3d printers

The 4 best 3D printers for 2022

Our choice

Prusa Mini+

This printer has consistently produced high quality prints in our tests and has a huge print volume.

The consistency and carefully chosen serviceable parts of the Prusa Mini+ will appeal to more advanced users who need a reliable 3D printing machine. It’s also a bargain, with unusual features at this price, like a large 7 x 7 x 7-inch print area (also called build volume or total space you can print in) and a color display . , as well as 24/7 customer support. Prusa printers are also the quietest models we’ve tested, and they’re compatible with a wide range of plastic types.

Choice of upgrade

Prusa i3 MK3S+

This model offers the reliability and quality of a Prusa printer as well as the largest print volume available.

The Prusa i3 MK3S+ is a worthy upgrade from the Mini+ for its 9.9 x 8.3 x 8.3 inch print area, more stable z-axis, and better extruder. It comes with parts that are likely to last longer (but no color screen like on the Mini+) and an improved motherboard that can better detect and correct errors while the machine is printing. Its configuration is also faster and easier than that of the Mini+.

Budget choice

If you’re a total beginner who doesn’t want to invest too much, or if you’re looking for a safer printer for children (similar machines are advertised for children as young as 8 years old), the Monoprice MP Cadet might be a better option. In our testing, it consistently turned out flawless (albeit less detailed) prints as long as the designs weren’t too complex. It has a small desktop footprint. It’s also less than half the price of the Prusa Mini+, but it doesn’t offer as many features or produce the same level of detail, and it has a smaller build volume of 3.9 x 4, 1 x 3.9 inches.

Also great

If you’re trying to print a sci-fi helmet or custom shelf brackets, a larger printer allows you to build the entire part in one go rather than breaking it up into smaller components and gluing them together. The Artillery Sidewinder X2’s print bed, an 11.8-inch square with a height of 15.7 inches, gives you plenty more room for big jobs. This model also offers easy setup and an intuitive menu, and in our testing produced fantastic prints.