Depending on your industry, you may need a printer that accepts 11x17 sheets, also known as tabloid or ledger paper. The best 11x17 printer should also be able to 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 that are 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 75 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best 11x17 printers you can buy. For other options, check out our recommendations 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 model has two input trays, both of which can hold tabloid-sized pages. It provides easy access to paper jams, and there's a light in the cartridge panel that helps you see better while changing the ink cartridges. While it doesn't have Bluetooth support, it offers a variety of other connectivity options, and you can even print directly off a USB thumb drive.
Thanks to its excellent high page yield, the cost-per-print remains amazingly low. The printing speed is very good, with the first page coming out very quickly and subsequent pages coming out even faster; however, color documents take slightly more time than black-only documents. Its amazing scanner features include a large flatbed with high resolution and an automatic document feeder. It can perform duplex scanning, so you can process double-sided documents without hassle.
Unfortunately, the HP Smart app features are only decent. While you can print, scan, order ink, and perform maintenance tasks from your mobile device, you can't print Microsoft Office files or webpages. Color accuracy is only okay, and some colors look different from the original image. Nevertheless, this is a great option for small businesses if you often need to print 11x17 sheets.
If you want to pay less per print, consider the Epson EcoTank ET-15000. It can't perform double-sided scans and it doesn't support printing off an SD card or USB thumb drive, but its page yield is much higher, and its cost-per-print is better than the HP OfficeJet Pro 7760. Its supertank ink system uses four ink tanks that hold a lot of ink, so you should be able to print out a large number of pages before needing to refill them. While color documents take some time to print out, black-only text documents are much faster. Unfortunately, photos look quite grainy and color accuracy is sub-par, so it isn't recommended for anything more than casual color prints.
If you're looking for an 11x17 printer with duplex scanning, go with the HP. If you prefer to have a higher page yield and a lower cost-per-print, get the Epson.
The best 11x17 printer for family use we've tested is the Canon PIXMA TS9520. This compact model has two input trays that support a variety of paper sizes, including tabloid and legal sizes. It prints excellently detailed photos with decently accurate colors, and it prints 4" x 6" photos quite fast. Its cost-per-print is very good for color documents, black-only documents, and photos.
It has a flatbed scanner for scanning photos or documents in high resolution, and it also has an automatic document feeder to easily process multi-page scans. There's a variety of ways you can connect to it, including Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi via your router. You can also print from your mobile device through Apple AirPrint or Mopria Print Service or by using the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, where you can also check ink levels and order new cartridges.
Unfortunately, its cartridge system is only okay since its black page yield is quite low and may need replacing often. Also, its printing speed for color documents and black-only documents is a bit slow, and its scanner can't perform duplex scanning. The display screen panel needs to be lifted to print, which may not be very intuitive for most people. Nevertheless, this is an impressive family printer that should satisfy various of your household needs.
The best 11x17 printer with a high black page yield we've tested is the Epson Expression Premium ET-7750 EcoTank. Thanks to its supertank ink system, it can print an exceptionally large number of pages before the black ink tank needs to be refilled. As a result, the cost-per-print is incredibly low since you shouldn't need to buy new ink bottles often.
It offers a variety of connectivity options, letting you print via Ethernet, USB, Wi-Fi, and directly off a USB thumb drive or SD card. You can print from mobile devices thanks to its AirPrint and Mopria Print Service support. While both black-only text and color documents print fairly slow, photos come out very quickly. Photos look great, but with some light banding and graininess.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have a sheetfed scanner, and it can't perform duplex scanning. Its build quality and design are disappointing, with the scanner lid feeling thin and cheap. Also, the dampening mechanism is bad, so the lid slams shut if you don't guide it down slowly. Overall, this is a great family printer that's fairly versatile, and it's a great option if you often print with black ink.
01/06/2021: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks.
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.