The best star projectors come in all shapes and sizes. From products aimed at babies and toddlers to feature-rich portable planetariums designed as much as educational devices as aesthetic items, planetarium projectors can satisfy the young and old alike. These projectors splash an image of the solar system all over your ceiling and walls, turning any room into a microcosm of the universe. They’ll encourage a love of astronomy in particular, and science generally.
But whether you’re looking to delight a young child or educate an adult, there’s no denying that a star projector can be one of the most enchanting and hypnotic lighting solutions for any room in the house. While there are differences in the kind of star projector you’ll be looking for depending on the ultimate recipient of the product, there’s something for everyone in the market today.
Read on below to find our reviews for the top five best star projectors available on the market in 2020. Keep reading for the features we’ve considered in coming to our recommendations, and the features you should be on the lookout for when you’re making a purchase decision. Finally, we’ll narrow our recommendations to one or two products you simply must have if you’re in the market for one of these hypnotic little products. (And if you’re looking for something similar, check out these solar system books for kids.)
AnanBros Star Night Light Projector for Kids
The AnanBros Star Night Light Projector for Kids delivers exactly what it promises. Less an accurate planetarium projector than a fun night light, this star projector delivers sharp and bright stars and moons to any child’s bedroom walls and ceiling. The projector draws power from a wall outlet or, failing that, AAA batteries (not included).
Perfect for a young toddler, this star projector plays twelve different soothing lullabies as it projects stars and moons onto surrounding surfaces. It can be remote-controlled using the included controller. It can also be controlled by a timer. The star projector rotates as it runs, making the stars and moons dance across your child’s walls. It does this absolutely silently, so the motion won’t waken even the lightest sleeper.
Of course, what you gain in child-friendliness, you lose in accuracy and educational value. This device should certainly not be mistaken for an educational toy or an accurate representation of any kind of solar system, let alone our own. It’s just a collection of pretty lights and soothing songs. To be honest though, we couldn’t care less. It does what it sets out to do very well. Over 1000 Amazon customers have rated this night light at an average of 4.5 stars. What more proof do you need?
- Remote Control
- Not educational
BlissLights Sky Lite
If the previous product is a perfect night light for toddlers, the BlissLights Sky Lite is the adult version of that. Projecting a starry sky against a cloudy nebula backdrop onto the nearest wall or ceiling, this star projector delivers an excellent way of lighting a game or dining room in a unique and relaxing way.
There is a built-in four-hour timer and a multitude of lighting and color settings to ensure that you won’t get bored of the intensely cool display created by this star projector. It’s powered by a 120V AC adapter and comes with an included three-foot cord.
At the end of the day, what the BlissLights Sky Lite is good at doing is transforming the most mundane space into a work of art. Whether its an office, a dining room, a home theatre, or a den, no space will look the same with this projector’s enchanting nebulas and bright stars splashed all over its walls and ceiling.
While it is slightly more expensive than some other products, we’ve rated it as our Best Value because of the expansive feature set you get for that price.
- Amazing Value
- Enchanting display
- A purely aesthetic product. No educational value.
Laser Stars Twilight Projector by Gifts A Must
This star projector is a higher-end version of the number two product on this list. It comes with two projectors. The first is a blue laser projector that displays a nebula-like cloud on the walls or ceiling. The second projector displays sharp and bright green stars against the cloud backdrop.
Both projectors include replaceable laser modules, greatly extending the life of this product. In a similar vein, and further enhancing the reliability of the product, the Laser Stars Twilight Projector comes complete with a 100% money-back guarantee and warranty. Gifts A Must stand behind their products and are confident you won’t need to make use of either the guarantee or the warranty.
The stars rotate slowly when the projection is engaged, but the product is surprisingly quiet and didn’t disturb even the lightest sleeper involved in our tests. Unfortunately, when used in a bedroom, this product (as well as the others on this list) were prone to interfering with some of our testers’ ability to get to sleep due to the inherent brightness of the lasers.
- Twice the projectors mean twice the opportunity for something to break
Star Night Light for Kids by Elmchee
An unbelievable deal at under $17, the Star Night Light for Kids is, in some ways, very similar to the first item on our list. It’s designed to project a stylized image of stars and moons onto the ceiling and walls of a child’s room. This star projector is built quite differently though. It uses strips of transparent film, rather than holes in a plastic covering, to create the images it projects onto the surrounding walls. As a result, this star projector is actually capable of projecting three different scenes: a birthday scene, and two different astronomically-themed scenes.
Three AA batteries, or a USB connection, will power this little device. It can rotate and has several different lighting effects and colors to choose from. Between the three different scenes, multiple lighting effects, and the rotation option, it is unlikely that you’ll get bored of all of the available settings and modes for this star projector. Have we mentioned that it sells for less than $17?
- Incredibly low price
- Multiple different modes and settings
- The film is fragile and easy to tear.
In My Room Star Theater Pro Home Planetarium
This star projector is a high-end, but less versatile, version of the star projectors found in this list. At just under $110.00, you’ll be spending significantly more than you would with any of the other products on the list. But for that price, you get a star projector that’s reliable, durable, bright, and beautiful. The projector itself is a small sphere, with a Death-Star-Minus-The-Dimple vibe. It rotates and can be programmed to turn on or off after thirty to sixty minutes.
The main draw of this particular star projector is the second kind of image it can project. Swap out the included disc and you can project an image of the Earth, Sun, and Moon onto your wall and ceiling. These are stunning images of our most well-known celestial bodies and you won’t get tired of having them up on your wall for a long time.
- Durable construction
- Very cool Earth/Sun/Moon image option
- Comparatively expensive