Best printer brands: Should I buy an HP printer?


A stalwart of printer makers, HP has a good record of making quality products and has been a regular visitor to our list of Best Buys, but does the company still rate highly?

We've recently tested a slew of printers from HP – including laser and inkjet models, standalone and multifunction devices - to find out how the brand stacks up against rivals. The results from printers priced between £30 and £230 show that HP remains a solid contender, but it doesn't have it all its own way.

HP printers reviewed - read our expert reviews on HP's models

If you're not already a Which? member, try a £1 trial membership for instant access to all our expert reviews.

HP printers – our verdict

In the table below, Which? members can read our expert verdict on HP printers.

HP printers - our verdict
Number of models tested36
ProsRead our expert review on what HP printers do best
ConsRead our expert review on the main drawbacks of HP printers
Should I buy an HP printer?Read our full verdict on HP printers, and how HP measures up against its competitors, by logging in or with a £1 Which? trial subscription


HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dw

The HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dw

HP printer ranges

There are plenty of HP printers to choose between. 

Although the range names give some clues as to their purpose, there's a fair amount of overlap, with the 'e-all-in-one' tag running across across several ranges and denoting the ability to email prints to the printer as well as mobile and wi-fi printing options.

Photosmart printers are specifically designed for producing photos, although several of the range will also have the capability of scanning, copying and faxing as well as knocking out prints from your holidays.

Deskjet and Officejet models are inkjets designed for home office use. Some Officejet models have memory card slots, but you're unlikely to find memory card slots, a preview screen or a fax function on a Deskjet as they tend to be cheaper. Laserjets are HP laser printers.

More on this…