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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every scanner on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 346 scanners, 3,040 reviews and 4,950 prices. Last updated 13 October 2017.

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£167.71

#1 Epson Perfection V550 Photo

Perfection V550 Photo
PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceEphotozine - Recommended
The best rated scanner under £500, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site
83
Reviews
2 Awards
93
Value for Money
Excellent
75
Features
Good Features
89
Age
3 Months Old
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Jul 2017
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
PC World Business £179.98
Ebuyer £179.99
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£304.98

#2 Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

ScanSnap iX500
uk.hardware.info - Excellenthardware.info - ExcellentPC Mag - Editor's ChoicePC Advisor.co.uk - Recommended
A very popular and multi award winning 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with great features and a good price
92
Reviews
5 Awards
77
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Age
2 Weeks Old
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
ADF
216 X 360mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Oct 2017
Release Date
Ebuyer Business logo
Ebuyer £349.89
PC World Business £368.73
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£203.99

#3 Epson Perfection V600

Perfection V600
Trusted Reviews - Recommendedtipa.com - Technical Image Press Association Award
A very popular and award winning 6400 x 9600 DPI film/slide flat-bed scanner, with an affordable price and good features
88
Reviews
2 Awards
86
Value for Money
Excellent
68
Features
Good Features
60
Age
2 Years Old
82
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Sep 2015
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
Ebuyer £214.98
Ebuyer Business £218.19
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£230.00
Was £620 (31 days ago)
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£214.19

#4 Avision AD125

AD125
A fully featured and cheap 600 DPI ADF scanner, with marvellous expert reviews
77
Reviews
1 Review
83
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
51
Age
3 Years Old
80
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
ADF
216 X 356mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Feb 2015
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
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£178.79
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#5 Brother ADS‑2100e

ADS-2100e
A bargain price and best selling 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features and very good user reviews
70
Reviews
2 Reviews
91
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
53
Age
3 Years Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
ADF
210 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Mar 2015
Release Date
Ebuyer logo
Amazon UK £193.88
BT Business Direct £226.95
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£106.52

#6 Epson Perfection V370 Photo

Perfection V370 Photo
An affordable and best selling 4800 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with a recent release date and good features
95
Value for Money
Excellent
67
Features
Good Features
88
Age
3 Months Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Jul 2017
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
Argos £119.99
shop4world £143.99
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£269.99

#7 HP Pro 2500 F1

Pro 2500 F1
hardwareluxx.de - Excellent HardwareExpert Reviews - Recommended
An award winning and fully featured 1,200 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with a fair price
75
Reviews
2 Awards
72
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Features
Fully-Featured
60
Age
2 Years Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Sep 2015
Release Date
eBay logo
BT Shop £274.95
BT Business Direct £274.95
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£162.99

#8 Canon 9000F

9000F
computeractive.co.uk - Buy ItExpert Reviews - Ultimate
A very popular and low cost 9600 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with good features and two industry awards
88
Reviews
2 Awards
92
Value for Money
Excellent
68
Features
Good Features
60
Age
2 Years Old
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Sep 2015
Release Date
Ebuyer Business logo
Amazon UK £168.57
Wex Photographic £169.00
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£202.86

#9 Epson DS‑1630

DS-1630
A recently released and fully featured 1,200 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with a cheap price
81
Value for Money
Excellent
89
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Age
3 Months Old
78
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 356mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Jul 2017
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
Misco £230.34
Ryman £239.99
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£213.99

#10 Epson Workforce DS‑360W

Workforce DS-360W
A very popular and great value for money 1,200 DPI colour scanning function flat-bed scanner, with good features
90
Value for Money
Excellent
75
Features
Good Features
80
Age
10 Months Old
77
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
Dec 2016
Colour Scanning Function
Release Date
Ebuyer logo
Amazon UK £244.68
Misco £294.00
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Scanner Brands

Find out how scanner brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their scanners. Click on a link to compare all scanners made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Scanners Price Range Average Rating
Epson logo Epson Scanners 41 £75 - £4,205 78%
Brother logo Brother Scanners 28 £73 - £1,539 70%
Plustek logo Plustek Scanners 24 £47 - £1,440 67%
Canon logo Canon Scanners 23 £50 - £2,599 77%
Kodak logo Kodak Scanners 22 £225 - £13,213 72%
Other brands Other Scanner Brands 99 £36 - £7,712

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Scanner Buying Guide

Scanners are devices used for digitising physical material such as documents and photos, and turning them into digital images for archiving, sharing and editing. They are extremely helpful peripherals, since they allow you to easily digitise large amounts of paper very quickly, meaning less clutter and mess on your desk! This guide will look at the major considerations when choosing a scanner, so you can find the device that is right for you.

There are several different types of home scanners available, though they can be largely placed into two main categories: flatbed or sheetfed:

Flatbed Scanners: These scanners consist of a large rectangular ‘bed’, onto which the documents are placed. The lid is closed, and the scanner runs the length of the document, creating a digital copy. These scanners tend to be slower than sheetfed models, and require far more deskspace when using. However on the plus side they produce higher-quality scans, and are also better for scanning photos and delicate documents. Large-size flatbed scanners are also the best option for scanning large documents and photos (A3 and larger).

Sheetfed Scanners: These scanners look a bit like fax machines - a feed at the top of the device takes the paper and runs it past a static scanning unit. The paper is then discharged the bottom of the device, and a digital copy is generated. Because these scanners don’t have to fit the whole document at a time, they can be significantly smaller - indeed many sheetfed scanners are a fraction of the size of an average flatbed scanner. This means they are far easier to transport and store. This portability comes at a cost - most sheetfed scanners aren’t nearly as powerful as their flatbed cousins, and so the scanning quality isn’t quite as good. However, for simple black & white document scanner, they should be more than sufficient. Therefore if all you need is to digitise your bills and invoices, a sheetfed scanner might be the best option.

Automatic Document Feeder

An additional extra mostly commonly found in sheetfed scanners is an automatic document feed (ADF). This is a system that allows you to place a stack of paper into the scanner, and the scanner will automatically feed in the documents, scan them, then eject them from the machine. This is extremely helpful for anyone needing to digitise a lot of documents at once, since you can queue 50 pieces of paper at once, and the scanner will take care of the rest. Not all scanners have this system, but it is worth seeking out if you routinely find yourself bulk-scanning documents.

Resolution & Scan Speed

As mentioned above, not all scanners scan at the same quality. The scanning resolution is measured in dots per inch - the higher the dpi, the better the quality of the scan. Very high resolutions also allow you to expand small photos into larger prints - something that is not possible with low-resolution scanners. High resolution is also important for retaining fidelity when scanning photos. As a rule 300dpi is perfectly fine for black & white text, but won’t suffice for photos - you will need something with at least 1,200dpi or higher.

It’s also important to consider the scanning speed of the peripheral. Different models of scanners can have extremely varying scan speeds - with some taking twice as much time to scan a page as others. The scanners on our site are measured in the amount of pages they can scan per second, split out into colour, black & white, photo, etc. While the speed may not make a difference if you only scan a single document every once in a while, if you routinely scan large amounts of paper, this can add up to a substantial time saving.

Device Size & Maximum Scan Size

As mentioned above, there can be a large difference in size between models of scanner. This is important not only for desk and storage space, but also because it affects what documents can be scanned. All of our scanners can handle A4 size paper and smaller, however it requires a specialist scanner to effectively digitise anything bigger than A4. For many people, this won’t be necessary - an A4 scanner will handle nearly all bills and important documents, and most photos.

However if you require the capacity to digitize larger documents (posters, blueprints, large books, etc) you will have to pay attention to the maximum scan size accepted by your chosen model.

Extras

Finally, there is a host of other considerations when choosing a scanner. These can include:

OCR Scanning: Some scanners come with software to perform Optical Character Recognition on scanned documents. This analyses the scanned image and picks out letters and words, turning the image into a readable and editable document. This is very important for anyone wanting to edit documents once they’ve been scanned, rather than just archiving them.

Film Scanning: Some advanced scanners contain the ability to directly scan film negatives and digitise them. While not a mainstream use by any means, it is a very helpful feature for digitising old camera film to keep the images safe.

Network Support: Most scanners connect directly to your computer via USB. However some have wifi, ethernet or bluetooth support, allowing them to be used wirelessly. This means that the document can be scanned from anywhere, and will be sent directly to your computer. This is helpful for offices, since the scanner can be in a central location, rather than being passed around from computer to computer.

Cloud Support: Related to the above - some newer network-enabled scanners have the ability to upload the scanned images directly to the Cloud, meaning they can be immediately be accessed by any computer, making it very easy to backup and share images all over the world.

Portability: Finally, some sheetfed scanners concentrate on the portability, making the device extra-small and including a carrying bag or case. If you frequently use your scanner while travelling, this may be a good option to consider.

Scanner Retailers, Prices and Features

Scanner Prices

In total we found 240 scanners ranging from £36 to £13,213. A new scanner costs on average £803 and 80% of flat-bed scanners are priced between £95 and £1,440. The cheapest flat-bed scanner that we found is the Iris Iriscan Mouse 2 Colour Mouse Scanner at only £36, and the most expensive is the Kodak 1176031 at £13,213.

Scanner Brands - Price Range

Kodak flat-bed scanners start at £225 and the most expensive Kodak scanner costs £13,213. The average price of Kodak flat-bed scanners is £2,442 which is the highest average price of all scanner brands.

Xerox scanners start at £123 and the most expensive Xerox flat-bed scanner costs £5,609. The average price of Xerox scanners is £1,545 which is the second highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands.

The third highest average flat-bed scanner price out of all brands is Fujitsu scanners with an average price of £1,369. Fujitsu scanners range in price from £298 to £5,780.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 239 expert reviews and 2,388 user reviews for scanners and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of scanner. The top three flat-bed scanner brands are Fujitsu, Epson and Avision. Fujitsu has an average rating of 94%, Epson has an average rating of 89% and Avision has an average rating of 85%.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

We found 170 current offers for flat-bed scanners from Amazon UK making it the biggest scanner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 154 current offers for flat-bed scanners. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 124 current scanner offers.

When Are Most New Flat-Bed Scanners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release month for new scanners. The biggest month last year for new flat-bed scanner releases was February, with 19 new scanners released that month. 103 new flat-bed scanners were released in September 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new flat-bed scanner releases. In 2014 most new flat-bed scanners were released in June, with 31 new flat-bed scanners released that month.

How Fast Do Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

On average scanners drop in price by 6% in the first 6 months after release. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £49 on a typical £803 new scanner by waiting 6 months before buying.

Optical Scanning Resolutions

'Optical scanning resolution' denotes the detail level of the image produced by the scanner, measured in dots per inch (DPI).

Amongst new scanners, the most popular optical scanning resolution is 600 DPI. We found 420 scanners that are 600 DPI scanners. The second most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners is 600 x 600 DPI. We found 201 scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI flat-bed scanners.

A bigger optical scanning resolution means that the resulting image will be of a higher detail, and will more closely resemble the original document. Low scan resolutions may appear blurry or lacking in small details.

Scanner Types

A scanner is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Common examples found in offices are variations of the desktop (or flatbed) scanner where the document is placed on a glass window for scanning. There are different types of scanners e.g. flatbed, pen, sheet-feed.

We found 186 flat-bed scanners that are ADF flat-bed scanners, which makes this the most frequently found scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners. The second most popular scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners is flatbed. We found 62 flat-bed scanners that are flatbed scanners.

Colour Scanning Functions

This denotes whether the scanner has the ability to scan in colour, or whether it's limited to black & white scanning.

The vast majority of the 311 new flat-bed scanners currently listed on Kagoo are scanners with a colour scanning function. 292 flat-bed scanners out of 311 are scanners with a colour scanning function.

Colour scanning is very helpful for scanning in photos, diagrams or any document that makes hefty use of colour.

Maximum Scan Sizes

This is the largest document that the scanner is able to reliably scan and digitize.

The most popular maximum scan size amongst new scanners is 216mm. We found 224 scanners that are scanners that have a 216mm max scan size. We found 31 flat-bed scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have a 216 x 356mm max scan size, making 216 x 356mm the second most popular maximum scan size amongst new flat-bed scanners.

A larger scan size means that the scanner is equipped to handle bigger documents, and is therefore more versatile and helpful, especially if you find yourself routinely needing to scan A0 size documents,.

Biggest Flat-Bed Scanner Retailers

We found 170 current offers for scanners from Amazon UK making it the biggest flat-bed scanner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 154 current offers for scanners. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 124 current flat-bed scanner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Scanners?

The cheapest shop by number of scanner for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 71 flat-bed scanners.

Proportion of Flat-Bed Scanners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Amazon UK most frequently has the cheapest scanner prices (found to be cheapest for 41.8% of its flat-bed scanners).

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