April 2021

3D Printer Rankings Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of 3D Printer rankings posted by key online experts, as of April 2021.

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend 3D Printers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of 3D Printers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for April 2021 ranking

We ranked Dremel Digilab 3D45 #1 in April 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Dremel Digilab 3D45 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Overall Value for Serious Users

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All3DP

Pros
Easy to set up and use
Excellent print quality when using proprietary materials
Designed to enhance safety and reliability

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3d Sourced

Great Desktop 3D Printer for Beginners And Schools

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Omnicore

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Popular Mechanics

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We ranked LulzBot Mini 2 #2 in April 2021 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Hobbyists,Schools,Community Centers

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TechRadar

Another Great 3D Printer for Beginners

Pros
Very easy to use
Open-source

Cons
Open frame design

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Tom's Guide

Best Intermediate 3D Printer

Pros
Prints are fast and of high quality
Supports a wide range of materials
Printer is quiet

Cons
More expensive than many comparable models

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Omnicore

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Digital Trends

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We ranked FormLabs Form 3 #3 in April 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked FormLabs Form 3 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The Best SLA Printer

Pros
High-quality printing
Wide material support

Cons
SLA prints require cleaning

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Tom's Guide

A Great Resin 3D Printer

Pros
Excellent print quality
Support for a range of Formlabs supplied materials
Supports multiple users and printers

Cons
Expensive
Using third-party resins may violate warranty

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3d Sourced

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Digital Trends

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We ranked Original Prusa i3 MK3S #4 in April 2021 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Original Prusa i3 MK3S as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Hobbyists,Schools,Fab Labs

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All3DP

Pros
Exceptional print quality
Advanced calibration and print monitoring
Excellent support and involved community

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TechRadar

The Best All-Round 3D Printer

Pros
Fast print speed
Market-leading print quality

Cons
Open frame design.

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Monoprice Voxel #5 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Monoprice Voxel as #1.
Critic endorsements:
All3DP

Pros
Easy to set up
Quiet
Impressive quality of life features

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Tom's Guide

Best 3D Printer for Post People

Pros
Excellent print quality
Fast print speed
Heated print bed

Cons
Lackluster software
Some Wi-Fi connection issues

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3d Sourced

Best 3D Printer With Enclosure Under $500

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We ranked Polaroid PlaySmart 3D Printer #6 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for 3D Printing Newbies Okay With Small Objects

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Tom's Guide

Fast,High-Quality 3D Prints

Pros
High-quality prints
Good print speed

Cons
Smaller print area than similar models
Software is not very flexible

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Popular Mechanics

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We ranked FlashForge Creator Pro #7 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
All3DP

Pros
Ease of use
Quality dual extrusion
Good value for IDEX tech

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3d Sourced

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Omnicore

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We ranked Peopoly Phenom #8 in April 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
All3DP

Pros
Massive build volume
Easy print plate leveling
Responsive UI

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Tom's Guide

A Capable SLA Printer For Less

Pros
Big print area
Supports a wide variety of resins
Costs less than rival SLA printers

Cons
Noisy
Interface can be confusing

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Elegoo Mars 2 Pro #9 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Elegoo Mars 2 Pro as #1.
Critic endorsements:
All3DP

Pros
Excellent print quality
Minimal setup
Huge community

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Creality Ender 3 V2 #10 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
3d Sourced

Best 3D Printer For The Price

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Omnicore

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We ranked Anycubic Photon #11 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best Inexpensive Resin 3D Printer

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Digital Trends

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We ranked Ultimaker S3 #12 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The Best 3D Printer for College Education

Pros
Class-leading print quality
Easy to network

Cons
Expensive

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3d Sourced

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We ranked MakerBot Replicator+ #13 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Product Designers,Engineers,Serious Hobbyists

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Popular Mechanics

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We ranked Ultimaker S5 #14 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Professionals Printing Large Objects

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Anycubic Photon Mono X #15 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
All3DP

Pros
Large build volume
Fast and high-detailed prints
Minimal setup

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3d Sourced

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We ranked BCN3D Sigma D25 #16 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best for Dual-Color Printing

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Raise3D E2 #17 in April 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The Best Workhorse 3D Printer

Pros
High resolution
Touch screen interface

Cons
Huge and heavy

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Omnicore

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