The 10 Best All-In-One Printers to Buy in 2018

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As with most other technologies, all-in-one (AIO) printers have become cheaper than ever before, and on top of that, they include loads of handy features, including support for WiFi, mobile connectivity, and near-field communication (NFC). They are more productive and convenient than regular printers, making them a friend rather than a foe of the workplace and home.

To help you find the best AIO printer for you, we’ve rounded up a list of our favorites. We looked at features like photo printing capabilities, printing speed, ease of use, and capacity. And when you see the Tested By Lifewire seal, you’ll know we tested the machines for ourselves, noting their benefits and quirks down to every last detail.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Brother MFC-J985DW XL + 2 Years of Ink Supply

Brother MFC-J985DW XL
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The Brother MFC-J985DW XL all-in-one inkjet printer is a good choice, thanks to its low running costs, and it comes with a huge supply of ink that should last the average user two years (based on monthly printing volumes of 300 pages at 70 percent black and 30 percent color). Operating costs are less than 1 cent per black and white page, and less than 5 cents per color page.

It also has great features for the office, including duplex (two-sided) printing, and wireless printing from devices via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, Brother iPrint&Scan and WiFi Direct. Networking is enabled via WiFi, Ethernet, WiFi Direct, or you can print directly from USB. Paper capacity is 100 pages, and this printer can handle up to legal sized paper (8.5” x 14”). You can print up to 12 black-and-white pages or 10 color pages per minute.

Best Photo Printer: HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 Wireless Printer

HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 Wireless Printer
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This all-in-one color inkjet printer from HP boasts impressive connectivity options and borderless photo printing, making it an ideal option for standard tasks, copying, faxing and photography. You can manage your printing jobs via a 4.3-inch color touchscreen, which has an intuitive tap and swipe feature. Wireless printing is facilitated by AirPrint for Apple devices and NFC touch-to-print for other smart devices. Some users have commented they have had difficulty setting up wireless functionality, but once up and running it offers a seamless and convenient way to bring your documents to life.

Impressive print management options are buoyed by high speeds, with ultra-fast automatic two-sided printing and a 50-page automatic document printer and 250-sheet paper tray. HP claims the specs are 24 pages per minute for black and white printing and 20 pages per minute for color. The high volume trays and efficient ink model result in up to 50 percent lower cost per page compared to laser printers. Documents scan at 1200 dpi resolution, while borderless photos print in standard 4 x 6-inch size.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best photo printers

Best Budget: HP Envy 5660 Wireless e-All-in-One

HP Envy 5660 e-All-in-One Printer
Decent print quality and good value with HP's Instant Ink program. Photo courtesy of HP

There are just enough under-$100 printers in the world to make choosing one difficult. I like the HP Envy 5660 e-All-in-One because it performs all of its main features, print, copy, and scan, well. It prints photos better than many equally priced AIOs. This is, however, a low-volume, entry-level printer; hence the paper input drawer is somewhat small (125-sheets), as are the ink cartridges, although the larger black cartridge is good for about 600 prints, are small too. Choose this printer is you have a relatively low print volume.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best printers under $100

Best for Ease of Use: Epson XP-830 Small-in-One

Epson XP-830
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The Epson XP-830 all-in-one is versatile, wireless and offers excellent photo quality printing. You can print, copy, scan or fax from this compact AIO, and the automatic document feeder is capable of holding 30 pages. Two-sided printing is available, and print speeds are rated at 9.5 pages per minute (ppm) for black-and-white pages, and 9ppm for color pages, making for a rather slow printer, but photo printers aren't usually fast. The XP-830 has the additional ability to print on pre-surfaced optical discs.

This Small-in-One is a great option for someone who doesn’t have heavy usage demands and wants an inexpensive all-in-one with superior print quality. Mobile printing options, such as printing directly from your phone or tablet, are a snap thanks to Epson Connect software and other mobile printing options. A 4.3-inch touchscreen makes it easy to use. And it’s small, at 15.4” x 13.3” x 7.5”, so it’ll fit just about anywhere.

Best High Speed: HP Officejet Pro 7740

HP Officejet Pro 7740
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Slow printers can hamper your workflow, causing long lines at the office or frustration at libraries. If you have a lot of people vying for the printer, consider this high volume AIO printer by HP. The HP Officejet Pro 7740 offers an excellent balance between value and capacity, printing up to 34 pages per minute of either color or monochrome prints. The printer is also flexible, offering faxing, scanning, copying and printing in larger formats up to 11 x 17 inches. The printer can also handle a monthly duty cycle of up to 18,000 pages, enough to work for most small and medium-sized offices. Scanning resolution is up to 1200 dpi, offering clear and detailed copies good for lots of industries. The standard media capacity is up to 250 sheets while the output tray can handle 75 sheets, meaning paper won’t have to be changed all too often. The printer can be connected via USB, LAN or Wi-Fi.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: HP 4650

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The HP OfficeJet 4650 is part of the OfficeJet line up in our best Budget printer, so it makes sense that this one would be the runner-up—HP has affordable all-in-ones kind of down to a science. The unit prints, scans, copies, and faxes, and it does it all via wireless technology. That means you can initiate a job through your smartphone or a network computer. There’s two-sided printing and a 2.2-inch mono touchscreen for on-board control. The printer is Instant Ink ready which means it is connected directly to the HP store and notifies the Internet automatically so that HP sends you a new cartridge at a 50% discount of normal cartridge price, all without ever ordering manually. The tray holds 60 sheets and there’s a 35-sheet feeder for large packet copying. And there’s an 8.5 ppm speed for black and white jobs. So, it isn’t the fastest printer in the world, but the capacity will make sure you won’t be running back and forth between jobs. 

Best Value: Epson 4730

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4630 All-in-One. Epson

Powered by a proprietary tech called PrecisionCore algorithm that optimizes the laser jet tech to give you print shop-quality papers with laser sharp text. Epson claims the printer operates with the fastest print speed of its class (20 ppm for both black & white and color printing jobs) and it features a 500-page capacity so you’ll be sure it can handle any volume of ​job. There’s a 35-paper, page-feeding source tray for larger copies and scans, and they claim it operates at 50% more efficiency than an ink jet printer so you’ll spend less on ink and save money (adding to that better value label). There’s also Wi-Fi connectivity and ethernet connection ability so you can print via computers or smartphones on network—perfect for larger workgroups and seamless workflow. And if you’d prefer to control the printer right on board, there’s a 2.7-inch LCD touchscreen that provides a great user interface.

Best for a Small Business: Canon Laser ImageCLASS MF414dw

Canon Laser ImageCLASS MF414dw
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The Canon MF414dw is a mono laser multifunction all-in-one printer suitable for personal use, or a home office or business setting. It delivers excellent text output quality and has a solid set of features. WiFi Direct allows you to connect to mobile devices without a router, and you can print and scan on-the-go with Canon Print, Apple AirPrint, Mopria and Google Cloud Print. You can use USB Direct to print to and scan from a USB connected device. Secure Print ensures the privacy of your printed documents, and you can set up password protection for up to 300 users.

The MF414dw is rated by Canon for speeds of up to 35 pages per minute, and the first print at a quick 6.3 seconds. An intuitive 3.5-inch touch LCD display makes menu navigation simple. You can load this printer with up to 250 sheets of paper, and there’s a 50-sheet auto-duplexing ADF for scanning, as well as a 50-sheet multi-purpose tray and an optional 500-sheet paper cassette. The printer purchase includes one cartridge and it's good for about 2,400 pages.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best office printers

Best for Versatility: Canon imageCLASS MF247dw

With fast printing speeds (28ppm), good quality outputs and a plethora of connectivity options, the MF247dw is one our favorite versatile printers on the market. Measuring 14.2 x 15.4 x 14.7 inches and weighing 26.9 pounds, this space-saving machine is compact enough to be carried by one person alone and can comfortably share a desk or table with your computer in a home office. It can handle most users’ needs, thanks to its front-loading 250-sheet paper cassette, 35-sheet automatic document feeder and one-sheet multipurpose tray.

It’s stacked with connection options, including USB, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct and allows you to print on-the-go due to compatibility with Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service and Google Cloud Print. Alternatively, you can scan hard copies using Canon’s PRINT Business app.

Best High Capacity: Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank AIO

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank Wireless All-in-One Printer
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The less expensive a printer is, the more you tend to pay for ink in the long run. While this Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R4640 EcoTank AIO printer has a high upfront cost, it pays for itself in the amount you save on ink. The printer is cartridge-free and comes with up to 20,000 black and white and 20,000 colored prints, about two years, included. In fact, EcoTank owners can expect to spend 70 percent less versus color laser printers. In other words, if you can afford the upfront cost, the printer will save your business money in the end. The printer is powered by PrecisionCore technology, which delivers print shop-quality scans, copies and printing. The dual-tray, 500-sheet capacity and 20ppm print speed are enough to keep your small business running without a hiccup.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 23 hours testing four of the most popular all-in-one printers on the market. They printed dozens of pages, evaluated the color quality of printed photos, and wirelessly sent jobs to the printers from their devices. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these all-in-one printers and we've outlined them here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in an All-in-One Printer

Inkjet vs. laser - If you’re looking for a printer that can handle a combination of text, graphics, and photos, an inkjet is the way to go. However, if you’ll mostly be printing and scanning black-and-white text documents, a laser printer makes more sense.

Supply costs - While AIO printers themselves might not cost a lot, the printer cartridges can really add up. Research those costs before you make your purchase, as in some cases a more expensive printer can end up being cheaper in the long run. Also look into the possibility of refilling your own cartridges.

Networking capability - Connection via USB has been standard in printers for years, but for an office environment, it’s essential that it supports WiFi. This makes it easy for several devices to connect and many even offer one-click wireless setup. Some printers even offer near-field communication (NFC) connectivity, which let you connect a smartphone just by tapping it on a specific area on the machine.

Test Results: Brother MFC-J985DW XL (Best Overall)


What We Like

  • Small, sleek design

  • Easy to use

  • Low maintenance

What We Don't Like

  • Complex setup

  • Small screen

Our testers had a lot of positive things to say about the Brother MFC-J985DW XL. One person summed up her experience by saying, “Printing is easy, it looks sleek, and it doesn't take up too much of my workspace.” Judging by how many comments we’ve gotten about the overwhelming size of the many printers we’ve tested, a smaller footprint makes this model stand out from the crowd. Another reviewer also noted how low maintenance the printer is. “It was extremely easy to load the ink cartridges,” she said, “and, once those are loaded in along with the paper, there isn't much fussing needed with the actual product itself.”

Our reviewers suggested that the screen could be bigger, but, nonetheless, they liked the printer’s easy-to-understand interface. “Larger office printers have too many buttons/functions and can be intimidating to use off the bat,” one tester said, “so I was actually pleased with the simplicity of the functions.”

The scanning quality got top marks from our Lifewire reviewers and, overall, the printing quality was good as well. One tester did say that the colors weren’t as vibrant as she expected, so don’t opt for this model if you’re interested in printing a lot of photos.

Test Results: HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 Wireless Printer (Best Photo Printer)


What We Like

  • Versatile

  • High-quality prints

  • Great wireless capabilities

What We Don't Like

  • Huge size

  • Complicated menus

One of the biggest headaches about buying a printer is setting it up, but you won’t have any difficulty with the HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 Wireless Printer. One of our reviewers said, “I used to joke that, as my family's dedicated tech support, printers were the bane of my existence. With this machine, I didn't need to goof around with downloading drivers and what not. It simply worked after a modest setup time.” Overall, it took him about 15 to 20 minutes to complete the entire process. Beyond the setup, testers found the print quality to be “very good” and were impressed with the printer’s versatility. “In regards to functionality, this printer met all my needs.” one reviewer noted. “You can start a print job via text, email, the HP mobile app, or the native print functions on your computer/mobile device.”

One of the only downsides to this printer is its size. As one reviewer put it, this model is an “absolute beast,” so clear out a lot of space on your desk before you buy it. However, overall, it’s a solid purchase. “There have been zero headaches,” one person commented. “That's a fairly big sign of quality for any printer.”

Test Results: HP Envy 5660 Wireless e-All-in-One (Best Budget)


What We Like

  • Easy setup

  • Animated touchscreen

  • Connects to social media accounts

What We Don't Like

  • Large size

  • Small input drawer/ink cartridge

Don’t worry about complex instruction manuals or a drawn-out installation with the HP Envy 5660: Our testers told us that the touchscreen plays fun animations to take you through the setup process step by step. “This printer is so easy to set up that anyone can do it,” one person said. And that touchscreen was a standout feature once our reviewers started printing, too. One tester raved about it, saying it makes the HP Envy 5660 easy to use and “elevated this printer above other models [she’s] seen.”

One of our reviewers described the printing quality as “good” and said that the scanning function worked well — even on color. She did notice that the color vibrancy of the printed jobs didn’t exactly match what she saw on her phone’s screen when she printed photos from Facebook or Instagram.

In the world of printers, this one takes up only a moderate amount of space on your desk — a little less than two square feet. You will, however, have to keep it close to an outlet; our reviewers noted that the cord was on the shorter side.

Test Results: Epson XP-830 Small-in-One (Best for Ease of Use)


What We Like

  • Small size

  • Great print quality

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like

  • Price

  • Low paper capacity

“For a small printer, I thought it packed a lot into one,” one of our reviewers said about the Epson XP-830. She liked the multi-page paper feeder, the ability to scan, and the scan-to-email functionality. Plus, she thought the touchscreen made it easy to flip from one function to the next. “Set up to my laptop was pretty easy and setting it up to a phone was even easier,” she added.

During some of our other printer tests, Lifewire reviewers noticed that the printed colors sometimes ended up duller than expected — but not with this model. “I've printed out text documents and high-color photos and everything looks great,” one person said. Color-heavy print jobs will come out a bit slower, but the end result will impress you.