The best wireless printers allow you to print from any device without connecting via USB or Ethernet, making printing from your PC, laptop, or smartphone easier. Great for folks looking for seamless printing ahead of the busy back-to-school season.
With many of us still embracing hybrid working, having untethered connectivity on a printer is now a must-have feature, allowing more than one computer to connect and print from a device.
All of the wireless printers in this guide come with either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity (and often both), which makes them incredibly flexible devices that are easy to install in any home or modern office.
Some even add NFC (near-field communication) connectivity with compatible mobile clients for tap-to-connect convenience.
Because they don't need to be connected to a PC or router with wires, you can place them anywhere - as long as there's a power socket and a decent Wi-Fi connection. Of course, it also means you can print from any device connected to your printer.
By being connected to your network - albeit without wires- the best wireless printers also benefit from advanced network features. If you have a small network, for example, every PC connected to your network can print to them, making them ideal for businesses. Many even allow you to scan and email documents directly from the wireless printer.
So, we've compiled a list of the best wireless printers currently available alongside our price comparison tool, so you're also getting the best available deal.
We've compared these wireless printers across various points, like their printing speed, printing quality, running costs, design, and build quality. We also looked at how well they print images and texts and their overall cost-effectiveness, among other things.
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The HP OfficeJet Pro 8035e (known as OfficeJet Pro 8025 in the UK) looks slick with its blue detailing and is small enough to sit on a desk in a home office. It also has excellent wireless connectivity with self-healing Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, and Bluetooth. This makes it particularly easy to connect a mobile device for cloud printing using AirPrint or Google Cloud Print.
Thanks to its compatibility with Alexa voice commands, you can even yell at your printer to make it work. With a fairly fast print speed, a large paper tray, and user-friendly touchscreen controls, this competent all-in-one has much to like.
The printer has a monolithic, white/dark gray design with sharp edges and is close to 39% smaller than its predecessor.
Read the full review: HP OfficeJet Pro 8025
With all the functionality a small business could need, this feature-packed inkjet can do anything from sending a fax to saving a scan to the cloud. Most surprisingly, given its A4-size footprint, it can print on A3 paper.
The Brother MFC-J5330DW has a deep 250-page A4 paper tray, a rapid 22 ppm churn rate, and duplex printing capabilities—all within a reasonable budget.
Wi-Fi is built in, and Brother’s companion iOS/Android app makes wireless printing a breeze. It prints clearly in monochrome, while color photos look vibrant on photo paper.
The touchscreen is rather small and not as fast as a laser printer, but it balances performance and features well. And for those who prefer everything well organized, the printer comes with neat internal cable management.
Read the full review: Brother MFC-J5330DW
This is one of Epson’s most affordable EcoTank models, yet it’s not short on features. It can scan, copy and print automatically on both sides of the page (auto duplex). You can load the main tray with up to 100 sheets of A4 or whatever envelopes, cards, or photo paper you want to print on.
You can also fill the four 70ml ink tanks using the bundled ink bottles and print up to 14,000 mono and 5,200 color pages. There’s no Ethernet port on this stripped-back budget model, but that’s not a problem when you have Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct and AirPrint available for making a fully wireless connection with your Mac, PC, or mobile device.
The EcoTank ET-2803 is fairly slow when printing at full resolution, but it can operate at faster printing speeds (up to 33ppm) in draft mode.
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 it can auto-duplex print or photocopy a stack of up to 35 pages with its inbuilt ADF (automatic document scanner).
Instead of an Ethernet port, you have Bluetooth and self-healing Wi-Fi, making mobile printing via HP’s iOS/Android app particularly easy.
The HP Envy Pro 6420 prints quietly, and instead of beeping continuously when the printing is done, it plays a gentle notification sound. The main input tray has a limited paper capacity of 100 A4 sheets, ten envelopes, or 40 sheets of photo paper. But the output capacity is more limited (25 sheets).
Read the full review: HP Envy Pro 6420
This satisfyingly small and attractively designed all-in-one inkjet offers everything you will likely need in your home office. It can print and scan at a high enough resolution to provide crisp and accurate color photocopies using five inkjet cartridges instead of the usual four.
The extra one is a black pigment for more durable mono prints. It is also blessed with a touchscreen interface and not only Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity but Bluetooth as well.
The Pixma TS6220 holds 100 sheets in its front tray (output) and 100 in its rear tray (input). The input tray can also hold 20 sheets of photo paper. The printer supports smart assistants, like Alexa and Google Home Assistant, so you can give voice commands and have your printer print hands-free. Commands could include printing Gmail attachments, documents from cloud storage platforms, and images from social media sites.
Duplex A3 printing is not something many affordable inkjet printers can manage, but this capable device does it well, and it can hold a whole ream of paper in its dual paper trays. It also boasts Wi-Fi Direct and NFC connectivity for quick wireless connection and printing via your smartphone.
It is a pity the supplied Epson Durabright startup ink cartridges are limiting, but switching to XL capacity replacements becomes a bit more economical to run. It has a high capacity for paper with room for a whole ream.
The WorkForce WF-7210DTW is quite large, and you will require plenty of desk space to accommodate it. You will also want enough clearance above since it is over 300mm high.
Read the full review: Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW
Brother has endowed this hefty laser printer with all the features a small business might need. It can hold 300 sheets of paper and turn out mono or color pages at 31 per minute. There’s a fax facility and electronic document feed for automated tasks.
It also makes wireless printing from a mobile device or scanning documents to the cloud very easy using its built-in Wi-Fi and a slick iOS/Android companion app. Both Google Cloud Cloud and AirPrint are covered.
Although this printer does not handle A3 paper and lacks NFC connectivity without buying the optional dongle, it is very well featured in other aspects. You have touchscreen control via a large 9.3cm LCD, duplex printing, and Wi-Fi Direct control through an impressive companion app.
Read the full review: Brother MFC-L8690CDW
Laser printers tend to be much larger than their inkjet cousins, but HP has turned that head with this toaster-sized device. It can only print single-side mono pages, but it can do it more quickly and economically than most inkjets, and it’s small enough to carry around with you.
You can connect via Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct for wireless printing via AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. HP's slick iOS/Android app can help you with this, but note that there's no LCD display.
HP has aimed this compact printer for the micro home office. The input and output trays fold away to make the printer's footprint larger than an A4 sheet's, and its height is around the same as an average smartphone. You can expect the HP LaserJet Pro M15w to print a thousand documents consistently and swiftly on a single-toner cartridge.
Read the full review: HP LaserJet Pro M15w
This three-in-one printer is a steal at less than £40 (around $52). Of course, the catch comes with the relatively high price of the inkjet cartridges, but if you take out HP’s Instant Ink subscription, even this cost drops.
The printer is flimsy but well-kitted with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct built-in for easy wireless access via the good HP companion app. There is no touchscreen LCD panel or automatic duplex printing, and there isn't much ink. You'll need to replace the starter cartridges after 100 pages.
The HP Deskjet 3630 is quiet and swift and offers decent print quality. It's designed for home and home office use, so you'll want to avoid it if you print hundreds of pages monthly.
Read the full review: HP Deskjet 3630
Epson’s conveniently compact three-in-one printer includes features like an SD Card slot, duplex printing, and Wi-Fi Direct (as well as Wi-Fi) at a very reasonable price point. Expensive inkjet cartridges make it uneconomical for the busy office. Still, for occasional use, this is a very easy and reliable wireless printer that can turn out black-and-white pages surprisingly quickly.
It has a 150-sheet paper tray and a high-resolution flatbed scanner at the top. The Epson iPrint app makes printing and scanning from cloud services like Dropbox a smooth process. The paper tray also accepts all sizes of photo paper up to A4, but the cost of ink replacement is quite high, with high-yield cartridges costing more than the printer itself.
Read the full review here: Epson Expression Home XP-5105
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The best wireless printers: How did we test them?
Each wireless printer we source for testing is measured on our test bench and the results are critically compared with every other model we have reviewed. Rather than relying on the manufacturer’s quoted figures, we time the first page out and print speeds in single sheet and duplex mode using a standard ten-page document and a stopwatch app.
To compare print quality, we print out the same set of test documents on every machine. These twelve test pages include text of varying font sizes and colors, mixed image and text pages, a set of photos and a series of test patterns designed to assess sharpness, color fidelity, contrast and grey scale.
We also calculate running costs, compare functionality and consider each product’s versatility, design and build quality. The overall score reflects all of these parameters and overall value for money.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to choose the best wireless printers for you?
When choosing the best wireless printer for yourself, begin with evaluating where you’ll be using the printer — office or home.
You’ll 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 a wireless printer that prints high-quality images without burning a hole in your pocket.
It’s essential for you to check the price of the printer's ink cartridge because if it’s too steep, you’ll end up spending a lot more 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 auto duplex functionality, you’ll also want to look at the printer’s connectivity options, control panel usability, and Wi-Fi functionality.
What are the advantages of using a wireless printer?
Wireless printers offer several advantages, including the ability to print from anywhere in the room, eliminating the need for cables and cords, and allowing multiple users to print to the same device. Additionally, many wireless printers have mobile printing capabilities, allowing users to print from their smartphones or tablets.
Can I print from my smartphone or table to a wireless printer?
Yes, many wireless printers now have mobile printing capabilities, allowing users to print from their smartphones or tablets. This can be done through the use of mobile printing apps or by connecting to the printer's wireless network. Some printers also support cloud-based printing services such as Google Cloud Print or AirPrint.
How do I connect a wireless printer to my home network?
Connecting a wireless printer to a home network typically involves a few simple steps:
1. Turn on the printer and put it in pairing mode (consult the printer's manual for instructions on how to do this)
2. Connect your computer or mobile device to the same wireless network as the printer
3. Use the printer's companion application or step by step process to connect to your home network.
- If you experience problems, consult the printer's manual for further instructions
Do wireless printers require special software to be installed on my computer?
Some wireless printers may require special software to be installed on your computer in order to print. This software is usually provided on a CD or can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website. Other printers, however, will work with the standard drivers built into your computer's operating system and don't require any special software installation.