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Best Laser Printers for Your Home Office

These cost-efficient models outperform inkjets on text quality, speed, and reliability

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Consider the humble laser printer. Laser printers tend to be bigger than the inkjet models found in more homes. They often cost more up front, and they don’t do very well with photos. But despite those limitations, laser printers have some undeniable advantages. That’s especially true when you need a printer for your home office.

Laser printers generally churn out sharp black-and-white pages much faster than inkjets, which is why they’re staples of offices and classrooms. Laser printers don’t have ink nozzles, which means you don’t have to worry about clogs. Plus they don’t waste toner on maintenance, unlike inkjets, which use ink just to keep the nozzles clean.

Monochrome models, which print only in black and white, can be significantly cheaper to operate. Below, we have recommendations for monochrome and color models.

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In our ratings, laser printers do far better in predicted reliability and owner satisfaction than inkjets. If you want a printer that’s likely to keep your home office humming for longer and with fewer hassles, a laser is your best bet.

The models below get high scores in Consumer Reports’ labs, and each is an all-in-one printer.

These models work wirelessly; they’ll copy, scan, and print on both sides of a page (a function known as auto-duplexing); and they have automatic document feeders, meaning you can load a stack of documents to scan and copy all at once. Each also comes with a second paper tray and OCR (optical character recognition) software, useful for making scanned documents editable in a word processor.

And they all print out crisp, clean text with exceptional speed.

Here are some of the best laser printers for your home office, ranked from least to most expensive.

For Those Who Work in Black-and-White

Not everyone needs a color printer, and those who don’t can rake in some real savings. The Brother MFC-L2685DW is worth considering for the home office user who isn’t afraid of being too black and white. You can usually find the machine for well under $200, and the estimated yearly toner costs come to just $59.

This Brother get Excellent ratings for text quality and speed, and even gets a Good score for graphics, which is unusual for a monochrome laser. It scores a Very Good for scanning ability as well, though its copy quality only has a Good rating—passable, but not on a par with many competitors.

Brother’s monochrome laser printers also stand out for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction, earning an Excellent rating in both categories.

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