Modern printers have a vast selection of features to offer any household, but as customers it can be difficult to choose the ideal one. The good news is most come with with all-in-one options, which allows for printing, scanning, and faxing from a single machine. Add to this AirPrint and smartphone compatibility, and the printer is now a device which can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere in the world to produce cherished printouts.
To help in making the right decision, here’s our list of 14 home printers which are technologically advanced, environmentally friendly, cost effective, and from quality companies.
Epson’s Workforce is a 4 in 1 printer with print, copy, scan, and fax options built in. There’s an automatic two sided printing feature, and printing speeds are excellent without a compromise on quality. It’s eco friendly, too, as it uses 70% less power than laser printers, and saves up to 40% ink over other printers.
There’s the added bonus of Wi-Fi, Ethernet, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Epson Connect support for easy mobile printing. It’s all easy to set up and run and is a steal at $99.
Epson’s WF-2540 is around the $99 mark. It differs from the WF-3450 as its much more compact, but it offers an impressive range of features. It’s a time saver with its high printing speeds, which is useful for its 4-in-1 printing, copying, scanning, and faxing abilities. It also supports AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and Epson Connect for mobile printing and network sharing.
Canon’s MG3222 delivers a lot for $80. It aims for ease of use with added printing speed, and arrives with “My Image Garden” software for organizing and printing family photos. There’s a Full HD Move Print option (allowing users to print from their videos), along with a quick start button, an Easy-WebPrint feature, and it’s compatible with Apple’s AirPrint for mobile access.
A useful bonus are the individual in cartridge holders. These can be replaced independently, meaning only have to buy the specific color which has run out.
At $299 Brother’s multi-function printer offers large scale printing. It’s a typical 4-in-1 printer, with duplex two-sided printing for added quality and paper saving. A touchscreen color LCD display makes for easy navigation amongst the many features, and it arrives with Brother Cloud Apps for creative printing.
Print speeds are high, with 20ppm (pages per minutes) in color, and 22ppm in black. This work very well with the Landscape Print Technology, which “stores and feeds paper in landscape orientation for a compact footprint.” An impressive printer, and one for dramatic print offs.
The Epson Expression is a creative printer ideal for households eager to develop a photo library. A 5-in-1 printer (print/copy/scan/fax/photo), it has 6 color Claria Photo HD inks to bring the most out of images. It has the same printing features as others on this list, but with a dedicated photo tray it’s clear this is the one to choose for printing picture. It’s available for $299.
At around $120, this Brother printer is an Amazon best-seller and boasts high praise from customer reviews.
It’s a compact laser printer with great quality, and it’s able to print off 27 pages a minute. Added to this is a built-in wired and wireless network for easy sharing. It’s also compact, and provides a Toner Save mode as a means to save on ink. Finally, there’s a free app which supports mobile printing called Cortado Workplace.
A high speed printer from Hewlett Packard. With HP ePrint, AirPrint compatibility, and plug in print options, installation of software isn’t necessary. This makes it a fast, high quality printer with environmentally friendly, money saving options. With two sided printing, energy conservation features, HP Smart Web Printing, and limited packaging, it’s easy to be green with this HP. It’s available for just over $200.
At $90, HP’s Deskjet crams a huge amount into its budget value package. As with many printers on this lists it’s an all-in-one. It’s not the fastest printer (with around 7 pages per minute printing speed), but there are features to make up for it. It’s a compact design for easy storage, owners can download free apps from HP directly to a smartphone, and wireless printing and sharing is easy to learn.
Lexmark’s $155 will have a user up and running in minutes with its fast set up. It’s focus on speed and reliable performance make it a trusty printer, with print speeds going up to 35 pages per minute. This means one page can be printed in under 7 seconds. It produces quality prints, manages good quality two-sided prints, has an Eco-Mode, and networking options.
With fast print speeds and Near Field Communication (NFC) print, Samsung’s $200 black and white multifunction SL-M2070FW is a reliable option. It will print off 21 pages per minute, and is fully compatible with Samsung Mobile Print app and Google Cloud Print to allow easy mobile access. It can also scan and fax.
Do note, it only prints in black and white. As a cost saving measure on ink cartridges, this is the printer for you. Currently it’s at a discount price on Amazon – $150.
The “small-in-one” showcases how Epson excel as home printer manufacturers. The tiny Expression can fit compactly into any home. At $79, it will print, copy, and scan anything you want, and its versatility lets it AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, and share through Epson Connect.
At only $70 this is an easy to set up edition to the Brother range. It’ a color inkjet all-in-one home printer, with print speeds of up to 33 pages per minute in black, 27 in color.
Familiar features such as two-sided printing and free Cloud apps are available. The latter allows owners to capture, convert, and share documents straight from the printer. An automatic document feeder (ADF) comes with the bundle, which allows for unattended copying, faxing, and printing.
The $200 HP Envy is a sleek little printer which is equipped with wireless networking, duplex printing, HP ePrint, accessible apps from the control panel, and a wireless direct point (for printing on the go).
It’s eco friendly, which will save you money and (obviously) help the environment. It’s a low halogen printer, supports two-sided printing, saves energy (it’s Energy Star qualified), and recycling ink cartridges is free through HP Planet Partners.
14. Little Printer
Finally, a fun gadget to liven up any household is Berg’s Little Printer. Messages and photos can be sent to it by smartphone, and there are 160 free publications to receive unique prints from. Updates range from newsfeeds and social shares, to games and puzzles.
Little Printer’s quirky nature mainly appears with the silly faces which can be added to each print. It’s a unique way to stay in entertain the household. It’s $199.
Featured photo credit: Fussel reviewing my print-out/Christoph Faust via flickr.com