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The 3 Best 11x17 Printers - Spring 2024 Reviews

Updated May 10, 2024 at 11:40 am
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 11x17 prints are inkjets, as laser printers that support tabloid size are usually enterprise-grade models that cost significantly more.

We've tested over 140 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 HP OfficeJet Pro 7740, an all-in-one model designed for small or home offices. It prints incredibly sharp documents and sports tons of features, like an 11x17 flatbed scanner, single-pass duplex scanning, and a large, touch-sensitive control panel. Connectivity options include the usual Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, and you can also print directly off a USB flash drive. Its print speed is on the slower side at 12 black or eight color pages per minute, but it does support automatic duplex printing. Additionally, its input trays hold a total of 500 sheets of paper, so you won't have to refill the tray as often.

    Its page yield is great; you can expect to get around 1,100 black and 600 color prints per set of regular cartridges, and you can get XL cartridges if you print more. The ink cartridges are relatively cheap, so you don't have to worry about high running costs. While this printer is mainly for office use, it's pretty decent for photo printing. Printed pictures look detailed but noticeably darker than the original because this model can't produce bright, saturated colors and replaces them with darker tones. They also look grainier than what you can get on a photo printer like the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 below. Although this printer has been discontinued, it is still the best choice if you can find it in stock.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget 11x17 Printer

    Our best budget pick is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840. This all-in-one has many 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 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 decently wide color gamut; however, its color accuracy is just okay, and there's a lot of grain in the photos.

    Unfortunately, this printer's yield is pretty low, so a set of ink cartridges only gets you around 350 black and 300 color prints. The cartridges are cheap, so the cost-per-print isn't an issue; however, it's inconvenient because you'll likely need to interrupt your print jobs to replace them. If you can afford to spend a little more upfront, it's worth getting the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 above, as you'll save more money in the long run due to its higher page yield.

    See our review

  3. 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 paper sizes up to 13x19. 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 if you want to print normal documents or reports. Its cost-per-print is decent; it's very cheap to print in black, but the color cartridges are 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 instead. It also produces amazing photos; the main difference is that it's less color-accurate than 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. It also prints faster, taking only 48 seconds to print a 4x6 picture. Like the Canon, it supports various paper sizes up to 13x19.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Epson EcoTank ET-15000: If you have a large print load, the Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is a good alternative to the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740. The printer costs more upfront, but you won't have to spend as much on ink over time because it yields significantly more prints. However, its print quality isn't as good, and it can only print on 11x17 paper via the smaller-capacity rear feeder. It also has a smaller flatbed scanner and doesn't support duplex scanning. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 10, 2024: No change in picks. Minor text changes for accuracy.

  2. Mar 14, 2024: Minor text edits for clarity. No changes in product picks.

  3. Jan 22, 2024: Replaced the Epson EcoTank ET-15000 with the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 because the HP has better print quality, more features, and can print on 11x17 paper using the main input tray.

  4. Nov 16, 2023: Minor text changes to improve clarity and readability. Verified that all picks are valid and available; no change in recommendations.

  5. Sep 14, 2023: Small text changes to provide more information about the price difference between the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 and the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wide format printers to buy. In addition to the test results, 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.