Best printers of 2016


More often than anything else, we get the question, "What's the best printer for me?" It's a tough question to answer, because it all depends on what you want to do with your printer. Whether you want a high-quality printer, an all-in-one workhorse, a compact photo printer, or a simple single-function inkjet, we've got you covered. We've picked the five printers, across all categories, with the highest CNET rating from the past calendar year to satisfy your curiosity. If you're interested in specific categories, check out our top products lists on the left.

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Brother MFC-J470DW

If you only have $100 to spend on a multifunction inkjet printer for the office, you'll have a hard time finding a faster performer with ink refills as cheap as the Brother MFC-J470DW.

Price: $105.00 - $199.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Epson XP-420

Don't be fooled by its small stature: the Epson Expression Home XP-420 all-in-one inkjet printer forges ahead of the competition with its compact footprint, cloud connectivity options and its ability to print high-quality snapshots directly from an Android phone or iPhone.

Price: $59.86 - $239.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Samsung Xpress M2020W

If you don't need color output or the extra utility of a fancy all-in-one, the compact Samsung SL-M2020W laser printer has an impressive roster of features for an unbeatably low price.

Price: $54.00 - $99.75 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Brother HL-L2360DW

The HL-2360DW is a strong choice if you're shopping for a text-only printer that can print from the cloud and won't empty your wallet on toner refills.

Price: $105.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Canon Pixma MG5620

A journeyman's all-in-one inkjet, the Canon Pixma MG5620 is a capable machine with easy set-up and an attractive set of features.

Price: $79.99 - $99.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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