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. Unfortunately, all the printers we've tested capable of 11x17 prints are inkjets, but we'll update this list with some laser options once we buy and test them.
We've tested over 105 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best 11x17 printers you can buy. Check out our picks for the best all-in-one printers, the best home printers, and the best printers for small businesses.
The best 11x17 printer for small businesses we've tested is the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740. This all-in-one inkjet printer feels excellently built, and it has a large, high-resolution flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder with a duplex scanning feature. It's decently fast at printing black and color documents, can automatically duplex print, and it can scan and print 11" x 17" tabloid-size documents.
It yields many pages before the cartridges need replacing, which helps keep the cost-per-print amazingly low. There are also higher-yield cartridges that should last you even longer, but we haven't tested them. It offers a superb range of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi and support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. If you prefer a wired connection, it has an Ethernet port and a USB cable port to plug directly into your computer.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth printing. Also, while it's well-built, the printer tends to shake a lot while printing a large document. Note that while the flatbed scanner is large enough to scan tabloid papers, the ADF can only scan a maximum of 8.5" x 14" sheets. Nevertheless, this is an excellent all-in-one option for small businesses, and it should satisfy all of your office needs.
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. The Brother uses the INKvestment Tank, a hybrid cartridge–tank system, for significantly higher page yields, which helps increase the time between replacements. It also has a better touchscreen display with a full numerical keypad. Unfortunately, our unit experienced numerous paper jams during testing, with pages curling more with longer print jobs. There are many ways to access jammed paper or even a cardboard sheet, 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. However, if you prioritize cheaper running costs and better scanning features, go with the Brother.
The best 11x17 printer with a supertank that we've tested is the Epson EcoTank ET-15000. It feels well-built, with easily visible ink levels and a removable power cord for easy replacement in case it gets damaged. The scanning features are very good, including a flatbed, an automatic document feeder, and built-in fax.
It features a refillable supertank ink system that yields an incredible number of pages before needing any to be refilled, and because the ink bottles are relatively cheap, the cost-per-print is exceptionally low. It prints black text documents at a good speed, but color documents are a bit slower. The connectivity options are great, including an Ethernet port, compatibility with Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and you can use the mobile app to perform print and scan tasks.
Unfortunately, it can't automatically print double-sided tabloid sheets, so you'll need to flip pages over each time when prompted. Also, the ADF doesn't support duplex scanning or larger tabloid-format sheets. While photos look decent, they're grainy, have a flat tone, and are very slow to print. That said, this is a great choice if you need a tabloid-format supertank printer that delivers an exceptionally low cost-per-print.
The best family 11x17 printer we've tested is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840. While it's designed for home offices, it's a great option for family use. There are many connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, 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 detail and should be enough 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 long, 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, although its color printing speed is middling.
Unfortunately, it has a mediocre cartridge system, and its black page yield is a bit disappointing. This 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.
The best 11x17 printer in the budget category that we've tested is the Canon PIXMA iX6820. This simple model doesn't have a scanner, but it produces detailed, excellent-looking photos with well-defined and reasonably accurate colors. Along with the three separate color cartridges, it also has a black cartridge exclusively for photos.
Although it has a disappointing black page yield, the color page yield is great, and this printer also produces photos at an impressive speed. Because the cartridges are relatively affordable, the cost-per-print for documents and photos is amazing. Canon also claims that you can print in an even larger 13" x 19" format, but we don't test for this.
Unfortunately, it feels disappointingly built and flimsy, it makes loud clicking noises when loading new pages, and it can't automatically duplex print, so you'll need to manually flip pages. It also has sub-par connectivity options and lacks Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, and external storage slots. All in all, this is still a good option for printing photos if you need to print on large sheets but are on a budget.
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.
Mar 22, 2021: Updated text for clarity; no product changes.
Mar 01, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks; no change to recommendations.
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.