Whether you need a printer for a professional office environment or your family, all-in-one printers are a great solution to meeting the needs of many with a single machine. While they can all do the same things, such as printing and scanning, some have features that can make certain tasks significantly easier, like an automatic document feeder. The cartridge system is also important to take into account when shopping for a printer, as an inadequate one means you have to replace the cartridges more often, and you end up spending more in the long run.
We've tested over 55 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers you can buy. You can also check out our recommendations for the best photo printers and the best home printers.
The Brother MFC-J995DW is the best all-in-one printer for family use that we've tested. This inkjet model is versatile enough to meet your household's diverse needs, and its superbly low cost-per-print helps to keep printing affordable over time. It also has a flatbed scanner for saving fragile items like old family photos, while its automatic document feeder can help you quickly process work documents.
Thanks to its INKvestment Tank ink system, it can hold more ink per cartridge, which means that you don't have to replace them as often. There are even higher-yield cartridges available, which is handy if you want to extend the amount of time between replacing cartridges. It has a good print speed, and it can print off great quality photos pretty quickly. While it doesn't print off black-text documents as fast, it's still not bad, and should do for most family uses. It even has external storage support so that you can print files directly off of a USB thumb drive or an SD card.
Unfortunately, its color accuracy is just okay. While it shouldn't be a problem if you're adding a splash of color to homework or reports, it's not suited for print jobs that need accurate color reproduction. It also lacks Bluetooth and Mopria connectivity, but luckily, this printer has NFC capabilities, making it easy to pair NFC-enabled devices to it quickly.
If you have a large household or you often print in bulk, you're better off with a printer that has a supertank like the Canon PIXMA G7020. Unlike the Brother MFC-J995DW, it doesn't have any cartridges, and instead, has large ink tanks that you can refill yourself. The ink bottles are often sold as a bundle, which ends up saving you even more money down the line. Unfortunately, it's very slow at printing, whether it's black only or color documents. However, it has an input tray that can hold up to 250 sheets of paper, so you can leave it running while you work on other things.
For most families, the Brother is a better choice because it prints faster and can create better-looking photos. However, if you often need to print large jobs, then you should go with the Canon.
The best all-in-one printer for small or home offices that we've tested is the Brother MFC-L3770CDW. This all-in-one color laser model is an excellent choice for offices due to its outstanding build quality and high-yield cartridges. It's made of hard plastic that feels solid and sturdy, with easy access to the toner. Also, it has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder that's capable of duplex scanning, which will be a huge asset if you have many double-sided documents to work with.
Its cartridge yields a high number of pages before needing replacing, regardless if printing in color or not. While the first page of a printing job is a little slow, the subsequent pages come out much faster. Also, it has NPC support, and you can connect it over Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or USB, and it's fully compatible with the outstanding Brother iPrint&Scan mobile app.
Unfortunately, color accuracy is mediocre, and photo quality is quite bad despite being able to print in color. Also, the cost of color rises significantly the more you print, and the cartridges themselves are rather expensive. Also, it lacks a Bluetooth connection and doesn't support USB flash drives or SD cards, which may be frustrating for some people. That said, this it's excellent for small and home offices and is one of the best home printers we've tested.
If you would like to print the occasional photo instead, consider the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025. It has a lower page yield and an inferior mobile companion app when compared to the Brother MFC-L3770CDW, but this inkjet model has a cheaper cost-per-print and can print better photos. Like the Brother, the HP has a flatbed scanner with an automatic document feeder that supports duplex scanning. Photos look good, with colors looking decently vibrant and color accuracy should be good enough if you're printing photos casually. The HP supports SD cards and USB but also lacks Bluetooth connectivity and the HP Smart app can't print Microsoft Office files.
Overall, if you just need a printer with high-yielding cartridges, get the Brother; however, if you'd like to print the occasional photo and want one with a cheaper cost-per-print, get the HP.
The best all-in-one printer for black and white documents that we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. This monochrome laser model is ideally suited for small or home office use. Its scanning features are great as it comes with an automatic document feeder, fax, and sheetfed scanner with duplex scanning. It has superb connectivity options, including USB ports, and it can connect to the outstanding Canon PRINT Business app.
Its cartridge system yields an astonishingly high number of pages. If you find yourself printing a very high amount of prints, it accepts XL toner cartridges to increase the yield. The cost-per-print is also incredible, as the toner cartridges don't need to be replaced often due to the high yield, which will keep costs down in the long run.
Unfortunately, the scanning resolution is a bit limited but should be more than adequate if you're only scanning documents. Also, it can't print in color or on glossy paper, so if you need to add a splash of color or want to print family photos, it isn't recommended. Furthermore, despite having outstanding connectivity options, it doesn't support SD cards and lacks Bluetooth support. That said, this is one of the best printers for small business that we've tested.
If you're on a tighter budget and want a cheaper alternative, check out the Brother MFC-L2710DW. It has a lower page yield than the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw and lacks duplex scanning, but it's much cheaper, and there is a numeric pad for inputting Wi-Fi passwords easier. When using the flatbed scanner, the default resolution is double that of the Canon's, which can be handy if you have to send high-resolution scans to a colleague over email. Its cost-per-print is outstandingly low, though it's marginally more expensive per print than the Canon. Printing speed is excellent once the first page comes out, and it'll automatically print double-sided documents. Furthermore, connectivity options are outstanding as you can connect your printer over USB, Ethernet, or Wi-Fi, and it works with the exceptional mobile app Brother iPrint&Scan.
If you want a printer that can yield a much higher amount of black pages with duplex scanning, get the Canon. However, if you want one that's cheaper and has more physical buttons, get the Brother.
The Canon PIXMA TR8520 is the best all-in-one printer for printing photos that we've tested. It can produce excellent quality photos that look detailed and vibrant. It also has external storage support to print photos directly off your camera's SD and SDHC cards or use the Bluetooth accessibility to print them wirelessly.
This decently built model comes with a flatbed scanner as well as a sheetfed scanner that makes it easy to process a variety of different items. While the cartridges don't yield a lot of pages before they need to be replaced, they're somewhat reasonably priced. They have an excellent cost-per-print, so it's affordable to print photos or other documents as you need it, and there are even higher-yielding cartridges available, which is nice. It also has decent color accuracy, although it won't be precise enough for professional use.
Unfortunately, even though you can order ink directly from Canon via their companion mobile app, there isn't an ink subscription service available. It also has a mediocre printing speed, and the first page of a black-text document can take time to fully print off. Subsequent pages aren't faster either, and it prints color documents pretty slowly. On the upside, it's fairly quick at printing off 4" x 6" photos. Still, if you don't mind the slower print time, this all-in-one printer is a great choice for photo printing.
09/17/2020: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks.
08/06/2020: Replaced Brother MFC-L2750DW with Canon imageCLASS MF445dw, added Brother MFC-L2710DW.
07/17/2020: Replaced the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser with the Brother MFC-L2750DW for 'Best All-In-One Printer For Black & White Documents'. Added the Brother HL-2395DW Laser and the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best all-in-one 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's 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.