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Best home printer in Australia 2020: top versatile printers for use at home

Canon Pixma TS9160
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As many of us get used to working from home for the foreseeable future, it's more important than ever to have one of the best home printers in your house. Just like in the office, you need a printer in your household that can handle printing without a snag. After all, your time at home is now just as important as your time at work ever was, especially given the current situation and compulsory work from home periods.

The best home printers need to be more versatile than regular printers since the modern household needs to print out a wide range of documents. You'll often find you need to print out forms and documents in your day to day.

Plus, a home printer that can do an excellent job printing your holiday snaps will save you from shelling out a lot of money. And, unlike big and bulky business printers, these are all-in-one printers that take up a small bit of space.

No matter what size of household and family demands you have, you’ll find the best home printer for you on this list. And, our price comparison tool makes sure you get the best deals on the one you pick as well.

Best home printer - at a glance

  1. Brother MFC-J6945DW
  2. Canon Pixma TS9160
  3. Epson EcoTank ET-7750
  4. HP LaserJet Pro M15w
  5. HP Envy 5030
  6. Epson WorkForce ET-4750
  7. Kyocera Ecosys P5026 
  8. Brother MFC-J6945DW
  9. Lexmark MB2236ADWE
  10. Brother HL-L2300D Mono Laser Printer

Brother MFC-J6945DW

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1. Brother MFC-J6945DW

Ink-telligent

Specifications
Category: All-in-one inkjet printer
Print speed: Black: 22/20 ipm, Colour: 22/20 ipm
Paper capacity: 600 sheets (2-tray)
Paper size: up to A3
Weight: 24.2 kg*
Reasons to buy
+Two-sided printing+Reliable enough for small businesses+Prints, scans, copies and faxes
Reasons to avoid
-Loud and slow

The Brother MFC-J6945DW is a monster printer. It’s incredibly efficient, being able to print for up to a year without having to change its ink cartridge. And, it’s also a feature-rich and intuitive machine perfect for any home or small business office. You can print to it from just about any device wirelessly and, for mobile, you don’t even need a network to do it, thanks to its NFC (near field communication) technology that connects directly to the printer. While interfacing with its 9.3cm colour display, you can even print from and scan to the cloud.

Canon Pixma TS9160

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2. Canon Pixma TS9160

Print from anywhere

Specifications
Category: All-in-one inkjet printer
Print speed: Black: 15 ISO ppm, Color: 10 ISO ppm
Paper capacity: 100 sheets
Paper size: up to A4
Weight: 6.7 kg
Reasons to buy
+6-color individual ink system+Cloud, Bluetooth and social media printing+Print on CDs
Reasons to avoid
-Small ink cartridges-Stylish

Thanks to its 6-colour individual ink system, the Canon Pixma TS9160 delivers exceptional photo quality results. The Canon also is very flexible with its connection capabilities, allowing for both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to print. And you’re not limited to any device. If you want to print from a tablet or smartphone or even from the cloud, the Canon can handle it. The printer also comes with some photo-specific features such as Photo Blue ink as part of the six-colour system and built-in creative filters to add something a little extra to your photos. Lastly, this printer comes in a choice of three different two-tone colour options, giving you some cosmetic choices that you don’t really see with printers.

Epson EcoTank ET-7750

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3. Epson EcoTank ET-7750

Great for printing photos

Specifications
Category: All-in-one cartridge-free printer
Print speed: Black: 15 ISO ppm, Color: 8 ISO ppm
Paper capacity: 150 sheets
Paper size: Up to A6
Weight: 7.3kg
Reasons to buy
+Cost-effective printing+2 years-worth of ink included+Five-colour ink system works well
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap-Small, non-touchscreen interface-No ADF, NFC or fax

Whether you’re trying to run a more eco-friendly household or you’re just fed up with having to run out go get ink at the most inconvenient times – in the middle of printing your important documents, for example – you might love the Epson EcoTank ET-7750. It's a multi-function printer that sits at the top of the EcoTank product tree and although price is alarming, it's worth every penny. The five-colour refillable ink tank system is a huge improvement in image quality thanks to the addition of a dedicated photo black pigment ink, and the build quality is streets ahead. This machine can also handle A3/magazine-sized paper and boasts fast duplex print speeds and high-resolution photo printing.

Canon Pixma TS9120

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4. Canon Pixma TS9120

Print from anywhere

Specifications
Category: All-in-one inkjet printer
Print speed: Black: 15 ISO ppm, Color: 10 ISO ppm
Paper capacity: 100 sheets
Paper size: up to A4
Weight: 6.6 kg
Reasons to buy
+6-color individual ink system+Cloud, Bluetooth and social media printing
Reasons to avoid
-Small ink cartridges

Thanks to its 6-color individual ink system, the Canon Pixma TS9120 delivers exceptional photo quality results, placing it firmly among the best home printers around. The Canon also is very flexible with its connection capabilities, allowing for both bluetooth and wi-fi to print. And you’re not limited to any device. If you want to print from a tablet or smartphone or even from the cloud, the Canon can handle it. The printer also comes with some photo-specific features such as Photo Blue ink as part of the 6-color system and built-in creative filters to add something a little extra to your photos. Lastly, this printer comes in a choice of three different two-tone color options, giving you some cosmetic choices that you don’t really see with printers.

HP LaserJet Pro M15w

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5. HP LaserJet Pro M15w printer

World’s smallest laser printer is also one of the cheapest

Specifications
Category: colour laser printer
Print speed: 19ppm
Paper capacity: 100 sheets
Paper size: up to A4
Weight: 3.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Very small!  +Tempting price
Reasons to avoid
-No duplex printing-No display

When we tested it, this was the smallest laser printer around and likely to remain so. Being as small and inexpensive as an inkjet, yet with all the speed, economy and consistency of a laser, the LaserJet Pro M15w is in many ways the ideal home printer. It manages to hold one hundred sheets of paper and print on them at the respectable rate of 19ppm. There’s no duplex mode, sadly, and no display, but at this price it’s hard to argue.  

Read the full review: HP LaserJet Pro M15w

Epson WorkForce ET-4750

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6. Epson WorkForce ET-4750

Epson's best all-rounder

Specifications
Category: colour inkjet printer
Print speed: mono: 15ppm, colour: 8ppm
Paper capacity: 250 sheets
Paper size: up to A4
Weight: 6.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Cartridge-free printing+250-sheet capacity+2 years-worth of ink included
Reasons to avoid
-It's pricey -Touch screen is quite small

Known as Epson's all-rounder, this all-in-one inkjet printer admittedly costs a pretty penny up-front, but delivers low-cost performance in the long run thanks to its high-yield ink tanks and two years worth of ink included – according to Epson, you can get a total of total of 15,000 text pages (or 12,000 color pages) just from the ink that comes supplied in the box, which is exceptionally great value. If you're looking for a great printer for your home office that will go the distance before needing to be topped up again, the Epson WorkForce ET-4750 is a great option. 

Kyocera Ecosys P5026cdw printer

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7. Kyocera Ecosys P5026cdw printer

Rapid laser printing for the busy home office

Specifications
Category: colour laser printer
Print speed: 26ppm
Paper capacity: 250 sheets
Paper size: up to A4
Weight: 21kg
Reasons to buy
+Fast duplex printing  +Prints quietly
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Primitive interface 

This stout laser printer takes up relatively little space, given its high capacity for paper and toner. It means you can keep printing quickly and efficiently and with lower running costs than an equivalent inkjet. The display is rather fiddly, but in all other respects, this colour printer is easy to use and can be relied upon for immaculate mono and colour documents time after time.  

Read the full review: Kyocera Ecosys P5026cdw

Brother MFC-J6945DW

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8. Brother MFC-J6945DW

Laser busting inkjet crams in the features

Specifications
Category: 4-in-1 colour laser MFD
Print speed: 22ppm
Paper capacity: 600 sheets
Paper size: up to A3
Weight: 21kg
Reasons to buy
+A3 capability   +High paper capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Inconsistent prints -Less economical than laser

This big Brother blurs the line between home and office printer by combining the fast print speed and high capacity of a laser machine with the superior photo finish of an inkjet. We would recommend it for both applications because although it is smaller than the laser equivalent MFC-L8690CDW, the inkjet MFC-J6945DW can handle A3 paper. There’s really nothing that this fully featured 4-in-1 can’t do and it carries out all tasks satisfactorily. 

Lexmark MB2236ADWE

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9. Lexmark MB2236ADWE

A fully-featured 4-in-1 scaled down for the small office

Specifications
Category: Monochrome laser printer
Print speed: 34ppm
Paper capacity: 250 sheets
Paper size: up to A4
Weight: 10kg
Reasons to buy
+Fast print speed+Built-in Wi-Fi+Strong security
Reasons to avoid
-No front USB-Stingy starter cartridge

If you want all the functionality of a photocopier-style four-in-one, but can’t justify the expense of a premium machine, then the Lexmark MB2236ADWE is likely to fit well in your office. The smaller size is an advantage and the price is attractive. Printing is fast enough and so is the quality provided you stick to dedicated laser paper. It’s a pity there’s no Wi-Fi Direct facility, or an active front USB input, but that aside, you're getting a lot for your money here. 

Brother HL-L2300D Mono Laser Printer

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10. Brother HL-L2300D Mono Laser Printer

A fast and affordable entry-level laser with low running costs

Specifications
Category: Monochrome laser printer
Print speed: Up to 26 ppm
Paper capacity: 251 sheets
Paper size: up to A4
Weight: 5.9 kg
Reasons to buy
+Fast and quiet+Super affordable+Double-sided printing
Reasons to avoid
-Monochrome only-No bells or whistles

The Brother HL-L2300D specs are impressive for the price: it promises 26ppm print speeds, has 8MB of RAM on board and delivers a maximum resolution of 2,400 x 600 dpi. The paper tray holds 250 sheets, there's a second single-sheet paper feed for labels, envelopes and thicker media, and the printer can print double-sided without any human intervention. Of course, you won't find any bells or whistles here, but honestly, its simplicity is refreshing. With no overly complex Wi-Fi or cloud features to configure, installing the HL-L2300D is as simple as plugging a cable into it, and that means there's no danger that it'll go in a huff when you need to print something important. It's compact, quiet and impressively fast, and it offers a lot of bang for your buck. Double-sided printing is particularly good to have in a printer that costs so little to buy and run.