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Article updated on January 26, 2024 at 4:00 PM PST

The Best Printers, According to the CNET Staff Who Use Them

Even in the modern age, we still need physical copies sometimes.

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$139 at Walmart
Black all in one printer with colored sheets
Cheap and reliable is what we want
Epson XP-4105
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$320 at Best Buy
Large printer with extra ink next to it
Big ink capacity for color print jobs
Epson EcoTank ET-3750 Wireless Color All-in-One
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$649 at Amazon
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Make your art come alive
Sawgrass SG500 Sublimation printer
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$120 at Amazon
Black laser printer with Brother written on it
When all you need is documents (Update: Currently Out of Stock)
Brother HL-L2305DW
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$120 at Amazon
A printer with a box of instant ink refills
Great for color stickers
HP Envy 6075
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$45 at Walmart
Label maker with colored ribbon
It counts as a printer!
Brother P-touch, PTD210 label maker
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$89 at HP
White printer with black and white paper in it
Easy to store away as needed
HP LaserJet M110w
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Even today, there's still the occasional need for physical copies of items. From pictures to tickets and other files sometimes you need to scan and print.

While we have a tested-to-destruction list for the best printers, we've also put together a list of printers the CNET staff use at home and the office, and the reasons why they chose each particular model. 

$139 at Walmart

Cheap and reliable is what we want

Epson XP-4105

A printer is one of those things that I don't use often, and when I do need to use it, I hope that it works. I've gone through several printers in recent years, because every time I want to use it the ink is dried out or something else needs to be fixed. I was looking for a low-maintenance option that had affordable ink replacements, and that's where I came across this Epson model.
It's an all-in-one unit, so I can still scan documents to my PC when needed, but the best part is that I've yet to find the ink dried up when I wanted to use it. It also prints reliably for small and medium jobs. The ink isn't expensive, and you can buy an XL version of the cartridge which offers 2.5x the capacity for a little extra money. Overall, it's a great printer if you don't need to print tons of pages in a short period of time (because it's a little slow) but still want something that won't make you go broke when you need new color or black ink.

-- Jared DiPane

$320 at Best Buy

Big ink capacity for color print jobs

Epson EcoTank ET-3750 Wireless Color All-in-One

The big selling point of the EcoTank line is that it does away with cartridges. Even if you only print a couple of times a week, it's worth the extra cost. My family prints more than that and we're still on the original ink refills that came with the printer after years of use. The 3750 model was replaced by the 3850 in September 2021 but they're essentially the same printer. 

Because it's a lower-end model in the line, the printer isn't a speed demon with color prints and its tray holds only 250 sheets. It doesn't have a touchscreen, just a small display and navigation buttons that aren't backlit. But it has all the other features I'd expect from a compact all-in-one for a small office or home office: You get wired and wireless connections with mobile printing, an auto-document feeder and automatic two-sided printing. Print quality is respectable, too. It excels on black-and-white documents but it's OK for photos as well. 

-- Josh Goldman

$649 at Amazon

Make your art come alive

Sawgrass SG500 Sublimation printer

Sublimation is the process of transferring ink from paper to another material like t-shirts, mugs and canvases. There are plenty of options if you are looking to convert a standard printer to use sublimation ink but if possible you should buy a dedicated printer for the job. 

The Sawgrass SG500 is purpose-built to print using sublimation ink and paper. It works great too: You can print up a storm of artwork to put on t-shirts for the whole family. If you're interested in starting your own business using your own art, then this printer is well worth the price.

-- James Bricknell

$120 at Amazon

When all you need is documents (Update: Currently Out of Stock)

Brother HL-L2305DW

I've had the nearly identical older, now-discontinued version of this printer (the HL-L2340DW) for at least five years and it's been solid. Unlike some other printers I've had, it rarely gets disconnected from the Wi-Fi network so my whole family can easily print stuff from their various computers and phones without me having to troubleshoot the connection. Printing is fast and since its laser ink isn't expensive per sheet. I'm fine with black and white and the few times I need color I'll print at the local drugstore.
The one downside is that double-sided printing always jams the feed so I have to take it apart, pull out the paper and restart the job. Sometimes the software seems to select double-sided on its own and I discover the hard way, but once I change back to single-sided (which is what we use most of the time) it's all good. (Editors' note: Avoid the HL-L2300DW version, which lacks Wi-Fi.)

-- David Katzmaier

$120 at Amazon

Great for color stickers

HP Envy 6075

My wife loves to make stickers using our HP Envy and the Cricut Explore 3. The Envy has excellent color saturation, especially on the glossy sticker paper she uses. It also has the added bonus of being a scanner, which is especially helpful to scan all our mortgage documents while we move homes.
The biggest selling point though is the two-year supply of new inks. Running out of ink is the worst part of using a printer at home, but HP's replacement service takes away that hassle. It's worth the money just for that.

-- James Bricknell

$45 at Walmart

It counts as a printer!

Brother P-touch, PTD210 label maker

I have to make an absurd amount of labels for our son's Tupperware, school items, folders, cooking products and so on. This makes it so easy. There are different fonts, sizes and styles to choose from. 

The keyboard is dreamy and a far cry from the old-school turnstile. I also love the built-in cutting function. Gone are the days of needing scissors when you're done.

-- Danielle Ramirez

$89 at HP

Easy to store away as needed

HP LaserJet M110w

Full disclosure: I was the guy who proudly kept his home printer-free while using the office printer for those once- or twice-a-month necessities. Then came the pandemic, and I found myself in need of shipping labels and other documents at home. This tiny HP LaserJet fit perfectly on the bookshelf in my equally tiny Brooklyn apartment, and it reliably prints from PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, and smartphones, all over Wi-Fi.
The 2022 model (M110w) is nearly identical to my 2020-era unit (M15w), but take note: The "cheaper" M110we seems to require a subscription to HP's cloud-ink solution, so go with the pricier model if you want to avoid an always-on connection. Also, this laser printer is black-and-white only, but that's a feature for me, not a bug.

-- John P. Falcone