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. In most cases, the result is a higher page yield and 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 65 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 best laser printer for small or home office use is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. This all-in-one wireless laser model is made entirely of solid, sturdy plastic, with easy access to paper jams and the toner cartridges. It has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning for processing lengthy double-sided documents. There's a very large display screen that responds well to touch commands and there's even easy access to the printer's status reports.
Its cartridge system offers an exceptionally high yield, regardless of printing in black or color and its cost-per-print is excellent for black-only jobs. It can also print colored documents and photos quite quickly but is a bit slower with black-only documents. The printer has outstanding connectivity options, including USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and you can even print directly off of USB flash drives. Also, it's compatible with the Canon PRINT Business app, which allows you to print and scan directly from your phone.
Unfortunately, while the color accuracy of the printer is impressive, photo quality isn't as good as a result of this being a laser printer, with colors appearing muted. You can't have it press flush against a wall or shelf on its right-hand side due to the display screen sticking out. Also, it doesn't have a Bluetooth connection, which may frustrate those in an office setting. That said, this is one of the best-all-in-one printers we've tested.
If you need a printer with superior scan resolution, consider the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw. Its page yield and cost-per-print aren't as good as the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw's, but it has superior scanner resolution and is much faster at printing black-only documents. It's made entirely of thick, solid plastic with easy access to the toner cartridges. It has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning for processing lengthy double-sided documents. Also, it has a maximum scan resolution of 1200 DPI, which is double that of the Canon. Unfortunately, its scanner lid can't be extended to accommodate larger items like books or manuals. Photo quality is also pretty bad, despite the excellent color accuracy, due to quite a bit of banding and pixelation. Just like the Canon, it also lacks Bluetooth support but can be connected over Wi-Fi, USB, or Ethernet.
Overall, if you want a printer with a very high page yield and an excellent cost-per-print, get the Canon, but if you want black-only documents faster and a higher scan resolution, consider the HP.
The best monochrome laser printer we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. This all-in-one wireless model can produce outstanding black and white prints and is a great choice for small or home offices. It's made entirely of sturdy plastic, and the toner and paper jams are easily accessible. Also, it has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning.
Its cartridge system can yield an impressively high amount of pages before it needs replacing, and the overall cost-per-print is quite low. It can churn out the first page of a print job very quickly, and subsequent pages come out even faster. You can connect to it via Ethernet, USB, or Wi-Fi, and it's fully compatible with the outstanding Canon PRINT Business app.
Unfortunately, it can't print in color, so if you require that feature for photo printing or adding a splash of color to your documents, you should consider something else. Also, it lacks Bluetooth support, and its scan resolution could be better. That said, if all you need to do is print black and white documents, this is one of the best printers for small businesses that we've tested.
The best laser printer in the budget category that we've tested 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 practical when it comes to taking up space, as it's around the same size as the Brother HL-L2395DW Laser. You'll have access to Brother's 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 lacks in the connectivity department. It has no Bluetooth capabilities and also lacks an Ethernet port. 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. Its scanner is adequate overall, but unfortunately, it 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.
10/22/2020: Moved the Brother MFC-L3770CDW to 'Notable Mentions', added the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw as 'Best Small/Home Office Printer', changed 'HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw' to 'Alternative With Better Scanner Features'.
09/25/2020: Added the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw as 'Best Monochrome Printer' and moved Brother MFC-L2750DW to notable mentions.
08/28/2020: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks.
08/07/2020: 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.