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#1

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Epson Perfection V600

857 Reviews
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$195.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2009
The highest scoring flatbed scanner available, with two industry awards and great features
#2

89

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i

156 Reviews
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$238.95

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jun 2012
The highest scoring sheetfed scanner on the market, with great features
#3

89

Epson Perfection V39

633 Reviews
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$74.87

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jan 2015
The top scoring flat-bed scanner under $100, with great features
#4

88

Epson V370 Perfection

814 Reviews
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$107.00

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Sep 2015
A very popular and top-value 4800 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with exceptional user reviews and very good features
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#5

88

Epson DS‑40

1 Review
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$119.00

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jul 2017
A bargain price and very popular colour scanning A4 / US Lettermm max scan size scanner, with marvellous expert reviews and great features
#6

88

Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

502 Reviews
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$66.89

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Flatbed
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Sep 2015
A low cost and award winning colour scanning flatbed scanner, with great features and one of the highest optical scanning resolutions around
#7

88

Epson Perfection V19

17 Reviews
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$40.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jan 2015
The cheapest flatbed scanner around
#8

88

Brother Ds920

352 Reviews
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$134.99

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Handheld
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A4 (Long)mm
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Sep 2015
The highest scoring portable scanner on the market, with very good features
#9

88

Canon CanoScan LiDE 120

728 Reviews
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$59.19

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Flatbed
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(Unknown)
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Sep 2015
An extremely good value for money and award winning colour scanning 2400 x 4800 DPI scanner, with great features
#10

87

Xerox DocuMate 3220

10 Reviews
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$225.00

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 (Long)mm
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Sep 2015
The highest review score sheetfed scanner on the market
#11

87

HP Officejet 7612

64 Reviews
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$218.00

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Sep 2015
A remarkably cheap and very popular Sheetfed / ADF scanner, with an industry award and very good features
#12

86

Xerox DocuMate 3115

12 Reviews
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$74.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2015
An award winning and great value for money colour scanning A4 / US Lettermm max scan size scanner, with great features
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#13

85

Fujitsu iX500

607 Reviews
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$250.00

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Dec 2012
A multi award winning and affordable colour scanning A4 / US Lettermm max scan size scanner, with great features
#14

85

Plustek PS283

2 Reviews
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$209.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2012
A best selling and affordable colour scanning A4 / US Lettermm max scan size flat-bed scanner, with great features
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85

Iris Iriscan Book 3

17 Reviews
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$77.00

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Handheld
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A4 / US Lettermm
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May 2016
The cheapest portable scanner on the market
#16

85

Plustek MobileOffice S410

5 Reviews
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$104.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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(Unknown)
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Sep 2015
An award winning and low cost colour scanning 600 x 600 DPI scanner, with great features
#17

85

Xerox Documate 3125

13 Reviews
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$274.00

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 (Long)mm
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Nov 2011
An award winning and great value for money colour scanning A4 (long)mm max scan size scanner, with great features
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85

Xerox 4440

3 Reviews
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$522.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 (Long)mm
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Jul 2011
The highest scoring flat-bed scanner under $1,000, with very good features
#19

85

Plustek PS286 Plus

86 Reviews
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$258.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 (Long)mm
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Jun 2010
An award winning and very cheap colour scanning A4 (long)mm max scan size flat-bed scanner, with great features
#20

84

Iris Iriscan Mouse Executive 2

2 Reviews
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$65.55

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Handheld
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A3mm
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Sep 2015
An award winning and affordable colour scanning A3mm max scan size flat-bed scanner, with great features

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What Are The Best Scanner Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every scanner and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated scanner brand is Fujitsu with an average rating of 92%. Compare all award winning scanners.

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Fujitsu Scanners 21 $239 - $10,400
92%
868 reviews
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Epson Scanners 42 $40 - $3,346
87%
3,641 reviews
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Canon Scanners 25 $40 - $11,895
85%
1,574 reviews
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HP Scanners 21 $189 - $4,177
81%
358 reviews
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Brother Scanners 25 $70 - $1,353
79%
399 reviews
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Xerox Scanners 25 $75 - $5,300
77%
83 reviews
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Plustek Scanners 30 $105 - $1,990
76%
297 reviews
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Kodak Scanners 34 $236 - $19,404
66%
90 reviews

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is an automatic document feeder (ADF)?
AAn automatic document feeder allows you to 'queue' up multiple documents to scan - the device will work though each document one after another, scanning it and moving to the next.
QWhat is duplex scanning?
ADuplex scanning allows the device to automatically scan both sides of a document at once, meaning you don't have to separately scan the other side of the page.
QWhat are the pros/cons between an ADF, flatbed and handheld scanners?
AADF scanners allow for quickly scanning large amounts of material, and are usually the cheaper option. Flatbed scanners are slower, but tend to have a higher resolution, and are better for photos and graphics. Lastly handheld scanners are less powerful than their brothers, but are far less bulky, so can be used on the go.
QWhat is a mouse scanner?
AMice scanners are a subset of handheld scanners - they are fully functional mice, but also have a small document scanner built into the bottom of it. While the scanning quality isn't amazing, they are helpful for quick scanning of pure text.

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:

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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).

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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.

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.

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: Some sheetfed scanners concentrate on 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

The price range of flat-bed scanners is from $35 to $19,405 and in total we found prices for 218 flat-bed scanners. The average price of a new scanner is $1,372 and the 80% of flat-bed scanners are priced between $90 and $3,346. The Canon Lide 220 is the cheapest scanner at only $35, and Kodak i4850 Scanner is the most expensive at $19,404.

Scanner Brands - Price Range

The average price of Kodak flat-bed scanners is $4,271 which is the highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands. Kodak flat-bed scanners start at $236 and their most expensive flat-bed scanner costs $19,404.

Panasonic flat-bed scanners start at $430 and their most expensive scanner costs $12,038. The second highest average scanner price out of all brands is Panasonic flat-bed scanners with an average price of $4,253.

Canon flat-bed scanners start at $35 and their most expensive flat-bed scanner costs $11,895. The third highest average flat-bed scanner price out of all brands is Canon flat-bed scanners with an average price of $2,052.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 459 expert reviews and 6,613 user reviews for scanners written online and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of scanner. The top rated scanner brand is Fujitsu with an average rating of 92%. The second best brand is Epson with 87% and the third best brand is Canon with 85%.

Biggest Flat-Bed Scanner Retailers

We found 201 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 155 current offers for scanners. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 104 current scanner offers.

When Are Most New Flat-Bed Scanners Released?

August to September is the most common period for new flat-bed scanners to be released in. If you want the latest scanner features you may want to think about waiting until August 2018. Also the price of the current flat-bed scanners may drop off just before the latest models are released in August. Last year most new flat-bed scanners were released in August, with nine new flat-bed scanners released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new scanner releases was December, with 17 new scanners released that month. In September 2015 51 new flat-bed scanners were released making it the biggest month that year for new flat-bed scanner releases.

How Fast Do Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

On average scanners drop in price by 6% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $76 on a typical $1,372 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 211 flat-bed scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI flat-bed scanners, which makes this the most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 33 scanners that are 1200 x 1200 DPI flat-bed scanners, making this the second most common optical scanning resolution amongst new 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 219 scanners that are Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanners, which makes this the most popular scanner type amongst new scanners. The second most common scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners is flatbed. We found 63 flat-bed scanners that are flatbed scanners.

Colour Scanning

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

Of the 322 new flat-bed scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are flat-bed scanners which support colour scanning. 95% of flat-bed scanners are flat-bed scanners which support colour scanning.

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

Maximum Scan Sizes

Maximum scan size refers to the dimensions in millimetres of the largest document that the scanner can digitise.

The most popular maximum scan size amongst new scanners is A4 / US Lettermm. We found 113 scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 / US Lettermm max scan size. A4 (long)mm is the second most frequently found maximum scan size amongst new scanners. We found 67 scanners that are scanners that have an A4 (long)mm 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 documents larger than A4.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Flat-Bed Scanners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying scanners. For each retailer it shows the total number of scanners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying flat-bed scanners. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Amazon US. 128 of their scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Scanners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for flat-bed scanners by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of flat-bed scanner prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's flat-bed scanner prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon US. 63.7% of their scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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