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Which printer should you buy?

Best printers for 2020

By Andrew Laughlin

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If you’re in the market for a new printer, we show you the five best printers to buy, plus three you should avoid.

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When you buy a new printer, you want it to provide many years of top-quality printing, while also keeping your print costs affordable.

There are hundreds of models available from various brands, including Canon, HP and Epson, and not all are worth your money. Don’t worry, however, as we've done the hard work for you.  

Whether you’re keen on a multi-functional inkjet printer, or a laser printer built for productivity, these five Best Buy printers will keep you and your wallet happy.  

We also show you three models to avoid, as they’ll do the exact opposite.

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Top five printers for 2019


What it lacks in features and functions, this Best Buy wi-fi printer makes up for in quality. It’s affordable to both buy and run, so it’s one to consider if you’re on a budget.


If you’re on a tight budget, this cheap Best Buy should be on your shortlist. As well as producing good-quality prints, it scans and has wi-fi built in. Discover more by signing up or logging in.


This affordable printer gives you excellent print quality and useful wireless options, including Apple AirPrint. Printing costs are low, too. Discover what printer we’re talking about by signing up or logging in if you’re already a member.


There aren't many Best Buy printers that can both print and scan up to A3 in size. It has great print quality, it's relatively cheap to buy for a big home office printer and its printing costs are affordable.


Although it falls just short of being a Best Buy, there’s a lot to like about this home office printer, including its dependable print quality. Find out what printer we’re talking about by logging in or signing up to Which?.


With good print quality, wireless printing features and affordable printing costs, this budget all-in-one printer is an excellent choice.

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

And here are three printers to avoid

When it comes to buying a printer, don't be seduced by a budget price, as you could see your costs spiral as it rapidly drains your printer ink. 

Our expert testing frequently unearths low-scoring printer models that will leave you out of pocket and patience, including some that qualify as Don't Buys. 

Don't Buy printers produce text, graphics and photo prints that are only fit for the bin, and drive up your printing costs in the process. See below three Don't Buy printers that aren't worth your money.

Three printers to avoid


There's not a lot to like about this HP 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.


Saving money on printing costs is important, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of good-quality prints, as is the case with this model. It costs a lot to buy and just doesn’t deliver when compared with better-scoring rivals.


It’s not the worst printer we’ve tested, but it's 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.

Will my printer work with my computer?

Before you take the plunge and buy a new printer, it's important to check whether it will work with the operating system that's running on your PC or Apple Mac

Printer compatibility has improved considerably over the years, but you can still encounter problems, particularly if you use a Mac. We list OS compatibility in our reviews, so check the tech specs tab of our reviews before you buy.

Some people with Windows 10 PCs have previously had issues attaching a printer, but that appears to be a less common issue, now. If you do hit trouble, see our expert guide on what to do