Although most printers have wireless capabilities, some models have more connectivity options to pick from. Depending on what you're using your printer for, you may prefer one option over another. For example, it's fairly common for printers to wirelessly connect to devices using Wi-Fi, and it can be a good choice for a laptop or desktop setup. However, it may not be the most convenient way to print something from your smartphone. Conversely, printers with mobile apps can make it easier to print from your mobile devices, but they may not work for computers.
We've tested over 125 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best wireless printers you can buy. Also, check out our picks for the best all-in-one printers, the best home printers, and the best AirPrint printers.
The best wireless printer for home use we've tested is the Brother MFC-J4535DW. Its connectivity options are superb, including Wi-Fi via a router, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service, allowing you to print from a variety of different devices. You can also use the outstanding Brother Mobile Connect app to perform print, scan, and maintenance tasks right from your smartphone.
Its cost-per-print is outstandingly cheap, while its superb page yields mean you won't get interrupted in the middle of large print jobs to replace the cartridges. It prints very quickly and automatically prints double-sided pages, and its 400-page input tray capacity lets you go a while before having to refill the paper. Additionally, its scanner has a high resolution to capture fine details, while its fast-scanning ADF allows you to easily digitize multi-page documents without manually placing each sheet.
Unfortunately, it can't print via Bluetooth, limiting the types of devices you can print from. Additionally, it has a mediocre color gamut and prints photos with disappointing color accuracy, although images do have decent detailing. That said, it's a very good model that the whole family can use, and it's the best wireless printer for home use we've tested.
Do you love printing fun pictures for a frame, photo wall, or crafts? If so, have a look at the Canon PIXMA TR8620. It's a good choice for casual photo printing since photos look nicely detailed and colors look vibrant. While colors look a bit different from the originals, your photos will still look really nice. The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 prints much better quality photos with more accurate colors, but it's much more expensive since it's for professional use.
It can print many different photo sizes, including 5" x 7" and 8" x 10", and its input tray accepts 20 sheets of glossy 4" x 6" photo paper. It prints images decently fast, taking just under one minute, and you can send your files to the printer directly from your smartphone or computer via Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, or Mopria Print Service. You can also use the mobile app to print files.
Unfortunately, it can't print many pages before the cartridges run out, so you'll need to replace them often if you print lots of photos. Also, you can only use Bluetooth during setup, meaning you can't use it to print directly from the file printing options. Overall, this is a very good choice if you're looking for a printer for photo printing that lets you print wirelessly.
If you're looking for a color laser printer for your small or home office, we recommend the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. Of course, it wouldn't be on this list if it couldn't print wirelessly. There are a few ways to print without needing a cable, including Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service. There's also a mobile app that lets you print and scan from your mobile, and you can also use it to run printhead cleanings or order more ink.
Like most laser printers, its toner cartridges are a bit expensive, but you can print lots of pages with them before they run empty. Since you won't have to buy replacements too often, you save money in the long run. If you mainly print in color, you'll only need more toner after about 2000 pages, while the black toner can last you a bit longer.
Unfortunately, it scans very slowly at 5PPM, so scanning many long documents in a row can take a while. It takes no time to print its documents, so your slideshows, graphs, and reports come out at 25PPM. While its scan resolution is 600DPI, it should be more than enough for most text or photo scans. You'll only need something higher if you need to enlarge your scans. Overall, if you're looking for a laser printer for your office, we can easily recommend this one.
If you're looking for a wireless inkjet with very high page yields, the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is a great choice. While laser printers are usually preferred for offices, some recent inkjets on the market might be a better choice for your needs. If you print dozens of pages each day, you'll likely prefer this printer since it has four ink tanks that you fill up yourself with bottles. These tanks hold a lot more ink than traditional cartridges, so they'll last you a lot longer.
With this model, you save a lot of money in ink; even after printing 3000 pages, you still won't need to buy new bottles. It has two compartments for paper at the front plus a rear input tray, which in total hold up to 600 pages, so you shouldn't need to worry too often about being out of paper, either. It has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder for any scanning needs.
Unfortunately, while it isn't slow at printing longer documents, it isn't as fast as other office options, like the Epson EcoTank ET-5850. You can't print via Bluetooth, but there are many other ways to print wirelessly. If a slower printing speed and the lack of Bluetooth don't bother you, then you'll be more than happy with this supertank inkjet printer. It's among the best small business printers that we've tested.
If you're trying to save some money but still want good performance, the best budget wireless printer we've tested is the Brother MFC-J4335DW. Like every other model on this list, you can print wirelessly via Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service. While you can find some other options that are cheaper than this one, we're still recommending it since it performs a lot better than most of its competitors.
You can print thousands of pages before its cartridges run out of ink, meaning you don't need to replace them too often. It's especially nice since the cartridges are definitely on the more expensive side, so at least you don't have to spend too much money on replacing them. If you need to scan, you'll be pleased with its flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder. The ADF, in particular, scans very quickly at 20PPM.
However, it has a lot of issues when printing photos. There's lots of graininess throughout the images, even if you print with the high-quality setting on. Some colors look off from their originals, with black looking especially washed out. Your photos won't look quite like their originals, which will likely bother you if you want to print some pictures to frame them. If you don't intend to print that many photos, it's still a good choice if you're on a budget and want something with wireless connectivity. It's also one of the best inkjet printers we've tested.
If you need a printer but you're a bit tight on space, the HP DeskJet 3755 is one of the most compact models we've tested. This compact model doesn't need much room to print or scan, so it's a good choice if you live in a small apartment. It comes in three colorways, so you can pick a color that best matches your setup.
You can print wirelessly via W-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, or Mopria Print Service, and there's also a mobile app that lets you print, scan, and copy directly from your phone or tablet. Despite its small size, it has a sheetfed scanner, which is great if you only scan a few loose sheets here and there. It doesn't have a flatbed scanner, which is a problem if you often need to scan textbooks or sketches from a notebook.
Unfortunately, it doesn't print many pages before its cartridges run out of it, so you'll spend a lot of money on buying new cartridges, especially if you print a lot of 30-page documents often. Also, it's very slow at printing, and you may get frustrated waiting for your documents and photos to print, especially if there's a lot. That said, if you're okay with the compromises for a model with a small footprint, it's the most compact printer we've tested, which is impressive considering it has a scanner.
May 03, 2022: Updated text for accuracy and removed outdated picks from Notable Mentions.
Mar 04, 2022: Made the Brother MFC-J4535DW 'Best For Family' and moved the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 to Notable Mentions. Verified availability of picks.
Feb 03, 2022: Updated text for clarity and accuracy.
Jan 06, 2022: Added the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 to the Notable Mentions. Also, removed the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank and the Canon PIXMA TR8520 from Notable Mentions since both are discontinued.
Dec 10, 2021: Made the Canon PIXMA TR8620 the 'Best Wireless Printer For Photos,' the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw the 'Best Wireless Laser Printer For Small/Home Office,' and the HP DeskJet 3755 the 'Best Compact Wireless Printer.'
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless 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 is the list of all our wireless 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.