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Best inkjet printers 2021: top picks for home and office

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Welcome to our pick of the best inkjet printers. No matter if you're looking for a new inkjet for home or office use, we've got some great choices for you.

We've carefully hand-picked the best inkjet printers you can buy today, and with our built-in price comparison tool, we'll make sure you get the very best deals as well.

But why look for the best inkjet printer? When buying a new printer, you'll notice there are two main choices: inkjet or laser. So, your first task when finding the best printer for your needs is to pick which one is best suited to what you want to use it for.

These two types of printers have different pros and cons, and knowing what they are means you can make an informed decision about which one is best for your needs. Inkjet printers, for example, are often more affordable than laser printers - initially, at least. It is worth noting that inkjet printers do cost money to run, as you'll need to keep it well stocked with ink cartridges.

When compiling this list of the best inkjet printers, we've taken running costs into account, so the inkjet printers you find on this page will be economical to run, saving money in the long run.

We've also picked some of the best budget inkjet printers. These brilliantly cheap inkjet printers are affordable, yet don't skimp 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.

Best inkjet printers - at a glance

Brother DCP-J1100W

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1. Brother DCP-J1100W All-In-Box

Get three-years of ink and service with this unique inkjet bundle

Specifications
Category: colour 3-in-1 inkjet printer
Print speed: 12ppm
Paper sizes: A4
Paper capacity: 150
Weight: 8.8kg
Reasons to buy
+3yrs of ink included +Touchscreen interface
Reasons to avoid
-High initial cost     -Slow to print  

This is the first inkjet printer to be sold with three years-worth of ink and service included in the price and it represents great value for money. The printer itself is a capable three-in-one device that can print, scan and copy at a fairly high resolution and turn out crisp and colourful duplex pages at a reasonable rate. It’s not as fast as some of Brother’s other business-oriented printers, but the inclusion of four very high-yield ink cartridges make this the most economical of all the cartridge-based inkjets available. It comes with Wi-Fi Direct connectivity and a colour touchscreen interface for easy operation.

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
+Affordable ink refills  +High ink/paper capacity  
Reasons to avoid
-High initial -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.  

Read the full review: Epson EcoTank ET-7750

Epson EcoTank ET-M1120

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3. Epson EcoTank ET-M1120 inkjet printer

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
+Very economical refills +Simple/pleasing design
Reasons to avoid
-Slow print speed-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. 

HP Envy Photo 7855

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4. HP Envy Photo 7855 inkjet printer

Feature-laden inkjet for the home office

Specifications
Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 15ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 125
Weight: 7.6kg
Reasons to buy
+Low price point  +Wi-Fi and NFC
Reasons to avoid
-Impractical design -Combined ink cartridge

HP’s bulbous Envy Photo 7855 (known as the Envy Photo 7830 in the UK) all-in-one includes an impressive list of features for the money. In addition to printing, scanning, photocopying and faxing, you’ll find refinements like NFC connectivity and an SD card slot. The coloured inks are combined in one cartridge, which is somewhat inconvenient if you use one colour more heavily, but HP’s Instant Ink service makes up for it by delivering refills to your door for a reasonable subscription fee. 

HP Envy 5030

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5. HP Envy 5030 printer

Do-it-all inkjet with touchscreen convenience

Specifications
Category: colour 3-in-1 inkjet printer
Print speed: 10ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: A4
Paper capacity: 100
Weight: 5.4kg
Reasons to buy
+Wi-Fi and Bluetooth +Inexpensive 
Reasons to avoid
-Small paper tray     -Expensive cartridges    

This all-in-one inkjet comes with all the features you’re likely to need in a home office setup, assuming that is, you don’t fax, and it all comes at a very reasonable price. In addition to Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, it also offers Bluetooth for all round wireless connectivity. It is also equipped with a touchscreen interface — all be it a fairly small mono affair. Printing is slow, but steady and it has the all important auto duplex mode. It can scan and print at reasonably high resolution, which means good quality photocopies are possible. Replacement cartridges are a little pricey, but for light printing duties, this inexpensive device should serve well.

Canon Maxify MB2750

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6. Canon Maxify MB2750 All-in-One printer

An inkjet with the speed and capacity of a laser

Specifications
Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 23ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 500
Weight: 12.1kg
Reasons to buy
+Generous touchscreen +Vivid 5-ink photos
Reasons to avoid
-Costly cartridges-No front USB port

f you can accommodate this hefty multifunction inkjet in your home office, your printing, scanning and faxing needs will be well taken care of. Between its two paper trays, the MB2750 can accommodate a whole 500-sheet ream of A4 paper and churn out duplex pages at a remarkable rate, for an inkjet. Mono and colour documents look consistently clean and crisp. The 50-sheet automatic document feed is great for large photocopying jobs and we found it fairly easy to access the many features via the logical touchscreen interface.

Read the full review: Canon Maxify MB2750

Canon Pixma TS9150

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7. Canon PIXMA TS9150 inkjet printer

Premium prints from this pricey inkjet

Specifications
Category: colour inkjet printer
Print speed: 15ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 120
Weight: 6.7kg
Reasons to buy
+Great photo quality   +Attractive design
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Slow to print

Sitting at the top of Canon’s Pixma range, the TS9150 looks like a premium product with its crisp design and huge touchscreen display. It prints and scans at a higher resolution than many in its class and achieves superior colour gradation thanks to Canon’s six-ink system. And by using black pigment ink alongside dye-based colours, photographic prints look especially realistic. 

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
+Broad connectivity +Strong 6-ink system
Reasons to avoid
-Costly cartridges-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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9. Canon Pixma G6050

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
+Cheap to run +Neat ink tank system  
Reasons to avoid
-Small display      -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
+Low price  +Dual-band Wi-FI 
Reasons to avoid
-High ink cost -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.