September 2021

3D Printers: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - September 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price 3D Printer
CNET
Tom's Guide
ZD Net
Omnicore
Popular Mechanics
Digital Trends
All3DP
TechRadar
3d Sourced
PCMag
1
- Check price
FormLabs Form 3
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2
8
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1
-
3
19
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2
- $1600
Dremel Digilab 3D45
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-
-
7
4
-
15
-
14
1
3
- $1850
LulzBot Mini 2
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4
-
8
-
2
-
8
-
6
4
- Check price
Original Prusa i3 MK3S
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-
10
-
-
-
1
-
7
2
5
- $400
Monoprice MP Voxel
5
1
-
-
-
-
13
-
4
-
6
- $190
Monoprice Select Mini v2
2
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12
1
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-
-
-
-
-
7
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Anycubic Vyper
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
5
-
8
-1 $180
Monoprice MP Mini Delta
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3
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
7
9
-1 $279
Creality Ender 3 V2
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-
-
3
-
-
9
-
2
-
10
-1 $298
Polaroid PlaySmart
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6
-
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2
-
-
-
-
9
11
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Peopoly Phenom
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8
-
-
-
-
5
-
13
-
12
- $6355
Ultimaker S5
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-
6
-
-
-
-
-
21
5
13
-3 Check price
Original Prusa Mini
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-
-
-
-
-
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1
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3
14
-1 $236
Elegoo Mars 2
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-
-
-
-
-
8
-
1
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15
- $4080
Ultimaker S3
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-
-
-
-
-
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2
18
-
16
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Anycubic Photon
4
-
-
-
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4
-
-
-
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17
- Check price
BCN3D Sigma D25
9
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
17
-
18
+1 $3499
Raise3D E2
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-
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12
-
-
-
6
-
-
19
+5 $1922
MakerBot Replicator+
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-
-
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5
-
-
-
-
4
20
New * $649
Flashforge Creator Pro 2
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-
-
-
-
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4
-
9
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21
+1 $700
Anycubic Photon Mono X
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-
-
-
-
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14
-
8
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22
-4 Check price
Original PRUSA SL1
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-
-
-
-
-
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4
15
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23
-3 $1249
Snapmaker 2.0 Modular
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-
-
-
-
-
-
9
12
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We ranked FormLabs Form 3 #1 in September 2021 because:

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

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TechRadar

The Best SLA Printer

Pros
High-quality printing
Wide material support

Cons
SLA prints require cleaning

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We ranked Dremel Digilab 3D45 #2 in September 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:
Omnicore

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Popular Mechanics

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All3DP

Best 3D printers: Education

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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PCMag

Top Overall Value for Serious Users / Editor's 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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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 September 2021 ranking

We ranked LulzBot Mini 2 #3 in September 2021 because:

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

Another Great 3D Printer for Beginners

Pros
Very easy to use
Open-source

Cons
Open frame design

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PCMag

Premium Model 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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We ranked Original Prusa i3 MK3S #4 in September 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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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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PCMag

Well Suited for Hobbyists and Schools / Editor's 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
May require monitoring if children or pets are around during printing

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We ranked Monoprice MP Voxel #5 in September 2021 because:

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

Best 3D Printer for Ease Of Use

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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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All3DP

Best 3D printers: Budget

Pros
Easy to set up
Quiet
Impressive quality of life features

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3d Sourced

Best 3D Printer With Enclosure Under $500

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We ranked Monoprice Select Mini v2 #6 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 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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Omnicore

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We ranked Anycubic Vyper #7 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 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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TechRadar

The best beginner friendly FDM 3D printer

Pros
Built-in accessories drawer
Reliable automatic bed-leveling
Great value

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

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We ranked Monoprice MP Mini Delta #8 in September 2021 because:

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

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PCMag

Good Starter Model for Beginners, Non-Techies

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 Creality Ender 3 V2 #9 in September 2021 because:

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

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All3DP

Best 3D printers: Budget

Pros
High-quality prints
Excellent price-to-performance
32-bit board with TMC2208 drivers (read: it’s quiet)

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3d Sourced

Best 3D Printer For The Price

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We ranked Polaroid PlaySmart #10 in September 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

A Budget Pick Suited to Small Objects

Pros
Small, lightweight for a desktop 3D printer.
Easy to set up and use.
Supports PLA, PETG, and wood composite filaments.
Multiple-color support.
Wi-Fi camera monitors print jobs.
Prints from USB drives, SD cards, or mobile devices.

Cons
High price for its capabilities.
Small build area.
Too-brief warranty.

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We ranked Peopoly Phenom #11 in September 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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All3DP

Editor's Pick

Pros
Massive build volume
Easy print plate leveling
Responsive UI

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Ultimaker S5 #12 in September 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

Pro-Grade Printing of Large Objects

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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We ranked Original Prusa Mini #13 in September 2021 because:

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

Small,affordable and remarkable 3D printer

Pros
Great value
Easy to use

Cons
Reel sits separately
Imperfect print quality

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PCMag

Ideal for Price-Conscious Tinkerers

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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We ranked Elegoo Mars 2 #14 in September 2021 because:

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

Best 3D printers: Budget

Pros
Vibrant design
Reliable, great print quality
Easy to use

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We ranked Ultimaker S3 #15 in September 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

Best 3D Printer under $5,000 ($3000-$5000 range)

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We ranked Anycubic Photon #16 in September 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 BCN3D Sigma D25 #17 in September 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 September 2021 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
Touch screen interface

Cons
Huge and heavy

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We ranked MakerBot Replicator+ #19 in September 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

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 Flashforge Creator Pro 2 #20 in September 2021 because:

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

Editor's Pick

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

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Anycubic Photon Mono X #21 in September 2021 because:

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

Best 3D printers: Budget

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

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We ranked Original PRUSA SL1 #22 in September 2021 because:

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

The Best MSLA Printer

Pros
High Quality printing
Wide material support

Cons
SLA prints require cleaning.

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3d Sourced

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We ranked Snapmaker 2.0 Modular #23 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 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

Cons
Switching between uses takes time

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3d Sourced

est 3D printer that can also CNC and laser engrave

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