For the past three years, I have not had a television. No, I'm not some pretentious hipster. Well, maybe I am but not in that way. Instead of using a television, I have relied on a cost-effective Acer projector and a large, white wall for watching movies and shows. For much less than the price of your average 55-inch LED flat-screen TV, I had what amounted to a 120-inch screen with impressive picture quality. And, the image quality only improves when you use a home theater projector screen.
Whether you are going for the movie theater experience in your living room, want your backyard to be the go-to place for outdoor summer movies, or just don't want to shell out the big bucks for a large flat-screen TV, home projector screens are a must.
The most popular projector screens come in a 16:9 aspect ratio. This basically means there is 16 inches of width for every 9 inches of height, and 16:9 is the standard ratio for most video projectors and TV shows. On the other hand, if you are solely interested in the widescreen movie theater experience, then a 2.35:1 ratio might be preferable. There are fewer screens available in this ratio. Fortunately, our top pick is one of them.
Screens are measured along their diagonal. So, a 100-inch screen has a screen that measures 100 inches from the top left to the bottom right (or bottom left to top right). This doesn't really tell you if the screen will fit in your home theater. We recommend digging a little deeper to find out the width and height of the screen to visualize how it will fit. Keep in mind that you'll likely want the bottom of your screen to be at least a couple of feet off the ground.
When shopping for projector screens, you will hear about gain and viewing angle. The material used to make the screen will have a big impact on these values. For the most part, you want a screen with a gain rating as close to 1 as possible. This means that it reflects the same amount of light as a uniformly reflecting surface. Projectors with higher gains may have poor uniformity and hot spots. Viewing angle tells you the maximum angle at which the display is viewable. Most screens we researched have a 160-degree viewing angle, which should be plenty for a home theater.
While researching the best home projector screens, we examined hundreds of buyer and expert ratings and reviews of countless units. Our guide features screens that anyone can put together, have a track record of durability, and produce clear images.
Here are the best home projector screens you can buy:
Updated on 10/30/2019 by Monica Chin: Updated pricing, links, and formatting.