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New Best Buy laser printers revealed in Which? lab tests

Our latest batch of expertly tested printers features models to suit all budgets, along with some of the best laser printers of 2018 we've found so far

You can spend over £200 on a laser printer but our latest batch features models to suit all budgets and needs, with a range of Best Buys uncovered.

Although laser printers can be expensive to buy, the good news is that compared to the average inkjet printer they’re more affordable to run when it comes to printing costs.

Discover some of the highlights among our tested models below and click through to the full reviews to see how they performed in the Which? lab.

Printer reviews – see more than 220 printers tested, including inkjet and laser models.

HP Color Laserjet Pro MFP M281fdw – all singing, all dancing printer

If you want a serious A4 printer that can pretty much do everything, this HP laser printer could be for you. This £215 model could even appeal if you run a small business at home. It’s an all-in-one colour laser printer that can copy and scan, as well as send faxes without needing to be connected to a PC. It has built-in wi-fi and useful wireless printing features, such as Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

See if it’s made the grade as a Best Buy in our in-depth HP Color Laserjet Pro MFP M281fdw review.

Brother MFC-L2730DW – the home office workhorse

Although it can’t print in colour like the HP, at £145 this Brother printer is significantly cheaper to buy. Like the HP, it has an automatic document feeder on the top, which is useful for copying and scanning multi-page documents. It can send faxes without being connected to a PC too, and has wi-fi, with AirPrint and Cloud Print support for wireless printing from phones, tablets and laptops.

Find out if this is a Brother worth leaning on in our in-depth Brother MFC-L2730DW review.

HP Laserjet Pro M15w – the budget choice

If you’re tempted by a laser printer but the concept of spending more than £100 on it leaves you gasping, this HP is a more affordable choice. It can’t print in colour or scan and copy, but it costs a relatively affordable £75. It is built for printing black text documents and letters. If that is all you want to do and you’re keen to keep your printing costs down, it could be right up your street.

See whether this budget laser printer has enough quality to become a Best Buy in our HP Laserjet Pro M15w review. Or, if you want to copy and scan, check out its sister model, the HP Laserjet Pro M28w.

Other printers in our latest batch

Click on the links below to see reviews of the rest of the models we tested:

Brother HL-L2375dw
Brother MFC-L2750dw
Brother DCP-L2530dw
HP Colour Laserjet Pro MFP M181fw
HP Laserjet Pro M28w

Inkjet vs laser printers

Should you choose a laser printer over an inkjet? If you’re all about productivity, a laser printer is an excellent choice. Best Buy laser printers excel at printing black text documents and professional-looking office graphics.

If you often print photos or colour images, it is probably better to go for an inkjet. The printer ink they use is better at bringing out the richness and contrast in colour prints.

However, bear in mind that some inkjet printers use ink to clean their print heads, so it can’t then be used for printing. This can mean you’re spending a lot more on printer ink than you expected (unless you choose a Best Buy inkjet).

Find out more in our in-depth inkjet vs laser printers guide.

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