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The 4 Best 11x17 Printers - Spring 2023 Reviews

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Best 11x17 Printers

Depending on your industry, you may need a printer that can print 11x17 sheets, also known as tabloid or ledger paper. These large format printers should be able to print a large number of pages at a quick pace while remaining cost-effective. Additional features like a sheetfed scanner and duplex scanning are a plus as they help streamline your work. Currently, all the printers we've tested capable of producing 11" x 17" prints are inkjets, as laser printers that support tabloid size are usually enterprise-grade models that cost significantly more.

We've tested over 120 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best large format 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.


  1. Best 11x17 Printer

    The best 11x17 printer we've tested is the Epson EcoTank ET-15000, an all-in-one inkjet supertank printer. This model has a sturdy build and plenty of connectivity options, including USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet. It also supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print service, so you can print from your iOS and Android mobile devices without installing any drivers or a third-party app. The scanner has an automatic feeder to process long documents, although it's a little slow and doesn't support duplex scanning.

    Printing-wise, this model produces sharp black and color documents. It has a wide color gamut and produces very fine details in photos; it just isn't very color-accurate, and printed pictures look grainy. As for its page yield, a full tank gets you thousands of prints, and on top of that, the replacement ink bottles are relatively cheap, so you won't need to spend much on maintenance. Its printing speed is good; it's fast with black documents but slow with color documents and photos. One thing to note is that while it supports automatic duplex printing, it doesn't work when printing tabloid size.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range 11x17 Printer

    If you want something similar but cheaper, get the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740. In some ways, this printer is better than our top pick because it produces slightly higher quality documents, has better color accuracy, and supports single-pass duplex scanning. Additionally, its input trays hold a total of 500 sheets of paper, which is great for large print jobs as you won't have to refill the tray as often.

    So, why is it cheaper? It all comes down to its page yields. It uses regular ink cartridges and yields far fewer prints, around 1100 black and 650 color. It's still very respectable for a printer with cartridges, but it's nowhere near the thousands of prints you can get on the Epson. The overall cost per print is still low, although color printing can get expensive if you print a lot. Also, it's inconvenient because it needs more maintenance.

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  3. Best Budget 11x17 Printer

    Our best budget pick is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840. This all-in-one has tons of connectivity options, including USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, and it can also print directly off a USB flash drive. The scanner has an automatic feeder, and it supports automatic duplex scanning, making it easy to process multi-page and double-sided documents. It produces very sharp documents and prints relatively quickly for an inkjet model. For photo printing, it has a decent color range; however, its color accuracy is just okay, and there's a lot of grain in the photos.

    The main downside of this printer is its page yield. You can only get about 350 black and 300 color prints from a single set of ink cartridges, so you'll have to buy replacement ink often. Thankfully, the cartridges are relatively cheap, and you can also get high-yield cartridges that'll last longer. One thing to note is that this printer is usually more expensive at around $300 USD; however, it's on sale and has been for a few weeks now. It's hard to say how long this sale will last, so better to grab one now before it ends.

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  4. Best 11x17 Photo Printer

    If you're looking specifically to print photos and want the best print quality, get the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300. This professional-grade photo printer produces incredibly detailed, vibrant, and color-accurate photos. It supports borderless printing and various paper sizes up to 13" x 19". It uses nine ink cartridges, some of which are photo cartridges that work only on glossy photo paper, meaning you won't have to worry about depleting the photo ink when printing documents or reports. Its cost per print is decent; it's very cheap to print in black, but the color cartridges are pretty expensive. Unfortunately, this is a print-only model, so you'll have to get a separate scanner to digitize photos.

    If you find the Canon too expensive, get the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550. It also produces amazing photos; the main difference is that it isn't as color-accurate as the Canon, as it tends to oversaturate the colors to make them appear more vibrant. However, it has a scanner, and it's much cheaper to maintain because its refillable ink tanks yield significantly more prints. Like the Canon, it supports various paper sizes up to 13" x 19".

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Notable Mentions

  • Brother MFC-J6945DW: The Brother MFC-J6945DW is an outstanding office printer and a good alternative to the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740. It has a higher page yield and prints faster; however, it's hard to find as it's discontinued. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 24, 2023: Replaced the Canon PIXMA TS9520 with the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840 because the Epson performs better and is nearly the same price. Added the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 as the Best 11x17 Photo Printer.

  2. Jan 24, 2023: Minor text changes to improve clarity. Replaced the Canon PIXMA ix6820 with the Canon PIXMA TS9520 because the TS9520 has more connectivity options, a scanner, and faster printing speed.

  3. Nov 25, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

  4. Sep 27, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

  5. Jul 29, 2022: Minor structure change. Removed the Brother MFC-J6945DW as a main pick and added it to the Notable Mentions. Removed the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840 and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wide format 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.

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