The 10 Best Inkjet Printers - May 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every inkjet printer on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 230 inkjet printers, 553 reviews and 3,080 prices. Last updated 23 May 2017.
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Inkjet Printer Brands
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Inkjet Printer Buying Guide
There are 2 main types of printers available on the consumer market - inkjet and laser printers. Both have strengths and weaknesses, and your choice will largely depend on what you plan on using your printer for. This guide will concentrate on information about inkjet printers - for a detailed rundown of laser printers, please see the guide under the Laser/LED printer category.
So, inkjet printers. As the name would suggest, these printers function by squirting a thin, focussed stream of black & coloured ink onto the page. This process makes inkjet significantly slower than laser printers, however there are capable of printing far more vivid colours, higher detail photos, and are generally far more preferable for colour-dependant printing.
Inkjet printers are generally cheaper than laser printers, however they have significantly higher running costs. This is because the individual ink cartridges used for the printing (usually 4 - black, yellow, magenta & cyan) are expensive to purchase, and are used up far quickly than toner cartridges for laser printers. Therefore though inkjet printers may seem like a good bargain when you first buy them, they may be a false saving if you only print black and white documents - a laserjet will save more money in the long term.
On the subject of cartridges, there are two main types of ink cartridges used for these printers - dye and pigment inks. While there isn’t a massive difference between the two, dye inks give more vivid and brighter colours, whereas pigments inks are more resilient, and less prone to fading. However recent improvements to both types of ink have shortened the gap between them, meaning you won’t really go wrong with either choice of ink type.
When choosing an inkjet printer, print quality is among the most important considerations. The output quality of the printers on our site are measured in dots per inch (dpi) - higher dpi printers use more ink in denser configurations. This allow for far more detail and colour depth to be packed into every inch of the printing, leading to far higher quality prints.
It is also important to consider the number of print nozzles when choosing an inkjet printer. The more nozzles a printer has, the higher the density of ink it can apply to the page. Printers with a very high number of nozzles will be more expensive than other models, but you will gain far higher-quality prints from it, so it may well be worth the expense.
While not as high quality as dedicated photo printers, inkjet printers are still effective at printing high-quality photos - far more so than laser printers. If you are interested in using your inkjet to print photos, it would be best to look for the printer with the highest print quality (dpi and colour depth). You will also need specialist photo paper to get the best results from photo printing - this paper is thicker and has a glossy coating that is specifically designed to stop the inks from blotting or merging, and provide a professional-level result when printing photos at home.
Inkjet printers are significantly slower than their laser printing cousins. However even within inkjet printers, there is a significant variety in print speeds - some models of inkjet printer can take double the time to print a page when compared to newer and more efficient models. All of our printers have detailed stats on the number of pages they can print a minute, broken down into black and white, colour, photo, etc. This will allow you to make the best decision as to the printer that best suits your needs.
Most models of inkjet printers have several different network connectivity options to make printing easier and more efficient. Ethernet connectivity is now a common feature in modern printers - so data can be transferred over a network without having to plug your computer into the printer directly. This makes it far easier to share printers with groups: the printer can be placed in a central area and used freely by everyone around.
Additionally, many models of inkjet printer also have wifi and/or bluetooth connectivity. These options mean that you do not even have to use a wire to use the printer - data can be transferred over wireless connection.
Finally, the newest models of printers have support for cloud or app printing. These options allow you to send a document to print from anywhere in the world - from a browser over the cloud, or from an app on your smartphone. While you will pay more money for these options, the convenience they provide may be worth the extra expenditure.
Inkjet Printer Retailers, Prices and Features
The price range of inkjets is from $27 to $2,699 and in total we found prices for 65 inkjets. The average price of a new inkjet is $295 and the 80% of inkjets are priced between $45 and $500. The HP Z3200 is the most expensive inkjet printer that we found at $2,699, and the HP Officejet Pro 8710 is the cheapest at only $27.
Inkjet Brands - Price Range
Canon inkjets start at $142 and the most expensive Canon inkjet costs $1,299. The highest average inkjet price out of all brands is Canon inkjets with an average price of $514.
The second highest average inkjet printer price out of all brands is Epson inkjet printers with an average price of $347. Epson inkjet printers range in price from $35 to $1,795.
The average price of Brother inkjets is $271 which is the third highest average price of all inkjet brands. Brother inkjets range in price from $137 to $550.
Inkjet Printer Brands - Average Ratings
We have evaluated 153 expert 0 reviews available online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of inkjet. Brother is the top rated inkjet brand with an average rating of 89%. Epson is the second best brand with 81% and Canon is the third best brand with 77%.
Biggest Inkjet Retailers
The biggest inkjet printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 103 current inkjet printer offers from eBay. The second biggest inkjet printer retailer is Adorama with 21 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Adorama when it comes to inkjet printers. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 12 current offers.
When Are Most New Inkjets Released?
September to October is the most common period for new inkjets to be released in. For the latest inkjet printer technology you may want to consider waiting until September 2017. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current inkjets cheaper in September once the latest models have been released. Last year most new inkjet printers were released in October, with seven new inkjet printers released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new inkjet printer releases was September, with 135 new inkjet printers released that month. 18 new inkjet printers were released in July 2014 making it the biggest month that year for new inkjet printer releases.
How Fast Do Inkjet Prices Drop After Release?
New inkjets drop in price by an average of 17% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $50 on a typical $295 new inkjet by waiting 6 months before buying.
Maximum printing resolution.
Amongst new inkjets, the most frequently found maximum resolution is 4800 x 1200 DPI. We found 55 inkjets that are inkjet printers that have a Maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 DPI. 5760 x 1440 DPI is the second most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new inkjet printers. We found 28 inkjet printers that are inkjets that have a Maximum resolution of 5760 x 1440 DPI.
Biggest Inkjet Retailers
We found 103 current offers for inkjets from eBay making it the biggest inkjet printer retailer. That is over 4 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 21 current offers for inkjets. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 12 current inkjet printer offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Inkjet Printers?
The store that most frequently offered the cheapest price on inkjet printers is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 51 inkjet printers.
Proportion of Inkjets for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
eBay most frequently has the cheapest inkjet prices (found to be cheapest for 49.5% of its inkjets).