Compare 3D Printers

Compare the 10 Best 3D PrintersDecember 2017(Last Updated 15 December 2017)

Share on
The best 3D printers on the market, to allow you to print your own 3D models and sculptures
Compare top brands including XYZ Printing, XYZprinting and bq
Every week we rank the best 3D printers based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 96 3D Printer Models 713 3D Printer Reviews 337 3D Printer Prices
We compare:
96 3D Printer Models
713 3D Printer Reviews
337 3D Printer Prices
Table List
Sort by
Scroll up to see results
25% Off
{Up! Plus 2 3D Printer
£599.99
Was £800 (25 days ago)
Currys
Rank
Overall Score
Reviews
Price
Running Cost
Release Date
#1

90

da Vinci Junior 1.0

XYZprinting da Vinci Junior 1.0

1 Review
 Compare  Compare

£229.98

Ebuyer
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Apr 2015
The highest scoring 3D printer under £500, with great features
#2

83

2+

Ultimaker 2+

25 Reviews + 5 Awards
pcforalla.idg.se - Best in TestDigitaltrends.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicekomputerswiat.pl - Value for Money
 Compare  Compare

£1,163.03

Save £1,182
Ebuyer Business
Get Deal
£61
Over 5 years
Apr 2016
A cheap and multi award winning Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with low running costs and good features
#3

73

Hephestos 2

bq Hephestos 2

 Compare  Compare

£778.98

Save £120
Ebuyer
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Jan 2016
The highest scoring 3D printer under £1,000, with good features
#4

73

da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer

43 Reviews + 2 Awards
4tech.be - Silvertomsguide.com - Editor's Choice
 Compare  Compare

£379.97

Save £135
Ebuyer
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Sep 2015
An affordable and award winning Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site
#5

70

RF100

Renkforce RF100

 Compare  Compare

£287.99

Rapid Online
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Nov 2017
A good value for money and new 3D printer, but with only average features
#6

68

Mini 3D Printer

Up! Mini 3D Printer

3 Reviews + 1 Award
hothardware.com - Recommended
 Compare  Compare

£465.00

The Office Supplies Supermarket
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Sep 2015
A cheap and award winning 3D 3D printer, but with poor features
#7

68

Da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro 3D Printer

XYZ Printing Da Vinci Jr. 1.0 Pro 3D Printer

 Compare  Compare

£407.99

Ebuyer
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Feb 2016
A low cost but 2 year old 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with only middle of the road features
#9

64

ST3Di

ST3Di ST3Di

 Compare  Compare

£958.80

Staples
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Feb 2016
A good spec but 2 year old 0.1mm accuracy 3D printer, representing only middle of the road value for money
#10

64

da Vinci 2.0A 3D Printer

XYZ Printing da Vinci 2.0A 3D Printer

 Compare  Compare

£329.98

Ebuyer
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Sep 2015
A low cost but 2 year old Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with inferior features
#11

62

CubePro Trio 3D Printer

3D Systems CubePro Trio 3D Printer

 Compare  Compare

£1,303.04

PC World Business
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Sep 2015
A massive print resolution but marginally out of date Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with good features but representing only middle of the road value for money
#12

62

Plus 2 3D Printer

Up! Plus 2 3D Printer

 Compare  Compare

£349.99

Maplin Electronics
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Sep 2015
A low cost but 2 year old 3D 3D printer, with inferior features
#13

59

3D20

Dremel 3D20

13 Reviews
 Compare  Compare

£789.99

Maplin Electronics
Get Deal
(Unknown)
May 2015
A critically acclaimed but 3 year old 3D printer, representing only middle of the road value for money and with inferior features
#14

58

Robox 3D Printer

CEL Robox 3D Printer

 Compare  Compare

£699.00

Maplin Electronics
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Sep 2015
An average value for money and marginally out of date Dual-nozzle filament 3D printer, with only average features
#15

57

Replicator+

MakerBot Replicator+

35 Reviews + 6 Awards
Digitaltrends.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choicetomsguide.com - Editor's ChoiceLydogbilde.no - Best in Test
 Compare  Compare

£898.80

DPS Business
Get Deal
£27
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
A very economical to run and multi award winning Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and 3 further awards from other expert sites
#16

57

CubePro Duo 3D Printer

3D Systems CubePro Duo 3D Printer

 Compare  Compare

£1,763.98

PC World Business
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Sep 2015
A good spec but slightly out of date 1024x768 DPI print resolution 3D printer, representing not very good value for money
#17

53

WitBox 2

bq WitBox 2

 Compare  Compare

£1,304.98

Ebuyer
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Nov 2015
A critically acclaimed but 2 year old Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with inferior features and representing inferior value for money
#18

52

2 Extended+

Ultimaker 2 Extended+

 Compare  Compare

£2,354.36

Save £154
Ebuyer Business
Get Deal
£61
Over 5 years
Mar 2016
A middle of the road spec and 2 year old Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with moderate running costs but representing inferior value for money
#19

51

ModelSmart 250S

Polaroid ModelSmart 250S

1 Review
 Compare  Compare

£1,499.98

PC World Business
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Sep 2015
A little out of date and middle of the road spec 50 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with alright reviews but representing inferior value for money
#20

50

da Vinci 1.1 Plus

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.1 Plus

 Compare  Compare

£452.99

Ebuyer
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Oct 2015
A moderately out of date and middle of the road value for money Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with not very good features

40

da Vinci 1.1 Plus 3D Printer

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.1 Plus 3D Printer

 Compare  Compare

£598.59

Ebuyer Business
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Sep 2015
A slightly out of date and not very good value for money Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printer, with inferior features

40

Cube 3D Printer Gen3

3D Systems Cube 3D Printer Gen3

 Compare  Compare

£799.98

Ebuyer Business
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Jan 2016
A not very good value for money and 2 year old Plastic Jet Printing (PJP) 3D printer, with not very good features

35

Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

XYZ Printing Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

 Compare  Compare

£1,247.58

Ebuyer Business
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Feb 2016
An inferior spec and 2 year old 0.025 DPI print resolution 3D printer, representing inferior value for money

33

XYZ Printing Nobel 1.0

XYZ Printing XYZ Printing Nobel 1.0

 Compare  Compare

£1,076.98

Ebuyer
Get Deal
(Unknown)
Nov 2015
A marginally out of date and not very good value for money Stereolithography (SL) 3D printer, with poor features

No matching products found.

 More  Loading…

Today's Best 3D Printer Deals

25% Price Drop
{Up! Plus 2 3D Printer
£599.99
Price drop. Was £800 (25 days ago)
Print Technology
3D
Colour
Sand
Release Date
Sep 2015
13% Price Drop
{XYZ Printing da Vinci 2.0A 3D Printer
£329.98
Price drop. Was £380 (28 days ago)
Print Technology
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
Colour
Red
Release Date
Sep 2015
View More Amazing 3D Printer Deals

Trending 3D Printer Comparisons

Up! Mini 3D Printer
Up!
Mini 3D Printer
£465.00
Better brand
Better expert
reviews
VS
XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer
XYZ Printing
da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer
£379.97
£85 cheaper
One more awards
Ultimaker 2+
Ultimaker
2+
£1,163.03
Better PC Mag
review score
Better
CNET.com.au
review score
Better
CNET.co.uk
review score
VS
CEL Robox 3D Printer
CEL
Robox 3D Printer
£699.00
£464 cheaper
Vastly better
user reviews
Ultimaker 2+
Ultimaker
2+
£1,163.03
Better brand
Higher
Digitaltrends.c
om review score
Higher Zdnet.be
review score
VS
MakerBot Replicator+
MakerBot
Replicator+
£898.80
£264 cheaper
$27 cheaper to
run over five
years
Two more awards
Dremel 3D20
Dremel
3D20
£789.99
£109 cheaper
Much better
expert reviews
Much better
user reviews
VS
MakerBot Replicator+
MakerBot
Replicator+
£898.80
Better brand
Ultimaker 2+
Ultimaker
2+
£1,163.03
Better brand
Better
Digitaltrends.c
om review score
Better Zdnet.be
review score
VS
MakerBot Replicator+
MakerBot
Replicator+
£898.80
£264 cheaper
55% cheaper to
run over five
years
One more awards
Dremel 3D20
Dremel
3D20
£789.99
Better brand
Better Chip.de
review score
Expert reviews
are a lot
better
VS
XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer
XYZ Printing
da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3D Printer
£379.97
£410 cheaper
Better Ichip.ru
review score
MakerBot Replicator+
MakerBot
Replicator+
£898.80
£601 cheaper
Better brand
Marginally
better expert
reviews
VS
Polaroid ModelSmart 250S
Polaroid
ModelSmart 250S
£1,499.98
Significantly
better user
reviews
Dremel 3D20
Dremel
3D20
£789.99
£710 cheaper
Better brand
Expert reviews
are appreciably
better
VS
Polaroid ModelSmart 250S
Polaroid
ModelSmart 250S
£1,499.98
User reviews
are a lot
better
XYZprinting da Vinci Junior 1.0
XYZprinting
da Vinci Junior 1.0
£229.98
£933 cheaper
Better expert
reviews
VS
Ultimaker 2+
Ultimaker
2+
£1,163.03
Better brand
XYZprinting da Vinci Junior 1.0
XYZprinting
da Vinci Junior 1.0
£229.98
£235 cheaper
Better expert
reviews
VS
Up! Mini 3D Printer
Up!
Mini 3D Printer
£465.00
Better brand

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat does accuracy mean on a 3D printer?
AAccuracy determines how close the final finished product looks compared to the original plans. The higher the accuracy, the better the final product will be.
QWhy is layer thickness important for a 3D printer?
ALayer thickness determines how thin each layer that makes up the 3D printer item is. The thinner each layer, the higher the detail level of the overall product.

Buying a 3D Printer

3D printing is a new but rapidly growing field of printing and creating. Also known as ‘additive manufacturing’, 3D printers are very different from all other printers. Below we will give you an introduction to what 3D printers are, how they work and what attributes to consider when choosing a model.

3D printing, as the name suggests, involves taking a blueprint of an object and creating a fully-realised 3D model as a physical object. The object is not so much ‘printed’ as ‘constructed’ - the printer breaks the blueprint down into hundreds of small layers, then nozzles pump a special plastic material into the shape required for the layer. It then moves up the tiniest fraction, and repeats for the next layer, and so on. Using this method the model is constructed from the base up, and at the end you have a fully 3D version of the blueprint!

Resource ID 55

Because 3D printing is such a versatile technology, the scope of what you can print is astounding. People have successfully 3D printed everything from extremely-intricate toys and clothes to replacement parts for machines. Someone has even managed to print a fully-functional camera! Many of the blueprints used to create such things are freely available online, meaning that anyone with access to a 3D printer can download and fabricate the item!

Because the process is far cheaper and faster than creating many of the objects normally, 3D printing is increasingly being used for the creation of artificial limbs., especially for children. This is because they grow so quickly that they outgrow the size of their limbs, so cheaper, fast-produced replacements will utterly change the game.

3D printing is not just limited to medical or mechanical objects - there is a growing field dedicated to 3D printing food! While still in it’s infancy, people have already successfully used fine sugar syrups or protein pastes to create a wide array of foods, from sweets to savoury snacks.

In short, it’s an astoundingly exciting field, with a lot of potential. The tech has a long way to go still, but consumer models of machines are already available on the market for early adopters.

Pricing

Because 3D printing is such cutting-edge technology, models for early adopters come with a hefty price tag attached. Some small, lower end models can be got for around £200-400, but most come in between £750-1000. As with all very new tech, it’s expected that as more and more consumer models appear on the market, the prices will start to drop in the years to come. However right now, the price will form a substantial barrier to entry.

As of late 2017, growing interest in 3D printing has sparked a greater number of commercial printers available, and the first £100-200 models are starting to appear.

Size

Once you’ve decided to buy a machine, the next consideration is the size. Because there has to be enough space in the machine to fit the finished object, what you can create will be limited by the size of the machine. Small printers may only be able to fabricate objects a few centimetres across, while larger, more expensive machines allow for correspondingly bigger creations.

Also, it’s worth noting that even the smallest 3D printers have quite a large footprint, so will take up a substantial amount of space wherever you set them up.

Resource ID 54

Speed

The current generation of 3D printers are not particularly fast, but this tech is evolving and getting faster all the time. That said, there is a substantial difference in speed even between current brands of printer. Look for a model with more than one nozzle for faster printing speeds.

Accuracy

Finally, 3D printers don’t yet always create a perfect 1-to-1 replica of the blueprint. This can be due to many factors, such as sub-standard quality of nozzles - nozzles that are too big don’t allow for very fine precision work, meaning it will create more of a vaguely thing-shaped lump than a delicate construction. The 3D printers on our site have an ‘accuracy’ rating - look for one with very high accuracy for the highest fidelity between the original blueprint and your finished product.

3D Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

3D Printer Prices

3D printers range in price from £169 to £2,355 and in total we found prices for 24 3D printers. On average, a new 3D printer costs £846 and 80% of 3D printers are priced between £288 and £1,500. The most expensive 3D printer that we found is the Ultimaker 2 Extended+ at £2,354, and the cheapest is the XYZ Printing da Vinci Junior 3D Printer at only £170.

3D Printer Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is Ultimaker 3D printers with an average price of £1,759. Ultimaker 3D printers start at £1,163 and the most expensive Ultimaker 3D printer costs £2,354.

The %8highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is Polaroid 3D printers with an average price of £1,500. Polaroid 3D printers start at £1,500 and the most expensive Polaroid 3D printer costs £1,500.

The average price of 3D Systems 3D printers is £1,289 which is the third highest average price of all 3D printer brands. 3D Systems 3D printers range in price from £800 to £1,764.

3D Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 105 expert reviews and 228 user reviews for 3D printers and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of 3D printer. The top rated 3D printer brand is Flashforge with an average rating of 84%. The second best brand is Formlabs with 83% and the third best brand is Ultimaker with 80%.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

The biggest 3D printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Ebuyer Business. We found 12 current 3D printer offers from Ebuyer Business. The second biggest 3D printer retailer is Ebuyer with 10 offers. That means Ebuyer Business is slightly bigger than Ebuyer when it comes to 3D printers. Maplin Electronics is the third biggest retailer with 5 current offers.

When Are Most New 3D Printers Released?

We couldn't see any clear pattern in the release dates for new 3D printers over the last 3 years. In 2016 most new 3D printers were released in June, with eight new 3D printers released that month. 15 new 3D printers were released in September 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new 3D printer releases. September was also the biggest month in 2014 for new 3D printers, with seven new 3D printers released that month.

How Fast Do 3D Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average 3D printers drop in price by 1% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of £6 on a typical £846 new 3D printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

Accuracy

This indicates the accuracy that the 3D printer can achieve in the final model, compared to the original.

The accuracy of 3D printers range from 0.0125mm to 0.25mm. The accuracy of the majority of 3D printers range from 0.013mm to 0.036mm. The 3D printer with the biggest accuracy is the ST3DiST3Di, which is a 0.1mm accuracy 3D printer and sells for £958.80. The 3D printer with the smallest accuracy is the ST3DiST3Di, which is a 0.1mm accuracy 3D printer and is on sale for £958.80.

A greater accuracy means that the 3D printer will be able to create replicas significantly closer to the original, making for a far higher-quality product.

Print Resolutions

This indicates the highest support print resolution for the 3D printer.

Comparing all 3D printers, the print resolutions range from 0.025 DPI to 50 DPI. The print resolutions of the majority of 3D printers range from 0.025 DPI to 79,000 DPI. The PolaroidModelSmart 250S, which sells for £1,499.98, has the biggest print resolution and is a 50 DPI print resolution 3D printer. The PolaroidModelSmart 250S has the smallest print resolution. This 3D printer is a 0.025 DPI print resolution 3D printer and is available at £1,247.58.

The higher the supported print resolution for the device, the more detailed the final model will be!

Maximum Build Sizes (WxDxH)

This indicates the largest possible size for an object that the 3D printer can generate.

A larger build size means that the 3D printer can print bigger and better models!

Print Technologies

Amongst new 3D printers, the most popular print technology is Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). We found 27 3D printers that are Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printers. We found 9 3D printers that are Stereolithography (SL) 3D printers, making this the second most frequently found print technology amongst new 3D printers.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

We found 12 current offers for 3D printers from Ebuyer Business making it the biggest 3D printer retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Ebuyer for whom we found 10 current offers for 3D printers. The third biggest retailer is Maplin Electronics with 5 current 3D printer offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for 3D Printers?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on 3D printers is Ebuyer and offers the cheapest price on 10 3D printers.

Proportion of 3D Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of 3D printer for which they offer the cheapest price is Ebuyer with the cheapest price on 100% of its 3D printers.