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 some tasks significantly easier, like an automatic document feeder. The cartridge system is also important to consider 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 125 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers you can buy. Also, check out our picks for the best photo printers, the best home printers, and the best wireless printers.
The best all-in-one printer we've tested is the Brother MFC-J4535DW. It's a very sturdily built and well-rounded inkjet all-in-one for home use. It yields about 2600 black or 800 color pages, which means you won't have to replace the cartridges often unless you print a lot. The scanner scans at a high resolution which is great for digitizing old family photos, and it has an automatic document feeder for scanning multi-page documents.
Unfortunately, It can't perform duplex scanning, so you'll still have to flip the pages manually when scanning double-sided documents. It has USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and it's compatible with Brother's mobile companion app. However, printed photos aren't very color-accurate, but they still look decent enough for casual use.
If you're on a limited budget, the Brother MFC-J4335DW might be a good fit. It's more affordable than our top pick, the Brother MFC-J4535DW, but it uses the same INKvestment Tank Ink system, with cartridges that yield roughly 2,000 black and 800 color prints. Higher-yield cartridges are available, and it accepts third-party ink. Its printing speed is great at 17 black or 15 color pages per minute, it doesn't take long to wake from an idle state, and it can perform double-sided printing. It prints okay-looking photos; colors are reasonably accurate, but blacks look washed out.
It has the usual connectivity options, like USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, and it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. Its mobile companion app is available on Android and iOS, allowing you to print, copy, scan, perform maintenance tasks, and even order replacement ink right from your smartphone.
Our pick for the best all-in-one laser printer is the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw. It's a remarkably well-built model, though it's bulky, so you'll have to make space for it. The scanner has an ADF that scans up to 25 pages per minute, duplex scanning capability, and optical character recognition. The toner cartridges yield around 2400 black or 2100 color pages, which means you won't have to replace them often, and higher-yield cartridges are available. The replacement toner is a little expensive, but the upside is that you won't have to replace the drum separately because it's in the cartridge.
It prints very quickly, can perform double-sided printing, and doesn't take too long to wake up from sleep. The only downside is that, like most laser printers, it isn't the best for photo printing. Other than that, this is an outstanding all-in-one that'll satisfy most office needs.
If you prefer an inkjet printer for your office, go with the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850. It uses refillable, high-capacity ink tanks that you can replenish as you go. A full tank yields an incredibly high number of black and color pages, and the replacement ink bottles are cheap, which helps keep maintenance costs low over time. The benefit of getting an inkjet printer over a laser one is that inkjet printers print better-looking photos, and this is no exception. It isn't the most color-accurate, but printed pictures still look good, with lots of fine details and vibrant colors.
Its overall printing speed is excellent. It churns out 25 black or color pages per minute and has two input trays that hold a total of 550 sheets of paper, which means you can complete large print jobs quickly with minimal interruptions. It has an ADF-equipped, high-resolution scanner that can perform duplex scanning; however, it requires two passes, so you'll still have to flip the pages when scanning double-sided documents. Connectivity options include USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, and it can also print directly from a USB flash drive.
For photo printing, take a look at the Canon PIXMA TR8620. It prints on 4" x 6", 5" x 7", and 8" x 10" papers, and it can even print on glossy magnetic photo paper, so you can easily make custom magnets for your fridge, file cabinet, or locker. Printed photos look detailed and vibrant, with decent color accuracy and no signs of banding.
The page yield isn't very high, meaning you'll run out of ink quickly if you're printing a large stack of photos; however, the cheap cost of its cartridges helps keep its cost-per-print low. Also, it accepts third-party ink, which might be even cheaper. It's compatible with Canon's mobile companion app, allowing you to print photos directly from your smartphone.
If you only print black-and-white sheets, we recommend the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. This monochrome laser model prints quickly at 28 PPM, and it takes only about six seconds to wake from sleep and get a page out. Although the cartridge is expensive, it prints lots of pages before you need to replace it, saving you money in the long run. The flatbed scanner has a maximum resolution of 600 DPI, which is lower than many other printers on the market; however, it's more than enough for scanning text documents.
Its ADF is great for scanning multi-page documents, and it can also scan double-sided sheets automatically. This model is a little hard to find, but you may be able to find it at local stores. Alternatively, you can get the newer Canon imageCLASS MF455dw, which we haven't tested but expect to perform similarly.
If you regularly print in bulk, check out the Epson EcoTank ET-3850. Like the Brother EcoTank Pro ET-5850 above, it's also a supertank inkjet model with refillable tanks. However, it yields significantly more prints, with a full tank yielding around 7800 black and 4600 color pages. Its overall printing speed is decent, and it can perform double-sided printing automatically.
The downside with this model is that the ADF scans pretty slowly at three pages per minute, and it can't scan double-sided sheets automatically, so you'll have to flip the sheets over yourself. You can connect to the printer via wired LAN, USB, or Wi-Fi, and you can even initiate printing through a digital voice assistant like Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa.
Jun 09, 2022: Minor structure change. Replaced Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw with HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw because it's discontinued and hard to find.
May 11, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.
Apr 15, 2022: Renamed the 'Best Supertank' category to 'Best High-Yield'. Verified availability and accuracy of picks, and updated text for clarity.
Mar 18, 2022: Made the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 the 'Best All-In-One Supertank Printer' and moved the Epson EcoTank ET-3760 to Notable Mentions since the ET-3760 is discontinued. Updated text to include notes about availability.
Feb 17, 2022: Made the Brother MFC-J4535DW 'Best Family', and the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 'Best Office Inkjet'. Moved the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 and the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 to Notable Mentions. Verified availability of picks.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best all-in-one models 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.