Best Printers

If you're looking for a top printer, you'll find a huge range of models offering every conceivable feature and extra. How do you decide which is best for you?

Our five finalists will do just about everything, from rapid black and white printing to scanning, copying, automatic color duplexing, and outputting from a smartphone or tablet.

We're happy to recommend any of them.

So how did we come to these decisions? A full analysis follows.

How we pick the best printers

We conduct a series of tests to compare printers and then rank them accordingly. First, we test print speed. We conduct a five-page test for mono printing and colour, and then run the same test again with a 20-page document, as well as another five-page test of a document that combines mono text with colour images. If a printer takes larger than A4 sizes of paper, then we’ll make sure we test the speed of that too.

Then comes quality. We examine how good a printer is in all modes (draft, normal and high quality) for both text and images. We check colour accuracy to make sure photos come out as lifelike as possible, and test a large range of colours to ensure a printer can handle all shades.

Printer ink is expensive, so it’s important to consider print costs. We calculate the cost of ink for a mono print and for a colour one. It could be that you’re better off paying more upfront for a printer as it will end up cheaper in the long run, especially if your demand for printing is high.

Finally, we look at all the other aspects: how big is it, how easy is it to set up and use, does it come with special features? We combine all this information together to decide which printer is best.

We’d recommend any of the seven printers we’ve chosen here, depending on your needs.

Most Recommended best home printers: Detailed Reviews 2018

1. Best Overall: HP Officejet Pro 8740

The HP Officejet’s performance in our tests makes it the best overall all-in-one printer, especially for those looking for a high-volume model. With a recommended printing capacity of 2,000 pages a month, the HP Officejet Pro 8740 is a real workhorse.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 All-in-One Wireless Printer with Mobile Printing, HP Instant Ink & Amazon Dash Replenishment ready (K7S42A)
  • Main functions of this HP color inkjet photo printer: copy, scan, wireless printing, AirPrint, two-sided duplex printing, touchscreen, Instant Ink ready so you'll never run out of ink.
  • Mobile printing: print from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet with the free HP ePrint app, easily print from your iPhone or iPad with AirPrint, print even without a network using Wireless Direct printing
  • HP Print Forward Design: advanced paper handling for business, no trays or extensions, private and hassle-free output. Advanced duplex capability with single-pass duplex copy/scan.
  • Spend up to 50% less per page compared with lasers. Ideal for small workgroups who need professional-quality, affordable color and versatile all-in-one capabilities.
  • Choose an ink replenishment service - Let your printer track usage and have ink delivered before you run out. Either reorder Original HP 952 ink cartridges only when you need them through Amazon Dash Replenishment, or save up to 50% by paying for pages printed through HP Instant Ink.

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In addition to being able to produce a large quantity of printed documents, the Officejet Pro also has great print resolution of 1200 x 600 dpi (dots per inch) in black and white and an impressive 9600 x 2400 dpi in color, which means that the images you print will be sharp and clean.

Speed is always a factor when using an at-home printer, and the HP Officejet is fast, printing at over 15 pages per minute in both black and white and color. With two printing trays that each hold 250 pages, this printer can stock a standard-size ream of paper, which means replacing your paper less frequently.

It also offers many wireless connectivity options so that you can print from mobile devices. The only real downside is its size. At 15.6 inches high, 19.4 inches wide and 18.1 inches deep, this printer takes up a lot of valuable desk space.

While this printer has the best combination of speed, quality and capacity of all-in-ones available right now, it might be a little overkill for the average family. To get the best value, you’ll only want to go with this printer if you use it daily and for a large volume of documents.

PROS

  • Built to last, this model uses durable materials in its construction.
  • It has an extra paper tray and a plain paper capacity of 500 sheets.
  • Both black-and-white and color printing on this machine are fast, at an average of about 15 pages per minute.

CONS

  • Photo printing takes a little longer.
  • If you’re looking for a home office printer for occasional use, you won’t need all the extra features this printer has to offer.
  • This printer takes up a lot of desk space.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 Review - All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer (Source: Youtube.com)


2. Xerox Workcenter 6027

For bigger businesses, there is usually a real workhorse of a copy machine that can often also print and scan.

More often than not, that machine is made by Xerox.

For the small business or home office, you can bring in some of that workhorse sensibility with this much smaller Xerox model.

With a Duty Cycle of 30,000 pages, this device is built for the long haul and it’s designed to work hard.

The paper tray holds 150 sheets while the document handler can take 15 sheets.

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Xerox WorkCentre 6027/NI Wireless Color Multifunction Printer
  • The compact Phase 6022 color LED printer excels in small office environments
  • Xerox WorkCentre 6027NI Color LED MFP (18 ppm) (525 MHz) (512 MB) (8.5" x 14") (1200 x 2400 dpi) (Duty Cycle 30 000 Pages) (p/s/c/f) (USB) (Ethernet) (Wireless) (Energy Star) (150 Sheet Input Tray)
  • Color Laser. Compact MFP with Wi-Fi connectivity excels in small office environments
  • Paper capacity-Tray (Main tray)- 150 sheets. Paper size-Custom sizes-3 x 5 inches to 8.5 x 14 inches. Document handler Capacity- 15 sheets. Connectivity-10/100BaseTX Ethernet, High-Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi b/g/n

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You can go wireless with WiFi or connect using Ethernet or USB.

It’s not the fastest printer on this list but it is pretty fast, with speeds of 18 ppm. Full-color prints are printed in 13 seconds.

Off note, the scanning and copying functions on this machine are more robust than you’ll see on a lot of the finest all-in-one printers.

You have more options and ultimately can get better scans. When you read reviews for this printer, you’ll see a lot of love but also quite a few unsatisfied customers.

It seems like the Xerox Workcenter 6027 can be hit or miss. This can definitely be that high-powered workhorse you’d get at a big office at home but results may vary.

The cost of toner is one potential detriment with this machine.

PROS

  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Energy Star certified
  • The copy and scan functions are excellent
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    Good for those with high demand printing needs
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    Variety of connection options
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    First-rate print speed

CONS

  • Duplex printing not available
  • The cost of replacement toner can be steep
  • It’s not compatible with certain programs
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    Setup can be a pain

Verdict: Although a number of people have had big problems with this printer, the Xerox Workcenter 6027 is a workhorse that is noteworthy for its strong copy and scan functionality.

Xerox WorkCentre 6027 (NL/BE) (Source: Youtube.com)

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3. Best Photo Printer - Canon Pixma MG7720

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Xerox WorkCentre 6027/NI Wireless Color Multifunction Printer
  • The compact Phase 6022 color LED printer excels in small office environments
  • Xerox WorkCentre 6027NI Color LED MFP (18 ppm) (525 MHz) (512 MB) (8.5" x 14") (1200 x 2400 dpi) (Duty Cycle 30 000 Pages) (p/s/c/f) (USB) (Ethernet) (Wireless) (Energy Star) (150 Sheet Input Tray)
  • Color Laser. Compact MFP with Wi-Fi connectivity excels in small office environments
  • Paper capacity-Tray (Main tray)- 150 sheets. Paper size-Custom sizes-3 x 5 inches to 8.5 x 14 inches. Document handler Capacity- 15 sheets. Connectivity-10/100BaseTX Ethernet, High-Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi b/g/n

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While both the black and white and color page speeds on this printer are on the slow side at 1.5 pages per minute with a resolution of 9600 x 2400 dots per inch, the Canon Pixma reproduces high-resolution photos faster and better than any of the other all-in-one printers we tested.

The superior print quality comes from the Canon Pixma’s six cartridges, which includes gray and photo-black ink and makes the print contrast more accurate. Because of these additional cartridges, we found the cost would come to about 0.18 cents per printed page, slightly higher than other devices but still a good value.

The printer also includes multiple ways to connect to your device. It has wired and wireless options, including cloud, Wi-Fi and app printing, as well as via ethernet cable. The printer is missing a USB connection, which is bit of a letdown if you’re looking to directly connect a laptop or other device.

Although this printer is a great value for a home printer, it’s missing some features that would be helpful if you’re looking for a printer that can handle a heavier office workload, such as a larger paper tray; the Pixma only has room for 125 sheets in its primary tray and another 20 pages in its secondary tray.

The Canon Pixma is also missing a document feeder for copies and a built-in faxing capability.

PROS

  • The Canon Pixma's photo print time and quality are better than any printer we reviewed.
  • It comes with two additional color inks that help make the print quality richer than other all-in-ones.
  • Despite having more ink colors, the price per page is still reasonable at about 0.18 cents.

CONS

  • It lacks fax capability.
  • It is missing a direct USB connection.
  • For copies or scans, there’s no document feeder on this printer, which can be a hassle if you’re trying to scan a larger document.

Verdict: The Canon Pixma MG7720 is one of the best multifunction inkjet printers we reviewed, with excellent photo and document quality, affordable ink prices, and a compact design that fits well in a home office.

Designed to print high-quality documents and photos, the Canon Pixma MG7720 is one of the best home all-in-one printers we’ve reviewed. As the flagship model in the Canon Pixma line, it boasts reasonable ink prices and some of the best and fastest photo printing we saw in our review.

Canon Pixma MG7720 Review - Wireless All-In-One Printer with Scanner - Air Print Google Cloud Print (Source: Youtube.com)

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4. HP ENVY 5540 Wireless - Reviews

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HP Envy 5540 Wireless All-in-One Photo Printer with Mobile Printing, HP Instant Ink & Amazon Dash Replenishment Ready (K7C85A)
  • Main functions of this HP color inkjet photo printer: copy, scan, wireless printing, AirPrint, two-sided duplex printing, touchscreen, Instant Ink ready so you'll never run out of ink.
  • Mobile printing: print from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet with the free HP ePrint app, easily print from your iPhone or iPad with AirPrint, print even without a network using Wireless Direct printing
  • The built-in photo tray lets you print 4x6-inch photos in brilliant color without changing paper.Paper sizes supported: Letter, 4 x 6 in, 5 x 7 in, 8 x 10 in, No. 10 envelopes. One-year limited hardware warranty; 24-hour, 7 days a week Web support
  • Borderless photos are printed right to the edge of the paper. You get beautiful photo prints with no trimming! Scan to email: Save time by sending scanned documents or photos directly from your printer to email recipients Paper sizes supported: Letter
  • Choose an ink replenishment service: Let your printer track usage and have ink delivered before you run out. Either reorder Original HP 62 ink cartridges only when you need them through Amazon Dash Replenishment, or save up to 50% by paying for pages printed through HP Instant Ink.

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The scan-to-email option makes it simple to send scanned documents right to your email. To save money on ink, you can use the HP Instant Ink system so you only pay for the ink you use.

Alternatively, you can use the Amazon Dash auto-replenishment system to make sure you never risk running dry right when you need to print something important.

This printer does have a quiet mode if you tend to print late at night or if you need to print in a quiet area. This mode does reduce the aural footprint but it does mean that printing takes longer.

PROS

  • Easy set up, easy to use
  • Quiet mode is extremely quiet
  • Scan resolution of 1200 dpi
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    Text is sharp, colors are vivid
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    Amazon Dash Replenishment enabled, or HP Instant Ink
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    Puilt-in photo tray

CONS

  • No Ethernet
  • Print speed is a bit slow, especially on quiet mode
  • There is a continual hard sell to sign up for HP Instant Ink
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    Photo print quality is good but not at all the “lab quality” they advertise

Verdict: The HP ENVY 5540 Wireless is a very capable and convenient photo printer that has some standout features.

My HP Envy 5540 All-In-One Print, Scan, Copy, Web, Photo Review (Source: Youtube.com)

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