Best All-in-One Printers 2018

Product Use case Rating
Canon Pixma TS9120 Best Overall All-in-One 9
Epson WF-2760 Best Budget Inkjet 8
Canon ImageClass MF217W Best All-In-One Laser Printer 9
Epson Expression XP-640 Best for Photos 9
Brother MFC-J985DW Best for High-Volume Printing 8
Brother MFC-J5620DW Best Large-Format All-in-One 7
Canon Maxify MB5420 Best for Small Business 9
HP PageWide Pro 577dw Best Printer for Work Groups 8

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.

It may be 2018, but the paperless future has not arrived, and you still need a printer to handle everything from printing out documents and photos to scanning and copying things. To help you sort through the multitude of multifunction printers, we spent more than 150 hours on in-depth testing to identify the top inkjet and laser printers you can buy.

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 (March 2018)

  • The recently reviewed Canon Pixma TS9120 takes our top pick for all-in-one printers overall.
  • Look for a budget printer? Take a look at the recently reviewed Canon Pixma TS5120, which offers faster-than-average photo printing and speedy printing and scanning for regular documents for an affordable price.
  • New for 2018, Canon has announced the PIXMA G4210 MegaTank All-in-One Printer, the latest in its line of cartridge-free printers. The integrated refillable ink tanks hold as much ink as 30 traditional ink cartridges, and Canon claims page yields of of up to 6,000 pages of black text and 7,000 pages of color prints before needing a refill. Selling for $399, the printer comes with one full set of ink bottles and two bonus bottles of black ink.
  • Brother has released a number of new laser printers for homes and offices. The new printers offer monochrome laser printing, automatic duplexing, wireless printing options and additional features. The new models include the HL-L2390DW, HL-L2395DW, and DCP-L2550DW, which offer print, scan and copy functionality, and the MFC-L2710DW and MFC-L2750DW which offer fax capability as well. A sixth new model, the MFC-L2750DW XL, is a multifunction laser printer (with fax)  that includes a two year supply of toner in the box.

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.

 

Best All-in-One Printers

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.

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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.