Best printers (update April 2024)


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#1 HP LaserJet Pro M15w Wireless Laser Printer,

If space is tight but you need to print shipping labels, shopping lists or homework assignments a few times a month — an increasing likelihood as the pandemic era drags on — this is your machine. The HP LaserJet Pro M15w is a great fit for practical, nonfussy tasks and its tiny footprint, measuring about 8 inches deep and 14 inches wide, fits perfectly on a bookshelf. And at just 8.4 lbs it makes for a great portable printer for light printing jobs. it connects via Wi-Fi to nearly any device, which means you can print from your phone. If the students in your family can live without a scanner — after all, phone cameras can handle most scanning jobs now — and color output, the LaserJet Pro M15w is a great choice for a decent price.

#2 Canon Pixma iP8720

If you’re looking for a printer that can do it all, keep looking. But if you’re looking for one that delivers photos that are colorful and vivid, with natural tones, high contrast and terrific detail, the Canon Pixma iP8720 is a great choice.

Measuring roughly 23 by 13 by 6 inches, this Canon printer is big enough to accommodate six ink cartridges and print 13×19-inch photos. This Canon printer has no physical controls or LCD screen, so you control it via the printer dialog box on your device. Instead of in a traditional paper tray, you simply stack your media of choice in a rear document feeder, which makes it easy to swap out different sizes and types of papers. (You’ll get the best photo printing results from Canon photo paper; most printers deliver the highest-quality output when they’re matched with their own brand of paper.) 

The Canon iP8720’s ink cartridges lasted longer than its photo-centric competition, even taking into account the additional ink necessary to produce 13×19-inch prints. And it’s fast: It printed an 8.5×11-inch photo in just over 2 minutes, which is 30 seconds faster than the runner-up. Again, this Canon printer is not an all-in-one. This printer doesn’t scan or copy. If that’s a deal-breaker, check out our other picks.

#3 Brother MFC-J895DW

In our search for an affordable color printer that does everything well, the Brother MFC-J895 came out on top. It’s reasonably priced, easy to set up and use — and speedy, delivering both documents and photo printing faster than the average printer. It can scan, fax, copy and perform duplex printing, and it features a 2.7-inch color touchscreen, a 150-page cassette capacity and an automatic document feeder.

Best of all, it’s efficient: The four included printer ink cartridges — each of which is twice the size of the typical cartridge — lasted longer than those of any other inkjet we tested. As a result, after identical workloads, the J895 still had 40% of its ink after the competition had run its ink level low or dry. And the MFC-J895’s thoughtful design offers access to the ink cartridges through a front panel, making them easy to swap out. The cherry on top: Brother offers a two-year warranty while the others give you just a single year of coverage. 

Our only quibble is image quality, an important consideration to be sure. Photos, in particular, looked a smidge less colorful and high-contrast than those produced by similar models from Epson and Canon. Still, for everyday use, the Brother MFC-J895 is a great printer that offers the best combination of price, performance and ease of use. This may go in and out of stock.

#4 Pantum P2502W Wireless Networking Laser Home Printer

This laser home printer works quickly to help you complete the task at hand. It’s made using a sturdy metal frame and has a compact design that fits easily on any desk or table. Included with your purchase is a starter cartridge that lasts through 700 pages before needing to be replaced.

#5 HP ENVY Pro 6455 Wireless All-In-One Home Printer

Setting up this home printer is a breeze, as it can be done via an app on your phone. In fact, you can connect the printer to your Wi-Fi and use it across all of your electronic devices. The printer has a 35-page automatic document feeder, as well as the ability to print on both sides of the paper.

Setting up this home printer is a breeze, as it can be done via an app on your phone. In fact, you can connect the printer to your Wi-Fi and use it across all of your electronic devices. The printer has a 35-page automatic document feeder, as well as the ability to print on both sides of the paper.

#6 HP OfficeJet 3830 All-In-One Wireless Home Printer

Prepare to be impressed when you go with this home printer. It’s equipped with a 35-page auto document feeder, a 2.2-inch touchscreen and high-yield cartridges. It also comes with a Bluetooth connection that allows you to print documents using your smartphone.

Prepare to be impressed when you go with this home printer. It’s equipped with a 35-page auto document feeder, a 2.2-inch touchscreen and high-yield cartridges. It also comes with a Bluetooth connection that allows you to print documents using your smartphone.

#7 Canon TS8320 All-In-One Wireless Color Home Printer

This home printer is equipped with dual-band Wi-Fi, which means you’ll be able to connect it to your computer, laptop, smartphone or tablet. The six individual ink system is able to produce the most vivid documents and images, so you can impress your boss and potential clients. The unit can even print when powered down.

#8 Brother Color Laser 8360 Home Printer

This home printer is ideal for a small office or a paper-heavy home business. It has a high-yield cartridge that lasts 6,500 pages, while an additional paper tray option allows for things like business letterhead. This model is a workhorse that can still print fast color documents as well, and the touch navigation screen is large and easy to use.