It used to be the case that buying a DVD player was a straightforward task. Nowadays, however, the variety of machines on offer can make browsing alone a confusing experience. The good news is that whether you're looking for something cheap and cheerful for the kids or a full HD viewing experience for your home cinema, what you're after will always be available.

Here, we walk you through a few key decisions of the buying process.


Before making up your mind about the various features you’re after from a DVD player, it's always wise to get your budget in order. Basic dvd players can be found for next to nothing, while perfectionists may wish to spend thousands of pounds on the machine of their dreams. As with most electronics, it's easy to be tempted to move up to the next level so it's a good idea to set a firm budget before you begin shopping around!

The Record Option

The first big decision when it comes to functionality is whether or not you're seeking a recording function. Today's streaming services are impressive, but there's nothing more frustrating than waiting for a video to buffer or having to watch something in poor quality due to a bad connection. To ensure you don't miss your favourite shows, consider looking at dvd recorders.

The High Def Decision

There's no doubt that you'll have to fork out a little more for a blu-ray player than for a regular, run of the mill DVD player. However, if you're into films and are already in the possession of an HD ready TV, there is no better viewing experience in the home than that provided by blu-ray. Blu-ray films are now widely available and are more affordable than ever before. If this is within your budget, take a visit to your nearest showroom to see what all the fuss is about.

To 3D or not to 3D?

To knock things up a gear even from blu-ray, take a look at the possibility of picking up a 3d blu ray player. Short of making the trip to your nearest cinema, there is absolutely no way of making films more realistic and thrilling than viewing them in both 3D and high definition. The range of films available in 3d is rapidly increasing by the day. This really is the future of cinema.

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