TOP 10 Best Home Theater Projectors
under $1500

UPDATED DECEMBER 2017

Though the cheapest Full HD home theater projectors are available for as little as $500, you get a significant step up in performance and features if you can stretch your budget up to $1500. Some of the best selling projectors for home theater are in this price category because they deliver outstanding picture quality for the money. They are all 1920 x 1080 resolution, which matches Full HD video from Blu-ray discs and streaming sources like Netflix, VUDU, and Amazon Prime. They can also easily light up a 120" diagonal screen, or even larger. A 120" screen is almost 9 feet wide and 42.5 square feet, about three times the size of a 70" flat panel TV. So the projector delivers an immersive movie theater experience that you cannot get from even the largest TVs.

Thinking about a projector vs. a TV, another key difference other than dramatic picture size is the quality of light. In a commercial movie theater you get natural, balanced, reflected light. If you want to replicate that experience in a home theater, the projector + screen is the only way to do it. Flat panel TVs emit a lot of light per square inch and are great for lights-on video in a multipurpose room. But in a darkened viewing room that replicates the "movie theater" experience, TVs have a harsh glare that is not at all like the quality of light in a commercial theater.

For the genuine movie theater experience in your home, check out the best selling home theater projectors under $1500. For other budget ranges see these Top 10 rankings:

Home Theater Projectors under $750
Home Theater Projectors under $3000
Home Theater Projectors under $10000

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Click to Compare 1.  Epson Home Cinema 2150
First Ship Date: August 2017
$849
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Brightness: 2500 Lumens
Resolution: 1920x1080
Technology: 3 LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Weight: 7.7 lbs
Warranty: 2 Years
Click to Compare 2.  Optoma HD29Darbee
First Ship Date: April 2017
$799
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Brightness: 3200 Lumens
Resolution: 1920x1080
Technology: 0.7" DLP
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Weight: 5.1 lbs
Warranty: 1 Year
Click to Compare 3.  BenQ HT2150ST
First Ship Date: August 2016
$919
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Brightness: 2200 Lumens
Resolution: 1920x1080
Technology: DLP
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Weight: 7.9 lbs
Warranty: 1 Year
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First Ship Date: September 2016
$1,205
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Brightness: 2600 Lumens
Resolution: 1920x1080
Technology: 3 LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Weight: 14.6 lbs
Warranty: 2 Years
Click to Compare 5.  Optoma HD39Darbee
First Ship Date: October 2017
$899
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Brightness: 3500 Lumens
Resolution: 1920x1080
Technology: 0.7" DLP
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Weight: 6.2 lbs
Warranty: 1 Year
Click to Compare 6.  Epson 3700
First Ship Date: September 2016
$1,380
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Brightness: 3000 Lumens
Resolution: 1920x1080
Technology: 3 LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Weight: 15.2 lbs
Warranty: 2 Years
Click to Compare 7.  BenQ HT3050
First Ship Date: October 2015
$893
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Brightness: 2000 Lumens
Resolution: 1920x1080
Technology: DLP
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Weight: 8.1 lbs
Warranty: 1 Year
Click to Compare 8.  LG HF80JA
First Ship Date: March 2017
$1,398
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Brightness: 2000 Lumens
Resolution: 1920x1080
Technology: DLP
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Weight: 4.6 lbs
Warranty: 1 Year
Click to Compare 9.  LG PF1500
First Ship Date: April 2015
$1,000
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Brightness: 1400 Lumens
Resolution: 1920x1080
Technology: DLP
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Weight: 3.3 lbs
Warranty: 1 Year
Click to Compare 10.  Epson Home Cinema 1450
First Ship Date: April 2017
  $1,366
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Brightness: 4200 Lumens
Resolution: 1920x1200
Technology: 3 LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:10 (WUXGA)
Weight: 10.1 lbs
Warranty: 2 Years