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Unsurprisingly, this past year has led to a rise in home printing. You may have put off buying a printer in the hope of getting back to office working – but it seems unlikely we’ll return to this any time soon, so Black Friday might be the best time to bite the bullet.
Whether you need to print off text-heavy work documents or image-packed homework for your kids, we’re highlighting deals on printers to meet different needs.
All of the deals we list are carefully selected by our experts to make sure that the saving is genuine, rather than the retailer using sneaky tactics to make the discount seem bigger than it really is.
And we’re only highlighting deals on printers that score well in our independent tests, although we’d advise you take a look at our full reviews to make sure it gets top marks on the things that really matter to you.
Pick a printer that will prove its worth in the long run, combining great prints with low running costs. Read our printer reviews here
Best Black Friday cheap printer deals
All-singing, all-dancing printers can cost several hundred pounds, but there are a lot of affordable ones on the market. If you don’t need to print very regularly and flawless quality isn’t the be all and end all, a budget model might be good enough.
However, a cheap purchase price doesn’t necessarily mean it will cost you less in the long run. Some of the cheapest models to buy could actually set you back a small fortune in running costs. Find out why buying a cheap printer could sometimes prove a false economy, and how you can pick a printer that’s a bargain in both the short and long term.
We’re looking out for the best Black Friday deals to help you save even more and adding them here.
We do the calculations to tell you just how much each printer might cost you to run. Read our guide on the best cheap printers to buy and run.
Canon Pixma G1510 – was £135.99, now £108.79 (20% off)
We liked: Very low running costs
We didn’t like: No automatic double-sided printing, no ability to copy/scan
The Canon Pixma G1510 is a basic model in the G series of tank printers. These have small tanks which filled up with bottles of ink, instead of traditional cartridges. It doesn’t copy and scan, so it’s only suited for those who just want to print – and print quality does vary depending on what you’re printing.
When we tested this model, we thought it was a bit expensive given the limited features, but with such low running costs it effectively pays for itself. Seeing as it now has a pretty decent 20% discount, it’s more affordable to buy, as well as run.
Best Black Friday wireless printer deals
Wireless printing can make things a lot easier, with no risk of misplaced cables and no need to set up your printer right next to your computer.
Choosing a printer with wireless options is also great if you often print from your mobile or tablet, rather than just your laptop or PC. Look out for Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print and partner apps which allow this.
Check back soon for a round-up of the best Black Friday deals on wireless printers.
Wireless printing isn’t the be all and end all, especially if the print quality isn’t up to scratch. Find out which wireless models impressed us across the board in our top five best wireless printers guide.
HP Neverstop Laser 1001nw – £229.99, reduced to £159.99 by claiming £70 cashback
We liked: Speedy, supports Apple AirPrint and Google CloudPrint, USB and ethernet ports, can connect to mobiles and tablets directly
We didn’t like: Not great for graphics
HP’s Neverstop Laser is a new launch, which uses unique technology for laser printers. Like tank inkjet printers, it has a refillable toner tank that you fill with a special kit, rather than traditional toner cartridges – and HP promise thousands of prints on a single tank fill.
This model is wireless, and there are plenty of options to print from your computer or other devices (such as your mobile). If you’re looking for speedy printing without too much hassle, it’s a good choice.
The deal isn’t as straightforward as some other Black Friday offers we’ve seen, though; rather than the discount being automatically applied at purchase, you’ll have to be ready to go through the cashback claim process once you’ve purchased (details of how are on HP’s website).
Best Black Friday all-in-one printer deals
If you want a full ‘office’ experience at home, an all-in-one printer is what you’re looking for. These will scan and copy, and sometimes fax, as well as print.
They might be a bit bulkier than standard models, so you might have to make a bit of space to accommodate it. Some of the more expensive all-in-one printers also have extra features such as an automatic document feeder, which saves you the tedious task of scanning pages individually.
We’ll be adding the best Black Friday deals on all-in-one-printers below as we spot them, so you might even be able to get your hands on a more expensive all-in-one model with extra features, for less.
Check out the top five best all-in-one printers here.
Canon Pixma G3510 – was £199.99, now £159.99 (20% off)
We liked: Good scanner, low running costs, wi-fi connectivity
We didn’t like: No automatic double-sided printing, slow photo printing, variable quality with copies
The Canon Pixma G3510 is an all-in-one model in the G series of tank printers. These types of printers are usually economical to run, as they do away with cartridges and have tanks that you fill up with ink instead.
Being all-in-one, it can copy and scan as well as print. Printers can be hit and miss when it comes to scanning, but this one impressed us in our lab tests.
Now at £159.99, it’s a good price for an all-in-one printer, but you’ll want good quality prints alongside good scanning and copying.
HP Neverstop Laser 1202nw – £259.99, reduced to £199.99 by claiming £60 cashback
We liked: Good scanner, quick, plenty of wireless and wired options
We didn’t like: Copies aren’t as good, no auto duplexing
HP’s Neverstop Laser 1202nw is the same as the 1001nw above, but this has the added benefit of a copier and scanner. It’s different to other lasers on the market. Like tank printers, it’s cartridge-free. You have to reload the toner tank with a special kit instead.
It’s really quick to print and, paired with a good scanner, it’s ideal for a home office set up. But copy quality isn’t as impressive.
It’s also still quite expensive, even with the cashback offer (which you’ll have to remember to claim once you’ve bought the model – it won’t automatically be applied). But if print quality is brilliant, it’ll be worth the cost.
It’s also on offer at Amazon, but for £225.99. Although it’s more expensive, the discount is automatically applied and you don’t need to bother with claiming cashback.
Best Black Friday A3 printer deals
If you need to print off bigger documents or media, such as magazine and textbook pages, photos or graphics, an A3 printer is ideal.
But bigger sizes can take more time to print, and more space to notice shoddy printing – which is why it’s important to buy an A3 printer that can speedily churn out high-quality prints.
A3 printers tend to cost more than their A4 counterparts, so a good deal is key. We’ll be updating this page with the best discounts on A3 printers this Black Friday.
See a round-up of the top five A3 printers that wowed in our tests here.
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This story was originally published on 12 November 2020. We’ll keep updating it whenever we spot new printer deals that our experts believe are worth it.