Looking for the best projection screen to use with your video projector? In this guide we will help you to choose the best one, suggest some of the best available, and guide you to the best current prices.
The best projection screens offer the perfect way to enjoy home cinema, or screen movies outdoors, for a great family get-together. It's the perfect way to make the most of the best streaming services; with so much content now available in 4K, it makes sense to see it at the biggest size possible.
Yes, you could use a blank wall or a simple bedsheet. But you're certainly not going to get well-defined picture colors and shadow detail that way. A proper projection screen provides a flatter and more reflective surface – and so a better overall image.
There a wide range of projection screens available today: for indoors and out, in a variety of shapes and sizes, and with an aspect ratio varying from 16:9, like that used for modern televisions, to a squarer 4:3, like on old-fashioned sets.
With that in mind, here are the best projection screens available today, in a number of different styles and to suit all budgets.
Best projection screens in 2021
This 120-inch diagonal, 16:9 aspect ratio screen plus lightweight silver aluminum frame with stainless steel components can be assembled in minutes without the need for extra tools, thereby providing your own freestanding indoor or outdoor ‘big screen’ viewing experience.
The foldable ‘go anywhere’ canvas is stowed in a carrier bag when not in use for easy transportation – though, for obvious reasons, the makers advise against setting it up outdoors if it’s windy. A black backing is also included to prevent light penetration and enhance picture quality.
Claimed as being mildew resistant and featuring a surface that can be wiped clean with soap, water and a wet cloth, the screen comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty for additional peace of mind. Other sizes including 90in, 100in and 135in are also available – as are versions with an old-school 4:3 aspect ratio.
This novel design from Epson allows you to widen and shorten the width of the screen so that the white surface can perfectly accommodate 16:9 or 4:3 ratio videos – making a great choice for those who love classic TV series. This means that it has a screen size of 80in in widescreen mode, or 65in in standard format.
Another neat trick is that this comes supplied with both a floor stand or a wall mount, allowing you to adapt this to a wider range of rooms. It is still very portable, though, and has a robust telescope mechanism for expanding the screen from its closed position. There is no case supplied with this one, but there is a carry handle.
Given that most modern TV screens are 40-inches or larger in size, this portable screen of those exact dimensions from the Pyle brand is aimed at the holiday, travel or school markets.
With a simple pull up and pull outwards set up, whereby it locks into position thanks to retractable framework at the rear, the screen is described as heavy duty. This translates as it being stain and mildew resistant and being constructed of an anti flame ‘premium’ fabric.
The shape of the screen is 4:3, although a 16:9 image can be still be projected across it. And since it’s designed to stand on any flat surface or table, it’s ideal as a quick and easy to set up desktop option that won’t break the bank.
If your movie choices have been derided by the rest of the family as a load of hot air, or you’re a fan of the film ‘Blow Up’, then this inflatable 20ft wonder with the desired 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio could have your home audience going wild in the aisles.
Allowing for either front or rear projection, the full jumbo-sized kit includes not just the screen but also an electric blower to inflate it, plus six 30cm ropes and plastic stakes, with a storage bag to keep it all in. Though it looks like something of a monster, its manufacturer suggests that you can have it all set up to watch the latest Godzilla movie in around five minutes. To deflate it, just open the provided zipper.
A large yet inexpensive example of a projection screen complete with reinforced edges that can be attached to the wall via double sided tape or plastic hooks, this may not be the most sophisticated option in our round up, but it’s perfect for parties and similar occasions. In being constructed from a three layer polyester material, it claims to be thicker than comparable examples on the market too. The eyelets mean that it can be suspended in midair too, making it suitable for use on a deck or when on a camping trip.
The middle layer is constructed of a light shielding material claimed to deliver more vivid images when projected; and yet because of said layer it does not support double sided projection. Peace of mind is provided by a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, however, while the construction is said not to crease – a common criticism of inexpensive screens.
Nobo are well-known for its flipcharts and whiteboards, and they produce a range of projection screens too – which are particularly well-suited to corporate and college environments. This model is designed to be permanently installed in a room, with the screen being pulled down when needed, and retracted out of sight when not in use. The mechanism means that the screen can be protected from damage, and the wall behind can be used for other things.
It comes with a fixing kit that allows the housing to attached high up a wall or on the ceiling. This particular model has a 4:3 ratio screen, measuring 1750x1325mm.
Want a large projection screen for outdoors, that's large but still quick and easy to assemble? Assembling this freestanding frame in much like putting together tent poles, and is a cinch to put together within about 15 minutes. Given the size of the screen, it's impressively lightweight and you get a carry bag too.
The fabric doesn't match the reflectiveness of a pro-grade projection screen, but it's certainly good enough to enjoy TV and movies on in the dark. As such, this is a great choice for families wanting to spend some time together in the garden, or out on a picnic or camping trip.