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Best HP printers of 2021: Portable, laser, all-in-one, inkjet and more

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Welcome to our pick of the best HP printers you can buy in 2021. Ever since HP made the first desktop laser printer - the LaserJet - back in 1984, the company has been producing some brilliant devices.

In fact, HP continues to be a major player in the printer market, and the best HP printers are some of the best printers money can buy today.

One of the great things about HP's printers is that the company has a huge range of them. That means home users, students, photographers and business owners (and many others) will be able to find a HP printer that is perfect for their needs.

However, while HP's range of printers is impressively large, is can also mean it's difficult to know where to start and just what features you need out of a HP printer – from copying and scanning to wireless compatibility and even voice control. But don’t fret ­– we’ve provided our recommendations of the best HP printers below.

Best HP printers at a glance

  1. HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202nw 
  2. HP OfficeJet Pro 9025
  3. HP Officejet 250
  4. HP Smart Tank Plus 555
  5. HP Envy Pro 6420 
  6. HP Designjet T125
  7. HP LaserJet Pro M227fdw  
  8. HP DeskJet 3760
  9. HP Color LaserJet Pro M283fdw 
  10. HP LaserJet Pro M15w  

HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202nw

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1. HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202nw

First laser with refillable toner tanks

Specifications
Category: All-in-one mono laser printer
Print speed: 20ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 250 sheets
Weight: 8.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Low running cost+Plenty of toner in the box
Reasons to avoid
-No auto duplex-Slow for a laser

The HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202nw is the first printer to employ a refillable toner tank instead of a disposable cartridge. It’s a win for both the environment and your print budget, which could cost as much as 60% less than regular toner cartridges. This inexpensive all-in-one lacks an auto-duplex mode, but for basic monochrome printing and copying duties, it is hard to beat on total cost of ownership. There’s enough black toner in the box for 5,000 pages and refuelling is as simple as injecting the toner from syringe-type canister into the printer.

Read the full review: HP Neverstop Laser MFP 1202nw

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2. HP OfficeJet Pro 9025

An excellent all-rounder

Specifications
Category: All-in-one inkjet color printer
Print speed: 39ppm
Paper sizes: Up to A4
Paper capacity: 500 pages
Size: 12.5 x 17.2 x 26.4in
Weight: 26.4lbs
Reasons to buy
+Fast at printing and scanning+Apps work well
Reasons to avoid
-Small display-No NFC

An excellent all-rounder, this all-in-one is more expensive than the competition but you pay for what you get. It offers an exhaustive list of features such as a large automatic document feeder (ADF) tray, fast printing speeds and large paper handling capacity - plus it's HP Instant Ink compatible. It sports a boxy two-tone design that's professional-looking without being boring, but be aware that it will be slightly too big to fit on some desks comfortably. It's compatible with a range of cloud-based mobile apps which thankfully means you won't have to rely on its small LCD display for many functions.

Read the full review: HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 all-in-one inkjet printer

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3. HP Officejet 250 All-In-One Portable Printer with Wireless & Mobile Printing (CZ992A)

A portable performer

Specifications
Category: Portable color inkjet printer
Print speed: 10ppm
Paper sizes: Up to A4
Paper capacity: 50 sheets
Size: 14.96 x 7.8 x 3.6 inches
Weight: 4.62
Reasons to buy
+Portable size+Great print quality
Reasons to avoid
-No USB port-Expensive ink

Portable printing is now an option thanks to the All-in-One 250, which crams printing, scanning and copying into a machine small enough to fit into a suitcase or backpack. It's not so light that you won't notice it, though, weighing around the same as 1.5 13-inch MacBook Pros. On the plus side, this HP model offers surprisingly sharp print quality for such a small package alongside features such as manual duplex printing, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and USB connectivity. There’s also a 10-sheet ADF, 50-sheet input tray and a rechargeable battery for true portability.

HP Smart Tank Plus 555

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4. HP Smart Tank Plus 555

Refillable tanks and enough ink for three years

Specifications
Category: colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 11ppm
Paper sizes: A4
Paper capacity: 100 sheets
Weight: 5.14kg
Reasons to buy
+Cheap to run+3 yrs of ink included
Reasons to avoid
-No Auto Duplex  -Small display  

HP’s latest cartridge-free inkjet printer smashes the per-page cost of colour printing and includes enough bottled ink in the box for 12,000 black pages or up to 8,000 colour. This is HP’s entry-level model in the Smart Tank line and it lacks an auto-duplex mode, sadly. However it does offer both dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE, which makes it easy to use the helpful iOS/Android companion app to set up the printer and operate it wirelessly from your smartphone. It prints surprisingly quickly at 11ppm (pages per minute) in mono, or 22ppm in draft mode and can handle almost any kind of printable media up to A4 in size.

HP Envy Pro 6420

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5. HP Envy Pro 6420

Feature-packed inkjet is ideal for home users

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 steady and it can duplex print and 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. Having just two ink cartridges (one for color, one for black) is convenient, but might not be cost effective if you tend you use one particular color more heavily.

Read the full review: HP Envy Pro 6420

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6. HP Designjet T125 24-inch Printer

Produces big beautiful graphics

Specifications
Category: Large format printer
Print speed: 27 secs/page
Paper sizes: Up to A3
Size: 38.9 x 20.9 x 11.2in
Weight: 56.2lbs
Reasons to buy
+Very versatile+Good photo quality
Reasons to avoid
-Small LCD screen-No HP Instant Ink support

An update to the entry-level Designjet T120, the T125 is one of the best large format printers offers wide multi-format printing (or MFP) at an affordable price. Ideal for printing CAD or construction drawings (or A3 photos for framing), it excels in printing high quality graphics in color, and does a great job in mono too. Its print resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi is high quality enough to meet most needs, and its other features include a card reader, Wi-Fi connectivity, ability to print from mobile devices and easily replaceable CMYK ink cartridges.

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7. HP LaserJet Pro M227fdw Laser Multifunction Printer

Offers attractively low running costs

Specifications
Category: Multifunction mono laser printer
Print speed: 30ppm
Paper sizes: Up to A4
Paper capacity: 250 sheets
Size: 12.2 x 16 x 16
Weight: 20lbs
Reasons to buy
+Amazingly sharp print quality+Smooth operation and quality printing
Reasons to avoid
-Toner cartridges last a long time-Only prints mono

Printing, scanning, copying and even faxing – the M227fdw does it all (just as long as it's in black and white). This mono printer is a great fit for offices thanks to its large paper draw and fast print speed, which churns out copy at a clip. It sports Wi-Fi connectivity (though not NFC), an ethernet port and compatibility with cloud apps for mobile printing, alongside a USB drive for printing from thumbsticks. HP reckons you'll get 30,000 pages from a single high-yield toner cartridge, making it an economical option in the long run.

Read the full review: HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw

HP DeskJet 3760

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8. HP DeskJet 3760

World’s smallest AIO has a price to match

Specifications
Category: AOI colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 8pm
Paper sizes: A4
Paper capacity: 60 sheets
Weight: 2.33kg
Reasons to buy
+Very small +Instant Ink compatible 
Reasons to avoid
-No auto-duplex       -Awkward scanner

Some clever design means this all-in-one inkjet device can print, scan and copy A4 paper even though its footprint is actually less than a sheet of A4 in depth. The rear-loading paper tray can hold media including envelopes, glossy photo paper, or up to sixty sheets of A4 and print at a rate of 8 pages per minute, or 19 in draft mode. The narrow bar scanner draws paper through, scanning each sheet at it scrolls through. There’s no duplex mode, but it does have inbuilt Wi-Fi with AirPrint compatibility. As is always the case with cheap printers, the cartridges are the killer, but this model is at least compatible with HP’s Instant Ink subscription service which mails you replacement carts at cheaper rate. 

HP Color LaserJet Pro M283fdw

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9. HP Color LaserJet Pro M283fdw

Feature-rich 4-in1 is a real all-rounder

Specifications
Category: All-in-one color laser printer
Print speed: 22ppm
Paper sizes: Up to A4
Paper capacity: 250 + 50 sheets
Size: 3.58 x 14.8 x 6.9lbs
Weight: 6.6lbs
Reasons to buy
+Very well featured+No duplex scan
Reasons to avoid
-Somewhat expensive-Limited paper capacity

The HP Color LaserJet Pro M283fdw is a mid-priced multifunction laser printer that is so well featured, it could fit into almost any small to medium sized office and live up to expectations. It is compact, with scope to add further paper trays as required and it prints quickly at 22 pages per minute for either color or monochrome documents. There’s an automatic document scanner for copying up to 50 pages, fax, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct. It is compatible with Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint and there’s a USB port at the front for walk-up printing from, or scanning to a thumb drive. In short, it can do everything (except duplex scan) and it do it all very well.

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10. HP Laserjet Pro M15w

Compact budget laser printing

Specifications
Category: Mono laser printer
Print speed: 19ppm
Paper sizes: Up to A4
Paper capacity: 100 sheets
Size: 6.3 x 13.7 x 7.4in
Weight: 18.3lbs
Reasons to buy
+Footprint a little larger than a sheet of A4+Fast printing at 19ppm
Reasons to avoid
-No dual-side printing-Low print resolution

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is the size of a shoebox and is capable of printing a thousand documents in a snap, all with consistent output. The M15w is more affordable than other printers in its class and is especially effective for those who work from home or cramped offices due to its smaller size. Moreover, once you've sped through its straightforward initial setup using HP's Smart app, this model prints quickly and reliably - albeit with a noticeable lack of definition. There's no automatic duplex printing either, which could increase your paper cost in the long run.

Read the full review: HP LaserJet Pro M15w