Top five best laser printers for 2021
Which? tests all 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 five great monochrome laser printers (only able to print in black-and-white).
We've also selected a few laser printers that aren't worth the cash and we'd urge you to avoid.
Some of the models we've selected aren't recent launches, but they're still some of the highest performing printers. You can check our printer reviews page for new reviews monthly. The table above was updated in February 2021.
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.
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 cost 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.