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The 4 Best Canon Printers of 2022 Reviews

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Best Canon Printers

Canon is a well-known brand in the world of photography and printing. They have a large catalog of printers to meet the needs of general consumers and businesses, with their PIXMA and imageCLASS lines being the most popular. They make both inkjet and laser printers, color and monochrome, and have a large selection of budget options. With their experience in photography, their printers are usually the go-to option for casual and professional photo printing.

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Best Canon Printers


  1. Best Canon Printer

    The best Canon printer we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw. This laser model has plenty of features to satisfy most office needs, including high page yields and fast printing speeds. Though large and bulky, it feels amazingly well built, with a design that allows easy access to the toner cartridges and paper jams. You can connect to the printer via Wi-Fi, USB, or Ethernet and print directly from a USB flash drive. It has an ADF-equipped scanner with single-pass duplex scanning capability so you can easily digitize multi-page, double-sided documents quickly and without needing to flip the pages manually. As for its page yield, the toner cartridges are good for around 3000 black and 2000 color prints. You can increase the yield with high-yield cartridges, and the printer also accepts third-party toner. The cartridges are a little expensive, but they contain the drum unit, meaning you won't have to spend extra to replace the drum separately.

    It prints very quickly at about 29 black or color pages per minute, and its input tray holds 300 sheets of paper, so you won't have to refill the tray often during large print jobs. Its photo printing quality is passable, but if you're planning on printing photos, you're still better off with an inkjet model. Overall, it's an outstanding option for any office and the best Canon all-in-one printer we've tested. If you only need to print in black, the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw might be a better option. It yields more black prints from a single toner cartridge, and since it doesn't have any color toner cartridges, you can save a lot of money on maintenance. It doesn't print as fast as the MF743dw, but its scanner can process documents significantly faster.

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  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Canon Printer

    If you don't need all the bells and whistles of a high-end model like the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw, you can save some money with the Canon PIXMA G7020, an all-in-one inkjet with a refillable ink tank. A full tank yields around 5400 black and 4700 color prints, so you won't have to replenish the tanks for a while. Plus, the ink bottles are cheap, meaning your maintenance cost will remain low even if you print a lot. Its color accuracy is decent, and unlike most laser printers, it prints great-looking photos that look detailed and vibrant. The downside is that its printing speed is slow at eight black or three color pages per minute.

    The printer's overall build quality is great, and its design allows easy access to the ink tanks and paper jams. It does require a little more maintenance than laser printers as the printheads can clog after extended use, and refilling the tanks can be messy if you aren't careful. The scanner has an automatic feeder; however, it can only process up to 4 pages per minute and doesn't support duplex scanning. You still get the usual Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet connectivity options, and it's compatible with Canon's mobile app. If you want the absolute best Canon PIXMA printer, that would be the Canon PIXMA GX7020. It has duplex scanning, yields a lot more color prints, and prints much faster. However, it's significantly more expensive, so it may or may not be worth it, depending on your needs.

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  3. Best Mid-Range Canon Printer

    Our mid-range pick is the Canon PIXMA TR8620a. It's an all-in-one color inkjet printer with plenty of features to meet every family member's needs. It feels decently well-built and has wide connectivity options, including wireless printing via Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service, making it easily accessible to everyone in the household. The flatbed scanner's lid can extend slightly to accommodate thicker books and documents, and there's an automatic document feeder to make scanning long documents easier. It also has an optical character recognition feature that lets you scan documents into a text file, which means you can then edit the text.

    As for its printing performance, it can print excellent-looking photos with plenty of fine details and vibrant colors. Its black page yield isn't that great, so you'll have to replace the black ink cartridge fairly often, but its color page yield is good as it can print over 300 color pages before the ink runs low. The ink cartridges are inexpensive, so the cost-per-print is pretty low. Its printing speed is okay; it churns out about 12 black and white or four color pages per minute and can perform automatic double-sided printing. It accepts letter and legal size paper, envelopes, and photo paper of various sizes. Overall, this is a versatile all-in-one and one of the best Canon printers for home use we've tested.

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  4. Best Budget Canon Printer

    The best budget Canon printer we've tested is the Canon PIXMA TS6420a. Once again, it's an all-in-one inkjet model that prints excellent-quality photos. It's relatively compact, making it a good option for tight spaces, although it doesn't feel particularly well built. It has Wi-Fi and USB connectivity and supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. It's compatible with Canon's mobile companion app, which you can use to print, scan, copy, and perform maintenance tasks. There's a flatbed scanner but no ADF, so it isn't ideal for scanning long documents.

    Unfortunately, like most budget printers, this model only has two cartridges that yield around 120 black and 230 color prints, meaning you'll have to replace them regularly. Also, since it uses a tri-color cartridge, you'll have to replace the color cartridge even if a single color runs out. The cartridges are relatively cheap, but the cost will still add up quickly if you print a lot. The other downside is its slow printing speeds. All in all, it's a simple printer that can get the job done, but it's only a good option if you print occasionally. Otherwise, you're better off with a more mid-range model like the Canon PIXMA TR8620a.

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Compared to other brands


  • Good photo printing quality. Most of Canon's printers have good photo printing quality, even the budget options.
  • Higher color page yield. While most printers from other brands yield more black pages than color pages, Canon's printers tend to have a higher color page yield.
  • Many affordable options. Canon tends to have more budget options than other brands.
  • Inkjet printers have low black page yield. Most of Canon's home inkjet printers have a lower black page yield.

Compared to other brands, Canon is arguably the best for photo printing. Their inkjet printers tend to have a better color page yield, making them more cost-effective for printing photos. Also, their photo printing quality is usually better, as even the most basic budget option can print good-looking photos. Compared to Brother or Epson, Canon has more options in the budget range. However, if you mainly print in black, it's better to go with one of their laser models, as their inkjet printers tend to have a lower black page yield than other brands.

Lineup

Canon's printer lineup is large and diverse, ranging from consumer-level all-in-ones to large enterprise-grade printers. This list isn't exhaustive and only contains printers available to general consumers.

  • PIXMA: Consumer-level printers for personal and home use, also includes photo printers.
  • PIXMA G-Series: Refillable ink tank (MegaTank) printers.
  • PIXMA PRO: Professional inkjet printers.
  • SELPHY/IVY: Compact photo printers.
  • MAXIFY: High-yield inkjet printers for small offices.
  • imageCLASS: Laser printers for home or small offices.

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 31, 2022: Restructured article to better match user expectations. Removed the Canon MAXIFY GX7020 and added the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw as the top pick. Added the Canon PIXMA G7020 as an upper mid-range pick and the Canon PIXMA TS6420a as a budget pick.

  2. Apr 29, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

  3. Jan 31, 2022: Made minor text changes based on new test bench update.

  4. Dec 02, 2021: Verified availability and accuracy of picks, and updated text for clarity.

  5. Sep 03, 2021: Replaced the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw with the Canon MAXIFY GX7020, as the latter has a significantly cheaper cost-per-print and prints black text documents faster. Verified availability of picks.

Conclusion

Canon is one of the top companies when it comes to printers. They're also one of the best, if not the best, for photo printing; this isn't surprising, given their long history in photography. They have a large selection of printers at all price points, so you can find what you need with ease.

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