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Should You Buy an Epson Photo Printer?

Matthew
Updated 25 August 2021
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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 4,200 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 $165 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 $1,800 for the R3000 which is a 5760 x 1440 photo printer and a photo printer that has a 5\" x 7\" (13x18 cm) max print size. The average price of a new Epson photo printer is $1,043.

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%
1,811 reviews
#2
Fujifilm
Japan
82%
82%
48 reviews
#3
Japan
80%
80%
891 reviews
#4
Polaroid
73%
73%
16 reviews
#5
HP
United States
69%
69%
30 reviews
#6
Kodak
69%
69%
256 reviews
#7
Vupoint Solutions
65%
65%
9 reviews
#8
OKI
52%
52%
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 $1,043, 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 5 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 $1,649
Price Distribution of All Photo Printers
No. Of Photo Printers
Average Price
$1,043
$0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $300 $350 $400 $450 $1,099
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
352
4 stars
95
3 stars
24
2 stars
25
1 star
36
Epson has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its photo printers than most other brands.

Over 92% of expert reviews and 84% of user reviews for Epson photo printers are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 88% and 76% 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%
16 reviews
80%
21 reviews
80%
4 reviews
PC Mag logo
77%
18 reviews
82%
10 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Techradar logo
82%
14 reviews
75%
13 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
72%
12 reviews
74%
10 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
84%
8 reviews
83%
11 reviews
v3.co.uk logo
77%
7 reviews
80%
7 reviews
What Digital Camera logo
86%
6 reviews
89%
4 reviews
86%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
78%
8 reviews
70%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
Lydogbilde.no logo
70%
5 reviews
87%
5 reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au logo
80%
7 reviews
85%
3 reviews
computershopper.com logo
73%
6 reviews
84%
4 reviews
photoreview.com.au logo
83%
5 reviews
79%
4 reviews
macworld.co.uk logo
80%
3 reviews
77%
6 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%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
86%
3 reviews
85%
2 reviews
practicalphotography.com logo
80%
1 review
85%
4 reviews
printercomparison.com logo
75%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
71%
90 reviews
72%
77 reviews
78%
18 reviews
68%
8 reviews
50%
7 reviews
Average
77%
229 reviews
80%
199 reviews
80%
26 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
PC Mag logo
2
3
computershopper.com logo
2
3
Expert Reviews logo
2
3
Ephotozine logo
1
2
2
01net.com logo
1
1
1
alphr.com logo
2
1
Lydogbilde.no logo
2
1
macworld.co.uk logo
1
2
EISA.eu logo
1
2
Digitaltrends.com logo
2
1
PhotographyBlog.com logo
3
IT Reviews.com logo
1
2
tipa.com logo
1
2
itpro.no logo
3
Pocket Lint logo
2
techadvisor.co.uk logo
2
techgearlab.com logo
1
1
toptenreviews.com logo
1
1
Other Expert Sites
11
14
1
5
Total
43
52
6
5

How Reliable Are Epson Photo Printers?

We checked over 4,200 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Epson photo printers. 20 of these reviews mention reliability of which 73% were positive. Therefore the majority of Epson photo printer owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

73% 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

its rugged wipe-clean design means its t
Techradar
it’s well made
Pocket Lint
It’s more robust than the R2400
maclife.com
It’s sturdy
printerinfo.com
The fact that the box was badly damaged does not seem to have damaged the printer Will find out more when I have had a proper print run
amazon.co.uk

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
then I am stuck with a broken printer
amazon.co.uk

What is the Best High End Epson Photo Printer?

Epson R3000

$1,800.00
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Epson R3000
5760 X
1440
DPI
38dB
NOISE LEVEL
120 Sheets
MAX INPUT
CAPACITY

If you're looking for a high end Epson photo printer then the Epson R3000 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 77, but is a bit more expensive at $1,800.

Features We Love:
5760 x 1440 DPI
Quieter than average noise level (38dB)
Supports Wi-Fi
Supports Direct Printing (PictBridge)
Energy Star certified

The highest review score direct printing photo printer on the market. It supports Wi-Fi and Direct Printing (PictBridge) and has a noise level of 38dB. Our review analysis indicates that it produces excellent prints, it's good-looking but expensive.

93
Reviews
117 Reviews + 10 Awards
81
Features
Fully-Featured
66
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Epson R3000 has very good expert reviews and great user reviews with an average overall rating of 87%, based on 117 reviews.

DP Review Gold
Trusted Reviews Recommended
Ephotozine Highly Recommended
PC Mag Editor's Choice
CNET.co.uk Editor's Choice
computershopper.com Editor's Choice
tipa.com Technical Image Press Association Award
druckerchannel.de Recommended for Matt Paper
Magnus.de Buying Tip
Lydogbilde.no Especially Recommended
Epson R3000 Review
Epson R3000 Review
Integration test, Epson R3000, Portable UFOPrinter Base, DIY, Homemade
Integration test, Epson R3000, Portable UFOPrinter Base, DIY, Homemade
Epson Stylus R3000 le test
Epson Stylus R3000 le test
Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Printer - Unboxing
Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Printer - Unboxing
Photo print  comparison between the Epson R3000 and the Canon Pro-100 on Red River Matte paper
Photo print comparison between the Epson R3000 and the Canon Pro-100 on Red River Matte paper
Latest Rumors about the PRO 100 chips and The EPSON R3000 P600 and PRO3880   P800
Latest Rumors about the PRO 100 chips and The EPSON R3000 P600 and PRO3880 P800
Epson Stylus Photo R3000 videoreview en unboxing (NL/BE)
Epson Stylus Photo R3000 videoreview en unboxing (NL/BE)

The cheapest price that we could find for the R3000 in the US is $1,800.00 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 High End Epson Photo Printer?

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