Best printer: 16 top inkjet and laser printers

The best inkjet and laser printers around

Best printer 15 inkjet and laser printers

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.

Best injet printers

Epson WorkForce Pro WF 4630 review

1. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 review

Economical print costs for volume printing

Fast print speeds
Uninspiring design

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

Epson WorkForce WF 100

2. Epson WorkForce WF-100

A portable and easy-to-use printer

Lightweight and portable
Wi-Fi direct
Wi-Fi password input

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

Robust inkjet engine
Instant Ink service
Single paper tray
Single-sided scanning

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

WF 2660

4. Epson WorkForce WF-2660

A small investment for a feature-rich printer

many wireless connectivity options
Automatic document feeder
Single paper tray
Spotty connectivity

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

Canon Pixma

5. Canon Pixma MG7150

An affordable all-in-one photo printer with Wi-Fi connectivity and a touchscreen

Great print quality
Not cheap to replace inks
Android use requires app

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

Brother MFC J4620DW

6. Brother MFC-J4620DW

An impressively well-featured and user-friendly MFP

Wide range of features
Simple to install/use
Slow printing on high-quality

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

Brother DCP J4120DW

7. Brother DCP-J4120DW

Brother's entry-level A3 printer is a good bet for the occasional big print

A3, duplex and colour printing
Inexpensive to run
Fiddly screen
Whining noises

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

HP Envy 5540 All in One printer

8. HP Envy 5540 All-in-One printer

A cheap and cheerful colour inkjet for low volume printing

Smartphone support
Easy to install
A bit slow
Expensive for mono 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

Epson PictureMate PM 400

9. Epson PictureMate PM-400

The easiest printer to use. Ever.

Build quality
Slow print speed

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

HP DeskJet 1010 review

10. HP DeskJet 1010

This printer is as cheap as the replacement ink

Affordable price
Compact size
No scanning
No wireless

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

HP Color LaserJet Pro

1. HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M277dw

HP spurs a laser revolution with JetIntelligence

Fast print speeds
Cloud-connected, remote print
No duplex scanning
Expensive color prints

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

HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553X

2. HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553X

HP spurs a laser revolution with JetIntelligence

Superb print quality
Fast performance
Quite expensive

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

HP LaserJet Pro MFP

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.

Faster laser engine
Automatix duplexer
Non-responsive touchscreen
Single-sided scanning

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

Brother MFC L2740DW

4. Brother MFC-L2740DW

This SOHO flagship can do everything but make the tea

Double-sided printing
Cheap to buy and run
Fiddly touchscreen
Not designed for high volumes

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

Brother HL L2300D

5. Brother HL-L2300D Mono Laser Printer

Affordable printer is perfect for the SOHO market

Double-sided printing
Cheap price
Low running costs
USB only
Can't print from mobile devices

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