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 70 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 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 system 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. It has an input tray that can hold up to 250 sheets of paper, so you won't have to worry about refilling it often. Unfortunately, it's very slow at printing, whether it's black only or color documents.
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 office that we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. This large laser printer is exceptionally well-built, made entirely of sturdy and durable-feeling plastic, and it provides easy access to paper jams and toner cartridges. It has a scanner flatbed, an automatic document feeder that performs duplex scanning, and faxing capabilities. The scanner lid stays open on its own, and its hinges lift high enough to accommodate thick documents and textbooks.
Its page yield for both black and color documents is outstandingly high, resulting in an excellent cost-per-print. It has outstanding connectivity options, letting you print via Ethernet, USB, Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print, and directly from an external storage device. The cartridges are also available in high-yield versions, which should last even longer, though we haven't tested them. It has impressive color accuracy, although it may not be good enough for jobs that require exact color reproduction.
Unfortunately, photos come out looking a little muted and with some banding in darker areas, although this is to be expected from laser printers. While the printing speed for photos and color documents is very fast, black documents take significantly longer, and the scanning resolution isn't as high as other office printers. Nonetheless, this is still a fantastic all-in-one printer for small or home offices, and it's among the best laser printers we've tested.
If you want an inkjet printer, consider the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025. Its cartridges don't yield as many pages as the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, and its companion app isn't as good, but it has superior photo printing quality and a better cost-per-print. The HP has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning. However, unlike the Canon, its scan resolution is much higher. Photo quality is decent enough for casual use, but color accuracy is only okay. On the other hand, the HP's cost-per-print is outstanding, and the cartridges are much more affordable. The HP also supports USB flash drives and SD cards but lacks Bluetooth support, and its companion app, HP Smart, can't print Microsoft Office files.
If you want a printer with a better page yield and companion app, get the Canon. However, if higher color accuracy isn't vital and you want better photo printing quality 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 pages, it accepts XL toner cartridges to increase the yield. Due to the high page yield, the cartridges don't need to be replaced often, and it helps keep the costs low over time. Also, it has fantastic printing speed, with the first page coming out quickly and its subsequent pages being even faster.
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 a 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's a numeric pad to make menu navigation 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 automatically prints 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 best all-in-one printer for photos we've tested is the Canon PIXMA TR8520. This compact inkjet printer is decently well-built with its solid plastic material, and it has easy access to both paper jams and ink cartridges. There are two scanning options depending on your needs: a flatbed, which is great for thick documents or fragile photos, and a sheetfed scanner, which is useful for automatically scanning several papers at once.
It has outstanding connectivity options, letting you print via Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AirPrint, Mopria Print, and even directly from an SD card or USB drive. Its color cartridge yields many pages, which helps to keep its cost-per-print quite low for both color documents and photos. It has excellent photo quality, images looking detailed and vibrant. Although colors come out a little oversaturated and inaccurate, they should still be good enough for casual use.
Unfortunately, it's quite slow at printing any type of documents, with photos taking almost a minute to complete. Also, although the cost-per-print for black documents is good, the cartridges don't hold a lot of ink, so you have to replace them quite frequently. Nevertheless, this is still a great option if you're looking for something to print good-looking photos at an affordable cost, and it's among the best photo printers we've tested.
11/13/2020: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks.
10/16/2020: Replaced Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser with the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw for 'Best Small/Home Office Printer'. Moved the Brother to notable mentions.
08/06/2020: Replaced Brother MFC-L2750DW with Canon imageCLASS MF445dw for Best All-in-One Printer for Black & White Documents', added Brother MFC-L2710DW as Cheaper Alternative.
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 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.