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. It's a bulky but sturdy laser all-in-one designed for small office use. It has Wi-Fi connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and is compatible with Canon's PRINT Business mobile app. Its ADF-equipped scanner produces high-quality scans and can process double-sided sheets in a single pass, saving you precious time. It takes a bit longer than most printers to warm up, but once it gets going, it prints very quickly at 29 black or color pages per minute. The toner cartridges yield a large number of prints, meaning you don't have to replace them often. They're expensive; however, the cartridges also contain the drum, so you won't need to spend extra to replace the drum separately. Of course, the main drawback with laser printers is that they aren't good for printing photos, and that's still the case here as printed pictures look grainy and lacking in detail.
If you need to print graphics or photos at the office, you're still better off with an inkjet printer, like the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850. The Epson is an excellent inkjet alternative with a refillable ink tank. It yields even more prints than the Canon and produces significantly better pictures. However, it can only perform duplex scanning in two passes, and the scan quality is worse. It's also much more expensive and requires more maintenance as printheads can clog if you don't use the printer for an extended period. You still get Wi-Fi connectivity so that you can print wirelessly.
If you only need to print in black, you can save money with a monochrome laser printer. We recommend the Brother MFC-L2750DW. 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 long, multi-page documents. It can also scan double-sided sheets in a single pass, so you don't need to reinsert the pages manually.
Its connectivity options include Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, and it even supports NFC, which means you can simply tap your NFC-enabled device on the printer to connect. The only 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.
If you're looking for a printer for home use, a more modest mid-range model might be a better choice, like the Brother MFC-J4335DW. You can print thousands of pages before its cartridges run out of ink, reducing the frequency at which you need to replace them, which is a plus because the cartridges are definitely on the more expensive side.
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. Unfortunately, it isn't the best for photo printing as pictures lack detail and look grainy. Nonetheless, it's still worth considering as it's one of the best wireless printers for home use we've tested.
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 quite 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 just need a cheap printer that can 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 due to the amount of maintenance required, 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.
Our recommendation for the best wireless photo printer is the Canon PIXMA TR8620a. It prints nicely detailed photos with vibrant colors, and it can print many different photo sizes, including 4" x 6", 5" x 7", and 8" x 10". You can connect to the printer via your existing wireless network or Wi-Fi Direct, and it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, allowing you to print from Android and Apple devices without having to install any additional drivers or third-party apps.
It has a mobile companion app that you can use to print, copy, scan, or order replacement ink. The main downside is that the Canon can't print many pages before the cartridges run out, so you'll need to replace them often if you print lots of photos. The scanner produces high-quality scans, which is great for digitizing your old family photos.
If you need a printer but are 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.