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 65 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's compatible with the Brother iPrint&Scan app, which lets you print, scan, copy, and perform maintenance tasks directly from your mobile device. 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 it via Bluetooth, and there's no support for Mopria. Overall, this is great for family use and one of the best home printers we've tested.
If you want better photo printing quality, the Canon PIXMA TR8520 is an excellent choice. Although it doesn't feel as well-built and its cost-per-print isn't as low as the Brother MFC-J995DW, it has more connectivity options, and its photo printing quality is better. Photos look clear and detailed, and colors come out vibrant and accurate enough to preserve memories in a photo album. You can print via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, USB, AirPrint, Mopria Print, and even directly from your camera's SD card. Unfortunately, its page yield isn't very high, and its printing speed is fairly slow.
If you want something well-built that has an exceptionally low cost-per-print, get the Brother, but if you're planning on printing photos often and want many connectivity options, go with the Canon.
The best wireless printer for small or home offices is the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser. This all-in-one laser model feels incredibly well-built and sturdy, and it provides easy access to toners and paper jams. It's compatible with the outstanding Brother iPrint&Scan app from where you can print, scan, and perform maintenance tasks directly from your phone. If you don't have the app, you can always print directly from your mobile device via AirPrint and Mopria Print, and you can also print through Ethernet, USB, and Wi-Fi.
It has outstanding scanner features, as it has a flatbed scanner that can lift high enough for thicker documents, an automatic document feeder that performs duplex scanning, and faxing capabilities. Its printing speed is impressively fast, though it takes a bit longer for the first page to print out. It has a remarkably high page yield for both black and color documents, which results in an impressively low cost-per-print.
Unfortunately, its photo printing quality is bad as images don't look sharp, and colors come out muted and inaccurate, so it isn't ideal if you need to print photos for your work. Also, the display screen cannot be tilted in any direction, so you may struggle to view it properly if you're sitting or it's set on a higher table. Nevertheless, it's an excellent wireless model for office use, and it's among the best Brother printers we've tested.
The best wireless printer in the budget category that we've tested is the Canon PIXMA TS8220. This all-in-one inkjet model is compact and doesn't take up much space on a desk. It has an excellent display screen that can be viewed while sitting or standing, and there are instructional videos on how to load paper and change cartridges. Although it doesn't have an automatic document feeder, it does have a flatbed with good scan resolution and color depth.
It's compatible with the Canon PRINT Inkjet/SELPHY app, which lets you print, scan, and copy directly from your mobile device. The cost-per-print is great, and the cost of replacement cartridges is relatively cheap. Color prints cost more than black documents in the long run, but you need to replace them much less often, which helps keep the total cost low. Photos look great and have very little graininess, and the colors look accurate enough for casual photos.
Unfortunately, black ink runs out pretty quickly, so you'll have to replace it regularly, and it's also very slow at printing both black and color documents. Paper jams are also quite difficult to reach since you need to lift the rear input tray and the back panel first. Nonetheless, this is a good budget family model and is among the best budget printers for students that we've tested.
If you're looking for something even smaller and more portable, check out the HP Deskjet 3755. This all-in-one inkjet printer has a much higher cost-per-print than the Canon PIXMA TS8220, and it doesn't have Bluetooth support, but it takes up less space, and its color accuracy is better. Although there is a bit of banding in the grayscale of some photos, photos are still very detailed. Unfortunately, its cost-per-print is bad since the ink cartridges run out very quickly, so you'll need to replace them often.
If you're looking for a budget printer that has great cost-per-print and has Bluetooth support, get the Canon, but if you want something compact with better color accuracy, get the HP.
11/12/2020: Added Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw as a Notable Mention.
10/16/2020: 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 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.