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The 7 Best Printers - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Printers

If you're searching for the perfect printer to buy for your home or office, the right choice will depend mostly on your needs and habits. The type of printer that's best for you depends on how many pages you print, how often you print, and the type of media you print. For example, if you're shopping for your small office, features like a high page yield at a cheap cost and an automatic document feeder are good to have. On the other hand, if you want to print pictures, then a color printer that produces good-looking photos and is compatible with photo paper is ideal.

We've tested over 120 printers, and below are our recommendations for the best printers you can buy. You can also check our picks for the best home printers, the best all-in-one printers, and the best small business printers.

  1. Best Printer

    The best printer we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, an all-in-one color laser model designed for small or home offices. It feels super well-built, with a design that allows easy access to paper jams and cartridges, making maintenance a breeze. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, and it can also print directly from a USB flash drive. Its ADF-equipped scanner produces outstanding scans and processes double-sided sheets in a single pass, although it's a little slow, as it only scans up to five pages per minute.

    Printing-wise, it produces very high-quality documents and is quick, pushing out 29 black or color pages per minute. Additionally, it supports automatic duplex printing, so you don't need to flip the pages manually when printing double-sided sheets. The toner cartridges yield a large number of prints, around 3000 black and 2000 color. The cartridges are on the expensive side, but since you won't have to replace them often, it won't cost much to maintain over time. Plus, the cartridges have the drum built-in, so you won't need to spend extra to replace the drum.

    The main drawback with the MF743Cdw is that, like most laser printers, it isn't good for photo printing. If photo printing is a priority, get the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 instead, an all-in-one supertank inkjet model. It prints exceptionally detailed and colorful photos and supports paper sizes up to 13" x 19", which is great for printing posters. Its ink tank yields thousands of prints, and replacement ink is cheap, so you don't need to worry about high maintenance costs. There are some trade-offs, though, like the lack of an automatic feeder and slower printing speeds. Also, the Epson is more expensive.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Printer

    If you only print black and white documents, a monochrome model might be a good option. Our recommendation is the Brother MFC-L2750DW, an all-in-one laser printer. In addition to the usual Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet connectivity, it supports NFC, meaning you can tap your NFC-enabled device against the printer to connect. The scanner has an automatic feeder to quickly process multi-page documents and scans double-sided sheets in a single pass.

    The toner cartridge yields about 1200 prints and is cheap. Plus, since it's a monochrome printer, you only have one cartridge to replace, making the cost per print exceptionally low. You have to replace the drum separately; however, the drum is usually good for around 12,000 prints, so you likely won't need to do it too often. As for its printing performance, documents look incredibly sharp, and they come out quickly at 36 pages per minute.

    If you find this model a little too expensive, know that there are many variants with slightly different features and performance. You can get a cheaper variant with fewer features, like the Brother MFC-L2710DW, which lacks duplex scanning and prints a little slower. Some models are also available in bundles that come with a longer-lasting XL toner cartridge, like the Brother MFC-L2750DWXL. You can see the differences between the variants in the full review.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Printer

    If you want something more modest for home use, we recommend the Brother MFC-J4335DW, one of the best color printers we've tested. This well-built inkjet all-in-one has plenty of features and a high page yield to help keep your maintenance costs low. You can connect to the printer via USB or Wi-Fi, and it's compatible with Brother's mobile companion app, which you can use to print, scan, copy, and perform maintenance tasks.

    It produces high-quality documents, and while it doesn't have the best color accuracy or color range, printed photos still look very detailed. It prints quickly at 17 black or 15 color pages per minute and doesn't take long to wake from sleep. Its ADF-equipped scanner scans up to 20 pages per minute but doesn't support duplex scanning, so you'll still have to flip the pages manually when scanning double-sided sheets.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Printer

    Our best budget printer pick is the Brother MFC-J1205W, a simple inkjet all-in-one. It produces very sharp black and color documents as well as detailed and reasonably color-accurate photos. It also doesn't cost much to maintain as the ink cartridges yield a large number of prints and are relatively cheap. Of course, as it's a budget model, there are a few compromises, like the lack of an automatic document feeder and Ethernet connectivity. Also, its printing speed is slower, so it isn't the best option for printing long reports or essays.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Printer

    If you only need to print once in a blue moon, you might want to consider a cheap printer. We recommend the Canon PIXMA MG3620. Although it doesn't feel particularly well-built and only has a basic flatbed scanner, it still prints good-quality documents and photos. It takes a little longer than most inkjet printers to initialize and prints only nine black or three color pages per minute, so patience is a must. You still get USB and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service support.

    Like most printers in its price range, the main drawback is its page yield. It only has two ink cartridges–one black and one tri-color–and they're only good for around 200 black and color prints. Replacement ink is relatively cheap, so maintenance cost isn't the issue; it's just inconvenient because it requires a lot of maintenance, and you might end up with lots of faded or incomplete prints. Also, since it uses a tri-color cartridge, you have to replace the entire cartridge if a single color runs out. Again, it's a good option if you only need a printer occasionally, but if you print more regularly, it's best to get a model with better page yields.

    See our review

  6. Best Portable Printer

    For on-the-go printing, get the HP OfficeJet 250. It's a great option if you travel a lot for work or run a kiosk and need to print out receipts. It has a rechargeable battery that lasts about 225 prints and takes around two hours to fully charge. Despite its compact size, it still manages to pack an ADF scanner with a maximum scanning resolution of 600 DPI, which is more than enough for text documents and photos. It also has an optical character recognition (OCR) feature, allowing you to scan documents into PDFs for quick keyword searches.

    Unfortunately, it prints very slowly at one page per minute for both black and color documents. It's a bit faster when plugged in, but not by much. Also, it can only print 100-150 pages before the ink runs out, meaning you might need to carry a few extra cartridges. The cost per print is okay, though color printing can get expensive if you print a lot. On the upside, you can get XL cartridges that'll last longer, and it also accepts third-party ink, which might be cheaper.

    See our review

  7. Best Wide Format Printer

    If you need a printer that supports tabloid-size paper, get the Epson EcoTank ET-15000. It's an inkjet supertank model that yields thousands of prints, making it a great choice for printing large posters in bulk. It prints fairly quickly, and its input tray holds 270 sheets of paper, meaning you can complete large print jobs with minimal interruptions. One thing to note is that while it has duplex printing capability, it doesn't work when printing tabloid size. You get the usual Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet connectivity and support for Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. It has a high-resolution scanner with an ADF; however, it only processes up to five pages per minute through the feeder and lacks duplex scanning capability.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw: The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw is one of the best color printers we've tested. It scans faster than the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, but it doesn't yield as many black prints and is significantly more expensive. See our review
  • Brother HL-L2325DW: The Brother HL-L2325DW is a cheaper alternative to the Brother MFC-L2750DW if you don't need a scanner. It's identical to the MFC-L2750DW in print quality, but its toner cartridge yields fewer pages, and it prints slightly slower at 33 pages per minute. It also lacks Ethernet connectivity and NFC support. See our review
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 7740: The HP OfficeJet Pro 7740 is a good alternative to the Epson EcoTank ET-15000. It's cheaper, and its scanner supports up to 11" x 17" sheets and duplex scanning. However, it yields significantly fewer prints than the Epson, meaning you'll have to spend more on replacement ink over time. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 13, 2023: Minor text changes to improve clarity and added the Brother HL-L2325DW as a Notable Mention. No change in recommendations.

  2. Dec 16, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

  3. Nov 18, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

  4. Oct 19, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

  5. Sep 19, 2022: Replaced the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw with the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw because the Canon prints faster, yields more black prints, and is much cheaper. Replaced the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw with the Brother MFC-L2750DW because the Brother has better print quality.

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.