A Blu-ray player brings high-definition films on a disc to your TV or projector, and many now include smart apps such as BBC iPlayer and Netflix as well as network streaming capability. Here's our pick of the best models to buy from under £100 to a luxury model at £700.

If you want to watch your favourite movies in Full HD, and with top-notch surround sound, then Blu-ray is the way to go. With budget players now available for well under £100 – and often given away free or at a discount as part of a bundle with new TVs – it's time to upgrade your old DVD player.

As well as giiving you superb picture quality at Full HD 1080p resolution, many Blu-ray discs also include Dolby Digital TrueHD or DTS HD Master Audio soundtracks as well. So not only will the film look great on your HD telly, it will also sound great if you have a proper surround sound system capable of handing the newer Dolby/DTS formats.

And if your existing TV lacks smart functionality and catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, many Blu-ray models now have those built-in.

Up to £100
Sony BDP-S4100
Sony BDP-S4100
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Best Blu-ray player up to £100, Awards 2013. An impressive Blu-ray player with an impressive performance and a good set of features.

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£100-£150
Sony BDP-S5100
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Best Blu-ray player £100-£150, Awards 2013. Thanks to the great picture and awesome sound quality, Sony’s BDP-S5100 is a top budget buy.

£150-£200
Panasonic DMP-BDT460
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There's a new champ in the sub-£200 Blu-ray player market, and it's this new model from Panasonic.    MORE: Compare prices
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£200-£300
Sony BDP-S7200
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Another impressive all-rounder from Sony that serves up a classy picture and stunning sound. Delivers excellent 2D and 3D pictures and detailed, dynamic sound. This £220 player even works with hi-res audio.

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£300+
Panasonic DMP-BDT700
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The best premium Blu-ray player we’ve tested this year. Delivers a gorgeous picture with Blu-rays and DVDs.