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Which printer should you buy?

Top five best A3 printers for 2019

By Andrew Laughlin

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A3 printers are great for printing posters, graphics or large document pages. Find out which A3 printers we'd recommend, and which you should avoid altogether.

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A3 printers let you super-charge your printing sizes for posters, signs or even large photos. But, as they can easily cost over £200, it's important to pick a model that produces great-looking prints. 

Here, we point you towards the best A3 printers, with some models under £100. Our recommended A3 models are fast and have low running costs. The same can't be said of all A3 printers - we've also identified three duds you'll want to avoid. 

The top five best A3 printers below have gone through comprehensive, independent lab tests, ensuring that they're worth your money.

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Top five best A3 printers

72%
£270.79
Reviewed

Not only can this big-brand inkjet print, copy and scan up to A3 in size, it also has wi-fi, twin paper cassettes and an automatic document feeder. There aren't many better home office printers available.

70%
£142.00
Reviewed

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.

70%
£126.00
Reviewed

Although it lacks an automatic document feeder, this premium A3 printer comes with a host of features and functions. Its scanner is excellent, its print quality impresses and running costs are low for a top-end inkjet.

69%
£130.63
Reviewed

This all-in-one printer can not only turn out A3 prints, it can copy and scan them, too. For an inkjet it's speedy producing black text prints and, although it's not got the best print quality, print costs are low so it won't cost a fortune to run.

65%
£11,999.99
Reviewed

This versatile, wi-fi A3 printer can also be used to print from compatible phones just by holding them up to the printer. It turns out fast text and graphics prints, and is very affordable to run.

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And here’s three A3 printers to avoid

Choosing the wrong A3 printer can be a costly mistake. They can set you back more than £200 to buy, and poor quality models will thirstily churn through your ink like its water.

Worst of all, at extra-large sizes, there's no hiding from poor print quality. Pick a poor A3 printer and you'll no longer want to show off your favourite photos at poster size.

A bad A3 printer can be slow at turning out text, photos and graphics pages, and you'll usually find the quality wasn't worth waiting for when the prints finally arrive.

Three A3 printers to avoid

55%
£262.80
Reviewed

There aren’t that many consumer A3 printers available, but with that limitation in mind, there is no reason to settle for this mediocre machine. Although it prints good-looking black-text documents, everything else about it underwhelms.

51%
£359.00
Reviewed

If you pay more than £300 for a printer, you'd expect it to be firing on all cylinders. Yet this model not only underwhelms with its quality, but it could also cost you almost £140 a year to run. This is a printer to avoid.

49%
£189.78
Reviewed

You pay big money for this printer, so you'd expect it to be firing on all cylinders when it comes to quality. However, it just isn’t. Print quality is mixed, running costs aren’t exactly cheap. Overall, there are better options available elsewhere.

A3 printer scanner

While you can still buy dedicated scanners, we don't test them anymore because all-in-one (or 'multi-function') printers - that can also scan and copy - are so widely available.

However, one thing to bear in mind is that while they can print up to A3, many consumer A3 printers can only scan and copy up to A4 in size.

Generally speaking, if you want to scan up to A3 size, you'll need to up your budget for a small office model. But, do bear in mind that spending more money doesn't automatically guarantee getting a higher quality printer or scanner.

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