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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 347 scanners, 3,040 reviews and 6,980 prices. Last updated 17 October 2017.

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#1 Epson Perfection V600

Perfection V600
Trusted Reviews - Recommendedtipa.com - Technical Image Press Association Award
The top rated scanner under $500, with two industry awards and very good features
96
Reviews
2 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Sep 2015
Release Date
$169.99
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Pictureline $209.95
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$78.00

#2 Epson Perfection V39

Perfection V39
PC Mag - Editor's Choice
The top scoring scanner under $100, with great features
94
Reviews
1 Award
99
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Jan 2015
Release Date
$78.00
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$54.75

#3 Epson Perfection V19

Perfection V19
An excellently reviewed and affordable flatbed colour scanning function scanner, with very good features
94
Reviews
16 Reviews
99
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Jan 2015
Release Date
$54.75
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$109.00

#4 Epson V370 Perfection

V370 Perfection
A breathtakingly cheap and very highly rated 4800 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with great features
94
Reviews
36 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Flatbed
Sep 2015
Scanner Type
Release Date
$109.00
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$180.00

#5 Epson Perfection V550 Photo

Perfection V550 Photo
PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceEphotozine - Recommended
An affordable and award winning 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with good features and a recent release date
92
Reviews
2 Awards
91
Value for Money
Excellent
76
Features
Good Features
83
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Jul 2017
Release Date
$180.00
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$159.00

#7 Xerox 5445

5445
alphr.com - RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choice
A very good value for money and award winning 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features
87
Reviews
2 Awards
97
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
ADF
Mar 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Release Date
$159.00
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Overstock $764.99
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$79.99

#8 Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

CanoScan LiDE 220
PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceExpert Reviews - Recommended
An award winning and low cost flatbed colour scanning function flat-bed scanner, with good features and an extremely high 4800 x 4800 DPI optical scanning resolution
89
Reviews
2 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
80
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Sep 2015
Release Date
$79.99
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Crutchfield $79.99
Overstock $96.19
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$379.00

#9 Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

ScanSnap iX500
hardware.info - Excellentalphr.com - Recommended (A List)PC Mag - Editor's ChoicePC Advisor.co.uk - Recommended
A bargain price and multi award winning 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features and a recent release date
95
Reviews
5 Awards
89
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
80
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
ADF
216 X 360mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Oct 2017
Release Date
$379.00
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$258.99

#10 Plustek PS286

PS286
toptenreviews.com - Bronze
An award winning and top-value 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features
91
Reviews
1 Award
94
Value for Money
Excellent
73
Features
Good Features
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
ADF
Sep 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Release Date
$258.99
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#11 Visioneer RoadWarrior 3

RoadWarrior 3
A top-rated and excellent value for money 600 DPI CDF scanner, with good features
80
Reviews
1 Review
97
Value for Money
Excellent
73
Features
Good Features
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
CDF
216mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Jan 2015
Release Date
$101.45
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Scanner Brands

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 32 $55 - $3,220 85%
Other brands Other Scanner Brands 129 $49 - $14,713

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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

In total we found 160 flat-bed scanners ranging from $49 to $14,713. The average price of a new flat-bed scanner is $1,136 and the 80% of scanners are priced between $107 and $2,702. The most expensive scanner that we found is the Panasonic KV-S8147 at $14,713, and the cheapest is the Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 at only $50.

Scanner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Panasonic scanners is $4,814 which is the highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands. Panasonic scanners range in price from $430 to $14,713.

Kodak scanners range in price from $195 to $9,928, and the average price of Kodak scanners is $2,319 which is the second highest average price of all scanner brands.

Fujitsu scanners range in price from $319 to $7,210, and the third highest average scanner price out of all brands is Fujitsu scanners with an average price of $1,938.

Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 240 expert reviews and 2,388 user reviews for scanners available online and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of flat-bed scanner. Fujitsu is the top rated scanner brand with an average rating of 94%. Epson is the second best brand with 89% and Avision is the third best brand with 85%.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

We found 179 current offers for scanners from Amazon US making it the biggest scanner retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 131 current offers for scanners. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 128 current scanner offers.

When Are Most New Scanners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable trend in the release month for new scanners. In February 2016 19 new flat-bed scanners were released making it the biggest month that year for new scanner releases. 103 new flat-bed scanners were released in September 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new flat-bed scanner releases. June was the biggest month in 2014 for new scanners, 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 3%. That means a saving of $31 on a typical $1,136 new flat-bed scanner if you wait 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).

Amongst new flat-bed scanners, the most frequently found optical scanning resolution is 600 DPI. We found 422 flat-bed scanners that are 600 DPI scanners. We found 202 flat-bed scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI flat-bed scanners, making this the second most common optical scanning resolution amongst new 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.

We found 187 scanners that are ADF flat-bed scanners, which makes this the most common scanner type amongst new scanners. Flatbed is the second most frequently found scanner type amongst new scanners. We found 62 scanners that are flatbed flat-bed 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.

Of the 312 new scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are flat-bed scanners with a colour scanning function. 296 out of 312 scanners are flat-bed 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.

We found 226 flat-bed scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have a 216mm max scan size, which makes this the most common maximum scan size amongst new flat-bed scanners. 216 x 356mm is the second most popular maximum scan size amongst new scanners. We found 32 scanners that are scanners that have a 216 x 356mm max scan size.

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 Flat-Bed Scanner Retailers

We found 179 current offers for scanners from Amazon US making it the biggest flat-bed scanner retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 131 current offers for scanners. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 128 current flat-bed scanner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Flat-Bed Scanners?

The cheapest retailer by number of flat-bed scanner for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 98 flat-bed scanners.

Proportion of Flat-Bed Scanners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest scanner prices (found to be cheapest for 74.8% of its scanners).

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