May 2021

3D Printers: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - May 2021 Ranking

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Rank Price 3D Printer
CNET
TechRadar
Tom's Guide
ZD Net
3d Sourced
Omnicore
Popular Mechanics
Digital Trends
PCMag
All3DP
#1
Check price FormLabs Form 3
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4
2
8
18
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1
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#2
$1899 Dremel Digilab 3D45
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14
7
3
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1
15
#3
Check price Original Prusa i3 MK3S
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10
7
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4
1
#4
$1850 LulzBot Mini 2
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8
3
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8
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2
8
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#5
$381 Monoprice Voxel
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1
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4
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13
#6
$242 Polaroid PlaySmart 3D Printer
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5
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2
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11
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#7
$699 FlashForge Creator Pro
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9
5
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4
#8
Check price Peopoly Phenom
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7
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13
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5
#9
$6355 Ultimaker S5
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6
20
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6
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#10
$300 Elegoo Mars 2 Pro
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1
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6
#11
$200 Monoprice Select Mini v2
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12
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#12
$279 Creality Ender 3 V2
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2
3
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#13
Check price Anycubic Photon
3
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4
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#14
$4080 Ultimaker S3
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2
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17
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#15
$1922 MakerBot Replicator+
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4
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3
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#16
$700 Anycubic Photon Mono X
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8
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14
#17
Check price BCN3D Sigma D25
8
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16
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#18
$3499 Raise3D E2
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6
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12
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We ranked FormLabs Form 3 #1 in May 2021 because:

  • 5 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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ZD Net

Best Industrial-Quality Fine-Detail Desktop 3D Resin Printer

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3d Sourced

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Digital Trends

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We ranked Dremel Digilab 3D45 #2 in May 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:
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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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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We ranked Original Prusa i3 MK3S #3 in May 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:
ZD Net

Best All-Around Prosumer Hobby Printer Under $1,000

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3d Sourced

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PCMag

Best for Hobbyists,Schools,Fab Labs

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All3DP

Best 3D Printer

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

Cons
Dated UI
Pricey

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We ranked LulzBot Mini 2 #4 in May 2021 because:

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

Best for Hobbyists,Schools,Community Centers

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We ranked Monoprice Voxel #5 in May 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:
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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All3DP

Pros
Easy to set up
Quiet
Impressive quality of life features

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

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

Best for 3D Printing Newbies Okay With Small Objects

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

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

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Omnicore

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All3DP

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

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We ranked Peopoly Phenom #8 in May 2021 because:

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

Pros
Massive build volume
Easy print plate leveling
Responsive UI

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We ranked Ultimaker S5 #9 in May 2021 because:

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

Best Large Format Dual-Extruder Professional Printer

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3d Sourced

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PCMag

Best for Professionals Printing Large Objects

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We ranked Elegoo Mars 2 Pro #10 in May 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:
3d Sourced

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All3DP

Pros
Excellent print quality
Minimal setup
Huge community

Cons
Samey - lacking innovation

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We ranked Monoprice Select Mini v2 #11 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Monoprice Select Mini v2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best 3D printer for Beginners

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ZD Net

Best 3D Printer Under $200

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We ranked Creality Ender 3 V2 #12 in May 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 #13 in May 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 #14 in May 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+ #15 in May 2021 because:

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

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PCMag

Best for Product Designers,Engineers,Serious Hobbyists

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We ranked Anycubic Photon Mono X #16 in May 2021 because:

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

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All3DP

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

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We ranked BCN3D Sigma D25 #17 in May 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 #18 in May 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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