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Best wireless printers of 2021: top picks for printing from your smartphone

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The best wireless printers allow you to print from any device without having to directly connect via USB or Ethernet, making it easier to print from your PC, laptop, or smartphone. 

Given the fact that a lot of folks are now working at home following the pandemic and beyond the lock down, having wireless connectivity on a printer is now a must have feature to allow more than one computer to connect and print.

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 for tap-to-connect convenience with compatible mobile clients.

Because they don't need to be connected to a PC or router with wires, you can place them pretty much anywhere - as long as there's a power socket and decent Wi-Fi connection. Of course, it also means you can print from any device and from anywhere that connects with your printer.

By being connected to your network - albeit wirelessly - the best wireless printers benefit from advanced network features as well. 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 itself.

So, we've put together a list of the best wireless printers currently available, alongside our own price comparison tool so you’re also getting the best available deal.



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.

The best wireless printers of 2021 are...

Best wireless printers: HP OfficeJet Pro 8035e

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1. HP OfficeJet Pro 8035e wireless printer (8025 in UK)

True wireless printer that works with Alexa

Specifications
Category: All-in-one color inkjet printer
Print speed: 29ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 225 sheets
Weight: 8.2kg
Reasons to buy
+Works with Alexa+Strong wireless connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive cartridges

The HP OfficeJet Pro 8035e (known as OfficeJet Pro 8025 in the UK) looks slick with its blue detailing and small enough to sit on a desk in a home office. It is also has excellent wireless connectivity with self-healing Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth all built in. This makes it particularly easy to connect a mobile device for cloud printing using AirPrint, or Google Cloud Print. You can even yell at your printer to make it work thanks to its compatibility with Alexa voice commands. With a fairly fast print speed, a large paper tray and user-friendly touchscreen controls, there’s a lot to like about this competent all-in-one. 

Read the full review: HP OfficeJet Pro 8025

Best wireless printers: Brother MFC-J5330DW

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2. Brother MFC-J5330DW wireless printer

High capacity inkjet with Wi-Fi and A3 skills

Specifications
Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 22ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 300
Weight: 16.9kg
Reasons to buy
+Can print up to A3+High paper capacity
Reasons to avoid
-A4-size scanner-Slower than a laser 

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, is its ability to print on A3 paper. Wi-Fi is built in and Brother’s companion iOS/Android app makes wireless printing a breeze. It prints clearly in monochrome, while colour photos look quite vibrant on photo paper. The touchscreen is rather small and it’s not as fast as a laser printer, but it strikes a good balance between performance and features.

Best wireless printers: Brother MFC-J895DW

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3. Brother MFC-J895DW wireless printer (MFC-J890DW in UK)

Entry-level inkjet adds NFC tap-to-connect

Specifications
Category: All-in-one color inkjet printer
Print speed: 27ppm (mono fast mode)
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 100 + 20 sheets
Weight: 8.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Competitive price+Strong wireless connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Limited paper capacity-Expensive ink

The Brother MFC-J895DW (known as the MFC-J890DW in UK) is a four-in-one inkjet printer aimed at the home or small office and for the money, it is remarkably well equipped. As you would expect, it can duplex print, photocopy and scan at a respectable image quality, but it is also especially well catered for in the wireless department. In addition to Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity, it also offers NFC tap-to-connect, which means you can connect your NFC-enabled smart phone to this printer by simply touching the two together. 

Best wireless printers: HP Envy Pro 6420

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4. HP Envy Pro 6420 wireless printer

A small business printer with added Bluetooth

Specifications
Category: All-in-one color inkjet printer
Print speed: 10ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 100 sheets
Weight: 6.16kg
Reasons to buy
+Space saving design+Strong wireless connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-Slow print speed-Wasteful tri-color cartridge

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 both Bluetooth and self-healing Wi-Fi built in, making mobile printing via HP’s iOS/Android app particularly easy.  

Best wireless printers: Canon Pixma TS6250

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5. Canon Pixma TS6250 wireless printer

Bluetooth home printer with all-round appeal

Specifications
Category: colour inkjet 3-in-1 printer
Print speed: 36ppm
Paper sizes: A3
Paper capacity: 300
Weight: 40kg
Reasons to buy
+Compact A3 printing+Masses of features
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive  -No touchscreen   

This satisfyingly small and attractively designed all-in-one inkjet offers everything you are likely to need in your home office. It can print and scan at a high enough resolution to provide crisp and accurate colour photocopies using five inkjet cartridges instead of the usual four. The extra one is a pigment black, for more durable mono prints. It’s also blessed with a touchscreen interface and not only Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity, but Bluetooth as well. 

Best wireless printers: Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW

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6. Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW wireless printer

Affordable A3 printer with Wi-Fi and NFC

Specifications
Category: colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 18ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: A3
Paper capacity: 500
Weight: 15.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Duplex A3 printing+High paper capacity
Reasons to avoid
-Limited ink capacity   -No front USB port   

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 making a quick wireless connection and printing via your smartphone. It’s a pity the supplied Epson Durabright startup ink cartridges are rather limiting, but when you switch to XL capacity replacements it becomes more economical to run. It certainly has a high capacity for paper with room for a whole ream on board.

Best wireless printers: Brother MFC-L8690CDW

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7. Brother MFC-L8690CDW wireless printer

Prompt printing and scanning in a multitalented MDF

Specifications
Category: 4-in-1 colour laser MFD
Print speed: 31ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 300
Weight: 27.9kg
Reasons to buy
+Fast print speed   +Easy cloud printing
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive -Heavy and bulky

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 colour pages at the rate of 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.

Best wireless printers: HP LaserJet Pro M15w

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8. HP LaserJet Pro M15w wireless printer

Pint-size laser printer for the micro office

Specifications
Category: mono laser printer
Print speed: 19ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 100
Weight: 3.8kg
Reasons to buy
+World’s smallest  +Wi-fi built in
Reasons to avoid
-No duplex printing-No display

Laser printers tend to be a lot larger than their inkjet cousins, but HP has turned that on its 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. The slick iOS/Android app by HP can help you with this.

Best wireless printers: HP Deskjet 3630

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9. HP Deskjet 3630 wireless printer

Wireless printing on a budget

Specifications
Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 20ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 500
Weight: 12.1kg
Reasons to buy
+Instant Ink ready +Low price point
Reasons to avoid
-Costly cartridges-Flimsy plastic

At less than £40 (around $52), this three-in-one printer is something of a steal. 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 itself is rather flimsy, but it’s well kitted out with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct built in for easy wireless access via the rather good HP companion app.

Best wireless printers: Epson Expression Home XP-5105

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10. Epson Expression Home XP-5105 wireless printer

Compact wireless printer with a surprising turn of speed

Specifications
Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 33ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 150
Weight: 5.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Compact design   +Fast mono printing
Reasons to avoid
-High ink cost -Dull photo prints

Epson’s conveniently compact three-in-one printer includes useful 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, but for occasional use, this is a very easy and reliable wireless printer that can turn out black and white pages surprisingly quickly. 

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