Best printers 2021: print photos, documents and more at home

HP, Canon, Epson and more – here are the best printers for the home or office

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Buying one of the best printers isn't as easy as it should be: you can't just turn up at your favourite store and buy the first model that meets you budget, because there are so many other factors to consider.

In this best printers guide we'll get you asking the right questions. How are you going to your printer, and how often? What are you printing? What features do you need and how fast do you need your printouts?

Fortunately, our expert team knows its printers, and we've picked out all the best models right here for you – we've factored in costs, features, design and everything else that matters, though you'll still need to do a few calculations yourself.

Want just a system for printing off photos? Then be sure to also check out T3's best photo printer buying guide.

For example, good-looking printers are perfect if they're going to sit on a prominent desk. Wireless printers are able to do the business while tucked away, so aesthetics might not be quite as big a consideration. Think about who's using your printer too – a model with a built-in screen and memory card support is good for those in a hurry who want to keep it simple. Heavy-duty users might need something with more features, like a scanner.

And so we've rounded up the best home printers to suit all styles and budgets, from printing large quantities of documents, to making memories for the family photo album.

Oh, and if you're upgrading your home office, be sure to also check out T3's best laptops, best office chairs, best SSDs and best webcams buying guides for plenty of top product recommendations.

Printers are regulars in the best Black Friday deals, and we don't expect 2021 to be any different – so make sure you keep an eye on the Black Friday offers and discounts. It helps if you can be a little flexible, because you'll often find that while the specific printer you want might not be discounted, an almost identical one will be.

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These are the best printers to buy in 2021

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The best printer for most people? That's the Epson EcoTank ET-2750.

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1. Epson EcoTank ET-2750

Cheap to buy and, with three years worth of ink, cheap to run too

Specifications
Dimensions: ‎55.88 x 37.5 x 26.67 cm
Weight: 5.5 kg
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
Screen size: 1.45 inches
USB ports: 1
Scanner: Yes
Features: Refillable ink tank system
Reasons to buy
+An economic star+Multifunction skills+Easy refill tanks
Reasons to avoid
-No touch screen interface

Ink is, famously, more expensive than gold. And it seems that Epson is aware of quite how ridiculous this fact is, as its Ecotank system (which stores liquid ink in refillable tanks, rather than relying on expensive cartridges) proves.

The company reckons this multi-function printer will cut down on your ink spending by up to 90%, and bundles an estimated three years worth of ink (equivalent to 88 cartridges) along with the printer.

There's no touch screen, although there are on-device buttons to help you scan and copy documents, and while the print quality and speed might not be up to the same standard as some much pricier models, the economics of the ET-2750 are such that it pays for itself before it's even left the box.

Check out T3's Epson EcoTank ET-2750 vs Canon PIXMA TS6150 comparison feature for even more details on this top-rated printer.

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The Canon PIXMA TS6350 is a compact all-in-one that delivers big results.

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2. Canon PIXMA TS6350

A compact all in one with big results

Specifications
Dimensions: 35.9 x 37.6 x 14.1 cm
Weight: 8.12 kg
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Max print speed: 15 ppm
Printer technology: Inkjet
Scanner: Yes
Features: 2-way paper feed, 1.44" OLED display
Reasons to buy
+Uses quality ChromaLife100 inks+Compact, professional looking design+Scanning and copying functionality
Reasons to avoid
-Official ink packs aren't cheap

Nobody wants to give up 50% of their desk to a printer. Not even us. Canon's versatile all in one has the smallest footprint a decent printer could realistically muster, and crams a huge number fo features into that space.

It's high on connectivity options, supporting Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cloud printing and more, and does the usual combination of printing, scanning and copying. Controls are easy to use and the 1.44" OLED display bright and clear. AirPrint and Morea are also supported.

You get a solid (if unspectacular) 15 pages per minute printing speed, too, and the system makes use of Canon's Chromalife100 inks, which make documents and photos look quality when printed out.

Caveats to an instant purchase are that official ink packs aren't the cheapest, although you can save a little, and prolong the time between changes, by opting for XXL cartridges.

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The Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW is an A3-capable printing workhorse.

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3. Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW

A strong workhorse printer that can print at A3 size

Specifications
Dimensions: 42.4 x 30.4 x 56.7 cm
Weight: 15.5 kg
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Scan-to-Cloud
Max print speed: 18 ppm
Printing technology: Inkjet
Scanner: Yes
Features: Can print A3 size
Reasons to buy
+Print up to A3 size+Ploughs through the pages
Reasons to avoid
-Hardly compact-Or light

Large scale printing isn't the easiest thing. If you need to print A3 pages,  but can't stand the hassle of heading to your local print shop for posters or other large documents, a large home printer could be a great solution.

Epson's option, which is surprisingly affordable, can print documents up to A3 size, great for (light) business use or home users who want a little more than the usual. Instructions are a little on the light side, and you'll need a hefty desk, but once you've found the space and figured it out it's reasonably intuitive.

There are plenty of connectivity option in there - we're particularly taken by the NFC printing option, which will drag files from your phone when you place it on the appropriate spot.

See how this printer stacks up against a quality rival in T3's Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW vs HP DeskJet 2630 comparison feature.

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4. HP Deskjet 2630 All-in-One Printer

A strong all-rounder that doesn't cost the Earth

Specifications
Dimensions: 4.7 x 1.9 x 3.5 cm
Weight: 3.42 kg
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
Max print speed: 7.5 ppm
Printing technology: Inkjet
Scanner: Yes
Features: Smartphone app
Reasons to buy
+Print, scan, copy+Wireless printing 

If you're looking for an inoffensive printer, or just want a splash of colour to enjoy while you're waiting for your documents to be done, HP's affordable little all-in-one is the printer for you.

We're amazed at what it can do; this model steps up from its predecessors by adding wireless and Airprint capabilities, and offers up good-quality colour prints, scanning and copying with the scanner on top, and a three-month subscription to HP's Instant Ink program. This means that, should your cartridge run low, the printer will automatically order up a new one and have it sent to you.

There's only one cartridge, though, so you'll either need to waste a little ink or make sure every single document you print is equally balanced between all colours. Wastage it is, then.

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The Epson Expression Premium XP-7100 is a great choice if you print a lot of photos.

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5. Epson Expression Premium XP-7100

Photo printing made super-simple

Specifications
Dimensions: 39 x 33.9 x 19.1 cm
Weight: 8.2 kg
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet
Max printing speed: 32 ppm
Print technology: Inkjet
Scanner: Yes
Features: Network-Ready
Reasons to buy
+Excellent photos+Simple paper handling+Fast printing speed
Reasons to avoid
-Paper and inks aren't cheap

Into photography? You need a printer that can print physical versions of those photos, and do it well. That's what you get here; in the Epson Expression Premium XP-7100's photo printing mode, which can automatically pull photo paper from one of its dual paper trays, you get high quality prints with a professional sheen.

Naturally, photo paper isn't cheap. Neither is the copious volumes of ink required to print on it. And while it takes a little while to get set up, switching modes and sources is quick and easy when you're up and running. You don't even need a PC or Mac to get it done - plug your phone or camera in, or insert an SD card, and you can print directly from there. This very well could be the best home printer for photos.

Alex Cox
Alex Cox

T3 magazine's own Gadget Guru is a 25-year veteran of the tech writing wars, and has the scars to prove it. He's written for the UK's biggest technology publications, and knows everything from smart doorbell voltage needs to how to bend Windows to his every whim.