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Best Humax PVRs

By Callum Tennent

Humax is one of the biggest and best-loved names in the PVR market. But which Humax PVRs are worth buying?

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When it comes to buying a PVR Humax is the name that immediately springs to mind for many. But just because a brand is a household name it doesn't mean that you should buy one without considering your options first.

Here at Which? we've done the legwork for you to take the effort out of choosing a great Humax device. With so many options out there, and all with such unintuitive and similar names, it can be hard to know which ones are worth your money. The table below contains all the models that have scored best in our tests, with price tags to suit all budgets.

If you'd rather simply see the best PVRs on test then click the link to see all of our PVR and set-top box Best Buys.

Best Humax PVRs

Lowest price (in stock) £93.99
Which? score 79%
Reviewed Apr 2017
Features and versatility:
4 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 5
Picture quality:
5 out of 5

An eagerly-awaited followup to another popular Freesat set-top box from the biggest name in the market. Three years on from its predecessor this is a model worthy of carrying on the mantle - sign up or log in to see the full review.

Lowest price (in stock) £135.00
Which? score 78%
Reviewed Dec 2014
Features and versatility:
4 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 5
Picture quality:
5 out of 5

This Humax PVR is a BT exclusive, only available to customers with a broadband and TV subscription. Its main selling point isn't hard to miss - after all, it's plastered prominently on the front of the box itself. This is an Ultra HD-compatible PVR, especially useful if you subscribe to BT's new Sport Ultra HD channel. Find out if this is reason enough for BT customers to pick up this PVR in our full review.

Lowest price (in stock) £166.97
Which? score 76%
Reviewed Dec 2015
Features and versatility:
4 out of 5
Energy use:
5 out of 5
Picture quality:
5 out of 5

A follow-up to a popular Humax box, but even more affordable. It has a slightly smaller hard drive but shares many of its predecessor's other features. Can this Freeview PVR compete with the best on test? Read out full review to find out.

Lowest price (in stock) £149.00
Which? score 76%
Reviewed Apr 2014
Features and versatility:
4 out of 5
Energy use:
4 out of 5
Picture quality:
5 out of 5

A Freeview HD PVR, this device packs in twin tuners, meaning you can record two channels at once. There's a 500GB hard drive, which can hold around 300 hours of SD shows, and it's also connectable to the internet, so you can use dedicated apps or stream content from your home network. It has plenty of features, but is it any good? We took it to the Which? test lab to find out.

Typical price £259.00
Which? score 72%
Reviewed Nov 2017
Features and versatility:
5 out of 5
Energy use:
4 out of 5
Picture quality:
5 out of 5

Another Freeview Play box from Humax, this model is one of the most advanced boxes we've seen - something you don't often get to say about PVRs. Do these extra features make it worth its substantial asking price? Sign in to find out.

Why Which? testing is different

We buy every PVR and set-top box we test and look at models of all types, TV platforms and price, including Freesat, Freeview, BT TV, Sky TV, TalkTalk and Virgin Media boxes, costing from £50 to £300. We speak to manufacturers and scour the market to make sure we test all the most popular models that you'll find in the shops or online.

Which? doesn't only tell you about the Best Buy PVRs and set-top boxes that we recommend, we also tell you which models to avoid with our Don't Buys. If a PVR or set-top box has an issue we feel is so bad it must be a fault, then we will buy a new version and retest it. We'll also speak to the manufacturer to find out what it plans to do about the problem.

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