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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 330 scanners, 686 reviews and 5,510 prices. Last updated 18 August 2017.

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£194.43

#1 HP Pro 2500 F1

Pro 2500 F1
hardwareluxx.de - Excellent HardwareExpert Reviews - Recommended
The highest scoring flatbed scanner available, with two industry awards and features
88
Reviews
2 Awards
92
Value for Money
Excellent
91
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Age
2 Years Old
95
Running Costs
£3 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Sep 2015
Release Date
eBay £194.43
BT Shop £274.40
BT Business Direct £274.40
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£149.99

#2 Epson DS‑310

DS-310
A low cost and very economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI ADF flat-bed scanner, with a recent release date and very good features
97
Value for Money
Excellent
89
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Age
8 Months Old
91
Running Costs
£7 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
ADF
Dec 2016
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Release Date
Ebuyer £149.99
Amazon UK £157.79
BT Business Direct £191.14
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£168.99

#3 Epson DS‑1630

DS-1630
The lowest running cost flatbed scanner on the market
95
Value for Money
Excellent
95
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Age
12 Months Old
71
Running Costs
£32 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 356mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Sep 2016
Release Date
Ebuyer £168.99
Amazon UK £199.86
Misco £229.14
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£200.99

#4 Epson Workforce DS‑360W

Workforce DS-360W
A great value for money and newly released 1200 x 1200 DPI colour scanning function scanner, with very low running costs and great features
96
Value for Money
Excellent
89
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Age
8 Months Old
90
Running Costs
£7 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Dec 2016
Colour Scanning Function
Release Date
Ebuyer £200.99
Amazon UK £238.33
Misco £294.00
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£162.99

#5 Canon 9000F

9000F
computeractive.co.uk - Buy ItExpert Reviews - Ultimate
A low cost and award winning 9600 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with great features
93
Reviews
2 Awards
95
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Age
2 Years Old
86
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
216 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Sep 2015
Release Date
Ebuyer Business £162.99
Ebuyer £168.99
Wex Photographic £169.00
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£299.99

#6 Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

ScanSnap iX500
uk.hardware.info - Excellenthardware.info - ExcellentPC Mag - Editor's ChoicePC Advisor.co.uk - Recommended
The highest review score flatbed scanner around, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites
94
Reviews
5 Awards
85
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
85
Age
1 Year Old
59
Running Costs
£54 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
Jun 2016
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Release Date
eBay £299.99
Ebuyer Business £304.98
Ebuyer £355.97
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£94.72
Save £13.14 (12%)

#7 Canon P‑208 II

P-208 II
The best scoring flat-bed scanner under £100, with very good features
97
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Age
3 Years Old
95
Running Costs
£2 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
ADF
216 X 356mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Dec 2014
Release Date
Ebuyer Business £94.72
Ebuyer £104.90
Misco £116.34
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£199.64

#8 Brother ADS‑2100e

ADS-2100e
A very economical to run and very good value for money 600 x 600 DPI ADF scanner, with good features and great user reviews
81
Reviews
2 Reviews
90
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
72
Age
2 Years Old
87
Running Costs
£8 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
ADF
210 X 297mm
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Maximum Scan Size
Mar 2015
Release Date
Leo Office Supplies £199.64
Ebuyer £207.05
PC World Business £212.62
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£175.00
Save £22.97 (12%)

#9 Epson Perfection V600

Perfection V600
Trusted Reviews - Recommendedtipa.com - Technical Image Press Association Award
An affordable and award winning 6400 x 9600 DPI film/slide flat-bed scanner, with good features
91
Reviews
2 Awards
91
Value for Money
Excellent
73
Features
Good Features
76
Age
2 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
Flatbed
Sep 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Scanner Type
Release Date
eBay £175.00
Wex Photographic £199.00
Ebuyer Business £218.19
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£107.98

#10 Canon P‑208 II

P-208 II
A fully featured and impressive value for money 600 x 600 DPI colour scanning function scanner, with very low running costs
96
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Age
2 Years Old
82
Running Costs
£11 / 10 Years
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
216 X 356mm
Mar 2015
Colour Scanning Function
Maximum Scan Size
Release Date
PC World Business £107.98
BT Business Direct £117.42
BT Shop £117.42
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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 38 £45 - £2,667 74%
Brother logo Brother Scanners 27 £78 - £1,610 70%
Canon logo Canon Scanners 23 £39 - £2,256 73%
Plustek logo Plustek Scanners 23 £67 - £1,458 65%
Kodak logo Kodak Scanners 21 £173 - £13,213 71%
Other brands Other Scanner Brands 98 £35 - £7,712

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

We currently list 224 scanners ranging from £35 to £13,213. A new flat-bed scanner costs on average £869 and 80% of flat-bed scanners are priced between £87 and £1,879. The Kodak 1176031 is the most expensive flat-bed scanner that we found at £13,213, and the Konig CSFILMSCAN100 is the cheapest at only £35.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Price Range

Kodak flat-bed scanners start at £166 and the most expensive Kodak scanner costs £13,213. The highest average scanner price out of all brands is Kodak flat-bed scanners with an average price of £3,243.

The average price of Fujitsu flat-bed scanners is £1,419 which is the second highest average price of all scanner brands. Fujitsu flat-bed scanners start at £193 and the most expensive Fujitsu scanner costs £5,941.

Xerox scanners range in price from £125 to £5,609, and the average price of Xerox scanners is £1,406 which is the third highest average price of all scanner brands.

Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 235 expert reviews and 45 user reviews for flat-bed scanners available online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of flat-bed scanner. Avision is the top rated flat-bed scanner brand with an average rating of 85%. Fujitsu is the second best brand with 84% and Epson is the third best brand with 83%.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

The biggest flat-bed scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 167 current flat-bed scanner offers from eBay. The second biggest flat-bed scanner retailer is Ebuyer with 123 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Ebuyer when it comes to scanners. BT Business Direct is the third biggest retailer with 103 current offers.

When Are Most New Scanners Released?

We couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release dates for new scanners over the last 3 years. In February 2016 20 new flat-bed scanners were released making it the biggest month that year for new scanner releases. In 2015 most new flat-bed scanners were released in September, with 106 new flat-bed scanners released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new flat-bed scanner releases was June, with 31 new flat-bed scanners released that month.

How Fast Do Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

New scanners drop in price by an average of 7% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £60 on a typical £869 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).

We found 189 scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI flat-bed scanners, which makes this the most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners. We found 34 scanners that are 1200 x 1200 DPI flat-bed 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.

The most common scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners is ADF. We found 162 flat-bed scanners that are ADF scanners. The second most popular scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners is flatbed. We found 58 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.

Of the 290 new flat-bed scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are flat-bed scanners with a colour scanning function. 271 flat-bed scanners out of 290 are flat-bed 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 22 flat-bed scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have a 216 x 356mm max scan size, which makes this the most frequently found maximum scan size amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 14 flat-bed scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have a 210 x 297mm max scan size, making 210 x 297mm the second most common 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 Scanner Retailers

We found 167 current offers for flat-bed scanners from eBay making it the biggest flat-bed scanner retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Ebuyer for whom we found 123 current offers for flat-bed scanners. The third biggest retailer is BT Business Direct with 103 current flat-bed scanner offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Scanners?

With the cheapest price on 72 scanners, eBay is most frequently the cheapest flat-bed scanner shop.

Proportion of Scanners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 43.1% of its flat-bed scanners, eBay is most frequently the cheapest scanner shop.

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