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 beams of light to heat up and melt powder within their toner cartridges to produce text and images. The result is, in most cases, a higher page yield as well as a faster print time. Although the cost of laser printers can be more expensive to start, they're also generally more economical in the long term as their cartridges need to be replaced less often.
We've tested over 50 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 wireless printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best home printers.
The Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser is the best laser printer for home or small offices that we've tested to date. This versatile printer has a well-built design and it can print in color, which can be handy for the occasional work graph or chart. While its toner cartridges can be a bit pricey to replace, they yield an excellent amount of pages before they run out.
It has an automatic document feeder to help you scan multiple pages in one go, and its flatbed scanner lid can extend so that you can scan thicker items like books or magazines. This printer also has a quick print speed whether you're printing in black or in color, and it can even automatically duplex print so that you don't have to manually print one side of a page at a time. You can even connect to it using NFC-enabled devices, and if you want to print from your mobile devices, you can use its superb mobile app.
Although it can print in color, its photo printing quality is bad as the resulting images lack some detail and colors seem muted or inaccurate. It also can't print on glossy photo paper. However, it can still be a great asset if you need to process a lot of pages and its outstandingly versatile scanner features make it stand out amongst other laser printers with scanners.
If you're looking for a laser printer that can reproduce more accurate colors and can print on glossy photo paper, consider the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw. While the Brother MFC-L3770CDW Laser is more affordable for printing black-text documents and is slightly quicker at it, the HP is also among the best color laser printers we've tested thanks to its more accurate color reproduction. It yields a higher amount of pages from both its black and color toner cartridges and its print speed for color and photo printing is remarkably quick. However, its replacement toner cartridges are a bit higher in price than the Brother, and it also has an increased cost-per-print for color and photo printing.
If you're mostly printing black-text documents with a splash of color, go with the Brother. However, if you need a little more color accuracy for your year-end reports, or if you have images interspersed in your text, go with the HP.
The Brother MFC-L2750DW is the best monochrome printer we've tested to date. This speedy model delivers an outstandingly high amount of pages in just a minute. Its toner cartridge also yields a lot of pages before it needs to be replaced, and it's even available in higher-yield versions, so you can further extend the amount of time between replacing toners.
It's very well-built and thanks to its outstanding cartridge performance, its cost-per-print is very low, which helps to keep this printer affordable to use over time. It has a scan flatbed so you can save fragile photos, and it also has a scan sheetfed for copying multi-page documents quickly. You can use its superb companion mobile app to print, scan, and copy directly from your phone, which can be handy in a pinch.
Unfortunately, while it has great connectivity options, it is completely lacking in support for Bluetooth and external storage drives, such as USB and SD. If the printer is situated above your line of sight, looking at its display screen can be bad as there's no tilt feature. Likewise, the touchscreen doesn't have touch sensitivity and often needs a firm press for tasks to register. It can only print in black and white and the first page of any document you print will come out slowly. But if all you need is monochrome printing, this is a great option and one of the best home printers we've tested to date.
The best laser printer in the budget category that we've tested so far is the Brother HL-L2390DW. Whether you need documents for school or the office in a hurry, this monochrome model is capable of excellent printing speeds, though the first page prints slower than the rest. Its cartridges have a very high yield, and the printer itself is very user-friendly, meaning that sorting out any paper jams should be quick and easy to fix.
Not only will you be saving on the upfront cost, but you'll be saving in the long run as well, as the cost-per-print is very low thanks to its cheap toner. It's also economic when it comes to taking up space, as it's around the same size as the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser. Being a Brother model, you'll have access to their outstanding app, iPrint&Scan, to help you print, scan, and copy documents from your phone while also being privy to the settings and levels.
Unfortunately, it's lacking in the connectivity department. It has no Bluetooth capabilities and also lacks an Ethernet port though, on the bright side, it does support wireless printing over Wi-Fi. Also, while the cost per print is low, the drum will need replacing after around 12,000 pages, which is an added expense. Its scanner is adequate overall, but unfortunately, doesn't have an automatic document feeder, which may be an issue if you need to scan lots of papers at once. Overall, if you need a budget printer that can also save you in the long run, look into this one.
If you want something even cheaper, get the Lexmark B2236dw. Although it doesn't feel as durable as the Brother HL-L2390DW and doesn't have a built-in scanner, it can print monochrome documents faster, and has a superb cartridge system. It has a high yield with its black toner cartridge and will save you money in the long run, thanks to its low cost-per-print. If you need your documents in a hurry, use the quick print speed option to meet those last-minute deadlines. Depending on what you're looking to print, it also allows you to print on thicker paper thanks to a single-sheet manual feed.
Overall, if you want something that feels better built and has a scanner, go with the Brother, but if you want something that costs even less and prints quicker, go with the Lexmark.
08/07/2020: Updated text for clarity and accuracy, added Brother HL-L2390DW as 'Best Budget Laser Printer' and the Lexmark B2236dw as 'Cheaper Alternative'.
07/17/2020: Renamed 'Best Black & White Laser Printer' to 'Best Monochrome Laser Printer' and replaced the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser with the Brother MFC-L2750DW.
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 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.