This month, we've compared the following list of HP printers across multiple aspects including their printing speed and quality to design and build. We've assessed how easy it's to set them up, their running costs, and connectivity options, among other things.
The best HP printers have been around since the company built its first desktop laser printer in 1984, known as the LaserJet. As one of the biggest names for printers, the company produces some of the best printers on the market.
No one model is necessarily the best for HP printers because they come in such a broad range. So, all sorts of users, from photographers, business owners, and home users, can find the most suitable printer for them.
The downside of HP having such a large range of options is that it can be tough figuring out which one is right for you and which feature you might need, whether it’s copying, scanning, wireless compatibility, or voice control. Luckily, we’re here to set you on the right path with our recommendations for the best HP printer, which includes some budget printers.
- Also check out our guide to the best all-in-one printers
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The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202nw is the first printer to employ a refillable toner tank instead of a disposable cartridge. It’s a win for both the environment and your print budget, which could cost as much as 60% less than regular toner cartridges.
This inexpensive all-in-one lacks an auto-duplex mode, but it is hard to beat the total cost of ownership for basic monochrome printing and copying duties. There’s enough black toner in the box for 5,000 pages, and refueling is as simple as injecting the toner from a syringe-type canister into the printer.
This all-in-one device also has a flatbed scanner for photocopying A4 pages and offers Wi-Fi connectivity. The LCD panel is quite small, but you mostly won't need it if you use the companion app, HP Smart.
Read the full review: HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202nw
An excellent all-rounder, this all-in-one is more expensive than the competition, but you pay for what you get. It offers an exhaustive list of features such as a large automatic document feeder (ADF) tray, fast printing speeds, and large paper handling capacity - plus it's HP Instant Ink compatible.
It sports a boxy two-tone design that's professional-looking without being boring, but be aware that it will be slightly too big to fit on some desks comfortably. It's compatible with a range of cloud-based mobile apps, which means you won't have to rely on its small LCD display for many functions.
This printer has sharp edges and a monolithic, white/dark gray design. According to HP, the new design saves 39% more space than the predecessor.
Read the full review: HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 all-in-one inkjet printer
Portable printing is now an option thanks to the All-in-One 250, which crams printing, scanning, and copying into a machine small enough to fit into a suitcase or backpack. It's not so light that you won't notice it, though, weighing around the same as 1.5 13-inch MacBook Pros.
On the plus side, this HP model offers surprisingly sharp print quality for such a small package, alongside features such as manual duplex printing, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and USB connectivity. There’s also a 10-sheet ADF, a 50-sheet input tray, and a rechargeable battery for true portability.
The printer's output quality is slightly above average for text, photos, and graphics. The text prints may not be good if you're going for super tiny fonts. Nonetheless, this is an incredibly useful printer for users on the road who often need a portable printer and scanner.
HP’s latest cartridge-free inkjet printer smashes the per-page cost of color printing and includes enough bottled ink in the box for 12,000 black pages or up to 8,000 colors. Sadly, this is HP’s entry-level model in the Smart Tank line, and it lacks an auto-duplex mode.
However, it offers dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE, making it easy to use the helpful iOS/Android companion app (HP Smart) to set up the printer and operate it wirelessly from your smartphone. It's also compatible with Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print 2.0, and Android printing.
It prints surprisingly quickly at 11ppm (pages per minute) in mono or 22ppm in draft mode and can handle almost any printable media up to A4 in size.
This printer can print up to 800 pages per month, so it's suitable for small team sizes.
The HP Envy Pro 6420 is a compact and inexpensive inkjet with all the features you could ask for from a home office printer. It can print, scan, copy and even fax (via your smartphone). The print speed is slow but steady, and it can duplex print and photocopy a stack of up to 35 pages with its inbuilt ADF (automatic document scanner).
The HP Envy Pro 6420 prints quietly, and instead of beeping continuously when the printing is done, it plays a gentle notification sound. Instead of an Ethernet port, you have Bluetooth and self-healing Wi-Fi, making mobile printing via HP’s iOS/Android app particularly easy. Having just two ink cartridges (one for color, one for black) is convenient but might not be cost-effective if you tend you use one particular color more heavily.
Read the full review: HP Envy Pro 6420
Printing, scanning, copying, and even faxing – the M227fdw does it all (just as long as it's in black and white). This mono printer is a great fit for offices thanks to its large paper draw and fast print speed, which churns out copy at a clip.
It sports Wi-Fi connectivity (though not NFC), an ethernet port, and compatibility with cloud apps for mobile printing, alongside a USB drive for printing from thumbsticks. HP reckons you'll get 30,000 pages from a single high-yield toner cartridge, making it an economical option in the long run.
This printer has a consistently crisp print quality, a useful 35-sheet automatic document feeder, and automated photocopying skills. This is a mono machine, and although it’s not the fastest laser on the block, it’s faster than any inkjet and offers an attractive blend of features and performance.
Read the full review: HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw
HP has made this all-in-one inkjet printer the world’s smallest, and it’ll sit comfortably on any shelf or fit into a suitcase. As is sometimes the case with cheap printers, there’s only room for sixty pages and two ink cartridges on board, so it’s best used for light duties at home rather than the office.
This printer's available in various colors, and it can print on any size media up to A4, including envelopes and glossy photo paper. It prints a great photo, albeit slowly, and has Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi-Direct and AirPrint. What looks like a carry handle on top is HP’s innovative scan beam, which does the job of an A4 flatbed scanner. Insert any document in the slot beneath; it will be drawn through automatically and scanned, ready for copying.
The HP Color LaserJet Pro M283fdw is a mid-priced multifunction laser printer that is so well-featured that it could fit into almost any small to the medium-sized office and live up to expectations. It is compact, with the scope to add further paper trays as required, and it prints quickly at 22 pages per minute for either color or monochrome documents.
There’s an automatic document scanner for copying up to 50 pages, fax, Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi Direct. It is compatible with Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint, and there’s a USB port at the front for walk-up printing from or scanning to a thumb drive. In short, it can do everything (except duplex scan) and does it all very well.
The M283fdw prints texts quite crisply, with almost negligible pixelation, but if you're going for smaller fonts (below 10 points), you may notice some lightness.
The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is the shoebox size and can print a thousand documents in a snap, all with consistent output. The M15w is more affordable than other printers in its class and is especially effective for those who work from home or in cramped offices due to its smaller size.
Moreover, once you've sped through its straightforward initial setup using HP's Smart app, this model prints quickly and reliably - albeit with a noticeable lack of definition. There's no automatic duplex printing, which could increase your paper cost in the long run.
If you're using the companion app, HP Smart, you'll find the initial setup fairly easy despite the lack of an LCD display. You can also use HP Smart to scan and print documents wirelessly.
Read the full review: HP LaserJet Pro M15w
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How to choose the best HP printers for you?
When selecting the best HP printers for yourself, start with assessing where you’ll be using the device— home or office.
You’ll then want to consider what kind of printing you primarily need — is it image oriented or text-heavy? If it's more of images, then you'll want to pick an HP printer that prints high-quality images without costing too much.
If you're going to be doing a lot of printing, then you'll want a printer that has the output capacity and that comes with plenty of toner and ink. It’s also essential for you to check the price of the printer's ink cartridge because if it’s too expensive, you’ll end up spending a lot on printing in the long run. It's best to opt for printers with super low ink costs if you're going to be printing out hundreds of pages every month.
Other than assessing the print speed and multi functionality, you’ll also want to check the printer’s connectivity options, control panel usability, and Wi-Fi functionality.
The best HP printers: How we test
All the printers we source for testing are measured on our test bench and the results are critically compared with every other model we have reviewed. Instead of relying on manufacturer given figures, we use a stopwatch app to time the entire process using a standard ten-page document.
To analyze the print quality, we test the same set of documents across all machines. The test pages include text of varying font sizes and colors, mixed image and text pages, and a set of photos. Then there's a series of test patterns to assess color fidelity, contrast, and sharpness.
We also calculate running costs and consider each product's design and build quality.