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The 5 Best Inkjet Printers - Winter 2022 Reviews

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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 inkjet 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 110 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.


  1. Best Inkjet Printer For Small/Home Office: Canon MAXIFY GX7020

    9.2
    Small/Home Office
    Type All in One
    Technology Inkjet
    Wireless Yes
    Color Yes
    SuperTank
    Yes

    The best inkjet printer for small or home offices we've tested is the Canon MAXIFY GX7020. It's an all-in-one unit with a supertank system, meaning it has four ink tanks that you refill rather than using traditional ink cartridges. Since you don't need to refill the tanks or buy ink bottles often, the cost-per-print is remarkably low.

    It has a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder, and it supports duplex scanning, which is helpful if you're scanning long, double-sided sheets often. It takes very little time to warm up and print the first page, and the rest of the document also prints out pretty fast. You can connect to the printer using Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service, or through Wi-Fi Direct, and you can also print directly off of USB keys; however, it doesn't support Bluetooth printing.

    Unfortunately, it's worth noting that the color accuracy and photo printing quality are only decent, but they're good enough for casual photos and adding graphics or logos to reports. Overall, if you're looking for an office printer that can print lots of pages at a very low cost, this is a fantastic choice.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e

    Type All in One
    Technology Inkjet
    Wireless Yes
    Color Yes
    SuperTank
    No

    If you're looking for a unit with a lower cost upfront, consider the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e. Although it doesn't yield as many pages as the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, and its cost-per-print is higher, its initial cost is much lower, which is good if you don't think you'll need to print as frequently. It comes with six months of free ink through the HP Instant Ink subscription, and it produces somewhat better-looking photos with less grain. It has superb scanning features, but unfortunately, the flatbed scanner's hinges don't raise for thicker items, and our unit's automatic document feeder produces tilted scans.

    If you prioritize high page yields and a low cost-per-print, go with the Canon. If you want to spend less on the initial purchase, get the HP.

    See our review

  3. Best Family Inkjet Printer: Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830

    7.8
    Family
    7.8
    Small/Home Office
    8.2
    Student
    7.8
    Black & White
    7.3
    Photo
    Type All in One
    Technology Inkjet
    Wireless Yes
    Color Yes
    SuperTank
    No

    The best all-in-one inkjet printer for families that we've tested is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830. It feels excellently well-built, and it's easy to access paper jams and ink cartridges. The two paper trays hold a lot of paper, so you won't have to refill them often, and the touchscreen display is responsive and easy to use.

    It yields a good number of color pages, and the overall cost-per-print is great, which helps keep you within budget. It prints black text documents quickly, so you won't have to wait long for those last-minute assignments to come out. Also, it has a flatbed scanner with lid hinges that raise high enough to scan thick items. The automatic document feeder supports duplex scanning, which is great if you frequently scan double-sided documents.

    Unfortunately, its page yields are only okay, so you'll need to replace the cartridges more often. Although it produces decent-quality photos, the black areas look washed out and faded. Also, its color accuracy is only alright, but it should be good enough for adding a splash of color to a report. Overall, it's a great option for families that need a model to handle many different tasks.

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  4. Best Photo Inkjet Printer: Canon PIXMA TR8620

    8.1
    Family
    6.1
    Small/Home Office
    8.4
    Student
    6.4
    Black & White
    7.8
    Photo
    Type All in One
    Technology Inkjet
    Wireless Yes
    Color Yes
    SuperTank
    No

    The best inkjet printer for photos that we've tested is the Canon PIXMA TR8620. This all-in-one unit produces high-quality photos with great details and little banding or grain. It produces decently accurate-looking colors that are good enough to print pictures for the family scrapbook.

    It has a high-resolution flatbed scanner with an automatic document feeder to make it easy to digitize old photos or documents. Also, the scanner lid's hinges extend slightly, so you can fit thicker materials like magazines if you need to scan materials for design projects. It has a good cost-per-print for black and color documents and photos, thanks to the relatively cheap ink. You can also print directly from SD cards; however, you can't print directly from USB keys.

    Unfortunately, its automatic document feeder can't perform duplex scanning, so you'll have to manually turn over double-sided documents when you scan them. While its page yields for color documents are good, its page yields for black-only documents are poor, so you'll have to replace the black ink cartridge more frequently. With that said, it's a good choice if you're looking for a photo printer that's great for casual use to decorate your walls or fill up the family photo album.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Inkjet Printer: Brother MFC-J4335DW

    7.2
    Family
    7.8
    Small/Home Office
    8.3
    Student
    8.3
    Black & White
    6.6
    Photo
    Type All in One
    Technology Inkjet
    Wireless Yes
    Color Yes
    SuperTank
    No

    The best inkjet printer we've tested in the budget category is the Brother MFC-J4335DW. It's an all-in-one unit that feels very well-built and offers easy access to paper jams and ink cartridges. It uses the INKvestment Tank, which is a hybrid cartridge-tank system that offers high page yields at an outstandingly low cost-per-print.

    It's quick to warm up and print the first page, and it produces documents very quickly, which is great for getting an essay out at a moment's notice. The scanning features are very good, including a flatbed and automatic document feeder. You can also extend the scanner lid's hinges to fit in thick materials like textbooks or catalogs, so you can easily digitize pages for studying. There are also many different ways to print, including support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service.

    Unfortunately, it can't print via Bluetooth or directly from a USB flash drive, which might be inconvenient for some. Photos look only okay, and there's plenty of grain, with washed-out blacks. Also, the automatic document feeder can't duplex scan, making digitizing double-sided documents tedious. That said, this printer performs very well and is a great choice if you're on a budget.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850: The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 is a superb printer for small or home offices. It uses a supertank for fantastic page yields, but the cost-per-print for color documents and photos is worse than the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, and it takes a disappointingly long time to warm up to print the first page. See our review
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e: The HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e is a great alternative to the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, but it doesn't yield nearly as many pages, and its cost-per-print is much higher as a result. See our review
  • Epson EcoTank ET-3760: The Epson EcoTank ET-3760 is a great printer for small or home offices. It uses a supertank system for incredibly high page yields, but its scanning features aren't as good as the Canon MAXIFY GX7020. See our review
  • Brother MFC-J995DW: The Brother MFC-J995DW has far better page yields and a much cheaper cost-per-print than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830. However, it prints black text documents more slowly, and its ADF can't duplex scan. Also, it's difficult to find in stock at a reasonable price. See our review
  • HP ENVY Photo 7855: The HP ENVY Photo 7855 reproduces colors much more accurately than the Canon PIXMA TR8620, but its page yields and cost-per-print are much worse, and photos look somewhat worse. See our review
  • Canon PIXMA TR7520: The Canon PIXMA TR7520 reproduces colors much more accurately compared to the Canon PIXMA TR8620. However, photos don't look nearly as good, and the printer can't print via Bluetooth or directly from external storage. See our review
  • Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820: The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 prints black text documents and photos faster than the Brother MFC-J4335DW, it produces photos that look much better and have much more accurate-looking colors, and it can print directly from USB flash drives. However, its page yields and cost-per-print are much worse. See our review
  • Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300: The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 produces higher quality photos than the Canon PIXMA TR8620. It's designed for professional use, meaning it can produce a wider range of colors more accurately; however, it's significantly more expensive than the PIXMA and has a much slower print speed. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 04, 2022: Moved the Canon PIXMA TR8620 from 'Alternative With Better Photo Printing Quality' to 'Best Photo Inkjet Printer'. Removed the Canon PIXMA TR8520 and Brother J805DW from Notable Mentions due to availability; added Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Nov 05, 2021: Updated text for clarity and verified product availability.

  3. Sep 07, 2021: Replaced the Brother MFC-J995DW with the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 for 'Best Family', and the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank with the Brother MFC-J4335DW for 'Best Budget', as the J995DW and J805DW are difficult to find in stock at a good price. Changed Notable Mentions to line up better with current availability.

  4. Jul 09, 2021: Made the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 'Best Small/Home Office' and made the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e its 'Cheaper Alternative'. Made the Canon PIXMA TR8620 'Alternative With Better Photo Printing Quality' to the Brother MFC-J995DW. Updated Notable Mentions list for consistency and accuracy, verified availability of picks, and updated text for clarity.

  5. May 11, 2021: Replaced the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 with the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e as 'Best Inkjet Printer for Small/Home Office' since the 9025 is discontinued. Added the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 and the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best inkjet 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.

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