7 outdoor projectors to create the ultimate backyard movie night

Ready to take family movie night to the next level? An outdoor movie projector allows you to watch films under the stars in your own backyard. We all spend so much time outside during the summer, so why not hang out at night, too? There are so many ways to create a really awesome backyard movie night, and the first most important (and obvious) step is buying a movie projector.

Summer is such a great opportunity to make memories with your kids, and outdoor movie nights are right there at the top of unique and fun activities you can do together as a family. So, gather your blankets, comfy pillows and chairs, pop the popcorn and pick the perfect movie (no pressure!)—there's memories to be made in your very own back yard.

We've selected a variety of movie projectors at different price points, and we hope you find the one that works best for you and your family.

Here are 7 of our favorite movie projectors for family movie night in the backyard this summer:

Bloom Idea Lumens 1080P Supported HiFi Speaker for Home Theater Projector

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Claiming to be brighter than 99% of mini projectors, the Lumens Home Theater Projector can create 130-in real high definition images. Made of environmentally friendly materials, you can choose to connect the projector to external speakers, headphones or other audio equipment to customize the audiovisual experience. There is a built-in independent Hi-Fi speaker, allowing you to really enjoy the large image size and full sound.

One Amazon reviewer wrote, "Great projector for the backyard movie night or even for your home theater. With everything going on we wanted to have a movie night by the fire. We need a projector that wasn't huge and was nice and bright. This projector works great. it's nice and bright when viewing movies outside. I love how it's LED so you don't have to worry about bulbs burning out or breaking. Everything is built into one unit."

Portable Mini Projector


​Well, right off the bat, this is the cutest projector you will ever see, and we love the affordable price tag, too. The lightweight 1080P Full HD Mini Projector is a "complete home entertainment system that connects to all your devices such as phones and laptops yet compact enough to fit perfectly in your bag." Recently upgraded, this portable mini projector can enlarge from 10'' to 60'' inches without loss in quality!

This 1080P Full HD Mini Projector supports: iPhones, iPads, Android devices, laptops, PCs, game consoles, and more.

TopVision 1080P Supported Led Projector 


The highly-rated TopVision 1080P Supported LED Projector offers quite a bit for its affordable price. With both HDMI and USB adapter outputs (as well as a memory card slot for direct media playback), you can also view home videos or photo reels as well as movies. The picture range of 32-inches to 200-inches paired with high-quality pixelation far outweighs the low price point. We also like that it connects to an array of smart devices, including iPhone, Android, Amazon FireTV Stick, Chromecast.

Vankyo Leisure 470 Mini Wifi Projector, 250" Large Screen and 1080P Supported LCD Home Theater Projector


Okay, we love that this projector comes with the latest WiFi connecting function which is compatible with IOS and Android systems (simply connect to your smartphone or laptop via a USB/Lightning cable). Claiming to be "80% brighter than other equivalent projectors" this projector provides viewing sizes from 39" to 250" with projection distances between 4.27 and 26.57 feet. The large-screen eye-protection light source and built-in 3W*1 stereo speakers let you enjoying the highest-end cinema.

GooDee 2021 Upgrade HD Video Projector


This projector has recently been upgraded for brightness by 80%, so kudos to that! As GooDee's best-selling projector, they have improved the brightness and made wider viewing possible, even in slight light or outdoors. Easily connecting to multimedia devices, the GooDee has a new cooling system, improved fan design and the application of innovative materials to reduce the noise, extend the bulb life time, create a quieter and warmer environment.

Anker Nebula Capsule, Smart Wi-Fi Mini Projector


The highly rated Anker mini projector has remarkable clarity and contrast, as it's comprised of technology that makes it perfect for nighttime movie nights. With projection up to 100 inches, this projector includes a 360° speaker, and can run streaming and media apps flawlessly (Netflix, Youtube and more!).

Cinemood 360 Smart Wifi Cube Projector


You'll get Prime Day savings (take $100 off!) with the Cinemood indoor/outdoor projector, which offers a world of content at your fingertips: access and stream Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ (in beta), CBS, ESPN, HULU directly from their menu screen. In fact, you can download videos from streaming apps directly on the mini projector to enjoy anywhere, without wif!

Disney fans will love that the Cinemood includes preloaded educational Disney content, a parental control, sleep timer, soft lumens and over 120-hours of parent-curated content with no ads button blocking features. Cinemood is the only 360-degree VR projector which allows viewers to enjoy smarter, safer screen time, and fuels your kid's intellectual power. With 5 hours of battery life, this projector has bluetooth, WiFi and 360-degree video capabilities, and up to 120-inch projection in a dimmed or dark environment, 32GB of internal memory, screen mirroring, and an iOS and Android phone app for an easy remote control.

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