Best All-in-One Printers 2018

Product Use case Rating
Canon Pixma TS9120 Best Overall All-in-One 4.5
Epson WF-2760 Best Budget Inkjet 4
Brother MFC-L2750DW XL Best All-in-One Laser Printer 4.5
Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW Best for Saving on Ink N/A
Epson Expression XP-640 Best for Photos N/A
Brother MFC-J985DW Best for High-Volume Printing 4
Brother MFC-J5620DW Best Large-Format All-in-One 3.5
Canon Maxify MB5420 Best for Small Business N/A
HP PageWide Pro 577dw Best Printer for Work Groups N/A

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.
  • Trying to get your new printer up and running? That gets harder to do when your printer drivers go MIA. Find out what to do when you can’t find the software your printer needs.
  • 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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  • PhilipMichaels
  • JRedmond
    I wanna add here that HP's instant ink program is just amazing. I print around 250 pages a month and the 10 dollar ink plan a month saves me a fortune. I was constantly spending 50 bucks on ink for my Officejet 6978 for ink and it only lasted around 1300 pages and that was around 54 dollars at my local staples and it was for the XL I was literally paying more then double for ink what i am now with the Instant ink, and for that, I will not be buying any printer that isn't an HP
  • clarksan
    Thank you JDREDMOND! I am a teacher and my school allows 500 prints a month and I always run out before the month is over. Printers I bought in the past always seemed to go through ink so quickly and buying ink really breaks the bank. I am going to look into HP printers and the $10 a month ink plan! Thank you for your input as it too will save me a fortune and keep me from breaking the bank!!!
  • mcswagger911
    These Canon printers keep making it on these lists because they've only been tested for a brief period of time. But if you do a quick internet search of "U052 Wrong Printhead Error ", you'll see that many of Canon's printers have an existing problem. There was even a Class Action Lawsuit regarding the matter...and Canon hasn't even fixed the problem.
    My advice: Stay far away from Canon printers. They may perform well initially, but they will soon give you that U052 Error....with absolutely ZERO fix. I was about to buy a Canon printer based on several of these "Best Of" articles...but fortunately I researched beyond these articles...so there's no way I'll buy a Canon printer...and if you're NOT a glutton for punishment, you won't buy a Canon printer either.
  • knturnr
    Amen Mcswagger, I would also like to add that on the two Canon Pixma printers that I have had...most of the time you print black it uses all the colors mixed in anyway, there is no way around this. I was dumbfounded at this discovery which was confirmed by speaking with Canon tech support.
  • Curt Smith
    We took 5+ yrs to choose a replacement to our trusty 15yr old MFC inkjet HP. We chose the Brother 2740 black laser. Cheap cartridges $16, great spead, clarity, ease of setup and reliable. No jams, large enough paper tray, fast and good enough document feed for scan to file. Love scan to file!!! Fax np.

    We had an Epson mobile printer with perm head. Lots of head cleaning, then aftermarket ink poof dead head. Tossed that printer!!! WOW lucky since that ruled out all Epsons and perm inkjet heads.. Go laser is my take away be done with inkjets!!! Single color laser is perfect for home office MFC.
  • lsatenstein
    My favourite printer is the Brother Laser. It is durable, was not expensive, and toner cartridges costs were a major factor in my purchase decision. Cartridges are for 2500 pages, they are available at discount cost from Cosco.

    I print duplex (recto-verso). Its extremely rare to ever experience a paper jam and the unit has never had a miss-feed. I have used it with envelops, letter, A size and legal sized paper, as well as celluloids. I am getting around 20 pages per minute, depending on complexity of graphics on the page.
  • leslie.satenstein
    I would choose my brother laser printer (Wireless/USB) which retailed for under $100.00. It does rectoverso, 23 pages per minute, single sided printing or somewhat less speed for two sided printing.

    Replacement toner cartridges for 2600pages/cartridge are around $15.00 or less.

    Wireless too. My model is the hl2270dw Newer faster models for about $20 dollars more.
  • hope.weisbach
    FYI Brothers printers have AUTOMATIC CLEANING and that it CANNOT BE TURNED OFF. confirmed with Brother This uses a lot of ink and happens EVEN WHEN THE PRINTER IS TURNED OFF. Brother cannot or will not tell you how often this will take place, according to someone who works on multiple company's printers, this may occur every 12 hours and the only way to disrupt this pattern would be to print a small amount of text, every 12 hours but it would still clean, at some point, in addition to this.
  • kep55
    What if you just want a printer? Not a fax. Not a scanner. Just a printer? They do make them still, right?
  • jdlech2
    When choosing any kind of printer, I have to discount all inkjets. I don't know why, but the print head plugged up on every inkjet printer I've ever bought. I never get more than a few uses out of it. I've even had an HP rep tell me to clean the head after every use. Head cleaning takes up 1/4 of the ink. So I'm supposed to get only 4 uses out of my ink cartridges? And print head plugging has happened to EVERY printer I ever bought. Not just a few - all of them. I know it's just me, but still. It's so bizarre.
    So I go straight to laser printers these days. My latest is the Brother MFC 9330CDW, which is a really nice printer. Though I should have gotten the 9340 instead. I've actually ran into a couple of times where I could have used that double sided scanning feature.
    But I print, scan, copy, and fax from my home all the time. So an all-in-one is good for me. The only thing I miss is being able to print out frame quality pictures. But it's the price we pay for not having people printing out fake $20s.

    Funny that: they were so worried about laser printers being used to counterfeit money that they horribly nerfed them. Now inkjet printers can do a far better job of it.