If you've already decided to get an inkjet printer but you're having a hard time choosing a model, it's understandable. There's a wide range of inkjet printers, from expensive, full-featured models to simple budget options. There are many things to consider when shopping for the best printer for your needs, like how much you print, your budget, and whether you need other features, like a scanner or support for USB thumb drives.
We've tested over 120 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best inkjet printers you can buy. You can also check our picks for the best photo printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best home printers.
The best inkjet printer we've tested is the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850, a supertank model with tons of features to satisfy all your office needs. It's a pretty large printer that takes up a fair amount of desk space, but it feels sturdily built, with a design that allows quick access to paper jams. Connectivity options include USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, and it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. It has an ADF-equipped scanner with duplex scanning capability, meaning you can quickly process multi-page and double-sided documents.
As for print quality, this model produces very sharp documents. For photos, the pictures look detailed and colorful but grainy. It wakes up quickly from an idle state, prints up to 25 black or color pages per minute, and supports automatic double-sided printing. The ink tanks yield about 4900 black or 2500 color pages, meaning you won't have to refill them often, and the ink bottles are cheap, which helps keep your maintenance costs low.
If you find the ET-5850 too expensive and don't mind compromising slightly, check out the Epson Eco Tank Pro ET-5180. It yields more prints than the ET-5850, but it doesn't feel as well built and prints very slowly at 14 black or eight color pages per minute. It also has a smaller input tray, so you'll have to refill it more often.
If you prefer to save some money with a more modest mid-range model, go with the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e. It has Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet connectivity, and you can also print directly from a USB flash drive. The scanner has many features, including an automatic document feeder, single-pass duplex scanning capability, and optical character recognition (OCR). The latter lets you scan documents into text files for quick keyword searches.
The ink cartridges yield a large number of prints, around 1100 black and 700 color, and you can further increase the yield with XL cartridges. Also, this model comes with six months of ink via HP Instant Ink, a subscription service that delivers ink to you when the printer detects low ink levels. It prints fairly quickly at 16 black or 14 color pages per minute and supports automatic double-sided printing.
For those with a large print load, you might want to consider the Epson ECoTank ET-3850 instead. It's around the same price as the HP, but since it's a supertank model, it yields significantly more prints, making it much cheaper to maintain. There are a couple of tradeoffs, though, like slower printing speeds and the lack of duplex scanning and external storage support. The print quality is also a little worse than the HP's, but still great overall.
Our best mid-range inkjet pick is the Brother MFC-J4335DW, a simple all-in-one printer that's designed for home use. It prints over 2000 color and 800 black pages before you need to replace the ink cartridges, so the cost-per-print is very low, and it's eligible for Brother's ink subscription service, which might further help save some cash. Its printing speed is great, but you'll have to refill the input tray often during large print jobs because it can only hold 150 sheets of paper.
It has an ADF-equipped scanner that processes up to 20 pages per minute, plenty of connectivity options, and mobile app support. It prints exceptionally high-quality documents, and while it doesn't have the best color range and accuracy, it still produces very detailed photos. Overall, it's a great option for most households and one of the best all-in-one inkjet printers we've tested.
The Brother MFC-J1205W is our best budget recommendation. It's an inkjet model designed for people who print slightly more than the occasional once-in-a-blue-moon project. It has a sturdy build and a decent number of connectivity options, and it prints high-quality documents and decent-looking photos. Its ink cartridges last a long time and are relatively cheap, so the cost-per-print is exceptionally low. As it's a budget model, it does come with a few compromises, like its slow printing speed and the lack of an automatic document feeder. It's compatible with Brother's mobile app, which you can use to print, scan, copy, perform maintenance tasks, and order supplies.
If you only need to print once in a while for a specific project and need something that can get the job done, get the Canon PIXMA MG3620. It doesn't feel particularly well-built and only has a basic flatbed scanner, but it prints good-quality documents and photos. The main drawback is its low page yield. The cost-per-print is still low because the cartridges are cheap; it's just inconvenient because it requires a lot of maintenance, and you might end up wasting paper and time due to incomplete or faded prints. It's fine if you only need it for those occasional, one-off projects, but if you print more regularly, consider going with our budget or mid-range pick.
While the other picks in this article are all great printers, they're mainly designed for general purposes like everyday printing and scanning. If you're looking specifically to print photos and want the best print quality you can get, the Canon imagePROGRAF Pro-300 is your best bet. It produces incredibly detailed, vibrant, and colorful photos with no banding or other artifacts, and it can print on wide format paper sizes up to 13" x 19".
You can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi, USB, or Ethernet; however, it doesn't support printing from USB flash drives and SD cards. Of course, there are some downsides to specialized printers like this one. First, there are nine ink cartridges to replace, and they're rather expensive, so the cost per print is high for photo printing. Second, it's a print-only model, meaning you'll need to get a separate scanner if you want to digitize or make copies of old photos. Last, it prints very slowly, taking more than two minutes to produce a 4" x 6" photo, so you'll have to be patient.
If you print a lot and worry about high maintenance costs, get the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550. Its refillable ink tank yields significantly more prints than the Canon, and its replacement ink is much cheaper. It also has a flatbed scanner and can print directly off an SD card. The print quality is outstanding but isn't as color-accurate as the Canon because it tends to oversaturate the colors to make them more vibrant and punchy. If cost is a concern, there's a cheaper variant, the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500. It gives you the same print quality but only supports paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11".
If you need a wide-format printer to print posters, we recommend the Epson EcoTank ET-15000. It's an all-in-one supertank model that yields thousands of pages, and you can replenish the tank as you go. Plus, the replacement ink bottles are relatively cheap, so your maintenance cost remains low even if you print a lot. It has USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet connectivity, along with Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service support. It prints black-and-white documents decently fast, but it's a little slow with color documents. One thing to know is that while it has duplex printing capability, it doesn't work when printing tabloid size. Printed photos look good, albeit slightly grainy and not very color-accurate.
Jan 06, 2023: Minor text changes to improve clarity and readability. No change in recommendations.
Nov 08, 2022: Replaced the Canon PIXMA TR8620a with the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 because it has better print quality.
Sep 09, 2022: Restructured the article to better match user expectations and removed the Brother MFC-J4535DW and HP OfficeJet 250. Added the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' option, the Brother MFC-J1205W as the 'Best Budget' pick, the Canon PIXMA MG3620 as the 'Best Cheap' option, and the Epson EcoTank ET-15000 as the 'Best Wide Format' option. Replaced the Canon PIXMA TR8620 with the Canon PIXMA TR8620a because it's a newer model that's easier to find.
Jul 11, 2022: Minor structure change. Added HP OfficeJet 250 as 'Best Portable Inkjet' pick.
May 12, 2022: Replaced the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 with the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 because the Epson prints faster. Additionally, the Canon is discontinued and harder to find.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best 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.