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5 Best 3D Printers in the UK - November 2019

Updated 10 November 2019 by Matthew
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5 best 3D printers

Which Are the Best 3D Printers?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best 3D printers? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best 3D printers are:


What 3D Printer to Buy in November 2019?

Let's take a look at the top 5 3D printers currently for sale in the UK, compared side by side:

Best Buy Great Price
LulzBot Mini Polaroid ModelSmart 250S XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 MakerBot Replicator+ Flashforge Creator Pro
LulzBot Mini Polaroid ModelSmart 250S XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 MakerBot Replicator+ Flashforge Creator Pro
£1,198.55 Buy Now
Ebuyer
Buy Now
£1,133.17 Buy Now
Office Stationery
Buy Now
£447.99 Buy Now
Ebuyer
Buy Now
£2,696.31 Buy Now
Office Stationery
Buy Now
£791.96 Buy Now
Ebuyer
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0.5mm
MAX LAYER
0.05mm
MIN LAYER
THICKNESS
50 DPI
PRINT
RESOLUTION
0.4mm
MAX LAYER
0.1mm
MIN LAYER
0.3mm
MAX LAYER
0.1mm
MIN LAYER
0.3mm
MAX LAYER
0.1mm
MIN LAYER
96
Reviews
15 Reviews + 3 Awards
87
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
93
Age
17 Months Old
90
Kagoo Score
Excellent
89
Reviews
2 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Very Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Age
4 Years Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
73
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
80
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Very Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Age
4 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
92
Reviews
40 Reviews + 3 Awards
77
Features
Good Features
96
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
76
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Age
3 Years Old
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
90
Reviews
37 Reviews
77
Features
Good Features
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Age
2 Years Old
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
An award winning and newly released dual-nozzle filament 3D printer, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and an additional award from another expert site and a good price. Purchasers report that it has great materials, it's compact and really well made. A classic and affordable 3D printer, with a very good spec and print resolution. Our review analysis indicates that it's reliable. The highest scoring 3D printer under £500. An award winning and very popular fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and a good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that it's well designed, reliable but expensive. A top-rated but 3 year old fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good price and a good spec. Our review analysis indicates that it's good-looking and really easy to use, and to assemble.
8 Reasons For
49% Faster Maximum Vertical Build Speed
0.2mm Bigger Maximum Layer Thickness
0.05mm Thinner Minimum Layer Thickness
Better Kagoo Score
Newer by 15 Months
Considerably Better Expert Reviews
Considerably Better Overall Reviews
1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Higher Review Score
2 Reasons For
Card Reader
Considerably Better User Reviews
3 Reasons For
3D Scanner
£344 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling it
2 Reasons For
Six More Awards
1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Higher Review Score
2 Reasons For
Card Reader
Better Brand
6 Reasons Against
Does Not Have a Viewing Window
More Expensive by £751
Not As Many Stockists
Three Less Awards
User Review Rating is Hugely Worse
Worse Brand
8 Reasons Against
93% Slower Maximum Vertical Build Speed
Viewing Window
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by £685
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Two Years
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Worse Brand
6 Reasons Against
20% Smaller Maximum Layer Thickness
Thicker Minimum Layer Thickness
Viewing Window
Worse Kagoo Score
Over Two Years Older
Worse Brand
11 Reasons Against
0.2mm Smaller Maximum Layer Thickness
0.05mm Thicker Minimum Layer Thickness
Viewing Window
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by £2,248
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over One Year
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
User Review Rating is Hugely Worse
Worse Brand
2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
10 Reasons Against
0.2mm Smaller Maximum Layer Thickness
0.05mm Thicker Minimum Layer Thickness
Viewing Window
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by £344
Less Retailers
Older by Over One Year
Expert Review Rating is Vastly Worse
User Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Worse Les Numeriques.com Review Score
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LulzBot Mini

£1,198.55
Ebuyer

LulzBot Mini

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LulzBot Mini
0.5mm
MAX LAYER
0.05mm
MIN LAYER
THICKNESS

The LulzBot Mini has a Kagoo Score of 90. However with a price tag of £1,198.55 this 3D printer is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the LulzBot Mini.

Features We Love:
Big maximum layer thickness (0.5mm)
Very thin minimum layer thickness (0.05mm)
Fast maximum vertical build speed (275mm/sec)

An award winning and newly released dual-nozzle filament 3D printer, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and an additional award from another expert site and a good price. Purchasers report that it has great materials, it's compact and really well made.

96
Reviews
15 Reviews + 3 Awards
87
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
93
Age
17 Months Old
90
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that LulzBot Mini has very good expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 85%, based on 15 reviews. LulzBot Mini has received three awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag plus one other site and an industry award from Windowscentral.com.

PC Mag Editor's Choice
windowscentral.com Choice Award
tomsguide.com Editor's Choice
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8 Reasons For for Choosing the LulzBot Mini

49% Faster Maximum Vertical Build Speed

The LulzBot Mini has a maximum vertical build speed of 275. That's 255mm/sec faster than the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S (20mm/sec). More ...

'Maximum vertical build speed' indicates the fastest possible speed the 3D printer is capable of achieving.

The faster the build speed of your 3D printer, the faster it can finish print jobs and create models.

0.2mm Bigger Maximum Layer Thickness

The LulzBot Mini is a 0.5 max layer thickness 3D printer, whereas the Flashforge Creator Pro, the MakerBot Replicator+ and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 are all only 0.4mm max layer thickness 3D printers (0.1mm smaller). More ...

The maximum layer thickness is the maximum thickness of a layer that the 3D printer can produce. These layers are printed one on top of each other to make up the finished 3D model.

A bigger layer thickness means that each layer will be both thicker and stronger, leading to a more stable final piece. However the thickness means that it won't be quite as detailed, and will look more bulky.

0.05mm Thinner Minimum Layer Thickness

The LulzBot Mini has a minimum layer thickness of 0.05, however the Flashforge Creator Pro, the MakerBot Replicator+ and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 are all 0.1mm min layer thickness 3D printers (0.05mm thicker). More ...

The minimum layer thickness denotes the minimum thickness of a layer that the 3D printer can produce. These layers are printed one on top of each other to make up the finished 3D model.

A smaller layer thickness means that the individual layers will all be smaller, but there will be more of them making up the object. This means that while the object may not be quite as hardy, it will be far more details, since it's made up of far more layers.

Better Kagoo Score

The LulzBot Mini has received a Kagoo Score of 90, but the Flashforge Creator Pro scored 84, the MakerBot Replicator+ scored 84, the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S scored 86 and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 scored 85.

Newer by 15 Months

The LulzBot Mini was released 17 months ago, but the Flashforge Creator Pro was released three years ago, the MakerBot Replicator+ was released three years ago, the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S was released four years ago and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 was released four years ago

Considerably Better Expert Reviews

Based on 7 reviews, the LulzBot Mini has an average expert review score of 84%, but the Flashforge Creator Pro has an average rating of 58% (based on 2 reviews), the MakerBot Replicator+ has an average rating of 73% (based on 36 reviews) and the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has an average rating of 70% (based on 1 review).

Considerably Better Overall Reviews

Based on 15 reviews, the LulzBot Mini has an average overall review score of 85%, but the Flashforge Creator Pro has an average rating of 69% (based on 37 reviews), the MakerBot Replicator+ has an average rating of 75% (based on 56 reviews) and the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has an average rating of 64% (based on 2 reviews).

1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Higher Review Score

Tomsguide.com all gave the LulzBot Mini a better review score. More ...

Tomsguide.com: LulzBot Mini = 90% vs MakerBot Replicator+ = 80%

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the LulzBot Mini

Does Not Have a Viewing Window

The LulzBot Mini does not have a viewing window, however the Flashforge Creator Pro, the MakerBot Replicator+, the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 do. More ...

A viewing window on a 3D printer lets you watch the printer as it works.

Having a viewing window is helpful, since it means you can watch the 3D model as it grows, meaning you can quickly spot any problems or flaws. Plus, they are really cool things to watch work!

More Expensive by £751

The LulzBot Mini is £407 more expensive than the Flashforge Creator Pro, £65 more expensive than the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S and £751 more expensive than the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3.

Not As Many Stockists

The LulzBot Mini is only stocked by 1 shop, however the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 is stocked by 2 sellers. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this 3D printer.
Three Less Awards

The LulzBot Mini has only received 3 awards, however the MakerBot Replicator+ has received 6 awards.

User Review Rating is Hugely Worse

The LulzBot Mini has an average user score of 80%, but the Flashforge Creator Pro has an average user rating of 90% (based on 35 reviews) and the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review).

Worse Brand

LulzBot 3D printers have an average rating of only 83.8%, however Flashforge has an average rating of 95% and XYZ Printing has an average rating of 86.8%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Mini in the UK is £1,198.55 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Polaroid ModelSmart 250S

£1,133.17
Office Stationery

Polaroid ModelSmart 250S

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Polaroid ModelSmart 250S
50 DPI
PRINT
RESOLUTION

The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has a Kagoo Score of 86. However with a price tag of £1,133.17 this 3D printer is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S.

Features We Love:
Huge print resolution (50 DPI)
Card reader

A classic and affordable 3D printer, with a very good spec and print resolution. Our review analysis indicates that it's reliable.

89
Reviews
2 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Very Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Age
4 Years Old
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has brilliant user reviews but ok expert reviews with an average overall rating of 64%.

2 Reasons For for Choosing the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S

Card Reader

The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has a card reader (as does the Flashforge Creator Pro), whereas the LulzBot Mini, the MakerBot Replicator+ and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 do not have this feature. More ...

Some 3D printers have an integrated card read that will accept a standard sized memory card.

This allows the 3D printer to read data on memory cards, which are an easy way of transferring blueprints to the device.

Considerably Better User Reviews

Based on 1 review, the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has an average user review score of 100%, but the Flashforge Creator Pro has an average rating of 90% (based on 35 reviews), the LulzBot Mini has an average rating of 80% (based on 8 reviews) and the MakerBot Replicator+ has an average rating of 72% (based on 20 reviews).

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S

93% Slower Maximum Vertical Build Speed

The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has a maximum vertical build speed of 20. That's 255mm/sec slower than the LulzBot Mini (275mm/sec). More ...

'Maximum vertical build speed' indicates the fastest possible speed the 3D printer is capable of achieving.

The faster the build speed of your 3D printer, the faster it can finish print jobs and create models.

Viewing Window

The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has a viewing window (as do the Flashforge Creator Pro, the MakerBot Replicator+ and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3), whereas the LulzBot Mini does not have this feature. More ...

A viewing window on a 3D printer lets you watch the printer as it works.

Having a viewing window is helpful, since it means you can watch the 3D model as it grows, meaning you can quickly spot any problems or flaws. Plus, they are really cool things to watch work!

Worse Kagoo Score

The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has received a Kagoo Score of 86, but the LulzBot Mini scored 90.

More Expensive by £685

The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S is £341 more expensive than the Flashforge Creator Pro and £685 more expensive than the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3.

Not As Many Stockists

The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S is only stocked by 1 retailer, however the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 is stocked by 2 stores. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this 3D printer.
Older by Over Two Years

The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S is 19 months older than the Flashforge Creator Pro, three years older than the LulzBot Mini and one year older than the MakerBot Replicator+. The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S is the same age as the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3.

Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Polaroid ModelSmart 250S only has an average expert score of 70%, but the LulzBot Mini has an average expert rating of 84% (based on 7 reviews) and the MakerBot Replicator+ has an average expert rating of 73% (based on 36 reviews).

Worse Brand

Polaroid 3D printers have an average rating of only 71.4%, however Flashforge has an average rating of 95%, LulzBot has an average rating of 83.8%, MakerBot has an average rating of 82.7% and XYZ Printing has an average rating of 86.8%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the ModelSmart 250S in the UK is £1,133.17 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3

£447.99
Ebuyer

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3

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XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3
0.4mm
MAX LAYER
0.1mm
MIN LAYER

The XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 has a Kagoo Score of 85. With a price tag of £447.99 this 3D printer is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 or read our article on whether you should buy a XYZ Printing 3D printer.

Features We Love:
Big maximum layer thickness (0.4mm)
3D scanner

The highest scoring 3D printer under £500.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Very Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Age
4 Years Old
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

3 Reasons For for Choosing the XYZ Printing Da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3

3D Scanner

The XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 has a 3D scanner, whereas the Flashforge Creator Pro, the LulzBot Mini, the MakerBot Replicator+ and the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S do not have this feature. More ...

Some 3D printers also have an integrated 3D scanner which can scan an original item and then print out a copy.

While rare, 3D scanners are extremely helpful for creating 3D versions of real-world objects: it can scan an object from all sides and create a blueprint, which can then be used by the printer to create a 3D replica.

£344 Cheaper

The XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 is £343.97 cheaper than the Flashforge Creator Pro, £750.56 cheaper than the LulzBot Mini, £2,248.32 cheaper than the MakerBot Replicator+ and £685.18 cheaper than the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this 3D printer and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the XYZ Printing Da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3

20% Smaller Maximum Layer Thickness

The XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 has a maximum layer thickness of 0.4. That's 0.1mm bigger than the Flashforge Creator Pro, the LulzBot Mini and the MakerBot Replicator+ (0.3mm). More ...

The maximum layer thickness is the maximum thickness of a layer that the 3D printer can produce. These layers are printed one on top of each other to make up the finished 3D model.

A bigger layer thickness means that each layer will be both thicker and stronger, leading to a more stable final piece. However the thickness means that it won't be quite as detailed, and will look more bulky.

Thicker Minimum Layer Thickness

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 is 0.1 min layer thickness, and so do the Flashforge Creator Pro and the MakerBot Replicator+. That's 0.05mm thicker than the LulzBot Mini (0.05mm). More ...

The minimum layer thickness denotes the minimum thickness of a layer that the 3D printer can produce. These layers are printed one on top of each other to make up the finished 3D model.

A smaller layer thickness means that the individual layers will all be smaller, but there will be more of them making up the object. This means that while the object may not be quite as hardy, it will be far more details, since it's made up of far more layers.

Viewing Window

The XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 has a viewing window, and so do the Flashforge Creator Pro, the MakerBot Replicator+ and the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S, however the LulzBot Mini does not. More ...

A viewing window on a 3D printer lets you watch the printer as it works.

Having a viewing window is helpful, since it means you can watch the 3D model as it grows, meaning you can quickly spot any problems or flaws. Plus, they are really cool things to watch work!

Worse Kagoo Score

The XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 has received a Kagoo Score of 85, whereas the LulzBot Mini scored 90 and the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S scored 86.

Over Two Years Older

The XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 is older than the Flashforge Creator Pro by 19 months, older than the LulzBot Mini by three years and older than the MakerBot Replicator+ by one year. The XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 is the same age as the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S.

Worse Brand

XYZ Printing 3D printers have an average rating of only 86.8%, but Flashforge has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 in the UK is £447.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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MakerBot Replicator+

£2,696.31
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MakerBot Replicator+

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MakerBot Replicator+
0.3mm
MAX LAYER
0.1mm
MIN LAYER

The MakerBot Replicator+ has a Kagoo Score of 84. However with a price tag of £2,696.31 this 3D printer is very expensive. For further details check out our full review of the MakerBot Replicator+.

An award winning and very popular fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and a good spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that it's well designed, reliable but expensive.

92
Reviews
40 Reviews + 3 Awards
77
Features
Good Features
96
Popularity
Amazon Bestseller
76
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Age
3 Years Old
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that MakerBot Replicator+ has good expert reviews and good user reviews with 80% of buyers recommending this 3D printer to others. MakerBot Replicator+ has received three awards including an "Editor's Choice" award from Digitaltrends.com plus two other sites.

PC Mag Editor's Choice
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2 Reasons For for Choosing the MakerBot Replicator+

Six More Awards

The MakerBot Replicator+ has received 6 awards from expert review sites, however the Flashforge Creator Pro has received no awards, the LulzBot Mini has received 3 awards, the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has received no awards and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 has received no awards.

1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Higher Review Score

Les Numeriques.com all gave the MakerBot Replicator+ a better review score. More ...

Les Numeriques.com: MakerBot Replicator+ = 80% vs Flashforge Creator Pro = 60%

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the MakerBot Replicator+

0.2mm Smaller Maximum Layer Thickness

The MakerBot Replicator+ is a 0.3 max layer thickness 3D printer (as does the Flashforge Creator Pro), whereas the LulzBot Mini and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 are both 0.4mm max layer thickness 3D printers (0.1mm bigger). More ...

The maximum layer thickness is the maximum thickness of a layer that the 3D printer can produce. These layers are printed one on top of each other to make up the finished 3D model.

A bigger layer thickness means that each layer will be both thicker and stronger, leading to a more stable final piece. However the thickness means that it won't be quite as detailed, and will look more bulky.

0.05mm Thicker Minimum Layer Thickness

The MakerBot Replicator+ has a minimum layer thickness of 0.1 (as do the Flashforge Creator Pro and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3), however the LulzBot Mini is a 0.05mm min layer thickness 3D printer (0.05mm thinner). More ...

The minimum layer thickness denotes the minimum thickness of a layer that the 3D printer can produce. These layers are printed one on top of each other to make up the finished 3D model.

A smaller layer thickness means that the individual layers will all be smaller, but there will be more of them making up the object. This means that while the object may not be quite as hardy, it will be far more details, since it's made up of far more layers.

Viewing Window

The MakerBot Replicator+ has a viewing window (as do the Flashforge Creator Pro, the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3), whereas the LulzBot Mini does not have this feature. More ...

A viewing window on a 3D printer lets you watch the printer as it works.

Having a viewing window is helpful, since it means you can watch the 3D model as it grows, meaning you can quickly spot any problems or flaws. Plus, they are really cool things to watch work!

Worse Kagoo Score

The MakerBot Replicator+ has received a Kagoo Score of 84, but the LulzBot Mini scored 90, the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S scored 86 and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 scored 85.

More Expensive by £2,248

The MakerBot Replicator+ is £1,904 more expensive than the Flashforge Creator Pro, £1,498 more expensive than the LulzBot Mini, £1,563 more expensive than the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S and £2,248 more expensive than the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3.

Not As Many Stockists

The MakerBot Replicator+ is only stocked by 1 retailer, however the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 is stocked by 2 shops. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this 3D printer.
Older by Over One Year

The MakerBot Replicator+ is seven months older than the Flashforge Creator Pro and 22 months older than the LulzBot Mini.

Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The MakerBot Replicator+ only has an average expert score of 73%, but the LulzBot Mini has an average expert rating of 84% (based on 7 reviews).

User Review Rating is Hugely Worse

The MakerBot Replicator+ only has an average user score of 72%, but the Flashforge Creator Pro has an average user rating of 90% (based on 35 reviews), the LulzBot Mini has an average user rating of 80% (based on 8 reviews) and the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S has an average user rating of 100% (based on 1 review).

Worse Brand

MakerBot 3D printers have an average rating of only 82.7%, however Flashforge has an average rating of 95%, LulzBot has an average rating of 83.8% and XYZ Printing has an average rating of 86.8%.

2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Tomsguide.com and PC Mag both gave the MakerBot Replicator+ a lower review score. More ...

Tomsguide.com: MakerBot Replicator+ = 80% vs LulzBot Mini = 90%

PC Mag: MakerBot Replicator+ = 70% vs LulzBot Mini = 80%

The cheapest price that we could find for the Replicator+ in the UK is £2,696.31 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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The Flashforge Creator Pro has a Kagoo Score of 84. With a price tag of £791.96 this 3D printer is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Flashforge Creator Pro.

Features We Love:
Card reader

A top-rated but 3 year old fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good price and a good spec. Our review analysis indicates that it's good-looking and really easy to use, and to assemble.

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Value for Money
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85
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84
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Multiple reviews mentioned that Flashforge Creator Pro has great user reviews but below average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 69%, based on 37 reviews. Looking across the entire Flashforge 3D printer range, the average reviews for all Flashforge 3D printers are also excellent.

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2 Reasons For for Choosing the Flashforge Creator Pro

Card Reader

The Flashforge Creator Pro has a card reader (as does the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S), but the LulzBot Mini, the MakerBot Replicator+ and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 do not have this feature. More ...

Some 3D printers have an integrated card read that will accept a standard sized memory card.

This allows the 3D printer to read data on memory cards, which are an easy way of transferring blueprints to the device.

Better Brand

Flashforge 3D printers have an average rating of 95%, whereas LulzBot only has an average rating of 83.8%, MakerBot only has an average rating of 82.7%, Polaroid only has an average rating of 71.4% and XYZ Printing only has an average rating of 86.8%.

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Flashforge Creator Pro

0.2mm Smaller Maximum Layer Thickness

Flashforge Creator Pro is only 0.3 max layer thickness (as does the MakerBot Replicator+), but the LulzBot Mini and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 are both 0.4mm max layer thickness 3D printers (0.1mm bigger). More ...

The maximum layer thickness is the maximum thickness of a layer that the 3D printer can produce. These layers are printed one on top of each other to make up the finished 3D model.

A bigger layer thickness means that each layer will be both thicker and stronger, leading to a more stable final piece. However the thickness means that it won't be quite as detailed, and will look more bulky.

0.05mm Thicker Minimum Layer Thickness

The Flashforge Creator Pro is a 0.1 min layer thickness 3D printer (as do the MakerBot Replicator+ and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3), whereas the LulzBot Mini is a 0.05mm min layer thickness 3D printer (0.05mm thinner). More ...

The minimum layer thickness denotes the minimum thickness of a layer that the 3D printer can produce. These layers are printed one on top of each other to make up the finished 3D model.

A smaller layer thickness means that the individual layers will all be smaller, but there will be more of them making up the object. This means that while the object may not be quite as hardy, it will be far more details, since it's made up of far more layers.

Viewing Window

The Flashforge Creator Pro has a viewing window (as do the MakerBot Replicator+, the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3), but the LulzBot Mini does not have this feature. More ...

A viewing window on a 3D printer lets you watch the printer as it works.

Having a viewing window is helpful, since it means you can watch the 3D model as it grows, meaning you can quickly spot any problems or flaws. Plus, they are really cool things to watch work!

Worse Kagoo Score

The Flashforge Creator Pro has received a Kagoo Score of 84, however the LulzBot Mini scored 90, the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S scored 86 and the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 scored 85.

More Expensive by £344

The Flashforge Creator Pro is £344 more expensive than the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3.

Less Retailers

The Flashforge Creator Pro is only stocked by 1 shop, whereas the XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro 3 is stocked by 2 shops. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this 3D printer remaining in stock.
Older by Over One Year

The Flashforge Creator Pro is 15 months older than the LulzBot Mini.

Expert Review Rating is Vastly Worse

The Flashforge Creator Pro's average expert score is only 58%, however the LulzBot Mini's is 84% (based on 7 reviews), the MakerBot Replicator+'s is 73% (based on 36 reviews) and the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S's is 70% (based on 1 review).

User Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Flashforge Creator Pro's average user score is 90%, however the Polaroid ModelSmart 250S's is 100% (based on 1 review).

Worse Les Numeriques.com Review Score

Les Numeriques.com only gave the Flashforge Creator Pro a review score of 60%, whereas the rating of the MakerBot Replicator+ was 80%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Creator Pro in the UK is £791.96 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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