Best Printers of 2020

Top picks among inkjets and laser printers from Brother, Canon, and HP

A Consumer Reports technician examines a page in the printer testing lab.
A Consumer Reports technician examines a page in the printer testing lab.
Photo: John Walsh/Consumer Reports

Finding the best printer for your purposes can be confusing. Laser or inkjet? Regular or all-in-one? Should you invest in a printer that uses a reservoir tank?

These aren't trivial decisions; pick the wrong model, and you could find yourself wasting hundreds of dollars on ink costs as the years roll by. With Consumer Reports on your side, though, the choice is a lot easier.

CR members can consult our ratings for a detailed breakdown of more than 200 printers. Each model is purchased at retail and evaluated on more than 250 data points. We combine those test results with brand reliability and owner satisfaction ratings derived from our member surveys to arrive at an Overall Score, which lets you simply compare one model to the next.

To make things even easier, we've combed through our ratings to bring you the best printers of the year, each selected to meet different needs. The models below print out text with dependable quality and all connect over WiFi.

Before you pick up your next printer, you may also want to consult our printer buying guide and our report on the high cost of wasted printer ink.

The models featured here are the best printers based on CR's latest tests. We update this article and our ratings throughout the year.