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Tom's Guide names its favorite all-in-one printers based on more than 150 hours of testing. Editors time print, scan, and copy speeds, scrutinize photo prints, calculate printing costs, and evaluate design and ease of use. Each printer is rated on a scale of one to ten and gets a concise, well-illustrated review. Editors name one overall winner, plus favorites in various categories (best budget inkjet, best for photos, etc.).
Wirecutter devotes 40 hours to researching all-in-one printers and testing seven models that fit narrow criteria. They're all priced between $150 and $300, with duplex printing and scanning, an automatic document feeder and a black-and-white print cost of 2 cents per page or less. After testing ease of setup and use, print quality and speed, scanning ability, and paper handling, Keough names a top pick and two alternate choices.
PCMag regularly reviews all-in-one printers, testing their speed and image quality when printing a variety of files. This roundup outlines the editors' top picks for 2018 out of all the models they've tested. A chart makes it easy to compare models by rating, price, and features, with links to full reviews that cover each printer's features and performance in more detail. However, we'd like to see more direct comparisons between models.
Wirecutter tests nine laser printers, including seven all-in-one printers (four color, three black-and-white) for speed, print quality, ease of setup, connectivity, and paper handling. Its top pick is a stand-alone printer, but a black-and-white Samsung and a color HP and Brother also earn recommendations.
Consumer Reports exhaustively tests 131 all-in-one printers and scores their photo, text, graphics, scan and copy quality, as well as text speed, power use, versatility, convenience, and maintenance ink use. Editors also calculate cost of ownership before picking best buys. A separate chart rates brand reliability, based on data from more than 37,000 subscribers. Each printer gets a short write-up, covering details like ease of scanning and networking, and some also receive comments from users.
There are over 4,000 printers for sale on Amazon, including close to 700 all-in-one printers from most major brands. Some multifunction printers have hundreds or even thousands of reviews from users, others only a handful, varying in length and complexity. The review page for each MFP includes a useful feature: a box that contrasts the most helpful positive and negative reviews.
This retail photo and electronics site sells a wide range of photo-centric printers -- including all-in-one photo printers -- and draws hundreds of customer reviews for the most popular ones. The site makes it easy to sort printers to see which ones have the most reviews. This is a great place to check owner feedback if you plan to print photos with your printer.
Best Buy also sells printers from most of the major brands, and the site attracts thousands of customer reviews. Each review includes a star rating and a "Would you recommend this to a friend?" rating, plus a handy summary of the top pros and cons. You can easily sort printers by type and rating to find the best ones.
Staples sells over 400 all-in-one printer models, including some that attract hundreds of customer reviews. However, many of these are discontinued models that are sold used or refurbished. Of the five all-in-one printers we found with high scores from 500 owners or more, only two are still on the market.
Every year, PCMag surveys its subscribers about which tech brands they would be most likely to recommend. Readers rate printer brands (though not individual models) based on ease of setup, reliability, consumables cost, print quality, and tech support. In 2017, Brother was the winner for the eighth straight year, with Xerox a close second.
In this free but older article, Consumer Reports reveals that buyers often won't get as much mileage out of an ink cartridge as professional testers do. Editors run a real-world test – printing just a couple of pages, every other day or so, and shutting off the printer between uses – and find that only Brother printers are "consistently frugal with ink."