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Should You Buy an Epson Scanner?

Matthew
Updated 18 August 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 6,800 user and expert reviews and 60+ 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 $35 for the DS-80W which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has an A4 / us letter max scan size and a sheetfed / adf scanner and go up to $4,876 for the Expression 12000XL which is a 2400 x 4800 scanner, a scanner that has an A3 max scan size and a flatbed scanner. The average price of a new Epson scanner is $685.

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%
1,798 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
577 reviews
#3
89%
89%
811 reviews
#4
87%
87%
472 reviews
#5
Japan
86%
86%
1,515 reviews
#6
84%
84%
119 reviews
#7
HP
United States
82%
82%
509 reviews
#8
I.R.I.S.
78%
78%
129 reviews
#9
Iris
77%
77%
280 reviews
#10
Visioneer
76%
76%
74 reviews
#11
Avision
73%
73%
9 reviews
#12
Japan
73%
73%
0 reviews
#13
Adesso
62%
62%
0 reviews
#14
Japan
61%
61%
2 reviews
#15
Veho
58%
58%
0 reviews
#16
Lomography
58%
58%
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 20 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 $17,199
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$685
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $13,999
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
15
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Epson logo

User Reviews

5 stars
1,110
4 stars
406
3 stars
82
2 stars
61
1 star
84
Epson has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its scanners than most other brands.

Over 92% of expert reviews and 87% of user reviews for Epson scanners are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 89% and 80% 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 Kodak HP Iris Epson
PC Mag logo
65%
10 reviews
80%
2 reviews
79%
10 reviews
74%
8 reviews
77%
3 reviews
81%
7 reviews
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
87%
3 reviews
76%
5 reviews
82%
2 reviews
in.pcmag.com logo
65%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
75%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
gadgetspeak.com logo
84%
1 review
88%
1 review
72%
1 review
61%
3 reviews
72%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
60%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
alphr.com logo
50%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
83%
1 review
about.com logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
pcquest.com logo
90%
1 review
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
mrhightech.fr logo
88%
2 reviews
46%
1 review
diskidee.nl logo
85%
2 reviews
70%
1 review
chimerarevo.com logo
74%
1 review
80%
1 review
73%
1 review
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
techgearlab.com logo
76%
2 reviews
59%
1 review
macitynet.it logo
86%
1 review
82%
1 review
pcworld.com.vn logo
100%
1 review
100%
1 review
pcproffesionale.it
70%
1 review
90%
1 review
macnn.com logo
85%
2 reviews
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
71%
18 reviews
75%
18 reviews
63%
4 reviews
66%
9 reviews
57%
13 reviews
69%
8 reviews
Average
75%
53 reviews
84%
41 reviews
77%
26 reviews
76%
25 reviews
67%
24 reviews
72%
22 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 Kodak HP Iris Epson
alphr.com logo
2
1
PC Mag logo
3
Ephotozine logo
3
Expert Reviews logo
1
1
1
itpro.co.uk logo
1
2
whatnext.pl logo
2
chip.com.my logo
1
1
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
toptenreviews.com logo
2
pcfoster.pl logo
2
insidehardware.it logo
2
xtremehardware.com logo
1
winmagpro.nl logo
1
vonguru.fr logo
1
tipa.com logo
1
in4.pl logo
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
in.pcmag.com logo
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
Other Expert Sites
1
1
1
1
Total
9
6
6
4
9
6

How Reliable Are Epson Scanners?

We checked over 6,800 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Epson scanners. over 60 of these reviews mention reliability of which 64% were positive. Therefore the majority of Epson scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

64% 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

Having said this looks well made
amazon.co.uk
scratch removal software not to be very good
Bhphotovideo.com
reliable- great even for the tech not-so-knowledgable
Bestbuy.com
It is very reliable
Walmart.com

NOT RELIABLE

It does not recognize different prints reliably
Bhphotovideo.com
it would be very easy to scratch this
Walmart.com
I wish Apple had designed it as the build quality for such an expensive product isn't what I have come to expect
amazon.co.uk
She was able to do some impressive saves of damaged pictures as well
Bestbuy.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 ($129) and the Epson Perfection V550 Photo ($255).

Epson One Touch Buttons

Epson scanners that feature One Touch Buttons include the Epson WorkForce DS70 ($69) and the Epson Perfection V39 ($72).

Epson Scan To Email

Epson scanners that feature Scan To Email include the Epson Perfection V370 ($129).

Epson Digital ICE Technology

Epson scanners that feature Digital ICE Technology include the Epson Perfection V550 Photo ($255).

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 88.

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

The highest scoring sheetfed scanner available. It has a duplex scanning and an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size and supports colour scanning.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Quite Popular
88
Value for Money
Very Good
88
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 FF680W

$569.00
Adorama
Epson FF680W
Buy Now
Epson FF680W
600 X
600
DPI
45ppm
ADF SCAN

If you're looking for a high end Epson scanner then the Epson FF680W takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 82, but is a bit more expensive at $569.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size
Duplex scanning
RoHS compliance
Big auto document feeder (ADF) input capacity (100 sheets)

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

84
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
79
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the FF680W in the US is $569.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Epson Scanner?

Epson Expression 12000XL

$4,876.35
MyOfficeInnovations
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 $4,876.35 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 75.

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

A fully featured and classic 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed scanner. It has a duplex scanning and a film scanning and supports colour scanning. Customers report that it's really good-looking but heavy and bulky.

92
Reviews
12 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
64
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Epson Expression 12000XL has good expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 83%, based on 12 reviews.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Expression 12000XL in the US is $4,876.35 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

$84.38
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Epson WorkForce ES50
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Epson WorkForce ES50
600 X
600
DPI
10ppm
ADF SCAN

At only $84.38 and with a Kagoo Score of 88 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

The highest rated scanner under $100. It supports colour scanning and has an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the WorkForce ES50 in the US is $84.38 and in total we found 6 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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