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Should You Buy an Epson Photo Printer?

Matthew
Updated 05 November 2020
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should you buy an Epson Photo Printer?

Epson is one of the most popular photo printer brands as well as being well known for its projectors, scanners and inkjet printers.

We've collated all the key information on Epson photo printers in this handy guide. We've analysed over 3,100 user and expert reviews and 110+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 150+ photo printers to impartially compare each photo printer brand.

Epson are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning photo printers. Their photo printers start at $154 for the Stylus Photo R800 which is a 5760 x 1440 photo printer and a photo printer that has a 210 x 297 mm (A4) max print size and go up to $1,980 for the L800 which is a 5760 x 1440 photo printer and a photo printer that has a 216 x 356 mm max print size. The average price of a new Epson photo printer is $830.

Epson are recognised for their wide selection of premium and award winning photo printers.

Is Epson the Best Photo Printer Brand?

So are Epson photo printers any good? We give every photo printer a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all photo printers we are able to impartially rank all the photo printer brands.

Epson is ranked the No. 3 best photo printer brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Epson is the 3rd best photo printer brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
2,206 reviews
#2
Fujifilm
Japan
81%
81%
64 reviews
#3
Japan
81%
81%
820 reviews
#4
Polaroid
76%
76%
15 reviews
#5
Kodak
68%
68%
51 reviews
#6
HP
United States
63%
63%
30 reviews
#7
Vupoint Solutions
62%
62%
9 reviews
#8
Instax
55%
55%
0 reviews
#9
OKI
54%
54%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Epson photo printers compare to the other photo printer brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All photo printer Brands
Epson Photo Printers

At an average purchase price of $830, Epson photo printers tend to be more expensive than most other photo printer brands. Epson also have better reviews than the typical photo printer brand, with the average rating of a Epson photo printer being 77%.

The average review score for a Epson photo printer is 77%.

There's a smaller selection of Epson photo printers available compared to other photo printer brands, with only 6 Epson photo printers currently on the market in the US.

No. Of Photo Printers
Average Price
$145
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,999
Price Distribution of All Photo Printers
No. Of Photo Printers
Average Price
$830
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,199
Price Distribution of Epson Photo Printers

What Do the Epson Photo Printer Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Epson photo printer to work out the average distribution of reviews for Epson and then compared this to the other photo printer brands.

Epson logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
103
4 stars
103
3 stars
18
2 stars
1
1 star
0
Epson logo

User Reviews

5 stars
304
4 stars
86
3 stars
23
2 stars
21
1 star
29
Epson has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert reviews for its photo printers than most other brands. However the proportion of 4 and 5 star user reviews are actually lower.

Over 92% of expert reviews and 84% of user reviews for Epson photo printers are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 87% and 87% respectively across all Photo Printer brands.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Epson photo printers by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other photo printer brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Canon Epson Fujifilm Polaroid LG
CNET.com logo
72%
17 reviews
80%
21 reviews
80%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
77%
17 reviews
82%
10 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Techradar logo
83%
12 reviews
75%
13 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
73%
12 reviews
74%
10 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
83%
8 reviews
83%
11 reviews
v3.co.uk logo
77%
7 reviews
80%
7 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
81%
8 reviews
85%
3 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
86%
6 reviews
89%
4 reviews
86%
1 review
computershopper.com logo
74%
7 reviews
84%
4 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
75%
4 reviews
77%
6 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
70%
5 reviews
87%
5 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
84%
6 reviews
79%
4 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
7 reviews
70%
2 reviews
Mac World logo
68%
6 reviews
87%
3 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
73%
6 reviews
70%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
Pocket Lint logo
67%
3 reviews
84%
5 reviews
Ephotozine logo
80%
1 review
78%
5 reviews
80%
1 review
pcworld.com_techhive.com logo
79%
4 reviews
75%
2 reviews
Chip.de logo
91%
1 review
84%
4 reviews
practicalphotography.com logo
80%
1 review
85%
4 reviews
Other Expert Sites
71%
89 reviews
72%
74 reviews
75%
6 reviews
68%
8 reviews
50%
7 reviews
Average
77%
227 reviews
80%
199 reviews
79%
12 reviews
78%
10 reviews
75%
8 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Epson Photo Printers Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 52 industry awards for Epson photo printers. This means that Epson has more awards for its photo printers than any other brand. The table below compares the number of awards received by Epson to other popular photo printer brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Epson has more awards for its photo printers than any other brand.

Compare all award winning photo printers

Number of Awards Canon Epson Fujifilm Polaroid LG
Trusted Reviews logo
4
6
CNET.com logo
3
4
computershopper.com logo
3
3
PC Mag logo
2
3
Expert Reviews logo
2
3
Ephotozine logo
1
2
1
01net.com logo
1
1
1
alphr.com logo
2
1
Lydogbilde.no logo
2
1
EISA.eu logo
1
2
macworld.co.uk logo
1
2
itpro.no logo
3
PhotographyBlog.com logo
3
IT Reviews.com logo
1
2
tipa.com logo
1
2
Pocket Lint logo
2
techadvisor.co.uk logo
2
toptenreviews.com logo
1
1
photoreview.com.au logo
2
kamerabild.se logo
2
Other Expert Sites
11
12
1
5
Total
43
52
3
5

How Reliable Are Epson Photo Printers?

We checked over 3,100 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Epson photo printers. 20 of these reviews mention reliability of which 77% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Epson photo printer owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

77% of reviewers think Epson photo printers are reliable.

So, most people think that Epson photo printers are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Epson photo printers that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

It’s sturdy
printerinfo.com
its rugged wipe-clean design means its t
Techradar
it’s well made
Pocket Lint
It’s more robust than the R2400
maclife.com
The quality of this printer is unbeleivable - great build quality
amazon.co.uk
This is a nicely built compact unit
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

Ultra quiet inkjetVery detailed prints Accurate colour potentialRelatively cheap inksVery well built Shots in the dark
thinkcamera.com
Theres been a lot of scaremongering of late concerning the robustness
Techradar
express surprise that the printer had broken down so early in it's life expectancy
amazon.co.uk

What is the Best Mid-Range Epson Photo Printer?

Epson Stylus Photo R1800

$1,249.00
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Epson Stylus Photo R1800
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Epson Stylus Photo R1800
5760 X
1440
DPI
47dB
NOISE LEVEL

A great mid range choice, priced at $1,249 is the Epson Stylus Photo R1800, which has a Kagoo Score of 74.

Features We Love:
5760 x 1440 DPI
Supports borderless printing
A4 / letter max print size

Our review analysis indicates that this photo printer produces excellent quality photo prints. It's a good spec and award winning 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer.

92
Reviews
20 Reviews + 1 Award
79
Features
Good Features
62
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Customers report that Epson Stylus Photo R1800 has very good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 85%, based on 20 reviews.

Trusted Reviews Recommended
Epson Stylus Photo R1800  "Self-Test"
Epson Stylus Photo R1800 "Self-Test"
Epson Stylus Photo R1800  Self-Test
Epson Stylus Photo R1800 "Self-Test"

The cheapest price that we could find for the Stylus Photo R1800 in the US is $1,249.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Epson Photo Printer?

Epson L800

$1,980.00
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Epson L800
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Epson L800
5760 X
1440
DPI
38ppm
PRINT SPEED

At only $1,980 and with a Kagoo Score of 74 the Epson L800 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
5760 x 1440 DPI
Very fast print speed (colour) (38ppm)
Energy Star certified

A good spec and award winning 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer.

94
Reviews
13 Reviews + 1 Award
79
Features
Good Features
62
Value for Money
Good
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Epson L800 has great expert reviews with an average expert rating of 88%, based on 13 reviews.

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Epson Printer L800 Ink - Unboxing
Epson Printer L800 Ink - Unboxing

The cheapest price that we could find for the L800 in the US is $1,980.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy an Epson Photo Printer?
Is Epson the Best Photo Printer Brand?
What Do the Epson Photo Printer Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Epson Photo Printers Received?
How Reliable Are Epson Photo Printers?
What is the Best Mid-Range Epson Photo Printer?
What is the Best Budget Choice Epson Photo Printer?

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