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The 6 Best Wireless Printers - Winter 2024 Reviews

Best Wireless Printers

Although most printers have wireless capabilities, some models have more connectivity options. 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 printing from your mobile devices easier, but they may not work for computers.

We've tested over 135 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.

  1. Best Wireless Printer

    The best wireless printer we've tested is the Brother MFC-L8905CDW. This color laser all-in-one has nearly everything you'd need for a small or home office. You can connect to the printer via your existing Wi-Fi; if you don't have one, the printer supports Wi-Fi Direct, meaning it can generate its own wireless network. The scanner can process up to 32 pages per minute through the automatic feeder and supports automatic single-pass duplex scanning, making it easy to scan long and double-sided documents. The scan quality is outstanding; no complaints there.

    Printing-wise, it produces incredibly sharp documents and prints quickly up to 32 pages per minute, black or color. Its page yield is amazing, so you won't have to replace the toner cartridges often. The cartridges aren't overly expensive, though you'll have to spend extra to replace the drum. Like most laser printers, the main drawback is that it isn't ideal for photo printing, as printed pictures look grainy and lack detail. Cheaper variants exist, like the Brother MFC-L8610CDW, which lacks duplex scanning and NFC support. See more details about the variants in our full review.

    If you need to print graphics or photos, we have two recommendations: the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 and the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300. Both printers produce high-quality photos; the main difference is that the Canon is more color-accurate. Unfortunately, the Epson lacks an ADF, while the Canon doesn't have a scanner, so you'll need a separate scanner if you want to scan anything. Also, they're both more expensive. If cost is a concern, know that the Epson is cheaper and won't cost as much to maintain, as it's a supertank model that yields significantly more prints.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Wireless Printer

    The Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw is a good option if you want something less expensive. This all-in-one color laser printer has the same features as the Brother above and produces equally sharp documents. It also yields more color prints and is easier to maintain, as its toner cartridges include the drum, so you don't need to replace the drum separately. The main tradeoff is printing speed, as it can only push out 10 black or 12 pages per minute over Wi-Fi. It can print up to 22 pages per minute, but only over a wired USB or Ethernet connection, which is inconvenient if you don't have space near the computer or router or just want to keep your setup free of unsightly cables. Again, cheaper variants are available; see our full review for more details.

    If you only need to print in black, get the Brother MFC-L2750DW instead. It produces high-quality documents, warms up quickly, and prints up to 36 pages per minute. Its black page yield lags behind the Canon model's; however, its cost-per-print is lower because the cartridge is cheaper, and there's only one cartridge to replace. Naturally, the drawback is that it can't print in color, so you need to be sure you won't need color printing in the future. There are cheaper variants if you don't need all the features on the MFC-2750DW, and you can also get bundles that come with a high-yield cartridge, which might be cheaper than buying it separately.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Wireless Printer

    A more modest mid-range model might be better if you just need a simple printer for home use. We recommend the Brother MFC-J4335DW, one of the best wireless printers for home use we've tested. This all-in-one inkjet model can print thousands of pages before its cartridges run out of ink, reducing the frequency you need to replace them. Its page yield still falls slightly short of the Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw above but is likely enough for most households. You can buy XL cartridges, which might be cheaper in the long run, not to mention more environmentally friendly.

    This model produces sharp, high-quality documents. As for photos, it reproduces fine details well but doesn't have the widest color range, and its color accuracy is only passable. It prints 17 black or 15 color pages per minute and supports automatic double-sided printing. The scanner is equipped with an automatic document and supports optical character recognition (OCR) capability, allowing you to scan documents into searchable PDFs or text files. You can get the slightly more expensive Brother MFC-J4535DW variant if you need Ethernet. It also has NFC support, a larger touch-sensitive display, and an additional 250-sheet input tray.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Wireless Printer

    For our budget pick, we chose the Brother MFC-J1205W, also one of the best wireless printers for home use we've tested. You can find this model as the Brother MFC-1215W at Walmart. 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 its printing speed of nine black or six color pages per minute is very slow, so you'll have to be patient during large print jobs.

    You don't need to replace the ink cartridges too often, as they're good for around 1100 black and 750 color prints. Plus, replacement cartridges are relatively cheap, which helps keep your maintenance costs low. Printed photos have some graininess and banding, 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.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Wireless Printer

    If you only print once in a blue moon and need a cheap printer to get the job done, consider 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 many 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.

    See our review

  6. Best Portable Wireless Printer

    The best portable printer we've tested is the HP OfficeJet 250, an all-in-one inkjet model with a built-in rechargeable battery. It's a great option if you have to travel for work or print receipts at an outdoor event. You can connect to the printer via an existing Wi-Fi network, and the printer can also generate its own Wi-Fi signal (Wi-Fi Direct). It produces fairly sharp documents that look good enough for a professional work environment. The one big drawback is printing speed, as it only pushes out three black or six color pages per minute when plugged in, and it's even slower when running on battery. The battery is good for about 225 prints and takes around two hours to charge.

    Aside from its slow printing speed, another downside of this printer is its low page yield. The cartridges aren't overly expensive, but because the cartridges don't last very long, the cost will still add up if you print a lot. You can increase the page yield slightly with XL ink cartridges, and the printer also accepts third-party ink, which might be cheaper. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't have a flatbed scanner, as it would make the printer too cumbersome to carry around. What it does have is a sheetfed scanner that produces very detailed scans and processes up to four pages per minute.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw: The Canon Color imageCLASS MF753Cdw/MF751Cdw is a good alternative to the Brother MFC-L8905CDW. However, its toner cartridges yield fewer pages, and it has slower scanning and printing speeds. See our review
  • Brother MFC-L3780CDW/MFC-L3720CDW: The Brother MFC-L3780CDW/MFC-L3720CDW is a great alternative to the Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw if you need faster printing speeds. The printer is more expensive, though, and you'll have to spend more on toner because it doesn't yield as many prints. See our review
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e: The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e is a good alternative to the Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw if you prefer an inkjet model. It has a larger 500-sheet input tray and prints slightly faster over a wireless connection but doesn't yield as many pages. It comes with six months of free ink via HP+, HP's ink replenishment subscription service. However, subscribing to the service will prevent you from using third-party cartridges in the future, even if you cancel your subscription. See our review
  • Canon PIXMA TR8620a: The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is a good photo printing alternative to the Brother MFC-J4335DW. It yields fewer pages than the Brother, making it slightly more expensive to maintain, but it produces higher-quality photos with a wider range of colors and better color accuracy. See our review
  • Epson EcoTank ET-2840 Special Edition: If you have a large print load, the Epson EcoTank ET-2840 Special Edition is a good alternative to the Brother MFC-J4335DW. It's slightly more expensive upfront, but you'll likely save more money in the long run due to its significantly higher page yield. It comes with two additional bottles of black ink, which is equivalent to 8,600 pages, according to Epson's estimate. However, it has no automatic feeder and only supports manual duplex printing. See our review
  • Brother HL-L2325DW: The Brother HL-L2325DW is a good alternative to the Brother MFC-J1205W if you only need to print black-and-white documents. It produces sharp documents and prints up to 33 pages per minute. However, it's a print-only unit, so you'll need a separate scanner to scan anything. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 09, 2024: We've reviewed this article and verified our picks for accuracy and availability.

  2. Jan 12, 2024: Added the Brother MFC-L3780CDW/MFC-L3720CDW as a Notable Mention. Minor text changes to improve clarity.

  3. Dec 12, 2023: Verified that all picks are valid and available. No change in recommendations.

  4. Nov 13, 2023: Small text changes to include the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 as a second alternative to the Brother MFC-L8905CDW. Added the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e and Epson EcoTank ET-2840 Special Edition as Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 28, 2023: Small text changes to improve clarity. No change in recommendations.

All Reviews

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.