While compatibility has improved in recent years, there are still some printers that don't work well or not at all with Macs, so we've put together a list of the best printers that are fully compatible with macOS. These models work seamlessly straight out of the box, with no need to install any drivers or third-party apps. There are many options, from feature-rich color laser models to simple inkjet printers for occasional use.
We've tested over 135 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best printers for Mac you can buy. For other options, check out our picks for the best home printers, the best inkjet printers, and the best all-in-one printers.
The best printer for Mac we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, an all-in-one color laser model designed for office use. This exceptionally well-built printer has tons of connectivity, including Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet. It also supports Apple AirPrint, so you can print from any Apple device without needing to install any drivers or third-party apps. Its toner cartridges yield about 3000 black and 2000 color prints, so you don't need to replace them too often. The cartridges are expensive. However, since they last a long time, your long-term maintenance cost will remain low. The cartridges also have the drum built-in, saving you the trouble of replacing the drum separately. Its ADF-equipped scanner produces high-quality scans and processes double-sided sheets in a single pass; however, it's a little slow as it only scans up to five pages per minute. In contrast, it prints very quickly at 29 black or color pages per minute.
Unfortunately, like most laser printers, the image CLASS MF743Cdw isn't ideal for photo printing. For that, you're still better off with an inkjet model. Our pick is the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550, an all-in-one supertank model. It prints incredibly detailed and colorful photos and supports various paper sizes up to 13" x 19", making it a great choice for printing posters. A full tank yields thousands of prints, and the ink bottles are cheap, so you don't need to worry about high maintenance costs. There are some trade-offs, though, as it only has a flatbed scanner with no automatic feeder, doesn't print as quickly, and is more expensive.
If you only print black and white documents, a monochrome laser model might be a better option, as it'll allow you to save some money. We recommend the Brother MFC-L2750DW. This all-in-one has Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet connectivity and supports Apple AirPrint. Its single toner cartridge yields around 1200 prints and is cheap, resulting in an exceptionally low cost per print. The downside is that you need to replace the drum separately. It's usually good for around 12,000 prints, so you likely won't need to do it too often. It takes about 11 seconds to warm up, prints quickly at 36 pages per minute, and supports automatic duplex printing. It has an ADF-equipped scanner to quickly process multi-page documents and can scan double-sided sheets in a single pass.
If you want a more modest mid-range model for home use, go with the Brother MFC-J4335DW. This inkjet all-in-one has four cartridges that yield over 2000 black and 800 color prints, and the cartridges are relatively inexpensive, making it very cost-effective in the long run. It wakes up quickly and gets a single page out in only 11 seconds and prints 17 black or 15 color pages per minute.
Print quality-wise, documents look amazing, but photos look grainy with washed-out blacks. You can connect to the printer via USB, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet. It has an ADF-equipped scanner that scans up to 20 pages per minute; however, it doesn't support duplex scanning, so you'll have to flip the pages manually when scanning double-sided sheets.
For budget-conscious folks, we recommend the Brother MFC-J1205W, an inkjet all-in-one designed for small households or personal use. It feels surprisingly well built, especially for a printer in this price range. Like our mid-range pick, it also uses four ink cartridges. These cartridges yield around 1100 black and 700 color pages and aren't overly expensive, so your cost per print will remain low over time. There are some compromises, though, like the lack of an automatic feeder and Ethernet connectivity. Its printing speed is also on the slower side at nine black or six color pages per minute, so it isn't the best option for printing long reports or essays. It works with Macs straight out of the box; no drivers are required.
If you just need a cheap printer that can get the job done for those occasional, one-off projects, get the Canon PIXMA MG3620. The build doesn't feel particularly sturdy, and it only has a basic flatbed scanner, but it prints good-quality documents and photos. You still get USB and Wi-Fi connectivity and Apple AirPrint support. It uses two ink cartridges, one black and one tri-color, and yields around 200 black and color prints.
Its low page yield means you'll have to replace the cartridges often, and because it uses a tri-color cartridge, you need to replace the entire cartridge even if one color runs out. Thankfully, the cartridges are cheap, so your maintenance cost will remain low. There are XL cartridges that'll last longer, but they still wouldn't yield as many prints as a model with more cartridges, like our budget pick.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best printers for Mac you can buy. 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.