The Best All-In-One Laser Printers [December 2020]
Although many of us might have moved away from keeping printers in our home, 2020 has proven that the impossible can happen. If you find yourself working from home, PDFs may not be cutting it anymore. Whether you’re printing mail labels, documents, or working with creative arts, having a reliable printer that won’t distort colors can go a long way. While we’ve all come to deal with the pain that inkjet printers bring—high ink costs, fake expiration dates, and lately, printers disabling printing once ink levels hit 50 percent—there’s a better way to print that won’t cause you headaches.
Laser printing is the way of the future. With incredible printing speeds as high as 50 pages per minute, as well as longer-lasting toner that won’t expire weeks after purchasing, an all-in-one laser printer is truly the best way to bring some sanity back to your home office. If you’re new to the world of laser printing, it can be an overwhelming experience—especially because laser printers are much more expensive than their ink-based counterparts. Thankfully, there’s an obvious option to pick if you’re ready to buy a new printer, and your decision can be reduced down to one question: color or monochrome?
These are the best laser all-in-one printers you can buy today.
Finding an affordable laser printer that includes color is difficult. Inkjet printers make it easy—and affordable—to print in color, but they’re slow, wasteful, and ink refills can often cost more than just buying a new printer. Unfortunately, while switching to laser printing can help you avoid wasting ink cartridges that mark themselves as empty after just a few uses, laser printers come with their own issues. They’re expensive, large, and most affordable home laser printers still exclusively print in monochrome, eliminating the ability to show off your kid’s school project or color code your weekly schedule.
Every single printer on this list prints in monochrome—except, of course, for our top pick. This is the Brother HL-L3290CDW, and if you need to print in color, this is the laser printer for you. Not only is Brother the most trusted name in printing, but this printer in particular does it all so well. At $299, it’s not a budget printer, but if you’re looking for an investment in your home office that can last for years without the annoyances that come with most printers, this is the unit for you.
Despite the switch to color, the L3290 keeps printing fast, with speeds up to 25 pages per minute in both monochrome and color. The flatbed scan glass located at the top of the printer means copying and scanning is quick, simple, and produces crystal-clear copies. Brother also offers a number of printing options to help lower your toner usage, including high-yield toner for reduced color printing and a toner save mode. And of course, it wouldn’t be a modern printer without a gluttony of wireless printing options, so the next time you need to print a document from your phone, it’s just a few taps away from being yours.
So what’s bad about this printer? Honestly, not much. As always, the size is a complaint—despite Brother advertising this as a “compact” laser printer, it’s going to take up a decent amount of space in your home office. The LCD display is also pretty basic, a far cry from the touch-equipped color displays that most other printers have switched to within the last few years. And of course, color printing means you’ll need to replace each color toner individually, which can get expensive fast. While Brother sells black toner for around $50, cyan, magenta, and yellow toner can run you $70 each.
It doesn’t matter. Aside from those small nitpicks, this is the printer to get if you want an all-in-one laser printer that includes support for color. It’s fast, easy to set up, and comes from our favorite printer company working today. Those who don’t need color printing should look at the rest of our list to save some cash, but for everyone else? You’ve found your next printer.
- Affordable color laser printing
- Wireless printing options
- Excellent print speeds
- Basic LCD display
- Very large
- Color toner is expensive
If you don’t need color printing, you’re still going to want to stick with Brother printers. The MFCL2710DW can save you $100 over Brother’s color alternative, while still offering one of the best printing experiences on the market today. This printer combines every feature we loved from the L3290 into a more affordable alternative, while also improving some of the flaws from our top pick. Unlike the more expensive model, the 2710DW includes fax support, and improves printing speeds to 36 pages per minute. That makes this a fantastic printer for anyone working in an office environment, home or otherwise.
Aside from the lack of color, this is the same great Brother experience customers have grown to know and love. Toner support also allows you to pick up Brother’s cheaper TN730 toner—although for the best quality, TN760 is the way to go. Still no touch display on this unit, but Amazon Dash support keeps you up to date on your toner without a single reminder, and wireless support lets you print from your PC or phone without issues.
This is a relatively basic laser printer, but it gets the job done for a low entry cost. It won’t blow you away, but it’s reliable, with excellent customer support from Brother.
- Fast 36ppm print rate
- Includes fax support
- Amazon Dash refills keep your printer always working
- Expensive high-end toner
- No touch display
The crew at TechJunkie are total Brother stans, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t willing to recommend printers from competitors. HP’s lineup has come a long way, and although their InkJet printers can still provide some headaches, their laser printer series doesn’t suffer from the same drawbacks. At $329, HP’s 1202w laser printer is a pricey model, but it features an excellent design, a large paper tray, and a dedicated mobile app for printing directly from your phone.
Although the 1202w isn’t the fastest printer on this list, it still manages to produce prints at 22ppm, and it more than makes up for its reduction in speed with an improved print limit per toner kit. With the in-box toner, HP claims up to 5,000 prints, far above anything claimed by the competition. That reduces your toner cost per year, and lets you use your printer without having to worry about running out to the store to pick up a toner refill kit. Meanwhile, the HP Smart app handles mobile printing and printer setup, eliminating the need for a full PC to install printer drivers.
Unfortunately, the lack of two-sided printing is a major drawback here, as is the missing Ethernet port for wired connection. Still, with support for custom printing shortcuts, a 150-page tray, an environmentally-friendly power save mode, this is an excellent printer from HP.
- Large paper tray
- Large amount of toner included in box
- Great mobile app
- Slower ppm printing rate
- No two-sided printing
You don’t need to break an arm and a leg to pick up a laser printer. HP’s cheaper Laserjet Pro M148dw is an affordable option built to make it easy for anyone to print with the speed and efficiency of laser printing. Despite its clunky design, the M148dw offers some of the best value you can find today. HP kept the 150-page tray from the 1202w, but adds much-needed double-sided printing, as well as a faster 30 pages per minute print speed. You do lose the insane toner volume included with HP’s more expensive unit, but with 1,000 pages available for printing out of the box, it’s a solid trade-off at half the cost.
There may not be much special about the M148dw, but for an entry-level printer, it beats both Brother units on this list, while providing a comparable customer support experience from HP.
- Affordable laser printer
- Two-sided printer support
- Reduced in-box toner
- Ugly design
The best thing about this printer from Canon, unfortunately, won’t last forever. Although it usually sells for well over $400, at the time of publishing, Canon’s ImageCLASS MF267dw is a whopping 68 percent off for the holiday season, dropping the price to just $160. That makes it a must-own at the time of publishing, especially if you’re shopping for a small business or office environment.
Even when this printer isn’t on sale, it’s still a great choice. Built for performance above all else, Canon’s ImageCLASS prints up to 30 pages per minute, while holding 250 sheets in its tray. Support for both wireless and mobile printing make document creation easier than ever, and Alexa integration lets you print with just your voice. And as an all-in-one unit, Canon includes support for copying, scanning, and faxing documents, all controlled from the monochrome touch display on the front of the printer.
All in all, Canon’s printer is a great machine—especially at this price. Although Canon’s support isn’t quite up to snuff with both Brother and HP, this is an excellent printer, whether or not this sale continues into 2021.
- Incredible holiday sale
- Solid print rate
- Large paper tray
- Huge printer
- Expensive when not on sale