The Best Projectors of 2021

The Best Projectors of 2021

Last updated on September, 9, 2021

Flat-panel TVs are getting larger and less expensive with each new generation, which is great. But if you want a truly cinematic experience with an image that dwarfs virtually all TVs, you need a projector. Casting an image that measures from 100 inches up to 150 or even 200 inches diagonally, a projector immerses you in the world of your favorite movies, TV shows, sporting events, and video games like no TV ever could. Even better, projectors can do all that for far less than a comparably sized TV—if you could even find one!

In addition to the projector itself, you also need a screen on the wall. When many people hear that, they naturally ask, why not just use a blank wall? You could do that, of course, but the image quality would suffer greatly. For one thing, the wall is probably painted in a color other than perfectly neutral white or gray, so it will distort the color of the image. Also, the reflective properties of the wall are not well controlled, so you might have noticeable hot spots and dull areas. Finally, if you want to watch with the lights on, the picture will look totally washed out. Given all that, we highly recommend getting a good screen to go with your new projector.

Here's a list of our favorite projectors available today. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1.866.961.7781 or email us here. We love to talk about this stuff, so we look forward to hearing from you!

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1. The Best Home Theater Projector For The Money:

Sony VPL-VW295ES 4K HDR Home Theater Projector

Sony makes some of the best 4K projectors on the market today, and the VPL-VW295ES is no exception. It's the least expensive 4K projector model in Sony's lineup, offering true native 4096x2160 resolution. And even at its relatively low price, you still get a fully motorized lens with memories, making setup for different kinds of content (TV shows, widescreen movies, etc.) a breeze to establish and recall.

With a 225W lamp, the VPL-VW295ES offers a peak brightness of 1500 lumens, which is plenty for high-dynamic-range content in the HDR10 and HLG formats. And that lamp is rated to last up to 6000 hours, which is much longer than many lamps. Sony does not specify a dynamic image contrast ratio for this projector, but its SXRD imaging panels assure deep blacks, which is essential for HDR.

Other outstanding features include nine calibrated picture modes for super-accurate images in any environment and support for IMAX Enhanced content, which brings the majesty of IMAX into your home. It also lets you enjoy 3D content with its built-in 3D transmitter that works with industry-standard RF glasses.

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 19-1/2" x 8-3/32" x 18-1/4"
  • Weight: 31 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: SXRD (LCoS)
  • Resolution: 4096x2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: 225W lamp
  • Light Source Lifespan: 6000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 1500 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: N/A
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (powered)
  • Zoom Ratio: 2.1x (powered)
  • Lens Memories: Yes
  • Wireless: No

2. The Best Projector Under $10,000:

Sony VPL-VW715ES 4K HDR Home Theater Projector

$9,998.00

This is Sony's top-of-the-line lamp-based projector. Like Sony's other 4K projector models (and unlike most other so-called "4K" projectors) the VPL-VW715ES offers true native 4K resolution—that is, 4096x2160, which is the same resolution used in 4K commercial cinemas.

The 280W lamp shines up to 1800 lumens onto the screen, and the SXRD imaging panels provide exceptional native contrast with deep blacks. Along with an advanced iris, the VW715ES achieves a dynamic contrast of 350,000:1, providing a perfect canvas for high dynamic-range images in the HDR10 and HLG formats. A Dynamic HDR Enhancer goes even further by optimizing each scene.

Setup is a breeze thanks to motorized focus, zoom, and lens shift, and different setups can be stored in memories to recall for different content, such as TV shows and widescreen movies. And a special Digital Focus Optimizer ensure that the image is perfectly focused even in the corners. Also, Sony's super-advanced X1 video processor provides crisp, clear images, even when upscaling from lower resolutions. 4K Projectors don't get much better than this!

VPL-VW715ES 4K HDR Home Theater Projector

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 19-1/2" x 8-3/32" x 18-1/4"
  • Weight: 31 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: SXRD (LCoS)
  • Resolution: 4096x2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: 280W lamp
  • Light Source Lifespan: 6000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 1800 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 350,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (powered)
  • Zoom Ratio: 2.06x (powered)
  • Lens Memories: Yes
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
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3. The Best High End Home Theater Projector:

Sony VPL-VW915ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector

$19,998.00

The only way to improve on the exceptional VPL-VW715ES is to replace its lamp with a laser light source, which is exactly what Sony did with the VPL-VW915ES. With true native 4K (4096x2160) resolution, this monster 4K projector can throw up to 2000 lumens on the screen, and its laser-light engine will last up to 20,000 hours without dimming appreciably. Even better, thanks to laser modulation and a dynamic iris, the dynamic contrast ratio is essentially infinite.

That's good news for high dynamic-range content in the HDR10 and HLG formats, which are further improved with Sony's Dynamic HDR Enhancer. Other important image enhancements include the X1 video processor with Reality Creation, which upscales lower resolutions to near-4K quality, and Digital Focus Optimizer, which keeps the entire image is razor-sharp focus from corner to corner.

Speaking of focus, the mighty VW915ES provides motorized focus, zoom, and lens shift with multiple memories. This lets you adjust the projector for different types of content, such as TV shows and widescreen movies and recall the settings for each with the touch of a button. If you're looking for the best of the best in 4K projectors, this is it!

VPL-VW915ES 4K HDR Laser Home Theater Projector

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 22-1/6" x 8-25/32" x 19-17/32"
  • Weight: 44 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: SXRD (LCoS)
  • Resolution: 4096x2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Blue Laser, Yellow Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2000 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: Infinite
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (powered)
  • Zoom Ratio: 2.06x (powered)
  • Lens Memories: Yes
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
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One of the coolest things to do with a projector is watching movies outdoors under the stars. To help make that magic happen at your home, we offer two amazing bundles from Elite Screens that include an ultra-short-throw (UST) projector and a standalone outdoor screen.

The screen is the same in both bundles: a Yard Master 2 measuring 58 inches diagonally with a 16:9 image aspect ratio. The material is CineWhite, and it's ready for 4K UHD, HDR, and active 3D content with black borders that enhance perceived contrast. It comes with a lightweight yet sturdy aluminum frame that assembles in minutes with no tool required, and the whole thing breaks down to be stored in a soft-padded bag.

The projector is Elite's MosicGO, a UST model that comes with its own fully adjustable tripod, so you can place it exactly where it's supposed to go near the screen. The projector has a resolution of 1920x1080 and uses red, green, and blue LEDs as its light source, pumping out a peak brightness up to 1500 lumens with a lifespan up to 25,000 hours. It also includes built-in stereo speakers powered by 8 watts per channel.

Two options are available: The MosicGO Lite is powered by a normal AC power cord, while the MosicGO Sport can be powered by a built-in 37,200 mAh battery that provides up to three hours of movie playback or 20 hours of music playback on the wireless speakers. The Sport is a great option if there's no AC outlet where you want to kick back and enjoy a movie under the stars.

  • Weight: 44 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: Yes
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • HDR: No
  • Light Source: Red/Green/Blue LED
  • Light Source Lifespan: 25,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 1500 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 20,000:1

5. The Best 4K Projector Under $5,000:

LG GRU510N 4K UHD Laser ProBeam Projector

$3,996.99

The light output of most projectors on this list is less than 3000 lumens, which is fine in a darkened room or if you use them with a special type of screen, called an ambient light-rejecting (ALR) screen, in a brighter room. But the LG GRU510N outputs way more light—up to 5000 lumens—which makes it ideal for brightly lit rooms, including boardrooms and classrooms.

All that light is provided by the super-bright laser light engine, which will last up to 20,000 hours. And thanks to a dynamic iris and modulation of the laser, the dynamic image contrast ratio is rated to be 3,000,000:1. That means the GRU510N can easily reproduce high dynamic-range content in the HDR10 format.

Using single-chip DLP imaging technology, the effective resolution on the screen is 3840x2160, aka 4K UHD. Setup is made simple with horizontal and vertical lens shift and a zoom lens, all of which are manually controlled, so there are no memories to instantly recall different settings for different types of content. Still, these controls, along with the projector's relatively small size and light weight, make it easy to move from one place to another, from the boardroom to the living room to the back yard for movie night under the stars.

GRU510N 4K UHD Laser ProBeam Projector

  • Dimensions (WxHxD w/out lens): 14.6" x 6.1" x 11.4"
  • Dimensions (WxHxD w/lens): 14.6" x 6.1" x 12.8"
  • Weight: 21.4 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10
  • Light Source: Blue Laser, Yellow Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 5,000 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 3,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (manual)
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.6x (manual)
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
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$4,996.99

Regular Price: $5,999.99

Save: $1,003.00 (17%)

If you want to replace a large-screen TV with an even larger-screen TV, the best solution is an ultra-short-throw (UST) projector, such as the LG HU85LA. Instead of being across the room, a UST projector sits mere inches from the wall and shoots its light up onto that wall, creating an image at least 100 inches diagonally. There's no danger of anyone walking through the light beam, and the picture is usually bright enough to stand up to room lights, especially if you use a special UST screen.

The HU85LA uses DLP imaging with an effective resolution of 3840x2160 on the screen. It also utilizes a laser light source with a 20,000-hour lifespan and a maximum brightness of 2700 lumens, which is plenty bright enough for almost any environment. The dynamic image contrast is specified to be 2,000,000:1, which is perfect for displaying high-dynamic-range content in the HDR10 format.

Unlike most projectors, the HU85LA includes a complete "smart-TV" suite of apps, including Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and others as well as an over-the-air tuner, making it more like a flat-panel TV than just about any long-throw model. It also provides a pair of speakers on the front of the cabinet that offer better sound than most TVs can manage.

HU85LA Ultra Short Throw 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector (White)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 26.8" x 5.0" x 13.7"
  • Weight: 26.9 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: Yes
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10
  • Light Source: Blue/Red Laser, Green Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2,700 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): N/A
  • Zoom Ratio: N/A
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

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$1,796.99

You might think that projectors are only for the well-heeled, but the LG HU70LA disproves that notion. For less than $1800, you get a DLP projector with an effective resolution of 3840x2160. The light source consists of red, green, blue, and dynamic-green LEDs that pump out up to 1500 lumens and last for an astounding 30,000 hours.

The dynamic image contrast is specified to be up to 150,000:1, and the projector can reproduce high dynamic-range content in the HDR10 format. Even better, Dynamic Tone Mapping greatly improves the image quality from one scene to the next.

The HU70LA can be mounted on the ceiling, and it offers Remote Focus and zoom so you can easily fit the image to your screen using the remote. It provides an over-the-air TV tuner as well as smart-TV apps like Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, Amazon, and others. You can also wirelessly share content from iOS and Android devices and control the projector with voice commands via Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Not bad for under two grand!

HU70LAB 4K UHD LED Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector (Black)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 12.4" x 3.7" x 8.3"
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10
  • Light Source: Red/Green/Blue/Dynamic Green LED
  • Light Source Lifespan: 30,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 1,500 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 150,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): No/No
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.25x
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
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$2,996.99

The HU810P is nearly identical to the AU810PB. It uses DLP imaging with an effective resolution of 3840x2160 on the screen. It also uses a dual-laser light engine to achieve a peak brightness of up to 2700 lumens and a dynamic image contrast of 2,000,000:1. That's more than enough for high dynamic-range content in the HDR10 and HLG formats. Also, the lasers will last up to 20,000 hours, which is equivalent to about 6000 movies!

LG is one of the few companies that include full "smart-TV" functionality in its projectors—in this case, including apps for Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, and others. You can also share content from other devices via Miracast , Apple AirPlay, and DLNA. If you're into voice control, the AU810PB has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built in.

So why is the HU810P $1000 less than the AU810PB? For one thing, the AU810PB comes with a 2-year warranty, while the HU810P offers a 1-year warranty. Also, the AU810PB supports WiSA (Wireless Speaker Association), a high-quality wireless-audio system that sends audio signals wirelessly to external speakers. both models support Bluetooth, which does the same thing, but with lower audio quality. Check out our full review of the AU810 and HU810 to read more.

HU810P 4K UHD Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector (White)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 13.3" x 5.7" x 16.1"
  • Weight: 24.3 lbs
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Blue/Red Laser, Green Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2,700 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (Manual)
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.6x
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
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$3,996.99

In addition to some of the best flat-panel TVs available today, LG makes quite a few superb projectors, including the AU810PB. Like most of LG's models, this one uses DLP imaging with an effective resolution of 3840x2160 on the screen.

It also uses a dual-laser light engine to achieve a peak brightness of up to 2700 lumens and a dynamic image contrast of 2,000,000:1. That's more than enough for high dynamic-range content in the HDR10 and HLG formats. Also, the lasers will last up to 20,000 hours, which is equivalent to about 6000 movies!

LG is one of the few companies that include full "smart-TV" functionality in its projectors—in this case, including apps for Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, and others. You can also share content from other devices via Miracast , Apple AirPlay, and DLNA. If you're into voice control, the AU810PB has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built in.

The AU810PB is nearly identical to the HU810P, except that the AU810PB is black and includes a 2-year warranty, while the HU810P is white and offers a 1-year warranty. Also, the AU810PB supports WiSA (Wireless Speaker Association), a high-quality wireless-audio system that sends audio signals wirelessly to external speakers. Both models support Bluetooth, which does the same thing, but with lower audio quality. Check out our full review of the AU810 and HU810 to read more.

AU810PB 4K UHD Smart Dual Laser CineBeam Projector with CI Controls (Black)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 13.3" x 5.7" x 16.1"
  • Weight: 24.3 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: No
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Blue/Red Laser, Green Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2,700 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): Yes/Yes (Manual)
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.6x
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, WiSA
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$5,497.99

Regular Price: $6,499.99

Save: $1,002.00 (15%)

Savings include $1,000 instant rebate. Offer ends 9/19/2021.

Samsung's top-of-the-line LSP9T is the ultimate ultra-short-throw (UST) projector. It uses DLP imaging technology to achieve an effective resolution of 3840x2160 on the screen. Unlike conventional projectors, this one is designed to be placed mere inches from the screen wall, making it far more convenient without the hassle of setting up a more traditional projector across the room.

Its laser light engine churns out up to 2800 lumens, which is ideal for screens measuring up to 130 inches diagonally. And the laser offers a lifespan of up to 20,000 hours, which means you could run this projector eight hours per day for seven years!

The LSP9T is one of the only 4K projectors to support the HDR10+ high-dynamic-range format as well as HDR10 and HLG. HDR10+ adapts the picture parameters for each scene, which greatly improves HDR performance.

Yet another advantage of UST projectors is their ability to house decent speakers in the front of the cabinet, giving you an integrated soundbar in the deal. The LSP9T includes a 4.2 speaker system powered by a total of 40 watts, and it implements Samsung's Acoustic Beam technology to create an effective surround soundfield.

Naturally, it's quite a bit more expensive than its smaller sibling, the LSP7T, which utilizes a blue laser with yellow phosphor wheel to fill a screen up to 120 inches diagonally with 2200 lumens. Also, the LSP7T's 2.2 speaker system is powered by 30 watts, and it does not offer Acoustic Beam technology.

130" The Premiere LSP9T 4K Smart Triple Laser UHD Projector (White)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 21.6" x 5.0" x 14.4"
  • Weight: 25.4 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: Yes
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Red/Green/Blue Laser
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2,800 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): N/A
  • Zoom Ratio: N/A
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth
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11. The Best Ultra Short Throw Projector (under $4,000):

Samsung 120" The Premiere LSP7T 4K Smart Laser UHD Projector

$2,997.99

Regular Price: $3,499.99

Save: $502.00 (14%)

Savings include $500 instant rebate. Offer ends 9/19/2021.

The LSP7WHT is one of two new ultra-short-throw (UST) projectors from Samsung that use DLP imaging technology to achieve an effective resolution of 3840x2160 on the screen. Unlike conventional projectors, this one is designed to be placed mere inches from the screen wall, making it far more convenient without the hassle of setting up a more traditional projector across the room.

Its laser light engine churns out up to 2200 lumens, which is ideal for screens measuring up to 120 inches diagonally. And the laser offers a lifespan of up to 20,000 hours, which means you could run this projector eight hours per day for seven years!

The LSP7T is one of the only projectors to support the HDR10+ high-dynamic-range format as well as HDR10 and HLG. HDR10+ adapts the picture parameters for each scene, which greatly improves HDR performance.

Yet another advantage of UST projectors is their ability to house decent speakers in the front of the cabinet, giving you an integrated soundbar in the deal. The LSP7T includes a 2.2 speaker system powered by a total of 30 watts, and it certainly sounds way better than any TV audio.

If you want even more performance, you can step up to the LSP9T, which utilizes separate red, green, and blue lasers rather than a blue laser with yellow phosphor wheel. The result is a peak brightness of 2800 lumens that can fill a screen up to 130 inches diagonally. In addition, it offers a 4.2 audio system powered by 40 watts, and Samsung's Acoustic Beam technology is quite effective at creating a surround soundfield.

120" The Premiere LSP7T 4K Smart Laser UHD Projector (White)

  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 20.9" x 5.2" x 13.4"
  • Weight: 20.1 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Ultra Short Throw: Yes
  • Imaging Technology: DLP
  • Resolution: 3840x2160
  • HDR: HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
  • Light Source: Blue Laser, Yellow Phosphor
  • Light Source Lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Peak Brightness: 2,200 lumens
  • Dynamic Contrast: 2,000,000:1
  • Lens Shift (Horizontal/Vertical): N/A
  • Zoom Ratio: N/A
  • Lens Memories: No
  • Wireless: Bluetooth
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