Top five best PVRs for 2021
A PVR may seem like the type of product that doesn't require too much thought. Surely it either records or it doesn't? However, it's not that simple - your choice of PVR will affect a wide variety of factors, including the picture and sound quality of the shows you record. It's important to choose wisely, and that's where Which? can help.
In the table below we reveal the very best models from our testing. Every PVR goes through our rigorous lab tests, so you can be sure that any model we recommend offers top-quality playback with useful features and will be a breeze to use.
And here's one to avoid
For what is a fairly simple product, there's an awful lot of PVRs and set-top boxes on the market right now. The vast majority will do a very serviceable job, with a select handful truly excelling.
Then you have the model listed below - a set-top box that performs worst in our testing, and by some distance. Do yourself a favour and stay well clear.
Why Which? testing is different
We buy every PVR and set-top box we test, and we 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.