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22 December 2020

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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Hollie Hennessy


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

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74%
Best Buy
£249.00
Reviewed

If you want cheap and good quality prints, this big-brand inkjet printer will be right up your street. It has ink tanks that you refill with a bottle when they run out, meaning your printing costs will be extremely low.

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74%
Best Buy
£269.50
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This wireless printer is a bit different to other inkjets, as it only prints in black and white. It's expensive, but it offers rock-bottom running costs and fast, high quality black-text printing. It's a great alternative to a laser printer.

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73%
Best Buy
£529.97
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This Best Buy A3 all-in-one printer might be expensive, but it's one of the cheapest to run. It’ll do a good job at printing a range of documents – especially colour. Plus, you'll find an automatic document feeder and auto duplexing.

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71%
Best Buy
£179.99
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Although this model is towards the more expensive end, it does well across the board and printing costs are extremely low - so you'll actually be saving money there. It's also got wi-fi and is better than most when it comes to scanning and copying.

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71%
Best Buy
£209.99
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Although it can't do automatic double-sided printing, print quality is good across the board and ink running costs are low. Plus there are useful wireless options and colour copies and scans are brilliant. It's a great, budget choice.

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Some of the models we've selected aren't recent launches, but they're still some of the highest performing printers out there. You can check our printer reviews page for new reviews monthly. The table above was updated in November 2020.

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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

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49%
£299.00
Reviewed

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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£319.00
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You’d think that spending well over £200 would guarantee you a high-quality printer, but in the case of this all-in-one machine, you’d be wrong. It won’t cost you much to run, but its print quality will leave you thoroughly underwhelmed.

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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.

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