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The 6 Best Home Printers - Spring 2024 Reviews

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Best Home Printers

When shopping for the best printer for home use, you're likely looking for something versatile enough to satisfy everyone's needs. Your family might need to copy documents to sign, scan delicate old photos, or print long essays or reports at a moment's notice. Good scanning features ensure you can digitize your work quickly and efficiently, while a low cost-per-print is a must to help you stay within your budget. Finally, various connectivity options are ideal if you want to print easily from any device.

We've tested over 140 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best home printers you can buy. You can also check our picks for the best all-in-one printers, the best photo printers, and the best office printers.


  1. Best Home Printer

    The best home printer we've tested is the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500, an all-in-one inkjet model that produces beautiful, vibrant photos. It's a cheaper variant of the flagship Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550. They're both excellent printers; the difference is that the ET-8550 has a larger 8.5x14 flatbed scanner and supports wide format paper up to 13x19, which is only relevant to a limited subset of people. As such, the cheaper ET-8500 is a better option for most households. Regardless of the variant, remember that this is a photo printer first. If you plan on printing mostly documents, you can easily find more affordable models that are just as good, like the printers we recommend below.

    Printing-wise, the ET-8500 (and the flagship ET-8550) model produces sharp, high-quality documents and incredibly detailed photos. It warms up quickly and prints up to 15 black or 10 color pages per minute. As you may have guessed from the model name, this is a supertank printer with a refillable ink tank instead of cartridges. A full tank gets you thousands of prints, and replacement ink is cheap, so you don't have to worry about high ownership costs. Also, refilling the tank is easy—even less tech-savvy people can do it without help. The flatbed scanner is great for digitizing photos, as it captures even the tiniest details; however, there's no automatic feeder, so you must scan each page manually when processing multi-page documents.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Home Printer

    If your at-home printer needs are limited to general office tasks and document printing, then the HP Smart Tank 7602 is an excellent choice. Like the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500, it's also an all-in-one color inkjet model with a refillable ink tank, making it a great choice for households that print a lot and would prefer to avoid high ownership costs. It prints sharp black and color documents at up to 12 black or five color pages per minute. The printer produces photo prints that look reasonable, although somewhat warm; they aren't as detailed or colorful as the pictures printed on the ET-8500 since it's more of a general-purpose printer rather than a photo printer.

    Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet. You can print directly from external storage devices via a USB port, and there's support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, making it easy for anyone in your home to print. The scanner produces excellent, high-quality scans, and there's an automatic feeder to process long, multi-page documents. The ADF can only process up to four pages per minute, which is slow but still more convenient than scanning each page manually. It's compatible with HP's Smart app, so you can print, scan, copy, and perform maintenance tasks from your smartphone or tablet.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Home Printer

    The best printer for home use in the mid-range category we've tested is the Brother MFC-J4335DW. This all-in-one inkjet model can output up to 2,200 black and 800 color pages with a set of full cartridges, and you can get XL high-yield cartridges that'll last even longer. Of course, it'll never match the page yield or cost-per-print of a supertank printer like the models we recommend above, but its page yield is very impressive for a more conventional cartridge-based printer. It produces high-quality black and color documents, and although it doesn't have the best color accuracy or widest color gamut, printed photos still look very detailed and will be sufficient for casual use.

    As for printing speed, it doesn't take long to initialize and get a single page out, and for longer documents, it churns out 17 black or 15 color pages per minute. The scanner processes up to 20 pages per minute through its automatic feeder, but it doesn't support duplex scanning, so you'll have to scan double-sided sheets manually. If you need Ethernet connectivity or NFC support, you can get the Brother MFC-J4535DW variant; just expect to pay more. For the price increase, you also get an additional 250-sheet input tray and a larger touch-sensitive display.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Home Printer

    Our best budget home printer pick is the Brother MFC-J1205W, also sold as the Brother MFC-J1215W at Walmart. It's a good option for households with a light to moderate print load. It has the usual Wi-Fi and USB connectivity and supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, making it easy for any family member to connect. Although the scanner produces high-quality scans, it has trouble capturing finer details, so it might not be the best for digitizing photos. The scanner also lacks an automatic document feeder and duplex scanning capability, though neither of these features is common on budget models.

    This model produces very sharp documents but isn't very fast, as it can only push out nine black or six color pages per minute. Also, it doesn't support automatic duplex printing, so you'll have to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided documents. It isn't a terrible option for printing photos occasionally. It's excellent at reproducing very fine details but struggles with bright, saturated tones, so pictures tend to look a little flat. Its page yield is excellent at around 1,100 black and 700 color prints per set of cartridges, so you won't have to buy new ink all that often if you only print once in a while. Better yet, they're relatively cheap, which helps keep running costs low.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Home Printer

    Current Deal: The Canon PIXMA MG3620 has dropped in price by $20 at BestBuy.com.

    If you only print occasionally, we recommend the Canon PIXMA MG3620. It prints sharp documents and colorful, detailed photos, but unlike the models above, it yields significantly fewer prints, meaning you'll often have to replace the ink cartridges far more frequently. Also, since it uses a tri-color cartridge, you must replace the entire cartridge if one color runs out, which is wasteful. Thankfully, the cost-per-print is still low because the ink cartridges are relatively cheap; the printer just requires more maintenance. You can get XL high-yield cartridges that'll last longer; however, they'll still yield fewer prints than the budget Brother MFC-J1205W or the Brother MFC-J4335DW above.

    Unfortunately, this is a pretty slow printer. It takes longer than most inkjet printers to initialize and only prints up to nine black or three color pages per minute. On the upside, it supports automatic double-sided printing, which isn't always a guarantee for models in this price range. It has USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and is compatible with Canon's mobile app. The scanner performs well; the scans look very detailed but slightly washed out.

    See our review

  6. Best Laser Printer For Home Use

    If you only print documents at home and prefer a laser model, get the Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw. This color laser all-in-one produces amazingly sharp documents and yields thousands of prints, making it cheap to maintain. Plus, unlike inkjet printers, you don't have to worry about printheads clogging if you don't print for a long time. As for the drum, this model uses cartridges with a built-in drum, meaning you don't have to replace the drum separately. Unfortunately, like most laser printers, the MF656Cdw isn't ideal for photo printing, as printed pictures look dull and lack detail.

    Its printing speed is decent; it can print up to 22 pages per minute, albeit only via a wired USB or Ethernet connection, which is inconvenient if you don't have space near your computer or router to place the printer. It prints 10 black or 12 color pages over Wi-Fi. The scanner produces high-quality scans and quickly processes multi-page and double-sided documents through its automatic feeder. If you don't need an ADF, duplex scanning, or fax functionality, you can save money with one of its cheaper variants, like the Canon Color imageCLASS MF654Cdw. See our full review for more details about the variants.

    For black-and-white-only printing, consider the Brother MFC-L2820DW. It produces high-quality documents, warms up quickly, and prints up to 33 pages per minute. It costs little to maintain, as it yields a large number of prints, and replacement toner is cheaper than the Canon, not to mention that there's only one cartridge to replace. The MFC-L2820DW lacks duplex scanning, but there are higher-end variants that have duplex scanning, like the Brother MFC-L2885DW; however, they're hard to find.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300: Consider the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 as a good alternative to the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500 if you only care about photo printing quality. Its color accuracy is much better than that of the Epson, but it prints slower and costs more to maintain because it doesn't yield as many pages. It's also a print-only unit, so you'll have to get a separate scanner if you want to scan anything. See our review
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e: If you need duplex scanning or a faster printing speed, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e is a good choice instead of the HP Smart Tank 7602. Besides these features, these two printers are very similar in terms of print quality. However, the OfficeJet Pro yields far fewer prints, making it more expensive to maintain in the long run. It comes with three months of free ink through HP's ink replenishment subscription service, but enrolling in the service will block you from using third-party cartridges, even if you cancel your subscription, and the printer must have a continuous internet connection to function. Neither printer produces great photos, as they appear overly warm and grainy. See our review
  • Epson EcoTank ET-3850: The Epson EcoTank ET-3850 is a good alternative for the HP Smart Tank 7602, as they offer identical features and trade blows for performance. While both printers offer a fantastic cost per print, the 7602 yields almost double the color pages, and the ET-3850 yields a third more black pages before needing a refill. Both printers suffer from poor color accuracy; the Epson produces more saturated colors and higher-quality photos overall, so it's a better option if you plan to print a lot of photos. There's a newer version of the ET-3850, the Epson Ecotank ET-4850, but it's more expensive and worth considering if you can get it on sale. See our review
  • Epson EcoTank ET-2400: The Epson EcoTank ET-2400 is a much cheaper alternative to the HP Smart Tank 7602. It prints higher-quality photos than the 7602 and produces more saturated scans; however, it prints slower, and its scanner has trouble capturing fine details. It doesn't have a display screen, though, making it more difficult to navigate the user interface. See our review
  • Canon PIXMA TR8620a: The Canon PIXMA TR8620a is a good photo printing alternative to the Brother MFC-J4335DW. It produces more colorful pictures with less grain but doesn't yield as many pages, so you'll have to pay more for ink. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 08, 2024: Replaced the best 'Upper-Mid Range Home' pick with the HP 7602 as it outperforms the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 overall; moved Epson EcoTank ET-3850 to Notable mentions. Added the Brother MFC-L2820DW as the black and white laser alternative of 'Best Laser Printer For Home Use,' as Brother MFC-L2730DW is discontinued. Minor changes to text for clarity.

  2. Apr 10, 2024: Small text edits for clarity. Added the Brother MFC-L2820DW as a Notable Mention.

  3. Mar 11, 2024: Removed the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e as a Notable Mention and replaced it with the HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e because the 9025e is discontinued. No change in recommendations.

  4. Feb 12, 2024: We've reviewed this article and verified our picks for accuracy and availability.

  5. Jan 12, 2024: Verified that all picks are valid and available. No change in recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best home use printers for most people. In addition to test results, 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.