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The 7 Best Inkjet Printers - Summer 2024 Reviews

Updated Jun 21, 2024 at 02:48 pm
Best Inkjet Printers

So 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 to consider, from expensive, full-featured models to simple budget options. On top of that, the price of a printer doesn't always correlate to its print quality. There are many things to consider when shopping for an inkjet model, like your budget, the printer's print quality and connectivity, and whether you need features like a scanner or mobile app support. Also, don't forget about your print load, as the cost of replacement ink cartridges can add up quickly and print speed can make or break your workflow.

We've tested over 145 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

    The best inkjet printer we've tested is the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850, an all-in-one designed for small or home offices. This supertank model produces amazingly sharp documents, prints quickly at up to 25 pages per minute, and yields thousands of prints from a full ink tank. Replacement ink is cheap, so you don't have to worry about high ownership costs, even if you print a lot. Its wide connectivity options make it easily accessible, and its ADF-equipped scanner lets you process multi-page and double-sided documents quickly at nine pages per minute.

    As for photo printing, printed pictures look detailed and colorful but noticeably grainy. It is acceptable for documents and casual photos, but anyone requiring professional-grade reproductions can consider the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 found further down in the article. The biggest downside of the ET-5850 is its high price tag. If you want something more affordable and don't mind compromising slightly, you can get the Epson EcoTank ET-5800 variant. It has the same features and provides the same print quality as the ET-5850; however, it's a little slower to print color documents and doesn't support borderless printing.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Inkjet Printer

    If you have a smaller print load and don't need a supertank model like the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 above, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e is a great choice. Its feature set is identical to the Epson, so you're still getting things like an ADF-equipped scanner with duplex scanning, automatic double-sided printing, a large input tray capacity, and wide connectivity options, including printing directly off a USB flash drive. It also produces sharp documents but isn't as good for photo printing due to its lower print resolution and narrow color range. Its print speed is great, getting out up to 23 black and 15 color pages per minute.

    The biggest difference between this model and the Epson above is that it uses more traditional ink cartridges. As a result, its page yield isn't as good, but still impressive at around 1,400 black and 750 color pages, and the cartridges are relatively cheap. This model comes with six months of free ink through HP's ink replenishment service, which helps offset ownership costs slightly, at least for the first few months. However, subscribing to the service will prevent you from using third-party cartridges, even if you cancel your subscription. Also, the printer requires a continuous internet connection to function.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Inkjet Printer

    Our best mid-range inkjet pick is the Brother MFC-J4335DW, a simple all-in-one model designed for home use and one of the best all-in-one inkjet printers we've tested. It's very cheap to maintain, as its ink cartridges last a long time and are relatively inexpensive. It produces high-quality documents, and while it doesn't have the best color range and accuracy, it still produces very detailed photos that are good enough to hang at home.

    The scanner processes documents quickly through its automatic feeder and produces outstanding scans, making it great for digitizing photos. It doesn't support duplex scanning, meaning you'll have to flip the pages manually when scanning double-sided sheets. If you need Ethernet connectivity or NFC support, you can get the more costly Brother MFC-J4535DW variant. It also has an additional 250-sheet input tray and a larger touch-sensitive display.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Inkjet Printer

    The best budget inkjet printer we've tested is the Brother MFC-J1205W, also known as the Brother MFC-J1215W if you're shopping at Walmart. 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. There are a few compromises for its budget-friendly price, 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.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Inkjet Printer

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    If you only need to print once in a while for a specific project and need something to get the job done, consider 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.

    See our review

  6. Best Inkjet Photo Printer

    If you're looking for a printer specifically designed to print photos with the best print quality and color accuracy, the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 is the printer for you. 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 13x9. Of course, there are some downsides to specialized printers like this one. The first is maintenance cost, as there are nine ink cartridges to replace, and they're expensive, so they can add up quickly if you print a lot. Second, it's a print-only model, meaning you'll need a separate scanner to scan anything. Lastly, it prints very slowly, taking over two minutes to produce a 4x6 photo.

    For those who print a lot and don't want to worry about high maintenance costs, get the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 instead. This is one of the best all-in-one inkjet printers we've tested; 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 is less color-accurate than 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 8.5x11 and has a smaller 8.5x11.7 flatbed scanner.

    See our review

  7. Best Wide Format Inkjet Printer

    The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840 is a great choice if you need a feature-rich, wide-format printer for your office. This all-in-one model prints sharp documents and sports tons of features, including an 11x17 flatbed scanner, single-pass duplex scanning, and a large, touch-sensitive control panel. It has two front input trays and a rear one with a combined capacity of 550 sheets, which is great for large print jobs as you won't have to refill the trays as often. You can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi, USB, or Ethernet and print off a USB flash drive. Its print speed is good at 18 black or seven color pages per minute. Photo printing isn't this printer's strong suit; printed pictures look reasonably detailed but a bit grainy and muted.

    The major pain point is the relatively low page yield. You only get around 360 black and 300 color pages, so the cartridges will need frequent replacing, depending on your workload. There are XL cartridges that'll increase page yields to 1,100 black and color prints, as well as an XXL black cartridge that's good for 2,200 pages, though these are expensive, so running costs add up quickly. If you want something with the same features but better print quality and page yield out of the box, the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is a great option, but only if you can find it. Unfortunately, the HP 7740 has been discontinued, so most major retailers no longer have stock available for online orders.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon PIXMA G4270: If you have a large print load, the Canon PIXMA G4270 is a good alternative to the Brother MFC-J4335DW. It costs slightly more upfront but yields significantly more prints, so it's cheaper to maintain over time. The scanner supports duplex scanning (manual); however, it doesn't perform as well, as it has trouble capturing fine details, which isn't ideal for digitizing photos and graphics. It prints much slower at nine black or three color pages per minute and only supports manual duplex printing. See our review
  • Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830: The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 is a good option if you want something in the same price range as the Brother MFC-J4335DW but need automatic duplex scanning. The documents it produces don't look as good as the ones made by the Brother, but the pictures do, as it has a wider color range and better accuracy. The downside is that it yields significantly fewer prints, so you'll have to spend more on ink. See our review
  • Brother MFC-J1010DW: The Brother MFC-J1010DW is a good alternative to the Canon PIXMA MG3620 if you need an automatic document feeder or faster printing speed. However, it's more expensive and yields fewer color prints. See our review
  • Epson EcoTank ET-2400: The Epson EcoTank ET-2400 is a budget-friendly alternative to the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300. The printer itself is significantly cheaper, and since it's a supertank model that yields thousands of prints, you won't have to spend as much for replacement ink. It produces very detailed and colorful pictures; it just doesn't have as wide a color range as the Canon and isn't as color-accurate. Also, it doesn't support Apple AirPrint or Mopria Print Service, which might make it harder to print photos from a smartphone or tablet. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 21, 2024: Due to availability, we've replaced the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 with the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7840. We've verified that our other picks are available and represent the best choices.

  2. Apr 26, 2024: Removed the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5180 as an alternate pick for 'Best Inkjet Printer' as it's discontinued. Minor text changes for clarity and product availability.

  3. Feb 29, 2024: Replaced the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e with the HP OfficeJet Pro 9135e because the 9135e is cheaper, has faster printing speeds, and has better page yields. Replaced the Epson EcoTank ET-15000 with the HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 because the HP has better print quality, more features, and can print on 11x17 paper using the main input tray.

  4. Jan 05, 2024: Added the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 and the Epson EcoTank ET-2400 as Notable Mentions. Small text changes to improve clarity.

  5. Oct 25, 2023: Small text changes to provide more information regarding HP's ink subscription service. Added the Canon PIXMA G4270 as a Notable Mention. No change in recommendations.

All Reviews

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