Check out our top picks for the best 3D printers for home. These printers are perfect if you are a DIYer, hobbyist, engineer, or even a small company making products. These printers will get the job done.
Premium 3D Printers
The top of the line premium 3D printers for your home are reviewed below. The price on these will be a bit higher but if you are planning on doing this for awhile, it is best to buy one of these! Make sure to check out the in-depth reviews of the premium printers below.
|N/A||ABS, PLA||9.9 x 7.8 x 5.9 inches |
Large area for printing
Mac OS X
|N/A||ABS, PLA||8.85 x 5.7 x 5.9 inches Large area for printing|
|275 mm/sec Extremely fast||ABS, PLA, HIPS, PVA, wood filled filaments, Polyester||6 x 6 x 6.2 inches Medium area for printing|
1. MakerBot Replicator Review
(5 / 5)
The Makerbot Replicator line has often been touted as the gold standard for commercial 3D printing. Early models lived up to this, and the print quality is usually the best consumer printers can produce. However, Makerbot’s decisions in recent years have begun to soil its reputation. The 5th generation Replicator uses an extruder prone to clogging. Makerbot has also been moving away from open-source hardware, making the printer difficult to service without voiding the warranty and alienating DIY hobbyists.
The Replicator has a large heated bed that features assisted leveling and can print in both PLA and ABS. It features a full color LCD display as well as an onboard camera to monitor prints remotely. The Replicator can print from a USB stick, a USB cable (connected to a computer), Wifi, or Ethernet.
- Gold standard for 3D printers
- Reliable, high quality printing
- Print volume 252 x 199 x 150 mm
- Cloud enabled for remote printing
- Generally not serviceable by the user, parts are proprietary and closed-source.
- Smart extruder prone to clogging and has to be replaced
2. FlashForge Creator Pro Review(5 / 5)
The FlashForge Creator Pro is the step up from their Creator. It features a more rigid metal frame and more features. The Dual extruders can handle just about any material on the market, including PLA, ABS, Nylon, and Composites containing wood and metal The Creator Pro is a cheaper, more open source alternative to the Replicator. The metal bed frame will not sag due to heat like the replicator’s plastic frame will, so bed leveling occurs less often.
- Dual extrusion
- Large Print volume: 225 x 145 x 150 mm
- High quality prints
- Somewhat noisy but bearable
3. Lulzbot Mini Review
(4.5 / 5)
The Lulzbot mini is an open source printer that offers some surprising features. It uses a PEI print surface instead of the kapton or masking tape most printers rely on, and this allows it to be easily cleaned with isopropyl alcohol instead of being replaced every print. It has a bed leveling system that probes the four corners of the build plate to level the printing head. It also sports a fabric patch to automatically clean the print head of stray filaments before printing.
The Lulzbot Mini uses a powerful extruder that can reach 300C and a heated bed that can reach 120C, meaning it can print just about any filament on the market (Lulzbot warns only against using carbon fiber-infused filaments as these will degrade the extruder nozzle). The Mini can also print at resolutions of just .05mm (50 microns)
- Print Volume 152 x 152 x 158 mm
- .05 mm (50 micron) minimum layer height
- Can print almost any filament
- Auto-leveling bed and auto-cleaning nozzle
- Open source design
- Noisy, high pitched
- Must be tethered to computer for operation
Budget 3D Printers
The budget 3D home printers are perfect for the beginner. They mostly have all of the features a premium 3D printer would have. They may lack in speed and customizability. Make sure to check out the in-depth reviews of this printers below.
|N/A||ABS||7.8 x 7.8 x 7.8 inches Large area for printing|
|40 mm / sec |
|ABS, PLA||12.6 x 18.8 x 15 inches |
Large area for printing
|120 mm/s Very fast||ABS，PLA||10.6 x 7.9 x 6.7 inches|
1. XYZprinting Da Vinci Review
(4.5 / 5)
The XYZ Da Vinci is the big brother to the Da Vinci Jr. It is still reasonably priced around $500 and offers a few more capabilities than its smaller counterpart; ABS printing, for instance. The printer is also ready to go out of the box, you can be printing in minutes just like the Da Vinci Jr.
It uses the same bed-leveling technology as the Jr., but it still needs some manual calibration on occasion to print correctly. The bed is also heated, allowing for ABS prints, something the Jr. cannot do.
- Print volume 200 x 200 x 200 mm
- Self-leveling bed
- Enclosed design
- Easy to use out of the box
- Only uses proprietary filament cartages
- Auto-leveling bed doesn’t work 100% of the time
2. Flashforge Creator Review
(4.2 / 5)
Based on open source designs, the FlashForge Creator is a cheaper alternative to the Makerbot Replicator. It offers a large build volume of 225 x 145 x 150 mm and dual extruders for printing in multiple colors or printing multiple parts at the same time. The extruders can reach a temperature of 230C and the heated bed can reach 120C, so most PLA and ABS plastics are printable with this printer.
The Creator has a few improvements over the Makerbot Replicator. For starters the screen is larger and brighter, and the buttons are more tactile. There are no LEDs like in the Makerbot, and the electronics board has high-quality components that will prevent overheating or shorts.
- Buttons are separate and tactile, providing better feedback when pressed
- No LEDs helps prevent electrical shorts down the road
- Dual Extruders
- Screen is bigger and brighter than a Makerbot
- Screen: viewing angle is not so good from above; you need to bend down to get a better view. Also has a slow refresh rate, so don’t try to rush through the menus.
- Reported less user friendly than a Makerbot
- Replacement parts can be hard to find
- Some reports of the bed not staying level for long.
3. HICTOP Prusa i3 Review
(4 / 5)
The HICTOP Prusa i3 is an affordable kit-build printer based off the popular Prusa i3 frame. This printer won’t be ready out of the box, but if you are a fan of building sets this is certainly a printer to consider. The Prusa i3 is a sturdy design and HICTOP’s acrylic frame is easier to use than most DIY kits’ threaded rod frames; it also means the printer is lightweight at only 8kg.
Once fully assembled, the Prusa i3 offers reliable and accurate printing. This printer can also be upgraded to use two extruders if you buy the parts; the control board has room for the extra extruder.
- Reliable and proven Prusa i3 frame
- Acrylic frame is sturdy and lightweight
- PLA and ABS printing
- Large print volume 270 x 200 x 170 mm
- Non-standard control board (but Arduino compatible)
- Requires assembly