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Should You Buy an Epson Scanner?

Matthew
Updated 28 February 2021
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should you buy an Epson Scanner?

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

We've collated all the key information on Epson scanners in this handy guide. We've analysed over 4,000 user and expert reviews and 50+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 380+ scanners to impartially compare each scanner brand.

Epson are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular scanners. Their scanners start at $46 for the DS-530 which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has an A4 / us letter max scan size and a sheet-fed scanner scanner and go up to $3,499 for the DS-32000 which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has a misc max scan size and a sheetfed / adf scanner. The average price of a new Epson scanner is $662.

Epson are recognised for their wide selection of premium and popular scanners.

Is Epson the Best Scanner Brand?

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

Epson is ranked the No. 1 best scanner brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Epson is the actually best scanner brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
1,448 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
596 reviews
#3
88%
88%
239 reviews
#4
86%
86%
105 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
879 reviews
#6
82%
82%
70 reviews
#7
HP
United States
81%
81%
402 reviews
#8
Visioneer
78%
78%
43 reviews
#9
Iris
77%
77%
84 reviews
#10
I.R.I.S.
76%
76%
23 reviews
#11
Avision
73%
73%
7 reviews
#12
Japan
71%
71%
0 reviews
#13
Japan
66%
66%
2 reviews
#14
Adesso
62%
62%
0 reviews
#15
Veho
53%
53%
0 reviews
#16
Lomography
51%
51%
0 reviews

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

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection
All scanner Brands
Epson Scanners

There's a wide selection of Epson scanners available compared to other scanner brands, with over 30 Epson scanners currently on the market in the US. Epson also have better reviews than the typical scanner brand, with the average rating of a Epson scanner being 87%.

The average review score for a Epson scanner is 87%.

Epson have a number of great features including Epson Matrix CCD Technology, One Touch Buttons and Scan To Email which sets them apart from the competition.

However Epson scanners tend to be more expensive than most other scanner brands making them a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$531
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $13,599
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$662
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $14,499
Price Distribution of Epson Scanners

What Do the Epson Scanner Reviews Say?

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

Epson logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
8
4 stars
10
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Epson logo

User Reviews

5 stars
799
4 stars
343
3 stars
58
2 stars
34
1 star
58
Epson has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its scanners than most other brands.

Over 90% of expert reviews and 88% of user reviews for Epson scanners are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 86% and 86% respectively across all Scanner brands.

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

Average Review Score Plustek Fujitsu HP Epson Xerox
PC Mag logo
64%
12 reviews
80%
3 reviews
73%
7 reviews
80%
6 reviews
76%
8 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
40%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
1 review
82%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
itproportal.com logo
70%
2 reviews
75%
2 reviews
about.com logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
gadgetspeak.com logo
84%
1 review
88%
1 review
72%
1 review
72%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
80%
1 review
alphr.com logo
50%
1 review
83%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
IT Reviews.com logo
70%
2 reviews
100%
1 review
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
1 review
90%
1 review
90%
1 review
techmagnifier.com logo
65%
2 reviews
60%
1 review
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
Techradar logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
1 review
83%
1 review
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
85%
1 review
83%
1 review
mymac.com logo
90%
2 reviews
pcworld.com.vn logo
100%
1 review
100%
1 review
macitynet.it logo
86%
1 review
82%
1 review
toptenreviews.com logo
75%
1 review
63%
1 review
Other Expert Sites
69%
14 reviews
71%
15 reviews
64%
7 reviews
57%
5 reviews
Average
73%
47 reviews
85%
31 reviews
76%
23 reviews
77%
20 reviews
73%
18 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Epson Scanners Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 6 industry awards for Epson scanners. The table below compares the number of awards received by Epson to other popular scanner brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Epson has won 6 awards for its scanners.

Compare all award winning scanners

Number of Awards Plustek Fujitsu HP Epson Xerox
PC Mag logo
2
1
2
3
Ephotozine logo
3
1
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
1
alphr.com logo
1
1
chip.com.my logo
1
1
insidehardware.it logo
2
itproportal.com logo
1
uk.hardware.info logo
1
toptenreviews.com logo
1
tipa.com logo
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
1
IT Reviews.com logo
1
itpro.co.uk logo
1
bitsandchips.it logo
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
hardware.info logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
Expert Reviews logo
1
buyerslab.com logo
1
Total
7
8
4
6
9

How Reliable Are Epson Scanners?

We checked over 4,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Epson scanners. 20 of these reviews mention reliability of which 57% were positive. Therefore the majority of Epson scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

57% of reviewers think Epson scanners are reliable.

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

RELIABLE

The Epson WorkForce DS-60000 Document Scanner is a massive scanner built for fast
PC Mag
There is a lot of built in flexibility that does make it possible to attain pleasing results
Ephotozine
It is well made
amazon.co.uk
excellent quality scans of my photos with easy editing tools to help repair scratches
Bestbuy.com
scratch removal software not to be very good
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

The plus side when scanning negatives is that the ICE hardware feature does a great job of removing the scratches
Walmart.com
The item could have been destroyed if it rained or it could have been taken by any passer bye
amazon.co.uk
broke down a little over a year after I purchased it
Bestbuy.com
scratch removal software is very good
Bhphotovideo.com

Features to Look Out For On Epson Scanners

There's a number of great features to look out for on the latest range of Epson scanners that set them apart from the competition. These include Epson Matrix CCD Technology, One Touch Buttons and Scan To Email.

Epson Matrix CCD Technology

Epson scanners that feature Epson Matrix CCD Technology include the Epson Perfection V370 ($145) and the Epson Perfection V550 Photo ($449).

Epson One Touch Buttons

Epson scanners that feature One Touch Buttons include the Epson WorkForce DS70 ($89) and the Epson Perfection V39 ($88).

Epson Scan To Email

Epson scanners that feature Scan To Email include the Epson Perfection V370 ($145).

Epson Digital ICE Technology

Epson scanners that feature Digital ICE Technology include the Epson Perfection V550 Photo ($449).

What is the Best Mid-Range Epson Scanner?

Epson WorkForce DS530

$45.99
Adorama
Epson WorkForce DS530
Buy Now
Epson WorkForce DS530
600 X
600
DPI
35ppm
ADF SCAN

A great mid range choice, priced at $45.99 is the Epson WorkForce DS530, which has a Kagoo Score of 86.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size (210x297mm)
Duplex scanning
Supports legal paper size

The best rated flat-bed scanner under $50. It has a duplex scanning and an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size and supports colour scanning.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the WorkForce DS530 in the US is $45.99 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Epson Scanner?

Epson Perfection V850

$892.99
Overstock
Epson Perfection V850
Buy Now
Epson Perfection V850
4800 X
6400
DPI

If you're looking for a high end Epson scanner then the Epson Perfection V850 takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 83, but is a bit more expensive at $892.99.

Features We Love:
4800 x 6400 DPI
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size (216x297mm)
Film scanning
RoHS compliance

Purchasers report that this scanner is good for scanning film, very easy to use but expensive. It's a good value for money and fully featured 4800 x 6400 DPI flatbed scanner. It has a film scanning and an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size and supports colour scanning.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
75
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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The cheapest price that we could find for the Perfection V850 in the US is $892.99 and in total we found 9 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Epson Scanner?

Epson Expression 12000XL

$3,299.00
Focus Camera
Epson Expression 12000XL
Buy Now
Epson Expression 12000XL
2400 X
4800
DPI

For those with an unlimited budget then the Epson Expression 12000XL is the best Epson scanner out there. At $3,299 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 78.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
Film scanning
2400 x 4800 DPI

A fully featured and classic 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner. It has a duplex scanning and a film scanning and supports colour scanning. Multiple reviews mentioned that this flat-bed scanner is very good-looking but heavy and bulky.

92
Reviews
10 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Popularity
Quite Popular
68
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Owners report that Epson Expression 12000XL has good expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 83%.

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The cheapest price that we could find for the Expression 12000XL in the US is $3,299.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Epson Scanner?

Epson WorkForce ES50

$85.00
eBay
Epson WorkForce ES50
Buy Now
Epson WorkForce ES50
600 X
600
DPI
10ppm
ADF SCAN

At only $85 and with a Kagoo Score of 86 the Epson WorkForce ES50 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size (210x297mm)
Bundled software
Supports legal paper size

An affordable and fully featured 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf scanner. It supports colour scanning and has an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the WorkForce ES50 in the US is $85.00 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy an Epson Scanner?
Is Epson the Best Scanner Brand?
What Do the Epson Scanner Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Epson Scanners Received?
How Reliable Are Epson Scanners?
Features to Look Out For On Epson Scanners
Epson Matrix CCD Technology
Epson One Touch Buttons
Epson Scan To Email
Epson Digital ICE Technology
What is the Best Mid-Range Epson Scanner?
What is the Best High End Epson Scanner?
What is the Ultimate Epson Scanner?
What is the Best Budget Choice Epson Scanner?

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