If you're constantly printing off multi-page forms or lengthy articles, a laser printer can be a quick and efficient way to process a high volume of pages. Unlike inkjet printers, these printers use a laser beam to produce text and images. Toner sticks to the areas of the drum unit that the laser traces content onto, then transfers onto a sheet of paper. Finally, the paper passes through fuser rollers which permanently fuse the toner to the paper. In most cases, the result is a higher page yield and a faster print time. Although laser printers are generally expensive to start, they tend to be more economical in the long term as their cartridges need replacing less often.
We've tested over 120 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best laser printers you can buy. Check our picks for the best wireless printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best home printers.
The best laser printer we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. It's a sturdily-built laser all-in-one designed for office use. It has tons of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, so everyone at the office can easily access the printer. It has an ADF-equipped scanner that produces high-quality scans and can process double-sided sheets in a single pass. It also has an optical character recognition feature, allowing you to scan documents into text files for quick keyword searches.
As for its printing speed, it takes longer than most laser printers to warm up, but once it starts printing, it can churn out 29 black or color pages per minute. The toner cartridges yield a large number of prints, around 3000 black and 2000 color, which means you won't have to replace them often. The cartridges are expensive, though that's because they contain the drum, saving you the trouble of having to replace the drum separately.
If you don't need color printing, a monochrome model might be a better choice. We recommend the Brother MFC-L2750DW. This well-built all-in-one has a feature-rich scanner with extendable hinges to accommodate thick items like textbooks, an automatic feeder to process multi-page documents, and scans double-sided sheets in a single pass, so you don't need to reinsert the pages manually. It has Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet connectivity, and it even supports NFC, which means you can simply tap your NFC-enabled device on the printer to connect. It doesn't take long to warm up, prints quickly at 36 pages per minute, and yields around 2000 prints from a single black toner cartridge. You have to replace the drum separately, but Brother specifies that it's good for 12,000 prints, so you likely won't need to do it too often.
Our mid-range pick is the Brother MFC-L2710DW. It's very similar to our upper mid-range pick, the Brother MFC-L2750DW, but with slightly reduced features and a lower price tag. It doesn't support duplex scanning and has more physical buttons instead of a touch-sensitive display. It yields nearly 2000 pages per cartridge and prints up to 32 pages per minute. Replacement toner is relatively cheap, and the printer accepts third-party toner, but keep in mind that you'll have to replace the drum separately. You get the same Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet connectivity, along with support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service.
The Brother HL-L2390DW is our best budget recommendation. Yes, it's another Brother printer, and so is our cheap pick. What can we say? Brother makes great monochrome laser printers. The HL-L2390DW is also an all-in-one monochrome model, but unlike the picks above, it doesn't have an ADF and lacks Ethernet connectivity. That said, you're still getting a very well-built machine that prints high-quality documents, and it does so quickly at 32 pages per minute.
Its toner cartridge yields roughly 1400 pages and is fairly cheap, so the cost per print is exceptionally low. You can get XL cartridges that'll last longer, and it works with third-party toner, which might help save some money. The drum is a separate unit, but again, it isn't something you have to replace very often.
If you find our budget pick too expensive and don't mind compromising on the scanner, you can get a print-only model for cheaper, like the Brother HL-L2370DW. It's a very compact printer, so it's great for tight spaces, like a small office or dorm room. It feels well built despite its budget-friendly price, and it has your usual connectivity options, like USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet. Its toner cartridge yields around 1200 prints, and you can increase it further with XL cartridges. Like other Brother printers above, the drum isn't built into the cartridge, meaning you'll have to replace it separately. It prints quickly at 35 pages per minute and supports automatic duplex printing. If you have trouble finding this model, you can check out the Brother HL-L2350DW. It's the same printer, but it prints a little slower and doesn't have an Ethernet port.
If you only care about having the best page yield for high-volume printing, get the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w. It's a monochrome laser printer with a toner tank, similar to supertank inkjet models, meaning you can refill the tank as needed with toner bottles. A full tank yields about 9500 black pages, the best page yield we've tested. Plus, the toner bottles are cheap, which helps keep costs low over time. You have to replace the drum separately, adding to your overall maintenance cost. It prints reasonably fast at 20 pages per minute over a USB connection and doesn't take long to warm up; however, it can't perform double-sided printing automatically, meaning you have to flip the pages manually. Unfortunately, the scanner lacks an automatic feeder, which is inconvenient if you often scan long, multi-page documents.
If this model isn't in stock, you may want to check out its variants, the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1200w, 1200nw, and 1202nw. They're the same printer, just without Wi-Fi Direct or Ethernet connectivity, depending on the model. There are other variants, though they lack wireless connectivity altogether, which might be a dealbreaker.
Sep 19, 2022: Minor structure change. Replaced the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw with the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw as the 'Best Laser Printer' because it prints faster and is much cheaper. Replaced the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw with the Brother MFC-L2750DW because the Canon's print quality is much worse. Added the Brother MFC-L2710DW as the 'Best Mid-Range' pick and the Brother HL-L2390DW as the 'Best Budget' pick. Moved the Brother HL-L2370DW to the 'Best Cheap' category because it lacks a scanner.
Jul 25, 2022: Restructured article to better match user expectations. Removed the Brother MFC-L2710DW and made the Brother HL-L2370DW as the 'Best Budget Laser Printer'.
Jun 30, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.
Jun 03, 2022: Minor structure change. Removed Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw because it's discontinued and hard to find. Added HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w as 'Best High-Yield Laser' pick.
May 05, 2022: Minor structure change. Replaced Canon imageCLASS MF242dw with Brother MFC-L2710dw because the Canon isn't available.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best laser 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 laser 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.