Best Home Printers That Make Our Lives Colourful in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 9, 2017
One can hardly overrate usefulness of having a printer at home. Be it a simple recipe, image or document to take with you to the meeting, a home printer will come in handy. Some printers also scan and copy. We offer you our assistance in choosing a printer from the great variety on the market! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
COLOUR SUPPORT
PRINTING RESOLUTION
SCANNING RESOLUTION
PRINTING SPEED
INK YIELDS
TRAY CAPACITY
FEATURES
OS COMPATIBILITY
CONNECTIVITY
Warranty
 
PROS
The printer comes with 5 premium ink cartridges. It has a fully integrated 35-sheet 2-sided automatic document feeder, which increases productivity. You can also connect the device to local network and enjoy printing from several sources.
CONS
The processed materials are pretty expensive.
OUR VERDICT
Canon MX725 multifunctional printer with a ton of additional features can provide you with professional printing quality.
detailed parameters
TYPE
All-in-one, InkJet
COLOUR SUPPORT
PGBK (Pigment Black), BK (Black), C (Cyan), M (Magenta), Y (Yellow)
PRINTING RESOLUTION
9600 x 2400 dpi
SCANNING RESOLUTION
Optical: 2400 x 4800 dpi
PRINTING SPEED
Monochrome: 15 ppm; Colour: 10 ppm
INK YIELDS
PGBK: 375 pages (Standard), 620 (XL), 1000 (XXL); BK: 1645 pages (Standard), 5000 (XL); C: 332 pages (Standard), 700 (XL); M: 333 pages (Standard), 670 (XL); Y: 329 pages (Standard), 700 (XL)
TRAY CAPACITY
250 sheets
FEATURES
Copier, Scanner, Fax, Cloud, Email, Mobile printing, Automatic multipage copying
OS COMPATIBILITY
Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android
CONNECTIVITY
USB 2.0, Ethernet, USB Flash memory port, Wi-Fi IEEE802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v2.0
Warranty
1 year
PROS
You will never be left without a toner thanks to 2 features: 1) there is a toner saving mode, 2) when the toner is running out, the Amazon Dash service will automatically order replenishments for this black and white printer!
CONS
Monochrome printing only.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to the high printing speed and fairly low maintenance costs, this laser printer for home will be a great choice for a small company.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Laser, Only printer
COLOUR SUPPORT
Monochrome
PRINTING RESOLUTION
Black: up to 2400x600 dpi
SCANNING RESOLUTION
No
PRINTING SPEED
Black: 27 ppm
INK YIELDS
Starter - 700 pages Standard - 1,200 pages High Yield - 2,600 pages Drum Unit - 12,000 pages
TRAY CAPACITY
250 sheets
FEATURES
Automatic duplex printing
OS COMPATIBILITY
Mobile OS: Android Computer OS: Windows, Mac OS
CONNECTIVITY
USB, LAN, Wireless
Warranty

1 year

PROS
Save up to 70% of your inks with a special HP Instant service. Manage print tasks easily both with or without the network. Place it wherever you want, it's quite small for a multifunctional device.
CONS
Low resolution specifications in comparison to the other reviewed models.
OUR VERDICT
A compact stylish device with multiple features guarantees formidable quality and ink saving. A perfect solution for at-home use!
detailed parameters
TYPE
All-in-one, InkJet
COLOUR SUPPORT
BK (Black), C (Cyan), M (Magenta), Y (Yellow)
PRINTING RESOLUTION
Black: 1200 x 1200 dpi; Colour: 4800 x 1200 dpi
SCANNING RESOLUTION
Optical: 1200 x 1200 dpi
PRINTING SPEED
Monochrome: 8.5 ppm; Colour: 6 ppm
INK YIELDS
HP 302 Setup Black Ink Cartridge: 135 pages; HP 302 Setup Tri-colour Ink Cartridge: 100 pages
TRAY CAPACITY
60 sheets
FEATURES
Copier, Scanner, Mobile printing, HP Auto-Off Technology, Manual duplex
OS COMPATIBILITY
Windows, Mac OS X
CONNECTIVITY
Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi IEEE802.11 b/g/n
Warranty
1 year
PROS
This printer is a really quiet one. It has low maintenance charges and allows printing out right from your mobile devices. Just bring your smartphone to the special marking on the printer and that’s it!
CONS
No colour printing.
OUR VERDICT
The best choice if you need to print a ton of black-white printing at a high speed. Cheap and cheerful!
detailed parameters
TYPE
Laser printer
COLOUR SUPPORT
Monochrome
PRINTING RESOLUTION
1200 x 1200 dpi
SCANNING RESOLUTION
N/A
PRINTING SPEED
Monochrome: up to 20 ppm
INK YIELDS
Starter Toner Cartridge: 500 pages; Standard Cartridge: 1000 pages
TRAY CAPACITY
150 sheets
FEATURES
WPS, NFC, Mobile printing
OS COMPATIBILITY
Windows, Mac OS X, Linux
CONNECTIVITY
Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi IEEE802.11 b/g/n
Warranty
1 year
PROS
Uses separate ink cartridges, so you can always replace the winding down one. Smart Epson iPrint mobile app allows printing out even PDF files from your smartphone fast and easily.
CONS
A small document feeder.
OUR VERDICT
A perfect fit for social network users, as it provides direct photo print from Facebook via a smartphone. Smart and efficient.
detailed parameters
TYPE
All-in-one, InkJet
COLOUR SUPPORT
BK (Black), C (Cyan), M (Magenta), Y (Yellow)
PRINTING RESOLUTION
5760 x 1440 dpi
SCANNING RESOLUTION
Optical: 1200 x 2400 dpi
PRINTING SPEED
Monochrome: 8 ppm; Colour: 4 ppm
INK YIELDS
Strawberry 29 Black: 175 pages; Cyan, Magenta, Yellow: 180 pages; Strawberry 29XL Black: 470 pages; Cyan, Magenta, Yellow: 450 pages
TRAY CAPACITY
50 sheets
FEATURES
Copier, Scanner, Cloud, Email, Mobile printing, Manual duplex
OS COMPATIBILITY
Windows, Mac OS X
CONNECTIVITY
Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Wi-Fi IEEE802.11 b/g/n
Warranty
1 year

What is a Home Printer?

A home printer increasingly becomes a necessity for most families. If you have a printer at home, no need to search for companies that will provide printing services for your images or documents. All you need to do is turn the printer on and send anything you want to print. Home printers can transfer user's ideas on paper whether it is a project or a book, a great picture or a list of recipes for homemakers, a presentation or some educational materials for students or children. In this article, we don't only review the best home printers, but also help you deal with the selection and types of such devices.

There are also options for a wireless printing and can learn about them in our brand-new wireless printers review. Additionally, consider our review of all-in-one printers.

What Features to Compare

Choosing a printer for home, first of all, you should pay your attention to the major feature - Printing Capabilities. The first parameter to consider it is a printing technology used in the device. There are 2 most widely-used ones: laser and ink-jet.

  • Ink-jet printers use a multicolour ink for printing. The advantages of this kind of printing are a reasonable price of the printer itself as well as the consumables, a high printing speed, a good quality of images and a capability of printing colour documents. The cons are: a relatively low page yield of default cartridges, which is enough for around 150 copies (on average), and also a limited time of a standby - the printer should print at least once in 2-3 weeks to not let the ink get dry.
  • Laser printers can be of 2 types: monochrome (black-and-white) and colour. The most widespread and popular are the monochrome ones. Among the benefits of a laser printer, we can mention a high printing speed and a huge page yield - from 1,000 pages at a single toner. Laser printers are perfect for printing B&W documents but are often inferior to inkjet printers when it comes to printing of images.

The second factor affecting the quality of a document printing is the Printing Resolution - the higher it is, the better the quality. If you are searching the printer for a home photo printing, we'd say that the best choice here is the ink-jet printer with extended colour packs providing correct shades and colour transition. A significant aspect is also a speed of documents printing, measured in pages per minute (ppm). 

Another important feature is the Cartridge and Tray Capacity. Depending on the printing technology, each type of printers is capable of printing its individual number of copies at a single cartridge. Some manufacturers offer cartridges with extended capacity that help you save your money by increasing the number of pages they can print. It is also worth checking the paper tray capacity because this feature seriously impacts the device's usability.

Having decided on the technical side of printing, you should assess the possibilities of a printer itself, for example, Functions. There are 2 categories of printers: MFP (multifunctional printers) and regular printers. MFP combine several devices in one: a copier, a scanner, and a printer, sometimes even a fax. Also, in addition to the standard set for the MFP, the device may have additional features such as printing from a memory card, photo editing directly on the printer owing to the built-in display and software.

Finally, you should decide what devices you could sync with the new printer. For this pay your attention to Connectivity. The hi-tech devices support not only a cable connection but also a wireless Wi-Fi network, which significantly extends the list of gadgets you can sync with the printer.

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Canon MX725 A4 Inkjet

Professional Quality

Each customer choosing a colour printer is willing to get the best printing quality possible and we can state that Canon MX725 will not be a disappointment. Thanks to the excellent printing resolution and 5 individual ink cartridges, you will get a bright print of professional quality without any effort even at home! And what's important for the office work, the printing speed is quite high. 15 pages per minute is a formidable result for this level of quality.

Review of Canon MX725 A4 Inkjet

Ultimate Functionality

Canon MX725 has a ton of useful features which will expand your printing capabilities. This is the only model in our review which has not only printer and scanner functionality but also a built-in fax, so you can exchange documents via a telephone channel. The fax resolution is 300 x 300 dpi for monochrome pictures and 200 x 200 dpi for colour ones. The Bluetooth sync option and an integrated USB Flash memory port are also worth mentioning. The USB port allows printing documents directly from the flash devices and Bluetooth support provides a wireless printing option. Considering all the above we may conclude that this model is the best printer in our review!

Canon MX725 A4 Inkjet in the use

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Detailed review of Canon MX725 A4 Inkjet

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Brother HL-L2340

Printing Capabilities

Brother HL-L2340DW is a laser printer, and that's why it features an impressive printing speed. This device prints 27 pages per minute in black-and-white. This is one of the highest rates in its class. As a rule, laser printers are used in offices where the performance is what matters most. But fear not! In this particular laser printer for home, the high printing speed does not come at the expense of quality but accompanies it. The printing resolution it provides is 2400 x 600 dpi. HL-L2340DW is a great home and office printer.

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Cartridge and Tray Capacity

The high performance of laser printers asks for cartridges designed for large numbers of pages to print. And this Brother HL-L2340DW personal printer provides you with quite a good choice: Starter cartridges for 700 pages, Standard for 1,200 pages, High Yield for 2,600 pages, and Drum Unit for 12,000 pages. The latter option will free you from worries about changing cartridges too often even if your printer undergoes some great workload. In addition, the tray for paper in this model can contain up to 250 sheets, which is 2 times as many as most inkjet printers for home use.

Brother HL-L2340 Wireless Compact Laser Printer Monochrome in the use

Functions

Being a top-notch laser printer for home, Brother HL-L2340DW handles 100% of document printing you need. And we mean not only one-sided but duplex printing too! So you won't need to flip the sheet and print again, and no more wrong sheet placing while doing so since this best printer for home will print your dual-side business documents, reports, invoices, etc. with no fuss at all. And to simplify the control over printing, the manufacturer included the 1-line LCD display.
Detailed review of Brother HL-L2340 Wireless Compact Laser Printer Monochrome

Connectivity

This black-and-white printer is compatible with a great variety of mobile devices, like those from Apple, or based on Android. Kindle Fire, Windows Phone, Blackberry — you can send your documents to print from almost any of them using AirPrint technology, Google Cloud Print, or branded Brother iPrint & Scan. And, of course, you can print from your computer. Moreover, computer printing is available with Wi-Fi Direct wireless interface!
Brother HL-L2340 Wireless Compact Laser Printer Monochrome application

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Brother HL-L2340
Brother HL-L2340
 

HP DeskJet 3630 All-in-One

Save Money With HP

Servicing is one of the key elements which we consider when choosing a printer. This is why Hewlett-Packard Company has invented a special HP Instant Ink service and integrated it into many of its printers, including this model. The idea is that the printer automatically sends info on the ink level to the company and when the printer runs out of ink, the company delivers a new set right to your doorstep. This saves you the trouble of buying them from the stores. The other advantage of HP cartridges is that they contain twice the amount of ink that other cartridges do. To become one of the Instant Ink users, you only need to register with HP. Don't pay for cartridges, pay for results!

Review of HP DeskJet 3630 All-in-One Home Printer

Compact Home Assistant

If you are looking for an inexpensive and versatile printer for multitasking, you've found it! The HP DeskJet 3630 doubles as a scanner and a copier and boasts great resolution specifications. For the price, it's hard to beat 4800 x 1200 resolution for colour printing it offers. The printer itself is rather small and hence, can be installed just about anywhere. It has a modern design to perfectly fit office or living-room interior.

HP DeskJet 3630 All-in-One Home Printer in the use

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HP DeskJet 3630 All-in-One
HP DeskJet 3630 All-in-One
 

Samsung SL-M2026W A4 Mono Wireless

Perfect Office Assistant

The significant feature of Samsung SL-M2026W is that it uses laser printing technology. This means that it uses inks thriftier and allows you not to bother with constant cartridge replacing. Moreover, laser printers run faster, so the amount of pages per minute is usually larger than the inkjet printers can offer. One cartridge will be enough for 1000 pages, and this is a cogent argument speaking of choosing a low-cost printer. The printing speed is up to 20 ppm, which is the best in our top 5! A special NFC spot for easy printing is also worth considering. Thanks to it you will be able to synchronise the printer with your mobile device in a flick of the switch. After that, you will be able to send files to the print queue without any efforts directly from your smartphone! All in all the high speed and low cost of printing will be highly appreciated at work, where there is always a necessity of printing a large amount of documents. 

Review of Samsung SL-M2026W A4 Mono Wireless

Cheap and Stingy

Usually, laser printers are better to use for work purposes, as the laser technology isn't considered the best in providing professional quality of printing photos, but that doesn't mean that laser printers are bad. They are the kings of the black-and-white print, easily coping with large amounts of text and spending inks in a saving manner. Samsung SL-M2026W is all the same, but it also includes lots of features to simplify the printing process for users. All the features in this model are pointed to provide comfort and speed. This is why this model can also be useful for customers, who aren't going to print photos. If you need just an ordinary device to print various lectures, documents etc., this is your best option! 

Samsung SL-M2026W A4 Mono Wireless in the use

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Epson Expression Home XP-245

Be Creative

Epson Expression Home XP-245 All-in-One comes forward when it comes to home use. It is significant not only for economical use of inks, but also for interesting options. The printer uses separate ink cartridges, so you will always be able to replace them individually, which will save you a lot of money. A special mobile app allows users to send files to the print queue in a single action. It also provides smart Facebook functionality, allowing you to print photos straight from this social network and even to create greeting cards of all kinds!

Review of Epson Expression Home XP-245

Smart Technologies

Epson has always had a reputation for the smart at-home and office solutions and its printers are no exception. This model is an excellent all-in-one printer, which is aimed at the customers, who search for a convenient printer with simple controls and decent quality. XP-245 won't stun you with the printing speed, but some of its features will, indeed. It uses individual ink cartridges, so you will save money replacing the only colour used. The printing resolution is 5760 x 1440 dpi and the dimensions of the device allow placing it on any surface you need! The advanced mobile printing feature allows you to print files from emails and mobile devices and even right from Facebook. In addition, you can create custom greeting cards and collages using the free Creative Print app.

Epson Expression Home XP-245 in the use

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