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The 10 Best Inkjet Printers - July 2017

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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 236 inkjet printers, 576 reviews and 1,360 prices. Last updated 18 July 2017.

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#1
Officejet Pro 6230

HP Officejet Pro 6230

PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceExpert Reviews - Recommended
The top rated inkjet printer under $50
Reviews
94
2 Awards
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
86
Fully-Featured
Age
73
2 Years Old
Overall Score
90
Excellent
600 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
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#2
WF-100

Epson WF‑100

computershopper.com - Good For BusinessExpert Reviews - Recommended
The top scoring inkjet printer under $500
Reviews
90
2 Awards
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
79
Good Features
Age
59
1 Year Old
Overall Score
83
Excellent
760 X 1440 DPI
Inkjet
Apr 2016
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
  • $397.60
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#3
iB4020

Canon iB4020

computershopper.com - Editor's Choice
A bargain buy and award winning 600 x 1200 colour printing inkjet
Reviews
88
1 Award
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
79
Good Features
Age
58
1 Year Old
Overall Score
82
Excellent
600 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Jun 2016
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
#4
Officejet 5740

HP Officejet 5740

A very cheap 1200 x 1200 colour printing inkjet with good features
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
76
Good Features
Age
52
2 Years Old
Overall Score
78
Very Good
1200 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
  • $149.99
    Save $113.00 (43%)
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#6
Deskjet 3636

HP Deskjet 3636

A top-value 4800 x 1200 colour printing inkjet with good features
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
75
Good Features
Age
51
2 Years Old
Overall Score
78
Very Good
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
#7
DeskJet 2130

HP DeskJet 2130

An impressive value for money 1200 x 1200 colour printing inkjet printer with not bad features
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
98
Excellent
Features
75
Good Features
Age
51
2 Years Old
Overall Score
77
Very Good
1200 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
  • $56.90
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#8
WF-2750

Epson WF‑2750

The best scoring inkjet under $100
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
75
Good Features
Age
50
2 Years Old
Overall Score
77
Very Good
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
  • $70.29
    Save $179.71 (72%)
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#10
MG2520

Canon MG2520

An affordable colour printing inkjet printer with good features
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
75
Good Features
Age
50
7 Months Old
Overall Score
76
Very Good
Inkjet
Dec 2016
Print Technologies
Release Date
  • $32.00
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#11
MFC-J4620

Brother MFC‑J4620

An excellent value for money 600 x 1200 colour printing inkjet printer with not bad features
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
74
Good Features
Age
49
2 Years Old
Overall Score
76
Very Good
600 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
  • $135.08
    Save $600.88 (82%)
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  • $162.73 Overstock
#12
DeskJet 3720

HP DeskJet 3720

A very cheap 4800 x 1200 colour printing inkjet printer with not bad features
Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
74
Good Features
Age
49
2 Years Old
Overall Score
76
Very Good
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
  • $45.00
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Inkjet Printer Brands

Find out how inkjet printer brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their inkjet printers. Click on a link to compare all inkjet printers made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Inkjet Printers Price Range Average Rating
HP logo HP Inkjet Printers 22 $27 - $1,790
Other brands Other Inkjet Printer Brands 38 $32 - $1,550

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.

Ink Cartridges

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.

Print Quality

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.

Photo Printing

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.

Print Speed

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.

Connectivity

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

Inkjet Prices

We currently list 69 inkjet printers ranging from $25 to $2,699. A new inkjet printer costs on average $284 and 80% of inkjet printers are priced between $35 and $500. The most expensive inkjet that we found is the HP Z3200 at $2,699, and the cheapest is the Epson XP-630 at only $26.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of Canon inkjet printers is $440 which is the highest average price of all inkjet printer brands. Canon inkjet printers start at $32 and the most expensive Canon inkjet printer costs $1,299.

The %8highest average inkjet printer price out of all brands is Epson inkjet printers with an average price of $374. Epson inkjet printers start at $26 and the most expensive Epson inkjet printer costs $1,795.

Zebra inkjet printers range in price from $229 to $229, and the third highest average inkjet printer price out of all brands is Zebra inkjet printers with an average price of $229.

Inkjet Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 155 expert 0 reviews written online and used these reviews to evaluate the average rating for each brand of inkjet. The top three inkjet brands are Brother, Epson and Canon. Brother has an average rating of 89%, Epson has an average rating of 81% and Canon has an average rating of 77%.

Biggest Inkjet Retailers

We found 99 current offers for inkjet printers from eBay making it the biggest inkjet retailer. That is over 4 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 22 current offers for inkjet printers. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 12 current inkjet offers.

When Are Most New Inkjet Printers Released?

Most new inkjets tend to be released between September and October. For the latest inkjet printer technology you may want to consider waiting until September 2017. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current inkjet printers tend to drop off when the next models are released. In October 2016 seven new inkjet printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new inkjet printer releases. September was the biggest month in 2015 for new inkjet printers, with 135 new inkjet printers released that month. In 2014 most new inkjet printers were released in July, with 18 new inkjet printers released that month.

How Fast Do Inkjet Prices Drop After Release?

On average inkjet printers drop in price by 20% in the first 6 months after release. On a typical new inkjet costing $284, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average $56.

Maximum Resolutions

Maximum printing resolution.

We found 55 inkjet printers that are inkjet printers that have a Maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 DPI, which makes this the most common maximum resolution amongst new inkjet printers. The second most popular maximum resolution amongst new inkjet printers is 5760 x 1440 DPI. We found 28 inkjet printers that are inkjets that have a Maximum resolution of 5760 x 1440 DPI.

Colour Printing

Biggest Inkjet Printer Retailers

The biggest inkjet printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 99 current inkjet printer offers from eBay. The second biggest inkjet printer retailer is Adorama with 22 offers. That means eBay is over 4 times bigger than Adorama when it comes to inkjets. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 12 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Inkjets?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on inkjets is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 50 inkjets.

Proportion of Inkjet Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest store by number of inkjet for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 50.5% of its inkjets.

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