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1 December 2021

Top five best inkjet printers for 2021

The best inkjet printers money can buy. These Best Buy printers will give you top quality, great-value prints, whatever your printing needs.
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Felix Wilson
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The best inkjets turn out good-looking text prints and stunning photos, capably handling any home printing job. That’s why most people choose an inkjet over a laser printer.

These days, the majority of inkjet printers are all-in-one models, meaning they can copy, scan and sometimes fax, as well as print. You can still buy standard inkjet printers, that only print, if you prefer.

Mono inkjets (only able to print in black-and-white) are very rare these days, with most models also supporting colour printing, such as the five brilliant Best Buy inkjet printers in the table below.

They have all gone through our rigorous lab tests to assess their quality, speed and running costs, so you won’t get caught out by nasty hidden costs. However, keep scrolling to see some of the poorly rated inkjets we've also tested. These models simply aren't worth your cash.

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Top five inkjet printers

  • 80%
    £629.99

    Solid printing performance and extremely low maintenance costs have made ink-tank printers a mainstay among Best Buy printers – and this is among the best we’ve tested. It’s expensive to buy, but could save you money over the lifetime of the printer.

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  • 76%
    £549.99

    It's certainly not cheap, but this top-end printer is excellent at what it does, especially printing photos and spreadsheets. If you can afford the upfront cost, this printer will turn out cheap prints for years to come.

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  • 74%
    £190.00

    For printing reams and reams of office documents at a cheap cost, this tank printer takes some beating. In fact, it would even give a laser printer some competition.

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  • 74%
    £219.99

    The Canon Pixma G3560 is simpler than other models in the range, as it can’t automatically print double-sided pages, or scan or copy more than one page at a time. It’s cheap to run, but is it actually any good at printing? Read the full review to find out.

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  • 72%
    £179.99

    This ink-tank printer is simple to use and prints reasonably good documents of all types. It’s not as cheap as many cartridge printers, but it’s so affordable to run that if you print often you’ll soon start saving money.

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Prices, recommendations and test scores correct as of December 2021.

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And here are three inkjet printers to avoid

Most people buy an all-in-one inkjet printer. It's the most popular type and there are loads to choose from, with prices ranging from around £40 to more than £300.

Even with a cheap model, pick the wrong inkjet and your costs can spiral. High ink usage can mean poor value prints and constantly replacing cartridges. You could easily spend more on ink cartridges than the printer itself, if you pick the wrong model.

In our expert testing, we find a huge variation in the performance of printers. Some models, such as the three below, fall very short in terms of print speed, print cost and features.

Three inkjet printers to avoid

  • 49%
    £409.99

    You pay big money for this printer, so you'd expect it to be firing on all cylinders when it comes to quality. However, it just isn’t. Print quality is mixed, running costs aren’t exactly cheap. Overall, there are better options available elsewhere.

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  • 47%
    £44.00

    This inkjet printer just misses out on being a Don't Buy. But with high printing costs and mediocre print quality, there's still no reason to buy it - even if you're on a budget.

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  • 39%
    £44.49

    This all-in-one inkjet printer initially looks as though it might be a good choice, but that all fell apart when we came to test it. Although it has useful wireless printing features, that doesn’t matter much when you see its dreary print quality.

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Prices, recommendations and test scores correct as of December 2021.

Avoid the printer ink wasters

Print quality is incredibly important in a printer, but so too is printing cost. Opting for a budget printer is a false economy if the cost of printing turns out to be sky high.

While other reviewers calculate printing costs based on printing hundreds of pages at a time, we print only a few pages over a period of weeks, just as you might at home.

This can highlight the excessive amounts of ink some inkjet printer use on cleaning their print heads, more than quadrupling printing costs in some cases. Any printer that wastes lots of ink resulting in high printing costs can’t be a Best Buy.