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Should You Buy an Epson Scanner?

Matthew
Updated 05 September 2020
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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 4,300 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 mid-range and popular scanners. Their scanners start at $28 for the Workforce DS-30 which is a 600 x 600 scanner, a scanner that has a 216 max scan size and a sheet-fed scanner 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 $596.

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%
1,502 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
573 reviews
#3
Japan
88%
88%
879 reviews
#4
85%
85%
105 reviews
#5
85%
85%
230 reviews
#6
81%
81%
42 reviews
#7
HP
United States
81%
81%
399 reviews
#8
Japan
77%
77%
2 reviews
#9
Iris
76%
76%
49 reviews
#10
Visioneer
76%
76%
43 reviews
#11
I.R.I.S.
75%
75%
25 reviews
#12
Japan
72%
72%
0 reviews
#13
Avision
66%
66%
7 reviews
#14
Adesso
61%
61%
0 reviews
#15
Veho
53%
53%
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 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $14,999
Price Distribution of All Scanners
No. Of Scanners
Average Price
$596
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $13,499
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
10
4 stars
11
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0
Epson logo

User Reviews

5 stars
902
4 stars
375
3 stars
71
2 stars
45
1 star
59
Epson has a higher proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its scanners than most other brands.

Over 91% of expert reviews and 88% of user reviews for Epson scanners are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 88% and 85% respectively across all Scanner brands.

Purchasers of Epson scanners frequently mentioned that the product produced high-quality scans, and they have won a total of 6 awards.

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 Iris
PC Mag logo
64%
13 reviews
80%
3 reviews
73%
8 reviews
80%
8 reviews
80%
1 review
gadgetspeak.com logo
84%
1 review
88%
1 review
72%
1 review
72%
1 review
61%
3 reviews
Expert Reviews logo
40%
1 review
90%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
60%
1 review
60%
1 review
techadvisor.co.uk logo
73%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
about.com logo
70%
1 review
80%
1 review
85%
2 reviews
itpro.co.uk logo
80%
1 review
80%
1 review
82%
2 reviews
techgearlab.com logo
74%
2 reviews
59%
1 review
digitalfotoforalla.se logo
85%
1 review
83%
2 reviews
chimerarevo.com logo
74%
1 review
80%
1 review
73%
1 review
Ephotozine logo
83%
3 reviews
Techradar logo
80%
2 reviews
80%
1 review
everyeye.it logo
75%
1 review
73%
2 reviews
bitcity.it logo
82%
3 reviews
insidehardware.it logo
90%
2 reviews
digitalfoto.dk logo
85%
1 review
83%
1 review
pcworld.pl logo
90%
2 reviews
in.pcmag.com logo
60%
1 review
70%
1 review
chip.com.tr logo
82%
2 reviews
mymac.com logo
90%
2 reviews
techmagnifier.com logo
65%
2 reviews
Other Expert Sites
69%
16 reviews
81%
17 reviews
63%
6 reviews
57%
4 reviews
56%
9 reviews
Average
73%
48 reviews
82%
31 reviews
75%
24 reviews
75%
23 reviews
71%
20 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 Iris
PC Mag logo
2
1
3
1
Ephotozine logo
3
insidehardware.it logo
2
Trusted Reviews logo
1
1
toptenreviews.com logo
2
in4.pl logo
2
xtremehardware.com logo
1
whatnext.pl logo
1
vonguru.fr logo
1
tipa.com logo
1
techgearlab.com logo
1
pcfoster.pl logo
1
alphr.com logo
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
hardwaregeeks.com logo
1
hardware.info logo
1
gadgetgear.nl logo
1
Expert Reviews logo
1
chip.com.my logo
1
buyerslab.com logo
1
Other Expert Sites
1
Total
8
7
4
6
8

How Reliable Are Epson Scanners?

We checked over 4,300 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Epson scanners. over 30 of these reviews mention reliability of which 63% were positive. Therefore the majority of Epson scanner owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

63% 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
seems well built
amazon.co.uk
I needed a scanner that is reliable
Bestbuy.com
dependable so far
Bhphotovideo.com

NOT RELIABLE

Somebody mentioned that the negative holder was not very robust
amazon.co.uk
scratch removal software is very good
Bhphotovideo.com
A little flimsy on the construction side
Bestbuy.com
The plus side when scanning negatives is that the ICE hardware feature does a great job of removing the scratches
Walmart.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 ($155) and the Epson Perfection V550 Photo ($400).

Epson One Touch Buttons

Epson scanners that feature One Touch Buttons include the Epson WorkForce DS70 ($132) and the Epson Perfection V39 ($90).

Epson Scan To Email

Epson scanners that feature Scan To Email include the Epson Perfection V370 ($155).

Epson Digital ICE Technology

Epson scanners that feature Digital ICE Technology include the Epson Perfection V550 Photo ($400).

What is the Best Mid-Range Epson Scanner?

Epson Workforce DS-360W

$311.49
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Epson Workforce DS-360W
Buy Now
Epson Workforce DS-360W
1200 X
1200
DPI
50ppm
ADF SCAN

A great mid range choice, priced at $311.49 is the Epson Workforce DS-360W, which has a Kagoo Score of 77.

Features We Love:
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
1200 x 1200 DPI
Supports legal paper size

A classic and fully featured 1200 x 1200 DPI sheetfed / adf flat-bed scanner, with a reasonable price. It supports colour scanning and has a duplex scanning. Our review analysis indicates that this flat-bed scanner iseasy to setup, good-looking but expensive.

89
Reviews
32 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Epson Workforce DS-360W has good user reviews with an average user rating of 75%, based on 32 reviews.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Workforce DS-360W in the US is $311.49 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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What is the Best High End Epson Scanner?

Epson FF680W

$599.95
Pictureline
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 78, but is a bit more expensive at $599.95.

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.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Value for Money
Good
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

The cheapest price that we could find for the FF680W in the US is $599.95 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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What is the Ultimate Epson Scanner?

Epson Expression 12000XL

$3,299.00
Adorama
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 76.

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

A fully featured but only ok value for money 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner. It has a duplex scanning and a film scanning and supports colour scanning.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Popularity
Quite Popular
65
Value for Money
Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

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 Perfection V550 Photo

$399.99
eBay
Epson Perfection V550 Photo
Buy Now
Epson Perfection V550 Photo
6400 X
9600
DPI
31ppm
ADF SCAN

At only $399.99 and with a Kagoo Score of 79 the Epson Perfection V550 Photo makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
Digital ICE Technology
Epson Matrix CCD Technology
6400 x 9600 DPI
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size (215.9x297.18mm)

A critically acclaimed and optical scanning resolution flatbed colour scanning scanner, with a very good spec and an affordable price. Owners report that it's very easy to use and well designed, and easy to setup.

93
Reviews
322 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Purchasers report that Epson Perfection V550 Photo has great expert reviews and very good user reviews with 97% of buyers recommending this scanner to others.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Perfection V550 Photo in the US is $399.99 but in total we found only 1 price 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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