May 2021

Inkjet Printers: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Printer rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2021.

Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Inkjet Printers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Inkjet Printers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2021 ranking

At a glance - May 2021 Ranking

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Rank Price Printer
TechRadar
Digital Trends
ZD Net
LD Products
BestReviews
Lifewire
Rtings.com
PCMag
PhotoWorkout
Investopedia
#1
$160 Brother MFC-J491DW
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$498 Brother MFCJ6945DW
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$303 Canon Pixma TS8220
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$330 HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e
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$1000 Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850
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$248 Brother MFC-J995DW
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Check price HP Envy 5055
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#8
$200 Canon Pixma TR8520
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$90 HP DeskJet 3755
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$128 HP OfficeJet 3830
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$250 Canon iP8720
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$299 Canon Pixma TR150
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We ranked Brother MFC-J491DW #1 in May 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
BestReviews

Pros
Lots of features for an affordable price
Including Wifi connectivity, mobile printing, and compatibility with various cloud services
Prints, copies, faxes, and scans
Dual-side printing
Compact

Cons
Slow, and difficult to setup
Some report faded color printing
Customer support not that attentive

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PCMag

Best for Cash-Strapped Homes and Micro Offices / Editors' Choice

Pros
Good output quality overall
20-sheet ADF, unusual in an AIO at this price
Supports borderless printing
Strong cloud and mobile device support

Cons
Cost per page is high
No memory device support
Low input and output capacities
Dated-looking control panel

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PhotoWorkout

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We ranked Brother MFCJ6945DW #2 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Brother MFCJ6945DW as #1.
Critic endorsements:
ZD Net

Best all-in-one office printer

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Investopedia

Best Overall

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We ranked Canon Pixma TS8220 #3 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Canon Pixma TS8220 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Lifewire

Best All-in-One

Pros
SD Card support
Hands-free printing

Cons
No NFC or Ethernet support
Slow document printing

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PhotoWorkout

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We ranked HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e #4 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e as #1.
Critic endorsements:
ZD Net

Best overall all-in-one office printer

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Rtings.com

Best Inkjet Printer For Small/Home Office

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We ranked Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 #5 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Epson EcoTank Pro ET-5850 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for High-Volume Office Printing,Including Color / Editors' Choice

Pros
Two years of unlimited ink
Very low running costs
Terrific print quality
Auto-duplexing ADF
PrecisionCore 4S printhead
Excellent mobile connectivity options
Two-year warranty with registration

Cons
High initial purchase price

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Investopedia

Best for Small Businesses

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We ranked Brother MFC-J995DW #6 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
LD Products

Best Budget Printer

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Rtings.com

Best Family Inkjet Printer

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We ranked HP Envy 5055 #7 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Budget printer with a talent for photos

Pros
Low price
Dual-band Wi-FI

Cons
High ink cost
No Ethernet port

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PhotoWorkout

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We ranked Canon Pixma TR8520 #8 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The best all-in-one inkjet printer

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Rtings.com

Alternative with better photo printing quality

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We ranked HP DeskJet 3755 #9 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The best budget inkjet printer

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Investopedia

Most Compact

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We ranked HP OfficeJet 3830 #10 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Lifewire

Best Budget

Pros
Light, compact design
Amazing quality photo prints
Document feeder for copying

Cons
Tri-color cartridge drains quickly
Small control panel

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PhotoWorkout

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We ranked Canon iP8720 #11 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
LD Products

Best for Photos

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Investopedia

Best for Photos

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We ranked Canon Pixma TR150 #12 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Inkjet Printers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best for Inkjet Printing on the Go / Editor's Choice

Pros
Small footprint
Excellent print quality, especially photos
Robust mobile device support
Possible to save predefined templates onboard
Optional detachable battery

Cons
Slow output
Lacks support for flash drives
Somewhat high cost per page
Rechargeable battery is pricey

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Investopedia

Best for Portability

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