When shopping for the best printers for home use, you should find one that's 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. Having good scanning features is important to ensure you can digitize your work quickly and efficiently, while a low cost-per-print is a must to help keep you within your budget. Having a variety of connectivity options is ideal if you want to print with ease from any device.
We've tested over 100 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.
Update 09/01/2021: We're currently testing the Brother MFC-J4335DW, a similarly priced printer to the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank, which also uses the INKvestment Tank hybrid cartridge–tank system. We'll consider adding it to this article when we do our next update.
The best home printer for families that we've tested is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830. It has fantastic scanning features, including a flatbed scanner with hinges that lift high enough to scan textbooks, an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning, and built-in fax. The touchscreen display is excellent, responsive, and easy to use.
It feels excellently well built, gives easy access to paper jams and ink cartridges, and has two paper trays for a large total paper capacity. It prints quickly overall and has a great cost-per-print, particularly for black text documents, which helps you stay within budget. It also prints good-looking photos with very accurate colors. Connectivity options are outstanding, including Wi-Fi and an Ethernet port, and it can print directly from USB flash drives.
Unfortunately, its page yields are only okay, so you'll need to replace the cartridges more often. The Brother MFC-J995DW has far superior page yields, but it's currently difficult to find at a reasonable price. However, the Epson's iPrint app lets you print all the most commonly used file formats, and you can also print, scan, copy, and perform maintenance tasks directly from your phone. All in all, it's an impressive printer for family use and can handle a wide variety of tasks.
If you need to print photos more often, consider the Canon PIXMA TR8620. Its automatic document feeder can't duplex scan, and it prints much more slowly overall, but it produces significantly better-looking photos than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830, and it can print via Bluetooth. While it can print directly from SD cards, it can't print directly from USB flash drives. It has a better color page yield and a lower color document cost-per-print, which is also better for photo printing, but since its black page yield and black text document cost-per-print is worse, it's not as well suited for printing essays or papers. It also produces much less accurate colors.
If you want a printer with better scanning features and prints faster, go with the Epson. However, if you need to print more photos, and need Bluetooth connectivity, go with the Canon.
The best color printer for home offices that we've tested is the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e. It's designed for small or home offices, but performs impressively well for family use, with very good page yields at an outstanding cost-per-print. It prints photos and documents very quickly, and doesn't take long to warm up and print the first page.
The touchscreen is great and makes printer task navigation easy. It has fantastic scanning features, including a high-resolution flatbed for delicate photos, a duplex-scanning automatic document feeder for long documents, and built-in fax. Photos look satisfactory and have decently accurate, well-defined colors. The connectivity options are outstanding, including Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service, and you can also print directly from USB flash drives.
Unfortunately, there's a known issue where the automatic document feeder produces tilted scans, which might be an issue for office work. Also, the ink cartridges have much lower yields than SuperTank printers, so you might need to change them more often. That said, this is a great printer for home offices that's also versatile enough to handle a variety of tasks.
If you want a printer with a supertank ink system, check out the Epson EcoTank ET-3760. Its scanning features aren't as good, and it prints worse-looking photos compared to the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e, but it uses a supertank for far superior page yields, and the mobile companion app is much better. It's a very good choice for people who want the most efficient printer with an incredibly low cost-per-print, which helps keep printing costs down over time. Unfortunately, it prints color documents and photos much slower, colors aren't as accurate, and it can't print directly from external storage.
If you want a printer with better scanning features that's also better for printing photos, go with the HP. Otherwise, if you value exceptionally high page yields and better wireless flexibility, go with the Epson.
The best printer for black and white printing for home use that we've tested is the Brother MFC-L2710DW. It's a monochrome laser model with a high-resolution flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder, and you can slightly lift the lid's hinges to scan thicker items like a textbook.
It yields a large number of pages, so you shouldn't need to replace it too often, which helps keep the cost-per-print incredibly low. Although it takes some time to warm up and print its first page, subsequent documents print out very quickly. There are many connectivity options, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct, and there's also support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service.
Unfortunately, it has a small, two-line LCD screen that feels a little outdated compared to the touchscreen displays on more recent models. Also, its ADF doesn't have automatic duplex scanning, which can make scanning long, double-sided documents very tedious. The similar Brother MFC-L2750DW might be a better choice since it has a better display screen, duplex scanning, and higher page yields, but it's currently hard to find available. Nevertheless, the L2710DW is still a great option for black and white printing.
The best home printer that we've tested if you're on a budget is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820. This all-in-one inkjet printer offers decent photo printing quality and great color accuracy, making it a good choice if you're looking for something to print pictures with at home.
It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder to easily scan multiple pages at a time. Also, although the first page takes some time to come out, it prints black documents very fast. You can print to it via Ethernet, a USB cable plugged into your computer, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct, and it also supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service.
Unfortunately, its black page yield is fairly low, so you may need to replace the cartridge quite often, especially if you print a lot frequently. The Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank is a similar all-in-one printer with much higher page yields, but it's currently hard to find available. All in all, the WF-3820 is still a great option for families and students on a budget looking for an all-in-one model.
Sep 03, 2021: Changed pick recommendations to better line up with the varied needs of a home environment. Added the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830, HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e, and Epson EcoTank ET-3760, and removed the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. Removed a few Notable Mentions that were more suited for larger offices rather than for the home. Verified availability of picks.
Aug 06, 2021: Replaced the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank with the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 for 'Best Black & White Home Printer' since the Brother may be hard to find in stores. Replaced the Brother MFC-L2750DW with the Brother MFC-L2710DW for 'Best Budget Home Printer' since the MFC-L2750DW may be out of stock at most retailers.
Jul 09, 2021: Made the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 'Best Home Office', and made the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw its 'Cheaper Laser Alternative'. Moved the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e to Notable Mentions. Added the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 to Notable Mentions. Verified accuracy and availability of picks, and rewrote text for clarity.
Jun 11, 2021: Moved the Canon PIXMA TR8520 to Notable Mentions and replaced it with the Canon PIXMA TR8620, as the former has been discontinued and might be more difficult to find in stock. Verified availability and accuracy of picks and updated text for clarity.
May 14, 2021: Replaced the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 with the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e since the 9025 is discontinued. Moved the 9025 to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best home 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.