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The 5 Best Black And White Printers - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Black And White Printers

Although color printers are relatively affordable, many people only print in black, especially in the commercial environment. Many offices only need to print invoices and receipts, so why pay more for a color printer? Monochrome printers often have room for a bigger cartridge, giving you a higher page yield, so you don't have to replace the cartridge as frequently.

Laser printers are usually the preferred choice for black and white printing, as they typically print faster. That said, inkjet printers are more versatile and often cheaper, and those with an ink tank system can often match or surpass the page yield of their laser counterpart. Whether you're looking for the best black and white laser printer for home use or office use, you should be able to find a good option that fits your printing needs.

We've tested over 125 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best printers for black and white printing you can buy. You can also check out our picks for the best laser printers, the best printers for small businesses, and the best all-in-one printers.


  1. Best Black And White Printer

    The best black and white printer we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. This all-in-one model is bulky but includes a flatbed scanner and automatic document feeder (ADF). Unlike the other options on this list, this one can automatically scan double-sided sheets (in a single pass!), making the task much easier than flipping over the sheets yourself. Since it's a laser printer, you don't have to worry about clogged printheads, even if you print less than once a week. You can print around 4000 pages before needing to buy new toner, which is especially nice since the cartridge price is a bit expensive. The drum unit is included with the cartridge, so you won't ever have to worry about replacing it separately.

    Unfortunately, this model is hard to find at most major retailers at the time of writing. Some other third-party sellers have it in stock, but the printer's price is much higher than the $350 USD MSRP. That said, you can get the newer version, the Canon imageCLASS MF455dw, more easily. We expect it to perform similarly, though we haven't tested it.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget Black And White Printer

    If the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw is a bit too expensive or you can't find it in stock, look at the Brother MFC-L2710DW. It's the best monochrome laser printer if you're on a budget but still need a scanner. This all-in-one is surprisingly affordable for all the features it comes with: there's a flatbed scanner and an ADF, meaning you can scan both individual sheets and a stack of sheets without hassle. However, it can't automatically scan double-sided sheets, so you'll have to flip the sheets over yourself, but this may not be tedious if you don't work with these often. You can get about 2000 pages out of it before the toner runs out, so you won't have to buy a new cartridge too often. Unfortunately, the drum unit isn't a part of the cartridge, so it's something you'll have to replace separately.

    For those who do need to duplex scan often, the Brother MFC-L2750DW might interest you. The two printers are very similar in appearance and performance, but the L2750DW's ADF can scan double-sided sheets in a single pass. Of course, the price of the printer is a bit higher, but the difference might be well worth it to you if the extra feature is something you need.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Standalone Black And White Printer

    If you don't need a scanner, check out the Brother HL-L2370DW. This standalone model is budget-friendly without compromising some features that may be crucial for your home office, like duplex printing, a high page yield, or a fast printing speed. It's very compact, which is great if you don't have much space on your desk for a huge printer, and it holds 250 pages in its paper tray. It can print around 1200 pages with a full cartridge, so it'll last many months if you don't print often.

    This model's drum unit is separate from the cartridge, so keep in mind that it's an extra purchase you'll have to make eventually. If this pick isn't in stock, you can get the Brother HL-L2350DW instead. It's nearly identical, but it prints slightly slower and doesn't have an Ethernet port. However, if neither of those shortcomings bother you, it's worth a look.

    See our review

  4. Best High-Yield Black And White Printer

    Care about a high page yield above all else? In that case, we recommend the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w. This all-in-one isn't like most laser printers; instead of using cartridges, it uses toner bottles that refill a tank within in drum unit. It's like a supertank printer—except the bottles are full of toner instead of ink, so you don't need to worry about clogged printheads. With a full tank, you can get about 9500 pages, meaning you won't have to buy new bottles often. And even when you do, they're pretty cheap compared to the usual cartridges.

    There's a flatbed scanner if you need it, but it won't be ideal if you scan documents with many pages often. Unfortunately, there's no version of the printer with an ADF. Also, this isn't the best option if you need to print double-sided since it can't do it automatically; however, if that isn't a feature you need often, this model is worth considering.

    See our review

  5. Best Black & White Inkjet Printer

    While this model isn't the best supertank inkjet we've tested, it's still a good choice if you only print in black and don't want to worry about buying color ink. The Epson WorkForce ST-M1000 comes with not two but three black ink bottles, so you'll be good for over 10,000 prints. Unlike the laser printers on this list, this model's inkjet technology means you need to print with it frequently, so it's a good option for anyone who prints a few times a week.

    Letting the printer go unused for too long will clog up the printheads, which you don't want. The biggest advantage with this model over the others is its much cheaper ink cost, keeping its cost-per-print almost just as low as the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w's.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • HP LaserJet Pro M15w: The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is a cheaper alternative to the Brother HL-L2370DW. It yields more pages, and its drum unit is included in the unit. However, it prints much slower. Also, it can't automatically print double-sided. See our review
  • HP LaserJet M209dwe: The HP LaserJet M209dwe is a good alternative to the Brother HL-L2370DW. It yields a few hundred more pages than the Brother, but it prints much slower, and you can't print as many files with its mobile app. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 17, 2022: Removed all color printers from the list and added the Brother MFC-L2710DW, Brother HL-L2370DW, HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w, and Epson WorkForce ST-M1000 as picks.

  2. Apr 19, 2022: Minor structure change. Moved HP LaserJet Enterprise M507dn into 'Best Standalone Black and White Printer'.

  3. Feb 18, 2022: Added the Canon imageCLASS MF242dw to Notable Mentions. Verified availability and accuracy of picks, and updated text for clarity.

  4. Dec 21, 2021: Made the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 'Best Inkjet' and moved the Epson EcoTank ET-3760 to Notable Mentions. Removed the Epson EcoTank ET-15000 from Notable Mentions. Verified availability and accuracy of picks.

  5. Oct 22, 2021: Replaced the Brother HL-2370DW with the Brother MFC-J4335DW for 'Best Budget'; moved the Brother HL-2370DW to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best monochrome printers for home use 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 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.

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