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24 June 2021

Top five best wireless printers for 2021

With a wi-fi printer you can print wirelessly from various devices. Learn all you need to know about wireless printing, and see the best models available to buy.
Hollie Hennessy
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Wireless printing is a quick and easy way to print from a range of devices, including smartphones, tablets, desktop PCs and laptops.

Wi-fi connectivity is definitely a printer feature worth paying for. It means you won’t always need to connect directly to your PC or smartphone via a USB cable. With prices of Best Buy wi-fi printers starting from around £40, it isn’t going to blow your budget, either.

The addition of wi-fi doesn't necessarily make a printer any good, and sometimes connecting to some wi-fi printers can be more hassle than it's worth. Below, we round up the best and easiest to use wi-fi models that will have you printing quickly and cheaply. Further down, find out about useful features such as mobile apps and Apple AirPrint.

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Top five best wi-fi printers

  • 78%
    £215.89

    This is a compact laser printer built primarily for printing black-text documents. It has wi-fi and AirPrint for wireless printing. Although it can’t scan or copy, this model is a fantastic and affordable printer for your home.

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  • 77%
    £379.99

    As a printer, scanner and copier built for being productive, this model is a fantastic pick. Black-text letters appear crisp and the scanner is also excellent. This printer is well-suited to frequent users or anyone with a home office.

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  • 77%
    £509.99

    It's certainly not cheap, but this top-end printer is excellent at what it does, especially printing photos and spreadsheets. If you can afford the upfront cost, this printer will turn out cheap prints for years to come.

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  • 74%
    £299.99

    If you want cheap and good quality prints, this big-brand inkjet printer will be right up your street. It has ink tanks that you refill with a bottle when they run out, meaning your printing costs will be extremely low.

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  • 71%
    £40.00

    Although it can't do automatic double-sided printing, print quality is good across the board and ink running costs are low. Plus there are useful wireless options and colour copies and scans are brilliant. It's a great, budget choice.

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Some of the models we've selected aren't recent launches, but they're still some of the highest performing printers out there. You can check our printer reviews page for new reviews monthly. The table above was updated in May 2021.

Not found the product for you? Browse all of our printer reviews.

Worst wi-fi printers to avoid

Being able to print wirelessly over the internet is a huge plus with a printer, but it won't matter much if that printer can't produce good-quality documents, photos and other prints. 

The printers below fumbled their lines in our in-depth tests, and some are so bad they're Don't Buys. 

  • 45%
    £80.00

    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.

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  • 39%
    £39.99

    This all-in-one inkjet printer initially looks as though it might be a good choice, but that all fell apart when we came to test it. Although it has useful wireless printing features, that doesn’t matter much when you see its dreary print quality.

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How to connect a wireless printer

You can place a wi-fi printer anywhere in your home as long as the wi-fi signal is strong enough. Before printing, you’ll need to connect the printer to your network.

Most models have control screens with step-by-step set-up instructions. They’re generally easy to follow, but the small screens and basic controls can make inputting a long wi-fi password a bit of a pain.

Another way to connect is to select wi-fi auto-connect (or similar) if your printer has it. This searches for the network your computer is on, and uses this to connect itself.

For more, head over to our in-depth Computing Helpdesk guide to how to connect a wireless printer.

Apple AirPrint

AirPrint makes it easier to print directly from an Apple device, such as a Mac computer, an iPhone or an iPad. You won’t need to install any additional apps or software. It’s easy to set up – just ensure that your printer and Apple device are on the same wi-fi network. Then either click the Print option in your menu bar on a Mac, or the Share icon on an iPhone or iPad. The only disadvantage of AirPrint is that it only works with Apple devices.

Printer brand apps

If you have an Android device or a Google Chromebook, we'd recommend downloading your printer's app in order to print wirelessly from the device. 

All the big printer brands offer their own printing app that you can download free of charge on Android or Apple iOS. Most apps have the ability to print files and items stored in cloud services, such as Google Drive and Dropbox. They also usually provide printer status information, such as how much ink you have left.

Brother iPrint&Scan

Brother’s printing app offers a range of print, copy and scan options. Useful features include a copy preview function that enables you to see an image and even edit it before sending it to the copier. You can print remotely, but you’ll need to be registered for Google Cloud Print for this to work.

Canon Print 

Canon’s app enables you to control print, copy and scan jobs from a smartphone or tablet. Features include being able to take a photo of a document and then convert it to a PDF for printing. The app is easy to use, but you’ll need a Canon account to use it. To do this, you need a registration ID obtained by registering your printer via its operation panel. It’s a rather annoying process, but at least you only have to do it once.

Epson iPrint

Just like the other apps, the Epson app enables you to print from anywhere in the world. It supports a wide range of cloud services, and offers a range of print-option settings you can tweak from your mobile device, such as changing the print quality and requesting double-sided printing.  

HP ePrint/Smart

HP has a number of printer apps, but Smart is the main one. It’s a nicely designed app, with a bold and colourful menu system. All the core print, copy and scan functions are available, and the app also enables you to crop, edit and enhance photos before printing. HP also offers an ePrint app, but that’s being discontinued.