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 130 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best AirPrint printers 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 HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw. This bulky but sturdy laser all-in-one has nearly all the features you need for your office. Its ADF-equipped scanner processes a whopping 25 pages per minute, supports formats up to 8.5" x 14", and scans double-sided documents in a single pass. It prints very quickly at 21 black or 29 color pages per minute and doesn't take long to warm up. The toner cartridges yield roughly 2400 black and 2100 color prints, so you won't need to replace them often unless you regularly print in bulk. The cartridges are expensive, but that's because they contain the drum, which means you won't have to spend extra to replace it separately. Color accuracy is okay, but like most laser printers, it isn't ideal for photo printing.
If you regularly print graphics or photos at the office, it's best to go with an inkjet model. We recommend the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850, an all-in-one printer with a refillable ink tank. It yields nearly 5000 black pages or 2500 color pages, and the ink bottles are fairly inexpensive, resulting in a low cost per print. It prints up to 25 black or color pages per minute and can perform automatic double-sided printing. Printed photos look detailed and vibrant, albeit not very color-accurate. The downsides are that it's more expensive, and inkjet printers require a little more maintenance as the printheads can clog after extended use.
If you only print in black and white, you can save some money with a more modest mid-range monochrome printer, the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. It prints quickly at 21 pages per minute, yields around 4000 pages from a single toner cartridge, and supports Apple AirPrint. You can further increase the page yield with high-yield cartridges, and it accepts third-party toner. The cartridge is on the expensive side, but the upside is that you won't have to replace the drum separately because it's in the cartridge. The scanner processes up to 41 pages per minute through the feeder, scans double-sided documents in a single pass, and includes an optical character recognition feature that lets you scan documents into text files for quick keyword searches.
This model is currently hard to find. If you have trouble finding one, we suggest getting the newer Canon imageCLASS MF455dw, which we haven't tested but expect to perform similarly and has better availability.
For our budget pick, we chose the Brother MFC-J4335DW. This all-in-one inkjet model feels very well built despite its price and packs tons of 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. Its printing speed is great, churning out 17 black or 15 color pages per minute, and it can print double-sided automatically. 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 only downsides are that it doesn't support duplex scanning or print particularly good photos as they come out looking grainy and washed out. If those things don't matter to you, then the MFC-J4335DW is a great option.
If you need something cheap for the occasional one-off project, we recommend the Canon PIXMA MG3620. It doesn't feel particularly sturdy and lacks an automatic feeder, but it produces good-quality documents and photos. The main drawback with 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. They aren't expensive, but the cost will still add up quickly if you print a lot, which is why it's only a good option if you only print once in a while and need something that can get the job done.
The best photo printer with AirPrint we've tested is the Canon PIXMA TR8620. This all-in-one inkjet model prints amazing photos that look detailed and vibrant, with no signs of banding. Its color accuracy is decent; good enough for casual use but not quite for professional-level photo printing. It prints reasonably fast, and it supports 4" x 6", 5" x 7", and 8" x 10" photo paper. The ink cartridges don't last very long; however, they're fairly cheap, so the cost-per-print remains low even if you replace them often.
The only thing that's a little disappointing with the PIXMA TR8620 is that while it has a scanner with a high scan resolution and color depth, the scan quality is just okay, so it's not the best for digitizing photos.
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.
May 16, 2022: Replaced the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 with the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 because the Epson prints faster. Additionally, the Canon is discontinued and harder to find.
Mar 15, 2022: Made the Brother MFC-J4535DW 'Best Family', and the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 'Best Supertank'. Moved the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 and the Epson EcoTank ET-3760 to Notable Mentions. Removed the Canon PIXMA TS6320 from Notable Mentions since it's been discontinued and is difficult to find in stock. Verified availability of picks.
Jan 14, 2022: Moved the Epson EcoTank ET-3760 to 'Best Supertank Printer With AirPrint'. Moved the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw to 'Best Laser Printer With AirPrint'. Removed the Canon PIXMA TR8520 from Notable Mentions due to availability.
Nov 16, 2021: Replaced the Canon PIXMA G7020 with the Epson EcoTank ET-3760 since the Canon is harder to find in stock.
Our recommendations above are what we currently think are the best printers with AirPrint for most people. 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.