Best Printers for 2019

Here are the best printers for home and office use.

1. Canon Pixma TS9120

Printer Type: Inkjet 
Features: Print, copy, scan
Display: 5-inch color touch-screen
Ink/Toner: Six cartridges (pigment black, dye black, photo blue, cyan, magenta and yellow)
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0

Canon Pixma TS9120

The best printer overall.

+ Fast printing and scanning speeds
+ Very fast at making color copies
+ Six individual ink cartridges
+ Large 5-inch color touch screen
+ Prints labels onto coated CD/DVD discs
– Estimated ink costs are about average
– Paper cassette feels a bit flimsy
– Two-sided text-printing speed is about average

The Canon Pixma TS9120 is the top 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 offer sharp detail reproduction at decent speeds. The entire device is controlled with an adjustable 5-inch color touch-screen. This printer even prints disc labels on CDs and DVDs. Whatever sort of printing you need, the quality and bang for the buck offered by the TS9210 make this the best printer to get.

2. Epson WorkForce WF-2760

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

Great budget all-in-one inkjet printer

+ Fast print and copy speeds
+ High-quality photo prints
+ Includes automatic document feeder (ADF) and duplexer
Affordable
– Color ink costs are above average
– No separate photo-paper tray
– ADF slows down printing

You can find cheaper printers than Epson‘s Workforce WF-2760, but not many in this price range will give you both an automated document feeder and a duplexer for two-sided printing. More importantly, you won’t sacrifice speed or quality for the WF-2760’s low price tag.

Epson’s all-in-one has speedy printing and quick copying, and delivers excellent quality for text and mixed graphics documents. Prints look great, too, whether they’re documents or glossy photos. Printing is especially affordable for black-ink printing, making the WF-2760 a great choice if you primarily need black-and-white documents. With a price tag less than $100 and plenty of value to give in return, the Epson WF-2760 is the best printer value we’ve reviewed among all-in-one inkjets.

3. Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW

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

Brother INKvestment MFC-J995DW

A smart choice for saving on printer ink

+ Very low cost per page
+ Fast at printing text and graphics
+ Quick scanning and copying speeds
– Specialty media tray limited to one sheet
– 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 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 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.

4. Epson Expression XP-640

Printer Type: Inkjet
Features: Print, copy, scan
Display: 2.7-inch LCD screen
Ink/Toner: Five cartridges (black pigment, black dye, cyan, magenta, yellow)
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0

Epson Expression XP-640

Our top pick for photo printing

+ Fast printing speeds, including duplex
+ Quick at making copies and high-resolution scans
+ Below average ink costs
+ Reliable touch panel
– Text prints are not razor-sharp
– Slow black-and-white PDF scans
– Inconsistent scan quality

We were seriously impressed with the images produced by the Epson Expression XP-640. Whether we used plain or glossy photo paper, this inkjet delivered great prints for photos and graphics – we just wish the XP-640 was better at basic text documents. 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 printer is not just good, it’s the best photo printer we’ve reviewed.

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. Text printing isn’t razor-sharp, but it’s readable and will be good enough for all but the pickiest users. And the speed the XP-640 offers on photo printing carries over to printing documents, as well as scanning and copying. If you want a quick printer that’s great at photos, the Epson Expression XP-640 is the one we recommend.

5. Brother MFC-L2750DW XL

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

Brother MFC-L2750DW XL

Best laser all-in-one printer

+ 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 the best laser printer overall. 

The MFC-L2750DW XL turned in great 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 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.

6. Brother MFC-J985DW

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, Ethernet, Wi-Fi Direct, near-field-communication (NFC)

Brother MFC-J985DW

Brother MFC-J985DW

+ Quick at scanning and making copies
+ Low cost per page
+ Prints text quickly and at high quality
+ Manual feed and 4 x 6 photo trays
– Slow at printing color graphics and glossy photos
– Limited photo-paper handling
– No USB port to connect directly to a PC

If you’ve got to print a lot of text documents on a daily basis, look no further than Brother’s MFC-J985DW inkjet all-in-one. The high-yield cartridges used by the MFC-J985DW should appeal to home and small office workers who print a lot of text, since it offers the lowest cost per page at higher volumes.

This printer also offers ample features for the home office, with built-in fax capability. Quick to scan and make copies, the MFC-J985DW delivers high image quality overall, and offers sharp text on basic documents. The MFC-J985DW all-in-one delivers a lot for the money, but the real draw is its low cost per page, which makes it a great deal over time.

7. Canon Maxify MB5420

Printer Type: Inkjet
Features: Print, copy, scan, fax
Display: 3.5-inch color touch-screen
Ink/Toner: Four cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, yellow)
Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB 2.0

Canon Maxify MB5420

A small business inkjet printer great for business

+ Fast printing and copying
+ Two-sided scanning/copying from document feeder
+ Two 250-sheet paper trays
+ Speedy startup
– Slow scanning to PDF
– Standard ink cartridges are expensive
– 4-by-6-inch photo paper limited to 20 sheets

If you want a great all-in-one printer for your small business, the Canon Maxify MB5420 is the modestly priced workhorse for you. This device is aimed at businesses rather than home use, but compared to other business printers, the all-in-one inkjet Maxify can crank through 30,000 pages per month and boasts a pair of paper trays that hold up to 250 pages each. Throw in scan, copy and fax capability, and the Maxify MB5420 should be a great addition to your small business.

In addition to features, the MB5420 has speedy printing that’s nearly as good as a laser printer, quick one- and two-sided copying, and high-quality image printing. This printer is a solid bargain and and a reliable performer, making it perfect for the office.

8. Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw

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

Canon ImageClass MF743Cdw

Our top small business laser printer

+ Large, 5-inch color touch screen
+ Fast printing of color graphics PDF file
+ Fast scan and copy speeds
+ Multipage copying via ADF
+ 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, 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 our new favorite laser printer for small business users.

What the Best Printers Cost

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).

Best Printer Buying Tips: 8 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. Check out our in-depth guide to inkjet and laser printing for more discussion.
  • 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.
  • Mobile Friendly Features: You need a printer to play nicely with more than just a laptop. Look for printers with Wi-Fi Direct for easy connectivity, and dedicated apps that bring more printing features to your smartphone.
  • 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, check out our picks for the best photo printers. But in general, look for a printer that has a dedicated tray for photo paper, for easier snapshot printing. 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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