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Buying the best printer

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A printer that produces the best photo prints may disappoint when it comes to document scanning, or cost you a small fortune in ink, so whether you're after a wireless printer, laser printer or all-in-one printer so it pays to do your research before you buy. 

Which? tests more than 80 printers a year, churning out thousands of photo text and graphics prints as well as scanning and copying different types of pages to find the fastest, cheapest to run, best quality printers. 

  • Every year we spend around £9,000 ink cartridges testing the quality and running costs of every printer, so that you can spend less on your printing at home.
  • Our expert panel compares hundreds of prints, copies and scans every year to help you find a printer that will do your photos justice and produce good looking pages every time.
  • We reveal the printers that won't keep you waiting for your prints - essential when you're churning out a 40-page report. 

A cheap printer could cost you more in the long run when you factor in the cost of ink. Find out which printers produce good prints for less with a £1 trial to Which?.

  • Reviews of 133 printers: all-in-one and standalone.
  • 37 Best Buy printers for high-quality printouts.
  • Reviews of printers from 9 companies.

Reviews you can trust

We've reviewed dozens of models from the top brands, including HP, Epson, Lexmark, Canon and Dell. Each of the printers we test is really put through its paces and if the printer comes with scan and copy functions we thoroughly test these as well.

We don’t just look at how detailed the printouts are and how accurately the colours are reproduced, we also time how fast the printers print on a variety of settings, calculate the cost of ink of the ink on a printed page - whether it's a text, graphics or photo print - and assess how easy the printers are to set up and use. 

Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.

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