The point is, there’s a printer for just about everything, and we’ll help you find the printer that’s just right for you. We’ve picked out a wide range of printers and included key specs like printing speeds, ink cartridge counts and types, as well as the resolution they can print and scan at. This way, you’ll know just what you’re in for.
TL;DR – These are the Best Home Printers:
1. HP OfficeJet 5260
Best Home Printer
A good home printer needs to be a strong all-arounder. It should be a multifunction printer that has chops turning out documents quickly and should be able to spit out the occasional photo to put up on your walls. The HP OfficeJet 5260 is up to the task. This printer can print, scan, copy, and even fax. You’ll be able to see it print up 10 pages in a minute, and it has an auto document feeder that can hold 35 pages.
Using the HP OfficeJet 5260 is made simple with a 2.2-inch touchscreen display. You can also easily print on it from just about any of your devices, as the printer supports Wi-Fi and Wireless Direct, so you can set it up on your network or connect directly to it without anything but the power cable plugged in.
2. HP Envy Pro 6455
Best Budget Printer
For a simple printer that’ll cover all the essential features, the HP Envy Pro 6455 is a winner. This inkjet printer can handle your printing, scanning, copying, and faxing. With a design that combines all three colored inks into one cartridge, the focus is definitely document printing, but you can still print off clear graphics and even photos on HP’s photo paper. It also supports a decent range of paper sizes from 3×5 inches up to 8.5×14 inches.
The HP Envy Pro 6455 isn’t a printing beast, but it manages a respectable 10 pages per minute for black-only prints, so you can get through the 35-page auto document feeder fairly quickly. It can also scan at a reasonably high resolution. And, with Wi-Fi connectivity, it’s easier to use for the wide variety of devices you might want to print from in the modern digital age.
3. Epson Expression Premium XP-7100
Best Inkjet Printer
Inkjet printers are fairly common, but a really good one can be a little harder to find. The Epson Expressions Premium XP-7100 is a standout model that isn’t content to offer the same basic experience all the other models have settled on. Rather than using one black ink cartridge and one color cartridge (or worse, a single cartridge for black and color), the Expression Premium XP-7100 features five individual cartridges with three for the primary print colors and a standard black as well as a photo black.
That ink setup can allow for more precise printing of documents and photos, and it’ll help you avoid wasting ink when you have to replace cartridges when only one color is low. The printer is fairly capable in other ways as well. It has a relatively high printing speed of almost 16 pages per minute in black and 11 pages per minute in color. It also supports copying and scanning, and a 30-page auto document feeder can help you quickly scan both sides of multi-page documents. All that in a $200 package is excellent value.
4. Canon Color imageCLASS LBP622Cdw
Best Laser Printer
If printing is your priority, a laser printer can help you out. The Canon Color imageClass LBP622Cdw is built for just that. You won’t find any copying or scanning functionality, but you’ll get some serious printing capabilities with speeds of up to 22 prints per minute. You even get the option for automatic duplex printing to help you save paper and time – no manually flipping sheets of paper over just to print on the back. And, with a 250-sheet feeder and a 75-sheet output tray, you can start a print and leave it to work.
The Canon imageClass LBP622Cdw also provides a number of options for toner. You’ll get some starter toner with one for each color and a black cartridge. In other words, you won’t need to waste a bunch of ink just because one color has run out, as is the case with many inkjet printers.
5. Canon MAXIFY MB5420
Best Home Office Printer
When Canon announced their Canon MAXIFY MB5420, they targeted small business owners with several features. For starters, it’s got a big emphasis on connectivity. Using Google Cloud Print, Apple Air Print or Canon’s own printing app it’s pretty easy to use no matter which device you’re printing from. You’ve also got black, magenta, yellow and Cyan ink types with the option of going for XL size cartridges if you’re a power user. If you’re in a rush and printing out a ton of FedEx labels, you can be confident that the MB5420 is going to do it quickly.
The Canon Maxify MB5420 also has a built-in scanner. That’s nice for folks that don’t like using scanning apps on their phone like CamScanner. And if you’re interested, Canon makes some class-leading Pro Luster Paper for gorgeous prints to adorn your home.
6. HP LaserJet Pro M404dn
Best High-Output Printer
If you’re one of those people who never has a major need to print color, then the HP LaserJet Pro M404dn is worth it for you. It’s yet another laser printer and arguably the fastest one on this list. It’s pretty simple too. There is one toner cartridge and it’s black. You can print with it connected to your computer or you can use AirPrint or CloudPrint (though the latter will be going away by the end of 2020). Quite honestly, those are your best bets as it’s otherwise got a fairly old USB port connectivity option.
7. Epson SureColor T2170
Best High-End Photo Printer
A lot of home printers are only cut out for small jobs. Letter-size paper is all well and good for documents and the occasional photo, but the Epson SureColor T2170 can go so much larger. This printer is capable of printing out 11 x 17-inch sheets from its auto sheet feeder, but that’s just a start. It can actually print on paper up to 24 inches wide, and that paper can be about as long as you want it. That’s because the Epson SureColor T2170 supports paper rolls. So you can print some serious landscapes.
It wouldn’t mean too much if the print quality was off, but this is a high-end inkjet printer that should have no trouble making your photos shine with Epson’s UltraChrome XD2 ink. The system uses four separate ink cartridges as well, and it can support 80mL black cartridges and 50mL color cartridges.
8. Canon Pixma TR150
Best Portable Printer
Your home printer doesn’t have to live strictly at home. The Canon Pixma TR150 is compact and lightweight, making it far more portable than your typical printer. Weighing in at a little under five pounds, it doesn’t weigh much more than laptop, and it won’t take up much more space than a large textbook.
Despite its compact nature, you’re still getting the functionality you’d expect out of a quality printer. the Pixma TR150 can print in both color and monochrome, and it can support up to Legal paper size and has room for 50 sheets of paper in its rear tray. It’s printing resolution also matches that of many other home printers. You do miss out on copying, scanning, and faxing, but Canon has at least included support for wireless printing, so you can leave the USB cables at home. You can leave the power cable at home as well if you pick up the optional battery, which will give you power for up to 330 prints.
What to Look For in a Home Printer
When you’re looking for a printer, you should really ask yourself about what features you’re going to need. Some printers are better for home business owners while others make more sense for families.
Laser printers are usually best for the folks who mostly print text documents and don’t have any major reason to print in color. So an accountant printing tax documents have a bigger need for a laser printer than a Real Estate agent for example.
Realtors prefer to put color photos to accompany their listings in the window of their offices to attract those who don’t spend their money on avocado toast. For that reason, Realty companies could make the most of an inkjet printer. Plus, there are lots of connectivity options.
The cool thing about modern printers is that printer manufacturers realize folks are printing less and less across the board. This goes for both the photo space and the work environment. So while the market has been shrinking, printer manufacturers are trying their damndest to get you to buy their products. There’s a lot of innovation happening right now and the consumer ultimately benefits from the strongest surviving options.
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