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Great Printers for Under $150

Low-priced standouts from CR's ratings of more than 200 models

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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 Epson Expression Home XP-5100, for example, costs about 70 bucks in a store. But the cost of ownership balloons when you add in the whopping $371 in typical yearly ink costs, according to Consumer Reports’ calculations.

By contrast, all of the printers below have estimated yearly ink costs that top out around $100. The initial prices aren’t too high, either. You should be able to find every model here for $150 or less. They perform well in our tests and come with handy features such as WiFi connectivity, auto-duplexing (which lets you print on both sides of a page), and available optical content recognition (OCR) software to help you edit scanned documents in a word processor.

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 such brands 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.

Here are our picks of the best printers under $150.