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Having one of the best printers for your home or office may not be an obvious decision to make. Ultimately, a printer is a printer. And, as long as it prints everything you need it to print right, it shouldn’t make a difference whether you get the best or the cheapest one you could find, right?
Well, you’d be wrong to think so. Whether you’re utilizing your printer mostly for the kids’ homework or you’re using it for your business, having a cheap printer that breaks down or makes a lot of errors during the printing process isn’t just a pain. It’s also time-consuming and certainly not worth all the effort you’ll be spending going back and forth between your computer and the printer alone. Plus, if you’re running a business, you might even need one that delivers top-notch printing performance.
Do yourself a favor: skip the cheapest printers you might find on sale at Staples and invest in a great quality one that will meet your needs and not waste your time instead.
For your sake and sanity, we put together a list of the best printers for 2019. We’ve got all-in-one printers that can do scans and photocopies, photo printers that can produce lab-quality prints of your images, and even solid black and white laser printers for fast – and cheap – printouts for office use.
Guaranteed, the ones on this list won’t have you pulling your hair because your printer just won’t cooperate. In fact, if your old printer has been making cry in frustration, one of these will make you realize what you’ve been missing all these years.
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Sophisticated laser photocopying at a price
Print speed: 28ppm | Paper sizes: up to A4 | Paper capacity: 300 sheets | Weight: 30.7kg
Intuitive touchscreen control
Feature rich printing
Not the fastest
Limited paper capacity
By Xerox standards, this is a modest machine, but it has the specifications and features to suit almost any small to medium business. The print speed is only average, but the consistent quality of it colour and mono prints is impressive. So too is the intuitive touchscreen interface that gives you easy access to a wealth of features such as dual-sided scanning and a broad selection of security features. This feels like a premium product and it’s well supported by modular upgrades.
Read the full review: Xerox WorkCentre 6515
A feature-packed MFD with A3 capability
Print speed: 22ppm | Paper sizes: up to A3 | Paper capacity: 300 sheets | Weight: 16.9kg
Compact A3 printing
Vivid colour prints
Some photos take ages to print
Couldn’t update firmware via Wi-Fi
Given its ability to print on A3 paper, this is a surprisingly compact multifunction device, that will happily share a desk with your PC. It prints clearly in monochrome, while colour photos look quite vibrant on photo paper. The touchscreen is rather small and it’s not the fastest duplex printer around, but it hits a near perfect balance balance between quality, performance and features.
Read the full review: Brother MFC-J5330DW
Six inks add up to superb A3 photos
Print speed: 8.5ppm | Paper sizes: up to A3 | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Weight: 8.7kg
Slow to print
No ADF or Fax
The compact, lozenge-shaped design belies this MFD’s surprising ability to print on A3 paper. Without taking up much space in your home office, it can turn out superb quality documents and make high-resolution scans. There’s no document feeder or fax facility, but Epson’s six-ink system more than compensates by printing remarkably accurate photos on photo paper.
Read the full review: Epson Expression Photo XP-960
Business-like features and fine prints in a compact MFD
Print speed: 15ppm | Paper sizes: up to A4 | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Weight: 8kg
Vivid 5-ink photos
No front USB port
Canon has managed to shrink all of the features a small business might need into a multifunction device that could fit inside a filing cabinet. The five-ink system gives great quality photo prints and the large touchscreen makes it especially easy to use. The print speed is a little slow, even for an inkjet, but it is well featured with both Bluetooth and Wi-fi connectivity and a handy SD-Card slot at the front.
Read the full review: Canon Pixma TR8550
First class laser printing and photocopying
Print speed: 28ppm | Paper sizes: up to A4 | Paper capacity: 300 sheets | Weight: 16.9kg
Crisp print quality
Rapid print speed
If you have the space for it, this multifunction device will serve a small business well thanks to its consistently crisp print quality, useful 35-sheet automatic document feeder and automated photocopying skills. This is a mono machine and it’s not the fastest laser on the block, but it’s quicker than any inkjet and offers an attractive blend of features and performance.
Read the full review: HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw
High speed, high capacity and high quality printing
Print speed: 30ppm | Paper sizes: up to A4 | Paper capacity: 500 sheets | Weight: 28.3kg
Deep paper tray
Rapid print speed
Tiny display panel
No inbuilt wi-fi
What looks like a oversized breadbin is actually a highly efficient and reliable colour laser printer. You can fit 500 sheets in the deep main paper tray and with Kyocera’s high capacity toner cartridges installed, the cost per page works out favourably. The interface is cramped and difficult to see, but it prints very quickly and quite quietly too.
Read the full review: Kyocera Ecosys P6230cdn
Robust and secure laser printing for the busy office
Print speed: 30ppm | Paper sizes: up to A4 | Paper capacity: 300 sheets | Weight: 24kg
Fast duplex printing
Wi-Fi is extra
This heavy lump of a laser printer is distinguished by a seven-inch touchscreen that makes it very easy and secure to call down print jobs when your standing at the machine. It prints very quickly in duplex mode in either colour or mono, while its high capacity toner cartridges ensure a competitive per page cost. Wi-Fi is not built in, but for hardwired workgroups in a busy office, this machine would serve well.
Read the full review: Oki C542dn
Refillable ink tanks for crisp and cost effective printing
Print speed: 13ppm | Paper sizes: up to A3 | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Weight: 10.5kg
Vivid A3 photos
Low cost per page
High price point
No ADF, NFC, or fax
Epson’s second generation of EcoTank printers refines its refillable ink system and is deployed here by a highly capable inkjet MDF. Photo quality is excellent and the ability to print on A3 paper is a real boon. The interface lacks a touchscreen and printing is slow, but the pages are well worth waiting for. If the price tag appears prohibitive, that’s because there are two sets of ink bottles in the box. Enough to print 3,600 photos!
Read the full review: Epson EcoTank ET-7750
9. Lexmark MB2236adw printer
Fully loaded laser printing
Print speed: 23ppm | Paper sizes: up to A4 | Paper capacity: 251 sheets | Weight: 26.8kg
Not very fast
Wi-Fi is extra
It might look a little top heavy, but this all-in-one A4 printer feels well made and offers plenty of features for the footprint that it takes up. Duplex scanning from the ADF and rapid automatic photocopying are performed flawlessly, while the print quality in both colour and mono is excellent. Duplex printing is not the fastest, but a wealth of security features and an easy interface more than makes up for the shortfall.
Budget all-in-one makes printing a pleasure
Print speed: 10ppm | Paper sizes: up to A4 | Paper capacity: 100 sheets | Weight: 4.1kg
Slow to print
Limited print quality
Kodak’s entry-level printer cannot compete with more expensive models when it comes to print speed, or outright quality, but for value, design and ease of use, it excels. Kodak’s replacement cartridges are more affordable than most inkjets and the interface is especially user-friendly. The ingeniously compact design makes it hard to begrudge a multifunction device with a footprint that’s little bigger than a sheet of A4.
Read the full review: Kodak Verité 65 Plus