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Best Brother printers

By Andrew Laughlin

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Brother makes inkjet and laser printers for the consumer market. Find out more about Brother and see some of the best Brother printers to buy.

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Should I buy a Brother printer?

Brother may have been founded well over 100 years ago in Japan as a sewing machine maker, but it is now most widely known as a producer of printers for businesses and consumers.

The brand has lost ground to rivals such as HP and Epson in recent years, but it can still turn out a top-quality laser and inkjet printer that does well in our expert testing. However, not all Brother printers are worth buying, with some even hovering just above the Don't Buy level.

Want to see expert reviews of  Brother printers? See a selection of top-rated Brother printers below, or find every model we've tested in our printer reviews.

Best Brother printers


If all you want to print are letters and office documents, such as financial spreadsheets, then this Brother laser printer is going to be right up your street. It is affordable to buy and cheap to run.


This A4 mono printer turns out fantastic-looking black-text prints and has useful functions and features, such as an automatic document feeder. See which printer it is by joining Which? or logging in if you’re already a member.


This mono laser printer from Brother does a superb job of printing black-text documents and letters. It has wi-fi built-in and you can use wireless printing features such as Apple AirPrint.

Brother printers compared: which range is best for you?

With Brother printers, consumer 'HL' models are all standard laser printers. They can cost just a few hundred pounds, but go into the thousands for the higher-end models.

Models with 'DCP' in their name are multifunction (or all-in-one) printers that can't fax. If you want fax function, go for the higher-end 'MFC' models. Both the DCP and MFC names can be attached to either laser or inkjet printers. Typically, models with a 'J' in the name are the inkjets and an 'L' denotes it's a laser.

If you see a DW (sometimes lower case as dw), then the printer has duplex (it automatically prints on both sides of the page) and wi-fi to connect it to the internet wirelessly.