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The Best Document Scanners on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of tech equipment before — including the best wireless keyboard, 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.

Best-rated document scanner

Epson Perfection V600 Color Photo, Image, Film, Negative & Document Scanner

Lots of reviewers purchased this scanner to organize their family photos. One self-proclaimed family historian has “scanned more than 10,000 negatives, slides and photos” to digitize his family photo albums, adding, “I wish I could re-scan everything after seeing how beautiful this Epson works.” “Mike from Detroit” penned over 3,500 words on this document scanner, mapping out his thoughts in extreme detail: “For a little more money, and a bit more time you’ll have usable, fantastic scans. Some other ‘scanners’ are cheaper and claim to scan in a single second. They are cheap webcams stuck in a cheap plastic box that take a crappy photograph of you slide.”

Another confesses they “cried several times while scanning old photos,” writing, “Faded, dull and dark looking photos came to life with the color correction feature, faces I didn’t originally recognize in the photos appeared in all their original glory. Best product I’ve bought in a long time.” A professional illustrator notes, “This scanner has completely changed the scope of my work,” adding, “I have always had trouble with color matching and half of my work time was spent editing on the computer to get colors back to their original state. This scanner does it all.”

Best-rated less-expensive document scanner

Epson Workforce ES-50 Portable Sheet-fed Document Scanner for PC and Mac

“Who knew a little guy like this would be so great?” asks one reviewer. “Scans super fast, stashes under my monitor, doesn’t jam, offers a ton of different document formats and is super easy to save the docs.” More than one-fifth of reviewers also love how small this scanner is. “ I can leave it on my desk, plugged in to my computer via USB and not even think about it being there, until I need it,” one writes. And even though it’s small, it can handle a lot of scanning. “I’ve scanned well over 1,000 pages without any issues,” one reviewer writes, while another, who uses it to keep track of receipts, says it even tackles “receipts that had become crumpled in my purse or pocket. I was able to scan two years of receipts in a matter of a few hours.” One reviewer warns that on the first use, “It takes about 10 minutes to configure to how you like, but it remembers the settings and you’re all set for the future.”

Best document scanner for any size document

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

One reviewer, who keeps “tons of old documents, bills, receipts, and other paper junk, 99.9% 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 for photos

Epson FastFoto Wireless High-speed Photo and Document Scanning System

“This scanner is a game changer,” raves one, adding, “Easy to set up, even easier to use.” Another notes that this is “the best thing out there for scanning photos,” explaining, “I just finished scanning over 30,000 photos at 600 dpi. Pretty amazing little machine.” One who “scanned more than 5000 photos” in under a week appreciates that “not only is the scanner very fast, but it handles stacks of old, odd size formats with ease and with rarely a misfeed.” Another family historian who spends lots of “spare time scanning everyone’s old photos” wishes they “could give this 10 stars” because “it scans faster than our office copy machine makes copies. That alone is worth 5 stars. It also copies the back of the photo if there is anything written on it. Priceless. I can’t say enough positive things about this smart gadget, and how many years it is probably going to save me.” Another reviewer, who “just scanned 1,000 photos in just a few hours,” concludes, “If you have scanned off a flatbed, you know how slow it goes. This scanner has a feeder that lets you scan 30 photos at at time. Well worth the extra money in time savings alone.”

Best portable document scanner

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 Mobile Scanner

“This is the easiest and best portable scanner I ever had,” writes one reviewer. Another is “absolutely blown away” by the quality of this scanner, noting, “If you’re in the market for a scanner, I would definitely say this would be the one for you.” A self-proclaimed “gadget guy” ranks this scanner among the “top 10 list of the best gadgets I’ve ever purchased,” adding, “There aren’t many things that can fundamentally change your life. This scanner has in that it truly has allowed me to become not only paperless, but mobile as well. By far, the best technology tool I’ve ever purchased, bar none.” Another reviewer is “very impressed with the speed, accuracy and ease of use of this portable scanner,” but says, “The icing on the cake is that it is rechargeable and can scan to multiple devices.”

Best wireless document scanner

Brother ImageCenter ADS-2800W Wireless Document Scanner

“It ain’t cheap, but we will absolutely get our money’s worth out of this thing,” says one reviewer. “If you are looking to scan documents (not pictures), scan a lot of them, not have to hassle with configuration, setup, fiddling with USB keys all the time, and for the thing to just work no matter what you throw at it … then this little guy will do the job.” And more than 15 percent of reviewers appreciate that this scanner does all that without being connected to a computer. “You can scan to a file on your computer, to an email, or even straight to Google Dropbox with this model,” one writes, while another says, “I have never actually hooked it up to a computer directly, and I don’t intend to.” This scanner is also popular in offices because it allows users “to install profiles for multiple users where you can choose the resolution and other features each user likes,” one reviewer explains. On top of all of its little perks, this scanner also just works well. “I have already scanned over 10,000 pages on it and I have not had any major issues, maybe less than 50 jams, most of them caused by my own stupidity.”

Best scanner for offices