Best printers 2018: the best home printers to print selfies, holiday snaps and more

From Epson to Canon and HP, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best printers money can buy for quick and easy printing at home

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If you’re looking to invest in a new printer, then don’t just run out to the shops and buy the first one you see (unless you want to pay over the odds and have it potentially pack up after a year). There are many different factors to consider when buying a printer, and we’re here to guide you towards the best one for you. 

Firstly, think about what it is you’ll be printing and how often. Basic text documents only require black and white, but colour printing is pretty standard these days. In which case, finding out what cartridges the printer uses and how many pages worth you’ll get from them will determine whether the printer is right for your needs. If you’re printing lots of documents daily, the price of cartridges can drain your bank account faster than your teenage daughter does. Therefore, it is recommended to pick a printer that takes at least 2 cartridges. 

Home printers are moving with the times just as much as other home gadgets and tech, meaning that features and functions to cater to our smart way of living typically come as standard. Features to look out for include Airprint, which allows you to send documents directly from your Apple device, ePrinting which sends documents directly from email, and card readers which allow you to connect USB devices, SD Cards and other data storage devices. If you want a printer specifically to print photos, don’t just assume a colour printer will cut it -  make sure you shop around for one which is specifically designed for that kind of media. Printing photos will also require a lot more ink, so keep that in mind when budgeting for your new home printer. 

We’ve rounded up some of the best home printers to suit all styles and budgets, from printing large quantities of documents, to making memories for the family photo album. 

1. Epson EcoTank ET-3600

Cheap to run –and it comes with 2 years’ worth of ink!

Specifications
Best for: Cheap to run
Touch Screen: No
Wireless: Yes
Airprint: No
Reasons to buy
+Print, copy, scan+Easy to refill
Reasons to avoid
-Not touchscreen

For those with a home office, this printer aims to save you both time and money when it comes to printing a range of documents. Unlike other home printers, this machine uses ink bottles rather than cartridges, which are actually a lot cheaper and last a lot longer. It’s a printer, copier and scanner all in one, and it aims to save you around 70% on printing costs compared to a standard home printer. Users comment that this printer is extremely quick to print, reliable and they love how fuss-free it is without the need for cartridges. The only downside is it doesn’t come with a touchscreen display like most do, but general consensus is that people are more than happy to overlook this fact due to how economic it is. 

2. Canon Pixma TS6050

This all-in-one printer produces high quality results on everything from word documents to photos

Specifications
Best for: Compact printer
Touch Screen: Yes
Wireless: Yes
Airprint: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Print, copy, scan+Desk-friendly
Reasons to avoid
-A few teething issues 

If you’re short on space, then this compact printer will fit neatly on your desk without taking over your whole office. It’s a feature packed printer, allowing you to print, scan and copy, as well as print word documents or photos from anywhere, at any time. This printer works with Airprint and Eprint, but beware the wireless printing can have some teething issues, with some customers reporting attempting to use the Airprint function can sometimes jam the paper. However, once you get past the niggles, this savvy office gadget may just be the best printer for printing on the go.

3. Epson Expression Premium XP-830

The ultimate photo printer: print straight from your SD card or USB device

Specifications
Best for: Photos
Touch Screen: Yes
Wireless: Yes
Airprint: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Dual paper trays+Intuitive interface
Reasons to avoid
-Cartridges are expensive 

Photography enthusiasts will love this printer for its versatility and quality of printing. The Epson Expression Premium XP-830 has dual paper trays which allow you to pre load the machine with both A4 paper and photo paper, so you can print what you want, whenever you want (you can even print photos on card!). Users have found that the machine takes a little while to install the software, but once it’s up and running, commend how easy it is to simply print straight from your phone or digital camera. If you don’t like the idea of wireless printing, the printer also works the old fashioned way with an Ethernet cable, but one thing to note about this printer is the price of cartridges can become costly due to the heavy amount of ink photos need. If printing images is a common occurrence in your household, this printer may just be the one as it is the best home printer for photos on our list. 

4. Canon Pixma Ip7250

A single function printer that does simply that: print

Specifications
Best for: Basic printing needs
Touch Screen: No
Wireless: Yes
Airprint: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Sleek design+Quiet 
Reasons to avoid
-Instructions for set up are lacking

If you’re not fussed about having an all-singing, all-dancing machine, then this printer will serve you well. It is slim and sleek looking and customers who have this printer say it has a speedy output and is actually pretty good for printing photos to a high standard. It has two trays so you can load with both standard and photo paper, but similarly to other printers, you can fall into the trap of paying through the nose for cartridges. So this printer would be perfect for those who print occasionally, but if you’re printing frequently, you will benefit from investing a little more in a more economical printer.

5. Epson WorkForce WF-7110DTW

A big machine for printing large documents or posters

Specifications
Best for: Large scale printing
Touch Screen: No
Wireless: Yes
Airprint: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Print up to A3 size+Speedy
Reasons to avoid
-Absolutely huge 

Large scale printing can be tricky, but if you find yourself regularly going to the printers for posters or other large documents, you may want to think about investing in a large home printer instead. This Epson printer can print documents up to A3 size, which is great for businesses or anyone working on projects which require printing efforts larger than standard A4 sizing. Users have found this printer difficult to set up due to lack of instructions, but once you’ve figured it out the rest is all very intuitive. This printer really is huge, so make sure you have enough space in your home office to accommodate this machine for you buy it. A truly handy printer for anyone who prints large documents regularly and the best A3 printer on our list.

6. HP Envy 5540 All-in-One Printer

Pretty feature-packed for such an affordable printer

Specifications
Best for: Occasional printing
Touch Screen: Yes
Wireless: Yes
Airprint: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Print, scan, copy+Nice size
Reasons to avoid
-Only holds 1 cartridge 

This home printer is one that has been somewhat underrated. Yes, it’s quite small and only holds one cartridge, but if you’re looking for a decent printer for occasional use at home, then this one has a surprising amount of features for its price. You can print, scan and copy, as well as print high-quality photos. Users have also praised it for its hassle-free set up and ease of use, so if you’re really not great with tech, you’re sure to feel at ease with this home printer. The only thing customers found a little fiddly was the paper tray, and they find it prints slower than other printers, but you’ll still have the luxury of an LCD touch screen and the ability to Airprint from your smartphone wherever you are.

7. HP Deskjet 2130 All-in-One Printer

Not the best looking, but a reliable budget purchase for your daily printing needs

Specifications
Best for: Budget buy
Touch Screen: No
Wireless: No
Airprint: No
Reasons to buy
+Print, scan, copy+Easy set up
Reasons to avoid
-Design is kind of ugly 

We’ve moved to a time where gadgets come in sleek and smart colours like Charcoal Black, Space Grey and White as opposed to the classic Black colour of tech from times gone by. So if you are looking for an inoffensive looking printer to blend into your home decor, this HP White Printer might just be the one. This basic printer is reportedly very reliable, rarely jamming or flashing with warning indicators, meaning that you can complete your daily printing, scanning and copying tasks with ease. It may not have all the fancy features of an LCD touchscreen or wireless printing, but in some cases that’s great for those who just want to plug-and-play. With users loving how easy this printer is to set up, it's also highly rated for how surprisingly quiet it is. The USB cable is not included with this printer so ensure you purchase one if you don't have a spare one lying around.