If you're using an Apple product like an iPhone or MacBook, a printer that can work with it seamlessly is an invaluable tool. Thanks to Apple AirPrint, you can easily print documents and photos directly from your device, which is great when you don't want to set up another wireless connection. Since there's nothing to download either, it's also great when you have multiple people such as friends or co-workers all sharing the same printer.
We've tested over 55 printers and below are our recommendations for the best AirPrint printers you can buy. You can also check out our recommendations for the best home printers, and the best office printers, and the best photo printers.
The Brother MFC-J995DW is the best family printer with AirPrint that we've tested so far. This compact printer has a versatile performance that's well-suited for most uses your family members may need. As it uses a high-yield INKvestment Tank, you can print off a lot of pages before the cartridges need to be replaced, which can help save money in the long run.
It can produce great quality images that are detailed and vibrant. It's got a good print speed, as color documents print off just as quickly as black-text documents. It can automatically duplex print, which is nice if you're trying to save paper. The automatic document feeder is a handy tool if you have to process a lot of forms or documents, and the flatbed scanner can help digitize old family photographs.
On the downside, if you use the borderless printing feature for your photos, you may get misaligned images that you'll need to manually readjust. It also has mediocre color accuracy and while it should be fine for home use, those who want more precise colors may be disappointed.
If you're looking for a printer with an even higher page yield, consider the Canon PIXMA G7020. While the Brother MFC-J995DW uses toner cartridges, this one has several ink tanks that you refill yourself. It has an outstanding cost-per-print for black and color documents as well as photo printing. It also has an automatic document feeder, which is nice when you have several pages of a document to process. On the downside, it's much slower at printing any kind of document and it lacks duplex scanning. The display screen is also fairly small, which some users may find limiting.
Get the Brother if value better-looking photos with a quicker print time. However, if you live in a household where people are constantly printing things off, go with the Canon.
The Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser is the best printer with AirPrint for a small/home office that we've tested to date. As it uses one black and three color cartridges, you can easily print off all your work forms while still having the flexibility to add a splash of color to quarter-end reports. You also can streamline your workflow thanks to its automatic document feeder and duplex scanning feature.
Thanks to its exceptional toner cartridge system, both the black and color cartridges yield an exceptional amount of pages at an affordable price, which is great when you're always running print jobs. It also has a great printing speed, and its excellent design ensures that you have easy access to the toner cartridges as well as to any paper jam that may come your way. You can also scan larger items like books with the flatbed scanner, and its 250-page input tray ensures that you don't have to be constantly monitoring your paper levels.
On the downside, it uses cartridges that come with a separate drum unit, and it isn't factored into the cost of the toner cartridge. Keep in mind that you also need to change the drum unit every once and a while too, which can add up. That being said, its high page yield and quick speed make it a great ally in a busy small office or your home office.
If you need to print on different media or you need to print photos, then you're better off with a more versatile inkjet printer, such as the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025. It can't yield as many black or color pages as the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser; however, it has a better cost-per-print due to the low cost of ink cartridges. It can't quite match the printing speed of a laser printer, but it's still very fast for an inkjet printer and it has two massive input trays that can hold up to 500 sheets of paper. It prints decent quality photos, it can print on glossy photo paper, and it supports most photo paper sizes. Just like the Brother, it supports AirPrint, and it also has two USB ports, allowing you to print directly off of a USB thumb drive.
If you only print documents, the Brother is a better choice, as its toner cartridges can yield many more pages before they need to be replaced and it prints faster. However, if you need to print photos or on different types of paper, then go with the HP.
The best black & white printer with AirPrint that we've tested so far is the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. It's a well-built monochrome laser printer that's designed for high-volume printing at a low cost. Its outstanding design makes it easy to change the toner cartridge and remove paper jams, and it has a large display screen that's colorful and easy to read. It has a sheetfed scanner that can perform duplex scanning, which is a time-saver when you need to scan a lot of double-sided documents. The scanning resolution is limited to 600 DPI; however, it shouldn't be an issue for most offices.
Its cartridge system is simply superb. It can yield an absurd number of pages with a single cartridge and there's a high-yield cartridge available if you want to increase the yield even more. The cost of the toner cartridge is relatively low considering that the drum unit is built-in, which means that you won't have to replace the drum separately. It has outstanding printing speed and a large-capacity input tray that can hold up to 350 sheets of paper.
There are plenty of connectivity options, including support for SD cards and, of course, AirPrint. Canon also has a mobile companion app, the Canon PRINT Business, which allows you to perform most tasks from your smartphone. One thing of note is that this printer's price varies a lot, but it can often be found for as low as $250, making it a great value.
The best printer with AirPrint for photos is the Canon PIXMA TR8520. Unlike the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser which isn't designed for photos, the Canon is well-suited to produce excellent quality photos that look vibrant and detailed. Its cost-per-print for photos as well as black and color documents is excellent, so you get the most out of each of your cartridges.
This fairly compact printer is a suitable choice if you're running low on desk space. Since it has both a sheetfed and flatbed scanner, you can easily scan different items like old photos or forms, which gives you a bit more versatility. You can also scan up to 1200 DPI so that you can save all the little details of your favorite pictures. It has an SD and SDHC card slot on the front so you can print camera shots directly from those memory cards, and if you're looking to display your photos, it can even do borderless printing.
On the downside, its black ink cartridge doesn't yield a lot of pages. However, if you need to print off many multi-page documents, you can always purchase a higher-yield cartridge. It also has a slow print speed for photos as well as black and color documents, which can be troublesome if you're in a rush. That being said, whether you take a lot of photos with your iPhone or your point and shoot, this printer is a great choice if you want to print and display your photos.
07/23/2020: Minor text and structure changes; replaced Brother HL-L2395DW with Canon imageCLASS MF445dw.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best AirPrint printers for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our printer reviews. 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 noticeable unless you really look for them.