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. In short, the toner sticks to the areas of the drum unit that the laser traces content onto and then transfers onto a sheet of paper. The sheet 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 can be more expensive to start, they're also generally more economical in the long term as their cartridges need replacing less often.
We've tested over 95 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best all-in-one printers you can buy. You can also check our picks for the best wireless printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best home printers.
The best color laser printer for small or home offices that we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. It's a large but remarkably well-built and sturdy-feeling printer with a user-friendly design that gives easy access to the toner cartridges and paper jams. Its flatbed scanner hinges raise for scanning thicker items like textbooks, and the automatic document feeder supports duplex scanning.
Its cartridge system is exceptional, yielding many black and color pages before needing to be replaced. Its cost-per-print is excellently low as a result, though replacing the three color cartridges can be expensive, especially if you need to print mainly in color. Its printing speed for black-only documents is only passable at best, though color document printing speeds are outstanding, and its color accuracy is impressive. It also has a wide range of wired and wireless connectivity options for printing.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support Bluetooth printing, which might be an issue for some. Additionally, the display screen sticks out and keeps you from positioning it flush against a wall on that side. Its flatbed scan resolution only maxes out at 600 DPI, but this should still be fine for office use. Nonetheless, this is an outstanding printer for the office and is among the best all-in-one printers we've tested.
If you want a better flatbed scanner, check out the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw. It doesn't yield as many black pages, and its cost-per-print is slightly worse, but its color depth is better, and its scan resolution is double that of the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. This makes it a better option if you need to scan photos often and want to retain as much quality and accurate colors as possible. It's also much faster at printing black text documents. Unfortunately, produced images are very grainy and have a lot of banding present. The input capacity tray also holds slightly fewer sheets.
If you want a laser model with a higher page yield, go with the Canon, but if you need a higher flatbed resolution and color depth, get the HP.
The best laser printer for monochrome printing that we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. It feels remarkably well built, with the toner cartridge easily accessible from the front. Its flatbed scanner lid hinges raise for scanning thicker items like notebooks, and the automatic document feeder supports duplex scanning. It also has a large color touchscreen that makes menu navigation easy.
Its fantastic page yield means the toner cartridges don't need frequent replacing, even if you print many documents or graphs, and as a result, its cost-per-print is superb. It's also compatible with a high-yield cartridge that should last even longer and give you an ever better cost-per-print, though we haven't tested it. It also has an outstanding printing speed and doesn't take long to warm up to print the first page. It has superb wired and wireless connectivity and can print directly from USB flash drives.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support printing via Bluetooth, which might be inconvenient for some. Also, the back panel for accessing paper jams doesn't open fully, so you might have trouble reaching paper jams if you have larger hands. The flatbed scanner also maxes out at 600 DPI but should still be fine for scanning documents. That said, this is a fantastic option for black and white printing, and it's one of the best office printers we've tested.
The Brother HL-L2390DW is the best laser printer in the budget category that we've tested. This all-in-one monochrome model has an excellent black page yield, resulting in a very low cost-per-print. It has an amazing printing speed and also supports automatic double-sided printing. While it takes a bit longer to warm up and print the first page, subsequent pages are much faster.
The printer has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with lid hinges that can raise to accommodate thicker items like books or manuals. There are decent wired and wireless connection options like a direct computer connection, Wi-Fi, and support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. It's also compatible with the Brother iPrint&Scan app, from where you can print, scan, and copy directly to your mobile device.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have a sheetfed scanner, so it can't automatically scan double-sided documents. Also, since it's a monochrome laser model, it can't print in color and produces photos that look terrible. It doesn't support Bluetooth, and there's no Ethernet port. Nonetheless, this is an impressive laser option, especially if you're on a budget.
If you'd like to spend even less upfront, the Brother HL-L2370DW is an excellent alternative. While it doesn't have a scanner like the Brother HL-L2390DW, it has a much lower cost-per-print, and the printer itself also costs cheaper. It has an incredibly high page yield which helps keep long-term costs super low. It's also compatible with a high-yield cartridge size that should last you even longer, though we haven't tested it. It has remarkably fast printing speed, and it also has an Ethernet port if you want to plug it directly into your router.
If you need a budget monochrome all-in-one printer for printing and scanning, get the L2390DW. If you want something even cheaper and don't need a scanner, go with the L2370DW.
May 28, 2021: Verified that picks were up to date and rewrote text for clarity.
Apr 28, 2021: Checked picks to ensure we're still recommending the best products and that they're in stock.
Apr 01, 2021: Updated text for accuracy; no change in product picks.
Mar 02, 2021: Verified that products were still available; no changes to picks.
Feb 12, 2021: Replaced the Lexmark B2236dw with the Brother HL-L2370DW for 'Cheaper Alternative' to budget printer since it performs better. Moved Lexmark B2236dw to Notable Mentions.
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.