We spent more than 150 hours on in-depth testing to identify the top inkjet and laser printers you can buy. And our favorite overall printer is the Canon Pixma TS9120, which offers best-in-class print speeds and high-quality output for both text and graphics. For a printer that won't break the bank, Epson's WorkForce WF-2760 inkjet packs in features like an automatic document feeder and duplexing, while also turning in fast print and copy times.
What All-in-One Printers Cost
All-in-one printers sell for as little as $60 for inkjet models, and $150 for laser printers, with high-end models ranging up to the 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.
Latest News and Updates (October 2018)
- Want to save money on ink? The Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW comes with a year's worth of ink, and some of the lowest cost-per-page printing we've seen. It's also a capable all-in-one inkjet with class-leading scan and copy speeds.
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- Brother has announced four new all-in-one laser printers, which offer faster print speeds, sharper print quality, and NFC on select models. The Brother HL-L3290CDW is a compact all-in-one color laser printer with scan, copy and fax capability, which sells for $299.99; the MFC-L3710CW offers wireless laser printing for $349; the MFC-L3750CDW and MFC-L3770CDW offer wireless laser printing with duplex printing (and scanning, on the MFC-L3770CDW) for $399.99.
Best All-in-One Printers
The Canon Pixma TS9120 is the best home and home-office printer we’ve seen, thanks largely to its best-in-class print speeds and excellent print quality for both text and photos. With six individual color inks, you get some of the best color quality available when printing photos, and the ink costs stay reasonable even with the additional inks. Scanning and copying are built in, and the whole thing is controlled with an adjustable 5-inch color touchscreen. Whatever sort of printing you need, this is the printer to get.
You can find cheaper printers than Epson's Workforce WF-2760, but not many at this price range will give you both an automated document feeder and a duplexer for two-sided printing. More important, you won't sacrifice speed or quality for the WF-2760's low price tag. Epson's all-in-one is the fastest inkjet we've tested when it comes to printing text or a mixture of text and graphics. Prints look great, too, whether they’re documents or glossy photos. Color ink costs can add up on this printer, but if you primarily need black-and-white prints, the WF-2760 is tough to top.
The Brother MFC-L2750DW XL multifunction printer is packed with features like a fast ADF, fast duplex printing and copying, fax capability, and a second paper tray. The MFC-L2750DW XL turned in great quality and the fastest speeds to date for text and mixed text/graphics files. It even made two-sided prints faster than some models print 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.
There's much more to the cost of a printer than just the purchase price. If you want the printer with the most affordable ink, we recommend the Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW. The printer features extra-large ink cartridges, and comes with an estimated year-supply of ink in the box. It all adds up to the lowest per-page ink costs we've seen. On top of that, the Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW offers excellent and speedy printing and best-in-class scanning and copying speeds.
We were impressed with the images produced by this inkjet printer whether we used plain or glossy photo paper. Photographers will particularly like the warm skin tones that the XP-640 produces, while we found the well-saturated colors of prints pleasing to the eye. Epson's all-in-one also produces photo prints almost twice as fast as the average inkjet, and a low cost-per page makes the XP-640 a compelling buy.
If you’ve got a lot of text documents to print on a daily basis, look no further than Brother’s MFC-J985DW inkjet all-in-one, which offers one of the best costs per page in its class. The printer’s black cartridge can handle 2,400 pages, while its three color cartridges have a 1,200-page yield, for costs per page of 0.8 and 4.6 cents, respectively. You’ll find speedier printers, particularly for mixed text and graphics, but the high-yield cartridges used by the MFC-J985DW should appeal to workers in home and small offices who print out a lot of text and want to keep print costs down.
If you want to print on tabloid-size, 11 x 17-inch paper, the Brother MFC-J5620DW is your best option in its price range. In addition to handling larger prints than its competitors, Brother's all-in-one provides competitive grayscale and photo print times, along with an extremely low color ink cost of just 4 cents per page.
If you want a great all-in-one for your small business, the Canon Maxify MB5420 is the modestly-priced workhorse to buy. It has speedy printing, quick one- and two-sided copying and high-quality image printing. It's a solid bargain and and a reliable performer, making it perfect for the office.
If you work in an office with heavy daily print demands, HP’s inkjet printer and its monthly duty cycle of 6,000 pages is up to the task. The printer proved reliably fast in our testing, particularly when it came to printing text and photos. Those prints don’t just pop out quickly — they also look good, with sharp text and attractive graphics. You’ll pay a lot up front for this printer, but high-yield toner cartridges can keep recurring costs manageable with a low cost-per-page.
How We Test All-in-One Printers
We put each all-in-one printer through a battery of home-grown tests to determine its performance and output quality. To test print speeds, we timed each device when printing a text document, a five-page mixed text/graphics project, and a color photo. We examined the output quality of both landscape and portrait images printed on each printer, and we recorded scan and copy times. To measure cost of ownership, we looked at the current street price of ink and the estimated number of pages that each cartridge can produce.
Printer Buying Tips: 7 Things You Need to Know
There are a few key details you want to pay attention to when shopping for a new printer. We obviously look at things like print quality and printing speed to determine which printers are best, but there are several other details to account for to find the one that best fits your needs.
- Inkjet or Laser? If you want the fullest range of color printing, with the ability to print photos at home, go inkjet. If you want to print mostly text documents, or at high volumes, laser printers are the way to go, with sharper text and a lower per-page cost.
- Home or Business? 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.
- Watch 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.
- Consider the Brand: You should also pay attention to who makes the printer you’re considering. We recently compared the top printer makers to see which ones consistently stood out for print quality and speed.
- Automatic Duplexing: If you regularly need to print 2-sided documents, duplexing is a must, since it allows a printer to refeed a page through for printing on the other side. Skip this feature and you’ll need to manually flip every page to do the same.
- Photo-Specific Features: If you intend to do lots of photo printing, look for a printer that has a dedicated tray for photo paper, which makes it easier to get printing without fumbling with the paper tray and settings. Also look for printers that use more than 4 colors of ink. Those extra colors make for better blended colors and richer detail.
- Printing for School? For many college students a printer is still a must-have, so check out our guide to printing in college for all of our advice for students.
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