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Compare the 10 Best Inkjet PrintersSeptember 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 268 inkjet printers, 2,040 reviews and 1,610 prices. Last updated 19 September 2017.

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#1 HP Officejet Pro 6230

Officejet Pro 6230
PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceExpert Reviews - Recommended
The top scoring inkjet under $100, with very good features and very low running costs
98
Reviews
2 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
85
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Running Costs
$1 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
600 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
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#2 Epson WF‑100

WF-100
computershopper.com - Good For BusinessExpert Reviews - Recommended
The best scoring inkjet printer under $500, with two industry awards and good features
89
Reviews
2 Awards
95
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
94
Running Costs
$0 / 10 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
5760 X 1440 DPI
Inkjet
Nov 2016
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Adorama $199.99
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#3 Canon iB4020

iB4020
computershopper.com - Editor's Choice
A bargain price and very popular 600 x 1200 DPI inkjet printer, with good features and low running costs
87
Reviews
1 Award
97
Value for Money
Excellent
76
Features
Good Features
76
Running Costs
$1 / 10 Years
81
Overall Score
Excellent
600 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Jun 2016
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#5 HP Deskjet 3636

Deskjet 3636
A low cost and astoundingly economical to run 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjet, with good features
98
Value for Money
Excellent
73
Features
Good Features
97
Running Costs
$0 / 10 Years
77
Overall Score
Very Good
4800 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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$49.99

#6 Epson WF‑2630

WF-2630
A very economical to run and top-value 760 x 1440 DPI inkjet printer, with good features
98
Value for Money
Excellent
73
Features
Good Features
94
Running Costs
$0 / 10 Years
76
Overall Score
Very Good
5760 X 1440 DPI
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Sep 2015
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#7 Epson WF‑2750

WF-2750
A very economical to run and bargain price 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjet printer, with good features
96
Value for Money
Excellent
72
Features
Good Features
87
Running Costs
$0 / 10 Years
75
Overall Score
Very Good
4800 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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Amazon US $120.87
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#8 Brother MFC‑J480

MFC-J480
A bargain price and economical to run 6000 x 1200 DPI inkjet printer, with good features
97
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
77
Running Costs
$1 / 10 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
6000 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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#9 HP OfficeJet 3830

OfficeJet 3830
A breathtakingly economical to run and affordable 1200 x 1200 DPI inkjet printer, with good features
94
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
95
Running Costs
$0 / 10 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
1200 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
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$34.99

#10 Epson WF‑3620

WF-3620
A very economical to run and low cost 4800 x 2400 DPI inkjet, with good features
96
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
81
Running Costs
$1 / 10 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
4800 X 2400 DPI
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Sep 2015
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#10 HP Envy 4520

Envy 4520
A staggeringly cheap and very economical to run 1200 x 1200 DPI inkjet printer, with good features
95
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
85
Running Costs
$0 / 10 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
1200 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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Curacao $99.99
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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 28 $27 - $3,299 77%
Epson logo Epson Inkjet Printers 22 $35 - $1,795 82%
Other brands Other Inkjet Printer Brands 27 $29 - $1,299

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 Printer Prices

We currently list 80 inkjet printers ranging from $27 to $3,299. A new inkjet costs on average $318 and 80% of inkjet printers are priced between $45 and $508. The HP Z3200 is the most expensive inkjet that we found at $3,299, and the HP Officejet Pro 8720 is the cheapest at only $27.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average inkjet printer price out of all brands is Canon inkjet printers with an average price of $451. Canon inkjet printers start at $29 and the most expensive Canon inkjet printer costs $1,299.

The %8highest average inkjet printer price out of all brands is Epson inkjets with an average price of $365. Epson inkjets start at $35 and the most expensive Epson inkjet printer costs $1,795.

The %8highest average inkjet price out of all brands is HP inkjet printers with an average price of $316. HP inkjet printers start at $27 and the most expensive HP inkjet costs $3,299.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 168 expert reviews and 1,371 user reviews for inkjets and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of inkjet. Brother is the top rated inkjet brand with an average rating of 89%. Canon is the second best brand with 86% and Epson is the third best brand with 80%.

Biggest Inkjet Retailers

We found 146 current offers for inkjets from eBay making it the biggest inkjet retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 49 current offers for inkjets. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 26 current inkjet offers.

When Are Most New Inkjets Released?

We couldn't see any evident pattern in the release dates for new inkjet printers over the last 3 years. The biggest month in 2016 for new inkjet releases was January, with 17 new inkjets released that month. September was the biggest month in 2015 for new inkjet printers, with 132 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, in the first 6 months after release, inkjets drop in price by 40%. That means that on a typical inkjet printer costing $318 you could save on average $126 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

Maximum printing resolution.

We found 70 inkjet printers that are 760 x 1440 DPI inkjets, which makes this the most popular maximum resolution amongst new inkjet printers. We found 67 inkjets that are 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjets, making 4800 x 1200 DPI the second most common maximum resolution amongst new inkjets.

Colour Printing

This indicates whether the inkjet printer is capable of printing in colour, or whether it's limited to black and white only.

The vast majority of the 248 new inkjet printers currently listed on Kagoo are inkjets which support colour printing. 94% of inkjet printers are inkjets which support colour printing.

Print Technologies

The most popular print technology amongst new inkjets is Inkjet. We found 230 inkjets that are inkjets that have an Inkjet Print technology. We found 6 inkjet printers that are inkjet printers that have a Laser Print technology, making Laser the second most common print technology amongst new inkjet printers.

Biggest Inkjet Retailers

The biggest inkjet retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 146 current inkjet offers from eBay. The second biggest inkjet retailer is Amazon US with 49 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Amazon US when it comes to inkjets. Adorama is the third biggest retailer with 26 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Inkjets?

The cheapest store by number of inkjet printer for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 71 inkjet printers.

Proportion of Inkjet Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest inkjet prices (found to be cheapest for 48.6% of its inkjet printers).

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