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Best Printers of 2019

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

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Finding the best printer for your purposes can be confusing. Laser or inkjet? Regular or all-in-one? Should you invest in one of the new reservoir printers? To help you make a more informed choice, here are some of the best printers in Consumer Reports’ ratings, which are available to members. 

Each model below prints out text with dependable quality, and all connect to laptops and smartphones over WiFi. The 200-plus printers in our ratings were purchased at retail and evaluated by our testers on nearly 250 data points.

To generate an Overall Score, we combine that data with brand reliability and owner satisfaction ratings derived from our member surveys.

You may also want to consult our printer buying guide and our report on the high cost of wasted printer ink.
 

1
Inexpensive, Versatile Inkjet Printer
Canon Pixma MX532
Canon Pixma MX532

    Canon Pixma MX532
    The Canon Pixma MX532 is a high-rated and affordable all-in-one inket. It gets Very Good ratings for text, graphics, and photo quality, and earns Excellent scores for scanning and overall convenience.
     
    Some inexpensive printers turn out to be ink guzzlers that will drown you in cartridge costs, but estimated yearly ink costs for the MX532 come to $108. That's typical for an inkjet, but it's bargain given the printer's low retail price. You'll you have to replace the entire color ink cartridge each time a single color runs out.
     
    The printer also features WiFi connectivity, auto-duplexing—industry jargon for printing on both sides of a page—and optical character recognition (OCR) software that automatically recognizes and converts text so that it can be edited in a word processor.
     
    As a rule, inkjets earn lower brand reliability marks than laser printers, but Canon does as well as any other inkjet brand, with a Good rating. 

    2
    Just the Text, Please
    Brother MFC-L2710DW
    Brother MFC-L2710DW

      Brother MFC-L2710DW

      Don't need to print in color? A black-and-white laser printer will be much less expensive than a color laser printer, and over the long haul laser printer toner will cost you less than inkjet cartridges. The most frugal black-and-white lasers don't come with scan or copy functions, but for those who need an all-in-one, the Brother MFC-L2710DW is one of the best options in our ratings.

       

      Like a lot of laser printers, it gets Excellent ratings for the quality and speed of black-and-white text, and Very Good scores for copy and scan quality. But where the L2710DW shines is value. You can find it with a sticker price that's low by all-in-one laser printer standards, and savings continue when you get this printer home. We estimate that the typical user’s toner costs will come to just $44 per year.


      And unlike the inkjet printers on this list, this model gets Excellent ratings for predicted brand reliability and owner satisfaction. Our analysis suggests that the best laser printers are more likely than inkjets to last a long time and meet consumer expectations.

      3
      For Long-Term Savings
      Canon Pixma G4210
      Canon Pixma G4210

        Canon Pixma G4210

        Don’t let the high price scare you off. For consumers shopping for an inkjet printer that’s destined for heavy use—churning out memos, recipes, book reports, airline tickets, sports schedules, graphics-heavy school projects, and the like—the Pixma G4210 will provide significant savings in the long run.

        Like other reservoir models, this printer does away with pricey replacement cartridges in favor of tanks that can be replenished from low-cost bottles of ink. The typical cost to keep this printer running is just $6 per year, a tiny fraction of the figure for conventional inkjets.


        And unlike earlier tank models, the G4210 gets Very Good scores for printing text, graphics, and photos.

         

        “The G4210 is the first reservoir-based printer that really shines as a printer, not just a money saver,” says Rich Sulin, who leads CR’s printer testing program.

         

        4
        Best for Tight Spaces
        HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile
        HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile

          HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile

          The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile is one of the smallest printers to earn CR’s recommendation, and it’s an appealing option if space and portability are your main concern.

           

          This printer is expensive, and our estimated yearly ink cost comes to $97, which is typical for an inkjet. The OfficeJet 250 performs well, earning an Excellent rating for text printing speed and Very Good scores for graphics, scanning, and copy quality. It gets just a so-so rating for text and photo quality, but that should satisfy most consumers printing documents for everyday use.

           

          Features include OCR software and the ability to print by emailing a document directly to the printer. You can also purchase an optional battery so you can operate the machine when an outlet isn’t available.

          5
          Cheap to Buy and to Use
          Brother MFC-J775DW
          Brother MFC-J775DW

            Brother MFC-J775DW

            The Brother MFC-J775DW has some flaws. It won’t print if any of the cartridges run dry, and it earns only a Good score for text quality. The text is perfectly legible but not as sharp as many competitors produce.
             

            But unlike so many other inkjets, the J775DW doesn't make you choose between long-term savings and a low retail price, which may convince you to forgive its other shortcomings. The estimated yearly ink cost is just $25, a fraction of what you might pay with most inkjets. Couple that with a sticker price under $150 and you’ve got a printer that should appeal to frugal shoppers.
             

            This model delivers on other points, too, earning Very Good ratings for graphics, photo, scanning, and copying quality. And it’s stocked with convenient features, such as auto-duplexing, an automatic document feeder, and OCR software.

             
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