If you’re having to work from home, you’re probably starting to miss a few things from around the office. A new printer can make adjusting to this new work life a lot easier, especially with features such as wireless printing and built-in scanners.
We’ve pulled together five printers, from cheap inkjets to lasers, costing under £150. We make sure to test how fast, easy to use and versatile each printer is, alongside all-important print quality.
We also calculate how much the printer is likely to cost you over a few years in ink costs, which is something to bear in mind if you’re on the hunt for something cost effective.
Read on for five models to add to your shortlist, along with advice on what makes a good home office printer.
Want to see every model we’ve tested? Read all of our printer reviews here.
Five printers to consider
1. Brother HL-L2310D, £88.70
This standard laser printer won’t copy or scan, but it’s focused around cheap black text printing, if that’s all you need. Our test revealed affordable printing costs, but is the print quality good enough?
Read the full Brother HL-L2310D review to find out.
2. Canon Pixma MG25305, £24.99
This Canon model is a simple all-in-one printer which is very cheap. It’s got limited features: there’s no wi-fi and it doesn’t automatically print double-sided if you’re looking to save paper, but it does scan and copy.
Check out our Canon Pixma MG25305 review to see if this is a brilliant bargain, or if you should be spending a little more for a better machine.
3. Canon Pixma MX475, £70
The Canon Pixma MX475 is an affordable all-in-one inkjet. It’s got some helpful features, like an automatic document feeder for scanning and copying multiple pages, plus it’s wireless.
Some printers are cheap up front but end up costing you lots in the long run. Make sure to read our full Canon Pixma MX475 review to find out whether it will be cost-effective over time.
4. Epson Expression Premium XP-900, £143.15
Epson’s Expression Premium XP-900 is an all-in-one inkjet printer with high-end functions that you won’t see everywhere. It can print in A3, plus it’s wireless and allows printing direct from handheld devices. That said, it does have some shortcomings. It doesn’t have a document feeder and we found the copier a bit underwhelming.
Is the print quality and scan quality good enough to make buying this printer worthwhile? Read our Epson Expression Premium XP-900 review.
5. Lexmark MB2236adw, £99.96
The Lexmark MB2236adw is an all-in-one laser printer, which means it can print, copy, scan and fax – ideal if you’re looking for the full works. It’s good at printing black text, but how does it fare printing office documents like spreadsheets and graphs, and is the scanner any good?
Find out all you need to know in our Lexmark MB2236aw review.
What makes a good home office printer?
Low running costs
If you’re working from home on a regular basis, you may be printing quite often.
If you buy a model which isn’t particularly efficient with ink, you can end up spending a hell of a lot of cash on replacement cartridges – some even cost more than £1,000 to run over the course of three years.
In our testing, we see how much ink is used and how much is wasted, which often happens when the printer cleans itself. We use our research to estimate running costs over one, two and three years of average use.
Make sure to see how much each printer is likely to cost you in our tech specs section of each review. You can further cut costs by buying third-party compatible ink – see our advice on the best cheap printer ink.
Look for a copier and scanner
If you’re often having to share documents with colleagues or digitise hard copies, looking for an all-in-one printer with a scanner and copier will make things a lot easier.
Some of the best models have extra helpful features such as scanning direct to your network or email, and automatic document feeders so you can put in multiple pages and leave it to do its thing.
You can find all of our all-in-one printer reviews here.
If you’re short on space it’s worth checking the dimensions of the printer you’re considering before buying. Some models, especially those with scanners and copiers, can be pretty big and might not fit on small desks or filing cabinets.
We measure each printer once it’s set up and ready to use, which can make a big difference. Some printers seem compact once they’re stowed, but with all the trays out they can take up a lot more room.
Wireless connectivity makes printing much easier, without the hassle of having to connect your printer to the internet with cables.
Some models have wi-fi built in, so you can connect them to the network without a cable. Others also have plenty of wireless printing options, so you can send documents straight to the printer from your mobile, tablet, or even direct from email. Make sure to check which features the printer you’re looking at supports.