Unless you’re some kind of numismatist (a person who specialises in numismatics and is involved in either the collection and dealing of coins and scholars who are involved in using coins by conducting research using coins), sorting and counting a lot of coins is probably something you don’t relish the thought of doing. Depending on how many coins you need to count through, it can take hours, maybe even days. Especially if you have been sorting away all that loose change that collects in your pockets, wallet, purse, car and in that desk in your office at work or at home along with the family savings jar. If you run a small business or a side hustle of some sort that involves coins, then you may have even more to sort through.
Ideally you need to find the best coin sorter for your budget. The coin sorters that are normally considered the best are those that can sort your coins (and even count them, in many cases) accurately and efficiently. As you will see from our list though, not all coin sorters count the coins
Best Home Coin Sorter 2019
Zeon Coin Sorter
The first product in our guide is this smart and affordable coin sorter made in conjunction with The British Science Museum, the Zeon Coin Sorter. Fully-motorised this can help you make light work of sorting through all that loose change you always seem to have gathering up and taking up valuable space in your car, down the sides of your sofa or in that savings jar you keep for spending money on holidays or rainy days.
Although it doesn’t count how many coins you have or give you a running total, it does separate the coins by denomination, feeding them through to their own separate tubes. The values it sorts are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2, and is fully compatible with the new version of the former. It holds a total of 113 coins when full and requires 3C batteries to work.
Just Essentials Digital Automatic Coin Counter & Sorter
Next in our guide is this extremely low-price offering from Just Essentials. Despite the price tag, it not only sorts coins, but counts them too. Like the above, it counts all the recognised and accepted denominations of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2.
It’s very easy to use and includes an easy to read LCD display screen that allows you to keep track of how much money has been counted so far. Powered by the easy to buy 2 x AAA batteries. The reviews of this are a bit hit and miss, so would advise you don’t just take the price into consideration, but what reviewers have said and consider how accurate you want it to be.
Safescan 1250 Coin Counter and Sorter
Okay, this model is quite a bit higher in price than other models we’ve featured. Though, before you scroll down and quickly move onto the next product, the price is relevant to the features and components it offers. The hopper has a capacity of between 300 to 500 coins.
So, for starters, the hopper capacity is generously big. Furthermore, it sorts and counts through 220 coins every minute. If you’re already thinking this is a great buy, it’s also worth noting the fact that as well as counting and providing a running total, it works with the Safescan TP-230 printer. So, you can print off receipts for your records. Another great feature is the Auto Stop function that actions when the coin tray is completely full. The feature we really think is cool about this model is the fact that you can choose the amount of coins of each denomination to be batched together. So, you just click on the batch selection on the display screen and choose the number you want to store.
ZZap CS40 Automatic UK Coin & Sorter
Another model that sits at the higher end of the market is the ZZap CS40. The hopper capacity for the CS40 is 1,100 coins and it can count and sort 336 coins every minute. Provides separate coin trays for each denomination, where it sends the different coins as they are sorted and counted. These cover all the accepted currency in the UK, including old and new £1 coins and £2 coins.
During the sorting and counting process, you can use the digital display screen to benefit from a full counting report. You can add more cons and can count the coins in specific batches. Like the model above, this can be used in combination with the effective P20 printer. Like all the most sophisticated coin sorter models, the add feature allows you to continue you with the process by just adding more to the hopper.
This model has one of the quickest counting speeds of any on the market. So, there are a lot of great things to recommend it with only a few real downsides.
Oypla Electronic Money Coin Counter/Batch Sorter
Slightly lower priced than the previous two options but still very much in the mid-price range, then Oypla Electronic Money Coin Counter and Batch Sorter is the next product we must look at. This has a hopper with the capacity for a very reasonable 500 coins, just under half the above, and as is almost standard can handle the denominations of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2, including the new and old versions of the £1.
It’s powered by a UK mains supply and counts at a speed of 270 coins every minute. AS with other models, it features an LED display and can hold 50300 collected and sorted coins. If you’re looking for an automatic unit that can handle a reasonably high amount of coins, without too many bells and whistles, this is the one for you.
HMF Coin Sorter Counter
This is one of two Euro sorters and counters in our guide. Although it’s not the currency we use on a day to day basis, many Brits holiday in continental Europe and places like the Republic of Ireland. So, if like most houses, you seem to have a lot of Euros kicking around, this is a great accessory to have for keeping track on the amounts of each denomination, from 1 cent up to 2 euros coins.
Bear in mind, this is a manual counting and sorting device and not automatic. It may be a great way to get the kids to help count and sort all that foreign currency and it has clear markings on the outside of each column.
Foraver Coin Counter
Another in the mid-priced range of coin sorter and coin counter machines is the Foraver electronic sorter/counter. This has a complete hopper capacity of 500 to 1000 coins with each drawer having a total capacity of 50 to 300 coins. It can count at the very respectable 300 coins a minute and runs on an AC adaptor attached to the mains supply.
All 8 denominations are accounted for with this design, everything from 1p to £1 and £2. It has a very robust and reliable design and construction and features an easy to read display screen and is in general very easy to use. There’s no need to worry about complicated mechanisms or hard to decipher electronics.
Lemonbest Digital UK Coins Automatic Counting Money Box Jar With LCD Display
The next option in our guide is this rather quirky entry from a company called Lemonbest. Taking inspiration from something we’re all probably used to store loose change in before – an old jar. The automatic coin counter won’t sort your coins for you but does provide a fun way to count it. It looks like just about any jar, until you look at the top on the lid where there is a sophisticated LCD screed display. That’s when you realise this is a serious coin counting accessory.
We just love and we’re sure you and your family will love its retro an almost low-end feel. It takes up less space than the average coin sorter and with the jar having a total storage of 2.5-litres, it can store anything in the region of 800 to 1000 coins, depending on the denomination you wish to keep in it. The lid twists off just like a jar lid and you can also manually add and subtract coins if necessary and when you’re not using the coin slot on top.
HMF Coin Organiser
Another curious design and very much in keeping with the non-traditional look and feel of the coin sorters in this end of our guide, is this smart piece of kit from HMF. Again, this is designed to cater to people who want to sort and count a large quantity of Euros at home. You always seem to have some foreign currency left over from when you travel and go on holiday and this is the best way to account for how much change you have in total.
It consists of a board with 8 different compartments for all common denominations,1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 cents, and 1- and 2-euro coins. Okay so it’s a very manual design and does not have any automatic counting abilities, but it does keep everything neat and tidy and enables you to see what is going on exactly with your foreign currency collection.
Safehause Coin Hopper Dispenser Rack and Cover
The final product in our guide is this smart, if very lowkey and not automatic, coin sorter/counter from Safehause. The lightweight construction features 8 simple, compact and easily laid out coin sections and can hold over £245 in coins. It has been designed to cater for the brand new 2017 £1-coin design.
This is a great visual way of seeing just how much money you have in change form. Okay, so it doesn’t automatically sort the coins, but it can be fun, especially if you get your kids to help, drop the coins into the appropriate columns. You could even make it into a game.
Best Home Coin Sorter – Buyer’s Guide
So, now we’ve looked at the best coin sorters available on the market right now, you have a much clearer and better idea of what is out there. If that’s not enough to help you pick out the best coin sorter for home use, then we have put together this handy buyer’s guide that will help whittle down the shortlist of 10 even more. When buying anything, there are always things you need to consider, that will ensure you get a good product that meets all your needs.
That’s what we are going to look at in the following section.
Capacity of the Hopper
The hopper capacity is something you need to consider, especially with regards to two main aspects – convenience and why you need a coin sorter in the first place. For instance, if you’re really looking for a coin sorter that will offer the most convenience and don’t mind paying a little bit extra, then one with a bigger hopper will always be recommended.
This is especially true if you’re looking for a coin sorter for sorting money out for your small business. But, take time to think about how much loose change and coins you must sort through regularly. If it’s not a lot, then you won’t need to worry about a coin sorter with a huge hopper, but if it’s then you will.
Another aspect of the convenience is that very often low capacity hoppers can be not very helpfully designed and are more trouble than the money you saved avoiding getting a bigger one.
The Counting Speed
When it comes to the speed at which a coin sorter sorts and/or counts the money, it will again depend on the same two aspects as above, – convenience and what you’re using it for. If you have a huge stockpile of coins to sort through, either because you run a small business and deal with a lot of loose change, or just like to sort through your savings box or jar every so often, you might want one that can quickly sort through the coins.
However, you should remember that the cost of quicker coin sorters will be more than the low speed models. If you’re in no rush, though, there is no reason why you can’t get the benefit of the lower price and a sorter that works at a much slower rate.
Of the two, we would consider the speed to be of greater importance than the hopper capacity.
The Tube Trays
There are some people who just want to sort their coins and possibly know how much of each they have, so they have an idea of what loose change or coinage they are carrying. However, most people shopping for coin sorters are normally doing so because they want a quick, easy and effective way to sort them, so they can keep them in a tidy pile.
You will find most coin sorters nowadays help make this possible by utilising coin tubes. Some though, are even able to wrap up the coins once they’ve been sorted, further making them neater and tidier when it comes to storing them.
When looking at tube trays, you need to think about the number a coin sorter has. The more tube trays it has, the more coins it can sort over a period of time and the longer it can be left running without the tubes needing to be emptied. This is again a convenience and time thing.
The Coins It Can Handle
This could easily have been put at the top of our buying guide, because you really need to check that the coin sorter you invest in can handle the coins you deal with the most. Older models, for example, may not recognise or be able to sort new £! Coins.
Features That Are Important
Counting Coin Value
Although it may seem odd, not all machines are designed to count the coins, but just sort them. IF you need a coin sorter that will save you the bother of counting your money, then this is a very important feature to look out for. If not, you may just find one that sorts by denomination is good enough for your needs.
More expensive models will even sort and count the coins and then display the quantity and value.
We already mentioned further up in the buyer’s guide, but some coin sorters will wrap the coins up for you. This is obviously a great time-saving feature, if only that.
Along with many of the more common features you would expect to find in coin sorters, anti-jamming is one that you really should be keenly aware of. With anti-jamming technology some kind it will be more likely to run smoothly and have little to no problems and disrupting your coin sorting task. Which could cost you money, and if not, energy and time at the very least.
Although it’s a useful extra to have, it’s not flawless. You still need to be very careful when you’re using a coin sorter, anti-jam tech or not, because there are situations when even this can’t prevent jams. One situation that’s the case is when coins are particularly dirty. The dirt and grim that sometimes collects on coins can make the mechanisms that do the sorting dirty and that can lead to jams.
Similarly, if you try to use a coin sorter on an uneven surface, the tilt could cause the mechanism to jam and anti-jam tech won’t be able to stop that happening.
There you have it our look at the best coin sorters available on the market. We’ve featured some manual and some automatic options, so that all budgets and needs are met. We’re sure this guide and the accompanying buyer’s guide will help you get the coin sorter/counter for home that you need.