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Best all-in-one printers in 2021

Best all-in-one printers

The best all-in-one printers put document printing, scanning and copying in a single, convenient device for all of your document needs. Maybe it's just for working from home or maybe it's for the whole family to use. Whether you want to print off a form, copy a homework assignment from a textbook or scan an old photo, the best all-in-one printers offer a lot of functionality beyond merely printing. For both inkjet and laser printers, the best all-in-one printers not only offer fast, high-quality document printing, but also have excellent features, straightforward setup and support, and a low cost per page. Some even offer fax capability.

We've tested and reviewed dozens of printers, devoting more than 150 hours of testing to find the best all-in-one printers available, from inkjets and laser printers to portable printers that scan and copy.


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What are the best all-in-one printers?

Of the dozens of printers we've tested, the best all-in-one printer overall is the Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW. With solid performance across the board, it's our favorite model, not least because it uses extra-large ink cartridges to deliver some of the lowest per-page printing costs we've seen. 

For those working from home, the Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank offers incredible value, with the chops to handle thousands of pages of prints and copies with ease, and an ink tank system that keeps print costs extremely low. Plus, you get a load of capability without paying much more than a standard inkjet, with savings you'll see on day one.

If you're not so hot on ink, there's always the Brother MFC-L2750DW XL, the best laser all-in-one printer we've reviewed. With scan, copy and fax capabilities, you can do a lot with this printer, but it's monochrome, so you can't print in color, making this printer best for handling lots of text documents.

The best all-in-one printers you can buy today

Best all-in-one printers: Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW

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1. Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW

The best all-in-one printer overall

Specifications
Printer Type: Inkjet
Features: Print, copy, scan, fax
Display: 2.7-inch color touch screen
Ink/Toner: Four cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Reasons to buy
+Very low cost per page+Fast at printing text and graphics+Quick scanning and copying speeds
Reasons to avoid
-Mediocre color-photo scans-Does not make two-sided copies/scans via ADF

There's much more to the cost of a printer than just the purchase price: Ink costs can eat away the savings you expected from your affordable inkjet device. If you want one of the best all-in-one printers with the most affordable ink, we recommend the Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW. The printer features extra-large ink cartridges, and comes with an estimated years' supply of ink in the box, which adds up to the lowest per-page ink costs we've seen.

On top of that, the Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW offers solid printing, scanning and copying. Print speeds beat the category average and two-sided printing is among the fastest we've seen. And it did all of this while delivering high print quality across the board. That same zippy speed and above-average quality was found in scans and copies, making it a great choice for anyone, even if you aren't buying it for the affordable ink.

Read our full Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW review.

 

Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank review

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2. Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank

The best all-in-one inkjet for busy home offices

Specifications
Printer Type: Inkjet
Features: Print, copy, scan
Display: 3-line monochrome screen
Ink/Toner: Four refillable ink tanks (pigment black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Reasons to buy
+Ink tanks and included refills deliver very low ink costs+Two paper trays and a duplexer+Fast scanning and copying
Reasons to avoid
-No document feeder-Small monochrome LCD

The most obvious reason to like the Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank is the use of refillable ink tanks that offer huge savings on ink and dramatically low print costs, thanks in part to the thousands of pages worth of ink that come included with the printer. But there's more to the G6020 than cheap printing.

The compact body is sized right for use in a home office – we actually named it the best printer for working from home in the 2021 Tom's Guide Awards – but it doesn't skimp on the features, with dual paper trays for a total capacity of 350 sheets, and an automatic duplexer that makes two-sided printing a breeze. And with scanning and copying built-in – both offer speedy performance, as well – it's got everything a home office needs (provided you don't rely on faxing). And with a recommended monthly duty cycle of up to 3,300 pages, it can handle much heavier workloads than the average cheap inkjet, despite still offering an attractively low price.

Read our full Canon Pixma G6020 MegaTank review.

Best all-in-one printers: Brother MFC-L2750DW XL

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3. Brother MFC-L2750DW XL

Best laser all-in-one printer

Specifications
Printer Type: Laser (Monochrome)
Features: Print, copy, scan, fax
Display: 2.7-inch color touch-screen
Ink/Toner: Black toner
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Reasons to buy
+Very fast printing and copying+Very fast black-and-white scanning to PDF+Fast document feeder+Low cost per page
Reasons to avoid
-Average color-scanning speed

The Brother MFC-L2750DW XL multifunction laser printer is packed with features like a fast ADF, fast duplex printing and copying, fax capability, and a second paper tray. This device is monochrome laser printer that lends itself well to fast document printing that looks sharp and clear every time. It's easily one of the best all-in-one printers overall, and our favorite laser printer – so long as you don't need to print in color

The MFC-L2750DW XL turned in great document quality, and the fastest speeds to date for text and mixed text/graphics files. The printer even made two-sided prints faster than some models can handle one-sided documents. Using its high-capacity toner cartridge, the MFC-L2750DW XL offers a cost per page of just 2.7 cents, the lowest we've seen in this category. That's a tough deal to beat.

Read our full Brother MFC-L2750DW review.

 

Epson EcoTank ET-4760 review

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4. Epson EcoTank ET-4760

A great ink-saving printer for the home or office

Specifications
Printer Type: Inkjet
Features: Print, copy, scan, fax
Display: 2.4-inch color touchscreen
Ink/Toner: Four refillable ink tanks (pigment black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Reasons to buy
+Fast printing and copying+Very low ink costs+Quick duplexer
Reasons to avoid
-No secondary paper tray-Duplex prints look lighter than single-sided prints

The Epson EcoTank ET-7460 is a great choice for busy offices, thanks to its combination of solid performance, generous feature-set and impressively low ink costs. It's also one of the top printers for working from home in our 2021 Tom's Guide Awards. Built for heavy duty, the EcoTank earns its name by not only printing thousands of pages a month, but also keeping ink costs low with refillable high-capacity ink tanks. 

The printer comes with the first set of ink bottles, and enough ink for an estimated 7,500 pages (black) and 6,000 pages (color) before ever worrying about refills. Even when you buy new ink, you'll get plenty of bang for your buck, with costs of less than a cent per page.

Speedy printing and copying make it a smart pick for any busy home office or small team, though you might miss having a second paper tray. Regardless, the printer's relatively compact footprint and convenient two-sided printing make it a winner for day-to-day productivity.

Read our full Epson EcoTank ET-4760 review

Canon Pixma TR8620 review

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5. Canon Pixma TR8620

Best value for home office

Specifications
Printer Type: Inkjet
Features: Print, copy, scan, fax
Display: 4.3-inch color touchscreen
Ink/Toner: Five cartridges (black, pigment-black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Reasons to buy
+Fast photo printing and copying+High image quality+ADF and duplexer
Reasons to avoid
-Ink costs are above average-Does not make two-sided copies/scans via ADF

The Canon Pixma TR8620 offers plenty of office features, from scanning and faxing to a 20-page automatic document feeder (ADF), a duplexer for two-sided printing, and two paper trays for keeping two types of paper at the ready. A big 4.3-inch color touchscreen makes it easy to control, and the printer supports smart home integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

It's also a great printer, with faster-than-average print speeds and high print quality overall. Text and color graphics all look great, but we noted that glossy photos printed impressively fast, and the use of a 5-ink cartridge system with two types of black ink resulted in photos with high-quality accuracy: Natural-looking colors, sharp details and smooth transitions. We liked it so much, we named it one of the best printers in our 2021 Tom's Guide Awards. Really, our only big complaint with the Pixma TR8620 is the above average cost of ink, due partially to the expense of the extra ink cartridge.

Read our full Canon Pixma TR8620 review. 

Best all-in-one printers: HP OfficeJet 250

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6. HP OfficeJet 250

Best portable printer and scanner

Specifications
Printer Type: Portable inkjet
Features: Print, copy, scan
Display: 2.6-inch color touch screen
Ink/Toner: Two cartridges (black & tri-color)
Connectivity: USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct
Reasons to buy
+Automatic document feeder+Fast printing, scanning and copying+High-yield cartridge lowers color page costs
Reasons to avoid
-Battery life could be better-Somewhat large and heavy for a portable printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 isn't just the best portable printer out there, it's also a full featured all-in-one printer that's small enough to pack along on a trip. With copying and scanning capability built in – a rare offer in portable models – the HP surprised us by complementing that functionality with superb print quality and category-leading speeds. It's even eligible for HP Instant Ink, which saves you money while sending ink refills automatically by mail.

Whether printing basic text documents, color photos or scanning material to save for later, the quality was superb. And somehow, despite the printer's small size, it manages to boast a 2.5-inch color touch screen, a 10-page automatic document feeder and a total travel weight of just 6.7 pounds with a battery attached. We wish it were a little less expensive, or had slightly better battery life, but these are small complaints given how much you can do with the HP OfficeJet 250.

Best all-in-one printers: Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw

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7. Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw

Our top small business laser printer

Specifications
Printer Type: Laser
Features: Print, copy, scan, fax
Display: 5-inch color touch-screen
Ink/Toner: Four cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Reasons to buy
+Large, 5-inch color touch screen+Fast performance for prints, copies and scans+High-capacity toner cartridges deliver low cost per page
Reasons to avoid
-Large size-Duplex printing is somewhat slow

The Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw is an all-in-one color laser printer that offers great performance and plenty of features, like a large touch screen and duplex printing. But with a monthly page volume of up to 4,000 pages, it's meant for the office rather than the home. Business users will love the built in 50-sheet automatic document feeder, 550-sheet paper cassette, and work-friendly features like two-sided scanning and low printing costs.

The performance is also top notch, with sharp text, clear graphics and faster-than-average printing of mixed text and graphics. Fast scan and copy speeds are a plus, and the color laser printer has one of the easiest setup options available. That's enough for us to declare the Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw one of the best all-in-one printers and our favorite laser printer for small business users.

Read our full Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw Color Laser Printer review.

Best all-in-one printers: Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

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8. Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

A great small business inkjet printer

Specifications
Printer Type: Inkjet
Features: Print, copy, scan, fax
Display: 4.3-inch color touch-screen
Ink/Toner: Four ink tanks (black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet, USB 2.0
Reasons to buy
+Very fast performance+Extremely low ink costs+Large, 4.3-inch color touchscreen
Reasons to avoid
-Occasional paper feed issue-High initial price

The Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 combines impressively low ink costs with an abundance of business-firendly features to take its place as the best small business inkjet printer we've reviewed. The EcoTank design uses refillable ink tanks and comes with enough spare ink bottles to print thousands of pages. A small business printer rated to print more than 3,000 pages per month, it's more than capable of handling whatever your office team might throw at it. The printer boasts scan, copy and fax capability, dual 250-page paper cassettes, a 50-sheet automatic document feeder and   a large, easy-to-use 4.3-inch touchscreen for convenient operations.

In timed printer tests, the Epson ET-5850 delivered some of the fastest printing we've seen, and produced crisp, clear text that nearly rivals laser printer quality. That same quick, high-quality performance was also seen in copying and scanning, making it the printer of choice for offices that need a full featured multifunction printer. But the real draw is the ink savings, extremely low per-page costs of 0.4 cents for text pages, and 1.6 cents per color page. The upfront price may be high, but the combination of quality, features and super-low operating expenses make this one of the best investments you can make for your office.

Read our full Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 review. 

How to choose the best all-in-one printer for you

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There are several key details to consider when shopping for a new printer. Obviously, you want a printer that performs well, so all of our reviews discuss a printer's output quality and speed, but there's more to an all-in-one printer than just churning out documents.

First, consider the price. All-in-one printers sell for as little as $60 (£45/AU$90) for inkjet models, and $150 (£170/AU$200) for laser printers, with high-end models costing hundreds of dollars, but offering better print quality, durability and features. And don’t forget ink and toner, which can range from 1 to 5 cents per page for basic documents (photos will cost more).

Next, it helps to determine the style of printer you need. Inkjet printers are generally better suited to producing the full range of colors, making them better suited to printing graphics and photos. Laser printers, on the other hand, can quickly produce professional looking text documents often at a lower cost per page.

Home and office printers differ greatly in their handling of large print volumes. Some printers are built to offer great quality and value for the home user that prints a few pages a week, while others are built for busy offices where multiple users print dozens or hundreds of pages every day. Find the one that’s right for you to avoid paying for features you don’t need.

Additional use-cases, such as photo printing are addressed in our selections above, while specific features are discussed in every printer review we do.

Finally, consider the cost per page. Whether it’s using ink cartridges or toner, printers cost money over time. Check our reviews for a breakdown of the costs to print individual pages as a good measure of how expensive operating costs will be over the life of the printer.

How we test all-in-one printers

Every printer we review is extensively tested to determine the performance and output quality. These tests include timed prints of text, mixed text and graphics and color photos. The resulting prints are carefully examined for errors and issues, and compared with samples from other printers to determine the print quality.

We time every test print to see how quickly the machine handles document printing, and closely examine the finished product to determine how well different printing tasks are handled. We also test the scanning and copying functions of the printer, timing how quickly it captures a page and comparing the results to the original images to determine how well it captures color and detail.

To measure the cost of owning and operating a printer, we look at the current street price of ink refills and the estimated number of pages that each cartridge can produce, and calculate the cost for printing a single page.

Brian Westover
Brian Westover is an Editor at Tom's Guide, covering everything from TVs to the latest PCs. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he wrote for TopTenReviews and PCMag.