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The 4 Best Laser Printers - Winter 2023 Reviews

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Best Laser Printers

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.


  1. Best Laser Printer

    The best laser printer we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, a sturdily-built color laser all-in-one designed for office use. It has many connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, so everyone at the office can easily access the printer. Its ADF-equipped scanner produces high-quality scans, processes double-sided sheets in a single pass, and supports optical character recognition, allowing you to scan documents into text files for quick keyword searches.

    This printer produces outstanding quality black and color documents. It's a little slow to warm up, but it's very quick once it gets going, printing up to 29 black or color pages per minute. The toner cartridges yield a large number of prints, around 3000 black and 2000 color, so it doesn't require much maintenance. The cartridges are expensive, but since they have the drum built-in, you won't have to spend extra to replace the drum separately. The input tray holds 300 sheets of paper, which is great for large print jobs as you won't need to interrupt the process to put in a fresh stack of paper.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Laser Printer

    If you only print black and white documents, get the Brother MFC-L2750DW instead. This all-in-one monochrome printer has a feature-rich scanner with extendable hinges to accommodate thick items like textbooks and an automatic feeder to process multi-page documents. It can also scan double-sided sheets in a single pass, saving you plenty of time. It produces outstanding quality documents, doesn't take long to warm up, and prints quickly at 36 pages per minute.

    As for its page yield, you get around 2000 prints per cartridge, and the cartridge is relatively cheap, which helps keep maintenance costs low. You have to spend extra 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. For connectivity, it has the usual Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, and it supports NFC, so you can connect just by tapping your NFC-enabled device against the printer.

    One thing to know is that this printer has many variants with small differences in features and performance, so if you don't need features like duplex scanning or don't mind slightly slower printing speed, you can save some money with a model like the Brother MFC-L2710DW. You aren't compromising on print quality, though, so no worries there. You can also get bundles with a longer-lasting XL toner cartridge, like Brother MFC-L2690DW XL, which might be cheaper than buying the cartridge separately. You can see the differences between the variants in our full review.

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  3. Best Budget Laser Printer

    Our best budget pick is the Brother HL-L2350DW, a print-only monochrome printer and a variant of the Brother HL-L2325DW we tested. Since the HL-L2325DW is hard to find, the HL-L2350DW is the best alternative, and there are other variants that you might want to check out as well, which we'll talk about shortly. It feels well-built, produces sharp-looking documents, and prints very quickly at 32 pages per minute. Additionally, it doesn't cost much to maintain as the toner cartridge yields a large number of prints and is fairly cheap. The main tradeoff is the lack of a scanner, so you need to be sure you won't need to scan anything.

    As mentioned, there are many variants with slightly different features. If you're okay with spending a little more, you can go with the higher-end Brother HL-L2370DW, which has Ethernet connectivity and slightly faster printing speed. You can also find bundles with a high-yield and super high-yield toner cartridge in the box, like the Brother HL-L2370DW XL.

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  4. Best Cheap Laser Printer

    If you're shopping on a very tight budget and want something for those occasional print jobs, we recommend the Pantum P2502W. Like our budget pick, it's also a monochrome print-only unit, meaning it doesn't have a scanner. It produces high-quality black and white documents and doesn't cost much to maintain as the toner cartridge yields over 2000 prints and is cheap. The drum is built into the cartridge, so you won't need to replace it separately. It takes a while to warm up, but it prints quickly at 25 pages per minute once it gets going.

    Unfortunately, this model doesn't support automatic duplex printing, so you'll have to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided. It also tends to push printed pages off the output tray, resulting in out-of-order sheets. It doesn't happen often, but it's an inconvenience, especially during large print jobs. Lastly, while the mobile app is feature-rich, it has lots of software quirks that make it hard to use. Overall, there are many compromises, which is normal for such an inexpensive model, but it's still a good option if you only print once in a while.

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Notable Mentions

  • HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw: The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw is one of the best color laser printers we've tested. It scans faster than the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, but it doesn't yield as many black prints. It's also significantly more expensive. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 13, 2023: Minor text changes to inprove clarity. Replaced the HP LaserJet M209dwe with the Pantum P2502W because the HP is no longer on sale.

  2. Dec 16, 2022: Replaced the Brother HL-L2325DW with the Brother HL-L2350DW variant because the HL-L2325DW isn't available.

  3. Nov 18, 2022: Minor structure change. Removed the Brother MFC-L2710DW as it's a variant of the Brother MFC-L2750DW and replaced the Brother HL-L2390DW with the Brother HL-L2325DW as the best budget pick for consistency. Replaced the Brother HL-L2370DW with the HP LaserJet M209dwe as the 'Best Cheap' pick because it's less expensive. Removed the HP Neverstop MFP 1202w and the 'Best High-Yield' category because it's discontinued and hard to find.

  4. Oct 19, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

  5. 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.

All Reviews

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.

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