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Should You Buy an Epson Scanner?

Updated 04 January 2020 by Matthew
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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 4,200 user and expert reviews and 50+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on 370+ scanners to impartially compare each scanner brand.

Epson are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and popular scanners. Their scanners start at $65 for the Perfection V19 which is a 4800 х 4800 scanner, a scanner that has an A4 / us letter max scan size and a flatbed scanner and go up to $3,346 for the DS-70000 which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has a misc max scan size and a flatbed scanner. The average price of a new Epson scanner is $557.

Epson are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range 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%
1,483 reviews
#2
Japan
94%
94%
612 reviews
#3
Japan
87%
87%
854 reviews
#4
86%
86%
213 reviews
#5
86%
86%
79 reviews
#6
83%
83%
37 reviews
#7
HP
United States
81%
81%
387 reviews
#8
Iris
80%
80%
70 reviews
#9
Visioneer
80%
80%
15 reviews
#10
Japan
72%
72%
0 reviews
#11
Avision
69%
69%
7 reviews
#12
I.R.I.S.
69%
69%
2 reviews
#13
Adesso
61%
61%
0 reviews
#14
Lomography
56%
56%
0 reviews
#15
Kenro
52%
52%
0 reviews
#16
Panasonic
Japan
50%
50%
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.

Epson scanners tend to be cheaper than most other scanner brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$647
$0 $100 $200 $300 $400 $500 $600 $700 $800 $900 $3,799
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$557
$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
6
4 stars
6
3 stars
1
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Epson logo

User Reviews

5 stars
898
4 stars
375
3 stars
63
2 stars
39
1 star
64
Epson has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its scanners than most other scanner brands.

Over 92% of expert reviews and 88% of user reviews for Epson scanners are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 87% and 86% respectively across all Scanner brands.

Looking at just the expert reviews, 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 Fujitsu Plustek HP Iris Canon Epson
PC Mag logo
77%
3 reviews
64%
13 reviews
71%
7 reviews
80%
1 review
78%
5 reviews
82%
5 reviews
techadvisor.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
gadgetspeak.com logo
88%
1 review
84%
1 review
72%
1 review
61%
3 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
80%
1 review
40%
1 review
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
82%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
1 review
79%
2 reviews
83%
1 review
about.com logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
70%
1 review
90%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
everyeye.it logo
75%
1 review
73%
2 reviews
Techradar logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
85%
1 review
83%
1 review
83%
1 review
chimerarevo.com logo
80%
1 review
74%
1 review
73%
1 review
Trusted Reviews logo
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
90%
1 review
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
alphr.com logo
83%
2 reviews
50%
1 review
pcproffesionale.it
90%
1 review
70%
1 review
mrhightech.fr logo
88%
2 reviews
itproportal.com logo
70%
2 reviews
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
diskidee.nl logo
85%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
78%
27 reviews
67%
11 reviews
64%
9 reviews
55%
12 reviews
92%
7 reviews
57%
3 reviews
Average
83%
47 reviews
71%
46 reviews
77%
23 reviews
69%
21 reviews
80%
19 reviews
81%
13 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Epson Scanners Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 3 industry awards for Epson scanners. The table below compares the number of awards given to Epson to other popular scanner brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Epson has won 3 awards for its scanners.

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Number of Awards Fujitsu Plustek HP Iris Canon Epson
PC Mag logo
1
1
1
3
1
Expert Reviews logo
1
2
Ephotozine logo
3
alphr.com logo
2
in4.pl logo
2
whatnext.pl logo
2
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
toptenreviews.com logo
2
pcfoster.pl logo
2
insidehardware.it logo
2
chip.com.my logo
1
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
frazpc.pl logo
1
techadvisor.co.uk logo
1
tipa.com logo
1
computeractive.co.uk logo
1
vonguru.fr logo
1
bitsandchips.it logo
1
Other Expert Sites
1
Total
7
8
4
11
6
3

How Reliable Are Epson Scanners?

We checked over 4,200 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Epson scanners. 30+ of these reviews that mention reliability of which 62% were positive. Therefore the majority of Epson scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

62% 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 scanner is well made
amazon.co.uk
This scanner is well built
Bestbuy.com
scratch removal software not to be very good
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

half foot gate onto a pavement (even though it was marked FRAGILE in inch high lettering
amazon.co.uk
The scanner seems to auto correct some of the scratches
Bestbuy.com
The plus side when scanning negatives is that the ICE hardware feature does a great job of removing the scratches
Walmart.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 V550 Photo ($150) and the Epson Perfection V370 ($120).

Epson One Touch Buttons

Epson scanners that feature One Touch Buttons include the Epson Perfection V39 ($70) and the Epson WorkForce DS70 ($109).

Epson Scan To Email

Epson scanners that feature Scan To Email include the Epson Perfection V370 ($120).

Epson Digital ICE Technology

Epson scanners that feature Digital ICE Technology include the Epson Perfection V550 Photo ($150).

What is the Best Mid-Range Epson Scanner?

Epson Perfection V600

$198.99
Overstock
Epson Perfection V600
Buy Now
Epson Perfection V600
6400 X
9600
DPI

A great mid range choice, priced at $198.99 is the Epson Perfection V600, which has a Kagoo Score of 87.

Features We Love:
6400 x 9600 DPI
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size (216x297mm)
Duplex scanning
Film scanning

An award winning and fully featured flatbed colour scanning flat-bed scanner, with an affordable price and optical scanning resolution. Purchasers report that this flat-bed scanner isreally easy to use, good for scanning photos and very good-looking.

95
Reviews
189 Reviews + 2 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that Epson Perfection V600 has very good expert reviews and great user reviews with 94% of buyers recommending this scanner to others.

Trusted Reviews Recommended
tipa.com Technical Image Press Association Award

The cheapest price that we could find for the Perfection V600 in the US is $198.99 and in total we found 7 prices for it.

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What is the Best High End Epson Scanner?

Epson FF680W

$529.99
Adorama
Epson FF680W
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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 80, but is a bit more expensive at $529.99.

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 bargain price and fully featured 600 x 600 DPI sheetfed / adf flat-bed scanner. It has a duplex scanning and an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size and supports colour scanning.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
78
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

The cheapest price that we could find for the FF680W in the US is $529.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Epson Scanner?

Epson Expression 12000XL

$2,859.99
eBay
Epson Expression 12000XL
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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 $2,859.99 it's not cheap, but is excellent quality and as such we gave it Kagoo Score of 79.

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

A classic and fully featured 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner. It has a duplex scanning and a film scanning and supports colour scanning.

94
Reviews
6 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
67
Value for Money
Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Epson Expression 12000XL has good expert reviews and superb user reviews with an average overall rating of 87%.

Epson Expression 12000XL-GA Flatbed Scanner Reviews 2019
Epson Expression 12000XL-GA Flatbed Scanner Reviews 2019

The cheapest price that we could find for the Expression 12000XL in the US is $2,859.99 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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What is the Best Budget Choice Epson Scanner?

Epson Perfection V370

$120.00
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Epson Perfection V370
Buy Now
Epson Perfection V370
4800 X
9600
DPI

At only $120 and with a Kagoo Score of 85 the Epson Perfection V370 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Scan To Email
Epson Matrix CCD Technology
4800 x 9600 DPI
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size (216x297mm)

A top-rated and fully featured 4800 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with a cheap price. It has a film scanning and an A4 / us lettermm maximum scan size and supports colour scanning. Multiple reviews mentioned that it's very well designed and easy to use, and very good for scanning slides.

93
Reviews
304 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Widely Available
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Epson Perfection V370 has good expert reviews and very good user reviews with 93% of buyers recommending this flat-bed scanner to others.

Unboxing of the Epson Perfection V370 Photo Scanner
Unboxing of the Epson Perfection V370 Photo Scanner

The cheapest price that we could find for the Perfection V370 in the US is $120.00 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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