Whether you need a printer for a professional office environment or for 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, like 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 85 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 best all-in-one family printer we've tested is the Brother MFC-J995DW. This very well-built printer yields a remarkably large number of pages, keeping the cost-per-print incredibly low for black-only documents, color prints, and photos. There are also two higher-yield cartridge sizes available that should last even longer, though we haven't tested them.
It features a flatbed scanner with high resolution, color depth, and an automatic document feeder to quickly process multi-page documents. It prints photos fairly fast, and produced images have a great amount of detail, but there's some fine banding present in certain colors and shades of gray. Although the color accuracy won't be good enough for professional use, it should be adequate for casual color prints.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth printing, and while we were able to establish a connection with the Mopria Print Service app, we couldn't print or scan to the printer. It can't automatically process double-sided scans, so you need to manually flip over each page and then scan again. Nevertheless, this is still an excellent all-in-one family printer that's versatile enough for a wide range of uses.
If you want an even higher page yield, check out the Canon PIXMA G7020. Its prints significantly slower, and its photo printing quality isn't as good as the Brother MFC-J995DW, but it uses a supertank which offers a higher page yield and a lower cost-per-print. Its four ink tanks hold a lot of ink, so you shouldn't need to refill them often, even if you print a lot. It has a great variety of wired and wireless options, including support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. Its color accuracy is not bad, although it isn't recommended for professions that need exact color reproduction.
If you value photo printing quality and don't like waiting long for prints, go with the Brother, but if you prefer a supertank to a cartridge system and want to refill ink less often, get the Canon.
The best all-in-one printer for small or home offices we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. This well-built laser model is fully equipped with a flatbed scanner, an automatic document feeder, duplex scanning capabilities, a copy feature, and a fax feature. Also, the flatbed lid's hinges can raise slightly to scan thicker documents like books and manuals. The scan resolution caps at 600 DPI, but that should be high enough for most offices.
It has an exceptional toner cartridge system that yields a high number of black and color pages, which helps to keep the costs exceptionally low. If you want to change the toner even less frequently, there are extra-high yield toner cartridges that should last you even longer, although we haven't tested them. The drum unit is included in the toner, so while it does make them a bit more expensive, you won't need to replace it yourself.
Unfortunately, while color documents print out very fast, the black-only text document printing speed is on the slower side. Although it doesn't have Bluetooth support, it has a fantastic range of other wireless and wired connection options, and there's also a mobile app to print directly from your mobile device. All in all, this is one of the best laser printers we've tested, making it a great option for small or home offices.
If you print and scan photos often, consider an inkjet model like the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e. While its color accuracy is worse and its page yields aren't as high as the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, it has a much lower cost-per-print, and it prints nicer-looking photos thanks to its inkjet technology. Its flatbed scanner also has a much higher resolution, which is important if you're scanning items, like photos, that have a lot of small details. It's also faster at printing black-only text documents, but it's slower for color documents. Unfortunately, the ADF scanner produces tilted scans.
If you tend to print large amounts of documents frequently and don't need a very high resolution on your flatbed scanner, go with the Canon. However, if you scan and print photos often and want to conserve details as much as possible, get the HP.
The best all-in-one printer for black and white printing that we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. This monochrome laser model yields a remarkably high number of black pages, which helps to keep the cost-per-print incredibly low. It also accepts high-yield cartridges which should last you even longer, though we haven't tested them. It prints the first page very quickly, and subsequent pages get even faster.
It features a flatbed scanner with extendable hinges to scan larger items and an automatic document feeder to quickly process multi-page documents. It also has duplex scanning capabilities, a faxing feature, and a copy feature. While the scan resolution maxes out at 600 DPI, it should be high enough for most office uses. There is a wide range of wireless and wired connection options, but Bluetooth printing isn't supported.
Unfortunately, while paper jams are easy to access, the back panel you need to open doesn't open fully, making it hard to put your hand into, especially if you have larger hands. Since it's a monochrome laser printer, it's awful at printing photos, and it can't print in color, so make sure you don't need either of these before purchasing it. All in all, this is an excellent option if you only need to print in black and white, and it's one of the best small business printers we've tested.
If you find the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw too expensive, then check out the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser. It's a monochrome laser printer with excellent build quality, great connectivity options, and outstanding cost-per-print. It doesn't yield as many pages as the Canon, which means you have to replace the cartridge more often. However, the cartridge is relatively inexpensive, so your maintenance cost doesn't rise quickly, even if you print a lot. That said, the drum unit is a separate piece that you need to replace at some point, and it isn't factored into the cartridge's price. It has a faster printing speed, pushing out roughly 36 pages per minute, great for big print jobs. Unfortunately, it doesn't support external storage devices, and the scanner lacks an automatic document feeder.
Overall, the Canon is a better choice because it has a much higher page yield, and its scanner has an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning capability. However, if you're shopping on a small budget and don't mind compromising a bit, the Brother is an excellent alternative.
The best all-in-one printer for photos we've tested is the Canon PIXMA TR8520. It's a great option for photos thanks to its excellent photo quality and decent color accuracy. The cost-per-print for photos is amazingly low, and printing black-only and color documents are also affordable. Its color page yield is very good, so you should be able to print many photos before you run out of ink.
It has great scanner features, including a flatbed scanner with high resolution and a sheetfed scanner that can automatically process multi-page documents. The flatbed scanner's hinges can be raised slightly to fit thick items, like a textbook or magazine. Also, it offers easy access to paper jams and ink cartridges by lifting the scanner bay. It has an incredible range of wireless and wired connectivity options, including Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, the page yield for black pages is quite bad, so you may need to replace the cartridge often if you print a lot. Also, it can't automatically process duplex scans, so you need to manually flip over each page if you need to scan double-sided documents, which may be tedious if the document is long. Overall, this is an impressive model if you're mostly planning on printing photos, and it's one of the best photo printers we've tested.
Apr 23, 2021: Replaced the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 with the HP OfficeJet 9025e as Cheaper Alternative to the 'Best All-in-One For Black & White Documents'.
Mar 25, 2021: Added HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e to Notable Mentions; no changes to other product picks.
Feb 23, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced Brother MFC-L2750DW with Brother HL-L2395DW Laser because the MFC-L2750DW is the same price as the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw.
Feb 05, 2021: Replaced the Brother MFC-L2710DW with the Brother MFC-L2750DW as 'Cheaper Alternative' due to better performance, and moved the Brother MFC-L2710DW to Notable Mentions.
Jan 08, 2021: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks.
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 all-in-one 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.