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The Best Document Scanners on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Since most people are still sheltering in place (and working from home) at this point during the coronavirus pandemic, the demand for office supplies has increased. While we’ve written about lots of tech equipment before — including the best computer monitors and the best computer speakers — here, we’ve rounded up the best document scanners, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

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Best-rated document scanner

Doxie Go SE The Intuitive Portable Scanner
$179

About 80 percent of 1,500 five-star reviewers gave this document scanner five stars. After inheriting hundreds of family documents, one reviewer used this Doxie and “was not disappointed. I’ve already scanned one box of pictures with no problems, and it is about as easy as you can get short of hiring someone to do it for you.” Hundreds of other customers mention how “easy” it is to use this scanner and its corresponding Doxie Go software. One college student who uses it for all of their documents even calls the software their favorite feature: “I love being able to edit all my scanned documents, clip the edges, rotate the images, choose what file format to save them as, and to “staple” separate scans into one complete document.” Even the most skeptical of customers say they now “love” this scanner, including one reviewer who scans receipts from every purchase they make and can now “sit comfortably at my couch with Hulu or Netflix on and scan away.” They continue: “My favorite thing about the Doxie is that it auto-detects the size of what is being scanned. I’m able to go from scanning 8.5 x 11 papers to the small receipts from gas pumps to a standard sized receipt from Wegmans without having to crop ANY of it. I’ll keep buying Doxie scanners as long as the company is making them!”

Best-rated (less expensive) document scanner

Brother DS-640 Compact Mobile Document Scanner
$90

Many reviewers say that you don’t sacrifice quality for size and price with this small and affordable scanner. “The scanning quality is amazing!” begins one customer, who includes a photo that she scanned with this product. “When I sent some scanned old family pictures to my ‘techie’ brother, he thought I bought a higher priced scanner.” Another reviewer who used this scanner to consolidate over 15 years of family photos into photo albums, describes this scanner as “slim, portable and fast. [It] was easy to set up on our MacBook Air.” When it comes to documents, reviewers agree that “it does a very good job on all kinds of documents in either color, black and white, or grayscale.” One teacher, who uses a wheelchair, says he no longer has to lug heavy binders around school, and can now scan notes directly into Word: “It’s easy to find and extremely convenient! I would highly recommend this if you’re looking for a cost effective scanner. I wish I could give it more than five stars!”

Best document scanner for home offices

Epson WorkForce ES-400 Color Duplex Document Scanner
$300
$300

One small business owner, who connects this Epson scanner to three different computers in his home office, says it is “very fast and produces extremely good results for the speed. The setup is so easy, just go wireless and you’re all set. I only need one scanner, but I know that I bought the best one out there.” Another reviewer has been buying thousand-dollar scanners for years, but says this one is “just as fast and as accurate. At this price I thought it was too good to be true but I bought one and was amazed. I promptly bought two more for the office and at home to manage documents.” Other once-skeptical customers are now “very pleased” by this scanner’s performance, including a software engineer who has “certain expectations when I buy electronics. I was AMAZED at how easy this equipment was to integrate into my office! Installs easily, clear instructions, works well.”

Best portable document scanner

Brother DS-740D Duplex Compact Mobile Document Scanner
$120

“This product works better than I thought anything that portable could,” writes one reviewer, who describes the scanner as “EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, just plain EXCELLENT.” He adds, “Setup and use is a breeze. The images are professional quality and scan speeds are really fast.” Another customer vouches for the easy setup and high-quality of this portable scanner, adding “this little scanner is just as good as my HP expensive one. I was amazed that I can scan in color, gray or B/W. If you are looking for a portable scanner, STOP LOOKING. THIS IS THE ONE.” Dozens of reviewers say this scanner’s duplex capability “saves time” including one customer who has used theirs for four years and says that after traveling thousands of miles it still is “a little workhorse.” Another reviewer who takes this scanner with her on the go — and calls it her “best friend” — says, “I love the fact that I can do duplex scanning without having to manually turn over each page. I can set where I want the document to be saved before I scan, which is also nice.”

Best document scanner for any size document

Epson DS-530 Document Scanner: 35ppm, TWAIN & ISIS Drivers
$349

One reviewer, who keeps “tons of old documents, bills, receipts, and other paper junk, 99.9 percent of which I will probably never need to go back to,” turned to this scanner when it was time to digitize their little problem. “This little machine ate literally piles and piles of old papers in all possible conditions ranging from nice and smooth to badly wrinkled, torn and otherwise mutilated,” they write. “There is hardly anything it won’t swallow. So far I scanned over 14,000 sheets, some of them full two sided pages, some were as small as a cash register receipts. It takes pages in almost any size.” Its ability to tackle papers of any size is this scanner’s main selling point, and a feature that’s brought up in lots of reviews. “We have scanned full size pages and small cash register tape receipts with no problem,” one notes. It also works with a variety of software. One who ordered two of these says “They both were easy to install even though computers had different operating systems,” while another describes the set up as quick with “good TWAIN integration.”

Best document scanner with a touchscreen

Raven Original Document Scanner
$420
$420

“Initially, I was hesitant to purchase a brand I had never heard of,” begins one five-star reviewer of this scanner from the Houston-based startup Raven. But, “this scanner has exactly what I was looking for. It’s easy to set up the wireless connection, and a large approximately 4 x 6 touchscreen allows you to select features such as single sided, double-sided, color/b&w, quality and destination.” Reviewers love that you can scan directly to the cloud with this product’s touchscreen, without having to download documents to a computer first, which one reviewer describes as “document management made simple. You can view, zoom, crop and select pages to save directly on the scanner interface.” Another adds, “I love how you can send docs specifically to a Dropbox folder and do live basic edits within the machine’s touchscreen.” Over 85 percent of five-star reviewers have also found this scanner to be “a joy to use. The 7-inch display touchscreen interface is simple to understand, easy to set up and use, [and] the clarity of the scan (up to 600 dpi) [is] exceptionally clear,” as this reviewer wrote. In addition to enjoying the touchscreen and digital features, dozens of other customers praise Raven’s customer service. One older reviewer even says, “The CEO called me himself to answer any questions I might have.”

Best wireless document scanner

Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W Wireless Document Scanner
$477