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Best printers 2021: top inkjet, color, mono and laser for all budgets

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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.

There are also situations in which you may need a different type of printer, such as wireless or even portable, or even one specifically for a Mac.

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.

Xerox B215

Xerox B215 is an entry-level multifunction printer well suited for the small office. (Image credit: Future)

1. Xerox B215 printer

Affordable 4-in-1 for the small office

Specifications
Print speed: 30ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: 250 sheets
Paper capacity: up to A4
Weight: 8.1kg
Reasons to buy
+Convenient touchscreen+Fast print speed
Reasons to avoid
-Slow to wake up

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

Brother MFC-J5330DW

Brother MFC-J5330DW is a surprisingly compact multifunction device.  (Image credit: Image Credit: Brother)

2. Brother MFC-J5330DW printer

A feature-packed MFD with A3 capability

Specifications
Print speed: 22ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 300 sheets
Weight: 16.9kg
Reasons to buy
+Compact A3 printing+Vivid colour prints
Reasons to avoid
-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 

Canon i-SENSYS MF742Cdw

Canon i-SENSYS MF742Cdw is an upgradable all-in-one printer that supports duplex and secure printing. (Image credit: Future)

3. Canon i-SENSYS MF742Cdw printer

Fully laden laser with touchscreen convenience

Specifications
Print speed: 27ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: up to A4
Weight: 26.7kg
Reasons to buy
+Great touchscreen+Expandable design
Reasons to avoid
-Not the fastest laser-Scanner is not duplex

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 Pixma TR8550

Canon Pixma TR8550's five-ink system gives great quality photo prints. (Image credit: Canon)

4. Canon Pixma TR8550 printer

Business-like features and fine prints in a compact MFD

Specifications
Print speed: 15ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 100 sheets
Weight: 8kg
Reasons to buy
+Generous touchscreen +Vivid 5-ink photos
Reasons to avoid
-Costly cartridges-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

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw offers an attractive blend of features and performance. (Image credit: HP)

5. HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw printer

First class laser printing and photocopying

Specifications
Print speed: 28ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 300 sheets
Weight: 16.9kg
Reasons to buy
+Crisp print quality +Rapid print speed
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Bulky

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

Kyocera Ecosys P6230cdn

Kyocera Ecosys P6230cdn prints very quickly and quite quietly.  (Image credit: Kyocera)

6. Kyocera Ecosys P6230cdn printer

High speed, high capacity and high quality printing

Specifications
Print speed: 30ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 500 sheets
Weight: 28.3kg
Reasons to buy
+Deep paper tray +Rapid print speed 
Reasons to avoid
-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 

Oki C650

Oki C650 is a high performance color printer in a compact form factor. (Image credit: Oki)

7. Oki C650 printer

This robust printer is a workgroup workhorse

Specifications
Print speed: 35ppm (mono)
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 250 + 100 sheets
Weight: 28.2kg
Reasons to buy
+Rapid print speed+Expandable design
Reasons to avoid
-No touchscreen-No front USB port

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 EcoTank ET-7750

Photo quality is excellent with Epson EcoTank ET-7750.  (Image credit: Epson)

8. Epson EcoTank ET-7750 printer

Refillable ink tanks for crisp and cost effective printing

Specifications
Print speed: 13ppm
Paper sizes: up to A3
Paper capacity: 100 sheets
Weight: 10.5kg
Reasons to buy
+Vivid A3 photos+Low cost per page
Reasons to avoid
-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

Lexmark MB3442adw

Lexmark MB3442adw is a compact AIO that prints crisp monochrome pages. (Image credit: Future)

9. Lexmark MB3442adw printer

Fast and feature-packed 4-in-1

Specifications
Print speed: 42ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Papaer Capacity: 350 + 50 sheets
Weight: 12.8kg
Reasons to buy
+Very fast print rate+Duplex print and scan
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest toner-Processing speed varies

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

Xerox WorkCentre 6515

Xerox WorkCentre 6515's consistent quality of it colour and mono prints is impressive.  (Image credit: Xerox)

10. Xerox WorkCentre 6515 printer

Sophisticated laser photocopying at a price

Specifications
Print speed: 28ppm
Paper sizes: up to A4
Paper capacity: 300 sheets
Weight: 30.7kg
Reasons to buy
+Intuitive touchscreen control+Feature rich printing 
Reasons to avoid
-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