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Best DVD Player Reviews UK
The Top-Rated Models In 2019

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The humble DVD player is still alive, only it’s now fitted with more features and functions than ever before.

If your idea of a hangout involves watching old movies late into the night, the old-fashioned way, you’re in the right place. We have a collection of the best DVD player models in our review and where you can find them.

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Editors Choice
The LG BP250 will play anything on a disc or USB drive.
It plays DVDs from all regions.
Can upscale DVD pictures to higher resolutions.
It’s stylish and compact and saves space.

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The LG BP250 DVD player is a popular choice country-wide.
Apart from the fact that LG is a brand that has now become a trusted household name, this slick and attractive DVD player comes fairly compact at 195mm deep and 43mm high. More importantly, it will play everything you throw at it - Blu-rays, all-region DVDs…

EVERYTHING! 

UK buyers can’t get enough of this DVD player judging from their predominantly positive reviews online. Amongst several other features, it comes with a single HDMI output and the last memory function so that if you have to leave in the middle of your viewing, you can just pick up right where you left off the moment you get back.

Standout Features

This DVD player is compatible with all makes of TV as long as there is an HDMI port to connect the two devices. It supports 3D, 4K video and Audio Return Channel (ARC) all geared towards your optimum viewing and listening pleasure.
Sounds like something you’d like?

Pros
  • The LG BP250 will play anything on a disc or USB drive.
  • It’s slick and aesthetically appealing.
  • It loads pretty fast.
  • Excellent audio and video quality.
  • The Graphic User Interface (GUI) is simple and well-designed.
  • It’s able to read data from a wide array of sources.
Cons
  • Lack of a digital display on the unit
  • The remote control is on the small side. And for some, especially those with big hands, this can be a source of irritation.

This portable DVD player is Number 17 on Amazon’s top-rated portable DVD and Blu-Ray players’ list.

With a 480p picture resolution and adjustable screen brightness, customers UK-wide are finding this little darling to be a perfect companion on their road trips.

The Apeman DVD player is pure quality at a great bargain. If you are a person of style who loves your gadgets to be as good-looking as they are functional, you will definitely love the Apeman with its elegant quality packaging and the embossing on the case which gives it an overall classy look. 

Standout Features

The Apeman DVD Player comes with a 9.5-inch Color LCD screen which can be swivelled up to 270 degrees for perfect viewing.

It is SD-card-and-USB-supported.

It can be powered by an AC power adapter, a built-in 2500 mAh capacity battery or a car charger.

Its AV input and output allows you to connect the player to your TV and enjoy big-screen viewing.

The Apeman portable player allows the use of headphones and also has the break-point memory function. Pick up right where you left off.

Pros
  • It plays DVDs from all regions.
  • The device plays a wide variety of video and audio formats.
  • Kids love it!
  • The battery, when fully charged, can last for as long as three hours.
Cons
  • This device doesn’t support Blu-ray or MP4 formats.
  • The size of the "viewable" screen reduces significantly when playing a large screen DVD.

This DVD player, rated 16 on Amazon’s top DVD players’ list, is ideal for your bedroom.
Practically silent even when at work, the LG DP542H has an upscaling feature which can help you enhance your standard definition DVDs, from, say the 70’s, to near-full HD quality when connected to an HDTV, thus breathing new life into your DVD collection.

Standout Features

It plays all-region DVDs so you can enjoy your Region 1 DVD collection as much as you like.

It comes with an HDMI cable

1080p upscaling and progressive scan available

Pros
  • It’s easy to set up. Your grandmother can have it all set in less than five minutes!
  • No sound of disc spinning so you can sleep off soundly while watching something without being bothered by any irksome noise from the unit.
  • This DVD player plays everything from CD to movies in a wide range of formats including DivX, DVDR/RW, CD, MP3, WMA, JPEG.
Cons
  • It doesn’t have a ‘repeat- all’ function so after enjoying your content you will have to repeat the playback manually.
  • The LG DP542H is NOT a Blu-ray DVD player so if you like to have this device, you will need to have a separate Blu-ray player for your Blu-ray discs.

This DVD player is rated Number 6 on Amazon’s Top Rated DVD Players’ list.
With 20 x 36 x 4 cm dimensions and a 798-grammes weight, the Midwich LG DVD possesses a compact and slim design that will help you save space on your living room shelf.


But that’s not all there is to it…

Standout Features

This product provides full HD upscaling; so even when you’re playing Standard Format movies or TV episodes, you are sure of an enhanced viewing experience.

USB Direct recording is all yours with this DVD Player. So, not only can you playback files on your USB devices, you can also record audio CD tracks onto your USB while they are playing.

Last Memory Function is available on this unit. As you know, this important function helps you start the movie from where left off in case of any interruption.

Pros
  • The Midwich LG DVD player can upscale DVD pictures to higher resolutions.
  • The unit can also be operated manually with the front panel buttons.
  • It works silently, without noise
  • The unit has a digital display on the front panel.
  • When playing audio CDs, there is a ‘repeat’ function
  • It is straightforward to set up to any TV that has an in-built HDMI port
  • It comes with two AAA batteries for your remote control.
Cons
  • This player is a Region 2 DVD player. Discs formatted to other regions won’t play.
  • It doesn’t come with an HDMI cable. You will have to buy that separately.

This DVD player appears in a space-saving compact design with 270(width) X 38.5 (height) X 209 mm (depth) dimensions.

Standout Features

HDMI output
Plays back a wide range of formats
You can playback movies in slow motion
Power resume, last memory, whatever you call it, this DVD player will memorise your viewing footprints of up to six previously played discs.
You can see your pictures in a slideshow with background music of your choice.

Pros
  • It’s stylish and compact and saves space.
  • You can set it up with ease and it can be connected to both modern TVs and a lot of old model ones.
  • It comes with batteries for the remote control
Cons
  • This DVD player has HDMI connection & AV out but does NOT have a SCART socket.
  • The USB functionality can be hit-and-miss. It’s quite fussy about what it will accept.
  • The unit does not come with an HDMI cable so you need to buy that separately.
  • It doesn’t have a visual counter. No digital display to show how far along your movie or episode is.
  • Longevity may be an issue, based on user reviews. So if you are looking for a player that you can pass down to your children in your will, this may not be it…
  • Your Blu-ray DVD won’t play on this device. It’s a region-2-only DVD-player.

Connect this player to your HD TV and see for yourself! It gives ‘picture-perfect’, a whole new meaning.

The Denver DVD player is number 17 on Amazon's Top Rated DVD players' list.

Standout Features

Measuring 4.5cm x 21cm x 22.5cm, this super-compact DVD player is perfect for small spaces

The upscaling feature gives your images a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080p full HD, making your ordinary DVDs look almost as crisp and clear as Blu-ray without the additional cost

With a built-in Dolby Digital Surround Sound decoder and an optical audio output socket you can connect this multi-region DVD player straight to your home audio cinema system

Did I say that already? It bears repeating that this product is a multi-region player. It doesn’t matter where the DVD comes from, pop it in and enjoy the playback.

Pros
  • The unit provides a great picture and sound quality.
  • It comes with an easily-understood instruction manual.
  • It provides wireless access to media files with USB connection
  • It’s easy to install and to use.
Cons
  • It doesn’t have the power resume function so you will have to find where you left off every time you resume.
  • It’s pretty noisy when loading a disc and some users complain that it loads slowly.
  • Some users also find the remote unnecessarily complicated and frustrating to use.

The Grouptronics GTDVD 181 is a delight to own.

With 22.5 X 20 X 4cm dimensions, this DVD player is a simple plug and play operation of excellent quality, with which you can view DVDs from all regions without having to tweak any settings. 

Standout Features

Quite easy to set up, the GT DVD 181 is ready to play straight out of the box. It’s a very easy-to-use multi-regional player worth its weight in gold.

HDMI upscaling is available; which means that your Standard Format DVD gets to be enhanced to near HD status with crystal-clear audio to boot.

A karaoke player is available. You can watch lyrics and visuals from your karaoke discs on your TV and listen to the audio through your TV’s sound system.

USB supported in diverse formats. DIVX, MPEG4, DVD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD, VCD, SVCD, MP3, JPEG & Kodak discs

Pros
  • The GTDVD 181 possesses last memory function so if you have to power off before getting through, the player will simply pick up right from where you stopped when you power the player back on.
  • It comes with an RCA cable with which you can connect to just about any TV that exists
  • It’s a multi-region DVD player
  • It has a digital clock on its front panel. It shows you the time as well as where you are on the DVD you're watching.
  • It has two microphone input ports. A karaoke lover’s delight.
Cons
  • It is not a DVD recorder.
  • HDMI cable not included

Looking for a DVD player that is not fussy about what it plays? The Sony DVPSR 170 is it.

Compatible with multiple formats, this DVD player allows you to adjust the settings both on the player and on your TV, including power settings, channel, and volume, all with the included easy-to-use DVD remote-control.

With product dimensions of 20 x 3.8 x 27 cm, the Sony DVPSR170 DVD ranks at number 11 on Amazon’s Top Rated DVD Players’ list.

Standout Features

You can control both the DVD player and your TV with one remote control

You have the option of fast or slow playback with sound

This DVD player remembers where you left off in up to six DVDs

You can create your very own slideshow complete with a soundtrack

It plays back from a wide range of formats

Pros
  • The picture and sound quality are excellent. Even partially deaf users hear the sound. No jokes!
  • It’s incredibly easy to set up
  • It’s a multi-region DVD player.
  • It doesn't make a humming noise when working
  • The remote control is sturdy, user-friendly and comes with batteries
  • It remembers the last played position of up to six different discs
Cons
  • Power lead cable not long
  • SCART plug needed. No HDMI port.
  • You might find that it says ‘PRESS ENTER’ when there isn’t an ENTER button on the remote. Just press PLAY instead.

With dimensions of 20.3 x 25 x 3.8 cm and a weight of 898g, this slick, black DVD player will let you play digital media files through a USB port.

Don’t be fooled by its petite size, the LG DP132 is built to last and users UK-wide are full of praise for the longevity, simplicity and smooth functionality of this DVD player. It reminds me of the Panasonic DVD S700.

Rated number 15 on Amazon’s list of Top rated DVD players, this player features DivX playback and comes with a simple and durable remote control.

Standout Features

It has a space-saving advantage with its 250mm width

Not only does it feature DivX playback, but it also loads fast and displays high-quality pictures.

It can read images, videos and music files from USB memory sticks

Its Digital/Analogue Conversion ratio is 192 KiloHertz/24bit

Pros
  • It’s especially basic thus making it an ideal gift for the elderly or anyone who’d rather do without frills and thrills.
  • It has the last Memory function
  • The remote control does not overwhelm with buttons.
  • It’s very compact and lightweight; saves space.
  • Testimonies of longevity abound
Cons
  • No HDMI input available
  • No digital display available on the player.
  • It’s NOT a multi-region DVD player so not all discs will play on it.

If you want to impress your friends and family with your favourite films or TV series displayed with breath-taking visuals, the Majority DVD player is a great choice.

With product dimensions of 22.5 X 19X 4.5cm, this unit comes with sturdy optical video and coaxial audio output jacks.

Take this baby into your living room or bedroom and get ready to enjoy content from everywhere around the world!

Any wonder it is rated number 2 on Amazon’s Top Rated list?

Standout Features

It displays a high-quality picture, with HDMI upscaling DVD and impressive sound.

It plays multi-region DVDs in almost any format including DVD, DVD-R-RW, CD Video, Mpeg4, DivX.

USB socket, RCA, HDMI and Coaxial connections all available.

RCA cable included.

WARRANTY: Majority gives full technical support for this item, including a comprehensive 36-month warranty (registration required).

Pros
  • Multi-regional Player. It will play your Region 1-6 DVDs as well as your homemade ones.
  • It’s very compact and light and helps manage space.
  • It’s not noisy at all.
  • It can be set up very easily.
  • Great picture and sound quality.
  • It has a USB input. Plays files in MP3 and Mp4 formats
  • Great value without breaking the bank
Cons
  • Remote doesn’t come with batteries
  • Before first use, settings may have to be tweaked. For instance, on visual you may have to change settings to ‘high res’.

Conclusion

There you have it: Ten of the best DVD players available in the UK market.

Feeling a little spoilt for choice? Let me make it easier for you by narrowing it down to a list of three.

In my humble opinion, based on features and user reviews, Majority DVD Player, Grouptronics GT DVD 181 and the LG BP250 are the best of the best.

And if I have to whittle it down to one, my recommendation for you would be the LG BP 250 DVD player.

Why? Because I think it does everything a good DVD player should do and then some…

Great value for your money. Not sure? Scroll up and see for yourself again.

So whether it’s the LG BP 250 you want or any of the other nine, you are now well informed.

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DVD Players Buying Guide

Playing your favourite game on your 32 inch TV while relaxing on a budget gaming chair is a nice break from viewing a Freeview recorder or channels from an indoor TV ariel. The sound quality makes all the difference, a quality soundbar under £100 will be good enough.

If you are not into playing games, invest in an excellent DVD player. It will provide quality entertainment as you go about your house chores. We will show you how to make the best choice.

What is a DVD Player?

Simplistically, a DVD player is the thing you use in playing a DVD which itself is manufactured under the ‘DVD Video’ and ‘DVD Audio’ technical standards both of which do not mix. That is, the DVD player is made to play both video and audio but the technology that makes this possible are two different things entirely. Furthermore, DVD players can play audio CDS as well but they will not play a video DVD and an audio disc at the same time.

As you well know, DVD players do not work alone. They have to be connected to a television to watch the DVD content you put in, which could be anything from The Godfather to Mind Your Language to your very own home-made tape content.

A DVD player is not the same as a Blu-ray disc player and you won't be able to play them with your DVD player because they use different wavelength lasers. While the DVD player uses a Red laser, the Blu-Ray disc player uses a Blue Violet laser. However, all Blu-Ray disc devices will play DVDs because they are something known as ‘backwards compatible’. DVD Players, on the other hand, are not that way so they won’t work with Blu-ray. And just in case you’re thinking you want a Blu-ray player right now, I’d say why not? You could use both. 

You should know, though, that not all Blu-ray players play audio CDs or VCDs.

Got it? Cool.

When buying a DVD player you want one with both picture and audio quality. Do you remember CD players? Not many people still have those nowadays. Anyway, a DVD player is very similar to a CD player in the way it works.

Here’s what happens each time you pop your movie into the tray. The red laser assembly shines the laser beam onto the surface of the disc to read a pattern of ‘bumps’. The DVD player then decodes the MPEG-2 encoded movie converting it into a standard composite video signal. It does this while also decoding the audio stream, after which it sends it to a Dolby decoder where it is amplified and released through the speakers making everyone go aww, wow, or simply, oooh, ahhh in the throes of home entertainment.

In a nutshell, the DVD player's job is to find and read the data stored as bumps on the DVD. So, next time you see ‘Loading’ or ‘Searching’ on the front panel of your DVD player, you know exactly what’s up with it or should I say in it.

After reading this, you may begin to appreciate your DVD player more, especially if it has served you reliably through the years, because considering how small the bumps it must find and read to work each disc, your DVD player has to be an exceptionally precise piece of equipment which is why after some DVD players start to age, they increasingly fail to find data in discs they once played and you get that annoying ‘disc error’ message.

Most DVD players will allow you to enjoy both audio and Video CDs (VCDS). And like we already hinted above, most DVD units come with a home cinema decoder, for example, Dolby Digital or Digital Theatre Systems (DTS). And as you have noticed in most of the ten DVD Player models reviewed above, DVD players these days play videos in the MPEG-4ASP video compression format like DivX which wasn’t the case with earlier models.

Just in case this is your first DVD player, to use the DVD player after it has been connected to a TV, you simply power it on, press the button that opens the tray, place your disc in and the tray will glide back in.

Next, you just sit back, relax and enjoy your content.

Even though most DVD players will have to be connected to a TV, there are portable devices, like the Apeman rechargeable DVD player mentioned above, that come with adjustable LCD screens of their own and stereo speakers.

And like we said when we talked about the Apeman, Portable DVD players are often used for long road trips and travels and kids love them a great deal. Some models come with two screens ideal for two viewers in the back seat of a moving vehicle to watch the movie.

Practically every portable DVD you will encounter will come with a plug for your 12-volt car charger.
So which DVD player should you buy?

Some prefer to buy a compact, lightweight DVD and carry it about. Some others decide to have one DVD player committed to their living room, a second one in their bedroom and the portable player in their car.

Whatever works for you…and your pocket.

Features to consider in a DVD player

CONNECTIONS ON THE BACK

For best results as far as obtaining video is concerned, it’s best to use the component video connection ports in the DVD player. Most come with at least the red, white and yellow video sockets. Make sure the DVD player you buy has those ports especially if your TV has them too. The same applies to audio connectors like the coaxial and optical connections.

Always make sure the connectors on your chosen DVD player are compatible with those on your TV.

HDMI CABLE

As with all electronics, cables are crucial for the DVD player. Therefore, almost all DVD players come with a video cable to connect the player to the TV and depending on what kind of cable it is, it produces ‘happy' pictures to various degrees. Thus, you should be on the lookout for a DVD player that comes with an HDMI cable.

With an HDMI cable, you can be sure of significant picture quality because the HDMI cable separates black and white signals from the color signals resulting in greater clarity.

However, if you prefer a DVD player that doesn't come with an HDMI cable, make sure that it comes with an HDMI port so you can buy the cable yourself.

RESOLUTION

Usually, the resolution is described in numbers and letters and this is crucial for you to understand when buying a DVD player.

The numbers represent the lines of pixels on the screen and 1080p, 720p, and 1080i are the numbers that are associated with High Definition TV (HDTV). The letters ‘p’ and ‘i’ following the numbers stand for ‘progressive’ and ‘interlaced’.

GET A MULTI-REGION DVD PLAYER

The global movie industry makes use of a regional coding system which involves the use of digital codes by which they have divided the world into six regions. The discs they put out are formatted with these codes which, therefore, means that only a DVD player that is compatible with a given code will play the coded DVD in question. For example, a region one DVD player (US/Canada) cannot work with a region two (Europe/Japan) DVD.

However, as you must have noticed with several of the DVD players above, there are multi-region DVD players that can operate DVDs from several or all regions. 

You are better off with one of those.

UPSCALING

Nowadays, several models of DVD players feature picture-quality enhancement known as "up-scaling". When connected to an HD television, such DVD players can enhance picture resolution to as high as 1080p resolution to take advantage of the display capabilities of the high-definition TV.
You may want to get a DVD player like that.

USB SUPPORTED

Virtually all the DVD players reviewed above will allow you to plug a USB stick or memory drive directly into the player. This will enable you to access additional media files without having to use your computer.

If you ask me, I’d say there will certainly come a day when you will need to use a USB device on your DVD player, so it’s important to get a DVD player that has this feature.


SURROUND SOUND

Dolby Digital has been the standard for surround sound for donkey years now. Surround sound technology can produce anything from 1 to 5.1 channels of surround- the Dolby Digital Plus technology even offers up to 7.1 or more channels of surround.

So if you like to watch your movies or listen to your music with psychedelic home theatre sound effects, then getting a DVD player that has this feature is non-negotiable.

Tips for Buying a Good Budget DVD Player

A ‘good budget DVD player’ is one that meets most or all of your specs without costing an arm and a leg. Most budget DVD players come in compact sizes so if 'compact' is not your thing, you may have to gear up to pay the price for what you want.

Before buying a DVD player make sure to check that the player connects well to your TV, as per available ports and sockets, and that it will play on the kind of TV you have.

Finally, even though it’s safer to go with trusted brands, if you’re on a tight budget, the best bargains are found with those lesser-known brands that manage to come with kick-ass quality and all your specs.

DVD Player Buying FAQs

Q: How can I know the best DVD player for a home?

A: How to buy the best DVD player for a home is relative to the particular needs of that home.

How much or how little space do you have on your shelf? That determines the dimension specifications to go for.

Do you have a family with teens who love constant music and sound effects? Then you may be thinking of a multi-disc player with surround sound.

Is it going to be your primary DVD player or a second one you want to have in your bedroom?

If it’s a second one, you can do with something pretty basic and noiseless.

Do you have little kids that can’t be held responsible for personal care of the unit? That will determine what design of DVD player you should choose.

So, ask yourself what you (your home) needs from a DVD and buy accordingly.

Q: Do some DVD players have an inbuilt battery?

A: Yes. Portable DVD players come with inbuilt, rechargeable batteries.

As I said earlier, a portable DVD player is a lightweight DVD player with a small LCD screen attached to it, commonly used during a long car ride or a flight.

Portable DVD players are powered by rechargeable battery packs that can be charged through an electrical outlet or a car charger. Most portable DVD players have a charging light on the front of the device that tells you the battery is charging.

When charging is complete, the light may turn to a solid green colour or shut off altogether.

Q: Can I use my phone as a DVD player remote control?

A: Yes, you can.

If you own an Android phone with an infrared (IR) blaster, then your phone has the potential to interact with any other device that receives commands via IR light beams. These include practically all of the remote-controlled devices in your home- TVs, set-top boxes, streaming boxes, home theatre systems, air conditioning units- and of course your DVD player.

To activate this, though, you will need an app that will enable your phone to issue the IR commands to your DVD player or whatever electronic device.

There are a few apps that can do this for you; apps like Anymote, IR Universal Remote, Peel Smart Remote, and several others.

Simply go to Google Play Store and make your pick from the menu.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Hi, I'm the founding guy of Product Spy. Highly experienced in home and garden appliances through years of online research. I want to help everyone in the UK by streamlining their research when buying a new product. I will be putting the hours in researching to find the best products so you don't have to.