Although most printers these days have wireless capabilities, there can be a variety of different connectivity options to pick from, and 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 simplest choice if you want to print something from your smartphone. Conversely, printers with companion apps can make it easier to print from your mobile devices, but it may not work on computers.
We've tested over 30 printers and below are our recommendations for the best wireless printers you can buy. You can also check out our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers and the best photo printers.
The Brother MFC-J995DW is the best wireless printer for family use that we've tested so far. This printer has an outstanding INKvestment Tank ink system, making it an affordable choice for printing black-text and color documents as well as photos. It also has NFC support so it's easy for any of your family members to connect to it from their mobile devices with just a tap.
Although this printer is fairly tall and wide, it packs a lot of features into its design. Its sheetfed and flatbed scanners are great for when you want to scan or copy a lot of different items such as signed forms or old family photos. The cartridge system also yields a lot of pages before any of them need to be replaced, and if you're always printing off a lot of things, there are higher-yield cartridges available. If you like to print photos for scrapbooking or framing at your desk, this printer has great printing quality that reproduces vivid-looking images, and its printing speed is good too.
On the downside, if you have a borderless printing job, images can come out misaligned and require manual adjustments to straighten them. Its color accuracy is mediocre too and while it should be enough for home use, people looking for more accurate color reproduction may be disappointed. Still, this is one of the best wireless printers all-in-one, and it's versatile enough to handle most of your family's needs.
If you're looking for an all-in-one family printer than can print even better-looking photos, then check out the Canon PIXMA TR8520. While its build quality doesn't feel as good as the Brother MFC-J995DW and it's not as fast at printing, it has excellent photo printing quality so you save all your favorite family moments in vibrant detail. Whether you're printing black or color documents as well as photos, its cost-per-print is exceptionally low too. You can also connect to this printer using Bluetooth, which can be handy if you're having friends over and they want to print from your computer.
Get the Brother if you're looking for a well-rounded performance for whatever your family may need. However, get the Canon if you primarily print photos and want a better quality image.
The best wireless printer for home office use that we've tested to date is the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser. This laser printer is well-suited for those who need to print off a lot of black-text documents as its toner yields an excellent amount of pages before it needs to be replaced. You can also use their outstanding companion app to print files or check on its ink levels directly from your phone.
When time is of the essence, this printer delivers a great print speed for both black and color documents as well as photos. Features like its integrated fax feature, Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), and duplex scanning help to streamline your work process too, especially when you need to send forms to people across the world. The flatbed scanner's lid can even extend so that you can scan bulkier items like books. Just like the Brother MFC-J995DW, this printer supports NFC pairing too, so you can tap your mobile device to it for a quick and easy connection.
That being said, this printer isn't really meant to print photos and it shows. It has subpar color accuracy and although it's fairly decent for a laser printer, its photo printing quality is bad as well, resulting in photos with muted colors. It's also a bit bulky, so if you have it on a tall table, it may be hard to see the display console clearly. That said, this printer delivers a low cost-per-print at a quick speed, so you can stay on top of your work.
The Canon PIXMA TS5320 is the best budget wireless printer that we've tested so far. This printer offers a variety of different connectivity options including Bluetooth, which is nice if you're printing from mobile devices like a tablet, as well as a companion app if you're using your smartphone. It also comes in fun colors like pink and mint green so you can easily add a splash of color to your space.
This fairly compact printer is well-suited for smaller spaces. It houses a flatbed scanner so that you can scan more delicate items like family photos, and its lid can raise if you have a bit more bulky items like magazines. Its photo printing quality is great, too, producing detailed family photos that look natural in color. While it's not the fastest at printing black-text or color documents, it can print off 4" x 6" photos in under a minute, which is quite decent.
On the downside, this printer's ink cartridge system is bad. Both the black and tricolor cartridge run out of ink quite quickly, so you'll need to constantly replace them if you're always running print jobs, and it can add up over time. That being said, if you need to buy new cartridges, they're are fairly reasonable in price, which also helps to keep the printer's overall cost-per-print ratio low.
If you're on a budget, but you're looking for something smaller and more easily portable, check out the HP DeskJet 3755. While it has a worse ink cartridge system than the Canon PIXMA TS3520 and it lacks a flatbed scanner, this printer weighs less but still has a sheetfed scanner so that you can copy documents when you need it. Although it has a simple design, it's also well-suited for printing photos, as it reproduces good quality images and its color accuracy is impressive. On the downside, as neither of its black or tricolor ink cartridges produce a lot of pages, it can be a bit more expensive in the long-term to print with this printer. However, if you're only using this printer sporadically, it should do the job.
If you're on a budget and need a versatile printer for one space, get the Canon. However, if you're looking for a budget-friendly printer that you can take from home to work and back again, consider the HP.
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 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.