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 still remaining cost-effective. Additional features like a sheetfed scanner and duplex scanning are also a plus as they help streamline your work. Currently, all the printers we've tested capable of producing 11" x 17" prints are inkjets, but we'll update this list with some laser options once we buy and test them.
We've tested over 125 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, we recommend 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.
You can print many pages before the cartridges need replacing, so the cost-per-print stays amazingly low. You can also buy high-yield cartridges that will last even longer. The printer supports a few different printing methods, both wired and wireless. 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 supertank printer 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, easily replaceable 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.
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 11x17 family printer we've tested is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840. This model can print and scan up to tabloid-size sheets. Its flatbed is large enough for the whole sheet, but you can also use the automatic document feeder if you need to scan multiple large sheets in a row, even when they're double-sided.
There are many ways to print, including Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print service, so you'll be covered no matter what device you have. If you prefer a wired connection, there's a USB-B port and an Ethernet port at the back of the printer. You can print a few hundred pages before its cartridges run out of ink, which is fine if you tend to print a dozen pages a day. There are also higher-yield cartridges available that last a bit longer.
Unfortunately, you can only print a few hundred pages before its cartridges run out of ink, which won't last you very long if you print a few dozen pages each day. If you print a lot, you could buy the high-yield cartridges or consider another option on this list. This model is still a good choice if you're only printing a few pages every week.
For photo printing, our pick is the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300, a print-only inkjet model designed for professional photo printing. The lack of a scanner is a bit of an inconvenience, but it more than makes up for it with outstanding photo printing quality. It has a sturdy build, plenty of connectivity options, and a color display screen with an easy-to-navigate settings menu. It's compatible with Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS, and you can also print, copy, or scan directly from your smartphone with Canon's mobile app.
This model prints fantastic photos with lots of fine details and excellent color accuracy. It takes over two minutes to print a single photo, so patience is a must. Its ten ink cartridges yield a little over 400 color pages, but the color cartridges are on the expensive side, resulting in only a decent cost-per-print. You can buy the color cartridges individually, meaning you can just replace ones that have run out, which might help you save some money in the long run.
Like most inkjet printers, there's some expected maintenance. No worries, though, as there are maintenance programs built in to clean the print heads, rollers, and bottom plate. It also has a 'Nozzle Recovery System' that automatically compensates when it detects a clogged nozzle so that you can continue printing. All in all, this is a great option if you need a large-format photo printer.
If you're on a budget, the best large format printer we've tested is the Canon PIXMA iX6820. This large print-only model accepts paper sizes up to 13" x 19", and it can print borderless, which is great if you want to print a few fun pictures or posters to hang on your wall.
Along with large formats, it can also print most standard size pages, including 4" x 6" and 5" x 7" for photos. Its photo printing quality is great, with images looking very detailed with almost no banding. It prints long documents pretty slowly, but it's very quick at printing photos, finishing them off in under a minute. The cost-per-print is low, so it won't cost you very much to replace the cartridges.
Unfortunately, like many budget printers, it runs out of ink somewhat quickly, so you'll have to buy refills often if you print a few dozen pages a day. On the bright side, its color cartridges are all separate, so you can just replace the color you need, which helps save some money.
May 10, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.
Mar 11, 2022: Added the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310 to the Notable Mentions. Made minor rewrites to refresh the text.
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'.
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.