Printers come in all variations and price ranges these days. It can be a bit of a minefield trying to figure out which one you should opt for but we’re here to help narrow down your search for the best printer, be it Canon, HP or Epson. Whether you’re after an inkjet printer, laser printer, all-in-one printer, photo printer or wireless printer, we’ve got all these covered in our handy guide.
We’ve included the best printer for families, working from home and everyday printing – even the best printing model for art and photography. We’ve sourced options that suit all types of budgets and purposes, from affordable cheap printers to premium and professional models – all at the best prices we can find at the time of writing.
HP printers are some of the most affordable on the market thanks to its budget-friendly models and money-saving Instant Ink subscription service. They’ve also come a long way in terms of printing performance and quality. So if you’re looking for a cheap printer and a great all-rounder for printing photos or scanning documents at home, an all-in-one printer from the HP OfficeJet Pro or Envy Pro series would be a solid choice.
HP OfficeJet Pro 8022
The first all-in-one printer making our list is the HP OfficeJet Pro 8022. It’s a fairly well priced wireless inkjet printer, fully capable of working as a scanner, printing wirelessly from any smartphone and producing decent photo prints. Should you need to, it’s also capable of sending a fax. It’s quick and easy to set up and simple to use on a day to day basis. It’s speedy, has a generously sized paper tray and can auto print double-sided. Overall, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8022 is an ideal wireless and all-in-one printer for working from home and for general home usage.
Our other top picks for the best HP printer:
- Envy Photo 6230 for £80.03 at Amazon
- Envy Pro 6420 for £89.20 at Amazon
- LaserJet Pro M283 for £350 at Amazon
Epson printers are renowned for their cost-efficiency and for making ink last a long time. From the Ecotank to the WorkForce, they offer high-quality features and great value for money. Print quality for artwork is great if you want to save on ink, and the brand is praised for having some of the best photo printers on the market. However, some might argue the colour accuracy and print resolution is not as great when compared with a printer from the Canon PIXMA series.
Epson EcoTank ET-2710
The Epson EcoTank ET-2710 performs impeccably well in a whole variety of ways. It can be operated using wired or wireless networks, and is also capable of scanning and copying. Print-wise, it boasts ultra-low printing costs and performs smoothly when printing text and documents. Printing speeds are a bit slower than average, which is worth noting if speed is a factor for you. It doesn’t have a touch-screen but the buttons are easy to use.
If you’re looking for a multifunctional printer that keeps the ink costs low and offers decent prints, scans and copies, the Epson EcoTank ET-2710 will perform admirably. However, if you’re looking for an Epson printer with a few more bells and whistles and better at photo printing, be sure to check out the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100.
More of the best Epson printers:
- XP-6100 for £89.99 at John Lewis
- Expression Premium XP-7100 for £149.97 at Amazon
- Epson WorkForce WF-4820 for £149.99 at Amazon
- Expression Photo HD XP-15000 for £299 at Park Cameras
While running costs tend to be higher than other brands, Canon printers offer exceptional photo print quality and vivid colours. The Canon Pixma series offers many variations and the cheapest Canon Pixma printer starts from around £40 up to premium prices of £700. They might not be the fastest of printers but if you’re more interested in quality over speed, a Canon printer is ideal for your home or professional photo and fine art printing.
Canon Pixma TS8350
Earlier this year I was wracking my brain trying to decide on a printer that worked best for printing vinyl stickers and illustrated artwork. I was bouncing back and forth between Epson and Canon, scouring sites for the best prices and trying to find a printer that was actually in stock. After I decided to go down the Canon path, I was weighing up the reasonably priced Pixma TS8350, the mid-range Canon Pixma IP8750 and the premium Pixma Pro 200. I settled on the IP8750 as it guzzled less ink than the Pro 200, produced A3 sized prints and had a higher print resolution compared to the Ts6350.
However, if you’re looking for great quality documents and photo prints for home use, the TS8350 will absolutely do the trick. If you’re an enthusiastic and professional artist or photographer and have the extra cash to spare, the Pro 200 or Pro 300 would be an excellent investment.
More of the best Canon printers:
- TS205 for £58.99 at Amazon
- iP8750 for £229 at Park Cameras
- G650 for £249.99 at Argos
- Pixma Pro 300 for £699 at Park Cameras
Mini photo printers print on the go from your smartphone. I personally love using the Instax mini Link to print memories as they happen. The HP Sprocket is another fantastic mini printer that prints your snaps using Zink technology onto sticker paper! What’s great about these portable printers is that they’re lightweight, compact, and they don’t require ink! Film replacements, however, can be on the more expensive side. But if you like the appeal of having a physical photo to hand, these are fantastic little printers and currently range in price from around £75 to £110.
The Kodak Step prints photos instantly at just the touch of a button. It works wirelessly via Bluetooth or NFC on both iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Edit the photos in the app to make collages, add text, stickers, filters and borders to customise your snaps. The sticky-back photo paper features embedded dye crystals so you don’t have to worry about replacing its ink.
The picture quality isn’t fantastic however, a lot of these mini photo printers are designed for in-the-moment fun snapshots to stick in your scrapbook and diary or on your laptop. To put it simply, these mini printers are not trying to win a best photography award. The Amazon bestseller is compact, portable and hassle-free- perfect for use on holiday, at parties or on nights out.
More of the best mini photo printers:
- Polaroid 9046 for £74.95 from Amazon
- HP Sprocket for £89.99 from Amazon
- Canon Zoemini for £97.10 from Amazon
- Instax mini Link for £109 from Amazon
- Canon Selphy CP1300 for £120 at Amazon
Our top picks for the best printer in 2021
- The best inkjet printer: Canon Pixma G650
- Our top pick for the best laser printer: HP LaserJet Pro M283
- Best all-in-one printer: HP OfficeJet Pro 8022
- Best photo printer: Canon Pixma TS8350
- The best mini photo printer: HP Sprocket
- Our top pick for the best budget printer: Canon Pixma TS205
- The best HP printer: HP OfficeJet Pro 8022
- Best Canon printer: Canon Pixma TS8350
- Best Epson printer: Epson Expression Premium XP-7100
There you have it, those are our top picks for the best printer 2021. If you’re also in the market for other computer accessories, why not check out our best webcams guide or if you’re thinking of upgrading your laptop, be sure to take a gander at our best budget laptop guide. Also, feel free to give us a follow over on Twitter where we share even more of the best deals and offers on tech, gaming and more.