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Best all-in-one printers in 2021

Best all-in-one printers

The best all-in-one printers handle all of your document needs with printing, scanning and copying in a single device. Whether you need 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. Our favorite 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.

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 TR8620 is the best value for a home office, offering plenty of business-friendly features, like fax and automatic feeders for speedy copying of multi-page documents. It's also an excellent printer, with faster-than-average print speeds and high print quality overall.

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.

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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

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

Very low cost per page
Fast at printing text and graphics
Quick scanning and copying speeds
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 TR8620 review

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2. Canon Pixma TR8620

Best value for home office

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

Fast photo printing and copying
High image quality
ADF and duplexer
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. 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: Brother MFC-L2750DW XL

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3. Brother MFC-L2750DW XL

Best laser all-in-one printer

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

Very fast printing and copying
Very fast black-and-white scanning to PDF
Fast document feeder
Low cost per page
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.

 

Best all-in-one printers: HP OfficeJet 250

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4. HP OfficeJet 250

Best portable printer and scanner

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

Automatic document feeder
Fast printing, scanning and copying
High-yield cartridge lowers color page costs
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.

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.

Read our full HP OfficeJet 250 review.

Best all-in-one printers: Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw

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5. Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw

Our top small business laser printer

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

Large, 5-inch color touch screen
Fast performance for prints, copies and scans
High-capacity toner cartridges deliver low cost per page
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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6. Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850

A great small business inkjet printer

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

Very fast performance
Extremely low ink costs
Large, 4.3-inch color touchscreen
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

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.