August 2022

3D Printers: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 8 Aug 2022, Anycubic Vyper 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 Creality Ender 3 V2 and Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ , with 4 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - August 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price 3D Printer
Popular Mechanics
Digital Trends
Omnicore
Tom's Guide
CNET
PCMag
Tom's Hardware
All3DP
3d Sourced
TechRadar
1
- $430
Anycubic Vyper
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1
7
10
-
8
5
2
- $279
Creality Ender 3 V2
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-
3
-
-
8
-
8
1
-
3
- $1000
Original Prusa i3 MK3S+
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-
-
-
-
1
5
4
12
-
4
- $2200
LulzBot Mini 2
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2
8
6
-
10
-
-
-
8
5
+1 $175
Monoprice MP Mini Delta
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3
-
3
4
6
-
-
-
-
6
+1 Check price
Original Prusa Mini
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-
-
-
-
5
-
-
6
1
7
+1 Check price
FormLabs Form 3
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1
-
2
-
-
-
-
17
-
8
+2 $1800
Dremel Digilab 3D45
4
-
7
-
-
2
-
-
-
-
9
-4 $600
Anycubic Kobra Max
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-
-
-
2
-
12
-
5
-
10
-1 $463
Anycubic Photon Mono X
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-
-
4
6
-
-
-
9
-
11
- $299
Toybox 3D 1-Touch
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-
-
9
-
9
-
-
4
-
12
- Check price
Snapmaker 2.0 A350
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-
-
-
-
-
-
10
15
9
13
- $226
Elegoo Mars 2 Pro
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-
-
-
-
-
2
-
3
-
14
New * $270
Anycubic Kobra
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-
-
-
-
-
4
2
-
-
20
-1 $429
Creality Ender 3 S1
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-
-
-
-
-
-
3
7
-
21
-1 $1920
MakerBot Replicator+
5
-
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
22
-1 $280
Anycubic Photon Mono
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4
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
23
-1 $849
FlashForge Adventurer 4
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-
-
5
7
-
-
-
-
-
24
-1 $6950
Ultimaker S5
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-
-
-
-
3
-
-
19
-
25
-1 $270
Anycubic Photon M3
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-
-
10
-
-
-
-
-
7
26
-1 $3499
Raise3D E2
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-
12
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
27
-1 Check price
Original PRUSA SL1
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-
-
-
-
-
-
-
16
4
28
+1 $599
Creality Ender 5 Plus
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-
-
-
-
-
-
11
11
-
29
-2 $649
Flashforge Creator Pro 2
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-
-
-
-
-
-
9
14
-
30
-2 $333
Elegoo Saturn
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-
-
-
-
-
13
-
10
-

We ranked Anycubic Vyper #1 in August 2022 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Anycubic Vyper as #1.
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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3d Sourced

Best for $500: FDM

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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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We ranked Creality Ender 3 V2 #2 in August 2022 because:

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

Best 3D Printer Under $500

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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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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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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 August 2022 ranking

We ranked Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ #3 in August 2022 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 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

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We ranked LulzBot Mini 2 #4 in August 2022 because:

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

Another Great 3D Printer for Beginners

Pros
Very easy to use while being high quality
Open-source and supports a range of materials
Much quieter than expected

Cons
Open frame design
More expensive than many FDM printers

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We ranked Monoprice MP Mini Delta #5 in August 2022 because:

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

Best for tiny desks

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PCMag

Best 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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We ranked Original Prusa Mini #6 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Original Prusa Mini as #1.
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 for $500: FDM

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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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We ranked FormLabs Form 3 #7 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 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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Tom's Guide

The best resin-based 3D printer

Pros
Fast printing
High-quality results
Extensive amount of resins available

Cons
No third-party resin support
Expensive

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3d Sourced

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

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

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Omnicore

Best 3D Printer Under $2000

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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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We ranked Anycubic Kobra Max #9 in August 2022 because:

  • 3 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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3d Sourced

Best under $300: FDM

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We ranked Anycubic Photon Mono X #10 in August 2022 because:

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

Best for mass-produced gaming minis

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3d Sourced

Best large-format resin printer

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We ranked Toybox 3D 1-Touch #11 in August 2022 because:

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

Best For Kids & Complete Beginners

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We ranked Snapmaker 2.0 A350 #12 in August 2022 because:

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

3-in-1

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

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3d Sourced

Best 3D printer that can also CNC and laser engrave

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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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We ranked Elegoo Mars 2 Pro #13 in August 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 Anycubic Kobra #14 in August 2022 because:

  • 2 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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We ranked Creality Ender 3 S1 #15 in August 2022 because:

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

Under $500

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

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3d Sourced

Best for $500: FDM

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We ranked MakerBot Replicator+ #16 in August 2022 because:

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

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PCMag

Best 3D Printer for Product Designers/Engineers / Editprs' 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 Anycubic Photon Mono #17 in August 2022 because:

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

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CNET

Best inexpensive resin 3D printer

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We ranked FlashForge Adventurer 4 #18 in August 2022 because:

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

Best 3D printer for ease of use

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We ranked Ultimaker S5 #19 in August 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

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We ranked Anycubic Photon M3 #20 in August 2022 because:

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

Detailed 3D modelling for beginners

Pros
Good value
Detailed models

Cons
Print size is small
Poorly placed USB port

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We ranked Raise3D E2 #21 in August 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 #22 in August 2022 because:

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

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TechRadar

The best MSLA printer just got better

Pros
Rapid printing
Great build quality

Cons
High maintenance
Limited build volume

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We ranked Creality Ender 5 Plus #23 in August 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 FDM

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We ranked Flashforge Creator Pro 2 #24 in August 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

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We ranked Elegoo Saturn #25 in August 2022 because:

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

Best Large Format Resin 3D Printer

Pros
Exceptionally large build-volume-to-price ratio
Rigid dual-Z linear rail system

Cons
Difficult to find in stock

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3d Sourced

Best large-format resin printer

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