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Updated: 25 Mar 2022

Best laser printers 2022: Which? Best Buys and expert buying advice

The best laser printers can produce high-quality prints at lightning speeds, which is great if you print a lot. We've rounded up the best laser printers for home use.
Felix Wilson
Best laser printer

Which? tests all types of the latest laser printers designed for use at home, ranging from simple models that can only print, to feature-rich all-in-one machines that can copy and scan too.

Laser printers tend to have lower running costs, but typically cost more to buy than inkjets. This makes it even more crucial that you don't waste money on a poor-quality laser model. 

Our Best Buy laser printers will turn out top-quality letters and office documents fast. Below, we've picked out the best monochrome laser printers (only able to print in black and white) and best colour laser printers that excelled in our tough lab tests.

We've also selected a few laser printers that aren't worth your cash and we'd urge you to avoid.


If you want to print the best quality photos, head to our expert pick of the best photo printers, as based on our tough lab tests.


Best Buy laser printers turn out high-quality prints and won't cost you a small fortune in toner. 

Our rigorous printer lab tests pit models head-to-head to make it easy for you to compare our test results and see which printers perform the best. This means you can see which cheaper models score well in our tests, so you can save money and get a great printer.

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Best mono laser printers

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Good mono printers can only print in black and white, but they're hard to beat when it comes to printing sharp, well-defined text. Our rigorous printer lab tests pit models head-to-head to make it easy for you to compare our test results and see which printers perform the best. This makes it easy for you to see which cheaper models score well in our tests, so you can save money and buy with confidence.

  • 78%
    • best buy
    £324.99

    As a printer, scanner and copier built for being productive, this wireless printer is excellent. It's much more suited to frequent printer users or anyone with a home office, though.

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  • 76%
    • best buy
    £159.97

    This is a compact laser printer built primarily for printing black-text documents. It has wi-fi and AirPrint for wireless printing. Although it can’t scan or copy, this model is a fantastic and affordable printer for your home.

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  • 73%
    • best buy
    £230.00

    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?.

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Best colour laser printers

The best colour laser printers can produce bright, sharp documents in record time, and are perfect for printing graphs and tables in bulk. These recommendations are among the very best we've tested.

  • 71%
    • best buy
    £425.99

    This is a high-quality Best Buy laser printer. With wireless printing features, auto-duplex printing and sharp, speedy prints, it’s almost the full package. Photos aren't the best, though.

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  • This is among the more affordable colour laser printers we’ve tested. It can’t scan or copy, but it can print in colour. It’s great at black text, but it struggles with anything more complicated, so it’s not ideal if you’re buying a printer specifically for photos.

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  • This colour laser printer can quietly churn out excellent text and office documents and it's pleasingly affordable to run. Although it prints in colour, it's not the best for photos.

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Not found the laser printer for you? Browse all of our laser printer reviews.

And here are three laser printers to avoid 

Our testing has found some laser printers that don't deliver on either print quality or low running costs. 

While bad laser printers aren't as costly to run as poor inkjets, they're still less efficient than Best Buy or higher-scoring models. Their print quality is often mediocre, too. Look elsewhere to get good value for money.                                                   

  • It's not a bad printer - just not a very good one. There are many, many better-scoring printers out there, so there's no reason to plump for this one.

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  • Although its printing costs are impressively low, this print-only colour laser printer is expensive to buy. If you’re spending this kind of money on a printer, you should expect top quality in return, and this printer falls well short on that score.

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  • 45%
    • don't buy
    £100.00

    There's not a lot to like about this laser printer, apart from that it prints OK looking black text documents. Considering that it isn't exactly cheap, either, there are much better options available for your money.

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Laser vs inkjet: which is better?

If you want sharp, text-heavy prints that come through quickly, a laser printer is the way to go. While the printers themselves are generally more expensive than inkjets, the printing costs tend 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 £50, while a colour laser printer or a multi-function, all-in-one printer, with scan and copying features, will cost you £100 or more.

Sharp text, rapid print speeds and fast colour prints are all hallmarks of a great laser printer. Look out for additional features too, 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.

Can't choose between the two? Find out more in our guide on inkjet vs laser printers: which is best?