HP, also known as Hewlett-Packard, is a home electronics brand that focuses on computer-related products, including printers. They make a diverse range of printers like inkjet or laser, color or monochrome, all-in-one or print-only units, and even portable printers with a built-in rechargeable battery. While their selection can be overwhelming, they're separated into several different lineups, so it's easier to find what you need. Each lineup has different pros and cons that align more closely with their specific usages, and they come at several price points, so you can easily find a printer that works for you.
The best HP printer we've tested is the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw. This color laser all-in-one feels remarkably well-built, and its design allows easy access to toner cartridges and paper jams. Its ADF-equipped scanner scans up to 25 pages per minute, and it can scan double-sided sheets in a single pass, so you don't need to flip the pages manually. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet, and it supports Apple AirPrint and Mopria Print Service. A mobile app is available for Android and iOS devices, which you can use to print, scan, copy, or perform maintenance tasks.
As for its printing performance, this model produces incredibly sharp documents, doesn't take long to warm up, and prints very quickly at 21 black or 29 color pages per minute. The regular toner cartridges yield around 2400 black and 2100 color pages before they run out, and you can get XL cartridges that'll last even longer, further reducing maintenance. The cartridges are expensive, but since you won't have to replace them often, the overall cost-per-print is very low. Plus, they have the drum built-in, meaning you won't have to replace the drum separately. Its color accuracy is okay, but like most laser printers, it isn't ideal for photo printing. Other than that, this is an outstanding all-in-one that'll satisfy most office needs.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e is our best mid-range pick and one of the best HP printers for home use we've tested. It's an all-in-one inkjet model with an excellent cartridge system. It yields around 1100 black and 700 color pages, which you can further increase with XL cartridges. It also accepts third-party ink cartridges, which might help you save more money, and this model comes with six months of ink through HP's Instant Ink subscription, a service that delivers ink to you when the printer detects low ink levels. Its overall printing speed is great at around 16 black or 14 color pages per minute, and it can print double-sided automatically.
In addition to Wi-Fi, USB, and Ethernet connectivity, you can print directly from a USB flash drive. The scanner has many features, including an automatic document feeder, duplex scanning capability (single-pass), and optical character recognition (OCR). OCR lets you scan documents into text files, making it easier to edit or search for keywords. Unfortunately, the scan quality is sub-par, so it isn't the best for digitizing photos. It prints outstanding quality documents and very detailed photos with reasonable color accuracy, albeit with a little bit of graininess in the pictures. The design allows easy access to paper jams and ink cartridges, and the power cord is removable, so it's easy to replace if it gets damaged.
If you want something more modest for home use, get the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e, a cheaper sibling of the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e we recommend above. You may find it under another model number, like the 8022e or the 8035e. All of the variants are identical; the model number only changes depending on the region and retailer. Models like the 8025 and 8028 are older versions that don't include the six-month subscription to HP's ink service.
With that out of the way, let's talk about this printer's performance and features. It has a sturdy build, a design that allows easy access to paper jams, and a user-friendly touch-sensitive display. Its connectivity options include the usual USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, and it's compatible with HP's feature-rich mobile app, which lets you print, scan, and perform maintenance tasks directly from your smartphone. The scanner produces good quality scans; however, it's rather slow, as it only scans three pages per minute through the automatic feeder and doesn't support duplex scanning.
Regarding print quality, the 8025e produces exceptionally sharp black and color documents. It also produces very detailed photos; it just doesn't have the widest color range, so printed pictures can look a little muted. Features aside, the biggest difference between this model and the 9025e above is page yield. Its ink cartridges are only good for about 240 black and 270 color prints, meaning you'll have to replace them regularly. The cost per print is still low because the cartridges are relatively cheap. This model also comes with six months of free ink through HP's ink subscription service, which will help save some money, at least for a limited time.
If you need something that can get the job done for those occasional projects, consider the HP DeskJet 3755. Like the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e above, this printer has many variants. Again, they're all identical in feature and performance, as they're merely regional or retailer-exclusive variants. It's a simple and compact inkjet all-in-one that's well-suited for small spaces like college dorm rooms. It doesn't have a flatbed scanner, but you can scan via its feeder. The scanner supports up to legal-size sheets and has a software-based optical character recognition feature. Unfortunately, it can't scan double-sided documents, so you'll have to flip the pages manually. You still get Wi-Fi and USB connectivity, and you can print through its mobile companion app.
The biggest drawback of this model is its page yield. Its black and tri-color cartridges yield only about 100 black and 40 color prints, meaning you'll have to replace them regularly. Also, since it only has a tri-color cartridge, you'll have to replace the whole cartridge even if only one color runs out. Its printing speed is slow at five black or three color pages per minute, so it isn't the best for printing long papers or essays. It prints surprisingly good-looking photos with adequate color accuracy, but it's best to avoid printing too many photos, as you'll end up spending more money on replacement ink than the printer itself.
For on-the-go printing, we recommend the HP OfficeJet 250, a compact model with a built-in rechargeable battery. It's a great option if you travel a lot for work or run an outdoor kiosk and need to print receipts. The battery is good for about 225 prints and takes around two hours to fully charge. It produces sharp documents but is just a little slow, as it only prints three black or six color pages per minute. Despite its compact size, you still get an ADF scanner that produces high-quality scans. It also has an optical character recognition (OCR) feature that lets you save scans as PDFs for quick keyword searches.
The biggest downside with this printer is its page yield, as 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 isn't too bad because the cartridges are relatively cheap, although 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.
HP tends to make a diverse assortment of printers, each of which is for different uses. Their photo printing lineup ENVY, for example, is comparable to Canon's PIXMA lineup, while their LaserJet Pro and LaserJet Enterprise lineups are more similar to Brother's current offering of office printers. As a whole, HP's printers have few similar characteristics between lineups. However, thanks to their variety, their printers come in many different price ranges, so you can find something at a price point that suits your budget.
HP offers several different printer lineups to suit your specific needs. They use the following names:
Feb 20, 2023: Minor text and structure changes. Added the HP OfficeJet 250 as the 'Best Portable HP Printer'.
Dec 22, 2022: Replaced the HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 with the HP OfficeJet Pro 8025e because it performs better and is cheaper.
Oct 28, 2022: Minor structure change. Replaced the HP ENVY Inspire 7255e with the HP OfficeJet Pro 6978 because the OfficeJet Pro 6978 is cheaper, has more scanner features, and produces higher-quality documents.
Aug 30, 2022: Restructured article to better match user expectations. Removed the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w. Added the HP ENVY Inspire 7255e as a budget pick and the HP DeskJet 3755 as a cheap pick.
Jun 16, 2022: Replaced HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e with the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e due to print quality issues with the 9015e. Replaced HP LaserJet Enterprise M507dn with the HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202w because it has a better page yield, wider connectivity options, and is cheaper.
HP is a well-known brand that offers many different printers at varying price points to better suit your needs. Their build quality and performances shift around depending on the lineup you're looking at. There's even a noticeable difference in their cartridge performances, with their Smart Tank and LaserJet Pros having the highest yields; this is normal in supertank and laser printers. That said, HP's printers can suit most budgets and printing needs while offering a fairly well-rounded performance.