by | Sep 1, 2022 | Reviews, School, Z

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2022 @ 3:11 pm.

What is the best financial calculator? To find out, we asked three accounting and finance teachers for their advice. Then we asked our parent readers for their real-world favorites as well. Which is best for finance classes to calculate present value? Accounting? Statistics? Here are the ones we think are best.

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Buying a Financial Calculator: Tips & Tricks

Let’s talk financial calculators.

If you are taking a finance or accounting class, a financial calculator is often on the required list. We interviewed experts at this subject (that is, instructors of these courses) to get an idea of which calculators are best for which functions.

Beyond accounting, financial calculators are also useful in statistics classes to run regressions. Time value of money is a standard topic in finance classes and these calculators can handle that without a problem.

One issue with all financial calculators is the learning curve—our advice would be to look at online instruction videos to figure out the more obscure functions, as the instruction manuals with calculators can be lacking.

Here are the best financial calculators, as judged by our staff based on five hours of research and interviews:

Best For Finance

Cash flow function is helpful
This budget-friendly choice is easy to use—it is great for finance classes, but also works well for accounting, statistics and real estate coursework. Caveat: battery life can be short.

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Best For Accounting

Tried and true brand
We love this calculator, even though it uses reverse polish notation . . . which gets some time to get used to. Excellent battery life.
$43.99

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Best For Real Estate

Easy to use
The star feature here is loan amortization—perfect to pass that real estate exam. Excellent build quality.
$38.84

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We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

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We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

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