The 8 Best Projector Screens to Buy in 2017

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Sometimes when it comes to binge watching your favorite Netflix series or the big game, a regular TV just won't cut it, so a projector screen is the way to go. While you’ll have to purchase the projector separately, the screen itself can be defined as one-hundred-plus inches of pure awesomeness. Projectors are made for serious home theater fanatics, people who want something that goes beyond the latest 70-inch 4K HDTV and offers a truly unique multimedia viewing experience. Take a look at our choices for the best projector screens to make sure you’re ready to watch the next series of House of Cards in style.

With 135 inches of total viewing space, Elite Screens ezFrame offers a 16:9 ratio that provides an outstanding viewing experience for any type of multimedia. As one of the top projector screen manufacturers, Elite Screens offers a display that’s good for both 4K Ultra HD and active 3D projection. Featuring a black anodized aluminum and full tension frame weighing 41.8 pounds, the ezFrame offers an easy setup (there are just six pieces to put together). Additionally, sliding wall brackets are included to allow for horizontal sliding to properly center the screen on a wall.

The AcousticPro1080P3’s material is an acoustically transparent screen material that offers a full 160-degree viewing angle. The AcousticPro transparent screen is designed to be suitable for both hidden-speaker or a rear-speaker set-up, which allows breathing through the screen for a more lifelike audio experience. The matte white surface offers outstanding color quality for real-world color reproduction. If there’s only one negative to the ezFrame, it’s the high price tag, but with its phenomenal picture quality and a full bevy of sizes available, there’s little reason not to make this projector screen your first look.

If you’re a home theater fanatic who doesn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on a projector screen, Silver Ticket’s 100-inch is exactly what you need. Although released in 2014, it still has a terrific balance of features without an exceptionally high price tag, and there’s an easy setup process that takes just a few minutes to put together. Once built, the 1:1 gain and wide 160-degree viewing angle offer an exceptional picture without suffering any resolution loss anywhere. When it comes to viewing an actual video, you can enjoy movies, pictures and games in both Full 1080p HD, as well as Active 3D.

Silver Ticket’s quality build is both mildew and flame resistant and can even be washed with soap and water when it's time for cleaning. If there are any negatives to the Silver Ticket, it’s the inability to roll this up after use (it’s a permanent fixture in a room once built). While that may not be a deal-breaker for some, it’s good to know before purchasing. Lone hiccup aside, the simple setup, excellent video quality and economy pricing all make this a crowd-pleasing favorite.

If you want to pinch pennies, the 2011 release of the Best Choice 119-inch manual projector screen remains a great bet and it’s priced at just under $60. There are no awards for best name, but if you’re bent on spending as little as possible on a projector screen this is your go-to option. Skip the rectangle screen that’s all too common on projector screens these days and opt for a 1:1 ratio that offers a very usable area for viewing movies, pictures and video.

Ideal for both business, education and residential uses, the anti-static and anti-acid build quality is both mildew and dust resistant. Additionally, the Best Choice can be installed on both the ceiling and wall (with a manual pull down screen that self-locks). The 84-inch x 84-inch size equates to 119 inches diagonally, which may or may not be favorable to non-square shaped screen lovers. If you can handle the display shape, there’s plenty to love about the Best Choice, most important of which is the low-price tag that’s worthy of any room in the house.

Have limited space, but still want to watch on the big screen? Elite Screen’s Sable Frame B2 92-inch 16:9 frame is your best bet. With a total viewing space of 49.1 inches high and 80.2 inches wide, the B2 is capable of handling both Active 3D and 4K Ultra HD video quality with aplomb. The 160-degree viewing angle screen is easily set up with a tensioned rod and spring system that can easily be attached to a wall with included hardware. The excellent build quality helps ensure that there are no wrinkles, creases or curling.

Featuring Elite’s award winning CineWhite technology and a 1:1 gain, the B2 offers a full black back surface to eliminate any light penetration. Additionally, the display is both mildew and flame resistant, making it both durable and safe to hang in any small room. Another excellent addition to the Elite Screen build is the black velvet aluminum frame that absorbs projector light overshoot to make sure the viewing focus is on the screen itself and not on walls beyond the screen. 

If you really want to go big, Elite Screen’s Spectrum offers a 180-inch, 16:9 4K-ready home theater motorized drop-down projector screen with more than enough screen real estate for any large gathering space. With a total view space of 88.3 inches high and 156.9 inches wide, there’s plenty of room to binge-watch the latest Netflix series on a screen that’s as close to your own home theater as possible. The 180-degree viewing angle offers outstanding seating options for all your guests, and there's even a fully black-backed front to prevent light penetration from behind.

The included infrared remote and detachable three-way wall switch can control the motorized retractable display that features a silent synchronous motor that’s energy friendly. Fortunately, the Spectrum series comes out of the box fully assembled with included hardware for both wall or ceiling installation or an optional in-ceiling trim kit for a hidden installation if you want to go fancy. At 52.9 pounds, there’s nothing light about the Spectrum, but for the price tag, you’ll find a fantastic display that offers lifelike colors, a silent motor and a truly enjoyable viewing experience that’s sure to please the entire family.  

During the summer months, there are few things more enjoyable than getting friends, neighbors and family together to enjoy the good weather. Purchasing the Airblown 123 x 77-inch inflatable projector screen will certainly take those family nights or summer block parties to a whole new level with an outdoor movie experience that’s perfect around the pool, at camp or even for birthday parties. Capable of self-inflating in two minutes, a professional blower is included along with a carrying case, stakes and tethers for securing the Airblown to the ground with ease.

There’s an unfortunate amount of noise coming from the blower while viewing a movie, but that’s easily mitigated by upping the total movie volume, which works fine under most circumstances. Thanks to the 160-degree viewing angle and a design that works both horizontally and vertically, you can let the whole neighborhood enjoy a movie night or just you and the family.

Don’t let the Vivo’s inexpensive price tag fool you, this 100-inch electric projector screen is the perfect combination between wallet-friendly and outstanding quality. Featuring a 60-inch high and 80-inch wide 4:3 viewing area, the durable metal casing is ideal for both wall and ceiling installation. The inclusion of MaxWhite 1.1 gain material offers a black backing that prevents light penetration during viewing, and there are four black side borders to remove any light overshoot that might distract viewers.

As a motorized projector screen, the Vivo includes an easy-to-adjust electric motor with a remote controlling up and down motion. The screen itself is suited for all types of LED, LCD and DLP projectors available today even if it doesn’t offer support for 4K or Active 3D viewing. While the omission of those features is notable, the overall price tag and combination of superb build quality and quiet motor make the Vivo an excellent choice.

While it’s hard to say that any projector screen is truly attractive, Visual Apex’s ProjectoScreen144DHD comes very close to offering a near perfect design. In the case of projector screens, it’s less about looks and more about features such as the one-piece, fast-fold frame that makes it easy to put together in only minutes. The lack of frame assembly requires more of an extend and snap build, which allows it to be easily transported from room to room, house to house or office to office. Additionally, there are hanging grommets for ceiling installation, as well as ground stakes for stabilizing the (detachable) ground feet in an outdoor environment.

Featuring a 144-inch display and 16:9 viewing format, the one-piece, fast-fold pairs up with a 104.5-inch high and 133-inch wide viewing space. The Cinema White 1.1 gain screen material works with all the latest technology, including 4K Ultra HD, 2D and 3D projection-ready hardware. The 160-degree viewing angle combines with a black back front projector screen to eliminate light penetration from behind that could distract viewings. Additionally, the screen material is UV protected, mildew resistant and washable with a spray hose for quick and easy cleaning. 

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