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Which printer should you buy?

Top five best all-in-one printers for 2018

By Andrew Laughlin

Article 6 of 7

Print, copy, scan – you can do it all with an all-in-one printer. Find out which are the best models to choose for your home.

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An all-in-one or multi-function printer can copy, scan and possibly also fax (without needing a PC), as well as print. Most people go for an inkjet all-in-one, but there are also laser models available.

You can get a Best Buy all-in-one printer for less than £50, but pay a bit more and you get some useful features and functions.

For example, an automatic document feeder is a tray some printers have on top that automatically feeds in multiple pages for copying, scanning or faxing.

Top five best all-in-one printers

Lowest price (in stock) £104.76
Which? score 74%
Reviewed Jul 2018
Black text:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Images with text quality:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Print costs:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Auto duplexing:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive
One year running cost (£):
Member exclusive

If you want a small printer that's cheap to run and can produce excellent-quality black-text letters and documents, look no further. Despite only taking up a small amount of space on your desk, this big-brand laser printer can print, copy and scan.

Lowest price (in stock) £29.99
Which? score 71%
Reviewed Feb 2016
Black text:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Images with text quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Print costs:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Auto duplexing:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive
One year running cost (£):
Member exclusive

High-quality home inkjet printers don’t come much cheaper than this. It’s an excellent budget printer, copier and scanner, and it has wi-fi built in to use internet features such as Apple AirPrint.

Typical price £45.00
Which? score 71%
Reviewed May 2014
Black text:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Images with text quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Print costs:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Auto duplexing:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive
One year running cost (£):
Member exclusive

Although it can't do automatic double-sided printing, the print quality from this budget all-in-one printer is good across the board. Ink running costs are low, and it has a useful automatic document feeder on the top.

Lowest price (in stock) £179.98
Which? score 71%
Reviewed May 2017
Black text:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Images with text quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Print costs:
5 out of 55 out of 5
Auto duplexing:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive
One year running cost (£):
Member exclusive

Although this printer costs a lot to buy compared with the other all-in-one printers featured here, the price of printing is dramatically lower. This is because of the ink tank technology it uses. Its print quality is impressive, too.

Lowest price (in stock) £142.99
Which? score 70%
Reviewed Apr 2018
Black text:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Images with text quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Print costs:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Auto duplexing:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive
One year running cost (£):
Member exclusive

For being productive at home, this excellent multi-function, inkjet A3 printer takes some beating. It has wi-fi and an automatic document feeder on the top. Print quality is good overall and it won't cost you much to run.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct at September 2018.

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And here are three all-in-one printers to avoid

While the printers featured above all offer excellent quality to suit all budgets, the three below do the exact opposite. 

These poor-quality printers, including some Don't Buy models, failed to impress when we tested them. Whether printing, copying or scanning, they will fail to impress you, too. 

Three all-in-one printers to avoid

Lowest price (in stock) £215.99
Which? score 48%
Reviewed May 2016
Print quality:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Photo quality:
2 out of 52 out of 5
Copying:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Automatic Document Feeder:
Member exclusive
Auto duplexing:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive

You’d think that spending well over £200 would guarantee you a high-quality printer, but in the case of this all-in-one machine, you’d be wrong. It won’t cost you much to run, but its print quality will leave you thoroughly underwhelmed.

Lowest price (in stock) £165.00
Which? score 44%
Reviewed May 2017
Print quality:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Photo quality:
4 out of 54 out of 5
Copying:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Automatic Document Feeder:
Member exclusive
Auto duplexing:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive

While we have been very impressed with some printers in this range, this model fell short in comparison when we tested it. Printing costs are very low, but what it prints just isn't up to standard.

Lowest price (in stock) £36.40
Which? score 39%
Reviewed Nov 2017
Print quality:
2 out of 52 out of 5
Photo quality:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Copying:
3 out of 53 out of 5
Automatic Document Feeder:
Member exclusive
Auto duplexing:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive

Some this brand's printers are of excellent quality and worth recommending, but not this budget model. It's cheap to buy and run, but its print quality isn't good enough to beat budget rivals.

Setting up your new printer

  • After placing the printer where you want it, install the latest software from the manufacturer’s website on your PC. Even if your printer was supplied with a CD, it’s best to download and install the latest software instead. Depending on your printer, you will do this either wirelessly or with a USB cable.
  • If your printer has wi-fi, time to get it connected. You can find detailed instructions on how to do it in our in-depth guide on how to connect a wireless printer. Read our guide on how to set up Apple AirPrint if you printer supports it.
  • Now set your new printer as the default, so your computer automatically sends print jobs to it first. In Windows, click Start, type devices, and then click Devices and Printers. Select your printer model and set it as your default printer.
  • Next, set your printing preferences. In Devices and Printers, right-click your printer’s icon and select Printing preferences. You’ll see a tabbed window of settings such as paper size, orientation (portrait or landscape) and whether to print on both sides (duplex). Click OK when everything is as you like it.
  • Finally, check your ink levels. Most printers come with a set of ‘starter’ ink cartridges, but they tend to run out quickly. On a Windows PC click Start, type devices, then click Devices and Printers. Right-clicking on your printer enables you to view how much ink there is remaining (on a Mac, you do this via System Preferences).
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