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Inkjet vs laser printers

Top five best laser printers for 2019

By Andrew Laughlin

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Laser printers can produce high-quality prints at lightning speeds. See the best laser printers available and find the model that suits you.

Put us to the test

Our Test Labs compare features and prices on a range of products. Try Which? to unlock our reviews. You'll instantly be able to compare our test scores, so you can make sure you don't get stuck with a Don't Buy.

Which? tests all the latest laser printers, ranging from simple, standard models only able to print, to feature-rich all-in-one machines, with copy and scan functions, too.

Whatever the type, Best Buy laser printers will turn out speedy, top quality black text letters and crisp office graphics prints that light up the page.

Despite lower running costs, laser printers tend to cost more than inkjets. So it's important you don't get stuck with a poor quality laser model - scroll down to see the laser printers we'd urge you to avoid.

In the table below, we've picked out five great monochrome laser printers (only able to print in black-and-white). If you want a laser model that can print in colour for photos or images, head to our Best colour laser printer guide.

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Top five mono laser printers

82%
£220.00
Reviewed

This all-in-one office printer is only around the size of an average compact laser model, yet it offers the full range of print, scan, copy and fax functions. If you need a printer that can churn through pages month after month, look no further.

80%
£89.98
Reviewed

Both compact and affordable for a laser printer, this big brand machine produces fast, good quality black and white documents at a budget-friendly cost. It lacks wi-fi, but you can still print from a range of devices by using a cable to connect to your home network.

75%
£142.80
Reviewed

With an automatic document feeder and other useful functions, this A4 mono printer would even potentially suit if you have a small business running at home. It turns out fantastic-looking black-text prints and is very affordable to run.

75%
£79.98
Reviewed

Like many standard mono laser printers, this affordable machine produces text documents very quickly. The good news is that the prints are of a great quality, too. For a mono laser printer, it's very cheap to buy and running costs are low.

73%
£79.97
Reviewed

This big-brand laser printer is remarkably compact consider that it can copy and scan, as well as print up to A4 in size. It has wi-fi and wireless printing features such as AirPrint. See if this is the laser printer for you by logging in or joining Which?.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct at October 2018.

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And here are three laser printers to avoid 

Good laser printers are built to turn out efficient, top quality prints at an affordable cost. However, we find in our testing plenty of bad models, too. 

While bad laser printers aren't as costly to run as poor inkjets overall, they're still less efficient than Best Buy or higher scoring models. And their print quality is often mediocre, too. Better value for your money can be found elsewhere.

Three mono laser printers to avoid

45%
£87.98
Reviewed

There's no reason to bother with this HP laser printer, especially when you consider that it's not exactly cheap. It just isn't worth your money.

45%
£70.48
Reviewed

Sometimes it's best to be wary of an attractive price, such as with the case of this big brand laser printer. It may be affordable to buy, but you'll be left feeling short-changed by its mediocre print quality and lack of features.

43%
£85.61
Reviewed

It’s not the worst printer we’ve tested, but not far off. It’s from a fringe brand, it lacks even basic features and, realistically, there’s no reason why you should consider it over higher-scoring alternatives.

Laser vs inkjet: which is better?

If you want sharp text prints that come through quickly, a laser printer is the way to go. While the printer itself is generally more expensive than an inkjet, the printing cost on a laser tends to be lower.

A laser printer’s toner cartridges are pricier to replace than an inkjet’s ink cartridges. But, each one can print a lot more pages, so you’ll easily get your money’s worth.

What’s more, few inkjets can match a laser for speed or high-quality text. Black-and-white laser printers start from around £40, while a colour laser printer or a multi-function, all-in-one printer, with scan and copying features, will cost you upwards of £60.

Sharp text, rapid print speeds and fast colour prints are all hallmarks of a great laser printer, but look for additional features, such as double-sided printing or multiple print trays. These features will cost you more, but if you need to print a lot of long documents or flip between printing on plain and headed paper they can save you time and money.

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