The best all-in-one printers are the bee’s knees of peripherals because they’re practically a one-stop-shop for everything you need. Well, maybe not everything, but they do serve several input and output functions. They can not only print and copy documents, but also scan them as well as send and receive faxes and send documents via email, which makes them an important investment whether you have a household with multiple demands or are running a business.
Having a printer that can meet all your printing, scanning, and document-sending needs is also more cost-effective. In fact, even if you think you might be saving by getting one of the best cheap printers, an all-in-one printer might have a better return on investment depending on your daily needs. And, since it’s a single device that can do a little bit of everything, you’re also saving space.
If you know you won’t need anything other than a peripheral that prints documents, then by all means, just get a regular printer. However, if you know you’ll be needing something that does other things, only the best all-in-one printers are capable of meeting your varying demands. We found all the top ones out there that are guaranteed to do an excellent job. Whether it’s a compact and affordable device best for home use to a more robust printer that can handle larger workloads, every product on this list is guaranteed to do an excellent job of all the tasks it's built for.
Best all-in-one printer: How did we choose?
Best all-in-one printer: How did we choose?
Although there is now a huge number of printers out there for individuals to choose from, for this review we specifically wanted to find the best all-in-one printer - a device that may not specialize in photographic printing or wireless connectivity, but that can do a bit of everything well. In compiling these nine printers, we looked at countless more, choosing devices that would work in a family home and as part of a small business.
We assessed these printers across a number of factors, including speed, print quality, price, size, and simplicity. In order to make the cut as one of our best all-in-one printers, a device had to score well across all these metrics.
1. Epson EcoTank ET-3850
This three-in-one inkjet printer can print, scan and copy and has a 30-sheet ADF (automatic document feed) for scheduled copying tasks. There’s no touchscreen or front USB port, but it can print very well at high resolution making it great for photos as well as text documents. It also has four refillable ink tanks, which means savings of up to 90 percent on an equivalent cartridge-based model. And there’s a generous amount of bottled ink in the box -- enough for 14,000 black and white pages, or 5,200 color. This model is available in ice white in the US and Black in the UK.
Read the full review: Epson EcoTank ET-3850
2. Canon i-SENSYS MF742Cdw: Best design
The crisp design of the Canon i-SENSYS MF742Cdw would not look out of place in the office or the home office and it comes with all of the features you could need for either situation. There’s duplex printing, a fifty-sheet ADF and a front USB port for walk-up printing from a thumb drive. The print speed and print quality are good enough for any small to medium-sized business and the running cost is competitive. You can load 250 sheets of A4 paper in the main tray and add further paper trays if required. It’s also very easy to use thanks to the excellent touchscreen interface.
3. Brother MFC-J5330DW: Best for A3 printing
This all-singing all-in-one comes with a long list of features and equally impressive specifications. The Brother MFC-J5330DW's paper tray can hold 250 sheets and the automatic document feeder, another 50. It’s maximum print speed can rival laser printers and the cost per page is only a little higher if you buy the high capacity inkjet carts. Colour prints look bold and bright, but this machine’s party trick is its ability to print on A3-size paper.
4. HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw: Best for photocopying
If you have the space for it, the multifunction HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw will serve a small business well thanks to its consistently crisp print quality, useful 35-sheet automatic document feeder and automated photocopying skills. This is a mono machine and it’s not the fastest laser on the block, but it’s quicker than any inkjet and offers an attractive blend of features and performance.
5. Brother MFC-J1170DW
This inexpensive inkjet is something of an all-rounder and ideal for a home office with fairly low print demands. It’s a three-in-one with print, scan and copy capability and the US model comes with a 20-sheet ADF (automatic document feed). The nearest equivalent UK model (Brother DCP-J1140DW) has no ADF, but it prints reliably, quickly and with an all-round performance that belies the low price. There’s no front USB port and no Ethernet port at the rear, but there is a touchscreen interface and we think this basic Brother printer is a bargain.
Read the full review: Brother DCP-J1140DW.
6. HP Envy 5055 (5010 in the UK): Best for photo printing
This compact and affordable all-in-one can print, scan and photocopy, but its real strength is in printing photos on photo paper. To meet the price point, the HP Envy 5055 is fairly light on features, so there’s no Ethernet port, or front USB port for example and it prints very slowly, but the results are rather good when it comes to full colour photos. The supplied starter cartridges are rather light on ink, but if you replace them with high-capacity carts, then the running cost is fairly competitive too.
7. Brother MFC-J5945DW: Best for small spaces
Brother’s broad range of business-like all-in-ones includes both laser and inkjet models and sometimes the line between them is blurred. This feature-packed four-in-one device prints as quickly as a laser and has a high capacity for ink and paper, but being an inkjet, it’s also very good at printing photos. The Brother MFC-J5945DW is also a little smaller than an equivalent laser model and you’d be hard pressed to find a laser at this price that can handle A3 paper.
8. Epson EcoTank ET-2756: Best refillable option
The Epson EcoTank ET-2760 (known as the ET-2756 in UK) costs considerably more than Epson’s cartridge based all-in-one printers, but in the long term, the refillable tanks promise to reduce your consumables cost by up to 90%. This is a well specified and fully featured three-in-one device with Wi-Fi, duplex printing and a rapid monochrome print rate. What really sets it apart from the cartridge crowd though, is the generous amount ink included in the box — enough for 7.500 black and white pages, or 6,000 color.
9. Xerox VersaLink C405: Best for heavy workloads
If you can find room in your office for this substantial four-in-one laser device, it will almost certainly meet your printing, scanning and copying requirements. The Xerox VersaLink C405 has a very high capacity for toner and paper, with room for 550 sheets in the main paper tray and another 150 in its multipurpose tray. It photocopies and prints very quickly and the large touchscreen interface is the most sophisticated you will find on the front of any printer.
10. Canon PIXMA G7020: Best for affordability
The Canon PIXMA G7020 (called the G7050 in UK) marks a significant refinement in Canon’s cartridge-free MegaTank technology and this model sits at the top of its product tree. As such, it is very well featured with duplex printing and scanning, an automatic document feeder and fax facility. There’s plenty of room for paper in the main tray and plenty of ink in the box — enough for 18,000 monochrome pages, or 7,700 color pages. That makes this all-in-one printer among the most economical to run and ideal for the small office that needs to print plenty of color documents.
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