Best Laser Engravers in 2022 – From Cheap to Premium

A laser engraver is a handy tool to have around whether you’re a hobbyist, small business owner, or DIY-er. They allow you to create custom engraved products with a wide variety of materials. But with so many different models on the market, it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Since we have tested a ton of different laser engravers, we have prepared a list of our favourite machines which will help you to choose the best laser engraver in 2022 for the 11.11 and Black Friday sales!

The machines are chosen by our objective and personal preferences from experience with working with all these machines and the decisions are not influenced by sponsorships or paid promotion.

Here are some things to consider when choosing a best laser engraver:

What types of materials do you want to engrave or cut?

Laser engraving wood requires less power than engraving stainless steel, ceramics, stone or even glass. And if you want to use your laser cutter for cutting acrylic, then more power is very welcome.

How big do your projects need to be?

If you require very large working area, some machines offer expansion kits to make your machine as big as you require.

What is your budget?

More money will definitely get you more powerful machine. More power means faster laser engravers and laser cutters and more features and accessories.

How easy is it to use the machine?

Some laser cutters require a bit more fiddling for a setup. If you have business with a tight time schedule, setting up the machine will cost you money.

How fast do you need to laser engrave or laser cut?

As written above, time is money and if you plan to do a lot of laser cutting, you should consider a more powerful laser cutter which will save you a lot of working time.

a big pile of popular laser engravers

Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices and find the best best laser engraver for your needs. We have selected our favourites in many different categories which you will find below.

Best Budget Laser Engraver (under 300$)

If you’re looking for a quality laser engraver but you’re on a tight budget, we recommend the Sculpfun S9 laser engraver (Store 1, Store 2, Store 3, Store 4). We have tested it (read our full review here) and it quickly become our favourite laser engraver with 5W of optical laser power. This machine is perfect for both beginners and experienced users, and it’s one of the most affordable options on the market and it has the capabilities of some much more expensive machines. The Sculpfun S9 is the best cheap laser cutter in 2022.

It can handle a wide range of materials, including wood, acrylic, stainless steel, stone and even glass. We have made a lot of projects with it in this article and tested some more unusual materials with the Sculpfun S9 in this article.

Sculpfun S9 top 10 projects

It’s also highly upgradable. If you want better performance at laser cutting, you can upgrade it with the air assist (read our air assist comparison). You can also upgrade it with limit switches. If you need larger work area, you can buy the expansion kit (full review here), making it a great choice for larger projects. If you need more precision, you can upgrade it with the improved x-axis industrial sliding rail.

If you want a bit more upgrades from the get-go, then you should consider the Sculpfun S30 (Store 1, Store 2, Store 3, Store 4). It costs just a bit more, and it comes with the air assist pump, limit switches and the improved x-axis rail already installed. Plus it has a replaceable lens which enables you to maintain the machine in top working conditions for many years. It is the first type of laser engraver on the market with this feature. Its engraving and cutting performance is similar to the Sculpfun S9. This might be the best laser engraver under 300$ in 2022.

5W Sculpfun S30


If you want more tech, you can get the Atomstack A5 M50 Pro or also known as Atomstack x7 (Store 1, Store 2 – here use coupon “X7-40$” too set the price under 290$). which is equipped with a nice touchscreen offline controller, but is a slightly less capable cutter compared to the Sculpfun. We have reviewed it HERE.

The biggest drawback of the cheap laser engravers is low power of the laser module. This means it will engrave and laser cut much slower than more powerful machines. If you want to engrave a lot of items or engrave/cut big designs, this could mean it will take significantly more time to do the same job. For example, we laser cut the drill bit organizer with the Sculpfun S9/S30 and it took about 2.5 hours to cut everything out, with the 20W Sculpfun S30 Pro Max, this would take only about 30-40 minutes. 5W engravers are best at laser engraving. They can laser cut a lot of stuff but they are somewhat slow at doing it.

Laser Cut drill bit box
Drill bit organizer made with the Sculpfun S9

The second drawback is low ability to engrave difficult materials like stainless steel as you need to go very slowly and the result is not as good as with the higher powered machines. Most of the 5W laser engravers can’t engrave the stainless steel at all. The Sculpfun S9 is one of the rare exceptions that can really do it.

Best laser engraver for 500$

Budget of 500$ will get you in the middle range laser engravers. These usually have 10W dual-diode laser modules. They are the jack of all trades and are a good option, if you want to laser engrave and laser cut significantly faster than with the 5W laser engraving machine. More power allows you to cut thicker materials too and engrave stainless steel reliably.

Our favourite laser engraver in this range is the Sculpfun S10’s upgraded brother- the Sculpfun S30 Pro (Store 1, Store 2, Store 3). You can read our review of the Sculpfun S10 HERE. The S30 Pro should offer the same performance with some added accessories like the automatic air assist pump, limit switches and replaceable lens which will allow you to keep your laser engraving machine in top condition for many years. Read more about the S30 range in this review article.

10W Sculpfun S30 Pro

The Sculpfun S30 Pro features the laser module which outputs 10W of optical laser power, which will allow you to engrave and laser cut anything. It is fast, precise and with the air assist it can tackle any job. If you need larger working area, you can buy the expansion kit (Store 1, Store 2) to expand the machine in Y axis or even in both axis, to make a mammoth scale laser engravings! The Sculpfun S30 Pro is one of the best laser engravers under 500$ in 2022

In the 500$ price range, you can also choose the machines with more tech, like the Atomstack A10 Pro or under its different name Atomstack x7 Pro (Store 1, Store 2, Store 3, Refurbished for only 300$)

We have reviewed and tested it, read the full review HERE. This is also 10W machine, it is a great engraver, slightly lower performing laser cutter than the Sculpfun, but it features an awesome touchscreen offline controller that lets you engrave materials without the need to be connected to the computer. This is great for making series of engravings as you can take the machine outside so it doesn’t produce smoke in your garage if you don’t have an enclosure for your laser engraving machine. You can read more about the laser engraver enclosures HERE.

If you want a very high precision, you should consider looking at the xTool D1 Pro 5W and xTool D1 Pro 10W which are slightly above 500$ price range, but they boast unmatched mechanical stability and precision thanks to the advanced stepper motor drivers. We have tested its more expensive, top of the line xTool D1 Pro 20W model in this article. Everything else except the laser module should be the same with the 5W and 10W machine.

Best laser engraver for 1000$ or more

When we talk about high performance diode laser engravers, we talk about the 20W of optical laser power, quad-diode laser modules which are currently top of the line, highest performing diode laser cutters. These usually cost around a 1000$ and are the most feature packed. These machines are great for very fast engraving of vectors and photos and they also perform very well at laser cutting very thick wood and other materials.

This class of laser engraving machines (or is 20W machine a laser cutter?) is ideal if you want to produce a lot of parts or make very big designs that would otherwise take a lot of time on slower machines. If you have a small business, time is money and your free time is valuable too.

In this class we have tested three laser engraving machines so far. The Sculpfun S30 Pro Max, And the Atomstack A20/X20 Pro and the xTool D1 Pro. Click the links to read full reviews.

Best 20W diode laser engraver for laser cutting

The Sculpfun S30 Pro Max (Store 1, Store 2, Store 3) is the best laser cutter of the three. It costs only around 900$ and it features the improved x-axis industrial sliding rail, automatic air assist pump which can be turned on or off via software, replaceable lens for long operational life, it has everything you want from a good laser cutter.

Sculpfun S30 Pro Max laser module
20W Sculpfun S30 Pro Max

It has the smallest laser spot size thanks to the great compressed spot technology and it produces very clean looking cuts with minimal charring. The laser spot also stays in focus for much longer distance compared to other machines and this helps a lot when cutting very thick wood of 18mm (3/4 inch) or more.
You can upgrade it with the full expansion kit (Store 1, Store 2) to enlarge the working area in both axis to almost 1 meter (3 feet)! Single-axis expansion kit is also available.

You can read more about it in our review article where we made a full review and test.

Best 20W diode laser engraver for offline engraving

The Atomstack A20/x20/S20 Pro (Store 1 (Coupon “LAX20PRO” for 100$ off), Store 2, Store 3, Store 4) is equipped with a nice touchscreen offline controller which allows you to load the job on the SD card and tun the engraving process without the computer attached. This comes in handy if you want to put the machine outside during the engraving process so you won’t fill the room with smoke if you don’t have a ventilation enclosure. We have reviewed it in this article. It performs slightly worse than Sculpfun, but the touchscreen controller and a nice air assist pump will make up for that if you need it.

Atomstack X20 Pro vs Atomstack A20 Pro
Atomstack x20 Pro (left) and A20 Pro (right) differentiate only in their color

Best 20W laser engraver for precision work

All of the higher end machines are precise, but the xTool D1 Pro 20W (Store 1) has a definite advantage here. It is a professional laser engraver made with high quality parts. Due to having steel rollers on all axis (instead of rubber ones) and a very solid and sturdy frame combined with the advanced and silent stepper motor drivers it engraves fine details like no other machine in this class.

You can buy all sorts of upgrades and accessories for it too. From air assist(review here), honeycombs, enclosures to infrared laser modules (review here)… The expansion kit will expand the engraving size significantly.

But where the xTool really shines is their RA2 Pro rotary attachment(full review here). This is a very solid piece of machinery that will bring your rotary work to the next level. Other machines offer only a rubber roller type of rotary tool, which is simple and it works for some type of work, but the jaw type RA2 Rotary attachment that the xTool offers is entirely different beast. You can read our full review of the xTool RA2 Pro HERE.

xTool RA2 Pro - The WORLD'S FIRST 4-in-1 Rotary for Laser Engraver
xTool Ra2 Pro Rotary system

You an also purchase the ventilation enclosure for the xTool D1 which we highly recommend. We have compared different enclosures in this article. For anything related to xTool D1 and accessories, you can use our “JTxTool” discount code for 10% off!

The most revolutionary laser engraver of the 2022

The xTool infrared module has changed the game in 2022. They introduced a 2W laser module (Store 1, use “JTxTool” discount code for 10% off!) that works in the 1064nm infrared light spectrum instead of the usual 450nm blue light spectrum. This means that its light is better absorbed in metals. If you want to engrave metals with the blue laser you are mostly limited to only engraving stainless steel and for doing it, you need ideally at least 10W of optical laser power.

xTool D1 Pro 1064nm infrared laser module vs xTool D1 Pro 20W laser module

But the infrared light works very differently. With only 2W of optical laser power, the xTool infrared laser module is capable of engraving all types of metals – from stainless steel, brass, copper, bronze, aluminum, chrome, titanium and many more! And it can do it at very high speeds and amazing precision as its laser beam focus spot is way smaller than the spot of the blue lasers.

It is also on completely different level at engraving acrylic and other plastics. You can see it for yourself and read our full review HERE.

Engraving black acrylic with xTool1064nm infrared laser module compared to engraving made with 20W blue laser module

The Most Important Laser Accessory

The most important accessory are definitely a better pair of protection laser goggles.

When using a laser cutter, it is always important to wear laser safety goggles. This is because laser cutting produces high-intensity laser light that can be dangerous to your eyes. Laser safety goggles help to protect your eyes from this harmful light by filter out the harmful laser wavelengths. Without laser safety goggles, you could suffer from permanent eye damage if you accidentally looked into the laser beam or its accidental reflection from the workpiece. By wearing laser safety goggles, you can help to protect your eyesight and ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience when using a laser cutter.

All of the laser cutters come with basic safety goggles, which are sometimes of questionable quality and specification. To feel a little bit safer, we have bought THESE safety goggles which have a higher protection class and better visibility. Make sure to get them in the OD6+ version for maximum protection., We are using them on a daily basis for over a year now and so far, they show no weaknesses or wear. A worthy investment into personal safety.

Other honourable mentions

We have tested many different laser engravers in the past year and some of them didn’t make it to our top list, but are still great laser engravers. Often their design is more focused to a specific need and thus they are not overall as good as the ones above, but they often excel in their domain.

Twotrees TS3

The Twotrees TS3 (link) is a 10W laser engraver that has a bit smaller working area compared to the rest of the machines, but it features a fully enclosed design like the bigger industrial laser cutters. This means that you don’t need any additional enclosure for ventilation. Just put the included hose through the window and you are good to go and your workspace will not be filled with smoke. This enclosure brings one drawback and that is the fact that objects bigger than the machine don’t fit inside. But if you work with smaller pieces, this would be a great all-in-one solution. Read our full review of this machine here.

Twotrees TS3 laser engraver machine review
Twotrees TS3

Comgrow Comgo Z1
This is the cheapest 10W laser cutter that we tested. (link) It has very basic features, but for a very little money(350$), you get a 10W laser head which is able to engrave anything from wood to stainless steel very quickly. It is also a great laser cutter, but only for thinner materials (up to 4-6mm) because its laser beam is diverging quicker than other more expensive machines. This means that its performance is not that great when cutting thicker stuff. You can read our full review here and decide for yourself.

Comgrow Comgo Z1 laser engraver

Ortur Aufero 1

This is a very small and affordable machine. (link) Its frame is a simple cantilever design and because of that it is takes a very little space. It has a 5W module which is great for engraving small parts. Ideal for someone that does not need a big machine. You can read our full review of the Ortur Aufero 1 HERE.

Ortur Aufero Laser 1

Ortur Laser Master 3 Pro

We haven’t had time to test this Ortur Laser Master 3 Pro (Store 1) 10W laser yet, but it looks like a properly good machine. Very fast, if not the fastest in its class with a very solid construction. This is a successor of the very popular Ortur laser master 2 Pro which we have reviewed a while ago.

Conclusion

No matter what your budget or needs are, there’s a great laser engraver out there for you in 2022. All the engravers we’ve listed here offer something unique that makes them stand out from the crowd. So take your time, do your research, read our full reviews, and choose the one that’s right for you and take advantage of the upcoming 11.11 sales and black Friday sales. Be sure to check our coupon page as we regularly update the coupons and discount codes to get the best price for some of the laser engravers! Happy engraving!

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  1. Looking for information (review?) of the Kentoktool LE400 Plus. Any chance you will be looking at this machine in the near future??
    Thanks!!!

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