When buying a new printer, you’ll have probably noticed that there are two main choices – inkjet or laser. But, which one is the best for you.
The best inkjet printers are great choices for people on a budget, as their upfront costs are usually lower than laser printers. However, it’s important to note that inkjet printers can be costly to run, as you’ll need to buy ink cartridges throughout its lifetime.
The good news is that if you’ve decided that an inkjet printer is the right device for you, then we’ve carefully picked the best inkjet printers money can buy right not, and we’ve taken into account running costs, as well as the upfront cost, print quality and speed of the devices on this page. Picking an inkjet printer that’s economical to run can save you and your business a lot of money in the long run.
We’ve also picked some of the best budget inkjet printers. These brilliantly cheap inkjet printers are affordable, yet don’t skimp on the print quality. You’ll be seriously impressed by how well these printers handle your printouts.
We’ve also got some great all-in-one inkjet printers that handle scanning and photocopying as well.
The best inkjet printers on this page have been hand-picked by us, and with our built-in price comparison tool, we’ll make sure you get the very best deals as well.
Best inkjet printers – at a glance
This is the first inkjet printer to be sold with three years-worth of ink and service included in the price and it represents great value for money. The printer itself is a capable three-in-one device that can print, scan and copy at a fairly high resolution and turn out crisp and colourful duplex pages at a reasonable rate. It’s not as fast as some of Brother’s other business-oriented printers, but the inclusion of four very high-yield ink cartridges make this the most economical of all the cartridge-based inkjets available. It comes with Wi-Fi Direct connectivity and a colour touchscreen interface for easy operation.
Here we see Epson’s refillable EcoTank system refined and particularly well integrated in this four-in-one printer. With a fairly deep 250-sheet paper tray, a fax facility and Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct as well, this machine would be well suited to a busy home office. It prints reasonably quickly and consistently and the initial price includes enough ink for up to 14,000 mono and 11,200 colour pages.
Read the full review: Epson EcoTank ET-7750
It might seem like a lot to pay for such a basic mono print-only device but that £266 (around US$350) includes enough ink to print up to 6,000 pages. Epson’s EcoTank system allows you to top up with black ink from affordable refill bottles that can be recycled more easily than cartridges. The printer itself is equipped with Wi-Fi and duplex printing and it can manage a reasonable speed of 15 crisp and consistent pages per minute.
HP’s bulbous Envy Photo 7855 (known as the Envy Photo 7830 in the UK) all-in-one includes an impressive list of features for the money. In addition to printing, scanning, photocopying and faxing, you’ll find refinements like NFC connectivity and an SD card slot. The coloured inks are combined in one cartridge, which is somewhat inconvenient if you use one colour more heavily, but HP’s Instant Ink service makes up for it by delivering refills to your door for a reasonable subscription fee.
This all-in-one inkjet comes with all the features you’re likely to need in a home office setup, assuming that is, you don’t fax, and it all comes at a very reasonable price. In addition to Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct, it also offers Bluetooth for all round wireless connectivity. It is also equipped with a touchscreen interface — all be it a fairly small mono affair. Printing is slow, but steady and it has the all important auto duplex mode. It can scan and print at reasonably high resolution, which means good quality photocopies are possible. Replacement cartridges are a little pricey, but for light printing duties, this inexpensive device should serve well.
f you can accommodate this hefty multifunction inkjet in your home office, your printing, scanning and faxing needs will be well taken care of. Between its two paper trays, the MB2750 can accommodate a whole 500-sheet ream of A4 paper and churn out duplex pages at a remarkable rate, for an inkjet. Mono and colour documents look consistently clean and crisp. The 50-sheet automatic document feed is great for large photocopying jobs and we found it fairly easy to access the many features via the logical touchscreen interface.
Read the full review: Canon Maxify MB2750
Sitting at the top of Canon’s Pixma range, the TS9150 looks like a premium product with its crisp design and huge touchscreen display. It prints and scans at a higher resolution than many in its class and achieves superior colour gradation thanks to Canon’s six-ink system. And by using black pigment ink alongside dye-based colours, photographic prints look especially realistic.
Canon’s slick three-in-one printer is particularly user-friendly with its huge touchscreen display and one-touch NFC connectivity for your smartphone. There are convenient slots for an SD card and USB flash drive too. It prints and scans at high resolution and instead of four, it uses six separate ink cartridges to achieve superior fidelity when printing colour photos. It’s a somewhat expensive system, but worth it for the more professional finish.
Canon’s cartridge-free printers are particularly easy to top up whenever you see the ink in the window getting low and they come with plenty more ink in the box, enough to print 7,700 full colour images, or 18,000 in black and white. It’s small enough to sit on a desk without taking over and big enough to hold 250 sheets of paper. Wi-Fi is built in, auto duplex printing is covered and both the print and scan resolutions are good and high. It also prints a beautifully bold photo and crisp text that won’t run, thanks to the use of a pigment black ink.
Read the full review: Canon Pixma G6050
The inexpensive HP Envy 5055 (known as the Envy 5010 in the UK) all-in-one printer looks little different from inkjet models costing twice the price and it is lacking nothing in the way of features. It will print, scan and copy at high resolution and at a reasonable speed and dual-band Wi-Fi is built in. It can be controlled by a decent touchscreen, or via an excellent companion app for iOS/Android devices. A set of replacement ink cartridges costs more than the machine itself, but a subscription to HP Instant Ink keeps even this cost down.