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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every scanner on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 328 scanners, 679 reviews and 7,090 prices. Last updated 15 August 2017.

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#1 Epson Perfection V39

Perfection V39
PC Mag - Editor's Choice
A breathtakingly economical to run and top-value flatbed colour scanning function scanner, with great features and an industry award
95
Reviews
1 Award
95
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
98
Running Costs
$0 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Jan 2015
Release Date
eBay $127.34
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$57.75

#2 Epson Perfection V19

Perfection V19
The highest rated scanner under $100, with very good features and great user reviews
89
Reviews
2 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
98
Running Costs
$0 / 10 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
Jan 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Release Date
eBay $57.75
Target $59.99
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$79.99

#3 Epson Perfection V39

Perfection V39
PC Mag - Editor's Choice
A cheap and high optical scanning resolution flatbed colour scanning function flat-bed scanner, with an industry award and very good features
94
Reviews
1 Award
99
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
Oct 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Release Date
eBay $79.99
Target $79.99
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$250.60
Save $48.40 (16%)

#4 HP Pro 2500 F1

Pro 2500 F1
hardwareluxx.de - Excellent HardwareExpert Reviews - Recommended
The highest rated scanner under $500, with two industry awards and great features
92
Reviews
2 Awards
96
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
96
Running Costs
$3 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Sep 2015
Release Date
eBay $250.60
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$198.99

#5 Epson Perfection V600

Perfection V600
Trusted Reviews - Recommendedtipa.com - Technical Image Press Association Award
A remarkably good value for money and award winning 6400 x 9600 DPI film/slide flat-bed scanner, with great features
95
Reviews
2 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
Sep 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Release Date
Overstock $198.99
Pictureline $229.95
Amazon US $239.99
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$231.99
Save $67.96 (23%)

#6 HP Officejet 7612

Officejet 7612
chip.com.my - Recommended
An spectacularly cheap and award winning 600 x 1200 DPI ADF scanner, with low running costs and great features
94
Reviews
1 Award
98
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Running Costs
$77 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
ADF
Sep 2015
Scanner Type
Release Date
Overstock $231.99
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$176.99
Save $11.99 (6%)

#7 Canon 9000F

9000F
computeractive.co.uk - Buy ItExpert Reviews - Ultimate
An astonishingly cheap and best selling 9600 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with two industry awards and very good features
95
Reviews
2 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Sep 2015
Release Date
eBay $176.99
Amazon US $240.00
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$158.99

#8 Epson Perfection V550

Perfection V550
A low cost and award winning 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with great features
93
Reviews
2 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Overall Score
Excellent
Flatbed
Sep 2015
Scanner Type
Release Date
Overstock $158.99
Pictureline $179.99
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$258.99

#9 Plustek PS286

PS286
toptenreviews.com - Bronze
An award winning and remarkably cheap 600 x 600 DPI ADF scanner, with great features
94
Reviews
1 Award
95
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
ADF
Sep 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Release Date
Overstock $258.99
Amazon US $391.66
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$79.99
Save $13.00 (14%)

#10 Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

CanoScan LiDE 220
PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceExpert Reviews - Recommended
An affordable and sensationally high optical scanning resolution flatbed colour scanning function flat-bed scanner, with two industry awards and great features
90
Reviews
2 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
Sep 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Release Date
Adorama $79.99
Crutchfield $79.99
Overstock $96.19
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Find out how scanner brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their scanners. Click on a link to compare all scanners made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Scanners Price Range Average Rating
Epson logo Epson Scanners 24 $26 - $2,859 74%
Other brands Other Scanner Brands 130 $50 - $14,713

Scanner Buying Guide

Scanners are devices used for digitising physical material such as documents and photos, and turning them into digital images for archiving, sharing and editing. They are extremely helpful peripherals, since they allow you to easily digitise large amounts of paper very quickly, meaning less clutter and mess on your desk! This guide will look at the major considerations when choosing a scanner, so you can find the device that is right for you.

There are several different types of home scanners available, though they can be largely placed into two main categories: flatbed or sheetfed:

Flatbed Scanners: These scanners consist of a large rectangular ‘bed’, onto which the documents are placed. The lid is closed, and the scanner runs the length of the document, creating a digital copy. These scanners tend to be slower than sheetfed models, and require far more deskspace when using. However on the plus side they produce higher-quality scans, and are also better for scanning photos and delicate documents. Large-size flatbed scanners are also the best option for scanning large documents and photos (A3 and larger).

Sheetfed Scanners: These scanners look a bit like fax machines - a feed at the top of the device takes the paper and runs it past a static scanning unit. The paper is then discharged the bottom of the device, and a digital copy is generated. Because these scanners don’t have to fit the whole document at a time, they can be significantly smaller - indeed many sheetfed scanners are a fraction of the size of an average flatbed scanner. This means they are far easier to transport and store. This portability comes at a cost - most sheetfed scanners aren’t nearly as powerful as their flatbed cousins, and so the scanning quality isn’t quite as good. However, for simple black & white document scanner, they should be more than sufficient. Therefore if all you need is to digitise your bills and invoices, a sheetfed scanner might be the best option.

Automatic Document Feeder

An additional extra mostly commonly found in sheetfed scanners is an automatic document feed (ADF). This is a system that allows you to place a stack of paper into the scanner, and the scanner will automatically feed in the documents, scan them, then eject them from the machine. This is extremely helpful for anyone needing to digitise a lot of documents at once, since you can queue 50 pieces of paper at once, and the scanner will take care of the rest. Not all scanners have this system, but it is worth seeking out if you routinely find yourself bulk-scanning documents.

Resolution & Scan Speed

As mentioned above, not all scanners scan at the same quality. The scanning resolution is measured in dots per inch - the higher the dpi, the better the quality of the scan. Very high resolutions also allow you to expand small photos into larger prints - something that is not possible with low-resolution scanners. High resolution is also important for retaining fidelity when scanning photos. As a rule 300dpi is perfectly fine for black & white text, but won’t suffice for photos - you will need something with at least 1,200dpi or higher.

It’s also important to consider the scanning speed of the peripheral. Different models of scanners can have extremely varying scan speeds - with some taking twice as much time to scan a page as others. The scanners on our site are measured in the amount of pages they can scan per second, split out into colour, black & white, photo, etc. While the speed may not make a difference if you only scan a single document every once in a while, if you routinely scan large amounts of paper, this can add up to a substantial time saving.

Device Size & Maximum Scan Size

As mentioned above, there can be a large difference in size between models of scanner. This is important not only for desk and storage space, but also because it affects what documents can be scanned. All of our scanners can handle A4 size paper and smaller, however it requires a specialist scanner to effectively digitise anything bigger than A4. For many people, this won’t be necessary - an A4 scanner will handle nearly all bills and important documents, and most photos.

However if you require the capacity to digitize larger documents (posters, blueprints, large books, etc) you will have to pay attention to the maximum scan size accepted by your chosen model.

Extras

Finally, there is a host of other considerations when choosing a scanner. These can include:

OCR Scanning: Some scanners come with software to perform Optical Character Recognition on scanned documents. This analyses the scanned image and picks out letters and words, turning the image into a readable and editable document. This is very important for anyone wanting to edit documents once they’ve been scanned, rather than just archiving them.

Film Scanning: Some advanced scanners contain the ability to directly scan film negatives and digitise them. While not a mainstream use by any means, it is a very helpful feature for digitising old camera film to keep the images safe.

Network Support: Most scanners connect directly to your computer via USB. However some have wifi, ethernet or bluetooth support, allowing them to be used wirelessly. This means that the document can be scanned from anywhere, and will be sent directly to your computer. This is helpful for offices, since the scanner can be in a central location, rather than being passed around from computer to computer.

Cloud Support: Related to the above - some newer network-enabled scanners have the ability to upload the scanned images directly to the Cloud, meaning they can be immediately be accessed by any computer, making it very easy to backup and share images all over the world.

Portability: Finally, some sheetfed scanners concentrate on the portability, making the device extra-small and including a carrying bag or case. If you frequently use your scanner while travelling, this may be a good option to consider.

Scanner Retailers, Prices and Features

Flat-Bed Scanner Prices

Scanners range in price from $25 to $15,381 and in total we found prices for 159 scanners. On average, a new flat-bed scanner costs $1,096 and 80% of scanners are priced between $99 and $2,002. The Panasonic KV-S8127-V is the most expensive flat-bed scanner that we found at $15,381, and the Epson Perfection V850 is the cheapest at only $26.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Price Range

Panasonic flat-bed scanners start at $436 and the most expensive Panasonic flat-bed scanner costs $15,381. The average price of Panasonic flat-bed scanners is $6,460 which is the highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands.

Kodak scanners range in price from $221 to $9,926, and the second highest average scanner price out of all brands is Kodak scanners with an average price of $2,229.

Fujitsu scanners start at $120 and the most expensive Fujitsu flat-bed scanner costs $10,977. The average price of Fujitsu scanners is $2,165 which is the third highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands.

Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 235 expert reviews and 55 user reviews for scanners written online and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of scanner. The top three scanner brands are Avision, Fujitsu and Epson. Avision has an average rating of 85%, Fujitsu has an average rating of 84% and Epson has an average rating of 83%.

Biggest Flat-Bed Scanner Retailers

We found 129 current offers for flat-bed scanners from eBay making it the biggest scanner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 125 current offers for flat-bed scanners. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 37 current scanner offers.

When Are Most New Scanners Released?

We looked at the release dates for new scanners over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any noticeable pattern. February was the biggest month last year for new flat-bed scanners, with 20 new flat-bed scanners released that month. 106 new flat-bed scanners were released in September 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new scanner releases. In 2014 most new scanners were released in June, with 31 new scanners released that month.

How Fast Do Flat-Bed Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, scanners drop in price by 4%. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $48 on a typical $1,096 new flat-bed scanner by waiting 6 months before buying.

Optical Scanning Resolutions

'Optical scanning resolution' denotes the detail level of the image produced by the scanner, measured in dots per inch (DPI).

We found 190 flat-bed scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI flat-bed scanners, which makes 600 x 600 DPI the most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new flat-bed scanners. The second most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners is 1200 x 1200 DPI. We found 34 scanners that are 1200 x 1200 DPI flat-bed scanners.

A bigger optical scanning resolution means that the resulting image will be of a higher detail, and will more closely resemble the original document. Low scan resolutions may appear blurry or lacking in small details.

Scanner Types

A scanner is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Common examples found in offices are variations of the desktop (or flatbed) scanner where the document is placed on a glass window for scanning. There are different types of scanners e.g. flatbed, pen, sheet-feed.

ADF is the most common scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 163 flat-bed scanners that are ADF flat-bed scanners. The second most frequently found scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners is flatbed. We found 58 flat-bed scanners that are flatbed scanners.

Colour Scanning Functions

This denotes whether the scanner has the ability to scan in colour, or whether it's limited to black & white scanning.

The vast majority of the 293 new scanners currently listed on Kagoo are scanners with a colour scanning function. 272 out of 293 are scanners with a colour scanning function.

Colour scanning is very helpful for scanning in photos, diagrams or any document that makes hefty use of colour.

Maximum Scan Sizes

This is the largest document that the scanner is able to reliably scan and digitize.

The most common maximum scan size amongst new scanners is 216 x 356mm. We found 23 scanners that are scanners that have a 216 x 356mm max scan size. We found 13 scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have a 210 x 297mm max scan size, making 210 x 297mm the second most popular maximum scan size amongst new scanners.

A larger scan size means that the scanner is equipped to handle bigger documents, and is therefore more versatile and helpful, especially if you find yourself routinely needing to scan A0 size documents,.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

The biggest flat-bed scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 129 current flat-bed scanner offers from eBay. The second biggest flat-bed scanner retailer is Adorama with 125 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Adorama when it comes to flat-bed scanners. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 37 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Flat-Bed Scanners?

With the cheapest price on 101 scanners, eBay is most frequently the cheapest scanner store.

Proportion of Scanners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest flat-bed scanner prices (found to be cheapest for 78.3% of its scanners).

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