These days, although most printers have wireless capabilities, there can be various 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 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 55 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, the best photo printers, and the best AirPrint printers.
The best wireless printer for family use that we've tested is the Brother MFC-J995DW. This all-in-one inkjet model is an amazing choice for families, whether you need to use it for casual photos or printing out homework. It has a sturdy feel, and the ink cartridges are easily accessible from the front. Also, the touchscreen display is very responsive and can be tilted to improve viewing angles.
It has a remarkably low cost-per-print and an outstanding cartridge system unique to Brother that holds more ink per cartridge. Also, it has a flatbed scanner with an impressively high scan resolution and an automatic document feeder. Printed photos look great and detailed, despite some fine banding while printing speed is much faster for photos than for documents.
Unfortunately, while the photos look great and detailed, the color accuracy is only okay and wouldn't be recommended for tasks that require accurate color reproduction. Also, it lacks duplex scanning, meaning you'll have to manually flip over double-sided pages. Also, you can't connect to the printer via Bluetooth, and there's no support for Mopria, but it's compatible with the outstanding Brother iPrint&Scan app. Overall, this is a great printer for family use and one of the best home printers we've tested.
If you're looking for an all-in-one family printer than can produce even better-looking photos, check out the Canon PIXMA TR8520. While its build 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 can save all your favorite family moments in vibrant detail. Whether you're printing black documents, color documents, or photos, its cost-per-print is exceptionally low. It has superb connectivity options, Wi-Fi and Ethernet support, and an SD card slot on the front.
Get the Brother if you're looking for 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 small or home office use that we've tested is the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser. Thanks to its high-yielding toner cartridges, this laser model can quickly print off a lot of black-text documents at an affordable cost-per-print. It has an outstanding companion app that lets you print and scan directly from your smartphone. Just like the Brother MFC-J995DW, it supports NFC pairing.
It's well-built for office use, which shows in its thoughtful design. Its flatbed scanner lid can extend to support copying larger items like books or magazines. Its integrated fax feature, duplex scanning, and automatic document feeder help make your work processes more efficient, especially if you have many pages that need copying. If you want to add a splash of color to your work reports, print speed doesn't slow down, and it can print both black and color documents as well as photos very quickly.
Unfortunately, its photo printing quality is bad, and it has sub-par color accuracy, making it a less than ideal choice for printing off images. It's also somewhat bulky. You may have a hard time seeing the display console well if you have it sitting on a tall table since it isn't adjustable. However, as a home office printer, it can process many pages quickly and at a low cost-per-print.
The best wireless printer that we've tested in the budget category is the Canon PIXMA TS8220. This all-in-one inkjet is versatile enough to be a good choice for families printing casual photos or a great option for students. It has an impressive touchscreen display that has great viewing angles and is loaded with instructional videos to teach you how to load paper and change the ink cartridge.
The overall cost-per-print is great, and the cost of the replacement cartridges is relatively cheap. Color accuracy is decent enough, while the photos themselves look great and detailed, with very little graininess. You can also connect to this printer via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or USB, and it's compatible with the outstanding Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app.
Unfortunately, there's no automatic document feeder or integrated fax. It's also pretty slow when printing documents and the cartridge system has a low black yield. That being said, while color cartridges are much more expensive than black cartridges, they don't need replacing as often, which makes color printing only marginally more expensive in the long run. Overall, this is a good budget family printer and is one of the best budget printers for students that we've tested.
If space is limited and you'd like a smaller, more portable alternative, consider the HP DeskJet 3755. Its cost-per-print is much higher than the Canon PIXMA TS8220, and it lacks Bluetooth support, but it's much smaller and has much better color accuracy. This compact, all-in-one inkjet model has easy access to paper jams and the toner cartridge. It can produce good-looking photos that have lots of detail, and the color accuracy is great as long as you're not using this printer professionally. Unfortunately, the cost-per-print is quite poor as the cartridges run out of ink very quickly. Also, it can't be connected via Bluetooth, and there's no external storage support to print directly off an SD card or USB flash drive.
Overall, if you want a budget printer that has a great cost-per-print and can be connected over Bluetooth, get the Canon. However, if space is limited and you need something for casual photo use with great color accuracy, get the HP.
09/16/2020: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks.
08/06/2020: Replaced Canon PIXMA TS5320 with Canon PIXMA TS8220.
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.