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Best inkjet printers 2022: top picks for home and office

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Welcome to our pick of the best inkjet printers money can buy in 2022. On this page you'll find some brilliant inkjet printers that offer a more affordable alternative to laser printers.

No matter if you want a new inkjet printer to act as a home printer or office printer, we've got some excellent choices for a wide range of needs and budgets.

Inkjet printers are great for home users and small businesses on a budget, as they are often cheaper than laser printers. However, the upfront cost of a printer isn't the only consideration you have to make when it comes to budgets, as you'll also need to buy ink cartridges for them to work, and these can sometimes prove to be costly. So, picking an inkjet printer that's economical to run can save you and your business a lot of money in the long run.

Inkjet printers are particularly good for printing photographs as well, so these make great photo printers. They aren't as fast as laser printers, however, so if you have a busy office that needs to print out lots of documents, consider one of the best laser printers instead.

There's a huge amount of printers out there, however, so to make picking the best one for your needs as easy as possible, we've listed what we think are the top inkjet printers money can buy in 2022. We don't just look at features and price - we also take into account running costs, as well as the upfront cost, print quality and speed of the devices.

We've also picked some of the best cheap printers using this technology, and these budget inkjet printers are affordable, yet don't skimp too much on the print quality. You'll be seriously impressed by how well these printers handle your printouts.

We've also got some great all-in-one inkjet printers that handle scanning and photocopying as well.

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Brother MFC-1205W (DCP-J1200W in the UK)

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1. Brother MFC-1205W (DCP-J1200W in the UK)

Larger cartridges give this inkjet an advantage

Specifications

Category: All-in-one color inkjet printer
Print speed: 16ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: A4
Paper capacity: 150
Weight: 6.5kg

Reasons to buy

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High-yield cartridges available
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Strong print quality

Reasons to avoid

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No auto-duplex mode
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No display

If value for money is important to your business, this plain, pale grey box could be the all-in-one printer you are looking for. In order to keep the purchase price down, it has few features, so there’s no auto-duplex mode, no multipurpose tray, no fax and no display of any kind. There’s just a scanner bed for copying documents one side at a time and a paper tray that can hold 150 sheets of A4. What it does have is the ability to accommodate unusually large inkjet cartridges, which is why the bodywork bulges on the right-hand side. Brother calls this an INKvestment Tank printer, which its answer to rival supertank printers. These high-capacity carts have higher yield that makes it more economical to run than most other cartridge-based inkjets. It also prints to a consistently high standard on both plain and photo paper.

Read our full review: Brother DCP-J1200W.

Epson EcoTank ET-4750

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2. Epson EcoTank ET-4750 inkjet printer

Refillable ink tanks for crisp and cost effective printing

Specifications

Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 15ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 250
Weight: 6.8kg

Reasons to buy

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Affordable ink refills  
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High ink/paper capacity  

Reasons to avoid

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High initial 
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The ink tanks add bulk

Here we see Epson’s refillable EcoTank system refined and particularly well integrated in this four-in-one printer. With a fairly deep 250-sheet paper tray, a fax facility and Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct as well, this machine would be well suited to a busy home office. It prints reasonably quickly and consistently and the initial price includes enough ink for up to 14,000 mono and 11,200 colour pages.  

Epson EcoTank ET-M1170 (ET-M1120 in the UK)

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3. Epson EcoTank ET-M1170 (ET-M1120 in the UK)

Pricey printer proves the most economical to run

Specifications

Category: mono inkjet printer
Print speed: 15ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 150
Weight: 3.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Very economical refills 
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Simple/pleasing design

Reasons to avoid

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Slow print speed
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High initial cost

It might seem like a lot to pay for such a basic mono print-only device but that £266 (around US$350) includes enough ink to print up to 6,000 pages. Epson’s EcoTank system allows you to top up with black ink from affordable refill bottles that can be recycled more easily than cartridges. The printer itself is equipped with Wi-Fi and duplex printing and it can manage a reasonable speed of 15 crisp and consistent pages per minute. 

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4820DWF

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4. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4820DWF inkjet printer

Inexpensive inkjet ideal for the office

Specifications

Category: All-in-one color inkjet printer
Print speed: 36ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 250 + 35 sheets
Weight: 10.2kg

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Large touchscreen

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive cartridges
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Limited paper capacity

The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4820DWF is a fine example of just how much you can get out of a mid-priced office-oriented inkjet all-in-one these days. This is a full color printer with auto duplex, an automatic document feed, high-res flatbed scanner and a fax modem. It can print faster than some laser printers in its fastest monochrome mode, but being an inkjet, it can also print decent quality photos onto glossy paper. The cost of ink cartridges should be a consideration as they are not cheapest, but this model is still competitive, especially if you sigh up to Epson’s ReadyPrint subscription ink service which mails replacement cartridges to your door.

Epson WorkForce WF-7720

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5. Epson WorkForce WF-7720 (WF-7715 in the UK)

All-purpose inkjet is adept with A3 paper

Specifications

Category: Category: Color inkjet printer
Print speed: 18ipm (mono)
Paper sizes: A4
Paper capacity: 250
Weight: 18.7kg

Reasons to buy

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Duplex A3 copying
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NFC and fax 

Reasons to avoid

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Only one paper tray
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Noisy in operation  

This talented four-in-one inkjet printer can dual-scan and auto duplex, which makes it a very useful copier. The fact it can do this with wide format A3 paper as well as A4 sets it apart from the crowd. It is aimed at the business user, so there’s a fax facility and also an NFC module so that you can use a smartphone to trigger and pick up your own private print jobs in a shared office. There’s an ADF (automatic document feed) for copying a stack of documents and room for plenty of paper in the main paper tray, be that A4 or A3. There’s even a handy USB Host port at the front for walk-up printing from a flash memory drive. And all this for a very competitive price.

Read our full review: Epson WorkForce WF-7715DWF.

Canon PIXMA G5050

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6. Canon PIXMA G5050 inkjet printer

MegaTank makes this an affordable option

Specifications

Category: Color inkjet printer
Print speed: 13ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 250 sheets
Weight: 6.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Low running cost
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Plenty of ink in box

Reasons to avoid

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Slow to print
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Small display

Canon’s MegaTank printers go from strength to strength and this print-only device proves that refillable ink tanks are the future for inkjet printers. The Canon PIXMA G5050 can duplex print color documents, and there’s room for half a ream of paper in the main tray. It can also print detailed photos onto coated photo paper, but it can do all this at a much lower cost per page than any cartridge-based inkjet. What’s more, the box includes enough black ink for 18,000 pages and color inks for 7,700 pages. 

Canon MAXIFY iB4150

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7. Canon MAXIFY iB4150 inkjet printer

High capacity inkjet for the home office

Specifications

Category: colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 24ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 500 sheets
Weight: 9.6kg

Reasons to buy

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High paper capacity
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Fast mono print speed

Reasons to avoid

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Not much ink in box
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Small display

The Canon MAXIFY iB4150 is an inkjet printer for the small business looking for prompt, reliable color prints with minimal time spent standing beside the printer. With room for a whole ream of paper in its two paper trays and high-yield ink cartridges available capable of delivering up to 2,500 mono, or 1,500 color pages, this printer will take a heavy workload in its stride. It can auto duplex print and handle envelopes and photo paper and any size media up to A4. The bundled setup cartridges might not contain much ink, but Canon’s XL cartridges work out at a very competitive per-page print cost.

Canon Pixma TS8050

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8. Canon TS8250 inkjet printer

Stylish AIO uses six inkjet carts to full effect

Specifications

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 15ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 100
Weight: 6.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Broad connectivity 
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Strong 6-ink system

Reasons to avoid

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Costly cartridges
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Slow print speed

Canon’s slick three-in-one printer is particularly user-friendly with its huge touchscreen display and one-touch NFC connectivity for your smartphone. There are convenient slots for an SD card and USB flash drive too. It prints and scans at high resolution and instead of four, it uses six separate ink cartridges to achieve superior fidelity when printing colour photos. It’s a somewhat expensive system, but worth it for the more professional finish.

Canon Pixma G6050

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Refillable tanks makes this costly inkjet a bargain

Specifications

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 13ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: A4
Paper capacity: 250
Weight: 8.1kg

Reasons to buy

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Cheap to run 
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Neat ink tank system  

Reasons to avoid

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Small display      
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No front USB     

Canon’s cartridge-free printers are particularly easy to top up whenever you see the ink in the window getting low and they come with plenty more ink in the box, enough to print 7,700 full colour images, or 18,000 in black and white. It’s small enough to sit on a desk without taking over and big enough to hold 250 sheets of paper. Wi-Fi is built in, auto duplex printing is covered and both the print and scan resolutions are good and high. It also prints a beautifully bold photo and crisp text that won’t run, thanks to the use of a pigment black ink.

Read the full review: Canon Pixma G6050

HP Envy 5055

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10. HP Envy 5055 injket printer

Budget printer with a talent for photos

Specifications

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 15ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 100
Weight: 5.4kg

Reasons to buy

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Low price  
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Dual-band Wi-FI 

Reasons to avoid

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High ink cost 
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No Ethernet port  

The inexpensive HP Envy 5055 (known as the Envy 5010 in the UK) all-in-one printer looks little different from inkjet models costing twice the price and it is lacking nothing in the way of features. It will print, scan and copy at high resolution and at a reasonable speed and dual-band Wi-Fi is built in. It can be controlled by a decent touchscreen, or via an excellent companion app for iOS/Android devices. A set of replacement ink cartridges costs more than the machine itself, but a subscription to HP Instant Ink keeps even this cost down. 

Jim is a seasoned expert when it comes to testing tech. From playing a prototype PlayStation One to meeting a man called Steve about a new kind of phone in 2007, he’s always hunting the next big thing at the bleeding edge of the electronics industry. After editing the tech section of Wired UK magazine, he is currently specialising in IT and voyaging in his VW camper van.