It comes as no surprise that an online retailer like Amazon has a booming trade in 3D printers with over 100 3D printer brands and an even greater number of 3D printer models available at Amazon.
While a broad choice is generally worthwhile, it does not ease the decision-making process. So if you do you want to order a 3D printer from Amazon, which is the right one?
Luckily, the editorial team at All3DP tests 3D printers day in and day out, and use that insight to release a quarterly updated buyer’s guide for the best 3D printers; highlighting our top picks across 17 categories.
We have selected the ones available at Amazon from our best picks and listed them for you.
So if you are looking for a 3D printer that is available at Amazon and one of the best on the market, please dive right in.
Since Summer 2018, the Creality Ender 3 has been the most popular 3D printer in the low-cost range; and rightly so. For a sub-$200 3D printer, the Creality Ender 3 does offer quite a formidable feature set aside from its incredibly low price point.
It features a heated bed, a print volume of 220 x 220 x 250 mm, a decent user interface, and a sturdy frame. Also, its ability to resume a print after losing power is a welcome feature seldom seen in other budget 3D printers.
Keep in mind, however, that these inexpensive 3D printers need a little tinkering that might prove challenging to 3D-printing novices. Handily, thanks to Ender 3’s popularity, there’s a large community online offering tips and tricks to get the best out of the machine.
Creality even made the Ender 3 open source, so those with the know-how can revise and tweak deeper aspects of the machine to their heart’s content.
Although Biqu does not manufacture 3D printers anymore, its portable delta 3D printer, the Biqu Magician, still offers some outstanding features given its price section. It’s capable of exceptional prints out of the box and – perhaps more importantly – it’s bags of fun to use.
The printer is based on the Rostock Delta RepRap design, and for your sub-$200 investment, you get a TFT touchscreen, a flexible and removable PVP print bed, an unconventional (but excellent) bed-leveling system, and surprisingly outstanding results.
However, as with Biqu not manufacturing anymore, best make sure to get a good return policy from your vendor.
As Creality’s Ender 3 is open source and due to its massive success, several clones soon popped up, like Geeetech’s A10, which boasts of a few new tricks to differentiate itself.
For starters, it’s easy to assemble and offers a slightly bigger build volume – 220 x 220 x 260 mm – than the Ender 3. It also comes with the “Super Plate,” which is Geeetech’s take on Anycubic’s popular Ultrabase (review here).
If you look at the specs, the only drawback is the manual calibration – but once that’s accomplished, you have an interesting printer for an excellent price. Geeetech even offers an optional Wifi dongle.
Looking to capitalize on the success of the Ender 3, Creality unveiled the Ender 3 Pro in the summer of 2018. While the basic design and build volume have been kept identical, the Ender 3 Pro does have some noteworthy improvements that make it worth the uptick in price.
For starters, the overall stability of the print plate has improved. The Ender 3 Pro also benefits from a magnetic print bed that is both removable and flexible, making print removal easy. Furthermore, the Ender 3 Pro also is equipped with an MK-10 extruder capable of handling PET-G or ABS.
Again, be prepared to spend some time with bed leveling, though, which is a pervasive issue across all Ender 3 models.
The Anycubic i3 Mega was the former winner in the category Best 3D Printer Under $300, and this quarter’s alternate pick.
The reason for the Anycubic i3 Mega being a strong contestant is simple: It is pretty much a plug-and-play machine for PLA prints. Load a spool of filament, start the print, and pluck it off the Ultrabase build plate once it’s finished.
Also, it offers several features, such as filament sensor, heated bed, and a sturdy full metal frame usually found in higher-priced machines. Also, the print quality is pretty astonishing for its budget price, and with a bit of tweaking and going for the “extra fine” print quality, the results are simply stunning — especially when printing PLA.
Don’t be tempted by the pricier Anycubic i3 Mega S, though. It didn’t convince us at all; better stick to the original.
The Tevo Tarantula Pro is a highly capable budget printer, arguably providing a more upgradable platform than the Ender 3 Pro. For starters, it has a better mainboard. It also prints fast at high quality and can benefit from several plug-in upgrade options.
If you are just considering the specs, the Tevo Tarantula Pro should play in a different league: It boasts a medium-sized bed ( 235 x 235 x 250 mm), a titan Bowden extruder, a heated bed, and a potential travel speed of 250 mm/s. All that for a little over $200. Overall, this is an interesting machine.
If you’re pushed for space or won’t need a big build volume, the Ender 5 is worth a look. Packing the best bits from the Ender 3 Pro into a bigger, box-like frame, the Ender 5 ramps up the print-speed and irons out some of the drawbacks of the Ender series. We found it to be a fun machine, giving consistent print quality at a budget price.
The Ender 5 is the Ender 3 Pro we wished for: It’s not perfect, but with a little care, you’ll get great prints out of it. Overall, Ender 5 is an interesting and affordable tool for makers, hobbyists, tinkerers, who are willing to spend some time with it.
The Creality CR-10S was All3DP’s summer 2019 winner in the category Best Printer under $500 and this season’s runner-up.
The original Creality CR-10 caused quite the stir on its release in 2017, sporting an unusually large print volume at a not unreasonable price, it became the go-to for those wanting to print big.
Since then, Creality has improved the original version across several models, with the CR-10S offering the best value for money. At first glance, the Creality CR-10S is rather basic. It sports an open-face frame with a heated bed, SD card reader, and LCD controls with an external power brick. However, in the CR-10S, you’ll find a filament run-out sensor, an improved Z-axis, and a print resume feature, plus all the features that made the original Creality CR-10 an already great machine. Also, there are many free hacks and modifications you can add to make it even better.
Still, be prepared to tinker with it to get the best results possible – it’s a real maker’s machine.
You can probably guess the namesake of the Tevo Flash, an affordable 3D printer that packs a surprising punch as far as features go.
It features a Tevo Titan extruder as well as a Volcano hotend, dual cooling fans, proximity sensors, automatic bed leveling, and a super fast-heating AC print bed that seems fitting considering the printer’s name. It offers a modest 235 x 235 x 250 mm build volume and is compatible with most standard 3D printing materials, making it well-suited for budget makers that want a compact machine with a keen focus on speed and functionality.
Unfortunately, Tevo has decided to discontinue the Flash temporarily… so get it while you still can.
Beeing released earlier this year, the Elegoo Mars has already been crowned by us in the categories Best Budget Resin Printer, as well as Editorial Choice – and rightly so. In a nutshell, the Elegoo Mars offers a simple, forgiving, and rewarding 3D printing experience at a combative price point. It’s a matter of moments from unboxing to printing, and the printing results are top-notch.
Coming in at an under $300 price tag, the Elegoo Mars is a superb budget resin 3D printer with all-around ease of use. From the many budget resin printers we reviewed, the Elegoo Mars is the most forgiving and easiest to use.
As far as low-cost desktop DLP 3D printers go, the Anycubic Photon has emerged as one of the most appealing options on the market.
Anycubic has a reputation for building reliable and affordable printers like the Anycubic i3 Mega FDM 3D printer. Regarding the price, the Anycubic Photon is no exception. It’s one of the cheapest LCD 3D printers out there and an honorable runner-up in the Best Budget Resin Printer category.
For those looking to dip their toes in resin printing without busting their budget, the Anycubic Photon should be right up their alley.
Anycubic also offers a slightly improved version called the Photon S, which we also like, but struggle to recommend for the jump in price wholeheartedly.
An alternative to the Best Budget Resin 3D Printer is the Phrozen Shuffle.
Like the other laureates, the Shuffle XL is a fresh face on the resin-based 3D printer scene, serving as evidence that this technology is entering a new age of affordability.
Equipped with a 5.5-inch 2K LCD screen, it offers an incredibly fine XY resolution of 47 microns. The 120 x 68 x 200mm build chamber edges out the Anycubic Photon by a slim margin.
In our review, we found that the Phrozen Shuffle delivered high-quality prints at a consistent rate, but had some minor problems with the UI and software. Still, we’d consider this printer as a decent bargain pick for those looking to dip their toes into the sticky world of resin 3D printing.
The Tiertime UP300 is our pick for the Best Workhorse 3D Printer of Fall 2019.
It features a closed-box design that makes it optimal for printing with ABS and other temperature-sensitive materials. A modest 205 × 255 × 225 mm build volume, HEPA and active carbon filtration for air purification (making it the perfect tool for an office or workshop), and a sturdy sheet metal frame complements its ability to print reliably at high-detail.
You even get three different designated print heads for high-temp, low-temp, and flexible materials, each of which is optimized to print with said subset of materials. If you need a workhorse 3D printer that is capable of taking on advanced materials like ABS, look no further than the Tiertime UP300. It’s a highly versatile machine that not only undercuts much of the competition but in some areas, even outshines them.
The Raise3D Pro2 Plus is one of the few professional large-format 3D printers weighing in under $10,000.
Equipped with a dual extrusion printhead and offering a spacious build volume of 305 x 305 x 605 mm, the Raise3D Pro2 Plus is aimed at labs, as well as manufacturing and prototyping companies.
With a minimum layer height of 0.01 mm in the Z-direction, the 3D printer is capable of printing very filigree structures and smooth surfaces. Furthermore, The heatable build plate (up to 110 °C), the enclosed space, and the, up to 300 °C heated, dual-extruder allow the Pro2 Plus to processes a variety of materials.
In addition, the 3D printer has a 7-inch touch display with an integrated controller, a webcam to monitor the printing process, and HEPA air filters, making the Raise3D Pro2 Plus an industrial-grade component printer suitable for small batch production in commercial operations.
The Creality CR-10 S5 is our runner-up in the category: Best Large Format 3D Printer.
If you want to print an eighth of a cubic meter without investing much money – meet the Creality CR-10 S5. It is one of the most affordable large-format 3D printers you can buy on the market. And, considering it features an enormous build volume of 500 x 500 x 500mm, it is tremendously cheap.
Sure, you will have to experiment more as it misses some of the comfort-features our category winner – the Raise3D Pro2 Plus – offers, but it comes at a fraction of the price.
The Ultimaker S5 is our fall 2019 pick in the category Best Dual Extruder 3D Printer, offering exceptional dual material prints alongside numerous comfort features that make it the ultimate piece of hardware and an ideal choice for professionals and small businesses. Notably, the Ultimaker S5 is definitely on the more expensive side of the desktop 3D printing spectrum; but its money well spent.
From our testing, we found the Ultimaker S5 to be exceptionally capable of multi-material printing, but not necessarily multi-color. When attempting to print with two different colored PLA filaments, the print quality had taken a slight, but noticeable dip.
Nevertheless, this 3D printer is designed for professionals, designers, small businesses, and anyone looking for a machine that is reliable, efficient, intuitive, and, most importantly, can produce a damn fine functional prototype or part.
The Tiertime UP mini 2 ES is our pick for the Best 3D Printer for Beginners.
Like its predecessor, the UP mini 2, the UP mini 2 ES is equipped with touchscreen controls, a closed build chamber, and WiFi connectivity. But even more attractive are safety-conscious features like power failure protection — so the print can resume after an abrupt stop — and built-in HEPA and activated carbon air filtration system to maintain a healthy working environment. The Tiertime UP mini 2 ES allows for an effortless introduction to 3D printing with a gentle learning curve for 3D printing novices.
There’s also an automatic nozzle height detection and a separate, enclosed spool container to prevent the filament from spoiling from exposure to moisture in the air. Overall a very tidy package. Unfortunately, it also carries on the lineage of having a teensy 120 x 120 x 120 mm build volume, but other features give it an edge over the original.
The Flashforge Finder] is an alternative to the Best 3D Printer for Beginners.
Few companies successfully simplify the 3D printing experience to a low-effort endeavor. Flashforge is one such company, with its Finder being a long-term recommendation of ours for the 3D printing beginner.
Offering a great package that’s capable of giving you quality prints, it is the ease of use that caps the Flashforge Finder as one of the best 3D printers for beginners.
For a first 3D printer or a 3D printer for kids, the FlashForge Finder covers almost all the bases. This little guy comes fully assembled and ready out-of-the-box, and the print quality is reliable and good.
Where the Finder flounders is with its tiny print bed, which limits the size of prints substantially. It also lacks auto bed-leveling, which would be useful to beginners.
The Robo C2 was crowned The Best 3D Printer for Schools of Fall 2019.
Choosing the best 3D printer for schools isn’t an easy task. For example, MakerBot offers a robust ecosystem with its Replicator+ printer, but at a price that not every institution can afford.
Robo offers a full ecosystem for 3D printing, with a broad mixture of apps, features, plus a curriculum (K-8 Lesson Plan ideas, K-12 & University Grant Guides, and the Robo Edu Panel). Recently, the company also acquired MyStemKits, expanding its offerings to include comprehensive 3D printing-aided education for all ages.
Looking at the machine in isolation, you get a partially-enclosed printer with a medium-sized, removable print bed (non-heated, so you can only print PLA), automatic bed-leveling, and a filament run-out sensor. The hot end is mostly out of reach of curious fingers, and the semi-enclosed build-space protects the build area from foreign objects.
The Dremel Digilab 3D45 Idea Builder is our alternative to the Best 3D Printer for Schools.
The school and university are the environments Dremel seems to be targeting with its Dremel DigiLab 3D45 3D printer. The printer is designed to be incredibly easy to use and dependable, two critical factors for the intended market. It also features a classroom-friendly HEPA filter and closed print chamber. The 3D45 also impresses with its connectivity and extra touches like print monitoring camera and its large, and easy to navigate, touchscreen.
Dremel also offers a library of resources for educators, including training and lesson plans incorporating 3D printing.
The ZMorph VX is our quarterly winner in the category Best All-In-One 3D Printer.
Years of pedigree developing all-in-one 3D printers means ZMorph’s machines boast reliability, versatility, and ease of use.
The ZMorph VX offers tool heads aplenty. First, you can choose from three FDM plastic extruders: One each for 1.75 mm and 3 mm filament, plus a dual extruder. The CNC Pro tool-head lets you mill and engrave acrylic glass, EVA foam, wood, and more materials. The Laser Pro transforms the machine into a laser cutter and engraver. And finally, a Thick Paste Extruder brings materials like ceramics, chocolate or even cookie dough into precisely machined forms. This machine is made for makers looking to cover all bases.
Of course, a fabrication device is only as good as its software. The ZMorph VX uses ZMorph’s proprietary Voxelizer 2.0 software to control all aspects of 3D slicing, CNC, and laser movements.
The software offers some nice features you won’t find anywhere else. For example, the dual plastic extruder is capable of printing two materials and even blending them. You can even print textures onto an object, which is unique. We found the Voxelizer to be a very versatile tool – it’s even sold separately and can be used with other 3D printers.
The Snapmaker is our alternative pick for the Best All-In-One 3D Printer of Fall 2019 category.
After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Snapmaker delivered a versatile – but easy to use – machine, combining 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser engraving all in one.
The 3D printing module accepts a standard 1.75mm filament spool, and the bed can be heated up to 80 °C. The laser engraving module has a 200 mW laser capable of burning designs into wood, leather, and similar materials. Additionally, a CNC module opens the Snapmaker up to carve wood, acrylic, foam, and even (with a little patience) carbon fiber.
The possibilities of 3D printing, CNC milling, and laser engraving will make your DIY projects outshine themselves.
There are some drawbacks, though. The user interface could use a little polish, and the teeny-weeny build space of just 125 x 125 x 125mm might prove to be too small for some. Otherwise, the Snapmaker is an excellent and capable all-in-one 3D printer that would complement any workshop.
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