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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique scanners rating which considers: 9,100 UK prices • 4,100 expert & user reviews • 390 product comparisons • 56 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Epson WorkForce ES50

 
Supports colour scanning A4 / us lettermm max scan size  Bundled software 
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size
Bundled software

£103.95

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Dec 2019
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Kodak Alaris E1025

28 Reviews
Supports colour scanning Duplex scanning  Multi feed detection
Supports colour scanning
Duplex scanning
Multi feed detection

£333.07

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4
(Long)
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Apr 2019
#3

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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

46 Reviews
gadgetgear.nl SilverPC Mag Editor's Choice

£159.99

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Aug 2018
#4

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Epson FF680W

 
Supports colour scanning A4 / us lettermm max scan size  Duplex scanning 
Supports colour scanning
A4 / us lettermm max scan size
Duplex scanning

£497.54

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Dec 2018
#5

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Fujitsu FI800R

 

£367.38

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Jul 2020
#6

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Epson WorkForce DS80W

 

£179.82

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Dec 2018
#7

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Epson WorkForce ES60W

 

£158.93

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4
(Long)
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Apr 2020
#8

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Canon CanoScan LiDE 300

 

£49.99

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2400 X 4800 DPI
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Flatbed
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Aug 2018
#9

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Epson WorkForce DS1630

 

£290.99

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600 X 600 DPI
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Flatbed
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Sep 2016
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HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1

10 Reviews

£244.44

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Jan 2017
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Fujitsu iX500

347 Reviews

£88.80

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Jun 2016
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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300

155 Reviews

£160.98

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Feb 2010
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Plustek Z300

56 Reviews

£179.00

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Jun 2016
#14

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Epson WorkForce DS70

 

£127.67

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600 X 600 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Dec 2018
#15

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Epson Perfection V550 Photo

283 Reviews

£187.84

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6400 X 9600 DPI
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Flatbed
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Jul 2013
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Plustek OpticBook 3900

10 Reviews

£178.17

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Flatbed
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Dec 2018
#17

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Plustek OPTICFILM8100

6 Reviews

£169.98

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7200 X 7200 DPI
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Film / Slide
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Film / Slidemm
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Jul 2013
#18

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Kodak E1035

1 Review

£369.36

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4 / Us Lettermm
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Dec 2018
#19

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Epson WorkForce DS310

 

£216.99

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1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sheetfed / Adf
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A4
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Dec 2016

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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 87%. Compare all award winning scanners.

Rank Brand Number of Scanners Price Range Average Rating
#1
Epson Scanners 55 £77 - £3,965
87%
1,424 reviews
#2
Fujitsu Scanners 28 £89 - £12,062
82%
605 reviews
#3
Canon Scanners 35 £50 - £4,409
78%
689 reviews
#4
Xerox Scanners 27 £68 - £5,609
76%
105 reviews
#5
Kodak Scanners 38 £235 - £13,291
72%
70 reviews
#6
Plustek Scanners 34 £93 - £1,999
72%
232 reviews
#7
HP Scanners 23 £55 - £7,399
70%
402 reviews
#8
Panasonic Scanners 21 £205 - £7,008
66%
2 reviews
#9
Brother Scanners 27 £78 - £1,160

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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

Flat-bed scanners range in price from £25 to £13,292 and in total we found prices for 262 flat-bed scanners. A new flat-bed scanner costs on average £991 and 80% of flat-bed scanners are priced between £95 and £2,688. The I.R.I.S. IRIScan Anywhere 5 Wi-Fi is the cheapest scanner at only £25, and Kodak A4 Document Scanner 130ppm is the most expensive at £13,291.

Scanner Brands - Price Range

The highest average flat-bed scanner price out of all brands is Kodak flat-bed scanners with an average price of £2,616. Kodak flat-bed scanners range in price from £235 to £13,291.

Fujitsu scanners range in price from £89 to £12,062, and the second highest average scanner price out of all brands is Fujitsu scanners with an average price of £1,485.

The average price of Visioneer scanners is £1,437 which is the third highest average price of all scanner brands. Visioneer scanners start at £1,437 and their most expensive scanner costs £1,437.

Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 428 expert reviews and 3,273 user reviews for scanners and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of flat-bed scanner. Epson is the top rated flat-bed scanner brand with an average rating of 87%. Fujitsu is the second best brand with 82% and Canon is the third best brand with 78%.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

The biggest flat-bed scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is Quzo. We found 205 current flat-bed scanner offers from Quzo. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 148 offers. That means Quzo is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to scanners. SmartTeck is the third biggest retailer with 133 current offers.

When Are Most New Flat-Bed Scanners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any clear pattern in the release month for new flat-bed scanners. Six new scanners were released in May 2019 making it the biggest month that year for new flat-bed scanner releases. In 2018 most new flat-bed scanners were released in August, with 13 new flat-bed scanners released that month. In October 2017, 10 new flat-bed scanners were released making it the biggest month that year for new flat-bed scanner releases.

How Fast Do Flat-Bed Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, flat-bed scanners drop in price by 2% on average.

If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £23 on a typical £991 new flat-bed 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).

We found 241 flat-bed scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI scanners, which makes 600 x 600 DPI the most popular optical scanning resolution amongst new flat-bed scanners. The second most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners is 1200 x 1200 DPI. We found 45 scanners that are 1200 x 1200 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 256 flat-bed scanners that are sheetfed / adf flat-bed scanners, which makes sheetfed / adf the most common scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 77 scanners that are flatbed scanners, making flatbed the second most popular scanner type amongst new scanners.

Colour Scanning

Colour scanning 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 378 new flat-bed scanners currently listed on Kagoo are flat-bed scanners which support colour scanning. 96% of flat-bed scanners are flat-bed scanners which support colour scanning.

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

Maximum Scan Sizes

Maximum scan size refers to the dimensions in millimetres of the largest document that the scanner can digitise.

We found 150 scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 / us lettermm max scan size, which makes A4 / us lettermm the most common maximum scan size amongst new scanners. We found 81 scanners that are scanners that have an A4 (long)mm max scan size, making this the second most frequently found 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 documents larger than A4.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Scanners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying scanners. For each retailer it shows the total number of scanners 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 Ebuyer Business. 84 of their flat-bed scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Scanners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for scanners by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of flat-bed scanner prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's flat-bed scanner prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Ebuyer Business. 76.4% of their flat-bed scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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