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Inkjet vs laser printers

Top five best colour laser printers for 2019

By Andrew Laughlin

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The best colour laser printers will give you good-looking colour prints, and without high printing costs. Find yours with our expert guide.

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When it comes to producing great black-and-white or colour prints, laser printers are often faster than inkjet printers and typically cost you less per printed page.

The five colour laser printers in the table below, including models by big brands such as HP and Samsung, are perfect for printing big, text-heavy documents or office prints with colour charts and graphs.

But, not all laser printers are sure-fire winners. Colour laser printers can cost a pretty penny, so don't get stuck with a an underwhelming model that produces poor photos or stripey blocks of colour - scroll down for our list of colour laser printers to avoid.

If you want a monochrome laser printer (only able to printer in black-and-white), there are five Best Buy models featured in our best laser printers guide.

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Top five colour laser printers

76%
£129.99
Reviewed

This colour laser printer doesn't only print complex colour images quickly, it makes a good job of them, too. It'll happily churn out sharp text pages and colour office documents, such as charts and spreadsheets.

74%
£189.99
Reviewed

This versatile all-in-one colour laser printer will suit if you need to be able to print quickly and simply from PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets.

72%
£199.66
Reviewed

If you print, copy and scan frequently, you’ll want a printer that’s up to the job – and this big brand model certainly fits that bill. It can print reams of black text and office graphics documents without breaking a sweat. Plus, it has wi-fi for wireless printing.

72%
£183.12
Reviewed

It doesn't do scan and copy functionality, but this printer from a recognisable brand would work well in a home office. Text pages look sharp, and spreadsheets and charts are produced quickly.

66%
£144.88
Reviewed

The wi-fi-enabled, colour laser printer produces professional-looking black text documents and fantastic colour office graphics, such as spreadsheets. It's relatively affordable for a colour laser printer. too.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct at October 2018.

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And here are three colour laser printers to avoid

Laser printers have plenty of merits, but printing top quality colour prints is not one of them. While the models above have excelled in our testing, plenty of colour laser printers underwhelm when it comes to turning out images, spreadsheets and photos. 

The three printers below promise to turn out crisp colour prints at an affordable cost, but all you'll see is red at the poor quality prints that'll drop into the paper tray. 

Three colour laser printers to avoid

51%
£220.74
Reviewed

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.

46%
£119.00
Reviewed

Average is every possible way, this bog-standard laser printer from a well-known brand doesn't justify its price tag. It has mediocre print quality, is light on features and isn't even that fast for a laser printer.

45%
£119.97
Reviewed

Laser printers aren’t known for coping well with photo printing, but this model takes it to whole new depths. It may be OK with black text printing, but for the price you’re paying, you’d expect a lot more overall quality in return.

Buy your laser toner online

Most laser-printer users tend to buy branded, or original toner because the third-party choice is more limited compared to printer ink.

While the big names tend to dominate the toner market, however, according to our survey of laser printer owners, the joint top-scoring laser toner brand sells compatible and remanufactured toner cartridges – sometimes at almost half the price of first-party alternatives.

Find the best laser toner for your printer with our expert guide to buying toner, which includes the best places to buy laser toner online. 

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