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Best fax machines of 2021: 5 top picks for sending faxes

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Even in 2021, the best fax machines are still important tools for many businesses, and on this page we've picked the top devices you can buy right now.

Many offices still uses faxes to communicate with suppliers and customers, as well as other parts of the business, and if you're looking to upgrade your fax machine, the good news is that these days there are some brilliant devices that will let you quickly and easily send faxes, including important documents, across the world.

While faxes are becoming less common in modern offices, that doesn't mean you should stick with your old fax machine. The best fax machines on this page come with some great additional features.

In fact, some of the best fax machines are actually all-in-one printers, which not only send faxes, but can print, scan and photocopy documents. Not only can these devices save you money, but also space, which makes them ideal for small offices.

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Best fax machines at a glance:

  1. Epson WorkForce WF-2750DWF
  2. Samsung M2885FW 4-in-1 Multifunction Xpress laser printer
  3. Brother MFC-L6800DWT
  4. Brother FAX-2940
  5. Samsung SF-760P

Epson WorkForce WF-2750DWF

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1. Epson WorkForce WF-2750DWF

The best all-in-one printer and fax machine

Specifications
Print speed: 33 pages per minute
Scan resolution: 1200 x 2400 dpi
Features: Print, copy, scan, fax
Dimensions: 425 x 360 x 230 mm (Width x Depth x Height)
Weight: 6.6 kg
Reasons to buy
+Economical ink use+LCD screen
Reasons to avoid
-Loud-Uninspiring design

If you want the best fax machine that also doubles up as a printer, photocopier and scanner and you want it for a low price, then the Epson WorkForce WF-2750DWF is the one to go for. Sure, it looks a bit boring, and when in use it can get quite noisy, but the amount of features the Epson WorkForce WF-2750DWF offers, plus the quality of its scanning, printing and faxing, makes it a brilliant choice for home and office use on a budget.

Samsung M2885FW 4-in-1 Multifunction Xpress

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2. Samsung M2885FW 4-in-1 Multifunction Xpress laser printer

A great office fax machine and 4-in-1

Specifications
Print speed: 28ppm
Print resolution: Effective 4,800 x 600
Paper capacity: 250 sheets
Dimensions: 401 x 362 x 367mm (Width x Depth x Height)
Weight: 11.3kg
Reasons to buy
+Superb print quality+Good connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Multi-purpose tray only holds one sheet-Fiddly control panel

With wired (Ethernet/USB) and wireless (Wi-Fi/NFC) connectivity, duplex printing, decent eco settings and support for a wide range of media, the Samsung M2885FW is an excellent all-rounder, and one of the best fax machines you can buy. As it's a 4-in-1 device, it can handle printing, scanning and photocopying as well, so if you don't need those, then this is a bit overkill. However, if you're looking for a fast laser printer and fax machine for a busy office, it's a brilliant choice.

Image credit: Brother

Image credit: Brother

3. Brother MFC-L6800DWT

A serious fax machine for busy offices

Specifications
Print speed: 46ppm
Scan resolution: 1,200 x 1,200
Paper capacity: 520 sheets
Dimensions: 495 x 427 x 650mm (Width x Depth x Height)
Weight: 22.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Fast print speeds+Excellent print quality
Reasons to avoid
-Large-Expensive

If you're looking for the best fax machine for a busy and large office, then the Brother MFC-L6800DWT is definitely worth investing in. As a laser printer, it's incredibly fast, but maintains a high print quality, and it comes with a large range of connectivity options to work as a fax, including USB and network. As a fax machine, it offers 33.6Kbps speeds, as well as fax forwarding, automatic redialling and group dialling features.

Image credit: Brother

Image credit: Brother

4. Brother FAX-2940

The best dedicated fax machine

Specifications
Print speed: 20ppm
Fax resolution: 1,200 x 1,200
Paper capacity: 250 sheets
Dimensions: 360 x 368 x 311mm (Width x Depth x Height)
Weight: 8.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Dedicated fax machine+Can be turned into an all-in-one
Reasons to avoid
-Limited non-fax functions-Dated looks

If you're only looking for a fax machine, then you don't want to spend extra money on an all-in-one printer that will offer you features you'll not use. If you just want a fax machine, then the Brother FAX-2940 is the best dedicated fax machine money can buy. As primarily a fax machine, it offers plenty of great features including 200 speed dials and up to 500 pages of transmit/receive memory, which means you won't miss out on any faxes if the Brother FAX-2940 runs out of paper. You can also download a free printer and scanner software update that turns it into a multi-function device.

Image credit: Samsung

Image credit: Samsung

5. Samsung SF-760P

A great easy-to-use old school fax machine

Specifications
Print speed: 20ppm
Fax resolution: 300dpi
Paper capacity: 250 sheets
Dimensions: 280 x 426 x 260mm (Width x Depth x Height)
Weight: 6.3kg
Reasons to buy
+Dedicated fax machine+Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-Dated looks-Not Wi-Fi

If you're looking for a dedicated fax machine and don't mind (or even prefer) a rather old school design, then the Samsung SF-760P could be the best fax machine for you. It's got a no-nonsense design that sums up what we like about this fax machine so much. It's dedicated to sending and receiving faxes, and that focus means it excels at its job, offering plenty of features and a decent 33.6kbps fax transmission speed. It can also be used as a printer and scanner, but we'd recommend only using this for faxes.

Matt Hanson

Senior Computing editor

Matt (Twitter) is TechRadar's Senior Computing editor. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. If you're encountering a problem or need some advice with your PC or Mac, drop him a line on Twitter.