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The 5 Best Printers For Mac - Winter 2023 Reviews

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Best Printers For Mac

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 120 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.


  1. Best Printer For Mac

    The best printer for Mac we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, an all-in-one color laser model. It produces amazing quality black and color documents and prints very quickly, up to 29 pages per minute. It supports automatic duplex printing, meaning you don't need to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided sheets. Its large 300-sheet input tray capacity is great for large print jobs, as you won't have to interrupt the printing to refill the paper tray.

    As for the scanner, the scan quality is also outstanding, and there's an automatic feeder with single-pass duplex scanning to process multi-page and double-sided documents. It's a little slow, as it only scans up to five pages per minute, although it's still better than scanning each sheet manually. This printer doesn't require much maintenance, as the toner cartridges last a long time. The cartridges are expensive, but since you don't need to replace them often, it ends up being very cost-effective in the long run. Also, the cartridges have the drum built-in, so you don't need to spend extra to replace it.

    Like most laser printers, the main downside is that it isn't ideal for photo printing. If you need to print photos, get the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 instead, an all-in-one supertank model. It produces incredibly detailed and colorful photos, supports various paper sizes up to 13" x 19", and doesn't cost much to maintain. There are some trade-offs, as it only has a flatbed scanner with no automatic feeder, doesn't print as quickly, and is more expensive. If cost is a concern, you can get the cheaper Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500 variant; it gives you the same print quality but only supports paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11".

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Printer For Mac

    If you only print black and white documents, go with the Brother MFC-L2750DW. Not only is it cheaper upfront, but it'll cost less to maintain since you only need to replace one cartridge. Additionally, the cartridge yields a large number of prints and is cheap. You have to replace the drum separately; however, it's usually good for around 12,000 prints, so you likely won't need to do it too often. It produces sharp documents, doesn't take long to warm up, and prints quickly at 36 pages per minute. Its connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, and it supports Apple AirPrint.

    A quick note about this printer: there are many variants with slightly different features and performance. So, if you want to save money, you can get a variant like the Brother MFC-L2710DW, which lacks duplex scanning and prints a little slower at 32 pages per minute. Some variants come with high-yield and/or super high-yield cartridges that'll last longer, like the Brother MFC-L2750DWXL. You can see all the variants and their differences in the full review.

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  3. Best Mid-Range Printer For Mac

    If you want to save money with a more modest mid-range model, 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, meaning you won't have to spend too much on maintenance. It wakes up quickly and gets a single page out in only 11 seconds, prints 17 black or 15 color pages per minute, and supports automatic double-sided printing.

    In terms of the print quality, black and color documents look amazing. Photos look detailed but slightly muted due to the printer's narrow color range, and there's some graininess in the pictures, too. You get USB and Wi-Fi connectivity along with Apple AirPrint support, so you don't need to go through the hassle of installing drivers or apps 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.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Printer For Mac

    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 slower 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; you don't need any drivers.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Printer For Mac

    If you 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 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 costs 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.

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Notable Mentions

  • Brother HL-L2325DW: The Brother HL-L2325DW is a cheaper alternative to the Brother MFC-L2750DW if you don't need a scanner. Its print quality is just as good as the MFC-L2750DW; however, it prints a little slower at 33 pages per minute, and its toner cartridge yields slightly fewer prints. See our review
  • Brother MFC-J4535DW: The Brother MFC-J4535DW is a great all-in-one printer for home use. However, it isn't worth getting over the Brother MFC-J4335DW because it's more expensive, and its higher price tag only gets you a larger input tray, a better display, and a slightly higher black page yield. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 20, 2023: Minor text changes to improve clarity. No change in recommendations.

  2. Nov 21, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

All Reviews

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.

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