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Updated March 2017

Best Scanners

Updated March 2017
Fujitsu
ScanSnap iX500
Epson
Perfection V600
Brother
ImageCenter ADS-2000
Canon
CanoScan LiDE220
Epson
Epson WorkForce ES-400
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Bottom Line

Customers find this scanner to be worth its higher price tag. A solid, efficient product you can depend on. The best scanner available.

A versatile scanner with a great software package. Potential buyers should check for operating system compatibility before purchasing.

A mid-range price with comprehensive software, some modern connectivity perks, and fast scanning. Not all customers are satisfied with its scan quality.

A quality scanner from a trustworthy company. Best of all: an amazingly low price. Simply the best budget scanner on the market.

A fast, durable machine that is designed to work best with online storage accounts.

Good

Easy set-up for both Mac and PC computers. Rapid scanning. Device connectivity through WiFi. Software includes extra security/privacy protection.

Versatile scanning capabilities. Four customizable buttons on control panel. Comes with a comprehensive software package.

Suitable for home and office. Comes with an elaborate suite of software for PC and Mac. Can scan to other digital destinations.

Great for scanning documents and photos and organizing PDFs. Software set-up is minimal. Incredibly low price.

Easily send scanned pages to online storage and easy to install software.

Bad

The most expensive product on our shortlist.

"Flimsy" carrier. Buttons can be confusing. Included software is not compatible with some operating systems.

Scan quality is not as good as that of the Fujitsu.

Does not offer 3D scanning. Occasional problems with software set-up reported by Mac users.

Requires extra work to rename and relocate scanned PDFs.

Best of the Best
Fujitsu
ScanSnap iX500
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Bottom Line
Customers find this scanner to be worth its higher price tag. A solid, efficient product you can depend on. The best scanner available.

Bad
The most expensive product on our shortlist.

Good
Easy set-up for both Mac and PC computers. Rapid scanning. Device connectivity through WiFi. Software includes extra security/privacy protection.
Epson
Perfection V600
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Bottom Line
A versatile scanner with a great software package. Potential buyers should check for operating system compatibility before purchasing.

Bad
"Flimsy" carrier. Buttons can be confusing. Included software is not compatible with some operating systems.

Good
Versatile scanning capabilities. Four customizable buttons on control panel. Comes with a comprehensive software package.
Brother
ImageCenter ADS-2000
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Bottom Line
A mid-range price with comprehensive software, some modern connectivity perks, and fast scanning. Not all customers are satisfied with its scan quality.

Bad
Scan quality is not as good as that of the Fujitsu.

Good
Suitable for home and office. Comes with an elaborate suite of software for PC and Mac. Can scan to other digital destinations.
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Canon
CanoScan LiDE220
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Bottom Line
A quality scanner from a trustworthy company. Best of all: an amazingly low price. Simply the best budget scanner on the market.

Bad
Does not offer 3D scanning. Occasional problems with software set-up reported by Mac users.

Good
Great for scanning documents and photos and organizing PDFs. Software set-up is minimal. Incredibly low price.
Epson
Epson WorkForce ES-400
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Bottom Line
A fast, durable machine that is designed to work best with online storage accounts.

Bad
Requires extra work to rename and relocate scanned PDFs.

Good
Easily send scanned pages to online storage and easy to install software.
How We Decided
  • 84 Models Considered
  • 44 Hours Spent
  • 2 Experts Interviewed
  • 224 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Best Scanners

    The best scanners on the market provide function and versatility with useful features that cater to home and business demands. The top scanners include the following contenders:

    Products we Considered

    • Fujitsu
      ScanSnap iX500
    • Epson
      Perfection V600
    • Brother
      ImageCenter ADS-2000
    • Canon
      CanoScan LiDE220
    • Epson
      Epson WorkForce ES-400
    Matthew
    EXPERT CONSULTANT

    Matthew has led IT departments and tech teams in a variety of industries. Currently, he works in the sports gaming industry. He has written reviews and been involved with electronics procurement decisions for a number of players at the business and individual level for over a decade. In his spare time, you may find Matthew playing frisbee, golf, or reading a good novel.


    Matthew  |  IT Professional, Product Manager

    Considerations

    Intended Use

    Knowing your "intended use" can help you determine the type of scanner you need. Many scanners fall under the "general use" category, but there are also portable scanners, pen-sized scanners, and other types of specialized machines.

    Software and Related Programs

    Most modern scanners come with built-in software or related programs. Choose a scanner with software and/or programs that relate to your intended use. Some scanners are able to create tax reports; others can scan receipts, documents, and business cards.

    Features

    Consider whether you want a scanner with an automatic document feeder, a sheet feeder, or duplex scanning capabilities. The more complex or innovative the features, the more expensive a scanner is likely to be.

    Price

    Scanners range in price from $80-$400. Higher-quality, feature-heavy scanners generally cost more; basic machines generally cost less.

    Considerations

    Intended Use

    Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

    The Fujitsu ScanSnap excels in scanning everyday documents, but it's also a handy tool for scanning A3/A4 paper and business cards. Scanning larger documents like magazine pages, newspaper clippings, and photographs can be accomplished by using the carrier sheet that comes with the scanner. Many users told us they appreciate the versatility of this product and were able to go “completely paperless” almost overnight.

    Epson Perfection V600

    The Epson Perfection V600 is equally useful for home, office, and studio settings. Users can scan everything from paper documents and photos to films and slides. A built-in transparency unit provides high-quality scans of slides, negatives, and medium-format panoramic film. Some users note that the carrier seems “flimsy.” However, many owners praise the efficiency of this machine, observing that it scans documents and photos quickly without sacrificing quality.

    Brother ImageCenter ADS-2000

    The Brother ImageCenter is best suited for busy office environments. Thanks to its 50-page auto-document feed capacity, this scanner works tirelessly through stacks of papers at a healthy speed. Although many owners we surveyed purchased this machine for office use, several bought it for use at home. The Brother's unique "Home Mode" setting includes options for photo, text, and graphic scans; it also offers custom modes so that users can change the settings as needed.

    Canon Office Products LiDE220 Document Scanner

    The Canon CanoScan is intended for the scanning of photos and documents, but it can also handle business cards, textbooks, and personalized notebooks. Home and office users can scan, copy, email, or create PDFs using buttons that are conveniently located on the front of the machine. While some of the owners we surveyed told us that this scanner does a great job with photos and documents, a handful of users told us they wished the machine offered additional options, such as 3D scanning.

    Epson WorkForce ES-400

    The Epson WorkForce ES-400 is designed for both home and office use. This machine is frequently used for the scanning of receipts, documents, and business cards. Its fast speed makes it an ideal choice for bustling work environments, but owners also found it useful for scanning personal documents and photos. Customers enjoyed the double-sided scanning.

    Many Fujitsu owners told us the ScanSnap enabled them to "go paperless" almost overnight.

    Trying to digitize a box of old yearbooks? Trying to scan in tax/financial documents? Trying to scan receipts? Different scanners are specialized for different purposes, with wildly different price points. If you're out and about, even your phone may work with apps like Scanbot and Evernote.

    Matthew
    IT Professional, Product Manager
    Considerations

    Software and Related Programs

    Fujitsu ScanSnap owners told us they really like the software that comes with this product. The scanner comes bundled with Adobe Acrobat X standard, although potential buyers should note that the software is only compatible with Windows operating systems. This software lets users create searchable PDFs and edit scanned PDF files. The software also offers extra privacy and security by generating password-enabled and digital ID-attached PDF files. Set-up is quick and easy on both PC and Mac computers.

    Epson Perfection V600

    The Epson Perfection scanner packs a lot of punch when it comes to the volume of software and related programs it offers, especially considering the price. For example, it offers DIGITAL ICE for films and prints and Adobe Photoshop Elements for one-touch color restoration. Optical Character Recognition software allows users to easily convert scanned documents into editable text. Many Epson owners told us this software is easy to use, but a few users complained of compatibility issues with their current computer operating systems.

    The Brother ImageCenter's tremendous software package is great for both home and office. This dynamic software suite includes Nuance PDF Converter Professional 7 (Windows), Nuance PaperPort 12 SE (Windows), Presto! PageManager 9 (Mac), and Presto! BizCard (Windows/Mac). Both Windows and Mac users told us they appreciate these generous, versatile offerings. The Brother also includes PDF-converter software that enables the creation of searchable PDF documents.

    Compared to some of the other scanners on our shortlist, the Canon is light on software and related programs. The Canon's greatest software feature is its Auto Scan Mode, which automatically adjusts settings depending on the item being scanned. Several owners we surveyed told us that this scanner is perfect for their home use, as the software set-up is minimal and fast. A few Mac owners had to contact customer support to figure out how to properly scan items using this machine.

    Epson WorkForce ES-400

    The Epson WorkForce ES-400 runs with a driver called TWAIN that helps link the documents to the appropriate landing spot. If your company uses Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote or another online storage account, this is a great scanner for you. However, some owners experienced the TWAIN system crashing after a couple of months.

    Fujitsu owners love the security-oriented software package that comes with the ScanSnap.
    Considerations

    Features

    Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

    The Fujitsu's standout features include two-sided scanning, rapid 25-page-per-minute scanning, and USB/WiFi connection to a computer. The owners we surveyed told us they really appreciate this model's speedy scanning and its compatibility with both PCs and Macs. Another highlight is the Fujitsu's connectivity to iPad, iPhone, and Android devices through WiFi. In addition, the scanner's carrier sheets give users a convenient way to digitalize larger documents.

    Epson Perfection V600

    The Epson Perfection V600 features four customizable buttons – “Scan,” “Copy,” Scan to email,” and “Create PDF” – that allow users to quickly complete tasks. Customers appreciate the flexibility these buttons offer, especially when scanning slides and films. An energy-efficient LED light eliminates warm-up time and encourages faster scans and lower power consumption. Some owners told us the customizable buttons can get confusing, especially for those who just want a straightforward scanning option.

    Brother ImageCenter ADS-2000

    The Brother ImageCenter provides a good blend of functionality and features. One of its greatest features is two-sided scanning, a benefit many owners told us they appreciate. Another highlight is this product's ability to scan up to 24 pages per minute in black/white and color. The machine's 50-sheet capacity document feeder makes it suitable for both home and smaller offices. Other features that make this product a standout include multi-feed detection, page removal, and the unique ability to scan to other “destinations” such as an Android phone, tablet, or USB flash memory drive.

    Canon Office Products LiDE220 Document Scanner

    Owners of the Canon CanoScan tell us that this machine offers a great solution for both the scanning and organization of PDF files. The CanoScan features a convenient Auto Scan Mode that automatically adjusts settings depending on the item in the scanner. A single USB cable handles both data and power, and an advanced Z-lid expansion top accommodates larger/bulkier items. Some customers express concern over the permanently fixed lid, noting that it can get in the way of scanning larger objects.

    Epson WorkForce ES-400

    Customers enjoyed the ability to load up to 50 pages into the feeder at a time for scanning. They also commented on its speed between scanning a document and locating it in their storage drive. Beyond this, the Epson WorkForce ES-400 doesn't come with too many flashy features.

    Among the Fujitsu's highlights: rapid, two-sided scanning, Mac and PC compatibility, and connectivity to iPad, iPhone, and Android through WiFi.
    Considerations

    Price

    Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500

    A price tag of $387 makes the Fujitsu the most expensive item on our shortlist. The Fujitsu name is associated with product quality and longevity; many owners told us that they bought this scanner to replace an older Fujitsu model that served them well for many years. Other highlights of this product include its speed, quality, and sleek, modern design.

    Epson Perfection V600

    At a cost of $192, the Epson Perfection V600 falls in the middle of our shortlist price range. This machine caters to people who want to scan documents, photos, films, and slides. One of the most common consumer complaints we encountered in our research is that the Epson's software is “complicated,” causing the set-up process to take longer than desired. However, the majority of Epson owners in our survey agreed that once set-up is complete, the product produces quality scans and is easy to use.

    Brother ImageCenter ADS-2000

    The Brother ImageCenter ADS has a price tag of $348, placing it in the middle of our top-five pack. This machine's 50-page auto-document feed capacity and 24-page-per-minute black/white and color capability are two of its standout features. Users tell us they really like the Adobe Acrobat Professional software that comes with the scanner. A handful customers told us they wished they'd spent more money on a better product, complaining that the Brother's scans are poor in quality.

    Canon Office Products LiDE220 Document Scanner

    At a cost of just $74, the Canon CanoScan is the least expensive model on our shortlist. Customers in our survey admitted that they initially questioned this lower price in comparison to other scanners. However, many of these same customers told us that the CanoScan actually surpassed their expectations. Software-related set-up issues can occur from time to time with this product, but these issues are easily resolved with a call to Canon's customer service center. Overall, this budget-priced scanner upholds Canon's reputation as a producer of quality digital products.

    Epson WorkForce ES-400

    At a cost of $269, the Epson WorkForce ES-400 is one of the pricier items on our shortlist. The selling point of this machine is its ability to easily and effectively scan receipts, business cards, and related documents at a quick rate. Many of the customers we surveyed appreciated the simplicity of the product and that it was easily usable by everyone in their office.

    Many owners told us the budget-priced CanoScan actually surpassed their expectations.

    Best of the Best

    The Fujitsu ScanSnap earns our “Best of the Best” award for many reasons, including its generous selection of helpful features. ScanSnap owners love its rapid, two-sided scanning capability and its connectivity to iPad, iPhone, and Android devices through WiFi. We love the fact that the Fujitsu is compatible with both PC and Mac computers, making it a useful addition to home and office alike. Owners we surveyed told us they definitely got their money's worth in terms of quality and longevity with this product. Indeed, the influx of positive comments we received about this scanner was simply overwhelming. Fujitsu has a history of producing long-lasting scanners, and the ScanSnap is no exception. If you're looking for a scanner that yields a beautiful product while simultaneously saving you time and effort, there is no better product on the market than the Fujitsu.
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    The influx of positive comments we received about the Fujitsu ScanSnap was simply overwhelming.

    Best Bang for your Buck

    The Canon CanoScan earns our “Best Bang for Your Buck” award. A price tag of just $74 understandably caused some potential buyers pause. However, those buyers (now owners) are very happy with their purchase in terms of both quality and performance. Features of this well-rounded machine include an Auto Scan Mode and an advanced Z-lid expansion that accommodates larger/bulkier items. Many of the users we surveyed purchased this scanner for their home office, but its quality scanning and PDF organization also make it a suitable piece of equipment for the small business environment. Easy to use and inexpensive to buy, this scanner upholds Canon's name as a trusted manufacturer of quality digital products. If you're looking for a budget-priced scanner that helps you get organized and delivers the goods, the Canon CanoScan is the very best choice on the market today.
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    Easy to use and inexpensive to buy, the CanoScan upholds Canon's name as a trusted manufacturer of quality digital products.
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