May 2024

3D Printers: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of 3D printers rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2024.

Summary

On 7 May 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 93 3D printer endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

70 3D printers were endorsed in total, only 17 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 7 May 2024, Bambu Lab P1S takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed 3D printer with 3 expert endorsements. 3 experts out of 3 recommended it as the '#1 3D printer' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking 3D printers start at $39.99 (MYNT3D Super 3D Pen) and go up to $6950 (Ultimaker S5). Median 3D printer costs $459 (Ankermake M5).
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At a glance - May Ranking

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Rank Change Price 3D Printer
CNET
Popular Mechanics
Digital Trends
PCMag
Omnicore
Tom's Guide
TechRadar
All3DP
Tom's Hardware
Wirecutter
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Bambu Lab P1S
The Bambu Lab P1S 3D printer is highly regarded for its print quality, accuracy, consistency, and ability to handle complex geometries and intricate details, making it a versatile and high-performing printer suitable for a wide range of printing projects.
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Bambu Lab A1 Mini
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Original Prusa MK4
The Original Prusa MK4 3D printer is highly regarded for its exceptional print quality, reliability, and ease of use, making it a top choice for professionals, hobbyists, and educators.
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Bambu Lab X1 Carbon
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LulzBot Mini 2
The LulzBot Mini 2 is a versatile and reliable 3D printer that produces high-quality prints with a wide range of materials and an easy-to-use interface.
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Creality Ender 3 V2
The Creality Ender 3 V2 is an affordable and reliable 3D printer that produces high-quality prints and is suitable for hobbyists, makers, and small businesses.
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Anycubic Kobra 2
The Anycubic Kobra 2 3D printer is highly praised for its impressive print quality, user-friendly interface, and range of convenient features, making it a versatile and reliable option for both beginners and experienced users.
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Formlabs Form 3+
The Formlabs Form 3+ 3D printer is highly praised for its exceptional print quality, precision, and consistency, making it suitable for a wide range of professional applications.
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Creality Ender 3 V3 SE
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Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro
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Dremel Digilab 3D45
The Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer is a reliable and consistent printer that delivers exceptional print quality and accuracy, making it an excellent choice for professionals and small businesses.
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MakerBot Replicator+
The MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer is a reliable and accurate option for professionals who require faster and more precise printing, as well as easier management and monitoring of projects through the powerful software solution.
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FlashForge Adventurer 4
The FlashForge Adventurer 4 is a versatile and reliable 3D printer suitable for a variety of use cases, producing excellent quality prints with complex geometries and intricate details, and offering advanced features and tools for easy use.
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Anycubic Photon Mono 2
The Anycubic Photon Mono 2 is a highly recommended resin-based 3D printer that offers excellent print quality, a larger build volume, and user-friendly features, making it ideal for printing miniatures and intricate designs.
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Toybox 3D 1-Touch
The Toybox 3D 1-Touch printer is a user-friendly and reliable 3D printer designed for children and beginners, with a simple one-touch interface, access to a large library of printable toys and projects, and compatibility with safe and biodegradable PLA filaments.
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SnapMaker Artisan
The SnapMaker Artisan 3-in-1 3D printer is highly praised for its high print quality, large build volume, ease of use, and compatibility with various materials, making it a reliable and versatile option for users in need of precise and high-quality prints.
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Anycubic Photon Mono M5S
The Anycubic Photon Mono M5s is a highly recommended resin 3D printer that offers exceptional print quality, ease of use, and compatibility with various resin materials, making it suitable for users who prioritize high-resolution and detailed prints.
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#6 $179.10 Creality Ender 3 V2
#7 $199.99 Anycubic Kobra 2
#14 $219 Creality Ender 3 V3 SE
#15 $284.99 Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro
#20 $299 Toybox 3D 1-Touch
#22 $499.99 Anycubic Photon Mono M5S
#21 $549 SnapMaker Artisan
#17 $1297.77 MakerBot Replicator+
#16 $1999 Dremel Digilab 3D45

We ranked Bambu Lab P1S #1 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Bambu Lab P1S as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 4 Sep 2023)
The Bambu Lab P1S 3D printer is highly regarded for its print quality, accuracy, consistency, and ability to handle complex geometries and intricate details, making it a versatile and high-performing printer suitable for a wide range of printing projects.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best overall 3D Printer

Fully enclosed
AMS compatible
Very fast
Great finished product

Control screen is unhelpful

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All3DP

Best 3D Printer Under $1,000

Enclosed volume with temperature regulation
Fast, high-quality printing & effective cooling
AMS compatible

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Tom's Hardware

Best 3D Printer Overall

Blazing speed
Enclosure for high temperature printing
Simple auto bed leveling
All metal hotend
Optional 4 color AMS

Pricey
Mediocre UI

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We ranked Bambu Lab A1 Mini #2 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Bambu Lab A1 Mini as #1.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best Budget 3D Printer with Color

The best setup experience
4-color printing on a budget
Good app experience
Suprisingly fast

No real modification path
AMS Lite is wobbly
Awkward shape and footprint

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All3DP

Best 3D Printer Under $500

Quick and quiet printing
Fully automatic calibration and setup
Excellent layer uniformity

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Tom's Hardware

Best Compact 3D Printer

Speed
Quick change nozzle
Direct Drive
Auto bed leveling
Inexpensive AMS (optional)

AMS takes up a lot of space

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Wirecutter

The best 3D printer

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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 May 2024 ranking

We ranked Original Prusa MK4 #3 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Original Prusa MK4 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 21 Jul 2023)
The Original Prusa MK4 3D printer is highly regarded for its exceptional print quality, reliability, and ease of use, making it a top choice for professionals, hobbyists, and educators.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best 3D Printer for Quality

Excellent quality prints
Fast but not jerky
Excellent support
Open Source

Too expensive
Wi-Fi setup is unfriendly

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PCMag

Best 3D Printer Overall / Editor's Choice

Field-topping ease of use
Supports a wide variety of filament types
High-quality prints
Problem-free operation in our tests

Relatively expensive

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TechRadar

A high-speed 3D printer with smart innovations

Reliable and efficient
Versatile and customizable
Easy to use
Open-source

Relatively expensive for beginners

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We ranked Bambu Lab X1 Carbon #4 in May 2024 because:

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

Best Premium

Fabulous design and build quality
High print speeds
Simple, slick user-friendly experience

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Tom's Hardware

Best Professional 3D Printer

AMS features intuitive guided operations for loading and unloading material
Rigid steel frame, aluminum shell, and CoreXY motion system
LIDAR-assisted automatic calibration and inspection
High speed multicolor printing with AMS
Enclosed build volume

Cool Plate and glue stick included instead of PEI Textured Plate
Default purging process involves wasting material

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Wirecutter

For all the bells and whistles

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We ranked LulzBot Mini 2 #5 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 16 May 2023)
The LulzBot Mini 2 is a versatile and reliable 3D printer that produces high-quality prints with a wide range of materials and an easy-to-use interface.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

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PCMag

Best Open-Frame 3D Printer for Hobbyists and Schools

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.

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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Omnicore

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We ranked Creality Ender 3 V2 #6 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 10 May 2023)
The Creality Ender 3 V2 is an affordable and reliable 3D printer that produces high-quality prints and is suitable for hobbyists, makers, and small businesses.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Best Easy-to-Use Model

Easy to assemble
Good print quality

Noisy

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Omnicore

Under $500

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We ranked Anycubic Kobra 2 #7 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 21 Jul 2023)
The Anycubic Kobra 2 3D printer is highly praised for its impressive print quality, user-friendly interface, and range of convenient features, making it a versatile and reliable option for both beginners and experienced users.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best budget fast 3D printer

Entry-level pricing
Auto bed leveling
Extremely fast

Needs more part cooling

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PCMag

Best Budget 3D Printer for First-Timers / Editors' Choice

Affordable
Prints fast and accurately
Easy to assemble

Very noisy fans
Leveling software is inconsistent
Can get worryingly hot

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We ranked Formlabs Form 3+ #8 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 4 Sep 2023)
The Formlabs Form 3+ 3D printer is highly praised for its exceptional print quality, precision, and consistency, making it suitable for a wide range of professional applications.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best 3D Resin Printer for Rapid Prototyping and Parts Production

Excellent print quality
Full SLA workflow solution
Nearly fume-free operation
USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet connectivity
Responsive phone customer service

Difficult to remove printed objects
Problematic resin-tray seating process
Steep learning curve for using supports
Requires lots of isopropyl alcohol

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Tom's Guide

The best resin-based 3D printer / Editor's Choice

Fast printing
High-quality results
Extensive amount of resins available

No third-party resin support
Expensive

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We ranked Creality Ender 3 V3 SE #9 in May 2024 because:

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

Under $200

Reliable auto-bed leveling system
It’s quiet
Great bang-for-buck ratio – cheap and capable

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Tom's Hardware

Best Budget FDM 3D Printer

Affordable
Easy assembly
Excellent Auto bed leveling
Direct drive
Easy Interface

PC coated plate

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We ranked Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro #10 in May 2024 because:

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

A great choice if you're learning the ropes

Fast and precise
User-friendly design
Reliable print quality

Limited filament compatibility
May be expensive for new starters
Initial setup complexity

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Tom's Hardware

Best 3D Printer for Beginners

Powerful direct drive extruder
“Sport” mode part cooling fan
Linear rods enable fast printing speed
Synchronized dual Z-axis threaded rods
Textured PEI build platform excels at part adhesion

Build platform leveling requires manual input

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We ranked Dremel Digilab 3D45 #11 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 16 May 2023)
The Dremel Digilab 3D45 3D Printer is a reliable and consistent printer that delivers exceptional print quality and accuracy, making it an excellent choice for professionals and small businesses.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Best For Serious Users

Amazing print quality
Very quiet

Expensive

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Omnicore

Best 3D Printer Under $2000

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We ranked MakerBot Replicator+ #12 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
The MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printer is a reliable and accurate option for professionals who require faster and more precise printing, as well as easier management and monitoring of projects through the powerful software solution.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Mechanics

Best for Printing Metal

Easy to set up
Good print quality

Pricey

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PCMag

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

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.

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

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We ranked FlashForge Adventurer 4 #13 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
The FlashForge Adventurer 4 is a versatile and reliable 3D printer suitable for a variety of use cases, producing excellent quality prints with complex geometries and intricate details, and offering advanced features and tools for easy use.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best 3D printer for ease of use

Easy swap nozzles
Great for schools

Smaller build plate

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Tom's Guide

Best intermediate 3D printer

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

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

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We ranked Anycubic Photon Mono 2 #14 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 21 Jul 2023)
The Anycubic Photon Mono 2 is a highly recommended resin-based 3D printer that offers excellent print quality, a larger build volume, and user-friendly features, making it ideal for printing miniatures and intricate designs.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best inexpensive resin 3D printer

Small footprint
Astounding quality
Great price

Too small for anything but minis

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Tom's Hardware

Best Resin 3D Printer for Beginners

Detailed 4K prints
Fast setup
Effortless print removal
Easy to navigate menus
Generous anti-scratch film to protect the glass

Slippery feet on the base
Lightweight and cheap feel

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We ranked Toybox 3D 1-Touch #15 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
The Toybox 3D 1-Touch printer is a user-friendly and reliable 3D printer designed for children and beginners, with a simple one-touch interface, access to a large library of printable toys and projects, and compatibility with safe and biodegradable PLA filaments.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best 3D Printer for Kids / Editors' Choice

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

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

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All3DP

Best Toy 3D Printer

Massive toy library to print
Kid-friendly experience
Snappy on-device UI and app-based control

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We ranked SnapMaker Artisan #16 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 4 Sep 2023)
The SnapMaker Artisan 3-in-1 3D printer is highly praised for its high print quality, large build volume, ease of use, and compatibility with various materials, making it a reliable and versatile option for users in need of precise and high-quality prints.
Critic endorsements:
All3DP

Best 3-in-1 3D Printer, CNC, Laser

Three creative tech tools in the footprint of one
Overall presentation of the Artisan is premium
Decent dual extrusion printing experience

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Tom's Hardware

Best Combo 3D Printer / Laser Engraver

Huge build volume
Great at printing, laser cutting and CNC machining
Included enclosure

Very expensive
Huge footprint
Can't handle TPU Filament

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We ranked Anycubic Photon Mono M5S #17 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best 3D printers” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 4 Sep 2023)
The Anycubic Photon Mono M5s is a highly recommended resin 3D printer that offers exceptional print quality, ease of use, and compatibility with various resin materials, making it suitable for users who prioritize high-resolution and detailed prints.
Critic endorsements:
All3DP

Best Resin 3D Printer Under $500

Capable of fast, high-res printing
Resin level & print failure smarts
Well-implemented Wi-Fi connectivity

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Tom's Hardware

Best Ultra High Resolution 3D Printer

Eye-popping 12K prints
Auto leveling
High speed printing
Smart sensors

Release film has short life span
Specialty resin is pricey

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