Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While we’ve written about all kinds of essentials before — including the best coffee makers, the best pens, and the best chef’s knives — here, we’ve rounded up the best printers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.co.uk.
Best-rated overall printer
This HP all-in-one printer, which can print, copy, and scan, was the best-rated overall. The inkjet printer was described as “easy to use” in 621 reviews, while another 343 said set-up and installation was easy. And 467 reviewers said it was excellent value. The printer uses HP’s ‘instant ink’ subscription service, where customers pay to have new ink sent directly to them when the printer runs low (several customers reported promotional offers and trial periods on purchase of the printer, too). The instant ink service was mentioned in 274 reviews, including a mother who bought the printer for her daughter’s school work, and a self-confessed tech amateur who managed to set it up in just ten minutes. One downside, compared to other models, was the lack of USB cable included — but the printer can be set up wirelessly using the printer’s built-in Wi-Fi.
Best-rated inkjet printer
Canon’s inkjet printer had 64 percent five-star reviews. This model, essentially a “traditional” printer (meaning it sprays microscopic ink onto the pages), also has Wi-Fi, and was easy to set up, according to 12 reviews, including a family of four who all had to use it during lockdown. One reviewer said they had it set up and working within five minutes of opening the box, while 59 reviewers said the smartphone compatibility was really useful, including a farmer who would send documents to the office printer while out in the fields. Twenty-four reviewers also liked the scanner, which was called useful and effortless.
Best-rated LaserJet printer
This LaserJet printer by HP has 67 percent five star reviews, and though it has less technical features than others, many customers liked how simple and easy to use it was. Due to its neat size, 13 customers recommended it for a home office, including someone who had to hastily assemble a home office after being stuck at home during lockdown. One customer said they’d never go back to an inkjet printer after using this LaserJet model, citing the ink printer’s tendency to dry out if used infrequently. Twenty-two reviewers said it was easy to install (but many noted that this model doesn’t come with a USB cable), and though the print quality was mentioned in 39 reviewers, many pointed out that this simpler model is best for black and white only, not colour. One reviewer even said that it’s best for casual use, as it can tend to get overwhelmed printing more than 20 pages at a time.
Best-rated all-in-one LaserJet printer
Brother’s multifunctional printer, which includes a printer, photocopier, and scanner, was the best rated all-in-one model, with 75 percent five-star reviews. Some 144 reviewers wrote favourably of the print quality, including 68 reviewers who were impressed that it offered duplex (or two-sided) printing automatically. The printer drawer was mentioned by 28 reviewers as being a particularly useful alternative to an external tray (one reviewer, whose cats frequently shredded whatever he printed, said this feature was a godsend) and 38 customers said that, as a laser printer, it was more efficient than using ink cartridges. Twenty-nine reviewers also said it was excellent value for the money, including one customer who had allegedly designed printers for 20 years. He was impressed by the compact size, the print quality, and the affordability, as well as the speedy printing times. A further 47 reviewers said they were impressed at how fast this printed documents. [Editor’s note: This product is back in stock on October 4.]
Best-rated portable printer
With 76 percent five-star reviews, this HP OfficeJet printer is the best-rated portable option. Seventeen reviewers loved how easy it was to take on-the-go, including a manager who kept it in his car, but a lot of people chose this option because of its neat size. One reviewer, who was looking for a printer for his home office that wouldn’t take over his desk, said it was quiet when printing, and perfectly compact when not in use, and due to the portability, it was easy to take to another room to print something out. Another reviewer, giving it five stars, called it a powerful little workhorse. The printer also includes a flatbed scanner, and has smartphone connectivity.
Best-rated photo printer
This Epson printer, which has 70 percent five-star reviews, has two trays: one for A4 sheets, and one for glossy photo paper, making it popular with photographers. Some 83 reviewers wrote about the print quality, with 63 specifically mentioning the quality of printed photographs. They included a customer who said they printed family portraits on glossy paper that were as good as any done by a professional. Another customer, who wrote that this printer defied all expectations, called the quality of their photographs “outstanding.” Sixty-one customers said it was easy to set up, install, and use — the printer can produce 32 pages per minute, which one reviewer said is three times as fast as other Epson models.
Best-rated photo printer with scanner and copier
HP’s photo printer, which also features scanner and copier capabilities, has 67 percent five-star reviews. Eighty-four customers spoke highly of the printing capabilities, calling it fast, quiet and quick, while an additional 35 customers were impressed by the photo quality, too. These included one man who said the photos were good enough quality to put straight into a frame. Thirty-six customers also liked the smartphone connectivity, which allows for items to be printed via the HP app.
Best-rated stylish printer
While most printers aren’t designed with aesthetics in mind, this HP printer, with 64 percent five-star reviews, was highly rated by customers looking for something more stylish. According to one five-star review, this was hands-down the most elegant-looking printer out there, while another said they actually got compliments from friends on its sleek design. This laser printer features LED lights and a white glow (which one reviewer said complimented their Macbook perfectly), and comes with Alexa compatibility. According to one reviewer, this made mass-printing Christmas cards very easy, as they could issue commands while wrapping presents. Twenty-two customers commented on the excellent print quality — one even said their photos are as good as if they’d been done professionally.
Another printer we like
This photo printer first came on our radar when Strategist writer Karen Iorio Adelson wrote about it on our U.S. sister site. The USB-rechargeable printer (which is about the size of a stout iPhone) connects to your phone via an app, and lets you add borders, text, or other graphic embellishments before letting you print it out on a credit-card-size sticky-backed piece of photo paper. “Now my phone isn’t where my photos go to die; it’s the print-worthy camera I always have on me,” she writes.
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