Three Things to Consider Before Buying a DVD Player

Don’t let your discs gather dust.

DVD player with TV and remote.
Watch all your old favorites with a brand new DVD player.Jonas Leupe, Unsplash

Streaming may be a convenient way to enjoy movies that doesn’t take up any space on your shelf, but there’s nothing like the owning a physical DVD and popping it into your player.

LG BP175 Blu-Ray DVD Player, with HDMI Port Bundle (Comes with a 6 Foot HDMI Cable)
If you’re connecting to a top-of-the-line HDTV, the device can upscale to 1080p, so you can retain the TV’s superior video quality.LG

If you want a more high-definition viewing experience—as well as exclusive content and 3D capability—you should spend a little extra on a Blu-ray disc player. The discs are capable of holding around 25 GB of data, which is five times as much as a standard DVD, so you get both premium video and audio. The one downside is that many older movies are still available on DVD only, so a device that plays both keeps you covered.

Sony DVPSR210P DVD Player (no HDMI port)
Pick up where you left off with the “disc resume” feature.Sony

The best DVD player is one that isn’t just a DVD player. Get a model that also plays compact discs, so you won’t need a separate CD player in your home entertainment system. If it also can play DVD+R and DVD+RW discs containing burned data (“RW” means the disc can be recorded over with new data multiple times, while anything copied onto an “R” disc is permanent), you’ll be able to play videos you’ve grabbed from YouTube, even when your Internet connection is down.

HDJUNTUNKOR Portable DVD Player with 10.1" HD Swivel Display Screen, 5 Hour Rechargeable Battery, Support CD/DVD/SD Card/USB, Car Headrest Case, Car Charger, Unique Extra Button Design
A 10.1 inch swivel screen with a 270-degree rotation and 180-degree flip enhances viewing options, a headrest mount permits backseat viewing, and the device can run up to five hours from full charge.HDJUNTUNKOR

If you go portable, you can get a DVD player that sits on your lap or one that has mounting straps to place behind the headrest of the front seats in your car. That way the kids in the back can enjoy movies during long drives. Quick tip: if you’ll be watching videos you’ve downloaded online, it’s easier to find a device that plays DIVX and AVI files than MKV ones. And don’t settle for a fully charged battery life that isn’t at least three and a half hours, which is about how long it takes to finish a really long movie.