These days, although most printers have wireless capabilities, there can be various 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 companion apps can make it easier to print from your mobile devices, but they may not work for computers.
We've tested over 95 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.
Update 06/25/2021: We just finished testing the Epson EcoTank ET-5850 and will consider adding it to this article when we do our next update.
The best wireless printer for family use we've tested is the Brother MFC-J995DW. It's an all-in-one inkjet model that is very versatile and performs well for any use. It has great scanner features, including a flatbed scanner with high resolution and color depth and a sheetfed scanner that can automatically process multi-page documents. You can print via Ethernet, USB cable, or Wi-Fi, and it also supports mobile printing via Apple AirPrint.
It has a great design, providing easy access to the ink cartridges from the front, and overall it feels impressively well-built. Thanks to its exceptional INKvestment Tank Ink System that yields many pages, you shouldn't need to replace the cartridges often, which helps to keep the cost-per-print incredibly low. Although some fine banding is present in photos, images look detailed and are of great quality. The two input trays can print a variety of paper sizes, with the rear feeder best for smaller photo paper.
Unfortunately, while the first page comes out fairly quickly, the printing speed doesn't get much faster for subsequent pages. Also, the color accuracy is only okay, and although it should be good enough for casual printing, it isn't recommended if you need exact color reproduction. It doesn't support Bluetooth printing, and during testing, we couldn't print via Mopria Print Service. Overall, this is an amazing versatile family printer, and it's one of the best home printers we've tested.
If you need something that prints better photos, check out the Canon PIXMA TR8620. Its page yield and cost-per-print isn't as good as the Brother MFC-J995DW, and it prints slower, but it produces better-looking photos and can print via Bluetooth. Photos have good detail and vibrant colors, with no banding present, and while the Brother reproduces colors more accurately, you might not even see the difference during everyday use. The Canon also has an incredible variety of connectivity options, including Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service, and Wi-Fi Direct.
If you need an excellent family printer with a superbly low cost-per-print, go with the Brother. If you value printing amazing-looking photos, go with the Canon.
The best wireless printer for small or home offices that we've tested is the Canon MAXIFY GX7020. This color inkjet uses a supertank ink system for exceptionally high page yields, which minimizes refills and results in a superbly low cost-per-print. It also warms up very quickly to print the first page, and it produces decent-looking photos with satisfactory color accuracy.
The display screen is very good and lets you navigate easily through tasks, and it can fax. Its scanning features are fantastic, with the hinges of Its flatbed scanner raising to scan thicker items, and it has an automatic document feeder that can duplex scan. Its wireless and wired connectivity options are outstanding and include Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service. It can also print directly from USB flash drives.
Unfortunately, it can't print via Bluetooth, which may be inconvenient for some. Also, while it prints documents at a satisfactory speed, it isn't as fast as some other options. All in all, it's an amazing printer and is one of the best all-in-one printers we've tested.
If you prefer having a laser printer for your small or home office and want to save some money, consider the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. Its page yields aren't as good as the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, and its cost-per-print is a lot higher, but the printer itself is cheaper and uses laser printing technology. It prints color documents significantly faster and produces much more accurate colors, and since its replacement cartridges have integrated drum units, you won't have to buy them separately when replacing the toner. However, it produces worse-looking photos and prints black text documents more slowly, and its scan resolution isn't as high as the MAXIFY.
If you prioritize higher page yields and lower cost-per-print, go with the GX7020. However, if you want a laser option that's also cheaper, go with the imageCLASS.
The best wireless printer we've tested in the budget category is the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank. This all-in-one printer has a great design that allows for easy access to the toner cartridges and paper jams, and it's impressively well-built. It includes a flatbed scanner with a high scan resolution so that you can digitize your photos, and there's also an automatic document feeder if you need to scan long, multi-page documents.
It stands out for its superb cartridge system. It yields an incredible number of black and color pages, making it a fantastic option for high-volume printing. You can further increase the yield with high-yield cartridges, and it accepts third-party ones as well. Needless to say, its cost-per-print is exceptionally low. The downsides are that it prints very slowly, and its input tray can only hold up to 150 sheets of paper.
The photo printing quality is only decent as printed pictures have a lot of banding and graininess, and color accuracy is sub-par. It supports wired and wireless connections, and you can also initiate printing from a mobile device through AirPrint and Mopria. You can print, copy, and scan with Epson's mobile app, as well as check the ink levels and order replacement cartridges. Overall, it's a great budget printer that should help you save some money in the long run.
If you want a smaller printer to take with you on business trips, check out the HP DeskJet 3755. It's significantly smaller than the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank, making it much more portable, but it does come with a couple of drawbacks. The first is that it has a lower page yield, so you have to replace the ink cartridges more often, making the overall cost-per-print quite high. Second, it prints very slowly. On the upside, it prints higher-quality photos with much better color accuracy.
If you don't need portability, the Brother is a much better printer and will likely help you save more money in the long run due to its incredibly low cost-per-print. Otherwise, the HP is the more portable one, albeit with a few compromises.
Jun 28, 2021: Replaced the Canon PIXMA TR8520 with the Canon PIXMA TR8620 as 'Better Photo Printing Alternative'. Made the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 'Best Home Office', and the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw its 'Cheaper Laser Alternative'. Moved the Canon PIXMA TR8520 and the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser to Notable Mentions. Verified availability of picks.
Apr 29, 2021: Added the HP PageWide Pro 577dw as a Notable Mention.
Mar 02, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced Canon PIXMA TR7520 with Brother MFC-J805 INKvestment Tank.
Feb 12, 2021: Replaced the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser with the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw for 'Best Wireless Printer for Small/Home Office' and made Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser 'Cheaper Alternative'.
Jan 14, 2021: Replaced the Canon PIXMA TS8220 with the Canon PIXMA TR7520 for 'Best Budget Wireless Printer' due to performance and availability.
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.