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 have 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 ones. Here, the best home printers — remember those? — on Amazon, according to the people (note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity).
Best monochrome laser printer
“I work remotely (from home) and was spending way too much money on my color printer. Decided to try this little guy out. The cartridge last forever, the print quality is superb, it prints extremely fast and can do double-sided! YES, DOUBLE-SIDED! It feels like I am at my old office and not working at home. This printer is robust and simple. Amazing.”
Fastest monochrome laser printer
“I can’t speak to it’s longevity, but here are my initial impressions: So easy and PAIN-FREE to set up. I have an elderly iMac with Sierra, and I was printing before I knew it. A few clicks, and it was done. The printing speed is blazing fast. I can print from my phone and iPad. I can email documents to the printer, and they print. I am SO thrilled with this printer. … Oh, the DUPLEX feature is awesome! It’s smaller and much lighter than the old HP. I am in love. I don’t know if this one will last as long but I have always had great luck with HP, so fingers crossed!”
Best all-in-one monochrome laser printer with duplex printing
“So far, so happy, and it has been a couple of months. Love you CAN print and scan on both sides. Love that you can put a large amount of papers into scan, on both sides, and make one PDF. Love that you can print in large quantities without having to stop to buy ink. I won’t go back to inkjet.
I got the black-and-white and not the color laser — I don’t use color for my work. Love the large paper tray [with] multiple trays and chutes for all sizes of papers. Touch screen really works. … Easy desktop icon for canceling print jobs. WOULD BUY AGAIN.”
Best compact monochrome all-in-one laser printer
“This Brother printer is amazing! Prints super fast, clean clear pages with lots of settings and functionality, all from a small touch screen. Setting it up with all our smartphones, tablets, and computers was super simple and easy. Prints flawlessly. Even though its not designed for black and white photos, they are super clear and great for school projects. … Bottom line: Extremely low maintenance and very easy to use printer. Small desktop footprint. Boots fast, prints super fast, 250-page capacity, can scan color (only prints black and white), prints envelopes and other paper forms, including legal paper. If you rarely ever do legal-page-size copies, this is your perfect printer!”
Best color laser printer
“After six months I still love this printer! My previous Brother printers were always reliable and so is this one. When I need it to print a certain way, it just does it. Manual feed, easy. Envelopes, easy (with envelope levers down). Thick stock. Lots of paper capacity.
Color reproduction is excellent! I was expecting only color documents but poor photo quality but NO; to my surprise, this prints better than my four-color photo optimized inkjet, and I just got frustrated and tired of all the inkjet maintenance issues. Occasionally there are some minor color reproduction errors on some photos, but I won’t dock any marks because I have a ‘printer’s eye,’ — so I’m naturally picky … It is very minor and much less than I anticipated as a color laser.”
Best compact color laser printer
“I was looking for a relatively low-cost duplex color laser printer. I found what I was looking for in this printer. Setup was very easy (I use USB — never liked wireless). The software was easy to install. The starter cartridges are installed and ready to go. From the time I plugged the printer in until my first print was less than five minutes.
The printer is fast. A single side print comes out in under 15 seconds. The print quality is outstanding. The images are sharp and the colors are true to the original. The duplex function worked flawlessly.”
Best digital color printer
“This is my ultimate printer. It has everything I want: Dual-sided printing, high-quality color laser printing, scanning, copying, super-fast printing, wireless connection, large paper trays, and an LCD screen interface (which is so much better than cryptic buttons with symbols instead of words on them), and long-lasting toners instead of tiny inkjet cartridges or tanks that clog the print heads if you don’t print regularly.
This printer does the job and does it very well indeed. Need to print out a book? It can do that, and quickly, printing on both sides and in super high laser quality. Need copies of some documents? Again, super-fast, perfect images fly out of this thing like nobody’s business. … Just remember to bring your own USB cable to set up the network connection if you’re using a router more complex than the cheap ones given to you by your cable company, and be certain to have a big, sturdy place to put it because this is no little printer. It’s a big beast that will conquer all your small office or home office needs.”
Best portable printer
“I chose this printer mostly for small space and portability within the house, rather than just for travel. I am very pleased with how it works and the print quality. I don’t have any particular need for fast printing or large quantities, so it suits my needs just fine. I have been scanning photos, printing and scanning text pages, tested printing photos, and am perfectly happy with the results. I love that it has a battery so if I need to use it anywhere I don’t have to carry the cord around. The battery standby life is fantastic. I couldn’t say about it’s life under heavy use.
For the price, if you plan to just leave it in one place, choose a different model. If having a battery, closing up into a completely contained unit, and small size mean a lot to you, then yes, it is worth its cost.”
Best compact photo printer
“I bought this small printer for my girlfriend a few months ago to use to print photos from her cellphone. The printer itself and the printing process using the Canon print app from her iPhone were both easy to set up for anyone even a bit tech savvy. The quality of the printed photos is amazing and we framed a few around the apartment. Alas, my wonderful gift was not enough to keep us together in a long-distance relationship literally on the other side of the planet. It was a tough decision, but I let her keep the printer. After settling into my new apartment in New York City, I realize I miss the printer more than I miss her and bought another one for myself! Score, I guess.”
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