The 8 Best Monochrome (Black & White) Laser Printers of 2019

For your black and white printing needs

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Canon imageCLASS MF247dw Monochrome Laser Printer

Canon imageCLASS MF247dw Monochrome Laser Printer

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The Canon imageCLASS MF274dw is the best black-and-white laser printer for most home users because it looks sharp (for a printer), provides high-quality and fast printing, and includes a basic scanner, copier, and fax machine. This model is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7, as well as Mac OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) and later, so it should work with almost any computer you have. It prints at speeds up to 28 pages per minute, which will work well for almost all home users, and the tray has a capacity of 250 sheets, so you don’t have to add more paper all the time unless you’re printing books-worth of material.

The MF274dw has a small LCD panel on the front so you can easily select what you need the printer to do. On top of all this, it can connect to Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print, so you can easily connect the printer to your iPhone and Android phones. The unit measures 14.7 x 15.4 x 14.2 inches, which is fairly good for this type of model. All in all, this printer will do nearly everything a home office user needs and do it well.

Best Budget: Brother HL-L2370DW Compact Monochrome Laser Printer

Let’s be real: most of us don’t want to pay a lot for printers, especially since these days we don’t need to print that often given the digital nature of work or home life. If you are in the price-conscious category and still want a black-and-white laser printer, you need to take a look at the Brother HL-L2370DW. This printer retails for about a Benjamin, but it offers performance and features normally reserved for printers above that price range. For example, it can print up to 36 pages per minute and offers two-sided printing for those looking to save paper.

The HL-L2370DW has a paper tray with 250 sheets, which is good for most home users. It has both Ethernet and wireless connectivity, so you can connect it to your home wireless network to print from PCs, Macs, and mobile devices including iPhone and many Android phones. On top of this, you can also use the included USB slot to load documents via a USB flash drive, which is good as a general backup option and good for any guests you might have.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Brother HL-L2350DW Compact Monochrome Laser Printer

Our runner-up, best budget pick is the Brother HL-L2350DW, a slightly older but still reliable and well-liked black-and-white laser printer. At its $100 price range, it offers nearly everything you’d want from a budget laser printer and would fit well into any home or small office (as long as the office has relatively light printing needs). The unit is compact and measures 11 x 17.2 x 20.5 inches and weighs 16 pounds, meaning it can fit nicely in nearly any space you’re using.

The HL-L2350DW can print up to 32 pages per minute and has the option of two-sided printing, which can save you time and money. The paper tray can fit 250 sheets, meaning you should not need to replace paper all the time. It can connect to your home wireless router or you can connect it with your iPhone via Apple AirPrint or your Android phone via Google Cloud Print. All in all, you’ll be happy with this budget printer as long as you don’t need upgrades like scanners and copiers.

Best for Small Businesses: Brother DCP-L5500DN Monochrome Laser Printer

If you’re the owner or manager of a small business, it’s on you to make sure the office has a printer to print out important documents, presentations, and forms. One printer that we like a lot for offices on a budget is the Brother DCP-L5500DN black-and-white laser printer, which can print, copy, and scan while keeping up with a fast-paced office. It can also connect to Windows, Macs, iOS, and Android devices, and has a print and copy speed of up to 42 pages per minute.

This unit comes with a 2,000-page starter ink cartridge (a good value) and the replacement ink cartridges have yields of 3,000 or 8,000 pages, either of which can make sure you don’t need to replace cartridges too frequently. The device also has a 3.7-inch color touchscreen with an easy menu to select whatever task or function that you need.

Best Splurge: Canon imageCLASS LBP214dw Monochrome Laser Printer

If you’re looking for a top-notch black-and-white laser printer and willing to spend a little more for extra performance and functionality, look no further than the Canon imageCLASS LBP214dw. While this printer does not have a copier or scanner, it does an incredible job focusing on printing itself, which is what most people want out of a printer. It prints quickly and can print up to 40 pages per minute and its first print-out will occur just six seconds after you tell it to print, which is quite good. For connectivity, you can connect this to most Windows PCs (7, 8, 8.1, and 10) or Mac OS X (version 10.8.5 or later).

Additionally, you can connect iOS or Android mobile devices to print directly via Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print. It measures 15.8 x 14.7 x 9.9 inches and weighs about 20 pounds, which is quite reasonable given all the functionality you get.

Best All-In-One: Brother MFC-L2750DW Monochrome All-in-One Wireless Laser Printer

If you’re looking for a high-quality black-and-white laser printer that also does an admirable job at copying, scanning, and faxing documents, you need to consider the Brother MFC-L2750DW. The unit measures 16.1 x 15.7 x 12.5 inches, which will fit in most home office settings. When it comes to printing, this machine can print up to 36 pages per minute and has a paper tray with a 250-sheet capacity.

It can print both from your wireless network connected to your PC or Mac, or you can print from iOS and Android phones via Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Brother iPrint&Scan, and Wi-Fi Direct. For copying, you can copy up to 36 pages per minute with a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi and you can do two-sided copying as well. When it comes to scanning, this model can do two-sided scans with a maximum optical scan resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, which is good for most work use cases.

If you need faxing (which is rare these days but you never know), it has a fax modem speed of 33.6kbps, fax page memory of 500 pages, and includes caller ID to ensure you know the sending location.

Runner-Up, All-In-One: HP Laserjet Pro MFP M29w All-in-One Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer

The HP Laserjet Pro MFP M29w black-and-white printer connects to home wireless networks and can print from most Windows PCs, Macs, iPhones, and Android phones (be sure to check this carefully before buying). This unit can print, copy, and scan but does not offer fax functionality. It measures 14.2 x 10.4 x 7.8 inches, which is one of the best sizes we’ve ever seen for an all-in-one laser printer that does this much. For printing, it can print up to 19 pages per minute, can print its first page about eight seconds after you instruct it to print, and has a 150-sheet-capacity paper tray. For scanning and copying, this unit can support 600 x 600 dpi resolution copies and scans. We would recommend this unit most strongly to home users who need wide functionality from their printer but don’t do high-volume printing.

Best Wireless: HP Laserjet Pro M118dw Wireless Monochrome Laser Printer

If you’re averse to wires in your home and want a black-and-white laser printer that excels at wireless printing, you should look closely at the HP Laserjet Pro M118dw Printer. This unit measures 14.6 x 16 x 8.8 inches and weighs 15.2 pounds, meaning it should fit easily in most home offices. For wireless printing, you have several options. First, you can connect the device to your home wireless network and print from Windows PCs (running Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10, Vista, and more) or Apple Macs (running OS X version 10.11 or later).

You can also print from most iOS and Android phone using the HP ePrint app, Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Wi-Fi Direct printing. This unit does an admirable job printing and can print up to 30 sharp pages per minute with a 250-sheet paper tray and the option for two-sided printing to save time and money. This unit is a great value for those who want a simple black-and-white wireless-focused printer.

Our Process

Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular monochrome laser printers on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 15 different monochrome laser printers overall, screened options from 5 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 50 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.