Home theaters, once a tremendous luxury that only a select few could afford, are now becoming more and more common thanks to sharp decreases in the price of technology and accessories. Nowadays, just about anyone can afford a home theater and may already have some of the items necessary to make a great theater experience. In fact, it is now easier than ever to add a theater to your home, and you may not even need a dedicated room for it thanks to new, more compact electronics.
One thing you’ll definitely need to really complete the theater aesthetic is a projector screen. No longer the clunky, obtrusive eyesores that they used to be, modern projector screens are slim, compact, and can even fold up to be stored away when not in use.
Some factors to consider when selecting a home theater screen are:
Size: How much room do you have to use and store the screen? Do you have ample wall or open space to set up the screen? If your screen requires a stand, make sure to account for the floorspace that takes up as well. Also, how far away will you be when watching things? If the room is on the smaller side and you’ll be a bit close to the screen, a smaller screen might be more ideal. The reverse is true for a larger room.
Stand vs. No stand: Do you want a screen that mounts to the ceiling permanently, or one that you set up and take down each time you use it? Both have pros and cons. If you plan on using your home theater infrequently, or if you are using a multipurpose room (such as a living room or bedroom) to house your theater equipment, you might not want it in plain sight at all times. In this case, a model with a stand would be the best option. However, if you have a dedicated theater room, it makes sense to pick a mounted model.
Keep reading below for in-depth analyses on each of our top 10 home theater projector screens of 2020!
Top 10 Best Home Theater Projector Screens 2020
A great option for those looking to build an affordable yet impressive home theater, the Mdbebbron 120 inch Projection Screen displays a standard widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio in stunning HD clarity. The most common aspect ratio for nearly all modern film and television, 16:9 is definitely the way to go if you’re looking for maximum compatibility with no viewing issues. The high quality polyester material projects more sharply than others and helps the screen remain smooth.
Ultra-convenient to store, this screen will not wrinkle or crease even when rumpled up. It is one piece, meaning there is no assembly required aside from mounting. The kit even comes with twenty non-wall-damaging hooks and a set of rope lines to get you started. This screen is so compact that it can be folded to fit inside of a backpack or briefcase, making it great for nighttime picnics or even office meetings. It can even be mounted with double sided tape in a pinch! Highly reviewed and with very few cons, it’s easy to see why this is Amazon’s Choice for projector screens.
For sports fans looking to up their viewing game but limited by the size of their man cave, check out the Elite Screens Manual B 100 Inch Pull Down Projector Screen. With a view size of 49 inches, it is perfect for dens or living areas with less wall space available. It is a bit smaller than most home theater projector screens, but for some this is actually a plus! This screen provides 180 degrees of viewing, meaning that even if someone is sitting directly parallel to the screen, they will still be able to see it with full clarity. This is another feature that makes it great for multi-function rooms, as not everyone has the space for the traditional theater rows of seating.
At 11 pounds fully assembled, this is a slightly heavier screen unit. It also does require that the tube it rolls up into be mounted to either a wall or ceiling, this limiting its portability. However, this does make it a sturdier option than some that only mount via hooks or tape. Its black-backed screen blocks out light coming from the rear or edges of the screen, making for a super crisp and clear picture.
3. STR-169120 Silver Ticket 120″ Diagonal 16:9 4K Ultra HD Ready HDTV (6 Piece Fixed Frame) Projector Screen
A bit more of a luxury option, the STR Silver Ticket 4K Ultra HD Ready Projector Screen uses the highest quality industry materials to provide a superior viewing experience. The standard version is available in gray, white, and silver screen materials, while the pricier options include high contrast material as well as woven acoustic material, which is great for placing speakers behind the screen. With a 1.1 gain and a 160 degree viewing angle, this screen performs exceptionally well and it perfect for head-on viewing (similar to what you would find in a commercial theater).
It does require a frame in order to work, which means that it is not portable and also must be mounted very securely to the wall. Some may be put off by the added bulk, but for those in search of a permanent screen option this one’s black velvet-wrapped aluminum frame does not detract at all from the viewing experience.
Another fixed frame option, the Delux Screens 120 inch 4K/8K Ultra HDR Projector Screen is great for those looking to assemble a home theater with a more authentic movie theater feel. Super easy to install, this kit comes with wall brackets, drywall anchors, and even the screws you’ll need to get it set up in no time!
Easy to clean, mildew resistant, and wrinkle free, the PVC material that this screen is made of is extremely durable and also provides a best-in-class picture quality. Known as PVC WhiteOut, it guarantees excellent colors and contrast. The screen provides 160 degrees of viewing, making it another ideal candidate for a home theater space with rows of seating. Delux Screens also provides a great 3-year warranty, so you can feel confident in your purchase and their 15 years of manufacturing experience.
For sports fans that want a little bit fancier of a projector screen, the Elite Screens Spectrum Electric Motorized Projector Screen with Multi Aspect Ratio Function is a terrific choice. What sets this one apart form other screens on the market is its motorized lowering and retraction. This is an amazing feature for when you’re all settled into a comfy chair and don’t want to have to get up to mess with your screen.
Providing 180 degrees of viewing, this screen can be easily seen even by someone in its periphery. The screen itself is mildew resistant, super easy to clean, and is Greenguard Gold Certified for safe indoor use. It is unfortunately not compatible with Ultra/short throw projectors but does with standard UHD or HD ones. The kit includes a remote, 3 way wall switch, and a trigger cable and the entire kit ships fully assembled, ready to “plug and play”. If you’ve been eyeing a projector screen but have been hesitant due to concerns about setup, maintenance, or convenience, this is absolutely the screen for you!
A huge and versatile projector screen, the 150 Inch 16:9 HD Blibro Screen is perfect for a family on the go. Super portable, this compact and lightweight screen can fold easy and be carried along on any adventure without slowing you down. Super wide, its 150 inch projection screen is the largest on our list today. Ideal for backyard or other outdoor uses, this screen allows dual side projection. This means that the image can be viewed just as clearly from both sides, making it great for larger parties in a limited space.
The polyester screen material is what makes it so durable and wrinkle resistant. Storage is a breeze due to how easily it can be folded up, and you won’t have to worry about unsightly creases when you finally take it out of its box. Extremely easy setup can be accomplished with just some hooks and rope, or even double sided tape! For a more semi-permanent setup, wall brackets or nails work perfectly well. The kit even comes with 16 hooks, 2 ropes, and 16 wall stickers to get you started.
Our first stand-supported option on the list, the Indoor/Outdoor Portable Projector Screen with Stand, 135” 4K HD is a fantastic choice for the occasional movie watcher or gamer. Equipped with the second largest screen on our list, this unit might be large, but the setup is still incredibly simple. The frame and legs are separate pieces, but quickly snapping them together and then fastening the screen on will have you ready to go! The stand means it can support itself in environments where you may not be able to mount or hang it up, such as in an office building or even outdoors!
As we’ve touched on already, the stand-supported options are something to consider when you can’t make holes in the wall, but they do take up extra floor space. That being said, this screen is still a great option for people wanting a non-permanent, easy to disassemble option for the occasional home movie night. Storage is a breeze, and any wrinkles that do occur in the screen can be easily ironed out if necessary.
You’ve probably seen and heard about the appeal of infinity pools: the sensation of a never-ending, borderless swimming area creates an absolutely sublime experience. The same thing can actually apply to projector screens! The Elite Screens Aeon Series Edge Free Borderless Projector Screen is a frame mounted screen, but the frame is uniquely hidden behind the screen material. This creates an edgeless, “infinity” viewing effect that creates a visually appealing and totally immersive viewing experience.
Its fully-blacked screen back effectively blocks out light to create a crisp, uninterrupted picture. The screen itself is very low maintenance and is easily cleanable with soap and water. Compatible with short throw and UHD/HD projectors, the Edge Free screen mounts on an aluminum frame to the wall with its included wall mount bracket kit. This screen is heavier than most when assembled, weighing in at a hefty 26 pounds, but is great for a permanent home theater room application.
If you’re more interested in a basic, functional and portable model, then the JWSIT Projector Screen with Stand is perfect for you. At just 80 inches, it is by far the smallest on our list today. However, 80 inches is certainly nothing to sneeze at! With nearly a 7 foot diagonal, this screen is way larger than any television you’d ever find in a home and is still a massive upgrade to your home theater experience. Its 4:3 aspect ratio works for most television and movies, and often projectors can reconfigure the more standard 16:9 to fit it better. It is, however, most ideal for presentations and computer screen projections, making it perfect for office and gamer use alike.
Supported by a tripod, it does have a slightly wider footprint than most of the screens we’ve covered today. However, this does correspond with its great portability factor, and the fact that it can be easily set up in almost any space. It also features a suspension hook so that the screen can be safely tilted for viewing from a lower angle.
10. Vamvo Outdoor Indoor Projector Screen with Stand Foldable Portable Movie Screen 120 Inch (16:9) Full-Set Bag
Finally, for the ultimate balance between portability and functionality, check out the Vamvo Outdoor Indoor Projector Screen with Stand. Its 120 inches of screen provide a great picture size, and the entire thing can be set up in less than five minutes! This makes it the absolute dream screen for a busy family or homeowner who wants to be able to enjoy the home theater environment without committing to mounting a heavy, cumbersome screen on their wall. The kit folds down to be extremely compact and fits inside of its own convenient carrying bag for the best storage and portability on our list today.
Standing on two tripods, the footprint of this screen is a little bulky. This may be a turnoff for someone with very limited space who was looking for a primarily wall-mounting or hanging option. However, this bulkiness could be overlooked due to how convenient and low maintenance the screen is. Wrinkles can be ironed or steamed out with ease, and the screen is even safe to use for backyard parties!
To recap, home theaters are now more accessible than ever thanks to a dramatic decrease in the price of projectors, screens, and more. You should definitely consider adding one of these great entertainment features to your home! When selecting a home theater projection screen, remember to keep in mind the size and whether or not you want it to have a stand. Be sure to check out each of our top 10 picks listed above to see which one fits your home and lifestyle.