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    Best Home Printers of 2023

    CR's labs have evaluated thousands of printers on factors from text quality to ink usage. These models from Brother, Canon, Epson, and HP rise to the top.

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    From left: Brother HL-L2370DW, Canon imageClass MF264dw, and Brother MFC-L3770CDW printers
    Left to right: The Brother HL-L2370DW, Canon imageClass MF264dw, and Brother MFC-L3770CDW printers
    Photo: Consumer Reports

    Few items in life make you pay more for a bad shopping decision than a printer. All it takes, it seems, is one trip to the store for a pricey new ink cartridge to turn that $100 bargain into a joyless money pit.

    But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, who says you even have to mess with ink?

    More on Printers

    We generally recommend black-and-white laser printers over inkjets for home use, and they use toner instead. They spit out crisp text at impressive speeds and tend to be more reliable in the long term, too.

    But if you need to print in color or simply want a cheap inkjet for higher-quality photos and graphics, we have a few picks for you in the list below, too.

    We buy, then rigorously test, every printer in our ratings on more than 250 data points, churning out hundreds of pages and running the models out of ink again and again. We combine those test results with brand reliability and owner satisfaction ratings derived from our member surveys to arrive at an Overall Score that lets you compare every model on the same scale.

    The models on this list (available to CR members) print text with dependable quality and speed. Some include scan and copy features. A few excel at graphics. And nearly all carry a low price and low operating costs.

    We’ve selected inkjet models and laser models to suit a range of needs. Members can also skip to the bottom for advice on how to choose between one option or the other.

    Become a member to read the full article and get access to digital ratings.

    We investigate, research, and test so you can choose with confidence.