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The 3 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 For Small/Home Office

    The best Canon all-in-one printer for small or home offices is the Canon MAXIFY GX7020. This color inkjet feels amazingly well-built, and you can easily access the paper jams from the back of the printer. It has two large front input cassettes that hold a lot of paper, so you won't have to refill the paper as often. Another thing you won't need to worry about refilling is the ink. Instead of traditional cartridges, it has four ink tanks that you fill up yourself with ink bottles. They hold a lot more ink, so you can print many pages before needing to worry about buying new cartridges, which keeps running costs low. It prints black and white documents quickly, though color documents take more time. If you only need to print one page every few hours, it's very fast to print it out, even if the printer has been idle for a long time. If your work requires you to scan often, it has a flatbed with hinges that raise for scanning thicker items, as well as an automatic document feeder that can scan double-sided sheets. There's even a built-in fax if you need it.

    Unfortunately, while the printing speed for documents is decent, it isn't as fast as some other options. For example, the Canon imageCLASS MF743Cdw prints color documents significantly faster, and it's also a good alternative color laser choice if you're more comfortable using laser printers in an office setting. The Canon's fantastic scanning features and incredibly high page yields make it an outstanding printer for small or home offices, making it one of the best office printers we've tested.

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  2. Best Canon Printer For Home Use

    If you're looking for a printer for home use, we recommend a Canon PIXMA printer like the Canon PIXMA TR8620. 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 it 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. It's also compatible with Canon's mobile app, which lets you print, copy, and scan directly from your smartphone. 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 doesn't scan very fast and can't perform double-sided scans; however, it can scan at a high resolution, which is great for digitizing photos. 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. Luckily, the ink cartridges are relatively inexpensive, so the cost-per-print is pretty low. Its printing speed is okay; it churns out about nine black and white or four color pages per minute, and it 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 well-suited for home use and is the best Canon PIXMA printer we've tested.

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  3. Best Monochrome Canon Printer

    The best Canon printer for monochrome printing we've tested is the Canon imageCLASS MF445dw. This all-in-one laser printer is a fantastic choice if you don't need to print in color. Although its toner cartridges can be expensive to replace, this model can print many pages before the toner runs out. It helps you save money in the long run since you won't need to spend time and effort on maintenance, even if you print a lot. It prints long documents very quickly, and it also doesn't take much time to print out just one page, even if you haven't used the printer for a few hours. If you need to scan often, it has both a flatbed scanner and an automatic document feeder, which should cover all your needs. It even has a built-in fax in case you need it. You can print in many ways, like via Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, AirPrint, and Mopria Print Service. If you prefer a more secure, wired connection, you can print directly from USB flash drives, connect it to your network via Ethernet, or plug it into your computer directly.

    Unfortunately, you have to have the computer hard-wired to a PC to use the Scanner MF Utility for duplex scanning, which can be inconvenient and limit where you can place it. Also, reaching for paper jams might be impossible if you have large hands since the back panel doesn't open fully. That said, it's a remarkably well-built and solid-feeling printer that's an outstanding choice for black and white printing, and it's among the best printers for small businesses that we've tested.

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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 contains only printers that are 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. Apr 29, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. Jun 08, 2021: Replaced the Canon PIXMA TR8520 with the Canon PIXMA TR8620 as the former has been discontinued. Verified availability of picks and updated text for clarity.

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 should be able to find exactly what you need with ease.

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