What's the best printer to buy? All-purpose printers are a booming market, and you're spoilt for choice, so here's our pick of the best printers on the market right now.
In choosing the best printer your first decision is whether to go for a standard printer, or a multi-function device which includes a scanner and which can also work as a standalone copier.
These aren't much larger than regular printers, but they're a whole lot more versatile, especially when you need to keep a copy of a letter, a bill or any other important document, so our first list includes the best inkjet printers and best multi-function devices.
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You should also think carefully about whether to invest in an inkjet or a laser. Lasers are usually associated with office environments, where they produce sharp, smudge-free printouts quickly, quietly and economically, but this can be just as useful at home or in a home office.
And don't imagine that mono laser printers are the only option - colour laser printers are now very affordable, and you can even get get multi-function laser printers, too. So we've also come up with a list of the best laser printers, and not just for office users with budgets to burn, but home users looking for value, quality, compactness and ease of use.
So let's firstly look at the best inkjet printers around before looking at the best laser printers.
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Best injet printers
1. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 review
Economical print costs for volume printing
The WorkForce Pro WF-4630 is a solid printer for small businesses and workgroups given its fast print speeds, solid print qualities and remote printing and scanning capabilities. Using the larger XL print cartridges, the WF-4630 delivers economical print costs that rival laser printers.
Read the full review: Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630
2. Epson WorkForce WF-100
A portable and easy-to-use printer
Great for the traveling professional or someone who needs a small printer for occasional use. Not for those looking for a heavy duty printer or for someone who cares about high image quality.
Read the full review: Epson WorkForce WF-100
3. HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One
Cheap colour all-in-one for the small business
A very quick colour all-in-one bristling with print, copy, scan and mobile printing options the Officejet Pro 6830 is also very affordable, especially if you opt for the pay-per-page Instant Ink service.
Read the full review: HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One
4. Epson WorkForce WF-2660
A small investment for a feature-rich printer
Though some of its mobile and wireless features don't always work as well as advertised, the Epson WF-2660 all-in-one still offers a good balance between print quality, features and price.
Read the full review: Epson WorkForce WF-2660
5. Canon Pixma MG7150
An affordable all-in-one photo printer with Wi-Fi connectivity and a touchscreen
If you're looking for a great all-round printer which doesn't skimp on print quality for your photographs, then I don't think you will be disappointed by what the MG7150 has to offer.
While it's certainly more expensive than some of the cheap two in one printers you can pick up, it's not a bad price for something which produces high quality prints, especially if you only need to print at A4 or below.
Read the full review: Canon Pixma MG7150
6. Brother MFC-J4620DW
An impressively well-featured and user-friendly MFP
The Brother MFC-J4620DW packs some features missing from similarly-priced models in the company's range. They include A4 and A3 scanning, copying and faxing, in addition to the ability to connect directly to a range of cloud-based services such as OneDrive and Dropbox.
One of its bigger plus points versus rival printers is its simple operation. It has a big, tilting 9.3cm touchscreen, a range of connection options and supports double-sided scanning. With a mixture of ivory and black, the MFC-J4620DW is less bulky than some of its peers without skimping on performance: printing goes up to 6,000 x 1,200 dpi with speeds of up to 35ppm in mono and 28ppm in colour.
Read the full review: Brother MFC-J4620DW
7. Brother DCP-J4120DW
Brother's entry-level A3 printer is a good bet for the occasional big print
You might not always want to print on A3 paper, but when you do, many conventional inkjet printers aren't up to the task. Brother's DCP-J4120DW can, in addition to being able to do duplex and colour printing without breaking the bank.
Currently on sale for a fair chunk below its official £120 price tag, this printer comes with an impressive feature set. It can scan, copy, connect via Wi-Fi and print directly from SD, SDHC, SDXC, memory sticks and flash drives. Its touchscreen might not be the best, but it's a quiet, fast and consistent little performer that's well worthy of your attention.
Read the full review: Brother DCP-J4120DW
8. HP Envy 5540 All-in-One printer
A cheap and cheerful colour inkjet for low volume printing
We've come to expect simple setup and operation from Envy printers, and this one is no exception. It's quiet, packs in a lot of features and delivers excellent print quality, especially on photo paper. We particularly like the ability to use smartphones as well as computers, and to connect wirelessly without a router.
Read the full review: HP Envy 5540 All-in-One printer
9. Epson PictureMate PM-400
The easiest printer to use. Ever.
Once you've got the PM-400 up and running, you'll have a ton of fun running off image after image. Although the print quality won't win any awards for print quality, you'll be proud to hang any of its prints on your wall or sit them on your desk.
The PM-400 is a delight to look at – not that this should heavily factor into which printer you should buy. It's got a pretty bone white frame that tucks away neatly, and the 4-pound printer can be easily transported wherever you go.
Read the full review: Epson PictureMate PM-400
10. HP DeskJet 1010
This printer is as cheap as the replacement ink
You won't get fancy features like wireless printing, duplexing or scanning, but if you don't need all the frills of an all-in-one printer, the HP DeskJet 1010 offers solid print performance and quality at an unbeatable price in a compact package.
Read the full review: HP DeskJet 1010 review
Best laser printers
1. HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
HP spurs a laser revolution with JetIntelligence
HP offers plenty of ways to convert digital content to paper with the M277dw, including Wi-Fi printing, HP ePrint and NFC printing from a phone or tablet. The M277dw is a versatile, compact printer that's capable of producing great prints if you can live with some of the device's limitations.
Read the full review: HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw
2. HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553X
HP spurs a laser revolution with JetIntelligence
HP has crammed a lot of features into a surprisingly small space. This printer connects to every conceivable device either wired or wirelessly, delivers good running costs, runs quickly and produces stunning prints even on default settings.
Read the full review: HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553X
3. HP LaserJet Pro MFP M225dw
This laser-powered MFP covers most small business print, scan, copy and even fax needs without breaking the bank.
Small businesses looking for a print, scan and copy workhorse on a budget could do a lot worse than the LaserJet Pro MFP M225dw. It's from HP, it's got a laser engine and a duplexer, plus it looks smart and ticks most of the connectivity boxes. It does have a few rough edges but it's cheap to buy, cheap to run and it gets the job done.
Read the full review: HP LaserJet Pro MFP M225dw
4. Brother MFC-L2740DW
This SOHO flagship can do everything but make the tea
Brother has packed an awful lot into the MFC-L2740DW, and it's particularly well suited to busy offices that need to do a bit of everything on a range of different devices. Running costs are good, especially for what is ultimately a budget buy, and while we have a few niggles with the design and the touchscreen you can't fault the feature list. Brother's SOHO flagship represents very good value for money.
Read the full review: Brother MFC-L2740DW
5. Brother HL-L2300D Mono Laser Printer
Affordable printer is perfect for the SOHO market
The HL-2300D concentrates on the basics and does them very well. If you need a printer that's simple, reliable, produces good quality output and doesn't cost a fortune to run, then the HL-2300D comes highly recommended.
Read the full review: Brother HL-L2300D Mono Laser Printer