In addition to the individual scanner reviews on this site, I have created a list of the best scanners for each category. If you are thinking of buying a scanner then a good place to start 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 details. I have also provided some general information on this particular category at the bottom of the page.
Here are some of the best budget scanners of 2014 (under $100):
1. Canon CanoScan LiDE 110
Read our CanoScan LiDE 110 Review
2. Canon CanoScan LiDE 210
Read our CanoScan LiDE210 Review
3. Epson Perfection V30
Read our Epson V30 Review
Nowadays, cheap doesn’t mean low quality. In fact, Epson and Canon are two of the leaders in the flatbed scanner arena and even their lower budget scanners are more than sufficient for most home use needs.
So what are you losing by going for a lower priced model?
Well, scan resolution will not be as high as with a higher-priced scanner. You also won’t have the ability to scan formats like film or slides as you have with a good quality photo scanner. Scanning 3-dimensional objects like books is also difficult on these cheaper models as there is no “gutter correction”. The more expensive scanners also tend to come with photo-editing software like Photoshop Elements.
On the plus side, the scanners listed above tend to be smaller and more compact than their higher-priced cousins. If you are short on cash and desktop space that will work out to your advantage.
Finally, don’t forget mid-priced models which have the pros and cons somewhere between the two extremes discussed here. Canon and Epson scanners are the best place to start.