality
Good sound quality
Supports rare formats

Cons
No Dolby Vision support
No analog audio output

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IndieWire

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AnxietyTech

Pros
Dolby Vision
HDR10
Anti-vibration construction
4K upscaling
Dolby Atmos & DSEE HX audio output
Backwards disc compatibility

Cons
Some people find the Dolby Vision playback to overly bright

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The Techlounge

Amazing Video And Audio In One

Pros
Amazing picture quality
Support for 4K Netflix and Amazon
Great sound quality

Cons
There is no analog stereo output

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Digital Trends

The best Blu-ray player for music

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The Master Switch

Best of the Rest

Pros
Added support for Dolby Vision

Cons
Increased price doesn’t really match the feature set

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TopTenReviews

If you want a 4K Blu-ray player,without breaking the bank,this is good

Pros
4K and HDR
Good value

Cons
Lacks advanced features

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We ranked Panasonic DP-UB820-K #2 in May 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Panasonic DP-UB820-K as #1.
Critic endorsements:
AnxietyTech

This is our top pick when it comes to 4K Blu ray players

Pros
HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
Amazing visual and audio performance
Dual HDMI outputs
Fantastic build quality

Cons
Doesn’t have XLR outputs

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The Techlounge

A Great Value For The Money

Pros
Super-clear image and audio
Excellent compatibility and support
Great value for the price

Cons
Streaming services lack 4K and HDR
Average build quality
Not that user-friendly

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Wirecutter

If you own a Dolby Vision–capable 4K HDR TV

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Crutchfield

Best high-end 4K Blu-ray player

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The Master Switch

Pros
Incredible audio and picture

Cons
Highly technical
Streaming options don’t have 4K or HDR

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TopTenReviews

If you want a premium 4K player,this is the one to pick

Pros
4K compatible
HDR10 and Dolby Vision
Voice control enabled

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked Sony UBP-X700 #3 in May 2021 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sony UBP-X700 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

A brilliant 4K Blu-ray player,with an attractive price tag to boot.

Pros
Crisp, natural-looking picture
Excellent detail and colors
Dolby Vision support

Cons
Sound could be grander
No HDR10+ support

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Fix the Photo

Easy to use remote

Pros
HDR 10 and Dolby Vision support
Perfect sound rendering
Compact form-factor
Small size

Cons
Can’t be used for streaming
A limited number of features

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AnxietyTech

Pros
4K picture quality
Upscaling
Smart functionality allows for streaming services
Dual HDMI outputs

Cons
No support for HDR10+

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Digital Trends

The best Blu-ray player overall

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Crutchfield

Best budget 4K Blu-ray player

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The Master Switch

Perfect for 4K Dolby Vision

Pros
HDR support
Great picture

Cons
Sound quality feels middling

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We ranked Sony BDP-S6700 #4 in May 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sony BDP-S6700 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Fix the Photo

Control by smartphone

Pros
Powerful Wi-Fi chip
Quick streaming
High-res audio format support
Wireless sound transfer

Cons
Doesn’t support Bluetooth

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The Techlounge

A Cheap,But Super-Efficient Blu-Ray Player Packed With Features

Pros
Great access to streaming services
Cheap
Strong image quality

Cons
It lacks the HDR support
Poor design
No UHD disks support

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Digital Trends

The best 4K upscaling Blu-ray player

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The Master Switch

Best Budget Blu-ray Player Under $100

Pros
Strong feature set
Solid picture quality

Cons
Poor design
App implementation

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TopTenReviews

A great blu-ray player that is crammed full of apps

Pros
Bluetooth compatibility
More than 300 apps

Cons
No native 4K
No display

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We ranked Panasonic DP-UB9000 #5 in May 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Panasonic DP-UB9000 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

A seriously capable 4K Blu-ray player for home cinema enthusiasts.

Pros
Crisp, insightful picture
Dynamic expressive sound
Good selection of features

Cons
Very little at this price

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Fix the Photo

Our Choice

Pros
Four types of HDR support
Powerful display optimizer
New-generation processor
High-quality components

Cons
None

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Crutchfield

Best 4K Blu-ray player for audiophiles

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The Master Switch

Pros
Unbelievable picture quality

Cons
Can be tough to find in the US - you'll need to order from overseas

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We ranked Sony BDP-S3700 #6 in May 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Fix the Photo

Compact design

Pros
Direct access to servers
Quick performance
Simple to navigate interface
High-quality sound

Cons
No video indexing
No RCA outputs

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AnxietyTech

With full HD playback capabilities,the multimedia player works with a 1080p video resolution.

Pros
Region free
HD 1080P
1080p upscaling
HDMI output
Ethernet connection

Cons
Setup can be confusing for some

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Crutchfield

Best budget-priced standard player

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The Master Switch

Best Blu-ray Player for Streaming

Pros
An intuitive
Accessible way to get digital streaming

Cons
You definitely miss out on some options

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We ranked LG BP175 #7 in May 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
IndieWire

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AnxietyTech

Pros
Region free
HDMI output included
1080P quality
DVD up-scaling

Cons
No output for surround sound audio systems

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The Techlounge

It Just Works!

Pros
Good image quality
Well implemented 1080p upscaling
Easy to use
Versatile player
Amazing value for money

Cons
None

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TopTenReviews

A budget-friendly blu-ray player packed with features

Pros
Cheap
Full HD
Streaming apps

Cons
No 4K or HDR

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We ranked LG UBKM9 #8 in May 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Fix the Photo

4K Content Streaming

Pros
Supports many audio formats
Backward compatibility
Low price
Multi-HDR support

Cons
Doesn’t support DTS: X
Dated design

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The Techlounge

Solid Blu-Ray For The Money

Pros
Feature-rich
Dolby Vision
HDR10 compatible
Streaming ready
Good value for money
Solid Ultra HD 4K image quality

Cons
None really at this price

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Digital Trends

The best budget Ultra HD Blu-ray player

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We ranked Samsung UBD-M8500 #9 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Samsung UBD-M8500 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
AnxietyTech

Pros
4K ultra HD movies
Wi-Fi included
Streaming
HDR
USB ports

Cons
No digital display on the player

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The Techlounge

A Basic,But Affordable 4K Blu-Ray Player

Pros
Great 4K HDR image quality
Support for 4K Netflix and Amazon
Fast loading times

Cons
Noisy
Boring design
Not the best audio

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We ranked Panasonic DP-UB420 #10 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Panasonic DP-UB420 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

The best 4K player for all of your video discs

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The Master Switch

A Great Player for Listening to Music

Pros
High-res audio support
Excellent audio quality

Cons
Build quality issues

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We ranked LG UBK80 #11 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Blu-ray Players” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
AnxietyTech

This is our second best 4K blu ray device.

Pros
Ultra HD picture quality
3D playback
4K upscaling
Ethernet input and USB port

Cons
Does not have smart features

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The Techlounge

A Simple And Efficient Blu-Ray Player At An Affordable Price

Pros
Good value for the money
Great versatility
Excellent picture quality

Cons
No support for Netflix and other streaming services
No Wi-Fi

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