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Best Brother printers 2020: top picks from the big-name brand

Best Brother printers
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If you're looking for the best Brother printers of 2020, then you've come to the right place. Brother is one of the most respected names in printers, so when hunting for a new device, it's very likely you've already heard of it.

There's a good reason for Brother's popularity, as it makes some brilliant printers for a huge range of budgets and needs, including some of the best all-in-one printers, best inkjet printers and best laser printers.

Because there is so much choice, choosing the best Brother printer for your needs can be a bit of a complex task, which is why we'd like to help. We've rounded up the best Brother printers below, and our price comparison guide will scour the internet and automatically show you the best prices for these excellent machines.

If you're after the best printer for your needs, it's likely that Brother will have a device for you, so read on for our picks.

Brother DCP-J1100W

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1. Brother DCP-J1100W All-In-Box

Get three-years of ink and service with this unique inkjet bundle

Category: colour 3-in-1 inkjet printer | Print speed: 12ppm | Paper sizes: A4 | Paper capacity: 150 | Weight: 8.8kg

3yrs of ink included 
Touchscreen interface
High initial cost     
Slow to print  

This is the first inkjet printer to be sold with three years-worth of ink and service included in the price and it represents great value for money. The printer itself is a capable three-in-one device that can print, scan and copy at a fairly high resolution and turn out crisp and colourful duplex pages at a reasonable rate. It’s not as fast as some of Brother’s other business-oriented printers, but the inclusion of four very high-yield ink cartridges make this the most economical of all the cartridge-based inkjets available. It comes with Wi-Fi Direct connectivity and a colour touchscreen interface for easy operation.

Brother MFC-J5330DW

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2. Brother MFC-J5330DW printer

A feature-packed MFD with A3 capability

Print speed: 22ppm | Paper sizes: up to A3 | Paper capacity: 300 sheets | Weight: 16.9kg

Compact A3 printing
Vivid colour prints
Some photos take ages to print 
Couldn’t update firmware via Wi-Fi

Given its ability to print on A3 paper, this is a surprisingly compact multifunction device, that will happily share a desk with your PC. It prints clearly in monochrome, while colour photos look quite vibrant on photo paper. The touchscreen is rather small and it’s not the fastest duplex printer around, but it hits a near perfect balance balance between quality, performance and features.

Read the full review: Brother MFC-J5330DW 

Brother HL-L5100DN

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3. Brother HL-L5100DN laser printer

Compact unit for the very busy SMB

Category: mono laser printer | Print speed: 40ppm | Paper sizes: up to A4 | Paper capacity: 300 | Weight: 10.7kg

High print speed 
Compact unit
No inbuilt Wi-Fi 
Tiny display

This little grey box can really churn out the pages and despite the size, it will hold a lot of paper too. This makes it ideal for the small office with a high demand for black and white documents. The quality is consistent and the per page print cost is attractive. It’s light on features with no Wi-Fi or a front USB port, but what it does, it does very well.

Brother MFC-J5945DW Printer

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4. Brother MFC-J5945DW

Laser busting inkjet crams in the features

Category: 4-in-1 colour laser MFD | Print speed: 22ppm | Paper capacity: 500 sheets | Paper size: up to A3 | Weight: 21kg

A3 capability   
High paper capacity
Inconsistent prints 
Less economical than laser

This big Brother blurs the line between home printer 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-J5945DW 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.   

Read the full review: Brother MFC-J5945DW

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5. Brother HL-L2350DW

Cheap and fast

Print speed: 32ppm | Paper sizes: Up to A4 | Paper capacity: 250 sheets | Size: 13.27 x 8.66 x 7.01in | Weight: 7.2kg

Fast printing for the cost
Good output quality
Average graphics quality
Small LCD display

Suitable for home printing, this speedy model from Brother is suitable if you’re looking to occasionally burst print a bunch of pages while initially looking to spend as little as possible. Setting up the HL-L2350DW isn’t fun on its tiny LCD screen, but once completed the printer is compact and light enough to move into position. 

It’s also pleasingly inexpensive to operate in the long term and features connectivity options aplenty – including compatibility with Airprint, Google Cloud print and Brother’s own iPrint & Scan app. Turning our attention to quality, the Brother produces text with above average sharpness – certainly enough for everyday printing tasks – but we were less enamoured with its graphics quality.

Brother MFC-J6530

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6. Brother MFC-J6530 printer

Full A3 functionality in a compact four-in-one

Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer | Print speed: 15ppm | Paper sizes: up to A3 | Paper capacity: 250 | Weight: 6.8kg

Affordable ink refills  
High ink/paper capacity
High initial 
The ink tanks add bulk

This capable colour MFD can not only print, scan, copy and fax, but it can do it all with A3 paper. The ingenious design also finds room for a 250-sheet deep paper tray and a 50-sheet automatic document feeder. Wi-Fi is built in and that 6.8cm display is a touchscreen. At 22 pages mer minute, it can turn out mono pages quickly and it’s not much slower in duplex mode