The Best Home Printers (2020 Reviews)

Rajat Hardy
Written by
Last update:

If you’re in the market for a new printer, you’re faced with a big decision. Should you go for a laser or an inkjet (or a combination of the two)? Should you go for a 4-in-1 or an all-in-one? Printers are a product category that’s extremely difficult to mark with any kind of authority — new models are released at a seemingly monthly rate and both hardware and software features vary greatly from one product to the next.

This roundup is here to help. We’ve reviewed the best home printers you can buy in 2020, and we’ve added updates on our top picks from 2015.

NameCategoryProduct
Epson EcoTank ET-4760 Wireless Color All-in-One Cartridge-Free Supertank PrinterBest OverallEpson EcoTank ET-4760 Wireless Color All-in-One Cartridge-Free Supertank Printer
HP DeskJet 3639 Wireless All-in-One PrinterBudget PickHP DeskJet 3639 Wireless All-in-One Printer
Brother Inkjet PrinterUpgrade PickBrother Inkjet Printer

1. Epson EcoTank ET-4760 Wireless Color All-in-One Cartridge-Free Supertank Printer

Our rating: 9 / 10

Epson EcoTank ET-4760 Wireless Color All-in-One Cartridge-Free Supertank Printer

Check Price on Amazon

This printer makes it into the list of best printers in 2020 because it’s a network-ready multifunction printer/scanner/fax/copier with an LCD touch display, a built-in fax/ADF, a scanning tray, a print/copy/fax feeder, a slot for a USB flash drive, ready to print technology, wireless printing and direct printing from a USB device as well as the standard printing features such as a flatbed scanner, memory card reader and ability to print copy documents. On top of that, it’s one of the few printers on the market that uses Epson technology and ink cartridges, which makes its running costs and the cost of replacement ink even lower.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective and reliable inkjet printer that’s perfect for a small office, the Epson EcoTank ET-4760 is exactly what you need.

2. HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 All-in-One Wireless Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 All-in-One Wireless Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • This printer has a 2-sided printing which allows you to print on both sides of the paper without needing to do anything.
  • It has a capacity of 250 sheets.
  • The ink cartridges of this printer are designed to be replacement cartridges which save a lot of time.
  • This printer is made to deliver superb print quality and it is also compatible with a wide range of ink cartridges.
  • It is easy to use and setting it up is easy.
  • This printer has a button for scanning the documents.
  • If the ink cartridges of this printer are not compatible with your paper, you may find them to be expensive to replace.
  • HP OfficeJet Pro 8586 A3 Wireless All-in-One Printer with Fax, Instant Ink ready (X5X84A).
  • This printer has a dual hour display which allows you to keep track of the time and date which ensures that you don’t forget anything when printing a document.
  • It can connect with multiple devices and computers.

3. HP Color LaserJet Pro Multifunction M479fdw Wireless Laser Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

HP Color LaserJet Pro Multifunction M479fdw Wireless Laser Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Prints in color
  • Fast color laser printer
  • High color quality

The HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdw is one of our favorite laser printers around. It has the ability to print in color and give you a high quality document. It prints very quickly and can print up to 33 pages per minute.

This printer is a multifunction printer. It is a printer, scanner, and copier, but you can only use two of the features at one time. There is an automatic document feeder for scanning in large amounts of papers at once.

One thing that this printer is lacking is the card reader. This is hard to come by in printers now since more and more people are just using their smart devices for everything.

4. Canon Color Image CLASS MF644Cdw

Our rating: 8 / 10

Canon Color Image CLASS MF644Cdw

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Color and black and white
  • Duplex printing
  • Wi-Fi and mobile printing
  • Airprint and Canon Print apps compatibility
  • Affordable

Color, Wireless, Mobile Ready.

Let’s face it; printing in the home can be a pain. I love my Brother monochrome laser printer for its ease of use and affordability, but I hate how often I have to replace expensive toner cartridges and perform other maintenance on the machine.

I never thought I’d have a better print experience until the Canon Color Image Class MF644Cdw showed up at my door. This is the best printer I’ve ever owned, smartphone compatibility or not.

5. HP DeskJet 3639 Wireless All-in-One Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

HP DeskJet 3639 Wireless All-in-One Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Very compact and easy to operate
  • Prints from anywhere in your house
  • Share the device with multiple devices

6. HP OfficeJet 5255 Wireless All-in-One Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

HP OfficeJet 5255 Wireless All-in-One Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Print photos, documents and more with the OfficeJet 5255
  • Standout features: Instant Ink and AirPrint
  • Works with Alexa
  • Standard ink cartridges (and XL)
  • Connect by USB or wireless
  • Easy setup
  • Print from your smartphone or tablet
  • Affordable and high quality printer

The HP OfficeJet 5255 is a great little printer that handles all your home printing needs.

It prints photos, documents, and more, and there are no limits with this printer, which makes it an excellent choice if you have a fast-paced home with a lot of printing needs.

One of the standout features is HP Instant Ink. You don’t have to pay for individual ink cartridges for your HP. Instead, you have a subscription plan for printing.

7. Epson PictureMate PM-400 Wireless Compact Color Photo Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

Epson PictureMate PM-400 Wireless Compact Color Photo Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Compact
  • Great image quality
  • Wireless
  • Excellent photo quality

The Epson PictureMate PM-400 is a great device for the casual photographer. It offers decent quality prints and wireless printing capability, but it is on the expensive side.

This compact photo printer is compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 or later, and Windows 7 or later. But it does not have built-in wireless connectivity, users will need to purchase the WIFI or WIFI Starter Kit.

The PictureMate PM-400 uses a new, improved print head, providing high resolution and high precision. It also comes with a sample ink pack, a label and a photo paper pack. It offers a print resolution of 5760 dpi, and it can print borderless photos ranging from 2×3 to 4×6 inches.

8. Brother Inkjet Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

Brother Inkjet Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Brother manufactures a line of inkjet printers that are suitable for office and home use. The MFCJ6945DW is a multifunction inkjet printer that is geared toward general-purpose printing for home and small offices.

It’s a great device for home printing as it comes with a near fax-quality scanner. It also has an email print function that allows you to email documents that you need to print from your mobile device.

This printer is also Amazon Dash Replenishment-ready. The printer uses Brother’s FoomaticRIP software along with the Epson emulation and Linux printing capabilities of the printer.

9. Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Automatic paper feed Ergonomic size easy to store anywhere.
  • It comes with a Mini CD that has the software/driver program necessary to open & use the printer.

(8 x 8 inches)

The Canon SELPHY CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer is the perfect machine for printing photos at home. It’s very portable, fast, and ideal for printing special occasions. Prints are under 10 seconds and quality is amazing. Photos come out better than your standard home photo printer.

The price makes this printer a great deal to replace a point and shoot camera or to print your digital pictures from your phone. This would make an excellent gift and is a prized possession in our home.

10. HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Wireless printing
  • Scanning capability

HP has been in the market for a long time and they know what’s most important to their customers. The HP OfficeJet 3830 All-in-One Wireless Printer is a great printer with the same quality and power as most of HP’s other printers. It’s a compact printer that has top-notch features.

This printer has a very small footprint with a 6.4 x 17.4 x 7.4-inch dimension. It also weighs just over nine pounds. The most important thing is that it’s not too heavy to move or carry around.

The HP 3830 comes with wireless printing capabilities. It uses NFC to print easily using a smartphone. This makes the HP 3830 a popular choice for customers in the business world where easy access and quick printing and copying are vital.

11. Zink Polaroid ZIP Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

Zink Polaroid ZIP Wireless Mobile Photo Mini Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Very small, portable and lightweight
  • Consumable-free printing at up to 2.0" x 3.0"
  • Less costly than conventional alternatives
  • Compact and contemporary appearance

Cons:

  • Somewhat slow printing speed of 60 mm/sec for low-res images
  • Several notable pro reviewers not impressed with print quality

(ZIP White)

With the ZINK Polaroid ZIP Printer, all you need is a mobile app and you can print high-quality 2" x 3" ZINK Polaroid Type 55 Camera Film Prints (2" x 3" photo sizes can be estimated by simply dividing the length of your phone in half while in portrait orientation).

You can print your mementos and you can even print contact information, which comes in super handy when you’re introducing yourself to new people.

12. Canon TS5120 Wireless All-In-One Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

Canon TS5120 Wireless All-In-One Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Wireless print compatible
  • Advanced mobile printing
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity
  • Automatic 2-sided printing
  • Full HD Movie Print
  • Direct Printing
  • Fast & Fax
  • 4.3-inch color touch screen
  • Eco-mode

The Canon TS5120 is an excellent choice for an affordable printer with crisp, clear black prints.

This printer is simple to setup, and takes just a few minutes. The printer itself is easy to operate. The touch screen allows you to print the way you want (print, scan, copy, fax), with the speed and a reliability you would expect from a reliable company.

You can print from a number of devices, including mobile devices. This printer even supports printing from an SD card that you can plug in.

13. HP Envy Photo 7155 All in One Photo Printer

Our rating: 8 / 10

HP Envy Photo 7155 All in One Photo Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Excellent prints
  • Near Instant Ink
  • Budget-friendly
  • Slim design

Cons:

  • Iffy wireless connection
  • Small ink cartridge

The Envy Photo 7155 is a great choice for a household that prints a lot of documents and pictures.

It produces incredible quality photo prints for a reasonable price. The 4.5-in LCD touch screen makes it easy to adjust the settings on the fly.

It also comes with HP’s Instant Ink program, which allows you to do cloud printing for a low monthly fee instead of paying per page.

14. HP Color Laserjet Pro M180nw All-in-One Wireless Color Laser Printer

Our rating: 7 / 10

HP Color Laserjet Pro M180nw All-in-One Wireless Color Laser Printer

Check Price on Amazon

HP Color Laserjet Pro M180nw boasts of a print resolution of up to 600 x 600 dpi, which is good enough quality to print text, and photo images.

This laser printer is a good choice if you run a small business or a home office, as it can print in both mono and color, with a choice of fast single-side printing or double-side printing.

The ease of use feature is also one of the factors that make this HP inkjet printer one of the best home printers. It is WiFi ready, and boasts of a touch screen panel, which makes the configuration very easy.

15. Kodak Dock & Wi-Fi Portable 4×6” Instant Photo Printer

Our rating: 7 / 10

Kodak Dock & Wi-Fi Portable 4x6” Instant Photo Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Easy to use and set up
  • Decent print quality

The Kodak Dock & Wi-Fi Portable 4×6” Instant Photo Printer is a highly recommended pocket sized printer for 4×6” instant prints. It connects wirelessly to your Android, iOS or Mac OS X devices via the Kodak app.

The printer independently connects to Wi-Fi, either via the 2.4Ghz/5Ghz band or Ethernet. It can be setup via an app in few minutes. The Kodak printer also uses 5×7” Zink” print paper that comes in packs of five.

If you're not sure what Zink’s are, it's basically a piece of paper that's coated with ink. The ink turns into a black and white photo when it's dry. So, if you're looking for a high-quality photo then this might not be the right fit for you.

16. Brother VC-500W Versatile Compact Color Label and Photo Printer

Our rating: 7 / 10

Brother VC-500W Versatile Compact Color Label and Photo Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Prints from Smartphones
  • Easy wireless connectivity

The Brother VC-500W houses multiple functions in a single device. It is a label printer and a photo printer and printing is not limited to just one category.

The vc-500 w can print text and also has maintenance features for label printing. Additional features include picture printing and sharing, and photo printing and editing.

The wireless connectivity mode ensures wide area access to use your printer. You can connect to your printer from other wireless devices from other wireless sources.

17. Epson EcoTank ET-2720 Wireless Color All-in-One Supertank Printer

Our rating: 6 / 10

Epson EcoTank ET-2720 Wireless Color All-in-One Supertank Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Wi-Fi Enabled
  • Plenty of Included Ink
  • Mobile App
  • Mobile Print Enabled
  • EcoTank All-In-One Ink
  • Borderless Photos
  • Water Resistant

Click here to see more pictures, current prices and user reviews on Amazon.

Epson has released an updated version of their best all-in-one printer, the ET-2720. It’s called the ET-3700. Check out the updated model and reviews here:

  • Epson ET-3700
  • This Device is missing a Fax Machine

18. HP LaserJet Pro M15w Wireless Laser Printer

Our rating: 6 / 10

HP LaserJet Pro M15w Wireless Laser Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Very high quality print-outs
  • Ease of use

Cons:

  • No color

The HP LaserJet Pro M15w Wireless Printer is a solid piece of equipment that’s well suited for home use.

This printer can do color and black and white prints, though it’s not exactly a high-resolution color printer. That means at a distance your color printer may be indistinguishable from a black and white printer.

Another small nitpick is that this bad boy’s input tray is only 100 sheets instead of something substantially larger. If you print in bulk, this would be a problem for every office worker.

19. Brother Monochrome Laser Printer

Our rating: 6 / 10

Brother Monochrome Laser Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Fax capability
  • Print speed
  • Duplex printing

27 PPM.

The Brother Monochrome Laser Printer is the most popular in the Monochrome Laser Printer category. These purchasers like its duplex printing, print speed, and multifunction capabilities.

Many purchasers said it was difficult to get the fax software set up but concluded you can use Google fax.

20. Canon PIXMA TR4520 Wireless All in One Photo Printer

Our rating: 6 / 10

Canon PIXMA TR4520 Wireless All in One Photo Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Wireless printing gets easy even easier with this printer
  • Snap and share wirelessly from your smartphone
  • Scan with the touch of a button with automatic size detection and a single button for P

The Canon Pixma TR4520 allows you to view your prints from your phone, scan, order supplies, and print wirelessly all from a single software application. When combined with the color ink tanks, this printer can produce up to 6,400 DPI photos and images.

The 3.0-inch color LCD lets you monitor your prints, scan images, and print the best quality photo card to share with family and friends. The MP tray allows you to print professional, borderless photos up to 5" x 7" and borderless 4" x 6" panoramic photos. MP card printing makes it easy to print directly from your digital camera or smartphone.

Wireless printing is a breeze with auto setup and Wi-Fi Direct printing. When using the Canon PRINT app, you can print from your iPhone or Android device. Features like Amazon Dash Replenishment can notify the printer that you are low on ink when you need it most.

21. WorkForce WF-7710 Wireless Wide-format Color Inkjet Printer

Our rating: 6 / 10

WorkForce WF-7710 Wireless Wide-format Color Inkjet Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Wifi
  • Wi-fi ready with use of Epson Connect
  • Amazon Dash Replenishment ready
  • 4.3" LCD touch screen
  • 20 sheets automatic document feeder
  • Automatically prints envelopes, picture and multi-page documents
  • Apple AirPrint
  • Intel Wireless Display (Intel WiDi)
  • Scan to E-mail
  • Scan to USB

The WorkForce WF-7710 is so inexpensive because it has LED lamps instead of the glowing self-cleaning UVC bulbs that other printers have. Although this may seem like a big disadvantage when you're comparing printers, it's actually a good thing. It's a much cheaper alternative and will usually last longer than the other options.

22. Brother Compact Monochrome Laser Printer

Our rating: 6 / 10

Brother Compact Monochrome Laser Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Wireless
  • Wireless printing
  • Affordable
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • Needs lots of space
  • Slow

23. Canon Pixma MG3620 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer

Our rating: 6 / 10

Canon Pixma MG3620 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Here we find another Canon printer in the growing list of Canon printers that made our list of the best printers. The Pixma MG3620 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer with Mobile and Tablet Printing, Black is a nice inkjet printer that you can plug into any USB port and print from anywhere in the world thanks to the Canon Mobile Printing App.

With its integrated WiFi connection, you can connect it to your smartphone, tablet, or PC and print documents, photos, and more from anywhere.

24. Lexmark C3224dw Color Laser Printer

Our rating: 5 / 10

Lexmark C3224dw Color Laser Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • Excellent quality
  • Fast printing
  • Wireless printing
  • Budget friendly
  • Energy saving
  • Versatile with USB and memory card connectors
  • 2-year warranty
  • Affordable toner
  • Quiet
  • Small footprint

Cons:

  • Printer pad is a bit noisy
  • And ink is costly

Black.

The C3224dw is Lexmarks newest color laser printer. We are seeing improvements in this model that could be the best printer in it’s price range.

The printing speed is up to 24 ppm. You can also print up to 11×17 inches. For now, this model still has some room for improvement but it’s a good choice at this price point.

25. Xerox WorkCentre 6027/NI Wireless Color Multifunction Printer

Our rating: 4 / 10

Xerox WorkCentre 6027/NI Wireless Color Multifunction Printer

Check Price on Amazon

Pros:

  • More users can print to this WI-FI compatible print machine
  • Wireless printing from your iPad

"Wireless color printing from your iPad, iPhone, Android smartphone, or tablet with the FREE Xerox® Mobile Print app".

Wireless printing from your iPad to this Xerox 6130 WorkCentre 6027/NI multifunction device is one of the features that make this device one of the best printers of today.

To take advantage of this feature, you just have to download the FREE Xerox® Mobile Print app to your mobile device.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best printer for home use 2020?

Inking technologies like toner or inkjet, can’t be compared as they have pros and cons for home use. So you must be thinking which technology should be considered for your printing needs.

Inkjet printers are quite affordable and can produce high-quality prints, produce less paper waste as compared to laser printers. But these printers can be high priced, also they can be slow.

In comparison to inkjet printers, laser printers are generally more expensive, but are faster and they can provide higher print quality. Laser printers are perfect if you need consistent and high-volume prints, but they may be more expensive to purchase and maintain.

What is the most reliable printer for home use?

The most important thing to consider when buying a home printer is the printing quality. You want a printer that produces high-quality documents, and is consistent in it over long periods of time. This you can only tell by printing out a sample of your own paper, not that of the manufacturer.

So take a stack of paper from your paper pile and print on that. If the printer is slow, see if you can get replacement ink or toner for it. Also, consider its durability in the long run. What if there was some issue and you have to get a whole new printer, would you be able to do it?

What kind of printer should I buy for home use?

The market is full of both inkjet and laser printers and both of them can be useful, depending on your need. An inkjet printer is generally cheaper but has a limited capability. This kind of printer is best for personal use and not for business or work. But for home use, it’s sufficient because most people just need a few copies of documents that don’t require heavy editing.

A typical inkjet printer prints on paper with little help from the computer and can also print pictures with reasonable quality. Laser printers on the other hand are popular for offices or businesses and are not really necessary for home use. They are more expensive than inkjet printers and the quality of the printouts can be better but if you’re just printing home documents, it’s not really necessary to spend on a laser printer.

Which is the best quality printer?

Picture quality is another important consideration. Ideally, you want a printer to produce pictures that match those taken through a high-end digital camera. The level of detail and contrast should also be sharp and clear. All this generally requires you to spend more on your printer.

A good home printer makes sense for those who’ll have to print photos on multiple occasions. For the occasional user who doesn’t print many photos, the cost of a high-end printer can be overkill.

Some printers don’t have high quality photo settings and color control while others also lack photo options like borders. Again, this makes it more suitable for occasional print jobs.

Conclusion

The best home printers overall are something that can do more than print for their purchase price. They are something that can grow with your family, home, and lifestyle. These will be the best investments that you can make in your family. Yes, they’re an investment in a lot of ways. But the return on investment is usually high since home printers can last for years and make quality prints for their entire lifetime. So when you’re buying one, the price should be secondary to the performance.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Epson EcoTank ET-4760 Wireless Color All-in-One Cartridge-Free Supertank PrinterBest OverallEpson EcoTank ET-4760 Wireless Color All-in-One Cartridge-Free Supertank Printer
HP DeskJet 3639 Wireless All-in-One PrinterBudget PickHP DeskJet 3639 Wireless All-in-One Printer
Brother Inkjet PrinterUpgrade PickBrother Inkjet Printer