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The Best 4K Blu-ray Players of 2022

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Panasonic DP-UB820

Panasonic players are beloved for their top-of-the-line disc playback, though you won’t find a huge selection of third-party streaming apps. Read More

Pros

  • 4K HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support
  • 4K streaming and upscaling tech
  • Amazon Alexa voice integration

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support
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Sony UBP-X800M2

This is a great UHD Blu-ray player with solid features like Dolby Atmos support. It also includes built-in Netflix, Prime Video, and Vudu apps. Read More

Pros

  • 4K HDR, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos support
  • HDR-to-SDR conversion for older TVs
  • Wired and wireless connectivity

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support
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LG UBK90

If you’re looking for a high-quality player that’ll support your entire library of physical media—3D, DVD, 4K UHD—this LG box should suit you well. Read More

Pros

  • 4K HDR10 and Dolby Vision support
  • Streams Netflix and YouTube in 4K
  • Plays USB files and 3D Blu-rays

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support
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Panasonic DP-UB420

This player lacks features like Dolby Vision and Atmos, but it supports UHD Blu-rays, HDR10+, and 4K streaming for Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube. Read More

Pros

  • HDR10+, HDR10, and hybrid log-gamma (hog) support
  • Streams Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube in 4K
  • Amazon Alexa voice integration

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support
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Panasonic DP-UB150

This Panasonic player has the UHD disc playback you’re looking for, but it lacks the Alexa integration and streaming capabilities of the other models. Read More

Pros

  • HDR10+, HDR10, and hybrid log-gamma (hog) support
  • 4K Ultra HD disc playback and Blu-ray upscaling to 4K

Cons

  • No third-party streaming apps

There are two main questions you should ask yourself when shopping for the right Blu-ray player or entertainment device: What does your current television do best? And do you plan on upgrading your TV in the near future?

There are so many buzzwords and features involved in any kind of high-end entertainment purchase: 4K, UHD, HDR, Dolby Atmos, 3D, and a hundred others. What you want in a Blu-ray player—or all-in-one console like an Xbox or PlayStation—is a feature set that aligns with your television and physical media library.

Are you heavily invested in a particular video-on-demand ecosystem (like Microsoft’s Movies & TV app)? Are you a longtime Amazon Prime subscriber or Alexa user? Is one of your TV’s big selling points something like HDR10+ or Dolby Vision support?

We’ve spent hours researching product specs and user reviews to find the best 4K Blu-ray players you can buy online, and we’re confident one of the following will satisfy your home-theater needs.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Panasonic DP-UB820

Panasonic Blu-ray players are generally considered one of the gold standards. This one offers 4K streaming, UHD disc playback, and upscaling tech that makes standard 1080p Blu-rays look their best on 4K ultra-high-def TVs. It’s got support for HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, as well as Amazon Alexa integration, in case you want to use voice commands. Unlike an Xbox, PS5, or dedicated streaming device, however, you’ll likely find the third-party app selection lacking here.

Pros

  • 4K HDR10+ and Dolby Vision support

  • 4K streaming and upscaling tech

  • Amazon Alexa voice integration

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support

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Sony UBP-X800M2

Another top-of-the-line Blu-ray player loaded with useful features, this Sony model is great for folks who mainly want their library of UHD discs and 1080p Blu-rays to look their best on a 4K TV. And it’s got HDR-to-SDR conversion, so movies will look great even on older televisions. It also supports 4K HDR playback, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos for cinema-quality sound. Don’t expect a lot of third-party app support, but it does have Netflix, Prime Video, and Vudu built in.

Pros

  • 4K HDR, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos support

  • HDR-to-SDR conversion for older TVs

  • Wired and wireless connectivity

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support

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LG UBK90

This slim, high-quality player from LG may not have all your favorite streaming apps, but it’ll help you get the most out of your physical-media library. It supports 4K UHD Blu-ray discs, standard Blu-rays, 3D Blu-rays, and old-school DVDs. It’s compatible with HDR10 and Dolby Vision—as well as most video formats you might have stored on a USB drive—and lets you stream Netflix and YouTube in 4K.

Pros

  • 4K HDR10 and Dolby Vision support

  • Streams Netflix and YouTube in 4K

  • Plays USB files and 3D Blu-rays

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support

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Panasonic DP-UB420

Another phenomenal player from Panasonic, this model lacks high-end features like Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, but it still delivers the peerless picture quality you want for your library of 4K UHD Blu-ray discs. It supports HDR10+ and other future-proof playback formats; 4K streaming for Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube; and Amazon Alexa voice commands.

Pros

  • HDR10+, HDR10, and hybrid log-gamma (hog) support

  • Streams Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube in 4K

  • Amazon Alexa voice integration

Cons

  • Minimal third-party app support

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Panasonic DP-UB150

This stripped-down version of Panasonic’s 4K player lacks conveniences like Alexa integration and third-party streaming apps, but it still delivers the Ultra HD disc playback and HDR picture quality you expect. If you’re just looking for a box that plays both 4K UHD discs and standard Blu-rays, this will certainly do the trick.

Pros

  • HDR10+, HDR10, and hybrid log-gamma (hog) support

  • 4K Ultra HD disc playback and Blu-ray upscaling to 4K

Cons

  • No third-party streaming apps

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Microsoft Xbox Series X

For around $500, the Xbox Series X covers all your entertainment bases—movies, music, streaming apps, TV, video games. Both the Series X and hard-to-find PlayStation 5 come with a great built-in 4K Blu-ray player. On top of next-gen gaming, the new flagship Xbox console delivers 4K streaming and UHD disc playback, Auto HDR, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, and lightning-fast load times and navigation. The only major complaint I’ve seen from cinephiles is the lack of support for 3D Blu-rays, though many people have moved on from 3D anyway.

Pros

  • Incredibly powerful tech

  • Hugely improved load times

  • Future proof

Cons

  • Absolutely massive

  • Needs more default storage space

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Alex Kane

Alex Kane

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Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

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