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The best scanners on the market, good for digitizing documents and photos
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Independent & impartial evaluation of every scanner based on features, reviews and price
To Find the Best Scanners We Impartially Analysed: 377 Scanner Models 7,640 Scanner Reviews 4,140 Scanner Prices
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#1

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Epson DS‑410

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£317.02

Amazon UK
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ADF
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Aug 2017
The highest scoring sheetfed scanner available, with great features
#2

89

Epson Expression 12000XL

4 Reviews
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£3,419.00

eBay
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310 X 437mm
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Jan 2017
The highest scoring flatbed scanner around, with a recent release date
#3

88

Fujitsu iX500

471 Reviews + 6 Awards
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£304.98

Ebuyer Business
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ADF
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279.4 X 431.8mm
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Oct 2017
A multi award winning and best selling 600 DPI ADF scanner, with features and a recent release date
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#4

86

Epson Perfection V550 Photo

891 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£176.00

Amazon UK
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Flatbed
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216 X 297mm
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Jul 2017
A very popular and award winning 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with a recent release date and great features
#5

86

Brother ADS‑3600W

4 Reviews
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£559.78

Ebuyer Business
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ADF
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215.9 X 355.6mm
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Jan 2016
The best scoring scanner under £1,000
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84

Kodak i2620

3 Reviews
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£742.49

eBay
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ADF
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216 X 863mm
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Jun 2015
A fully loaded and critically acclaimed 600 DPI ADF scanner
#7

84

Fujitsu fi‑7480

2 Reviews
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£2,344.00

Amazon UK
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ADF
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304.8 X 431.8mm
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Mar 2016
A high-quality and highly rated 600 DPI ADF scanner
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#8

83

Xerox DocuMate 3220

10 Reviews
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£219.48

Ebuyer Business
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ADF
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216 X 863mm
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May 2016
A positively reviewed and powerful 600 DPI ADF scanner
#9

83

Kodak Scan Station 710

3 Reviews + 1 Award
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£1,262.09

Ebuyer Business
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ADF
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215 X 863mm
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Feb 2015
An award winning and fully featured 600 DPI ADF scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
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#10

83

HP Pro 2500 F1

13 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£200.00

eBay
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Flatbed
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216 X 297mm
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Sep 2015
A top of the range and award winning 1,200 DPI ADF scanner
#11

83

Canon ScanFront 400

3 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£1,280.98

Ebuyer
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ADF
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216 X 356mm
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Oct 2016
A powerful and award winning 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with a gold award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site
#12

83

Xerox DocuMate 6440

2 Reviews + 1 Award
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£486.78

BT Business Direct
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216mm
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May 2017
A new and award winning 600 DPI ADF scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
#13

83

Epson Perfection V550

907 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£182.78

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215 X 355mm
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Sep 2015
A fully featured and award winning 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site
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82

Xerox DocuMate 3220

10 Reviews
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£277.96

Techdna
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ADF
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216 X 965mm
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Sep 2015
The highest review score sheetfed scanner around
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#15

82

Epson Perfection V600

856 Reviews + 1 Award
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£208.45

Amazon UK
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Flatbed
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216 X 297mm
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Sep 2015
An award winning and best selling 6400 x 9600 DPI film/slide scanner, with great features
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81

Kodak S2050

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£621.11

Amazon UK
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ADF
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216 X 3000mm
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Aug 2017
A powerful and recently released 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner
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81

Avision AD125

1 Review
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£375.00

Amazon UK
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ADF
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216 X 356mm
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Feb 2015
A high-quality and critically acclaimed 600 DPI ADF scanner
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81

Kodak S2080W

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£1,129.64

Amazon UK
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ADF
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216 X 3000mm
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Aug 2017
A top of the range and newly released 600 DPI ADF scanner
#19

81

Brother ADS‑2200

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£259.32

Amazon UK
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ADF
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215.9 X 355.6mm
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Sep 2017
A high-quality and recently released 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner
#20

81

Kodak i2820

1 Review
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£978.16

Tekshop247
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216 X 863mm
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Jun 2015
A top-rated and top-quality 600 DPI ADF scanner

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What Are The Best Scanner Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every scanner and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated scanner brand is Epson with an average rating of 78%. Compare all award winning scanners.

Logo Brand Number of Scanners Price Range Average Rating
Epson Scanners 45 £72 - £3,419 78%
Canon Scanners 25 £39 - £3,501 76%
Kodak Scanners 22 £240 - £13,668 73%
Brother Scanners 31 £65 - £1,486 68%
Plustek Scanners 26 £52 - £1,564 68%
Other Scanner Brands 109 £55 - £8,194

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Perfection V39
£72.18
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CanoScan LiDE 220
£62.99
£9 cheaper
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Perfection V370
£114.00
£49 cheaper
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9000F
£162.99
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Perfection V19
£91.17
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CanoScan LiDE 220
£62.99
£28 cheaper
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CanoScan LiDE 120
£39.00
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Scanjet 200
£54.83
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are a little
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Perfection V39
£72.18
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CanoScan LiDE 120
£39.00
£33 cheaper
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CanoScan LiDE 220
£62.99
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CanoScan LiDE 120
£39.00
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9000F
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Perfection V600
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fi-7160
£564.99
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i2620
£742.49
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£224.99
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£304.98
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DS-570W
£440.99
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iX500
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DR-C225W
£135.28
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£62.99
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ADS-2700W
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is an automatic document feeder (ADF)?
AAn automatic document feeder allows you to 'queue' up multiple documents to scan - the device will work though each document one after another, scanning it and moving to the next.
QWhat is duplex scanning?
ADuplex scanning allows the device to automatically scan both sides of a document at once, meaning you don't have to separately scan the other side of the page.
QWhat are the pros/cons between an ADF, flatbed and handheld scanners?
AADF scanners allow for quickly scanning large amounts of material, and are usually the cheaper option. Flatbed scanners are slower, but tend to have a higher resolution, and are better for photos and graphics. Lastly handheld scanners are less powerful than their brothers, but are far less bulky, so can be used on the go.
QWhat is a mouse scanner?
AMice scanners are a subset of handheld scanners - they are fully functional mice, but also have a small document scanner built into the bottom of it. While the scanning quality isn't amazing, they are helpful for quick scanning of pure text.

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.

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.

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: Some sheetfed scanners concentrate on 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

The price range of flat-bed scanners is from £39 to £13,668 and in total we found prices for 260 flat-bed scanners. On average, a new flat-bed scanner costs £780 and 80% of scanners are priced between £100 and £1,440. The Canon CanoScan LiDE 120 is the cheapest flat-bed scanner at only £39, and Kodak i4650 Scanner is the most expensive at £13,668.

Scanner Brands - Price Range

Panasonic scanners range in price from £160 to £8,194, and the average price of Panasonic scanners is £2,088 which is the highest average price of all scanner brands.

Kodak flat-bed scanners range in price from £240 to £13,668, and the average price of Kodak flat-bed scanners is £1,873 which is the second highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands.

Ambir Technology scanners start at £1,679 and their most expensive scanner costs £1,679. The average price of Ambir Technology scanners is £1,679 which is the third highest average price of all scanner brands.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 451 expert reviews and 6,418 user reviews for flat-bed scanners from across the internet and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of scanner. The top three scanner brands are Fujitsu, Epson and Canon. Fujitsu has an average rating of 93%, Epson has an average rating of 88% and Canon has an average rating of 86%.

Biggest Flat-Bed Scanner Retailers

We found 164 current offers for flat-bed scanners from eBay making it the biggest scanner retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 152 current offers for flat-bed scanners. The third biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 109 current scanner offers.

When Are Most New Scanners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release month for new scanners. The biggest month last year for new flat-bed scanner releases was September, with 10 new flat-bed scanners released that month. 20 new scanners were released in February 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new scanner releases. In 2015 most new flat-bed scanners were released in September, with 105 new flat-bed scanners released that month.

How Fast Do Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, flat-bed scanners drop in price by 4% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £29 on a typical £780 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 flat-bed scanners, the most popular optical scanning resolution is 600 DPI. We found 474 flat-bed scanners that are 600 DPI flat-bed scanners. 600 x 600 DPI is the second most common optical scanning resolution amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 225 flat-bed scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI 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.

ADF is the most popular scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 208 flat-bed scanners that are ADF flat-bed scanners. We found 63 scanners that are flatbed flat-bed scanners, making this the second most popular scanner type amongst new 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.

Of the 339 new scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are scanners with a colour scanning function. 322 scanners (95%) 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 frequently found maximum scan size amongst new flat-bed scanners is 216mm. We found 245 flat-bed scanners that are scanners that have a 216mm max scan size. We found 34 scanners that are scanners that have a 216 x 356mm max scan size, making this the second most common maximum scan size amongst new 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 Scanner Retailers

The biggest scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 164 current scanner offers from eBay. The second biggest scanner retailer is Amazon UK with 152 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to flat-bed scanners. Ebuyer is the third biggest retailer with 109 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Scanners?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on scanners is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 54 scanners.

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

Amazon UK most frequently has the cheapest flat-bed scanner prices (found to be cheapest for 35.5% of its flat-bed scanners).