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The 4 Best Printer Brands - Black Friday 2022 Reviews

Best Printer Brands

When shopping for a printer, it's difficult not to notice the brand names popping up. However, a shorter list of companies doesn't make shopping for a new printer any easier since they all make a wide range of options that cater to different needs, making it difficult to determine the overall best printer company. That said, each company has its take on the same technologies, and each has its strengths and weaknesses.

We've tested over 120 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best printer brands to buy from. Their position on the list isn't indicative of any type of ranking; they're listed alphabetically. You can also check out our recommendations for the best printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best home printers for more options.

  1. Brother

    Brother is a Japanese company that started making sewing machines under the name Yasui Sewing Machine in the early 1900s. The Brother name has been around since 1955, and the company has since expanded its portfolio to include products like typewriters, desktop computers, and printers. Currently, their printers are in two categories: home and business. Most of their home printers are inkjets due to their versatility and lower cost, while their business-oriented printers are mostly laser models, like the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser, which are better at quickly handling big print jobs. Brother printer cartridges generally last a long time, making them cost-effective options for those who print a lot.

    For most people, the best Brother printer is the Brother MFC-J4335DW. It produces outstanding quality documents and prints pretty quickly at 17 black or 15 color pages per minute. For photo printing, it doesn't have the widest color range or the best accuracy, but the photos are still visually-pleasing and extremely detailed. Its ink cartridges yield around 2200 black and 800 color prints, and they're relatively inexpensive, making the cost for each print remarkably cheap. It has USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, and it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. The scanner produces amazing quality scans and can process up to 20 pages per minute through the automatic feeder; however, it doesn't support duplex scanning, so you'll have to scan double-sided sheets manually.

    If you need something for a small office, check out the Brother MFC-L2750DW, a monochrome all-in-one laser unit that excels at printing black-and-white documents. This model also has many cheaper variants that perform almost identically but have fewer features, like the Brother MFC-L2710DW, so you can easily find something that fits your budget.

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  2. Canon

    Canon is a Japanese company that's been in the imaging business for a long time, producing numerous products like cameras, lenses, projectors, and printers. Given their expertise in photography, it isn't surprising that their printers are generally better at printing photos, with their PIXMA line being the most popular. Although a large portion of their printers are inkjet models designed for home use, they make laser printers for small offices, like the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, the best Canon printer we've tested for office use. They also make professional photo printers like the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300.

    Although the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw is an outstanding printer with all the features you could ever need, it's probably a little too expensive for the average household. For everyday home use, we recommend the Canon PIXMA TR8620a instead. It's a great all-in-one inkjet model that produces high-quality documents and vibrant photos with surprisingly good color accuracy. Its ink cartridges yield a little over 200 black or 300 color pages, which is fair, and the cartridges are relatively cheap, so you won't have to spend too much to maintain it. It has a high-resolution scanner with an automatic feeder; however, the scan quality is only okay, so it isn't the best for digitizing photos.

    If you want to save more money on maintenance, you can go with the Canon PIXMA G7020, a supertank inkjet model. Its ink tank yields thousands of pages, and the ink bottles are cheap. The downsides are that its print quality isn't quite as good, especially for color documents, and colors don't look as accurate.

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  3. Epson

    Epson, another Japanese electronics company, is part of the Seiko group. The company started making printers in 1964 when Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics, and Seiko, the official timekeeper for the Games, needed to make an electronic printer for timesheets. By 1975, Seiko came out with the name Epson, short for "Son of Electronic Printers," and since then, they've been a leader in the world of printing. Their printer lineup features a wide range of models aimed at home or business use, and they even have dedicated photo printers. Their supertank lineup is popular since its refillable ink tanks yield significantly more pages than ink cartridges, which is also less wasteful.

    The best Epson printer for most people is the Epson EcoTank ET-3850. The replacement to the Epson EcoTank ET-3760, it's also an all-in-one model with a refillable ink tank instead of cartridges. It yields over 7,000 black pages and more than 4,000 color pages, meaning the cost-per-print is incredibly low, so it's a superb choice if you need to print in bulk and don't want to spend a fortune. Printed photos look very detailed and colorful, although they aren't very color-accurate as the printer tends to oversaturate colors to make them look more vibrant and punchy. It has a scanner with an automatic feeder, making it easy to bulk-print copies of scans or digitize different media types, but sadly, no duplex scanning. Overall, the ET-3850 is a great choice, with many different features that make it great for many uses.

    If duplex scanning is a must and you don't mind paying a little more, the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5180 might be a better choice. It also yields more color prints so that you don't have to refill the tank as often. Another option is the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550. It's much better for printing photos because it has a wider color range and better color accuracy. However, it's significantly more expensive, so it isn't the best option if you're just looking to print documents.

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  4. HP

    Hewlett-Packard, better known by the initials HP, is an American company founded in 1939. They began by producing electronic test and measurement equipment, then moved on to other technologies like audio oscillators and atomic clocks before finally expanding their portfolio to include laptops, monitors, and computers. They introduced the first desktop laser printer in 1984 with the HP LaserJet. Although they continue making laser models like the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw, they've also expanded to make inkjet printers for office solutions. HP makes printers for home or office use and cheap options for students, like the HP DeskJet 3755.

    If you're looking for an all-in-one printer for general home or office use, we recommend the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e, the successor to the discontinued HP OfficeJet Pro 9025. The 9025e comes with HP's Instant Ink subscription, which gives you six months of free ink delivered to your door. It prints impressively quickly, with very fast printing speeds for documents and photos. The cartridge system yields a great number of black and color pages, and even if you don't apply for the included ink subscription, the cost-per-print is still outstandingly cheap overall. It has a flatbed that captures colors and fine details well and an ADF that can scan both sides of a document in one pass.

    For connectivity, there's an Ethernet port, support for wireless printing via Wi-Fi, and it can also print via a USB flash drive. Unfortunately, it produces tilted ADF scans like the older 9025, which is a widespread, well-known issue with the model. Nonetheless, the 9025e is still a great option if you need a general-purpose all-in-one inkjet printer. If you print a lot, you might want to check out the Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw, as it has faster printing speeds and better page yields.

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Recent Updates

  1. Oct 28, 2022: Replaced the Brother MFC-J4535DW with the Brother MFC-J4335DW because it's cheaper and performs almost identically. Verified accuracy and availability of all other picks.

  2. Aug 30, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced the Canon PIXMA TR8620 with the Canon PIXMA TR8620a because it's easier to find and performs similarly.

  3. Jun 02, 2022: Replaced Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw with Canon TR8620 because the MF743Cdw is discontinued and hard to find.

  4. Apr 06, 2022: Replaced the Brother MFC-J4335DW with the Brother MFC-J4535DW, and the Epson EcoTank ET-4760 with the Epson EcoTank ET-3850. Verified availability and accuracy of picks.

  5. Feb 04, 2022: Added the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 alongside the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, and removed mention of the Brother MFC-J995DW. Verified availability of picks and updated text for clarity.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best printer brands and the best printers for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.

If you'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our printer reviews for these four brands. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While it might be impossible to say exactly which is the best printer company, it's equally important to keep in mind that 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.