3D scanners are less popular than 3D printers, but they are an important part of the 3D printing ecosystem. Many different types of 3D scanners from desktop 3d scanners to handheld 3d scanners and advanced metrology systems.

Given the low number of reliable 3d scanner reviews, it can be challenging to find the best 3D scanner. With this selection of the best 3D scanners, our goal is to cut through the clutter and offer a short overview of what’s available on the market this year. We focus on 3D scanners that :

  • are available on the market for under $5,000
  • have reviews and ratings from reliable sources
  • receive good community feedback

This translates into a sturdy selection, although some great 3D scanners that are new on the market may not have a place in this list. Industrial 3D scanners are also out of the picture due to the price limit.



This table represents our selection of the best 3d scanners available in 2018, with a focus on consumer-grade desktop and handheld 3d scanners.
*Metascore: we calculate product metascores based on reviews from four reliable sources (Amazon, 3D Hubs, Pinshape and Make:). However, in this ranking the reviews mainly come from Amazon and our own internal testing.
*Price (MSRP): manufacturer suggested retail 3d scanner price. These prices are subject to change over time and/or depending on users’ location (import taxes).