While compatibility has improved in recent years, some printers still don't work well or not at all with Macs, so we've compiled a list of the best printers that are fully compatible with macOS. These models work seamlessly out of the box without installing drivers or third-party apps. Many options exist, from feature-rich color laser models to simple inkjet printers for occasional use.
We've tested over 130 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 Brother MFC-L8905CDW. This feature-rich all-in-one produces incredibly sharp documents, prints quickly at up to 32 pages per minute (black or color), and doesn't need much maintenance. It has Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet connectivity, and it supports Apple AirPrint, so you can print immediately without installing any drivers or third-party apps. The flatbed scanner can scan up to Legal size (8.5" x 14") sheets and processes multi-page documents quickly through its automatic feeder. It also supports single-pass duplex scanning, so you won't need to flip the pages manually when scanning double-sided sheets.
As for its page yield and maintenance cost, although the toner cartridges are somewhat expensive, they last a long time, so the printer won't cost much to maintain over time. You have to replace the drum separately, which is an added expense, but again, it isn't something you need to do regularly since the drum is usually good for 30,000 prints. If this model is too costly, cheaper variants are available, like the Brother MFC-L8610CDW, which lacks duplex scanning and has a smaller 8.5" x 11" flatbed scanner. You can see more details about all the variants in the full review.
Like most laser printers, the Brother MFC-L8905CDW isn't ideal for photo printing. Pictures come out looking flat, grainy, and lacking in detail. If you need to print photos, get the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 instead. This inkjet model produces incredibly detailed and colorful photos and supports wide format paper up to 13" x 19". Its maintenance cost is very low, as it yields thousands of prints from a full ink tank, and replacement ink is cheap. There are some trade-offs, though, like the lack of an automatic feeder, slower printing speeds, and a higher purchase price. A cheaper alternative is its Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500 variant; it gives you the same print quality as the ET-8550 but has a smaller 8.5 x 11.7" flatbed scanner and only supports paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11".
Our best upper mid-range pick is the Canon Color imageCLASS MF656Cdw, a color laser all-in-one. It has the same features as the Brother MFC-L8905CDW and produces documents that look just as good. It yields significantly more color prints, so you won't have to replace the cartridges as often. Since its toner cartridges contain the drum, you won't have to replace the drum separately, making maintenance easier. However, it prints slower at 22 pages per minute, and that's only achievable via a wired USB or Ethernet connection, which is inconvenient if you don't have space near your computer or router to put the printer. Scan speed is also slower but still respectable at 14 pages per minute. Cheaper variants are available; you can see more details in our full review.
If you only print black and white documents, get the Brother MFC-L2750DW. It's slightly cheaper than the Canon, and while it doesn't yield as many prints, it still costs less to maintain because there's only one cartridge to replace. It produces sharp, detailed documents, warms up quickly, and prints up to 36 pages per minute. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB, or Ethernet, and it supports NFC, so you can connect by tapping your NFC-enabled device against the printer. Again, cheaper variants are available, like the Brother MFC-L2710DW, which will give you the same print quality but lacks duplex scanning and prints a tad slower at 32 pages per minute. You can also get variants with a longer-lasting high-yield or super-high-yield cartridge, like the MFC-L2750DWXL.
Our best mid-range pick is 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, meaning you won't have to spend too much on maintenance. It wakes up quickly, gets a single page out in only 11 seconds, prints 17 black or 15 color pages per minute, and supports automatic double-sided printing.
Document printing quality is excellent, whether you print in black-only or in color. Photos also look detailed but slightly muted due to the printer's narrow color range. There's some graininess in the pictures, too. Like other printers on this list, you get Apple AirPrint support, so you don't need to install anything to use the printer. 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.
If you're on a tight budget, we recommend the Brother MFC-J1205W, also sold as the Brother MFC-J1215W at Walmart. Given its low price point, this all-in-one inkjet printer feels surprisingly well-built. Like our mid-range pick, it also uses four ink cartridges. These cartridges get you around 1100 black and 700 color pages and aren't overly expensive, so your cost per print will remain low over time. Naturally, there are compromises since it's a budget-friendly model, like the lack of an ADF and automatic double-sided printing. Its printing speed is also slower at nine black or six color pages per minute, so it isn't the best option for printing long reports or essays.
If you need a cheap printer that can get the job done for those occasional one-off projects, consider the Canon PIXMA MG3620. The build doesn't feel 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 just one color runs out. Thankfully, the cartridges are cheap, so your maintenance costs will remain low. There are XL cartridges that'll last longer, but they still yield fewer prints than 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.