Best home theater projector under $1000

With a home theater projector under $1000, you can create a big-screen experience at home. The project under this low budget may not offer all the best features you find in high-end theater projectors but what we recommend here are the best for that price.

There are so many varieties and brands out there that you can consider. Before we go to specific types that we recommend these are some of the factors to consider for the best home theater, business, or any other type of projector

Factors to consider when selecting the best home theater projector under $1000

There are a number of factors that you should consider when you go out to get your own projector for any purpose. Below are the most common for your consideration.

Display technology

There are 2 main types of display technology that you can get for an under 1000 projector. They are LCD or DLP display technology. Other types are more expensive and it is hard to get one that is within that budget.

LCD projector display is the most common and preferred type for home or business projection. DLP can be used for gaming and home theater movies.


Projector brightness is measured in lumens and the higher the number the better. It determines how clear the image will be and the brightness of the room where it will be used. 

A projector with high brightness can be used in a room with more light and the image will still be clear enough. For a projector within this budget ensure you get at least one with 1000 lumens and above.


It represents the number of pixels per inch that the projector can display. The high the number the better quality of the image. Within this budget, it should at least have the standard full HD resolution (1920×1080).

The other resolution is 4K resolution but they are not available within this budget. However, they may not be 4K resolution but they can accept input signal for 4K images.

Projector contrast

This is represented as a ratio of the brightness and darkest point of the image. A high ratio means the image will be more clear and it will bring out the different parts of the image more distinctively.

A contrast ratio of above 10000:1 will be right within the budget of $1000.

Connectivity options

This determines how the projector connects to the input device. The most common connection type is HDMI or USB. However, some projectors may still have old types of connections such as VGA and DVI or the wireless connection.

We recommend you ensure at least it has HDMI since most current input sources will have that and also a USB connection.

Throw Distance

This is the distance that the projector is required to be from the wall or projection screen for a clear image. 

A short-throw projector is the best since you need less distance to get a bigger clearer image. Most projectors with full HD resolution are short-throw.

Below are some of the best home projectors that you get for under 1000.

BenQ – HT2060A 1080p Home Theater Projector

It uses a DLP display technology with a full HD resolution that ensures you get a clearer and sharper image. BenQ – HT2060A is also compatible with a 4K input source of image.

With 2300 lumens of brightness it can be used in a that has more light which offers more flexibility on where you can use it.

BenQ - HT2060A 1080p Home Theater Projector

For input connections, it has HDMI and USB that can be used in most input devices like laptops, game consoles, and desktops among others.

The projector has a 1.3X zoom and a throw ratio of 1.5 which offer the user options to zoom the image and determine the distance the project can be positioned from the screen.

Can be used for movie theater or gaming projection.


It uses 3-chip 3LCD display technology which offers better brightness and colour accuracy to give the true colours of the image. This is complemented by the brightness measure of 2,800 lumens.


It uses HDMI to connect to the input device for projection. Home Cinema 2350 Epson can be connected to a WIFI network and use Android TV or stream video from YouTube.

BenQ HT2150ST

Like BenQ 2060 it uses DLP display technology that offers a sharper and clearer image at a cheaper price. With a full HD resolution and 2200 lumens of brightness, it can be used in brighter rooms, and still images will be of high quality.

It offers a superior short-throw projection with a 1.2X zoom compared to similar projects within the same budget. This allows for position adjustment relative to the projector screen.

BenQ HT2150ST

Connection to the input device is HDMI1,2 and USB which is common to input devices. BenQ HT2150ST also comes with an input audio speaker and ports to connect external sound system.

The projector can be used for home theater experience, gaming, and even normal office projections.

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