Depending on your industry, you may need a printer that can print 11x17 sheets, also known as tabloid or ledger paper. The best wide format printer should also handle a large number of pages while still being cost-effective. You shouldn't have to wait too long for prints, and it should have additional features like a sheetfed scanner and duplex scanning to help streamline your work. Currently, all the printers we've tested capable of producing 11x17 prints are inkjets, but we'll update this list with some laser options once we buy and test them.
We've tested over 110 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best 11x17 printers you can buy. For other printer recommendations, check out our picks for the best all-in-one printers, the best home printers, and the best printers for small businesses.
Note: At the time of writing, some picks may be currently unavailable or difficult to find in stock.
If you're looking for a printer for a small business, the best 11x17 printer we've tested is the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740. This all-in-one inkjet printer feels excellently built. It has a large, high-resolution flatbed scanner that's large enough to fit 11" x 17" tabloid documents, and its automatic document feeder can automatically scan double-sided sheets, which is great if you have many pages to scan. It's also decently fast at printing black and color documents.
The cartridges yield many pages before they need replacing, so the cost-per-print stays amazingly low. You can also buy high-yield cartridges that will last even longer. The printer has a superb range of connectivity options, both wired and wirelessly. You can use the printer over Wi-Fi, and it supports Apple AirPrint or Mopria Print Service. You can also connect with an Ethernet cable or a USB cable to print directly from your computer.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support printing over Bluetooth. Although the printer is excellently well-built, it does tend to shake a lot while printing long documents, so make sure to set it on a stable surface. Also, while the flatbed scanner is large enough to fit tabloid papers, the ADF can only fit 8.5" x 14" sheets. With that said, it's an excellent option if you're looking for an all-in-one unit suitable for tabloid-size printing and a variety of other small business tasks.
If you want a better cost-per-print, which should be easier on your wallet in the long term, check out the Brother MFC-J6945DW. It prints slower than the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740, and photos don't look as good, but it has a cheaper cost-per-print, and its automatic document feeder can scan large 11" x 17" sheets. It yields significantly more pages, which helps increase the time between replacements. It also has a better touchscreen display with a full numerical keypad. Unfortunately, we kept getting paper jams during our tests, with pages curling more during long print jobs. You can access jammed paper in many different ways to help purge the printer, but we can't be sure if it's an issue with only our unit or the design of the model itself.
If you need a printer that produces documents faster and prints better-quality photos, go with the HP. If you prioritize cheaper running costs and better scanning features, get the Brother.
The best 11x17 printer with a supertank system we've tested is the Epson EcoTank ET-15000. This all-in-one unit feels very well built and offers easy access to the ink tanks for refilling. It also has a removable power cord, which is easily replaced if it becomes damaged. Its scanning features include a flatbed scanner, an automatic document feeder, and built-in fax.
Thanks to its supertank system, it yields an incredible number of pages before needing to refill the ink. Because the bottles are relatively cheap, the cost-per-print remains exceptionally low. The print speed for black documents is quick, but color documents are a bit slower. It’s compatible with Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and you can use the Epson mobile app to print, scan, and perform maintenance tasks. Or, if you’d prefer a wired connection, there’s an Ethernet port.
Unfortunately, you can’t automatically print double-sided tabloid sheets, so you’ll have to flip over the pages when prompted. The automatic document feeder doesn’t support duplex scanning, and tabloid-sized sheets don’t fit. Also, photos have a flat tone, look grainy, and are very slow to print, but the quality is decent enough for casual printing. With that said, it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a tabloid-format printer with an exceptionally low cost-per-print.
The best family 11x17 printer we've tested is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840. While designed for home offices, it's a great option for family use. There are many connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, and you can also print off a USB drive. It has great color accuracy, and while photos look a little grainy, they still have good enough detail for casual photo prints.
It has a large flatbed scanner that can scan tabloid-size sheets, and it has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning to quickly process multi-page, double-sided documents. Its paper trays have width sliders to fit many different paper sizes, including legal and tabloid sheets. It prints black and white documents fairly fast, but its color printing speed is slower.
Unfortunately, it has a mediocre cartridge system, and its black page yield is a bit disappointing. It means you need to replace the cartridges quite often; on the bright side, the cartridges are relatively cheap, keeping the cost-per-print fairly low. If you want a versatile printer that can satisfy your office and home needs, this is a good option.
If you're a professional looking to print banners or photos, the best 11x17 printer for photo printing we've tested is the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300. It prints outstanding photos with crisp details and very accurate-looking colors. It can produce a wide range of colors, and gradients come out smooth.
It can print tabloid-sized documents on a variety of paper types, like glossy photo paper or thicker stocks. Also, its cartridge system has nine cartridges, with three of them dedicated specifically for photo printing, so you won't have to worry about using up photo ink when you switch to printing regular documents or vice versa. It also comes with many built-in maintenance features like printhead cleaning and a proprietary Nozzle Recovery System that helps keep the printer functioning properly.
Unfortunately, it's a printer-only unit and lacks any scanning features, which may be a deal-breaker if you need to scan images frequently. Its print speeds are very slow, and it takes well over a minute for a photo to come out. Also, while its cost-per-print for black-only documents is outstanding, its cost-per-print for color documents and photos is a bit high, which can add up over time the more frequently you print. With that said, it's an excellent choice if you're looking to produce professional-quality photos in tabloid size.
If you're on a budget, the best wide-format printer we've tested is the Canon PIXMA iX6820. This printer-only unit produces high-quality photos with good, clear details, so it's a great choice if you're looking to print casual large-sized photos to decorate a room. Canon claims it can print an even larger 13" x 19" format if needed.
It offers great color page yields, and photos come out in under a minute, so you don't have to wait long for print jobs. Its cost-per-print is amazing since the cartridges are relatively inexpensive to replace. While it doesn't have as many connectivity options as some more premium options, you can use the printer with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, which allows you to print, scan, copy, and perform maintenance tasks directly from your phone.
Unfortunately, it feels flimsy, and it makes a loud clicking noise when it loads a new page to print. It can't perform automatic duplex printing, so you'll have to flip pages manually if you're printing double-sided documents. While it doesn't take a long time to warm up, and photos don't take long to come out, black-only text documents print pretty slowly. With that said, it's still a good option if you're on a budget and looking for a wide-format printer.
Jan 10, 2022: Added the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 as 'Best 11x17 Photo Printer'. Made a note in the intro regarding the availability of picks.
Nov 11, 2021: Verified availability of picks and clarified text for accuracy; no changes to picks.
Sep 13, 2021: Made the Brother MFC-J6945DW the 'Better Cost-Per-Print Alternative' to the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740. Made the Epson EcoTank ET-15000 'Best Supertank'.
Jul 15, 2021: Verified availability and accuracy of picks, and updated text for clarity.
May 19, 2021: Replaced the Canon PIXMA TS9520 with the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840 for 'Best Family Printer' due to lack of availability. Removed the now discontinued Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 EcoTank from picks and made the Canon PIXMA iX6820 the 'Best Budget 11x17 Printer'. The Canon PIXMA TS9520 and Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 EcoTank were moved to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best printers that can print 11x17 pages. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.
If you'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for printers that can print tabloid size. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no printer is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not too noticeable unless you really look for them.