In addition to the many scanner reviews on this site, I have created a list of the top scanners for each category. If you are thinking of buying a scanner then a good place to begin your research is by checking out some of the bestsellers. The internal review as well as external customer reviews are linked to for each of the scanners listed for further informtation. I have also provided some general details on this particular category at the bottom of the page.
An alternative to a dedicated scanner is an all-in-one printer (also know as a multi-functional printer) which can copy and fax in addition to scanning. If you are tight on space or your scanning is limited primarily to documents, an all-in-one printer is a good option to consider.
Here are some of the best All-in-Ones of 2018 (scan,print,copy):
1. Canon PIXMA MP495
Read our Canon PIXMA MP496 Review
2. Canon PIXMA MG5220
3. Epson WorkForce 840
Read our Epson Workforce 840 Review
An All-in-One printer is a nice alternative for someone who doesn’t need the high quality of a dedicated scanner yet could utilize the added functionality that these printers provide. Anyone who needs high-quality photo scans or bulk, duplex document scanning may not be happy with a multifunctional printer, but for the casual scanner this option is great.
While all all-in-one printer is bulkier than most scanners, replacing your existed printer with one of these may actually save you some desk space if you were considering adding a scanner to your home office. Scanning, copying, faxing and printing can all be done through one machine. The downfall is that you will lose some quality in any one function over a dedicated machine.
The pros and cons of buying and all-in-one printer to use for scanning have been discussed in a separate article. Check out Scanner vs All-in-One Printer for more information.