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Great Printers for Under $150

Here are low-priced standouts from CR's ratings of more than 200 models

Shopping for a new printer is tricky. You don’t want to spend a penny more than you have to, but the bargain models lining store shelves often come with hidden costs.

The HP OfficeJet 4650, for example, costs only about 50 bucks in the store. However, add in the price of ink, and within two years the total cost of ownership is about $470, according to Consumer Reports’ calculations.

By contrast, all the printers below have two-year cost-of-ownership totals under $300. The initial prices aren’t too high, either. You should be able to find every model here for $150 or less. And they perform well, too.

To test printers, we purchase new models from retailers and grade them on almost 360 data points. We test dozens of printers every year from brands such as Canon, HP, and Brother.

To generate an Overall Score for each printer, we combine those results with predicted brand reliability and owner satisfaction ratings that are based on an annual survey of CR members. There are more than 200 models in our current printer ratings.