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#1

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Fujitsu iX500

349 Reviews
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£304.98

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jun 2016
The highest scoring sheetfed scanner around, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and 4 further awards from other expert sites. It's very easy to use, good for scanning documents and really easy to setup.
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#2

90

Canon LiDE 300

4 Reviews
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£49.98

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Aug 2018
The highest scoring flatbed scanner on the market, with the latest technology and great user reviews. It's easy to use.
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#3

90

Epson Perfection V550 Photo

436 Reviews
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£155.99

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Aug 2013
A top-quality and top-value 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. It's very easy to use, good for scanning slides and really well designed.
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#4

89

Epson Perfection V600

193 Reviews
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£198.99

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Oct 2009
This scanner is very easy to use, good for scanning slides and really easy to setup. It's a top-value and very popular 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with spec and two industry awards.
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89

Canon 9000F

195 Reviews
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£162.99

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Mar 2013
This flat-bed scanner is very easy to use, good for scanning film and really easy to setup. It's a very good value for money and best selling 9600 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with two industry awards and a very good spec.
#6

88

HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1

13 Reviews
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£199.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jan 2017
A fully featured and phenomenally good value for money 1200 x 1200 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner, with an industry award. This flat-bed scanner has a good battery life, it's good for scanning documents but heavy and bulky.
#7

88

Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i

153 Reviews
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£160.98

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jun 2012
This scanner is very easy to use, good for scanning documents and really easy to setup. It's the cheapest sheetfed scanner available.
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#8

88

Canon LiDE 400

3 Reviews
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£69.98

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Aug 2018
The newest flatbed scanner on the market, with terrific user reviews and a good spec.
#9

88

Epson Perfection V370

440 Reviews
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£89.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2012
A very popular and affordable 4800 x 9600 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with a great spec. It's very well designed and easy to use, and excellent for scanning slides.
#10

88

Epson Perfection V850

76 Reviews
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£119.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2014
The top rated flat-bed scanner under £1,000, with a great spec. This flat-bed scanner is good for scanning film, very easy to use and good-looking.
#11

88

Canon CanoScan LiDE 120

391 Reviews
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£49.98

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Flatbed
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Sep 2015
This flat-bed scanner has [an excellent] scan quality and it's very well designed, and easy to use. It's an impressive value for money and very popular 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website.
#12

87

Canon P‑208II

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£94.72

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Feb 2017
An affordable and best selling 600 x 600 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner, with a great spec.
#13

87

Plustek Z300

28 Reviews
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£165.00

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jun 2016
An award winning and bargain price 600 x 600 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner, with a great spec. This flat-bed scanner has [an excellent] display, it's well designed and easy to setup.
#14

87

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

46 Reviews
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£159.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Oct 2014
A low cost and award winning 600 x 600 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site. It's easy to use, carry around but expensive.
#15

87

Epson DS‑310

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£225.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 (Long)mm
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Dec 2016
An affordable and fully featured 1200 x 1200 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner.
#16

87

HP Scanjet 200

246 Reviews
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£54.83

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Flatbed
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(Unknown)
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Sep 2015
A classic and low cost 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed scanner, with a good spec. This scanner has [an excellent] scan quality and it's very easy to use, and to setup.
#17

87

Epson Perfection V39

441 Reviews
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£70.82

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Feb 2015
A best selling and low cost flatbed colour scanning flat-bed scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website. It has [an excellent] scan quality and it's very easy to use, and to setup.
#18

86

Fujitsu S1100i

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£89.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Mar 2012
A fully loaded and impressive value for money 1200 x 1200 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner.
#19

86

Epson Workforce DS‑360W

33 Reviews
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£236.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 (Long)mm
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Dec 2016
A top-value and fully featured 1200 x 1200 DPI Sheetfed / ADF scanner, with great user reviews. It's good-looking, easy to carry around but expensive.
#20

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Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

231 Reviews
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£54.99

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2015
This scanner is very well designed and easy to use, and outstanding for scanning documents. It's a very popular and sensationally high optical scanning resolution flatbed colour scanning scanner, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site.

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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 80%. Compare all award winning scanners.

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Epson Scanners 49 £71 - £3,618
80%
1,856 reviews
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Fujitsu Scanners 25 £45 - £6,080
74%
601 reviews
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Canon Scanners 33 £48 - £9,225
71%
828 reviews
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HP Scanners 22 £55 - £7,740
62%
380 reviews
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Plustek Scanners 32 £57 - £1,620
55%
184 reviews
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Xerox Scanners 27 £91 - £5,609
52%
78 reviews
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Kodak Scanners 35 £237 - £14,453
45%
42 reviews
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Brother Scanners 28 £78 - £1,250
31%
5 reviews

Trending Scanner Comparisons

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Canon
9000F
£162.99
£36 cheaper
One more awards
Marginally
better expert
reviews
VS
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Epson
Perfection V600
£198.99
Better brand
More popular
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Epson
Perfection V39
£70.82
Better brand
User reviews
are moderately
better
Expert reviews
are better
VS
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
£54.99
£16 cheaper
One more awards
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 120
£49.98
£5 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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HP
Scanjet 200
£54.83
User reviews
are a little
better
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Plustek
8200i
£224.99
£254 cheaper
User reviews
are appreciably
better
VS
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Epson
Perfection V800
£478.80
Better brand
Expert reviews
are a lot
better
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Epson
Perfection V600
£198.99
£26 cheaper
Better brand
Considerably
better expert
reviews
VS
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Plustek
8200i
£224.99
User reviews
are appreciably
better
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Epson
Perfection V39
£70.82
Better brand
A little better
expert reviews
VS
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Canon
LiDE 400
£69.98
More popular
User reviews
are slightly
better
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Canon
9000F
£162.99
More popular
A bit better
user reviews
Better expert
reviews
VS
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Epson
Perfection V850
£119.00
£44 cheaper
Better brand
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Fujitsu
fi-7160
£564.99
£164 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Kodak
i2620
£729.00
Expert reviews
are appreciably
better
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE 220
£54.99
Better brand
VS
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HP
Scanjet 200
£54.83
Moderately
better user
reviews
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Canon
9000F
£162.99
Expert reviews
are better
VS
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Epson
Perfection V550 Photo
£155.99
Better brand
User reviews
are a little
better
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Epson
Perfection V39
£70.82
Better brand
Considerably
better user
reviews
A little better
expert reviews
VS
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Canon
LiDE 300
£49.98
£21 cheaper
More popular
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Epson
Perfection V800
£478.80
Better brand
Expert reviews
are appreciably
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User reviews
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significantly
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OpticFilm 8100
£169.98
£309 cheaper
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Fujitsu
fi-7160
£564.99
£164 cheaper
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Kodak
i2620
£729.00
Expert reviews
are a lot
better
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Kodak
Scan Station 710
£1,262.09
A little better
expert reviews
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Canon
ScanFront 400
£850.00
£412 cheaper
Better brand
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Fujitsu
iX500
£304.98
More popular
Four more
awards
Better brand
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Kodak
ScanMate i1150 Scanner
£282.47
£23 cheaper
User reviews
are better
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Fujitsu
fi-7140
£493.98
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i2420
£488.99
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SP-1130
£317.98
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DS-410
£254.00
£64 cheaper
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fi-7160
£564.99
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ADS-2800W
£372.02
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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

Flat-Bed Scanner Prices

We currently list 229 scanners ranging from £36 to £14,454. The average price of a new scanner is £991 and 80% of scanners are priced between £95 and £2,592. The Kodak 1176031 is the most expensive flat-bed scanner that we found at £14,453, and the Iris Iriscan Mouse 2 is the cheapest at only £36.

Scanner Brands - Price Range

Kodak flat-bed scanners range in price from £237 to £14,453, and the average price of Kodak flat-bed scanners is £2,768 which is the highest average price of all scanner brands.

Panasonic flat-bed scanners start at £160 and their most expensive scanner costs £8,194. The average price of Panasonic flat-bed scanners is £1,810 which is the second highest average price of all scanner brands.

Canon flat-bed scanners range in price from £48 to £9,225, and the average price of Canon flat-bed scanners is £1,197 which is the third highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands.

Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 473 expert reviews and 3,642 user reviews for flat-bed scanners and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of flat-bed scanner. The top three scanner brands are Epson, Fujitsu and Canon. Epson has an average rating of 80%, Fujitsu has an average rating of 74% and Canon has an average rating of 71%.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

The biggest flat-bed scanner retailer by number of products currently for sale is BT Business Direct. We found 133 current flat-bed scanner offers from BT Business Direct. The second biggest retailer is Ebuyer with 131 offers. That means BT Business Direct is very close in size to Ebuyer when it comes to flat-bed scanners. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 129 current offers.

When Are Most New Scanners Released?

We looked at the release dates for new scanners over the last 3 years, but couldn't see any obvious pattern. August was the biggest month last year for new flat-bed scanners, with 11 new flat-bed scanners released that month. In January 2017, 11 new flat-bed scanners were released making it the biggest month that year for new flat-bed scanner releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new scanner releases was December, with 19 new scanners released that month.

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

On average scanners drop in price by 7% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of £68 on a typical £991 new scanner if you wait 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).

The most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners is 600 x 600 DPI. We found 225 scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI flat-bed scanners. We found 42 flat-bed scanners that are 1200 x 1200 DPI flat-bed scanners, making 1200 x 1200 DPI the second most popular optical scanning resolution amongst new 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.

The most popular scanner type amongst new flat-bed scanners is Sheetfed / ADF. We found 236 flat-bed scanners that are Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanners. We found 75 flat-bed scanners that are flatbed flat-bed scanners, making flatbed the second most common scanner type amongst new flat-bed 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.

Of the 357 new flat-bed scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are flat-bed scanners which support colour scanning. 340 out of 357 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.

A4 / US Lettermm is the most popular maximum scan size amongst new scanners. We found 131 scanners that are scanners that have an A4 / US Lettermm max scan size. We found 75 flat-bed scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 (long)mm max scan size, making A4 (long)mm 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 documents larger than A4.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Flat-Bed Scanners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying flat-bed scanners. For each retailer it shows the total number of flat-bed scanners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying flat-bed 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. 65 of their flat-bed 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 flat-bed scanners by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of scanner prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's scanner prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Ebuyer Business. 61.9% of their flat-bed scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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