The 8 Best Home Printers to Buy in 2018

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While emailing and texting are the basis of most modern-day communication, there’s still plenty of use you can get out of a good printer, and it never hurts to have one handy at home. Whether you need to print off a last-minute work document, scan important paperwork, or print off quality photos to decorate your space, having an at-home printer is a lot easier than needing to hunt down a FedEx to get the job done — not to mention a whole lot cheaper.

If you’re looking to fill the printing gap in your home, we’ve found an assortment of capable devices that can help. We’ve got small and large printers, versatile ones, and models that will help you save on ink. Whatever your general printing needs are, we’ve got a pick for you below.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: HP Envy 5660 e-All-in-One

HP Envy 5660

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If you need a general-purpose printer, the HP Envy 5660 is a great all-in-one option. It offers printing, copying, and scanning all at a reasonable price. It’s not a high-volume printer, with an input drawer of 125 sheets and ink cartridges that aren’t massive, but it’ll get the job done. Plus, with HP’s Instant Ink program, you can get relatively affordable ink refills that make it a good deal for modest printing of 50 to 100 color and monochrome pages a month.

The HP Envy 5660 can connect to computers using USB or Wi-Fi, making it easy to print from just about any device in your home. A built-in SD card reader will even let you quickly take photos from a camera and print them out. A 2.7-inch touchscreen color display offers convenient navigation of the menu. And, the 18 x 16 x 6.3-inch dimensions of this printer make it a decently small option if you don’t have a lot of space.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Epson Expression Premium XP-830

The Epson Expression Premium XP-830 is another wonderfully capable all-in-one device that’s ready to tackle just about any general printing job. At 17.2 x 23.5 x 7.5 inches, it’s not the smallest AIO, but that size comes with the benefit of an Automatic Document Feeder that can handle up to 100 sheets of paper and manage duplex printing. The size also helps it handle some larger printing, with the ability to print 8.5 x 14-inch sheets.

Another key benefit of this pick is its ability to print high-quality photos. The per-page cost of printing may be a bit on the expensive side, but if you do a lot of photo printing, you can get good use out of this printer. Since the Epson Expression Premium XP-830 uses dedicated cartridges for each of its main colors, when one color is low, you won’t have to replace all the other colors. The package is rounded out with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, the ability to print onto discs, an SD card reader and USB port, and Wi-Fi connectivity to support Epson iPrint and Apple AirPrint.

Best Budget: HP Envy 5055

For a wonderfully balanced printer that offers general-purpose features at a highly affordable price, the HP Envy 5055 is a solid bet. For combined black-and-white and color printing of around 50 pages each month, HP's Instant Ink program can keep you stocked with budget-friendly ink. Though the service is optional, it takes away one of the major headaches of owning your own printer.

Beyond simply printing, copying, and scanning, the HP Envy 5055 can connect to Wi-Fi networks to handle printing from devices anywhere in your home, including mobile phones and tablets. It also supports Bluetooth connectivity. All functions are manageable via a 2.2-inch mono touchscreen on the front of the printer; a dedicated HP app also allows you to scan documents and print from iCloud, Google Drive, and your social media accounts. If you need to print two-sided documents, the auto duplex printing is a handy tool. Borderless photo printing will also save you trips to get photos printed at a Walgreens or FedEx. The Envy 5055 may not be a compact printer at 17.52 x 14.45 x 5.04-inches, but it’s short enough to tuck away in most cabinets/desks when not in use.

Best Design: Canon Pixma TS9120

While many printers offer a lot of functionality, they tend to be eyesores — especially at home. Few of us would think of a printer as a decorative item that adds to our decorative aesthetic, but the Canon Pixma TS9120 is a highly capable printer that's also pretty good looking. It has a clean, rectangular design with gray, gold, or red accents, and a 5-inch LCD touchscreen. When in use, it opens up to look more like a typical printer, but it can collapse back into a simple box shape when you're ready to tuck it away.

Of course, it’s not enough for a home printer to just look good. The Canon Pixma TS9120 is a capable all-in-one model with printing, scanning, and copying support. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and support for SD cards. It can print to discs, perform automatic duplex printing, and print a variety of borderless photos. Six separate ink cartridges make color printing more affordable than printers with combined color cartridges. And, there’s support for Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

Most Convenient: Canon Pixma iP110

Canon Pixma iP110

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If you hate the idea of having to clear out space for your home printer, we’ve got a model you won’t have to think about finding space for. Canon’s Pixma iP110 is an incredibly convenient little printer. This isn’t a scanner or copier though, so if you need those features, you will need to see one of our other picks. As long as printing is all you need, the Pixma iP110 is a potent little device. It measures just 12.7 x 7.3 x 2.5 inches and weighs 4.3 pounds. And, with support for an optional battery, that size and portability make it handy to take from room to room or even on the go outside of your home.

Despite its size, the Pixma iP110 still offers a 50-sheet paper tray and lots of connection features. It can connect to Wi-Fi to support printing from computers throughout your home, or from iOS devices using AirPrint and Android devices using Google Cloud Print. Canon’s own PictBridge tool will even let you print directly from certain Canon cameras. Convenience does come at a price though, as the per-page cost of printing is on the high side, especially for color photos.

Best for Home Businesses: Brother MFC-J995DW

If you run a business out of your home, or just happen to do a ton of printing, copying, and scanning, then you’ll definitely want to check out the Brother MFC-J995DW. We’ve reviewed the older Brother MFC-J985DW XL model, which isn’t terribly different from the new non-XL version, and found it an apt general-purpose product for anyone who needs to do a lot of printing (particularly black-and-white) thanks to Brother’s INKvestment service. The service and the ink cartridge printing capacity keep the cost of each page low and this deal is even better with a year of ink included.

The Brother MFC-J995DW is a capable all-in-one with printing, scanning, faxing, and copying options. Its paper tray can hold 150 sheets, it has a 20-sheet automatic document feeder, and it supports duplex printing so you can make the most of each sheet of paper. You also get a lot of options for how to print thanks to Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity. You can print with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print as well, or use Brother’s iPrint&Scan.

Best Compact All-in-One: Canon Pixma TR4520

If you need a small printer that can really do it all, then the Canon Pixma TR4520 is the one for you. While its design doesn’t really seem all that small, it measures just 17.2 x 11.7 x 7.5 inches while still offering the full features of an all-in-one printer. You can print, scan, copy, and fax on the Canon Pixma TR4520 — and that’s just the basics. The 100-sheet paper tray will help with large jobs, and the automatic duplex printing will help even more when you’re trying to maximize the utility of each sheet of paper.

Beyond the standard printing features, the Canon Pixma TR4520 offers great wireless printing and scanning functions. You can print from the cloud, including with Apple AirPrint, and you can even use the Canon Print App to scan documents to the cloud. You also have the option to scan multiple pages of a document and turn them into a single PDF. If you’d like to do some automation with the Canon Pixma TR4520, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT (If This Then That) support will help you along. Considering all that it can do, it’s a surprise it’s as small and affordable as it is.

Best for Frequent Printing: Epson Expression ET-2650 EcoTank

If you know you’re going to have a lot of printing to do, it’s simply not worth it to fool around with a small, low-budget printer. You won’t want to be re-loading it with paper all the time and burning through expensive and wasteful ink cartridges. That’s where the Epson Expression ET-2650 EcoTank comes in. On paper, it’s a fairly standard all-in-one printer, offering copying, scanning, and printing, and measuring 17.5 x 12 x 6.7 inches. At 10 pages per minute for black prints, it’s speed is modest, and its 100-sheet paper tray isn’t crazy.

But, what is wild is how much ink you’ll get from the cartridge-free ink tanks. Included with the printer are ink bottles offering up to 4,000 pages of black prints or up to 6,500 pages of color prints. And, thanks to the bottles and tanks of ink, there’s not as much plastic waste. On top of that, you also get handy features like printing from the Cloud and wirelessly on Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct. You can also print photos directly from memory cards.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular home printers on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 80 different printers overall, screened options from 8 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 20 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.