Here at the Strategist we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like bed sheets or pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we’re introducing People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Here, the best printers — remember those? — on Amazon, according to the people (note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity).
Best Affordable Laser Printer
4.4 stars, 1,065 reviews
“Such a happy day! I dumped my Epson inkjet into the garbage. The nozzles were constantly plugging up, and used a ton of ink for cleaning. Didn’t realize I could get a laser printer so cheap. Flawless setup, started printing immediately with the cartridge that came with it. I usually get my inkjet cartridges filled by Cartridge World, and they are the ones that recommended getting a Brother laser for dependability and cost of toner. Extremely happy with this purchase! Also, it’s small and feels heavy … seriously well-built, little printer.”
Best Color Inkjet Printer With Scanner
4.4 stars, 66 reviews
“I bought this to replace another ‘All-in-One’ printer. I use quotation marks because my former printer, although it was a good deal and highly rated on this site, turned out to be a lemon. I slipped up with my last printer purchase, but I can tell you that this printer is the real deal. It doesn’t take up too much room on my desk, and it seamlessly synced with my MacBook Pro. It is very fast in its operations and very quiet. All in all, a solid purchase.”
Best Wireless Laser Printer
4.4 stars, 1,264 reviews
“This printer has worked great. I had no problems getting it set up and connected to my Wi-Fi, and was printing ten minutes out of the box. Compared to inkjets, it prints insanely fast, and the text is much cleaner. Scanning and copying also work really well on it. A couple of times, I had to reconnect it to the Wi-Fi, but I’m not sure if that was my router or not. It connected again quickly both times. I’ve only had it for about six months now, but very happy that it prints nicely every time — even if you don’t use it for a while.”
Best Portable Printer
4 stars, 652 reviews
“I would highly recommend this printer. As read in other reviews, I spent a little time syncing it for the first time (less than half an hour with a few tries), but well worth it because now it connects automatically. I also bought the car cord and XL case, so everything fits in one case (printer, car cord, house cord, extra ink, and paper included). I’m a field service technician, and this has been very helpful in on-site printing of invoice or sign-off sheets directly from my iPhone or email (no laptop or connecting wire needed).”
Best Photo Printer
4.7 stars, 74 reviews
“This printer is amazing. Great quality prints. I will be buying some as gifts, as my dad has been over-asking my daughter to print pictures off of his phone. My 12-year-old daughter uses it all the time. It prints fast and is fairly quiet.”
Best Portable Photo Printer
4.2 stars, 228 reviews
“Ten times better than the Polaroid Zip! About five times faster photo transfer to the printer, and three times faster print speed. Software is a winner over clunky Polaroid app. This one is a keeper.”
Best Label Printer
4.5 stars, 1,255 reviews
“Fast! By the time I clicked the print button, it is already done printing. Easy to feed new labels. Just put it on the spool, press the feed-advance button, and you’re done! Crystal clear printing! I’m shocked at the clarity of print. No smudges or bleed. Bottom line: solid workhorse for my label needs.”
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