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Best A3 printers 2021: the top ten for tabloid-sized printouts

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You'll want the best A3 printer for your budget if you need one that can handle larger documents, such as posters and promotional displays. Most printers handle up to A4, which is fine for standard documents, but only excellent A3 printing solutions are able to handle big formats without compromising on quality. After all, there's no point printing out large documents if they aren't going to look good. 

When choosing the best A3 printer that can produce excellent large-scale printouts, be prepared to spend a bit of money. Unfortunately, these printers can be quite costly. However, that doesn't mean you need to spend a fortune – there are a few out there that offer a brilliant price to performance ratio so you get a lot of value for your money.

That’s where we come in. Not only did we collect the best A3 printers on this list, but we’ve also included our price comparison tool that will help you get the cheapest price available for the A3 printer of your choice. If you need to make large printouts, these are the very best choices you should consider.

Best A3 printers at a glance

  1. Oki C844dnw
  2. Xerox VersaLink C7000DN 
  3. Epson Expression Photo XP-970 
  4. Canon PIXMA Pro 10-S
  5. Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW 
  6. HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 
  7. Epson EcoTank ET-7750 
  8. Brother MFC-J6947DW 
  9. Canon PIXMA iX6850
  10. Epson EcoTank ET-M16600

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OKI C844dnw

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1. OKI C844dnw printer

Meet the smallest A3 printer

Specifications
Category: A3 colour laser printer
Print speed: 36ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 300
Weight: 37kg
Reasons to buy
+Smallest A3 printer+Upgradable
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

What looks like your typical A4 printer turns out to be the smallest A3 printer on the market with accessories available to make it one of the largest. It can hold 300 sheets of paper in its main paper tray and 100 in its multipurpose tray, but add three more drawers and that expands to 2,540 sheets. You can even choose the banner tray upgrade for printing on rolls of paper. It can auto duplex print and has a Wi-Fi built in as standard. It uses LEDs rather than laser, but with similar effect. 

Read the full review: Oki C844dnw

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Premium A3 printing with all the features

Specifications
Category: 4-in-1 colour laser MFD
Print speed: 35ppm
Paper sizes: A3
Paper capacity: 520
Weight: 54kg
Reasons to buy
+Customisable touchscreen+High resolution prints
Reasons to avoid
-Wi-Fi costs extra-Expensive toner

This high-end laser printer will take big bites out of your office space and your budget, but there’s nothing the VersaLink C7000DN can’t do exceptionally well. For a start it can duplex print on A3 paper and do it at a resolution of 1200 x 2400 DPI. It can also scan, copy and fax with all that functionality simplified by a sophisticated five-inch colour touchscreen. Text is exceptionally sharp and colours particularly bold and with plenty of optional modules available for boosting the paper capacity, this is a printer that will suit the demands of any medium-sized office. 

Read the full review: Xerox VersaLink C7000DN

Epson Expression Photo XP-970

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3. Epson Expression Photo XP-970 printer

Sleek six-dye photo printer with A3 skills

Specifications
Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet MFD
Print speed: 28ppm
Paper sizes: A3
Paper capacity: 100
Weight: 8.7kg
Reasons to buy
+Lifelike photo prints+Slim design
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive to run-No A3 duplex mode

Thanks to its surprisingly slim design, this inkjet photo printer can slide away under your desk when not in use and yet it’s big enough to hold one hundred sheets of A4 and handle A3 paper via the rear feed. It’s a multifunction device with a high-res A4-sized scanner and an auto duplex mode for A4 paper. Its real talent, however, is printing vivid and lifelike A3 photographs using six of Epson’s Claria inkjet cartridges at a resolution of 5760x1440DPI. Yes, replacing six cartridges is costly, but the expense is justified by the high print quality. This Epson Expression Photo XP-970 replaces the virtually identical XP-960 to which we awarded five stars.

Canon Pixma Pro 10-S

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4. Canon Pixma Pro 10-S printer

Ten-inkjet carts for gallery-quality mono prints

Specifications
Category: Colour inkjet printer
Print speed: not given
Paper sizes: A3
Paper capacity: 150
Weight: 20kg
Reasons to buy
+High print resolution+Excellent greyscale
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive to run-Expensive to buy

By using ten separate pigment inks, this professional photo printer can achieve superior greyscale and colour shading and results that are good enough to hang in a gallery. Canon’s pigment based LUCIA cartridges produce prints that are more stable and durable than dye-based inks and they can be replaced individually, so you don’t need to buy a whole new set when one runs out. It’s a substantial machine that can handle A3+ paper and comes with Wi-Fi built enabling you to print via the excellent Canon PRINT mobile app. You’ll find a full set of ink in the box. 

Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW

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5. Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW printer

A capable and capacious A3 printer

Specifications
Category: colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 18ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 500
Weight: 15.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Duplex A3 printing   +Deep paper trays
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive ink -No front USB port

Printers aimed at the home office that can handle A3 paper are not common, but ones that can automatically print on both sides of an A3 page are downright rare. The WorkForce WF-7210DTW is one such beast and it does so quite successfully. Print quality is impressive, be that monochrome text, or a glossy photo. The long list of features includes both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity and the two paper trays can hold 500 sheets combined.  

Read the full review: Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW 

HP OfficeJet Pro 7720

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6. HP OfficeJet Pro 7720 printer

Absurdly affordable A3 printing

Specifications
Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 22ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 250
Weight: 15.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Low price point  +A3 printing
Reasons to avoid
-A4 scanner bed-Costly cartridges

This sizable four-in-one proves that A3 printers needn’t be expensive. Although it can’t scan or duplex print anything larger than A4, this inkjet can turn out full colour photos on glossy A3 paper. It can also churn mono pages of A4 at the impressive rate of 22 per minute. We found the performance a little noisy and the build quality worryingly flimsy, but at this price, we’ll recommend it to anyone who needs a multifunction device with the occasional need for A3 printouts.   

Read the full review: HP OfficeJet Pro 7720   

Epson EcoTank ET-7750

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7. Epson EcoTank ET-7750 printer

Refillable ink tanks for crisp and cost effective printing

Specifications
Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet
Print speed: 13ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 100
Weight: 10.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Vivid A3 photos  +Low cost per page 
Reasons to avoid
-High price point -No ADF, NFC, or fax

Epson’s second generation of EcoTank printers have refined the refillable ink system which is deployed here by a highly capable inkjet MFD. Photo quality is excellent and the ability to print on A3 paper is a real boon. The interface lacks a touchscreen and printing is slow, but the pages are well worth waiting for. If the price tag appears prohibitive, that’s because there are two sets of ink bottles in the box. Enough to print a claimed 3,600 photos!

Read the full review: Epson EcoTank ET-7750

Brother MFC-J6945DW

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8. Brother MFC-J6945DW printer (MFC-J6947DW in UK)

Business inkjet with true A3 ability

Specifications
Category: All-in-one color inkjet printer
Print speed: 22ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 750
Weight: 27.9kg
Reasons to buy
+Duplex A3 print and scan+Three paper trays
Reasons to avoid
-Muted colors-Slower than a laser printer

The Brother MFC-J6945DW (known as the MFC-J6945DW in the UK) is an inkjet that’s aimed at a role in a busy office more usually filled by a laser printer. The impressive print speed is only a little slower than the average laser, while offering all the advantages of an inkjet, such as the the ability to print on photo paper at a higher image resolution. It also comes with an unusually generous amount of ink — enough for a whole year apparently. The most impressive feature, however, is its ability to duplex print and scan not just A4 paper, but A3 as well.

Read the full review: Brother MFC-J6947DW

Canon PIXMA iX6850

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9. Canon PIXMA iX6850 printer

Sleek and sophisticated A3 printer

Specifications
Category: Color inkjet printer
Print speed: 14ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: up to A3+
Paper capacity: 150 sheets
Weight: 11.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Natural colors+Large color prints
Reasons to avoid
-No auto duplex

Canon PIXMA iX6850 looks rather smart for an A3-sized office printer and its specifications are no less impressive. It uses five inks instead of the usual four to achieve superior quality images and each one comes in an individual cartridge for more cost-effective replacement. It can’t print both sides of a page automatically (duplex), but this machine is well connected with an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi and AirPrint compatibility. If you need to print large spreadsheets, large photos and high-resolution posters this printer can handle any size paper up A3+ (329 x 483mm).

Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16600

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10. Epson EcoTank Pro ET-16600 printer

Supersized supertank for the small business

Specifications
Category: All-in-one inkjet printer
Print speed: 32ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3+
Paper capacity: 550 + 50 sheets
Weight: 20.2kg
Reasons to buy
+Cheap ink refills+High paper capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Pigment ink, not dye-High purchase price

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-M16600 is the largest in Epson’s expanding line of supertank printers and it’s big enough to handle A3-size paper. It can also hold well over a ream of paper in its two drawers with room for 50 more sheets in the automatic document feed. The ink tanks are also larger than usual and can hold enough bottled ink for 4,500 monochrome pages and 2,800 color. It also prints quickly with a first-page-out time just over five seconds and a monochrome print speed of 32ppm (pages per minute), or 25ipm (imprints per minute).