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Best calculators

Best calculators
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A calculator is a must-have for a whole host of situations, even if you can add up on your phone. Handy to grab at home, a calculator is also a vital addition to the office desktop for many. Kids need them for school, too, and approved versions can be used in some exams. Find the best calculator for every need in our selection. 

Best overall

Helect Standard Function Desktop Calculator

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Helect Standard Function Desktop Calculator

Large display

The 12 digits on this calculator’s screen are easy to read, and the buttons are sized for mistake-free input. But measuring 14.5cm by 12cm and with a height of 4cm, it won’t hog too much of your desktop. It offers the features you need for office work, including tax and currency conversion, and is battery operated with solar power as a back-up.

Best scientific

Casio fx-83GTX Scientific Calculator

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Casio fx-83GTX Scientific Calculator

Exam friendly

If you’re looking for a calculator for school kids, check out this model. It shows square roots and fractions as they appear in textbooks to assist understanding, and also offers features such as prime factorisation, and a random integer generator. It’s suitable for UK exams where a calculator can be used and comes with a protective cover to stand up to school life.

Best colour

Helix Oxford Basic Calculator

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Helix Oxford Basic Calculator

Pretty in pink

You won’t lose track of this calculator with its vibrant finish. The screen shows 10 digits, and it has square root and percentage buttons, plus memory functions, making it a handy addition to any home. At school, it’s suitable for national curriculum key stage 1 and 2 mathematics.

Best office design

ONXE Desktop Office Calculator

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ONXE Desktop Office Calculator

Angled display

The raised buttons of this model make it convenient for work that involves lots of daily accounting. It has non-slip pads to keep it in place on your desk and is 16 by 16cm in size. A 30-degree angle makes the 12 digit screen comfortable to view. 

Best for primary school

Aurora HC133 Handheld Calculator

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Aurora HC133 Handheld Calculator

Spacious keypad

This robust model is ideal for younger children. The numerals on the keypad are easy to view, and the buttons made to be durable. It’s solar-powered but has a battery for back-up. The LCD display shows eight digits.  

Best for value

Casio MX-8B Desk Top Calculator

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Casio MX-8B Desk Top Calculator

Home help

Ideal for a home office, this design will fit neatly on to your desk. It has an extra-large display so reading it is no struggle, and the keys are designed for easy operation. It has the mark-up capabilities of an adding machine, so you can make simplified cost and profit calculations.

Bottom line

Adults and kids alike need a great calculator whether it’s for basic or advanced maths, accounting, or everyday tasks. The Helect Standard Function Desktop Calculator is a winner for the desktop with a clear display and easy to use buttons, and it can help with accounting tasks as well as general calculations.

For secondary school children, the Casio fx-83GTX Scientific Calculator is designed to aid their comprehension. It has all the functions and features needed in a scientific model and can be taken into UK exams where a calculator is permitted.