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The 5 Best Epson Printers of 2023 Reviews

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Best Epson Printers

Epson is a company that makes a variety of printers to suit the needs of most common households and small and big businesses. Aside from specialty printers like label printers or disc printers, their consumer-level all-in-ones are mostly inkjets, as they stopped making laser printers several years ago. They have a stunning number of inkjet printers for nearly any use, with the WorkForce, Expression, and EcoTank lines being the most popular.

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  1. Best Epson Printer

    The best Epson printer we've tested is the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850, an all-in-one inkjet model with a refillable ink tank. It has many connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and USB, and it's compatible with Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. The scanner is equipped with an automatic document feeder to process long, multi-page documents quickly, and it can also scan double-sided sheets, albeit in two passes. The scan quality is okay; good enough for documents but not ideal for photos, as it has trouble capturing finer details.

    As for its print quality, it produces very sharp black and color documents. It has a good color range and is exceptionally good at producing small details in photos, but the pictures look grainy. The ink tanks hold a lot of ink and let you print many pages before you need to refill them again. Plus, replacement ink is cheap, so it doesn't cost much to maintain. Overall, it's a great option for any office and is among the best EcoTank printers we've tested.

    If you find this model too pricey, check out the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5180. It has nearly identical features and yields more prints, but it doesn't feel as well built, lacks automatic duplex scanning, and prints slower at 14 black or eight color pages per minute.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Epson Printer

    If you don't need all the features of a high-end model like the Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 and want to save some money, get the Epson EcoTank ET-3850, also one of the best Epson EcoTank printers we've tested. Aside from a few flimsy plastic pieces like the automatic document feeder, this printer feels reasonably well built, with a design that allows easy access to paper jams. You get the usual connectivity options like USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, and it even has voice assistant integration, letting you initiate printing via Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa.

    This model prints black and color documents well. Some finer details don't always come through, but the quality is still very good. Printing speed is so-so; it's decently fast with black and white documents but slow with color documents. A 4" x 6" photo can take over a minute and a half to print, although the photos look very detailed and colorful. What makes this model stand out is its incredibly high page yield. A full tank yields thousands of prints; needless to say, the cost-per-print is exceptionally low.

    If you regularly scan documents, know that the scanner can only process three pages per minute through the feeder, and it doesn't support duplex scanning, so you'll have to flip the pages manually when scanning double-sided sheets.

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  3. Best Budget Epson Printer

    Our best budget pick is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830, an all-in-one color inkjet model. Unlike the higher-end picks above, it uses traditional ink cartridges instead of a refillable ink tank. It feels sturdily built and sports a large touch-sensitive display with an easy-to-navigate user interface. Its ADF-equipped scanner processes up to 18 pages per minute, supports duplex scanning, and has an optical character recognition feature that lets you scan documents into text files for quick keyword searches. Its wide connectivity options include external storage support, meaning it can print directly off a USB flash drive.

    Printing-wise, the WF-4830 performs well. Documents look very sharp, and photos look detailed and reasonably color-accurate. Its printing speed is great; it's just a little slow with color documents. As expected, its page yield is much lower than the EcoTank models, meaning you'll need to replace the ink cartridges often. The cartridges are relatively cheap, so the printer won't cost too much to maintain.

    However, it does require more general maintenance, and you may have to interrupt print jobs often to put in new cartridges. On the upside, it has a massive 500-sheet input tray, which is great for high-volume printing. If you want to save more money, check out the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4820 variant. It performs similarly but has a smaller 250-sheet input tray and a slightly lower ADF capacity.

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  4. Best Cheap Epson Printer

    If you need a cheap printer to get the job done, we recommend the Epson WorkForce WF-2860, a simple all-in-one inkjet printer designed for home use. It has a decent build, a small but responsive touch-sensitive display, and plenty of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet. It works with Epson's mobile companion app, which you can use to print, scan, copy, and perform maintenance tasks. The scanner has an automatic feeder to scan long, multi-page documents but no duplex scanning, so you'll have to flip the pages manually.

    It's quick to initialize and prints black and white documents decently fast at 16 pages per minute; however, it's slow to print color documents and photos. Like most budget models, its low page yield is the main drawback, as its ink cartridges get you only around 250 black and 170 color prints. The overall cost-per-print is good, although color printing can get expensive if you print a lot. There are XL cartridges available if you want to increase the yield, and the printer also accepts third-party ink, which might be cheaper.

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  5. Best Epson Photo Printer

    If you want to print photos, get the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550, one of the best EcoTank printers we've tested. It uses gray and Photo Black ink in addition to the usual cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, letting it produce extremely detailed and colorful photos. It tends to oversaturate colors slightly, so while photos look visually pleasing, they're not the most color-accurate. It takes less than a minute to print a 4" x 6" photo and supports various paper sizes up to 13" x 19", which is great for printing posters. You don't need to worry about high maintenance costs as it's a supertank model with amazing page yields and cheap ink.

    Of course, although it's primarily for photo printing, you can still use it in an office setting. The downside is that you only get a flatbed scanner, so scanning multi-page and double-sided documents can be extremely time-consuming. It doesn't require much maintenance; you just have to ensure you print often enough to prevent the printheads from clogging. If you don't need wide format printing and would rather save money, you can get the cheaper Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500 variant. It performs exactly like the ET-8550 but only supports paper sizes up to 8.5" x 11".

    See our review

Compared to other brands


  • Diverse lineup. Epson has a very diverse lineup that includes printers for home and business use. They also have printers dedicated to printing photos, labels, discs, etc. They also make a good number of dot matrix printers.
  • EcoTank. Epson's EcoTank ink system has one of the best yields for inkjet printers.
  • Monochrome inkjet printers. Epson is one of the few companies that make monochrome inkjet printers.
  • No laser printers. Epson no longer makes laser printers, so they don't have any good options for occasional printing.
  • Photo printing quality is only decent. Although Epson has dedicated photo printers, the photo printing quality of their all-in-one printers and their office printers isn't as good as other brands.

Epson vs Canon

Epson and Canon are very similar. Canon printers are usually better for photo printing, but they don't yield as many pages as Epson's EcoTank printers. Also, while Epson focuses almost exclusively on inkjet printers, Canon makes laser printers as well.

Epson vs HP

Epson and HP are both major printer manufacturers. HP makes a wider range of printers, including laser models, inkjet models, and even portable printers with a built-in battery, whereas Epson focuses mostly on inkjet printers. Epson printers are generally better for photo printing, and their EcoTank printers also have significantly better page yields than most HP printers.

Although Epson printers are popular, they tend to get overshadowed by other brands, as their performance tends to be more middle-of-the-pack. Like other manufacturers, they have a diverse lineup, but Epson is the only one that doesn't produce any laser printers. Since inkjet printers generally have slow printing speeds, they're less desirable for businesses that perform high-volume printing regularly. Their EcoTank printers are successful, though, and are usually among the best for page yield.

Lineup

Epson has a diverse lineup that caters to different needs, and they're generally separated into the two categories below. Although the EcoTank line is a separate line of its own, the EcoTank designation is also used in conjunction with some of the models below to indicate the use of a refillable ink tank system. Epson makes enterprise-grade printers as well, which are only available for businesses.

For Work:

  • WorkForce: High-performance printers for small or home offices.
  • WorkForce Pro: High-yield printers for small or home offices.
  • Point-of-Sale: Receipt printers for small businesses.
  • ColorWorks: Commercial label printers.
  • Pro Imaging: Wide-format photo printers.
  • Impact: Dot matrix printers.
  • DiscProducer: Disc printers.

For Home:

  • Expression: All-in-one family printers.
  • PictureMate: Photo printers.
  • LabelWorks: Label printers.
  • SureColor P-Series: Professional-grade photo printers.

Recent Updates

  1. Mar 09, 2023: Minor text changes to improve clarity. No change in recommendations.

  2. Jan 10, 2023: Minor text changes to improve clarity and readability. No change in recommendations.

  3. Nov 11, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

  4. Sep 12, 2022: Restructured article to better match user expectations. Removed the Epson EcoTank ET-2800 and the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-7310. Added the Epson EcoTank ET-3850 as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' pick, the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4830 as the 'Best Mid-Range' pick, the Epson WorkForce WF-2860 as the 'Best Budget' pick, and the Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8550 as the 'Best Photo' pick.

  5. Jun 13, 2022: Verified accuracy of picks; no change in recommendations.

Conclusion

Epson is one of the top brands for printers, and they offer a variety of printers to suit most needs. However, aside from their hugely popular EcoTank printers, the rest of their lineup doesn't stand out very much. It's disappointing that they no longer make any laser printers since many small offices still rely heavily on the printing speed and efficiency of laser models.

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