Top 6 Best Blu-ray Players Under £200 for 2020

March 2019
Best Blu-ray Players Under 200

As a kid in the 90s, it’s exciting how far home tech has come. We remember the days of VHS tapes and 4 TV channels. Not to mention, actually having to be home to watch a particular TV show!

 

Thankfully, technology has developed at the pace of lightspeed and all of these are now obsolete. Even DVDs are becoming less common, having be replaced with Blu-ray Discs.

 

As this is case, we’ve searched the market to find the best Blu-ray Players Under £200. Our list of 6 best Blu-ray players covers 3 brands and a wide price and feature range.

 

We’re certain our list contains at least one Blu-ray player which will match your requirements. All are superb options as your first Blu-ray player or as an addition unit in the bedroom or kitchen, for example.

 

 

Item

Photo

Our rating

Price*

Purchase

Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player

9/10

£184.00

Panasonic DP-UB320EBK 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

8/10

£99.00

Sony UBP-X500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player

8/10

£130.31

Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB 3D Smart Blu-ray Player

8/10

£79.00

LG Electronics UBK80 4K Ultra HD HDR Blu-ray Disc Player

7/10

£109.00

LG BP250 Blu-ray and DVD Disc Player

7/10

£50.45

* Prices correct at time of publishing

 

 

Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player

Sony UBP-X700 Blu-Ray Player

photo by Sony

 

Description

As one of the most expensive Blue-ray players in our list, the Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player will cost you back £184.00 (from Amazon).

 

Like many Blu-ray players, the UBP-X700 can play a long list of formats. Suffice to say, the list includes DVDs, Blu-rays and CDs.

 

The unit delivers the ultimate 4K HDR viewing experience with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support. Plus the onboard Wi-Fi enables access to a range of Streaming Services.

 

Looking at the unit itself, the sleek front features a disc tray, USB socket and buttons for power on/off and tray open/close.

 

For the price, the rear options don’t disappoint. In addition to a power socket, there’s an Ethernet port and coaxial output.

 

The unit has 2 HMDI outputs, the first output visual and audio, and the second transmits audio only. This is the best set option of any units so far in our list.

 

Finally, the remote. Like all Sony remote, this is has a vintage 80’s vibe! Putting looks to one side, the remote is fairly basic and so easy to use. In addition to control over all that you’d expect, the remote also has a Netflix button.

 

Pros

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Good connectivity including 2 HDMI outputs
  • 4K viewing with HDR10 and Dolby Vision

Cons

  • Cheap looking remote
  • Basic looking Settings page

 

Conclusion

Starting with the obvious, at £184, the Sony UBP-X700 is fairly expensive. However, in our opinion it’s worth it.

 

The picture quality is amazing across multiple media types. Old DVDs look like 4K Blu-rays, it’s actually hard to tell the difference. The built-in Wi-Fi is great for playing Netflix, which can be accessed through the remote.

 

The audio output is equally impressive, especially when you link a sound bar or surround sound system using the second, audio-only HDMI output.

 

Even using multiple outputs, set up only take a few seconds and the UBP-X700 works straight out of the box.

 

If you’re looking for a future proof Blu-ray player, then you’ll want to spend the extra on a Sony UBP-X700. 9/10

 

 

 

Panasonic DP-UB320EBK 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

Panasonic DP-UB320EBK Blu-Ray Player

photo by Panasonic

 

Description

Sporting a compact design and impressive spec list, the Panasonic DP-UB320EBK 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player is very affordable at £99.00 (from Amazon).

 

When size does matter, every centimetre counts. And while we normally wouldn’t care about size, Panasonic has done something impressively with the DP-UB320EBK. It’s 32 cm long. This makes it perfect for bedrooms, the kitchen, second home and even as your main Blu-ray player.

 

As you might expect based on the size, the connectivity options are limited. The rear features a power input, Ethernet port and HDMI output. These options might disappoint some.

 

Moving our attention to the front of the unit, it’s sleek with a disc tray and USB input. There’s also a power switch and LED, as well as a tray open/close button.

 

In terms of file formats, the DP-UB320EBK can play Blu-rays, DVDs, CDs as well as various media types using the USB input. So whether you want to view old photos, listen to a current hit song or watch a film, you can, in stunning quality.

 

At the heart of the DP-UB320EBK is HCX picture processor and 4K Direct Chroma Upscaling, which produces Ultra HD premium quality regardless of the medium.

 

With no built-in Wi-Fi, the unit connects to your home network with Ethernet cable. This enables the unit to update its firmware and allows you to play media from other devices and Netflix.

 

Finally, the remote. Sadly, it’s overly complex. It does have all that you expect as well as some nice extras. There are a Netflix button and TV controls. It’s fairly straightforward to sync with any VIERA Link enabled Panasonic TV.

 

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Ultra HD premium output resolution
  • Netflix capabilities out of the box

Cons

  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • Complex, small remote
  • Limited connectivity

 

Conclusion

At £99, it would be easy to be fooled by the price. However, Panasonic DP-UB320EBK is a superb unit.

 

For the price, some of the negatives are somewhat excusable. Yes, there’s no Wi-Fi and the rear connectivity is basics. However, both of these options are available in the more expensive DP-UB420EB model.

 

Like many other Blu-ray players, we dislike the remote as it’s overly complex. Surely, it’s easier to have a slimmer remote with all the fancy options on a menu? Anyway, this is subjective.

 

After spending seconds setting it up, the picture and audio quality is incredibly detailed and you’ll notice a difference. The upscaling software is good and means there’s little difference in quality between media types.

 

Overall, if you’re looking for an affordable and compact Blu-ray player, you can’t go wrong with the Panasonic DP-UB320EBK. 8/10

 

 

 

Sony UBP-X500 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player

Sony UBP-X500 Blu-ray Player

photo by Sony

 

Description

Costing £130.31 (available from Amazon), Sony has set the bar very high with the UBP-X500. The unit handles a range of formats and utilises the latest technology to deliver a superior viewing experience.

 

The unit delivers ultra 4K HD viewing across a range of media, thanks to it’s upscaling software. You no longer have to deal with less than perfect quality when playing older movies.

 

In addition to a range of 4K technology, the UBP-X500 also includes Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Both enhance the sound whether you’re using TV speakers, a sound bar or multi-speaker home theatre setup.

 

While the unit works best with an HDR (High Dynamic Range) TV, don’t worry if you have a non-HDR TV as Sony’s unique algorithm will adjust it’s setting to ensure that you experience the best picture quality.

 

While the UBP-X500 is primarily a Blu-ray player, the unit can also handle DVDs and a range of file formats via the USB socket.

 

The slim, sleek design allows it to fit into any media setup. The minimalist look continues to the front and rear layouts.

 

Starting with the rear, there’s a power input, LAN socket and HDMI output. Moving on to the front, in addition to a USB input, there’s a power on/off button and tray open/close button.

 

With a lack of controls on the unit, you’ll be relieved that the remote, while having a classic Sony look covers a lot of ground. You can easily adjust the movie, the sound, and locate the menu. The remote also enables control over a Sony TV (with on/off and source buttons).

 

In conclusion, setting up the Sony UBP-X500 takes seconds and you’ll be playing Blu-rays or DVDs within minutes.

 

Pros

  • Plays wide range of formats (DVD, Blu-ray, mp3, Wave)
  • Superb onboard technology (including Dolby Atmos and DTS: X, and 4K upscaling)
  • Excellent picture quality

Cons

  • Lacks connectivity options
  • Updates over LAN (no built-in wifi)
  • No apps

 

Conclusion

Coming in at just over £130, the Sony UBP-X500 is quite impressive but has a few bad points.

 

The biggest let down is the lack of onboard wifi. So you’ll have to update the software either via USB or Ethernet. This could cause a number of headaches and may even involve you needing to move the unit to your wifi router.

 

The UBP-X500 lacks connectivity options as it only has a single HDMI output. While this might not annoy you, it will if you plan to create a home theatre setup in the future. Also, you’ll need to remember to buy an HDMI cable as none are included.

 

Final negative, the lack of control on the unit. You’ll want to place the remote somewhere safe as you can’t control the basics from the unit.

 

On to the positives. First, the unit can play a range of formats via the USB socket and, of course, DVDs and Blu-rays. However, unlike the LG BP250, the Sony UBP-X500 doesn’t support image files.

 

The picture quality is worth the price alone and the built-in technology is future proof. As the software adjusts based on file formats, the quality is the same regardless of the media type.

 

The sound quality is equally impressive. We can easily imagine when paired with a sound bar and subwoofer, it would provide an experience close to the cinema.

 

On balance, the Sony UBP-X500 Blu-ray player scores 8/10.

 

 

 

Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB 3D Smart Blu-ray Player

Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB Blu-Ray Player

photo by Panasonic

 

Description

The Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB costs £79 on Amazon. It offers all that you’d expect from an entry-level Blu-ray player as well as some unique features.

 

Starting on top, the DMP-BDT180EB has the basic controls built-in. You can easily turn the unit off/on, open/close the disc tray and start/stop playing the media. This is a bonus over the Sony above and will be helpful for those time the remote goes walkies!

 

On the front, you have the disc tray, USB input and power led. The rear is just as simple with a power input, LAN Ethernet socket and HDMI output. Overall the unit’s design and control make setup and basic operation really simple.

 

In terms of file formats, the Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB can play Blu-rays, DVDs, and CDs. Using the USB port on the front, the unit can reproduce images (jpeg), audio (mp3/Wav) and more.

 

It won’t surprise you that like many Blu0ray players, the unit offers 4k upscaling. This ensures the same high picture quality regardless of the media. The unit also has built-in 2D to 3D software, which really brings the film to life!

 

The audio side is equally impressive and uses Dolby Digital/TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus.

 

The best feature on the Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB is wifi. Using the unit’s wifi, you can stream from your phone or any DLNA enabled device. You can also download and use a wide variety of online content and internet apps.

 

Finally, the remote, it contains far more options that you’ll ever need. However, it’s easy to use and fairly simple to understand. Plus, it even has a Netflix button!

 

Pros

  • Built-in wifi
  • 2D to 3D software
  • Real bang for the buck

Cons

  • Lacks a range of connectivity
  • Some users have experienced freezing

 

Conclusion

Setting you back an affordable £79, the Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB is an excellent unit.

 

It may not deliver the picture or sound quality of the Sony, but offers much more than the LG and Sony blu-ray players above.

 

Like these other two Blu-ray players, the Panasonic has limited connectivity. However, the onboard wifi closes some of this gap. The Ethernet port is also useful if you want to hardwire it into your router and avoid wifi dropouts.

 

As you’d expect the DMP-BDT180EB plays a number of file formats. The picture quality is superb and so is the sound.

 

We like the control on top of the unit. While it might be a pain to access these if the unit’s under a shelf, they provide all the basic controls you’ll need. The remote while overly complex (read features more buttons than you’ll ever need), actually it’s quite useful. The Netflix button is a superb addition.

 

For what is a supposedly entry-level product, it definitely packs a punch and is very affordable. 8/10

 

 

 

LG Electronics UBK80 4K Ultra HD HDR Blu-ray Disc Player

LG Electronics UBK80 Blu-ray Player

photo by LG Electronics

 

Description

Considered by many to be one of the best no-frills Blu-ray players on the market, the LG Electronics UBK80 4K Ultra HD HDR Blu-ray Player will set you back £109 at Amazon.

 

The UBK80 plays a range of media, all in 4K quality. The disc tray allows you to play DVDs, Blu-rays and CDs. The USB socket on the front enables you to play movies and other media via a hard disc or phone.

 

While these are fairly standard, it’s the internet capabilities which make the UBK80 exciting. Once connected via Ethernet, you have immediate access to Netflix, YouTube and other streaming services.

 

The software which powers this LG is unique. The 4k upscaling software enhances the picture quality of your old DVDs. And as a result, you’ll won’t notice much change in quality between Hi-Def Blu-rays and DVDs.

 

In addition to the disc tray and USB socket, the front features buttons for tray open/close, play/pause, stop and power on/off.

 

The rear contains a nice surprise! There’s an Ethernet port, HDMI 2.0 output and optical audio out. As well as a fixed power cable. So if you’re running a 5.1 surround system or a soundbar, you can easily hook it in.

 

While you have access to basic controls on the LG Electronics UBK80, the remote a wider set of options. The remote syncs with a range of TVs and allows you control over power, input and volume.

 

Pros

  • Slim design
  • Optical audio output
  • Access to streaming services (via Ethernet)

Cons

  • no built-in wifi
  • Some units are noisy
  • Remote control is directional

 

Conclusion

At a £109, the LG Electronics UBK80 Blu-ray Player is a slim, sleek and affordable unit.

 

While slim, some users have noted that the unit sometimes produces low droning noise. The UBK80 doesn’t have built-in wifi or Dolby Vision support. However, you can access a range of streaming service via Ethernet.

 

We dislike the attached power cable as it means you’ll probably end up moving plugs around and still find the cable is slightly shorter than needed.

 

The optical audio output is a nice feature and allows you to easily connect a soundbar. This isn’t a feature you’d expect for the price.

 

Since most Blu-ray players have remotes that are more complex than needs be, the UBK80 doesn’t disappoint in this regard. However, with basic control on the unit’s front, you might not need a remote.

 

Some users have reported that the remote is highly directional, so you’ll have to be accurate with your aim. A redeeming remote feature is the TV controls, which once and for all will save you from embarrassment!

 

Overall The LG UBK80 is a good unit. However unless the optical output is a deal breaker, we would consider the Panasonic DMP-BDT180EB. 7/10

 

 

 

LG BP250 Blu-ray and DVD Disc Player

LG Electronics BP250 Blu-ray DVD Player

photo by LG Electronics

 

Description

The first unit in our best blu-ray players costs £50.45 (from Amazon). The LG BP250 Blu-ray and DVD Disc Player is an exciting entry-level unit.

 

Starting with DVDs, the LG BP250 uses HD Up-scaling technology to play your DVD collection in high definition. So, there’s little difference between watching DVDs and Blu-ray discs. That said, it can’t play 3D Blu-rays, hardly surprising given the price!

 

Like DVD, Blu-rays are played in hi-def. The LG BP250 also allows you to play media using an external HDD and has a USB port on the front panel.

 

Continuing with the front panel, it’s sleek and minimal. In addition to the USB input and disc tray, there’s an open/close button and a power button. The lack of controls means you’ll have to use the remote, but more on that later.

 

The rear is just as minimal with a power socket and HDMI out, and so you’ll be setup in seconds.

 

Unlike the unit, the remote has far more buttons that you’ll ever need. In addition to all the buttons you’d expect, the bottom row can be used to navigate the BD-ROM menus.

 

You can also pair most major TV brands with the remote to enable power control over your TV. As an LG product, the BP250 offers control using the Brand’s SIMPLINK technology.

 

Finally output. If you don’t like the default 16:9 aspect, you can easily select from 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan Scan or 16:9 Full. There’s just as many resolution options with auto, 576p, 720p,1080i and 1080p available.

 

Pros

  • Plays wide range of formats (DVD, Blu-ray, mp3, Wave)
  • Sleek design
  • Regular software updates

Cons

  • Limited connectivity

 

Conclusion

For the price, the LG BP250 Blu-ray and DVD Disc Player is a fantastic option as an additional Blu-ray player. It’s ideal for the bedroom or kitchen. It’s also a superb unit as your first exploration into HD media.

 

Some users have had their unit die within 18 month which isn’t good news. While this could be a problem with a batch, it’s worth crossing your fingers and hope that if dies, it does within the warranty period!

 

With only a single output, you’ll be disappointed if you’re running a 5.1 surround sound system and need multiple outputs.

 

Moving on to the good points. The LG DP250 can play Blu-rays, DVDs, CDs and media via an external hard drive.

 

The remote is well laid out and can be used to control your TV as well. The on-screen menus are easy to follow and allow you to make changes quickly. 7/10

 

 

 

The best Blu-ray players under £200

Starting with our standard advice. Make sure you purchase the necessary cables at the time of purchaing your Blu-ray player. Sadly, most units only a power cable. So, avoid disappointment and buy high-quality gold plated cables. You’re worth it!

 

We’re impressed with the current range of Blu-ray players under £200 on the market. All of our options are good choices for the price point.

 

If you’re just starting out or buying one for a bedroom or kitchen, then consider the LG Electronics UBK80 or the Panasonic DP-UB320EBK. Both are affordable, feature packed and are future proof.

 

While the Sony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player is more expensive, it deserve to be second on our list for it’s features, the brand and options. It would be at the top if it had built-in Wi-Fi.

 

You can’t go wrong with any of these Blu-ray players especially as your first foray into the medium. If you have a slightly larger budget, you may want to consider our list of the best Blu-ray players under £500.