If you're looking for the best printer for iPhone, iPad, or any Apple device, finding a printer that can work 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, it's also great when you have multiple people, like friends, roommates, or co-workers, all sharing the same printer.
We've tested over 120 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best printers with AirPrint you can buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best home printers, the best office printers, and the best photo printers.
The best AirPrint printer we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, a color laser all-in-one designed for small or home offices. It has Wi-Fi connectivity, and thanks to its Apple AirPrint support, you can print from your Apple device right away without installing any drivers or a third-party app. It produces amazingly sharp documents and prints quickly at up to 29 pages per minute. The toner cartridges last a long time, so you don't have to replace them too often unless you print a lot. For your scanning needs, it has a high-resolution scanner that produces high-quality scans, and its automatic feeder can process double-sided sheets in a single pass. It's not the fastest scanner, but it's still more convenient than scanning each page manually.
If you want to save money and don't mind a few compromises, know that the MF743Cdw has many variants. For example, you can get the Canon imageCLASS MF741Cdw, which performs identically but doesn't support duplex scanning. There are also more feature-rich models with improved security and cost management features, like the Canon imageCLASS MF746Cdw. You can see more details about all the variants in our full review.
Regardless of the model, the one thing that all of these laser printers don't do well is photo printing. If you need to print photos, get the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 instead. It prints very detailed and colorful photos and supports various paper sizes up to 13" x 19". Its ink tank yields thousands of pages, so you won't need to worry about high maintenance costs. There are a couple of tradeoffs, like the lack of an automatic feeder and slower printing speeds. It's also more expensive. If cost is a concern, you can get its cheaper variant, the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500. It gives you the same print quality as the ET-8550 but only supports paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11".
If you only need to print in black and white documents and want to save money, we recommend the Brother MFC-L2750DW, a monochrome laser all-in-one. It produces high-quality documents and prints very quickly at up to 36 pages per minute. The scanner has extendable lid hinges to make scanning thick items easier and an automatic feeder with single-pass duplex scanning. Its toner cartridge yields around 2,000 prints and is relatively cheap. Plus, since this is a monochrome printer, there's only one cartridge to replace, so it won't cost much to maintain it over time. You need to replace the drum separately, but you likely won't need to do it often, as it's usually good for around 12,000 prints.
If you have simpler needs and don't need all the features mentioned above, you can save money with one of its cheaper variants, like the Brother MFC-L2710DW. It has the same print quality and page yield as the MFC-L2750DW, but it prints slightly slower at 32 pages per minute and doesn't support NFC and duplex scanning. Some bundles come with a longer-lasting XL toner cartridge, which might be cheaper than buying it separately. Check out our full review for more details about the variants.
If you want something more modest for home use, get the Brother MFC-J4335DW. This all-in-one inkjet model feels very well built despite its price and packs many features to satisfy most household needs. With AirPrint support, you can connect to the printer easily and start printing right away, saving you precious time. It prints pretty quickly for an inkjet printer, churning out 17 black or 15 color pages per minute, and it supports automatic duplex printing.
Regarding its page yield, the ink cartridges are good for around 2200 black and 800 color prints, and you can get high-yield cartridges that'll last even longer. The cartridges aren't overly expensive, so your maintenance cost won't rise quickly if you print a lot. Unfortunately, it doesn't support duplex scanning, and it isn't the best for printing photos, as printed pictures look grainy and slightly washed out. If those things don't matter, the MFC-J4335DW is a great option.
For those on a tight budget, we recommend the Brother MFC-J1205W, also known as the Brother MFC-J1215W at Walmart. It's a simple inkjet all-in-one that's well-suited for people who don't print all that often. It feels sturdily built despite its budget-friendly price, connects via Wi-Fi, and supports Apple AirPrint, so you don't need to worry about installing drivers. It prints sharp documents, and while it doesn't have the best color range or accuracy, printed photos still look decent. Its four ink cartridges yield lots of prints, and they're cheap, meaning you won't have to spend much to maintain them over time. It has a flatbed scanner but sadly no automatic feeder. It's also a little slow at printing, as it only prints nine black or six color pages per minute.
A monochrome laser alternative would be the Brother HL-L2325DW. It produces sharp-looking documents, prints up to 33 pages per minute, and yields about 1200 prints from a single toner cartridge. Like other Brother laser printers, you have to replace the drum separately, but again, it's not something you'll have to do often. You can also get the Brother HL-L2370DW variant if you need Ethernet or the Brother HL-L2370DW XL bundle, which comes with longer-lasting toner cartridges in the box. The main downside with these laser printers is that they're print-only units, so you need to be sure you won't need to scan anything in the future.
If you need something cheap for the occasional one-off project, get the Canon PIXMA MG3620. It doesn't feel particularly sturdy, but it produces good-quality documents and detailed photos. You still get Wi-Fi and USB connectivity as well as Apple AirPrint support. The scanner produces surprisingly high-quality scans; however, as this is a budget-friendly model, there's no automatic feeder or fax functionality. It prints nine black or three color pages per minute and supports automatic duplex printing.
The main drawback of a cheap model like this is its low page yield. Its two-cartridge system yields only around 200 black and color prints, meaning you'll have to replace the cartridges often. The cartridges aren't expensive, so maintenance cost isn't the issue. It just requires more maintenance, and because it uses a tri-color cartridge, you have to replace the entire cartridge even if only one color runs out. On the upside, you can get XL ink cartridges that'll last longer, and the printer also accepts third-party ink, which might be cheaper.
We recommend the HP OfficeJet 250, an all-in-one inkjet printer with a built-in rechargeable battery, for on-the-go use. It's easy to carry around thanks to its compact size, so it's a great option for people who travel for work or need to print receipts at an outdoor event with no power outlet nearby. You can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi or USB, and of course, you get Apple AirPrint support. Its sheetfed scanner produces high-quality scans and supports optical character recognition (OCR), a feature that lets you save scans as PDFs for quick keyword searches.
Printing-wise, this inkjet model produces very nice black and color documents. However, it's pretty slow, so it might not be the best option for printing a huge report. Another downside is that the ink cartridges run out quickly. The cartridges are relatively cheap, although color printing can still get expensive if you print a lot. You can get XL cartridges that'll last longer, and the printer also accepts third-party ink, which might be cheaper. The battery is good for about 225 prints and takes around two hours to fully charge.
Apr 04, 2023: Minor text changes. Added the HP OfficeJet 250 as the 'Best Portable AirPrint Printer'.
Feb 03, 2023: Minor text changes to provide more information regarding variants. Added the Canon PIXMA TR8620a as a Notable Mention. No change in recommendations.
Dec 06, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.
Oct 07, 2022: Replaced the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFC M479fdw with the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw because the HP is more expensive and hard to find, and added the Brother MFC-L2750DW as an 'Upper Mid-Range' pick. Replaced the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw with the Brother MFC-J4335DW as the 'Best Mid-Range' pick. Added the Brother MFC-J1205W as the 'Best Budget' pick.
Aug 11, 2022: Restructured article to better match user expectations. Removed the Brother MFC-J4535DW and added the Brother MFC-J4335DW as the 'Best Budget' pick. Removed Epson EcoTank ET-3850 and the 'Best Supertank' category. Replaced the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw with the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw as the 'Best Office Printer' because the Canon has much slower scanning speed and takes longer to warm up. Removed the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 as a main pick.
Our recommendations above are what we currently think are the best printers for iPad, iPhone, and Mac you can get. 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 reviews for printers with AirPrint. 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.