The 8 Best Home Printers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

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Having a home printer is almost a necessity in today’s tech-driven world. Not only does it make accessing important documents easier, it can also save money if you need to print Amazon return slips, study guides, and other materials often. (And with the right home printer, you can finally get those selfies off your phone and into a frame.)

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neil and his mother, Lucille, use a home printer to preserve their own memories. “Our family enjoys so many great experiences together. My mom has always offered endless love and has made sure to regularly collect our childhood photos,” said Shaquille O’Neal in a press release for Epson photo printers. “But even the most organized mother needs a little help saving the most important memories.”

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to set up a printer that's too smart for its own good, and we think the best home printers shouldn't require a tech degree to operate. We put 26 printers through their paces to see which ones were worthy of the PEOPLE Tested seal of approval. Whether you are looking to splurge on a high-end machine or want something for quick prints, there's an option for you.

Check out the best home printers PEOPLE Tested.

Best Overall: Canon Pixma MG3620 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer

$59 at Amazon.com

$64 at Walmart.com

Pros

  • This printer has a very high print quality, especially given the price.

  • It's intuitive to use and easy to set up.

  • Multiple functions allow you to do more than just print documents.

  • Smart connectivity makes it easy to use.

Cons

  • Print speed can lag.

  • Large documents took a long time to print during testing.

This printer is one of the easiest and most intuitive that we encountered. It prints, scans, and copies, but you can use the same interface for all three functions. Long story short: It's really easy to use. It comes with ink cartridges, which are easy to switch out when you need to replace them, and it's also compact and sleek. The printer is available in black, white, and red, and the top lifts up when you need to use the scanner or copier but otherwise is flat.

The print quality is what sets this printer apart, especially gives its affordability. It is one of the best values on our list and takes care of most at-home printing needs. The printer comes with everything you need to get started, including a CD with setup software. You can also set it up using your Wi-Fi connection, and it will walk you through the steps. The printer can be connected to Alexa, some phones, and the Canon app to easily print photos. Over the long-term testing process of two months, we found that we needed to replace the ink cartridges, but it was very simple to order the type that we needed online and pop them in.

Printing speed is decent but lags for longer documents. During testing, a single page started printing right away and printed in around 30 seconds. A ten-page document took almost a full minute to begin printing. It was over five minutes before it was done. This may not be the best option for your needs if you want something that prints quickly or at high volume, but for an affordable home printer, we think it's worth waiting a few minutes for a long document. Because it uses Wi-Fi, the printer's speed can also be impacted by the speed of your internet connection.

Type: Inkjet | Scan: Yes | Print Speed: 9.9 images per minute (black and white), 5.7 images per minute (color) | Print Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi (black and white), 4800 x 1200 dpi (color)

Best Budget: HP DeskJet 3755 Compact All-in-One Printer

$50 at Amazon.com

$105 at Target.com

Pros

  • This printer supports multiple paper sizes.

  • It's great for a small home office or dorm.

  • It's space-saving, because it folds when not in use.

Cons

  • During testing, our scanned document came out blurry and dark.

  • Printing photos takes time.

If you need a small printer, this is the best option. It can fit even on a small desk and is ideal for a dorm (assuming college students still need to print things out). The input tray is angled up, making it less bulky overall, and it can hold up to 60 pages. It can also support different paper sizes, including 3 x 5-, 4 x 6-, and 5 x 7-inch photo paper. The output tray folds in when not in use, making it even more compact.

The printer comes in three different colors, which coordinate with many of the top tech trends today. It won’t be an eyesore on your desk or shelf, making it an even better choice if you have to keep your printer out. It’s best for printing and scanning; the copying was a bit dark in our tests. It can print photos on glossy paper, but take note that it will take a little longer. Though this printer may be small, we also think it's quite mighty and held up perfectly through our extra two months of testing.

Type: Inkjet | Scan: Yes | Print Speed: 19 pages per minute | Print Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi (black and white), 4800 x 1200 dpi (color)

Best Monochrome: Brother HLL2350DW Monochrome Compact Laser Printer

$150 at Amazon.com

$150 at Walmart.com

Pros

  • This Brother printer offers very fast printing.

  • Easy and quick set up make it ready-to-go right out of the box.

Cons

  • It's a bit expensive.

  • It's slow when printing photos.

This is a monochrome printer, which means it only prints in black and white. If you need to print documents without color and want them done quickly and efficiently, this is a great option. It prints at a whopping 32 pages per minute. We printed a one-page document in just 13 seconds, and a ten-page file only took 32 seconds. Setup was also simple and fast. Overall, this printer got incredible marks during our tests, but we recognize that not everyone is interested in a monochrome printer.

While this printer can print on photo paper, that slows it down some. Photos on glossy paper took 15 seconds for a single page. While not a big difference, if you are printing a lot of photos, there may be faster options or those that also print in color, or you can stick with a digital picture frame. Like other laserjet printers, this option is a bit pricey, especially considering that it does not print in color. But given the long life of its cartridges (we didn't need to replace the ink at all during our two months of testing) and fast printing, it is still a good value.

Type: Laser | Scan: Yes | Print Speed: 32 pages per minute | Print Resolution: 1200 x 1200 dpi

Best Color: Epson Expression Home XP-4100 Small-in-One Printer

$134 at Amazon.com

Pros

  • This printer offered good print quality on standard paper.

  • It's a great value.

  • Many printing options make it versatile for projects, assignments, and regular document printing.

Cons

  • The colors were not true with photo paper.

  • Setup requires instructions.

The setup of the Epson Expression Home XP-4100 required us to refer to the instruction manual a few times but was still easy enough to do from the control panel of the printer itself. (The included instructions answered any questions we had.) The same control panel can be used to select between printing, copying, and scanning as well as monitor paper and ink levels. This printer also works with smart devices, including phones, tablets, and Alexa.

This printer worked best with standard printer paper when printing both black and white and color images and text. We noticed a difference in color when printing photos on photo paper, with reddish tints to brown colors that weren’t there when using standard printer paper. Over our two-month longer-term testing, we did have to order refills of ink, but it was simple to replace the cartridges once we got new ones. Overall, it performed well when printing in color and was a very good value for all of its features.

Type: Inkjet | Scan: Yes | Print Speed: 10 pages per minute | Print Resolution: Not listed

Best for Photos: Canon Pixma TR4720

$70 at Amazon.com

$80 at Target.com

Pros

  • Of all the printers we tested, this one printed photos the best.

  • It's a great value, given the features.

Cons

  • Not great print quality on standard paper at first, but this got better with a few adjustments.

  • Instructions are not included.

This printer is ideal for printing on photo paper, including glossy and matte papers. The print quality is only okay for standard black and white or color documents and photos printed on regular printer paper did not look ideal. But when we printed the same images on glossy photo paper — wow! We would deem those prints to be frame-worthy, which is impressive given the price of the printer. (Use your favorite pet camera along with this printer for great pics of your furry family members!)

You can use this printer to scan and print photos from your smartphone or computer. This is a nice touch and works well as long as you have a strong Wi-Fi connection. Initial setup was a bit tricky because the printer did not come with an instruction manual, but we found one online and could figure out all of the features through trial and error. The buttons and interface are intuitive, as long as you are willing to play around with it for a bit. Over our two-month testing period, we fiddled around with the paper tray and found that once it was positioned tightly around the paper, we could get much clearer prints for standard documents.

Type: Inkjet | Scan: Yes | Print Speed: 4.4 pages per minute | Print Resolution: 4800 x 1200 dpi

Best for Home Office: Canon TR8620a All-in-One Printer

$139 at Amazon.com

$140 at Target.com

Pros

  • Great design and style; would look nice sitting on a desk

  • It can connect to a variety of media, such as memory cards and smartphones.

Cons

  • It's best at printing black and white documents.

  • Paper tray can be tricky.


The design, print quality, and value of this printer make it a great choice for your home office. It is sleek matte black with rounded edges, a small design detail that gives it a high-end appearance. We did note that all of the parts are also black, which made it hard to line up the paper tray at times. The rear paper tray extends up at an angle, cutting down on needed desk space overall.

This printer also has a slot for your memory card so that you can print photos directly. You can also connect your smartphone or tablet using the Canon app. The print quality is best for black and white documents but also decent for color and photos as well. Over our long-term testing, we had no complaints with this printer's quality!

Type: Inkjet | Scan: Yes | Print Speed: 10 pages per minute | Print Resolution: Not listed

Best for Quick Prints: HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e All-in-One Printer

$300 at Amazon.com

$400 at Walmart.com

Pros

  • This was the fastest printer of all that we tested.

  • It's best for those looking to print lots of black and white documents, as opposed to photos and color documents.

Cons

  • Photos printed darker than the originals

  • No paper stop in output tray

The print speed of the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e is excellent if you are looking to print documents quickly. In our testing, single-page black and white documents printed in just 12 seconds. Color documents and those with multiple pages took longer, which is typical of any printer. The output tray does not have a paper stop, so your documents will get dispersed in front of the printer. If you are printing pages that need to be in a particular order, this may be an issue if you do not monitor them closely.

The print quality was standard but did lack slightly when it comes to photos and copies. Standard prints were fine, and scans were clear, but printed photos on matte photo paper came out darker than their originals, according to our tests. Glossy photo paper did a bit better, but the photos were not as crisp as they could have been. And though this printer isn't the best one we tested for printing colors, it's easy to use and prints out documents super quickly. In short, this printer is best for quickly printing documents rather than photos.

Type: Inkjet | Scan: Yes | Print Speed: 24 pages per minute | Print Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi

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Best Splurge: HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw

$350 at Amazon.com

$422 at Walmart.com

Pros

  • Ink cartridges last a long time.

  • Amazing speed and print quality makes this worth the investment.

Cons

  • It's expensive, especially when compared to our Best Overall pick.

  • It does not scan or copy.

The speed and print quality of the HP Color LaserJet Pro M255dw are some of the best. While it is pricey, the cartridges last through many, many prints. You won’t be spending as much time or money worrying about replacing your ink, not to mention getting the dreaded “low ink” alert when you are already pressed for time. Over two months of testing, we printed photos on both glossy and matte paper, which all came out beautifully. We also used the printer for labels and other documents, which all printed out crisply.

You do need to use the HP app for setup. Fortunately, there is a computer version as well as one for your smartphone. The rest of the setup and printing process is pretty straightforward. Small design features also stood out in testing, such as the ideal length of the cord to keep office clutter to a minimum. However, this printer only prints and does not include scanning or copying functions.

Type: Laser | Scan: No | Print Speed: 22 pages per minute | Print Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi (black and white and color)

Things to Consider Before Buying a Home Printer

Setup Requirements

Getting a new home printer means setting it up and connecting it to your computer, smart home devices, tablet, or phone. Most use Wi-Fi connectivity to operate. A few include a CD-ROM setup disk, and if your does, you will need to have a CD-ROM drive, which is hard to come by with new products. We recommend just sticking with the Wi-Fi connection. Some printers also require the use of an app for setup or use, so make sure you allow ample time to set up your new printer and troubleshoot any app issues.

Speed and Effectiveness

If you will be printing a lot of documents, you want a printer that can keep up. Print speeds are fastest for black and white documents, slower for color documents, and slowest for photos. Check out our specifications to see the actual printing speed so you can get an idea of how long you will have to wait for your document to print. The Brother Compact Monochrome Laser Printer printed a black and white document in just 12 seconds, while some of the other printers we tested took up to a minute.

In addition to speed, you'll want a printer that spits out high-quality documents. Resolution is one way to measure print quality and effectiveness because higher-resolution prints will have more detail and crisper edges. Photo printers tend to have the best output but may not work as well with standard documents and paper. Some printers made for printing documents rapidly and efficiently don’t work great with glossy or matte photo paper. Consider what kind of printing you plan to do (color, black and white only, or photo prints), and look for a printer that is effective in that area.

Value

You don’t want to spend a fortune on a home printer; fortunately, there are plenty of options that are under $100. Our best overall pick, the Canon PIXMA Wireless All-in-One Printer, falls into that range and delivers incredible color and black and white prints. If you're looking for a printer for regular or occasional use, this is an excellent option.

If you're planning to do a lot of printing, some of the more expensive printers are worth the higher cost for their improved features and performance. LaserJet printers tend to be the most expensive but don’t need replacement ink (which can get expensive) like their InkJet counterparts.

When to Buy

Tech deals are common during peak shopping seasons, including Black Friday and leading up to the winter holidays. You can also look for savings during Amazon Prime shopping days. Finally, don’t forget about rebates and rewards points from retailers. These are more common with tech products than with any other category.

How We Tested

To figure out which printers were actually the best of the best for home use, we put 25 printers through a variety of tests. First, we rated the setup process. We found that Wi-Fi settings impacted setup time, as well as instructions and apps that some printers required for operation. The easier the printer was to set up, the higher we rated it.

Once each printer was connected and available for work, we printed out black and white single-page documents as well as color single-page documents. We timed the print job and compared the quality of the documents. Then, we repeated the process for a ten-page document.

Photo testing was done on both standard paper using the photo setting on each printer and glossy photo paper, with the same image printed on each one. Again, we recorded the time it took to print the photo and how the photos turned out.

For printers with additional functions, such as scanning, copying, or phone-to-printer connectivity, additional documents were scanned, copied, or printed. Each time, we recorded the time that it took to print as well as the quality of the output. We also went through the steps to replace the ink or toner, noting how easy it was to do so. We then sent the printers home with our testers for an extra two months of testing to make sure that each printer held up over an extended period of time and noted whether or not we needed to order more ink in that time frame. All of our observations were recorded, and each printer was scored accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an inkjet and laser printer?

The difference between an inkjet and a laser printer comes down to what is used to create the printed image. As their names suggest, inkjet printers use ink, and laser printers use a laser. Inkjet printers need replacement ink cartridges, while laser printers need replacement toner cartridges.

Do all printers work with Macs and PCs?

Each printer includes a list of compatible operating systems in its specifications sheet. Most of them support commonly used operating systems, including those in Mac and PC computers and laptops. You may need to update your operating system or other software to work with your printer, especially if your computer is older or has not been updated recently.

Why Trust PEOPLE

Katie Melynn is a commerce writer for PEOPLE. Her work focuses on home and family products that help make everyday life more enjoyable and efficient. Katie holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master's in Education from Johns Hopkins University. For this article, she researched some of the most popular home printers. In creating this list, she compared these printers based on factors such as price, size, printing speed, ease of setup and use, print quality, Wi-Fi connectivity, paper sizes, scanning and copying capability, and ink or toner consumption.

This article was later updated by PEOPLE staff writer Cai Cramer, who incorporated long-term testing insights after our testers used the printers for three to six months, and it was edited by PEOPLE senior commerce editor, Erin Johnson, who regularly uses her at-home printer and values great print quality, speed, and an easy setup process.

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