Our picks for the best printers to buy are listed here. Printers of all types and uses have been reviewed and this in depth guide is an accumulation of those assessments.
If you’re choosing a printer for home use or for business needs this article can help. The best printers and all in ones are selected based on purpose.
Whether it’s printing pictures, vinyl stickers, reports, or color documents this article covers the latest all in ones available.
Last updated 8-19-2021
We love printers here at The Printer Jam, well, except one brand which shall remain nameless (it’s not HP, Canon, or Brother).
A love hate relationship develops toward printers when you work on them for a living. After servicing them for 26 years you eventually get tired of hating them. That or I’m not firing on all cylinders anymore. At any rate, I must have developed an appreciation of them since I write about them so much.
Choosing Which Printer
Looking for a printer to buy isn’t the most thrilling thing to shop for. Determining which kind of printer you need may not be a straightforward process.
Printers for home use have different needs than a businesses. Business may have such varied needs many all in one’s aren’t actually able to fulfill all their document needs in one device. printing needs.
People may ask which type is better, laser or inkjet? This post covers the differences between the two as well as cost comparisons.
The answer will depend on what it is required to do and the print volume. It’s similar to asking which vehicle is better, a truck or sports car? It depends on whether you want to get somewhere fast or simply get a lot of stuff somewhere.
Inkjet’s are better in some ways, laser printers better in others. What you’re printing, how much, and why will determine which printer is better.
Once the decision about which type you need is settled, check out these buying guides for inkjet and laser printers. Features to look for and traits to avoid are covered as well as any insider shopping tips.
For Home Use
The best printers for home use will take up little space, have versatile uses, and be low cost. A home printer may be required to print photos, reports, or craft projects. While printer security, speed, or duty cycle take a back seat. Not that those things don’t matter just that they aren’t the most important consideration.
If it seems I’m pushing supertank printers it’s because I am. They have the cheapest ink of inkjet printers and lowest printing costs of printers in general.
Our pick for the best printer for home use is the Epson Ecotank ET-2720. Supertank printers are a no brainer for home use since they save money in the long run and don’t need cartridges. Add ink on Monday and print all year.
It has a smaller footprint than the HP Deskjet 4155e. While the ET-2720 lacks a document feeder or auto duplex, in my experience many home applications can get by without them.
This printer comes with dye based ink but can be converted to sublimation ink. Which makes it great for transfers, decals, vinyl, or other home craft projects.
It’s quality is excellent for color images or text documents.
Best of all is guilt free printing. You don’t have to hesitate whether or not you should print something with a supertank printer. Just print it!
Printing photos at home
For home use
The best printer for printing photos at home should combine the traits of a professional photo printer and an economy inkjet printer. The Canon Pixma G620 fits that bill.
Only a few of Canon’s photo printers, called the Pixma series, have 5 colors of ink. This Pixma series printer has 6 colors of ink. Which is two more than the HP ENVY Photo 7855 or Epson Expression Photo XP-8600.
It’s also a supertank printer. The Canon Pixma G620 Megatank can print 3,800 4 x 6 color photos before needing refilled. Which means you can print a lot of photos without spending much money on ink.
The Epson Expression Premium EcoTank ET-7750 is another supertank photo printer. It has only 5 colors of ink and is priced higher than the 6 color Canon Pixma G620.
Having so many colors is not only good for photos it’s great for printing vinyl stickers, decals, and transfers. If you have or want to start a business printing for profit this printer will get awesome results.
The Canon Pixma G620 combines inexpensive ink and great photo quality of the Pixma series into a printer still considered part of the home use segment. Which makes it our top pick to print photos at home!
All in One for Home Use
For home use
The Brother MFC-J4335DW INKvestment Tank is our pick for the best All-in-One for home use. What sets this all in one apart is its fast print speeds, ample features, and inexpensive ink.
For home use, auto duplex or fax may not top the list of must haves. Unlike some of our other picks for home use this one does have auto duplex, fax, and a document feeder.
What tops the list for home use is probably being inexpensive. The initial price for the Brother MFC-J4335DW INKvestment Tank checks that box. Inexpensive ink is also a check.
Compared with traditional inkjets such as the HP Deskjet Plus 4155e or Canon TR7020, the Brother MFC-J4335DW ink costs will more than make up the difference between initial prices.
Brother ink comes in tank cartridges instead of a bottle like most supertanks. These tank cartridges yield 3,000 for black and 1,500 for color inks. Which is many times more than standard ink cartridges. They are closer to the 6,000 page yields of most supertanks
Brother includes an app for keeping track of its ink levels.
Easy setup gets a check. Easy operations also get a check. The Brother MFC-J4335DW operations panel has a small LCD and buttons. All in ones like the HP 4155e and 6155e all but remove the operation panel.
The Canon TR7020 has a comparable operations panel but can’t compete on speed or operating costs with the Brother.
For all around features such as wireless, duplex, fax, ADF, the Brother MFC-J4335DW INKvestment Tank is an exceptional all in one. Integrate that with a reasonable initial price, cheap ink, and above average print speeds to make this our top pick for the best all in one for home use.
Professional Photo Printer
Professional photo printers need high resolution, flexible paper handling, and vibrant colors in order to reproduce pristine pictures.
Our pick for the Best photo printer is the Canon Pixma Pro-200. It’s an 8 color dye based ink system and is capable of printing on 13 x 19 size paper.
It has an upgraded version of Canon’s FINE color matching technology. Compared with other photo printers its picture quality stands out.
Canon’s ink costs are lower compared to the Epson Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000. Paper will be the biggest expense for any professional photo printer.
For printing professional looking photos the Canon Pixma Pro-200 is our top pick!
For Business Use
Most small or home offices require many tasks from their device. Laser printers generally are better suited for an office. But in some applications an inkjet printer would be appropriate. Especially where color quality is top priority such as a real estate office.
HP or Lexmark have great built in security (Canon office copiers have great security). These brands also integrate well with medical software and variable data forms.
They have bold readable text, even tiny text on many medical forms. Their color quality isn’t for fine art display but more than adequate for the charts, graphs, logos, or images most offices print.
Office printers or all in ones have to handle larger print volumes as well.
Office Laser Printer
For home use
Our pick of the best laser printer for an office is the Lexmark MC3426i. Comparable all in ones to the MC3426i include the Canon Color imageCLASS MF743Cdw, HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw, and Brother MFC-L3770CDW.
What sets the Lexmark apart is security, processing speed, quality, and compatibility.
Office Inkjet Printer
For home use
Our pick for the best printer for a home office or small office is the HP 9015. For hardware it has duplex, fax, and a dual scan document feeder.
This all in one includes good app support for smartphones, voice activated printing, and customizable shortcuts on the control panel.
It works great with Chromebooks, Mac, and Android devices.
Our cost analysis found the HP 9015 to be very cost effective for a cartridge based inkjet.
Based on it’s good print speeds, relevant features for an office, and reasonable operating costs this is our pick for the best office all in one.
For home use
Our pick for the best portable printer is the Canon Pixma TR150. What sets it apart from other portable printers such as the Officejet 200 or Epson WF-110, is the Canon’s battery life. The printer consumes less power and has a higher capacity battery which makes it last 100 pages longer than the Epson or HP.
It’s quality is good and printing costs are slightly lower than the HP or Epson.
Canon also has a unique form storage feature. This allows up to 5 files to be stored in the printer and then printed as often as needed.
If you need a portable printer, the Canon Pixma TR150 is the best on the market!
The Copier Guy, aka Dave. I’ve worked on scanners, printers, copiers, and faxes over 26 years. When I’m not fixing them I’m writing about them. Although, I’m probably better at fixing them. I have certificates from Canon, Xerox. Ricoh, Kyocera, Lexmark, HP, and Konica Minolta. My experience includes other brands as well as several types of processes. If it uses paper I’ve probably worked on one.