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 120 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 we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, a sturdy color laser all-in-one designed for office use. It has Wi-Fi connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and is compatible with Canon's PRINT Business mobile app, making it easy to print wirelessly from any device. Its ADF-equipped scanner produces high-quality scans and processes double-sided sheets in a single pass, saving you precious time.
Printing-wise, it produces very high-quality, sharp documents. It takes a bit longer than most printers to warm up; however, it prints very quickly at up to 29 pages per minute once it gets going. As for its page yield, the toner cartridges are good for around 3000 black and 2000 color prints, meaning you don't have to replace them often. They also have the drum built in, so you won't need to spend extra to replace it separately.
The main drawback is that, like most laser printers, it isn't ideal for printing photos, as printed pictures look grainy and lacking in detail. If you need to print graphics or photos, get the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550. It's an inkjet model that prints amazingly detailed, vibrant, and colorful photos, and it can print on wide format paper up to 13" x 19". There are a couple of tradeoffs, though, like the lack of an automatic document feeder, slower printing speeds, and its higher price tag. If cost is a concern, you can go with the cheaper Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500 variant instead. It gives you the same print quality but only supports paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11".
If you only need to print in black and want to save some money, get the Brother MFC-L2750DW instead. This well-built all-in-one doesn't take long to warm up, prints quickly at 36 pages per minute, and yields around 2000 prints from a single black toner cartridge. The scanner produces outstanding scans and has an ADF to process multi-page documents and double-sided sheets. The downside is that you have to replace the drum separately, which adds to your maintenance cost. Brother specifies that the drum is good for 12,000 prints, so you'll likely be okay for a while. You still get Wi-Fi connectivity along with Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service support.
One thing to keep in mind is that there are many variants of this printer, so if you find the MFC-L2750DW a little too expensive, you can check out one of its cheaper variants, like the Brother MFC-L2710DW. It also produces very high-quality prints but is slightly slower and lacks an automatic document feeder. Some variants have an additional XL toner cartridge, like the Brother MFC-L2759DW. You can see all differences between the variants in the full review.
If you're looking for a printer for home use, a more modest mid-range model might be a better choice. We recommend the Brother MFC-J4335DW, one of the best wireless printers for home use we've tested. You can print thousands of pages before its cartridges run out of ink, reducing the frequency at which you need to replace them. There are also XL cartridges that'll last longer, which might be cheaper in the long run, not to mention more environmentally friendly. Its ADF-equipped scanner scans up to 20 pages per minute and has OCR (optical character recognition) capability, allowing you to scan documents into text files, so you can easily search for keywords. It prints very detailed photos but doesn't have the widest color range, and its color accuracy is only passable.
For the budget pick, we chose the Brother MFC-J1205W. It's a simple, all-in-one inkjet model with a sturdy build, wireless connectivity, and a basic flatbed scanner. It prints black and color documents well, although it's slow as it can only push out nine black or six color pages per minute, so you'll have to be patient during large print jobs. You don't need to replace the ink cartridges too often as they yield around 1100 black and 750 color prints, and the cartridges are relatively cheap, which helps keep your maintenance cost low. There's some graininess and banding in printed photos, but they still look decent, and the colors are reasonably accurate. All in all, it's a good option for people who only print occasionally.
If you only print once in a blue moon and need a cheap printer to get the job done, get the Canon PIXMA MG3620. The build feels a little flimsy, and it only has a basic flatbed scanner, but it still prints good-quality documents and photos. The main downside with cheap printers like the PIXMA MG3620 is that the ink cartridges run out quickly, meaning you'll have to replace them often.
The cost per print is low because replacement ink is relatively cheap; it's just inconvenient because it requires more maintenance, and you might end up with lots of incomplete or faded pages, wasting paper and time. This printer is fine for the occasional print job, but if you print more regularly, it's best to get one with better page yields, like our budget or mid-range pick.
If you need a printer but are 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. You can print wirelessly via Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Apple AirPrint, or Mopria Print Service, and there's 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.
Unfortunately, it doesn't print many pages before its cartridges run out of ink, so you'll spend a lot of money on replacement ink if you print a lot, and it also prints very slowly. 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.
Jan 06, 2023: Minor text changes to improve clarity and readability. No change in recommendations.
Nov 07, 2022: Removed the Canon PIXMA TR8620a and the 'Best Wireless Photo Printer' category to avoid confusion, as we already recommend the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 for photo printing.
Sep 08, 2022: Restructured article to better match user expectations and removed the Brother MFC-J4535DW and the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw. Added the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw as the 'Best Wireless Printer', the Brother MFC-J1205W as the 'Best Budget' pick, and the Canon PIXMA MG3620 as the 'Best Cheap' pick. Replaced the Canon PIXMA TR8620 with the Canon PIXMA TR8620a because it's easier to find. Replaced the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw with the Brother MFC-L2750DW because the Brother prints higher-quality documents.
Jun 30, 2022: Minor structure change. Replaced the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw with the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw and the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 with the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 because both Canon models are discontinued.
May 03, 2022: Updated text for accuracy and removed outdated picks from Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best printers with wireless connectivity 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.