November 2022

3D Printers: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of 3D Printer rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 16 Nov 2022, Creality Ender 3 V2 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed 3d printer with 5 expert endorsements. 1 experts out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 3d printer' this month. It is followed by Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ and Anycubic Vyper , with 5 and 5 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price 3D Printer
Popular Mechanics
CNET
PCMag
Tom's Hardware
Digital Trends
Omnicore
TechRadar
All3DP
Tom's Guide
3d Sourced
1
- $279
Creality Ender 3 V2
4
-
8
-
-
3
-
8
-
1
2
- $949
Original Prusa i3 MK3S+
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2
1
7
-
-
-
4
-
12
3
- $340
Anycubic Vyper
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3
7
12
-
-
6
-
-
8
4
- $305
Monoprice MP Mini Delta
-
7
6
-
3
-
-
-
3
-
5
+1 $2093
LulzBot Mini 2
-
-
10
-
2
8
-
-
6
-
6
+1 Check price
Creality Ender 3 S1
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1
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
7
New * $256
Anycubic Kobra
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
2
-
5
8
- $1999
Dremel Digilab 3D45
5
-
2
-
-
7
-
-
-
-
9
- $499
Creality Ender-3 S1 Pro
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
7
10
- Check price
Prusa3D Mini+
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
12
-
-
11
- Check price
FormLabs Form 3
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
17
12
- Check price
Anycubic Photon Mono X
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8
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
9
13
- $299
Toybox 3D 1-Touch
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-
9
-
-
-
-
-
9
4
14
- Check price
Snapmaker 2.0 A350
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-
-
-
-
-
9
10
-
15
15
- $171
Elegoo Mars 2 Pro
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
3
16
New * Check price
Creality Ender 5 S1
-
-
-
5
-
-
3
-
-
-
21
- $280
Anycubic Photon Mono
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6
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
22
-2 $1924
MakerBot Replicator+
6
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
23
-1 Check price
Original Prusa Mini
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-
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
24
-1 $799
FlashForge Adventurer 4
-
9
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
25
-1 $6950
Ultimaker S5
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-
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
19
26
New * $550
Anycubic Kobra Max
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4
-
14
-
-
-
-
-
-
27
-2 $320
Anycubic Photon M3
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-
-
-
-
-
8
-
10
-
28
-2 $3499
Raise3D E2
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-
-
-
-
12
7
-
-
-
29
-2 Check price
Original PRUSA SL1
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-
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
16
30
-2 $599
Creality Ender 5 Plus
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-
-
-
-
-
-
11
-
11
31
-2 $649
Flashforge Creator Pro 2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
14

We ranked Creality Ender 3 V2 #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Creality Ender 3 V2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Best Easy-to-Use Model

Pros
Easy to assemble
Good print quality

Cons
Noisy

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PCMag

Best 3D Printer for Tinkerers and DIY Types

Pros
Inexpensive
Slightly above-average print quality
Good-size build area for its price
Supports several filament types

Cons
Manual print-bed leveling can be tricky
Setup instructions could be deeper, more legible
Questionable quality control on some parts

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Omnicore

Under $500

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All3DP

Best Beginner 3D Printer

Pros
Huge community
Great out-of-the-box print quality
Easy to use

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3d Sourced

best 3D printer for the price

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We ranked Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ #2 in November 2022 because:

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

The standard candle for home 3D printing

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PCMag

Best 3D Printer for Serious Hobbyists, Makers / Editors' Choice

Pros
Consistently high-quality prints
No misprints in our testing
Supports multiple filament types
Includes a 1-kilogram PLA spool
Useful, professionally printed user guide
Great support resources
Versatile, user-friendly software

Cons
Build volume a bit small for the price

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Tom's Hardware

Best High-End 3D Printer

Pros
PrusaSlicer provides best-in-class model slicing
Swappable flexible build platforms make switching materials easy
Automatic bed leveling sensor is fast and accurate
Stealth Mode enables a nearly silent printing experience

Cons
Assembled printer is pricey
Monochrome interface feels outdated

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All3DP

Under $1,000

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

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3d Sourced

Best FDM 3D printer for $1000

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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 November 2022 ranking

We ranked Anycubic Vyper #3 in November 2022 because:

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

Best for out-of-the-box printing

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PCMag

Best Budget 3D Printer for Large Objects

Pros
Relatively large build area
Automatic bed leveling
Simple assembly

Cons
Short (one-year) warranty
Includes only a small starter filament coil
Using Cura software with the Vyper requires tweaking a couple of settings
Test prints showed some "hairy" filament residue

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Tom's Hardware

Best 3D Printer for a Print Farm

Pros
Automatic bed leveling system
High print speeds
Advanced cooling design

Cons
Included Cura profile needs optimizing
Kickstater-style launch may turn off some users

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TechRadar

The best beginner friendly FDM 3D printer

Pros
Built-in accessories drawer
Reliable automatic bed-leveling
Great value for the features you get

Cons
Excessive initial stringing
Questionable assembly
Cura profile needs fine-tuning

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3d Sourced

Best for $500: FDM

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We ranked Monoprice MP Mini Delta #4 in November 2022 because:

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

Best for tiny desks

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PCMag

Best Budget 3D Printer for Beginners

Pros
Sub-$200 price
Quick, nearly misprint-free printing
Easy setup and operation
Sturdy steel-and-aluminum frame
Supports multiple filament types

Cons
Tiny build area
So-so print quality
Mere one-year warranty

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Digital Trends

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Tom's Guide

The best 3D printer under $200

Pros
Prints PLA, ABS, PETG, and other materials
Excellent print quality for the price
Costs less than $200

Cons
Smaller build volume than other low-cost printers
Software has some rough edges

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We ranked LulzBot Mini 2 #5 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Open-Frame 3D Printer for Hobbyists and Schools

Pros
Easy to set up and use.
Powerful software.
Quiet operation.
Supports a variety of filament types.
LCD with SD-card slot.
Self-leveling print bed.
Easy to remove finished objects from print bed.
Works with Windows, macOS X, and Linux.

Cons
Print quality inconsistent at times.
No bundled filament.
Open frame increases risk of burns from a hot extruder.
Relatively sparse connectivity options.

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Digital Trends

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Omnicore

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Tom's Guide

A good 3D printer option if you can find it

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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We ranked Creality Ender 3 S1 #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Creality Ender 3 S1 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best step-up starter printer

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All3DP

Under $500

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

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We ranked Anycubic Kobra #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Hardware

Best 3D Printer for Beginners

Pros
Quality prints
Direct drive
Auto bed leveling
Easy assembly

Cons
Difficult to upgrade
Tool head hard to maintain

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All3DP

Best 3D Printer under 300$

Pros
Reliable auto-bed leveling
Easy filament handling via direct extruder
Great bang-for-buck ratio – cheap and capable

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3d Sourced

Best under $300: FDM

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We ranked Dremel Digilab 3D45 #8 in November 2022 because:

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

Best for Serious Users

Pros
Amazing print quality
Very quiet

Cons
Expensive

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PCMag

Best 3D Printer for Professionals and Small Businesses / Editors' Choice

Pros
Very good print quality.
Easy to use.
User-friendly yet powerful software.
Prints via USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi, and from a USB thumb drive.
Safe design.
Relatively quiet.

Cons
Limited filament colors compared with competitors.Touch screen is not particularly responsive.

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Omnicore

Under $2000

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We ranked Creality Ender-3 S1 Pro #9 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Creality Ender-3 S1 Pro as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Hardware

Best 3D Printer Overall

Pros
Easy assembly
Great print quality
Direct drive
All-metal hotend
Auto bed leveling

Cons
Pricey for an Ender
Mediocre UI

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3d Sourced

Best for $500: FDM

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We ranked Prusa3D Mini+ #10 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Prusa3D Mini+ as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Small,affordable and remarkable 3D printer

Pros
Great value
Easy to use
Supports a variety of filament types

Cons
Reel sits separately
Imperfect print quality
Calibration can be tricky

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All3DP

Best Small / Mini 3D Printer

Pros
Good value for the user experience and finish
Exceptional print quality
Large, colorful, and easy-to-use UI

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We ranked FormLabs Form 3 #11 in November 2022 because:

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

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3d Sourced

Best Professional Resin Printers

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We ranked Anycubic Photon Mono X #12 in November 2022 because:

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

Best for mass-produced gaming minis

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Tom's Guide

The best 3D printer for low-cost SLA printing

Pros
Fast printer with high-quality output
Costs a fraction of what other SLA printers cost

Cons
Slicing software produces inconsistent supports
Some print failures

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3d Sourced

Best large-format resin printer

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We ranked Toybox 3D 1-Touch #13 in November 2022 because:

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

Best 3D Printer for Children and Young People / Editors' Choice

Pros
Reliable, misprint-free printing
Easy setup
One-touch operation
Well-composed help resources
Access to more than 2,000 printable toys and projects
Lets you create your own printable designs

Cons
Tiny build area
Not ideal for importing 3D files created elsewhere

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Tom's Guide

A Fun Printer For Creating Your Own Toys

Pros
Prints simple toys quickly and efficiently
Easy setup

Cons
Exposed hot and moving parts
Unheated print bed means prints don't always stick.

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3d Sourced

Best For Kids & Complete Beginners

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We ranked Snapmaker 2.0 A350 #14 in November 2022 because:

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

Best 3-in-1 3D Printer

Pros
3D printer, CNC, and Laser cutter in one
Solid design and build quality
Easy to understand software

Cons
Switching between uses takes time
Enclosure purchased separately
Very noisy when printing

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All3DP

3-in-1

Pros
Wi-Fi connectivity
Modular and expandable
Large work volume for the price

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3d Sourced

Best 3-in-1 3D Printer

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We ranked Elegoo Mars 2 Pro #15 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Hardware

Best Budget Resin 3D Printer

Pros
Spring-loaded self-leveling build platform
Integrated air filtration system

Cons
Build volume can feel limited

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3d Sourced

Best under $300: Resin

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We ranked Creality Ender 5 S1 #16 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Hardware

Best High-Temperature 3D Printer

Pros
All Metal Hotend
High Flow Nozzle
Improved Speed
Direct drive
Auto bed leveling

Cons
Mislabeled nozzle
Print surface easily damaged

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TechRadar

An ideal choice for any 3D print enthusiast or small business on a budget

Pros
Incredible value
Robust design
High-quality tool head

Cons
Not a true CORE XY printer
Large footprint
No enclosure for enhanced materials (Optional extra)

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We ranked Anycubic Photon Mono #17 in November 2022 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 MakerBot Replicator+ #18 in November 2022 because:

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

Best for Printing Metal

Pros
Easy to set up
Good print quality

Cons
Pricey

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PCMag

Best 3D Printer for Product Designers/Engineers / Editors' Choice

Pros
Easy to use.
Very good print quality.
User-friendly yet powerful software.
Prints via USB, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi, and from a USB thumb drive.
Safe design for an open-frame printer.
Relatively quiet.

Cons
Printer setup through MakerBot Mobile app can be tricky.
Somewhat pricey filament.

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We ranked Original Prusa Mini #19 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Budget 3D Printer Editors' Choice

Pros
Top-notch object quality
Supports a variety of filament types
Useful, professionally printed user guide
Great support resources
Versatile, user-friendly software

Cons
First-layer calibration can be tricky
Only includes starter packets of filament
Requires monitoring if young children or pets are around

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3d Sourced

Best Premium-Budget Printer

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We ranked FlashForge Adventurer 4 #20 in November 2022 because:

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

Best 3D printer for ease of use

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Tom's Guide

Best intermediate 3D printer

Pros
Swappable nozzles provide material flexibility
Handles multiple materials with ease
Good price

Cons
No automatic bed leveling and filament loading
Changing nozzle is rather a tricky process

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We ranked Ultimaker S5 #21 in November 2022 because:

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

Best Pro-Level 3D Printer for Large Objects / Editors' Choice

Pros
Dual extruders.
Large build volume.
Quiet.
Good print quality.
Easy setup and operation.
Touch screen.

Cons
Pricey.
Relatively slow printing at default resolution.

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3d Sourced

Best Professional FDM Printers

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We ranked Anycubic Kobra Max #22 in November 2022 because:

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

Best to make big projects easily

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Tom's Hardware

Best 3D Printer for Props and Cosplay

Pros
Massive build size
+Accurate auto bed leveling
+Build plate releases when cool

Cons
Massive footprin
-No profile in Cura

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We ranked Anycubic Photon M3 #23 in November 2022 because:

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

Detailed 3D modelling for beginners

Pros
Good value
Detailed models

Cons
Print size is small
Poorly placed USB port

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Tom's Guide

The cheapest resin-based 3D printer

Pros
Low cost
Good print quality
Easy setup

Cons
Software has some issues with preparing prints
Smaller print area compared to other resin printers

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We ranked Raise3D E2 #24 in November 2022 because:

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

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TechRadar

The Best Workhorse 3D Printer

Pros
High-resolution print capability
Innovative ouch screen interface
Dual Extruder system can work independently

Cons
Huge and heavy, not ideal for home use
Careful placement of bed required
Needs manual assistance for filament loading

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We ranked Original PRUSA SL1 #25 in November 2022 because:

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

The best MSLA printer just got better

Pros
Rapid printing
Great build quality

Cons
High maintenance
Limited build volume

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3d Sourced

Best Professional Resin Printers

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We ranked Creality Ender 5 Plus #26 in November 2022 because:

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

Large-format

Pros
Quick setup
Decent out-of-the-box experience
Huge community to tap for mods and upgrades

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3d Sourced

Best Large-Format 3D Printer Under $1,000

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We ranked Flashforge Creator Pro 2 #27 in November 2022 because:

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

Dual extrusion

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

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3d Sourced

Best Dual Extruders Under $1000

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