Welcome to our guide to the best printers available to buy in 2021.
With many of us now working from home, the best printers have become essential devices in our homes and offices. However, the printer market is absolutely rammed with different makes and models. You can choose printers by manufacturer, such as Epson or HP. Not only that, but there are inkjet, laser, or black and white printer considerations as well.
This abundance of choice is good in some respects - it means no matter what type of printer you need, you'll be able to find one that's perfect for you. However, because there is so much to choose from, it means finding that perfect printer can be a lot more tricky. However, that's where our best printers guide comes in.
No matter if it's a home printer or business printer for your office, the best printers on this page can help you quickly and easily print off documents in perfect quality, all while keeping running costs low.
For your sake and sanity, we put together a list of the best printers. 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,
So, let our pick of the best printers help you find the ideal device for your needs and budget. We've also included a price comparison tool, so you'll be able to quickly find the cheapest printer deals on these great little devices as well.
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The Xerox B215 is a fast-printing four-in-one laser aimed at the small office. It slots in at the affordable end of the Xerox product portfolio and is monochrome only, but it looks, feels and performs like a premium multifunction printer. With a print speed of 30 pages per minute and room for 250 sheets of paper on board, it can keep up with a fairly demanding workload, while its surprisingly compact size means it will fit into almost any small office with easy. It also comes with a particular user-friendly touchscreen interface.
Read the full review: Xerox B215
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
The Canon i-SENSYS MF742Cdw packs in key features such as duplex printing, a fifty-sheet ADF and a front USB port while offering a good enough print speed and quality for any small to medium-sized business. There’s plenty of room for paper and the ability to add further paper trays if required. It’s fairly economical to run and that prominent touchscreen interface makes it particularly easy to use.
Read the full review: Canon i-SENSYS MF742Cdw
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
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
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
With claims to be the world’s smallest high performance color printer, the Oki C650 is aimed at the SMB with high print demands and limited space. It’s a heavy and robust little unit that promises to turn out up to 100,000 pages a month with minimal maintenance. There’s room for 250 sheets in the main paper tray, but you can add three further trays if necessary, and a trolly base. With a fast print speed of 35ppm for mono or color pages, this rugged printer would suit a busy workgroup.
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
The Lexmark MB3442adw achieves an impressive print speed of 42ppm while offering a wealth of helpful features that includes the ability to not just duplex print, but duplex scan too. There’s plenty of room for paper (350 sheets in the main tray), but you can also add further paper trays and a rolling stand should the need arise. It performed well in our tests, producing crisp monochrome pages worthy of a premium model.
Read the full review: Lexmark MB3442adw
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
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