It turns out that the paperless office of the future was just science fiction. Printers are just as important as ever, both in the office and at home. Whether you are equipping a home office, have kids remote learning in their bedrooms or just need to handle the paperwork of everyday living, pretty much everyone needs some sort of printer. And the best printer is one that fulfills your particular needs at a fair price.
The question is: what kind of printer do you actually need? There are all-in-one models for printing, copying and scanning—great for a home office or just plain home HQ. But you might prefer a cheap monochrome laser printer for fast and hassle-free printing. And if you’re a shutterbug, there are photo printers to consider. The bottom line? There is a wide variety of printers out there, and not all are created equally.
And in addition to features like print speed and duplex printing (because there’s nothing quite as convenient as printing on both sides of a page) you might also consider investing in an economical super tank printer or a small photo-only model that prints photos wirelessly from your phone. No matter your need, we’ve rounded up some of the best home printers you can buy today for each major category and printing application. There’s almost certainly something here to satisfy your printing needs, whatever they are.
Best Printer Overall
Epson Workforce Pro WF-7820 Wireless All-in-One Printer
The ideal home printer should be a jack of all trades, able to print, scan, copy and fax (if the now-peculiar need should arise). The Epson Workforce Pro WF-7820 is an all-in-one inkjet that handles all that, wirelessly and mall. Full duplex printing—so it can print on both sides of the page automatically—is also on tap. But this printer can accommodate unusual print requests as well.
It can print wide-format projects up to 13×19 inches, for example, which comes in handy more often than you’d expect, such as for school projects and unusual late-night printouts you need to take to the office the next day. Do you need wide format printing? Probably not—but getting it included at this price point makes getting it a no-brainer. The printer also has a 50-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) and a 250-page paper capacity inside.
While not the fastest printer around, the WF-7820 is more than capable with a print speed of 25 pages per minute and a speedy first-page-out, so you won’t wait long for print jobs to start. Interacting with the printer is also streamlined. It houses a large 4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen for setting up print jobs, setting printer options and doing routine maintenance. But you can also connect to the printer wirelessly via your phone and control it using Epson’s mobile app. It’s also compatible with Alexa for voice commands.
Best High-Volume Economy Printer
Epson EcoTank ET-3760 All-in-One Supertank Printer
Budget-friendly refillable tanks are the most interesting development in printer technology of the last decade. Epson pioneered the cartridge-free system and the EcoTank ET-3760 represents the latest generation of the technology. The cost savings are significant; this printer costs about a penny per color per page, as opposed to 20 cents for a typical inkjet printer.
While the earliest versions of the EcoTank were awkwardly bolted on to the side, the EcoTank is now built directly into the front of the printer, making it easier to refill and see how much ink you have left. Not that you’ll have to worry about that too much, since the ink that comes in the box should last you for about 2 years (or 7,500 pages, whichever comes first). That’s assuming you print about 200 pages a month.
Features include wireless printing, voice-activated printing, direct printing from your smartphone, copying, scanning, automatic two-sided printing and direct SD card printing. This model is particularly convenient because of the 30-sheet ADF on top in addition to the 150-sheet main tray.
Best Photo Printer
Canon PIXMA TS6220 All In one Wireless Photo Printer
You can spend a small fortune on a photo printer, but if you’re not a working professional photographer, you don’t have to break the bank; there are a lot of affordable inkjets that do a wonderful job printing photos for home use. The Canon TS5320 is a great option—not only does it have a 5-ink system for better shadows and dark tones in photos, but it has a rear tray designed expressly for loading up to 20 sheets of premium photo paper.
It’s an all-in-one device that can scan and copy, though it lacks an automatic document feeder. If you expect to print a high volume and need to scan a lot of multi-page documents, this might not be the printer for you. But the real focus here is on photo print quality, which the TS5320 excels at.
You can control the printer from the 4.3-inch color touchscreen, Canon’s mobile app or Alexa. And while the printer supports AirPrint, it doesn’t have an SD slot or USB port for printing directly from a thumb drive.
Best Inkjet Printer Under $200
Canon TR8620 All-In-One Printer
The Canon TR8620’s signature feature is simply how much it does—and how well it does it—for under $200. As an all-in-one printer, it includes a 20-sheet automatic document feeder, which is common in slightly more pricey printers, but a welcome bonus here.
There’s a large color touchscreen to control the printer operations, plus a great mobile app and integration with Apple AirPrint, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Print quality is solid thanks to a 5-ink system with two levels of black that delivers rich shadows and dark tones chock full of detail.
Best Hassle-Free Inkjet Printer
HP Envy 6055 All-in-One Printer
There’s nothing worse than sending a bunch of print jobs to your printer and having it fail to connect—or get halfway through printing and have your ink cartridges run out. The HP Envy 6055 All-in-One Printer circumvents both common printer issues. Its “self-healing” dual-band Wi-Fi is able to recover from common connectivity issues and can connect on either a 2.4 or 5 GHz band network (many printers can only connect to the slower 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band).
If you opt into HP’s Instant Ink program, the brand will send you replacement ink cartridges automatically whenever you run low for as little as $2.99 per month, based on the number of pages you print. The Envy 6055 is also a capable photo printer, able to print borderless images. It also can copy and scan, sending documents directly to Google Drive or Dropbox. In all, it’s a hassle-free printer for those who don’t want to think about their printer.
Best Monochrome Laser Printer
HP Neverstop Laser Printer 1001nw
All-in-one devices are great for people who move a lot of paper around, but what if you rarely (or never) need to scan or copy? In fact, even color ink might be overkill for some people. The HP Neverstop Laser Printer 1001NW is a monochrome laser printer for anyone with very modest printing needs. It has onboard Wi-Fi, and its 21 ppm (pages per minute) print speed is considerably better than many comparable inkjet printers.
With a footprint that’s not much larger than a sheet of 8.5×11 paper, you’ll be hard pressed to find a printer that does more in such a small space. The best part? Instead of toner cartridge refills that cost hundreds of dollars, the 1001nw uses a refillable toner tank that gives you 2,500 pages per refill (the device ships with 5,000 pages worth of toner in the tank) and costs under $30 for a 2-pack.
Best Home Office Printer
Brother MFC-J995DW INKvestmentTank Inkjet All-in-One Printer
Brother positions this as an all-in-one printer with a very low lifetime cost and extremely long ink lifetime, which is super important for a home office printer—the ink cost is easily the costliest part of the equation for almost any printer, and no one likes swapping cartridges all the time. The Brother MFC-J995DW’s innovative “INKvestment Tank” Ink System is key to the printer’s low cost and long ink life.
Essentially, each oversized cartridge transfers its contents to an internal ink storage tank that lets you print substantially more pages of uninterrupted printing. That means you won’t end up discarding cartridges that still have some ink in them, and when a cartridge is empty you’re not completely out of ink and can keep printing. This isn’t a refillable supertank-style printer, but it’s close. And you get a year’s worth of ink right in the box with the initial purchase.
The ink system is so good it’s easy to almost overlook the printing capabilities, but that would be a mistake, because this is an excellent home office printer. Print quality is excellent, supported by a 150-page paper tray, automatic two-sided full-duplex printing and a 20-sheet automatic document feeder. Everything is controllable from a friendly 2.7-inhc color touchscreen or mobile app, and you can print via wireless, USB, Ethernet or AirPrint. It’s hard to find a better overall value for your home office.
Best Color Laser Printer
HP Color Laserjet Pro M255dw Laser Printer
While inkjet printers have a lot of advantages—namely the potential for better image quality in photo prints—color laser printers are quieter, faster and work better for text documents. If that’s what you’re looking for, HP’s M255dw Laser Printer is a formidable choice. You get both wired and wireless connectivity, full duplex printing and fast, high quality printing. It can spit out 22 pages per minute, and the 250-sheet paper tray won’t run out too quickly. There’s a friendly 2.7-inch color touchscreen for managing your printer settings, or you can use HP’s mobile app to control everything from your phone.
Best Smartphone Photo Printer
Canon Selphy CP1300
The Canon SELPHY CP1300 is custom built for one thing and one thing only — to deliver snapshot printouts for convenient printing from your phone and other mobile devices. With its optional battery pack and petite size, it’s portable, so you can take it with you to photo shoots. You can AirPrint directly from your phone or tablet, or plug in a USB stick or your camera’s memory card.
While the SELPHY can give you instantly dry, archival quality prints via its dye sublimation printing on Canon paper (rated for up to 100 years), you can also switch out the standard 4×6 prints with square photo label paper that lets you print instant stickers. It’s a great way to get your prints off your phone or camera and into the real world in an instant.