If you've already decided to get an inkjet printer but you're having a hard time choosing, 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, like how much you print, your budget, and whether you need other features, like a scanner or support for USB thumb drives. So, here's our list of the best inkjet printers, and hopefully, it can help guide you to the best printer for your needs.
We've tested over 100 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 for small or home offices that we've tested is the Canon MAXIFY GX7020. This all-in-one model feels excellently well-built, with easy access to paper jams, and it has an impressive touchscreen display that's easy to navigate. It features a supertank ink system with incredible page yields and an outstandingly low cost-per-print.
It warms up impressively quickly to print out the first page, which is great if you print intermittently. The scanning features are fantastic, including a flatbed scanner with hinges that can lift to accommodate thicker items and an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning. It can also fax. It prints decent-looking photos and produces colors with satisfactory accuracy. There are also superb connectivity options, including an Ethernet port and Wi-Fi, and it can print directly from USB flash drives.
Unfortunately, it can't print via Bluetooth, which might be an issue for some. Also, while it prints documents at a decent speed, it isn't as fast as other options. That said, it's an amazing printer if you need something for a small or home office, and it's among the best small business printers we've tested.
If you want to save some money on the initial purchase, consider the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e. It doesn't have nearly as high a page yield as the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, and its cost-per-print isn't as low, but it's cheaper, which is good if you don't think you'll need to print as often. 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 also has superb scanning features, but unfortunately, the flatbed scanner's hinges don't raise for thicker items, and during scanning, our unit's duplex-scanning automatic document feeder produced 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, go with the HP.
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, with easy access to paper jams and the ink cartridges. There are two paper trays with a large total paper capacity so you don't have to refill them often, and the touchscreen display is excellent, 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, while photos look good and have very accurate colors. The scanning features are fantastic, including a flatbed with lid hinges that raise high enough to scan thick items like textbooks, and an automatic document feeder with duplex scanning. There are outstanding connectivity options, including Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service.
Unfortunately, its page yields are only okay, so you'll need to replace the cartridges more often. The Brother MFC-J995DW yields a far greater number of pages, but it's currently difficult to find at a reasonable price. On the bright side, you can use the Epson iPrint app to print, scan, copy, and perform maintenance tasks directly from your phone. All in all, it's a great printer for families that can handle many different tasks.
If you find yourself needing to print photos more often, check out the Canon PIXMA TR8620. It prints much slower overall, and its automatic document feeder can't duplex scan, but it prints much better-looking photos than the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830, and it supports printing via Bluetooth. It can print directly from SD cards, which might be great for photographers, but it can't print from USB flash drives like the Epson. It has a better color page yield at a lower cost-per-print, which is better for photos, but its black page yield is worse, at a lower cost-per-print, making it less ideal for printing essays or reports. It produces much less accurate colors, although it should still be fine for casual use. It's one of the best inkjet printers for photos that we've tested.
If you want a printer that prints faster and has much better scanning features, go with the Epson. If you need to print amazing-looking photos and need Bluetooth, go with the Canon.
The best inkjet printer we've tested in the budget category is the Brother MFC-J4335DW. It's the successor to the Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank, with a similarly great-feeling build, and easy access to the ink cartridges and paper jams. The display is decent, with a full physical keypad and buttons for easy navigation.
It uses the INKvestment Tank, a hybrid cartridge–tank system, for excellent 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, as well as a great variety of connectivity options which include an Ethernet port, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service.
Unfortunately, it can't print via Bluetooth or directly from external media, 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, which can make digitizing double-sided documents inconvenient. Overall, this printer performs very well and is a great choice if you're on a budget.
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.
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.
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.
Mar 12, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced Canon PIXMA TR7520 with Brother MFC-J805DW INKvestment Tank, removed Canon PIXMA MG3620.
Jan 12, 2021: Updated text for clarity and structure, no changes in product picks.
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.