These days, although most printers have wireless capabilities, there can be various 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 companion apps can make it easier to print from your mobile devices, but they may not work for computers.
We've tested over 105 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 that we've tested is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830. It feels excellently well-built, and the design allows easy access to paper jams and ink cartridges through a hatch in the rear. It has two sturdy-feeling input trays at the front with sliders to accommodate a variety of paper sizes. In addition, it has many connectivity options, including an Ethernet port and a USB port for printing directly from a USB key, and you can use the Epson iPrint App to perform tasks directly from your phone.
The scanning features are incredible and include a high-resolution flatbed scanner, an automatic document feeder, and it can perform duplex scanning automatically. You can also raise the scanner lid's hinges to fit thicker materials like books and magazines onto the scanning bed. It prints good quality photos with minimal banding and accurate-looking colors in just under a minute, and its print speed for text documents is relatively fast.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth printing, and the black page yields are a bit low. However, you can purchase high-yield cartridges, which should last longer. It's also a fairly large printer that requires a bit of clearance on the top, meaning it won't fit well in tighter spaces. With that said, it's an excellent family printer that can handle a variety of tasks, and it's one of the best inkjet printers we've tested.
If you're looking for an option better suited to photo printing, check out the Canon PIXMA TR8620. While the page yield and cost-per-print aren't as good as the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830, it produces much higher-quality photos, and it can print over a Bluetooth connection. Photos come out detailed with vibrant colors, and the wireless connectivity options allow you to print from your phone easily using Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service, or Wi-Fi Direct. On the other hand, the Epson produces more accurate-looking colors, though the difference shouldn't be noticeable in everyday use.
If you're looking for a family printer with outstanding page yields and a very low cost-per-print, go with the Epson. If you're looking for a printer that produces higher-quality photos and can connect with Bluetooth, get the Canon.
The best wireless printer for small or home offices that we've tested is the Canon MAXIFY GX7020. This color inkjet uses a supertank ink system for exceptionally high page yields, which minimizes refills and results in a superbly low cost-per-print. It also warms up very quickly to print the first page, and it produces decent-looking photos with satisfactory color accuracy.
The display screen is very good and lets you navigate easily through tasks. It has fantastic scanning features, with a flatbed scanner with lid hinges that raise to scan thicker items, an automatic document feeder that can duplex scan, and fax capabilities. Its wireless and wired connectivity options are outstanding and include Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service. It can also print directly from USB flash drives.
Unfortunately, it can't print via Bluetooth, which may be inconvenient for some. Also, while it prints documents at a satisfactory speed, it isn't as fast as other options. All in all, it's an outstanding printer for small or home offices and is consequently one of the best printers for small businesses we've tested.
If you prefer having a laser printer for your small or home office and want to save some money, consider the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. Its page yields aren't as good as the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, and its cost-per-print is a lot higher, but the printer itself is cheaper and uses laser printing technology. It prints color documents significantly faster and produces much more accurate colors, and its touchscreen is much larger and more responsive. However, it produces worse-looking photos and prints black text documents more slowly, and its scan resolution isn't as high.
If you prioritize higher page yields and lower cost-per-print, go with the MAXIFY. However, if you want a laser option that's also cheaper, go with the imageCLASS.
The best budget wireless printer that we've tested is the Brother MFC-J4335DW. It uses Brother's INKvestment tank cartridge system, which drains ink from the cartridges into an internal reservoir to more efficiently use ink. This results in outstanding page yields and a low-cost-per-print for both color and black-only documents. It feels very well-built with easy access to paper jams, and the display screen and buttons are very easy to navigate.
You can raise the lid's hinges to fit thicker items, like textbooks, onto the high-resolution flatbed scanner. There's also an automatic document feeder and built-in faxing features. The first page doesn't take a long time to come out, and subsequent pages also come out quickly. It has great connectivity options, including an Ethernet port, and through the Brother Mobile Connect App, you can print, copy, scan, and perform maintenance tasks directly from your phone.
Unfortunately, photos come out grainy unless you print them at "High" quality, which takes much longer to print. The printer also doesn't support a Bluetooth connection, and there are no additional ports to print directly from a storage device like a USB key. With that said, it's an excellent option if you're looking for a multi-functional printer on a budget, and it's one of the best printers with cheap ink that we've tested.
If you need a smaller printer for a more cramped desk or room, consider the HP DeskJet 3755. Its page yields and cost-per-print are significantly worse, and it doesn't have as many scanning features as the Brother MFC-J4335DW, but it's significantly smaller. It also produces much more accurate-looking colors, and photos come out more detailed. Unfortunately, the build quality isn't as good with its cheap-feeling plasticky frame. Although it has the same wireless connectivity features, it lacks an Ethernet port and support for printing directly from external storage, which might limit its versatility. It also prints significantly slower.
If you need a printer with better scanning features and better page yields, go with the Brother. However, if you need a more compact printer that produces more accurate-looking colors, get the HP.
Oct 26, 2021: Replaced the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 with the Brother MFC-J4335DW as 'Best Budget', and replaced the Brother MFC-J995DW with the Epson WorkForce WF-4830 as 'Best Family Printer' due to availability.
Aug 27, 2021: Made the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 'Best Budget' and moved the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank to Notable Mentions, as it's difficult to find in stock at the time of writing. Added the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 to Notable Mentions, and removed the Canon PIXMA TS8220, and the Canon PIXMA TR7520. Verified availability and accuracy of picks.
Jun 28, 2021: Replaced the Canon PIXMA TR8520 with the Canon PIXMA TR8620 as 'Better Photo Printing Alternative'. Made the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 'Best Home Office', and the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw its 'Cheaper Laser Alternative'. Moved the Canon PIXMA TR8520 and the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser to Notable Mentions. Verified availability of picks.
Apr 29, 2021: Added the HP PageWide Pro 577dw as a Notable Mention.
Mar 02, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced Canon PIXMA TR7520 with Brother MFC-J805 INKvestment Tank.
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.