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The 7 Best Inkjet Printers - Fall 2022 Reviews

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Best Inkjet Printers

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.


  1. Best Inkjet Printer

    The best inkjet printer we've tested is the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850. It's a supertank model with tons of features and all-around great performance. It's a pretty large printer that'll take up a lot of room on your desk, but it feels sturdily built, with a design that allows quick access to paper jams. It prints 25 pages black or color pages per minute and takes only nine seconds to wake up from an idle state and get a single page out. The input tray holds 550 sheets of paper, allowing you to complete large print jobs with minimal interruptions. The ink tanks yield about 4900 black pages or 2500 color pages, meaning you won't have to refill them often, and the ink bottles are relatively cheap.

    If you need to print the occasional photo, this model is pretty good at it. Photos look detailed and vibrant, albeit with some graininess. The scanner has an automatic document feeder to scan long, multi-page documents and supports duplex scanning. If you find the ET5850 too expensive, there's a cheaper option, the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5180. It yields more prints than the ET-5850 and produces better scans; however, 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.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Inkjet Printer

    If you don't need the high page yields of a supertank printer and prefer to save some money, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e might be a better choice. 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, duplex scanning capability (single-pass), and optical character recognition (OCR). The latter lets you scan documents into text files so that you can search for keywords. It yields around 1100 black and 700 color pages, which you can further increase with XL cartridges.

    Also, this model comes with a six-month subscription to HP Instant Ink, a service that delivers ink to you when the printer detects low ink levels. It prints about 16 black or 14 color pages per minute and can print double-sided automatically. The design allows easy access to paper jams and ink cartridges, and the power cord is removable, so it's easy to replace should it get damaged.

    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 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 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.

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  4. Best Budget Inkjet Printer

    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.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Inkjet Printer

    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, you should consider going with our budget or mid-range pick.

    See our review

  6. Best Photo Inkjet Printer

    If you need an inkjet printer for photo printing, we recommend the Canon PIXMA TR8620a, a newer version of the Canon PIXMA TR8620. Like its predecessor, it prints excellent-looking photos with many fine details and vibrant colors. Its color accuracy is decent; good enough for personal use, though not ideal for professional-level work.

    It's compatible with Canon's mobile companion app, which you can use to print photos directly from your smartphone or order replacement ink. The ink cartridges yield only about 340 color prints; however, they're relatively cheap, and there are higher-yield cartridges that'll last longer. It also accepts third-party ink, which might help you save some money.

    See our review

  7. Best Wide Format Inkjet Printer

    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 simply 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 you should 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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Canon MAXIFY GX7020: The Canon MAXIFY GX7020 is a great alternative to the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850. It has a much higher color page yield; however, it doesn't print as fast, and it may be harder to find because it's a discontinued model. See our review
  • Brother MFC-J4535DW: The Brother MFC-J4535DW is one of the best all-in-one inkjet printers we've tested, but it isn't worth getting over the Brother MFC-J4335DW because it's more expensive. Also, its higher price tag only gets you a better display, a slightly higher black page yield, and external storage support. See our review
  • Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300: The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-300 produces higher quality photos than the Canon PIXMA TR8620a. 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
  • Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550: The Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 is a supertank model that prints higher-quality photos than the Canon PIXMA TR8620a and supports up to 13" x 19" paper sizes, but it's much more expensive. 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 doesn't yield as many color prints. See our review
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 7740: The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is a cheaper alternative to the Epson EcoTank ET-15000. It has better color accuracy and duplex scanning capability; however, it has slower printing speeds, and its ink cartridges yield significantly fewer prints. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Jul 11, 2022: Minor structure change. Added HP OfficeJet 250 as 'Best Portable Inkjet' pick.

  3. 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.

  4. Mar 16, 2022: Replaced the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 with the Brother MFC-J4535DW for 'Best Family Inkjet Printer' since the Brother prints significantly more pages at a cheaper running cost. Also verified product availability.

  5. Feb 14, 2022: Rewrote text for clarity and accuracy.

All Reviews

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.

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