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, 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 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 100 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers you can buy. You can also check out our picks for the best photo printers and the best home printers.
The best all-in-one printer for family use that we've tested is the Brother MFC-J995DW. This printer takes up a fair bit of space, but feels very well-built and functional. Its INKvestment Tank ink system yields a high number of prints, and its cost-per-print is incredibly low for both black-only and color prints, as well as photos. You can also get an even higher-yield cartridge that should last even longer, though we haven't tested it.
It has impressive scanning features, including a flatbed scanner with good resolution and color depth, while its automatic document feeder quickly scans multi-page documents. Photos print out rather fast and have an impressive amount of detail, though there's some banding in certain colors and monochrome shades. While the color accuracy is only alright, it should be good enough for casual photo printing.
Sadly, you can't print via Bluetooth, and while we were able to connect to the printer via the Mopria Print Service, we couldn't print or use it to scan. Additionally, it prints out black-only and color documents at a slow, sub-par speed, so it isn't the best for printing documents with many pages. Also, it doesn't support double-sided scanning, which may be inconvenient for some. That said, this is an amazing choice if you want an all-in-one family printer.
If you prioritize very high page yields, check out the Canon PIXMA G7020. It doesn't print as quickly as the Brother MFC-J995DW, and the photos it produces aren't as well detailed, but it uses a supertank ink system for superior page yields and has a lower cost-per-print as a result. Its large ink capacity means you won't have to refill the ink tanks often, even if you print a lot, and because the ink refill bottles are inexpensive, running costs remain low in the long run. It has many wired and wireless printing options like Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service, and an Ethernet port for networking. While its color accuracy isn't suitable for professions that need exact color reproduction, it's not bad and should be fine for casual use.
If you want a printer that prints quickly and produces better-detailed photos, go with the Brother. However, you prefer having a supertank with an exceptional page yield and better cost-per-print, the Canon is a better choice.
The best all-in-one printer for small or home offices that we've tested is the Canon MAXIFY GX7020. This inkjet model features a supertank ink system for an incredibly low cost-per-print and exceptionally high page yields, so you don't need to refill the tanks often, even if you print frequently. It prints impressively quickly overall, with a very large input tray capacity, and produces photos with satisfactory quality and decent color accuracy.
It feels amazingly well built and sturdy, with great access to paper jams via a small door cover in the rear. Its scanning features are exceptional, including a flatbed scanner with a good scan resolution and color depth, and lid hinges that raise for scanning thicker items. Its automatic document feeder supports duplex scanning, and the printer can also fax.
Sadly, while it prints documents at a satisfactory speed overall, it isn't as fast as other options. It also doesn't support Bluetooth, but it has many other connectivity options like an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi Direct, and direct printing from a USB flash drive. All in all, this is an excellent multifunction printer and a great choice for small or home offices.
If you want to save some money and prefer a laser unit, check out the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. It doesn't have as large a page yield as the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, so running costs are more expensive, but it's cheaper and prints color documents much faster. The replacement toner cartridges have an integrated drum unit, so you won't have to buy one separately when replacing the toner. The printer also produces much more accurate colors. Being a laser printer, however, it produces worse-looking photos but also prints black-only text documents more slowly compared to the GX7020. Its flatbed scanner also has a smaller scan resolution, so scanned media won't look as detailed.
If you prefer having an inkjet with exceptionally high page yields and an incredibly low cost-per-print, go with the MAXIFY. However, if you want a laser option that's also cheaper, go with the imageCLASS.
The best all-in-one printer for black and white documents that we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. This monochrome laser unit feels remarkably well-built, and it gives easy access to the toner cartridges at the front. The power cord is also removable in case it gets damaged. Its display is excellent and responsive, with easy-to-navigate menus.
It prints black text documents amazingly quickly, with incredibly high yields at an outstanding cost-per-print, so you don't have to replace the cartridges often. The scanning features are impressive, including a flatbed with lid hinges that can lift when scanning thicker items, a duplex-scanning automatic document feeder, and built-in fax. The connectivity options are outstanding, with an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi, and direct printing off of USB flash drives.
Unfortunately, since it's a monochrome laser printer, it's terrible for printing photos. The back panel to access paper jams doesn't open fully, so it might be difficult to reach if you have larger hands. Also, the flatbed scanner's scan resolution isn't as high as other options, but it should still be fine for office use. All in all, it's an outstanding option for printing black and white documents, and it's one of the best small business printers we've tested.
If you want to spend less on the printer itself, check out the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser. It doesn't yield nearly as many pages as the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw, and it doesn't have a sheetfed scanner, but it's cheaper and prints black text documents significantly faster. It feels solid and well-built, the cartridges are easily accessible, and its touch-sensitive display is easy to read. Although it has a much lower page yield, its cost-per-print is only marginally higher, making it a cost-effective choice for black-and-white printing. Unfortunately, it takes much longer to warm up to print the first page, and it can't print via USB flash drives or SD cards. Also, because the drum isn't built into the toner cartridge, you'll need to replace it separately.
If you need a duplex-scanning automatic document feeder and want higher page yields, go with the Canon. But if you want something cheaper and don't mind making a few compromises, the Brother is an excellent alternative.
The best all-in-one inkjet printer for printing photos that we've tested is the Canon PIXMA TR8620. While the accuracy of produced colors is only passable, it prints photos with amazing quality, vibrant colors, and no banding. The connectivity options are incredible, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, and it can also print directly from SD cards.
It's easy to reach potential paper jams via the rear access point, and its excellent touchscreen display is easy to navigate. It has good color page yields at an impressive cost-per-print and should yield many photos before the color cartridges need to be replaced. It also prints pictures satisfactorily quickly. The scanning features are great, including a flatbed scanner with hinges that raise slightly for scanning thicker media, an automatic document feeder, and built-in fax.
Unfortunately, although the black-only cost-per-print is very good, the black page yield is poor, so you'll need to replace the cartridges a lot if you print often in black. Also, the scanner lid and output tray feel flimsy and wobbly, and it prints documents at a poor speed, meaning you'll have to wait for multi-page documents to print. That said, it's a very good printer for photos, and it's one of the best photo printers we've tested.
Jul 16, 2021: Added Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 to Notable Mentions. Verified availability and accuracy of picks, and updated text for clarity.
Jun 18, 2021: Made the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 'Best Small/Home' and made the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw 'Cheaper Laser Alternative'. Moved the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e to Notable Mentions. Verified accuracy and availability of picks.
May 21, 2021: Replaced Canon PIXMA TR8520 with the Canon PIXMA TR8620. Verified availability of picks and rewrote text for clarity.
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.
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.