Best 3D printers in 2024

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We've hand-tested nearly 30 of the best 3D printers - and these are the top models we recommend, whether you're a beginner, on a budget, a pro crafter or designer.

No longer the preserve of big business and science fiction writers, today's best 3D printing units are now capable of creating highly detailed models with total precision and at incredible speeds. Paired with the best 3D modeling software. model-making might not be quite as limitless as your imagination, but it's getting closer every day.  

We put the best 3D printers for modeling, crafting, product design, and more to the test. We've timed speeds, measured hotbeds. and assessed resolutions. We've looked at best 3D printers for miniatures versus those with a large print area for prototyping, and compared filament types and additional features like laser engraving and bundled software. We've rigorously reviewed every 3D printer we recommend here to help you pick out the top models for your home, office, or studio. 

The quick list

Best 3D printer overall

Bambu Lab P1P with 3D printed models of a dinosaur in front of it

(Image credit: Future)
A 3D printer everyone can enjoy

Specifications

Print technology: FFF/FDM
Build Area: 256 x 256 x 256mm / 10.08 x 10.08 x 10.08in
Minimum layer resolution: 80 microns
Maximum layer resolution: 280 microns
Dimensions: 386 x 389 x 458mm / 15.20 x 15.31 x 18.03in
Weight: 9.65kg / 21.28lb

Reasons to buy

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Fast setup and printing
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Power Loss Recovery, resume your print if you lose power
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Customizable add-ons and 16 color printing

Reasons to avoid

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Would have benefitted from a heavier metal base
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Doesn’t come with sides (templates provided to print your own)
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Only comes with a single .4mm nozzle

The best 3D printer for just about everyone, the Bambu Lab P1P is quick to set up, easy to use, and we found the speed at which the printer works is remarkable. 

For those looking for the ultimate in customization, Bambu Labs provides templates for printing your custom side panels. The P1P allows up to 16 colors through its Automatic Material System (AMS). Control the printer with an onboard screen or connect with Bambu slicing software and mobile app.

With a customizable and advanced 3D printing experience. The P1P borrows from its larger siblings with 20000 mm/s^2 CoreXY acceleration, vibration compensation, and pressure advance technology. The printer also has an automatic bed leveling sensor and a Direct-drive Extruder for better filament control.

In our experience, the 3D printer proved to be slightly restrictive when handling the more advanced materials that need a bit of a heated chamber and hard to customise (and, therefore, not very adaptable).  But overall, this printer has wholly shocked us with its price for features and just how good of a printer this model is. We genuinely think this will disrupt the 3D printing market thanks to its price for abilities.

Read our full Bambu P1P 3D Printer

Best budget 3D printer

Mingda Magician X2 printing a white vase, surrounded by a 3D printed phone holder and model

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings // Future)
An affordable, efficient all-rounder

Specifications

Print technology: PEI Spring Steel, heated
Build Area: 230 x 230 x 260 mm / 10.2 x 9 x 9 in
Minimum layer resolution: 0.1 mm
Maximum layer resolution: 0.4 mm
Dimensions: 460 x 430 x 546 mm / 18.1 x 16.9 x 21.4 in
Weight: 7.4kg / 16.3lb

Reasons to buy

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Efficient 3D printing
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User-friendly design
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Versatile capabilities

Reasons to avoid

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Basic aesthetics
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Slower print times

Hobbyists and novices need not spend a lot of money on a capable, feature-rich 3D printer. There's a lot out there that are affordable, including the Elegoo Mars 2 Pro, but the Mingda Magician X2 is a cheap 3D printer that straddles that line between performance and affordability.

We found during our tests that there are a lot of stand-out features here, particularly for beginners. For example, the 16-point auto levelling, quick swap extruder, and filament detection and removable PEI build platform will all helped make it easy for beginners to use. And we thought the touchscreen LCD was absolutely adept at displaying useful feedback like a hotbed temperature indicator, adjustments such as easy-to-understand baby-step Z-Axis tuning, all of which enhanced the printing experience. 

Overall, the printer itself delivers great performance as well, delivering excellent high-quality prints during testing. However, we did feel the print times were slow. While it can hit up to 100 mm/s, the recommended print speed is 60 mm/s. In comparison, the speedy Bambu Lab P1P can reach print speeds of up to 500mm/s. 

Being on the affordable side, there are compromised here like the limited nozzle options and the fine-tuning you do have to make for better print quality. However, you're getting a pretty fantastic deal for how much you're paying here.

Read our full Mingda Magician X2 review

Best 3D printer for small businesses

Creality Ender-5 S1 on a wooden workbench against a brick wall, printing 3D models of cats

(Image credit: Future)
Great pick for enthusiasts and small businesses

Specifications

Print Technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Build Area: 220 x 220 x 280mm / 8.66 x 8.66 x 11in
Minimum Layer Resolution: 50 microns
Maximum Layer Resolution: 350 microns
Dimensions: 425 x 460 x 570mm / 16.73 x 18.11 x 22.44in
Weight: 12.1kg / 26.68lbs

Reasons to buy

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Incredible value
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Robust design
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High-quality tool head

Reasons to avoid

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Not a true CORE XY printer
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Large footprint
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No enclosure for enhanced materials (Optional enclosure extra)

Creality consistently enhances its 3D printers, and the Ender-5 S1 is no exception. Though resembling the Ender-5, its overhauled control board and hotend significantly improve speed and print quality. Priced in the mid-range, it competes with more expensive printers in terms of output quality.

The machine's assembly took longer than the Ender-3, but the four columns, we found, provide a stable base. All the usual test print rattled off the build plate at speed during out tests, with the printer's solid build minimizing shake and vibration, which had a huge impact on the quality of its prints. And its compact design encloses all components within the printer's perimeter, and two carry handles enable easy portability.

The advanced control board and tool head elevate the printer, while the potential addition of the Sonic Pad and a sleek casing make it a strong contender. The Ender-5 S1 appeals to enthusiasts, modellers, product designers, and anyone seeking top-quality prints from a moderately priced device.

Read our full Creality-5 S1 review

Best for precision

Snapmaker J1 3D Printer printing a 3D vase during our tests

Snapmaker J1 (Image credit: Future)
For when you need accuracy and dual-material innovation

Specifications

Print technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Build Area: 250 x 220 x 220mm / 9.84 x 8.66 x 8.66 inches
Minimum layer resolution: 50 microns
Maximum layer resolution: 300 microns
Dimensions: 490 x 445 x 443mm / 19.29 x 17.52 x 17.44 inches
Weight: 25kg / 55.12lb

Reasons to buy

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Accurate dual filament printing
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Well priced
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Full-enclosed

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively expensive
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Heavy
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More expensive than other dual-head printers

Snapmaker, known for its exceptional three-in-one machines, introduces the J1, a dedicated 3D printer. This all-metal machine doesn't transform into a CNC or laser engraver but stands out as a unique 3D printer.

The J1 features an IDEX design, making it a dual-material machine with almost independent hotends for faster material swapping and printing. It offers fast, normal, and smooth print presets to suit various needs, with the smooth setting providing finer surfaces and better dimensional accuracy, ideal for prototyping. 

The Snapmaker J1's design is impressive, even though a lid hinge for PLA printing could be a useful addition. This one of the more accessible systems we have used, as we found its ease of use and ability to quickly assign support structures through the software amazing. More importantly, it's an affordable, reliable, and fast IDEX printer with excellent print quality. Although there are cheaper dual-material options, the J1 excels in quality and ease of use, making it the best in its class.

Read ofull Snapmaker J1 review

Best large-scale 3D printer

AnyCubic Kobra Plus against a brick wall, printing a textured 3D vase

(Image credit: AnyCubic)
A feature-rich 3D printer with a large print area

Specifications

Print technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Build area: 300 x 300 x 350mm / 13.8 x 11.8 x 11.8 in
Minimum layer resolution: 50 microns
Maximum layer resolution: 300 microns
Dimensions: 605 x 560 x 546 mm / 23.8 x 22.0 x 21.5 in
Weight: 11kg / 24.25 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Large print area
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Surprisingly quiet

Reasons to avoid

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Large machine
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No real upgrade options
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Open design

The Anycubic Kobra Plus is a 3D printer that effortlessly combines large-scale printing capabilities with a wealth of features to empower your creativity. Its massive build volume might be the first thing you notice, but it's the printer's remarkable reliability and ease of use that truly set it apart in a competitive market.

At first glance, the Kobra Plus may seem daunting due to its size and weight; however, it's intuitive design and lightweight construction make it a breeze to set up and operate. Once assembled, you'll appreciate the seamless integration of features such as auto bed levelling, filament detection, and a user-friendly touchscreen.

The Kobra Plus doesn't shy away from delivering high-quality prints, ensuring our projects looked exceptional every time. Its glass print bed did occasionally pose challenges when removing prints, but this minor inconvenience was overshadowed in our experience by the printer's outstanding performance.

Despite a few areas that could use refinement, the Anycubic Kobra Plus offers incredible value for its price. This 3D printer is an ideal choice for those who require a large-scale, reliable, and feature-packed machine to bring their creative visions to life.

Read our full Anycubic Kobra Plus review

Best 3D printer for beginners

Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro 3D printer on a desk in a padded sound booth

(Image credit: Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro)
A great choice if you're learning the ropes

Specifications

Print technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Build area: 225 x 225 x 265mm
Minimum layer resolution: 0.05mm
Maximum layer resolution: 0.3mm
Dimensions: 475 x 445 x 515mm
Weight: 8.9kg

Reasons to buy

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Fast and precise
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User-friendly design
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Reliable print quality

Reasons to avoid

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

The Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro is one of the best 3D printers for beginners - if you don't mind a certain level of investment. 

Notable features of the Neptune 4 Pro include the dual-gear direct drive extruder, which ensures smooth and consistent filament extrusion, and the intelligent segmented heatbed, offering precise temperature control. The printer's sturdy construction adds to its overall reliability and durability.

Compared to its predecessors, the Neptune 4 Pro significantly improves speed, bed levelling, and extruder performance. These enhancements make it a worthwhile upgrade for those seeking enhanced printing capabilities. During our testing, the Neptune 4 Pro showcased reliable and consistent print quality. The dimensional accuracy, which initially showed some deviations, was easily rectified by us with belt tension adjustments, resulting in precise and smooth models. While there were a few minor challenges, such as initial dimensional accuracy adjustments and software compatibility, these issues were easily overcome.

The Neptune 4 Pro offers an excellent proposition regarding value for money. Its competitive pricing, robust features, and reliable performance make it a compelling choice in its price range.

Read our full Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro review

Best premium 3D printer

Original Prusa MK4 on a wooden workbench during our testing process

(Image credit: Alastair Jennings // Future)
A high-speed 3D printer with smart innovations

Specifications

Print technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Build Area: 9.84 x 8.3 x 8.6 in / 250 x 210 x 220 mm
Minimum layer resolution: 50 microns
Maximum layer resolution: 300 microns
Dimensions: 19.6 × 21.6 × 15.7 in / 500 × 550 × 400 mm
Weight: 15.43lb / 7kg

Reasons to buy

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

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively expensive for beginners

The Original Prusa MK4 is, in our experience with the machine, a best-in-class performer. A premium price-tag is the only reason this isn't the best 3D printer overall. It's a feature-rich FDM printer that builds on the success of its predecessor, the MK3S with new advanced features and impressive performance. However, expect to pay a fair amount for this premium pro device. 

In our tests, it proved to be an outstanding 3D printer from a company whose heart remains tied to the open source community. The new Loadcell sensor ensures trouble-free first-layer printing, while the next-gen extruder (Nextruder) enhances ease of maintenance and safety.

All aspects of the machine have been enhanced, including the 32-bit heart of the machine that enables great flexibility for remote printing, quick-swap nozzles, and a customizable UI. The MK4 also supports various materials, from PLA and PETG to Nylon, ASA, PVA, and more. Reliability, automatic first-layer calibration, impressive printing speed, and a host of safety features like filament sensors and power panic all make the latest Original Prusa MK4 the printer to own.

Expect excellent speed and accuracy with a device that we found was deceptively easy to use, despite packing a complex toolset. Overall, we felt its advanced features, automatic bed leveling, and compatibility with various materials make it a versatile and powerful tool for professionals and hobbyists alike.

Read our full Original Prusa MK4 review

Best 3D printer for professionals

TRILAB DeltiQ 2 on a black table during our review process

(Image credit: Future)
One for the pro printing

Specifications

Print technology: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
Build area: 25 x 25 x 30cm / 9.84 x 9.84 x 11.81in
Minimum layer resolution: 50 microns
Maximum layer resolution: Variable
Dimensions: 41 x 50 x 81cm / 16.14 x 19.69 x 31.89in
Weight: 10kg / 22.04lbs

Reasons to buy

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Elegant design
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Easy expansion      

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for all materials
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Fully open design

This elegant delta design should get your attention if you’re looking for a professional 3D printer for fairly large and complex projects. It uses FDM technology to build 3D models from rolls of filament. 

Still, instead of the more common cartesian printers, the TRILAB DeltiQ 2 has a fixed round build plate with the extruder suspended between three arms that move the print head along three axis. It gives this model a fairly small footprint, while its high tower design ensures it can print some quite large pieces. Unlike most 3D printers, it has two extruder options, one for standard PLA and PETG and the other for flexibles. It just requires a little retooling to swap between them.

The TRILAB DeltiQ 2 is designed for the professional market, and it proved to be fast at printing large objects with excellent dimensional accuracy. But we did find that slight tweaks to the profiles depending on the type of model were necessary to get the best from the printer. But this is also a printer uses some of the best components available in its construction, and the interface is a smartphone running a dedicated app, allowing it to sit well in any laboratory, studio, or classroom. 

Read our full TRILAB DeltiQ 2 review

Best open-source 3D printer