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#1

90

Epson Perfection V550 Photo

865 Reviews
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£179.00

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Jul 2017
The highest scoring flatbed scanner on the market, with two industry awards and good features
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#2

88

Kodak I1150

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£280.00

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May 2016
The highest scoring sheetfed scanner on the market, with very good features
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#3

87

Xerox DocuMate 3220

10 Reviews
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£219.48

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216
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Sep 2015
The highest review score sheetfed scanner on the market
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#4

86

Avision AD125

1 Review
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£245.43

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Feb 2015
A bargain price and fully featured 600 DPI ADF scanner, with outstanding expert reviews
#5

85

Canon DR‑C225

1 Review
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£264.32

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Aug 2015
A very popular and fully featured 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
#6

85

Iris Iriscan Book 3

9 Reviews
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£44.99

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420mm
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May 2016
The highest scoring portable scanner available, with good features
#7

85

Plustek PS286 Plus

86 Reviews
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£261.24

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ADF
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216
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Jun 2010
A fully featured and award winning 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with a cheap price
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#8

85

Brother Ds920

352 Reviews
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£148.00

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215
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863mm
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Sep 2015
An award winning and affordable 600 DPI handheld flat-bed scanner, with great features
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#9

85

Plustek Z300

11 Reviews
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£99.99

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ADF
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Jul 2016
The best scoring scanner under £100, with good features
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#10

85

Xerox 3615DN

5 Reviews
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£57.95

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Sep 2016
An award winning and sensationally cheap 1,200 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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#11

85

Epson Perfection V600

720 Reviews
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£209.99

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Oct 2009
An award winning and best selling 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with a very cheap price and great features
#13

84

HP Scanjet 200

229 Reviews
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£54.83

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216mm
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Sep 2015
A top-rated and top-value 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with good features
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#14

84

Epson Perfection V800

238 Reviews
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£478.80

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Jul 2017
A very popular and award winning 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with a reasonable price and very good features
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#15

84

Canon 9000F

293 Reviews
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£162.99

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Mar 2013
A very cheap and best selling 9600 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with very good features and two industry awards
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#16

84

Fujitsu iX500

607 Reviews
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£304.98

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ADF
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Dec 2012
A multi award winning and best selling 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 5 further awards from other expert sites
#17

84

I.R.I.S. IRIScan Book 5

11 Reviews
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£84.89

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Dec 2016
A positively reviewed and bargain price 1,200 DPI handheld scanner, with good features
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#18

84

Canon CanoScan LiDE 120

728 Reviews
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£44.99

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216mm
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Sep 2015
The cheapest flatbed scanner available, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
#19

84

Xerox DocuMate 3115

12 Reviews
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£224.44

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ADF
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Sep 2015
A top-value and award winning 600 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
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#20

84

Brother ADS‑2200

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£219.99

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Sep 2017
A relatively new and bargain price 600 DPI ADF scanner, with very good features

83

Epson B11B241401BY

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£194.22

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The latest portable scanner on the market

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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 Fujitsu with an average rating of 92%. Compare all award winning scanners.

Rank Brand Number of Scanners Price Range Average Rating
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Fujitsu Scanners 20 £39 - £5,760
92%
868 reviews
#2
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Epson Scanners 41 £71 - £3,419
87%
2,850 reviews
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Canon Scanners 22 £45 - £3,502
85%
1,570 reviews
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HP Scanners 21 £49 - £7,656
81%
358 reviews
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Brother Scanners 26 £69 - £1,625
78%
393 reviews
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Plustek Scanners 29 £53 - £1,564
78%
290 reviews
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Xerox Scanners 24 £58 - £4,044
76%
79 reviews
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Kodak Scanners 32 £250 - £13,668
67%
90 reviews

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£478.80
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£169.00
£310 cheaper
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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:

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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).

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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

We currently list 236 scanners ranging from £36 to £13,668. On average, a new flat-bed scanner costs £924 and 80% of scanners are priced between £90 and £2,370. The Iris Iriscan Mouse 2 is the cheapest scanner at only £36, and Kodak 1176031 is the most expensive at £13,668.

Scanner Brands - Price Range

Kodak flat-bed scanners range in price from £250 to £13,668, and the highest average flat-bed scanner price out of all brands is Kodak flat-bed scanners with an average price of £2,618.

Panasonic flat-bed scanners start at £160 and their most expensive scanner costs £8,194. The average price of Panasonic flat-bed scanners is £2,387 which is the second highest average price of all scanner brands.

Ambir Technology flat-bed scanners range in price from £1,679 to £1,679, and the average price of Ambir Technology flat-bed scanners is £1,679 which is the third highest average price of all scanner brands.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 462 expert reviews and 5,793 user reviews for scanners and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of scanner. Fujitsu is the top rated scanner brand with an average rating of 92%. Epson is the second best brand with 87% and Canon is the third best brand with 85%.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

The biggest flat-bed scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 164 current flat-bed scanner offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 158 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to flat-bed scanners. BT Business Direct is the third biggest retailer with 121 current offers.

When Are Most New Flat-Bed Scanners Released?

July to September is the most common period for new scanners to be released in. If you wait until July 2018 then you might be able to get better features on your scanner. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current flat-bed scanners tend to drop off when the next models are released. Last year most new flat-bed scanners were released in July, with 11 new flat-bed scanners released that month. September was the biggest month in 2016 for new scanners, with 14 new scanners released that month. Also the biggest month in 2015 for new flat-bed scanner releases was September, with 53 new flat-bed scanners released that month.

How Fast Do Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, flat-bed scanners drop in price by 2%. On a typical new flat-bed scanner costing £924, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £19.

Optical Scanning Resolutions

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

We found 418 flat-bed scanners that are 600 DPI scanners, which makes this the most popular optical scanning resolution amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 194 scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI scanners, making this the second most popular optical scanning resolution amongst new 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 common scanner type amongst new scanners. We found 214 scanners that are ADF flat-bed scanners. We found 63 flat-bed scanners that are flatbed flat-bed scanners, making this the second most popular scanner type amongst new flat-bed 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 300 new flat-bed scanners currently listed on Kagoo are scanners with a colour scanning function. 283 flat-bed scanners out of 300 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.

We found 223 scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have a 216mm max scan size, which makes 216mm the most common maximum scan size amongst new scanners. We found 37 flat-bed scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have a 216 x 356mm max scan size, making this the second most frequently found 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,.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Flat-Bed Scanners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying . For each retailer it shows the total number of where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying scanners. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Amazon UK. 64 of their scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon UK. 39% of their scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.