Best all-in-one printer for home office and remote working in 2024

In this guide

One of the best all-in-one printers for home

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The quick list ↩
1. Best overall: Canon TS6320
2. Best laser: Canon MF655Cdw
3. For students: Canon TR7020
4. Economical: Canon GX6550
5. Best for photos: Canon TS8320
7. For offices: HP MFP479fdw
8. Best A3: Epson EcoTank ET-7750
How to choose
How we test
FAQs

The best all-in-one printers are jacks of all trades. They don't just print documents and photos, they also let you scan and copy stuff (and some even send faxes too). We've reviewed and tested lots of them to choose the best multifunctional printers, also known as multifunction printers or MFPs, on the market today to include in our guide below.

Remember that when buying a printer the initial price is not the only cost consideration. Most inkjet printers are sold with small 'installation' cartridges, which can run dry quite quickly. That's why we've also included Canon Maxify and Epson 'EcoTank' printers, which are more expensive initially but use a bottle-based ink system that's cheaper in the long run. 

Most of our choices are inkjet printers, which we think are the better option for cost-effective home printing, but we have also included a couple of multifunction laser printers. While more expensive, these can churn out documents much more quickly. If you only want to scan, though, see our guide on the best scanners instead.

The quick list

Best all-in-one printers in 2024

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Best all-in-one printer overall

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The best all-in-one printer overall

Specifications

Type: Inkjet
Max print/scan resolution: 4800/2400dpi
Cartridges: 5
Mono/color print speed: 15/10ppm
Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi
Dimensions (WxL): 376x359x141mm
Weight: 6.3kg

Reasons to buy

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Fast, high-quality output
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Smart paper handling

Reasons to avoid

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No touchscreen

Canon’s five-ink printers typically give you the best of both worlds. The combination of a pigment black ink plus dye-based cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks delivers immaculate quality for crisp mono and color documents, as well as superb photo output.

Known as the Canon PIXMA TS6320 in America, and the PIXMA TS6350 in Europe, this latest model in the line-up has smart paper handling options, including a space-saving motorized output tray that extends from the front, an internal paper input cassette, plus a rear-loading feeder that’s ideal for photo paper and alternative media sizes. Automatic duplex printing is also available, with the potential of saving paper and postage costs. 

When we reviewed the Canon PIXMA TS6320, we found that it excelled at pretty much everything, from the humdrum printing of home working to producing beautiful photographs. While it does lack a touchscreen, it boasts an intuitive onboard control system based on a high-quality OLED display.

Read our full Canon PIXMA TS6320/TS6350 review for more details.

Best all-in-one laser printer

Canon i-SENSYS MF655Cdw / imageCLASS MF653Cdw

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The best all-in-one printer for multiple functions

Specifications

Type: Laser
Max print/scan resolution: 1200x1200dpi
Cartridges: 4
Mono/color print speed: Mono: up to 27ipm / Color: 14ipm
Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi
Dimensions (WxL): 451x460x360mm
Weight: 22.6kg

Reasons to buy

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Impressive printing/scanning quality
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Good turn of speed
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5-inch color touchscreen interface

Reasons to avoid

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Low-capacity color ‘setup’ cartridges
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Quite weighty at 22.6kg

If you're going to use all the functions on your printer (printing, scanning, and copying) on a regular basis, this color laser printer is our top pick. It’s competitively priced and has reasonable running costs, along with excellent connectivity options, an intuitive color touchscreen interface, and a decent turn of speed. Basically it ticks all of the right boxes for the home office or small business environment

Read our full Canon i-SENSYS MF655Cdw / imageCLASS MF653Cdw review.

Best for children and students

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The best all-in-one printer for children and students

Specifications

Type: Inkjet
Max print/scan resolution: 5800/2400dpi
Cartridges: 2
Mono/color print speed: 13/6.8ppm
Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Dimensions (WxL): 403x364x206mm
Weight: 8.2kg

Reasons to buy

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Fast printing and scanning
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Auto duplex printing

Reasons to avoid

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Mediocre photo quality
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Only four inks

The Canon PIXMA TR7020 / TS7450 (depending on whether you're in the UK or US) only has four colors in its two cartridges, and the quality of photos it prints is pretty mediocre. So why are we recommending it? Because it's perfect for homework, is able to print double-sided, and spits out plenty of pages per minute. 

With USB, Wi-FI, and Bluetooth, you've got plenty of connectivity options for sending documents to print, and it's also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant if you prefer to issue voice commands. 

In our review, we were impressed by the printer's mono document printing, which is fast, crisp, and detailed. And while the fairly minimal cartridge setup means photo printing is lackluster, it does keep the running costs low, making this a great choice of home-working printer for schoolchildren, students, and adults.

Read our full Canon PIXMA TR7020 / TS7450 review for more details.

Best pigment ink all-in-one printer

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The best all-in-one pigment ink printer

Specifications

Type: Inkjet
Max print/scan resolution: 4,800 x 1,200 dpi
Cartridges: 4
Mono/color print speed: 33ppm/20ppm
Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet
Dimensions (WxL): 375 x 347 x 231mm
Weight: 6.7kg

Reasons to buy

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3 years of ink for free
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4 pigment inks
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Ink is generally cheap

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive initial purchase price
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No touchscreen

Designed for the small or home office, and with hybrid workers in mind, this Canon printer runs on four pigment-based inks which are bottle-fed, claiming to reduce the total cost of ownership by 90%, compared with many popular inkjet and laser printers. It takes printing, scanning and copying in its stride, thanks to an intuitive touchscreen control panel. 

For the latter two tasks, it also features a 35-sheet ADF which, unusually, enables front-loading rather than from the side, potentially saving space and adding to its compact credentials. It’s a fast and versatile printer that’s easy to live with and cheap to run.

Read our full Canon MAXIFY GX6550 review for more details.

Note that the GX6550 that we reviewed is not sold in the US. A close equivalent is the  GX6021 (see prices below)

Best for photos

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The best all-in-one printer for photos

Specifications

Type: Inkjet
Max print/scan resolution: 4800/4800dpi
Cartridges: 6
Mono/color print speed: 15/10ppm
Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi
Dimensions (WxL): 373x319x141mm
Weight: 6.6kg

Reasons to buy

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6-ink system for enhanced photo quality
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Intuitive touchscreen control

Reasons to avoid

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Sixth ink is only useful for photos

Building on Canon’s rich heritage of five-ink printers, this model goes one better with its six-ink system. You get the usual mix of pigment-based black and dye-based CMYK, plus a ‘photo blue’ ink for more vivid photo output with even smoother graduations. It’s simply the best A4/Letter sized photo printer on the market, but it’s equally adept at office duties. When we reviewed the PIXMA TS8320, we found that mono and color print speeds were fast, as was the quality. 

Further automation extends to a motorized tilting front panel and extending output tray, along with auto paper width detection, which can save setup time when using different sizes of media. Speaking of which, there are dual input paths including an internal cassette and rear feeder. This printer is called the Canon PIXMA TS8320 in North America, and the TS8350 in most other places around the world.

Read our full Canon PIXMA TS8320/ TS8350 review for more details

Best A3 all-in-one printer

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Double up on print size with the best large format all-in-one printer

Specifications

Type: Inkjet
Max print/scan resolution: 4800/4800dpi
Cartridges: 4
Mono/colour print speed: 28/28ppm
Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet
Dimensions (WxL): 526x415x168mm
Weight: 10.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Large format A3+ printing with 13in head
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High-capacity ink tanks

Reasons to avoid

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Scanner is only A4/letter size
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Expensive initial purchase price

For most home-office needs, an A4/letter-sized printer will suffice. However, if you need to create larger output, or maybe fold a larger sheet of paper in half to effectively make a four-page A4/letter-sized pamphlet, this 13-inch Epson printer is the ideal solution. 

It’s also a dab hand at creating A3+/13x19-inch photo prints. A major frustration of most large-format printers is that you can find yourself perpetually running on empty, for at least one or more of the ink cartridges.

Typical of Epson’s EcoTank range of printers, this one has high-volume ink tanks instead of cartridges and is supplied with sufficient ink to create thousands of mono and color documents, or up to 3,400 6x4-inch photos, with correspondingly smaller amounts of larger sizes.

Read our full Epson EcoTank ET-7750 review for more details

Best all-in-one printer for small offices

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7. Brother MFC-L3770CDW

The best all-in-one printer for laser-like quality

Specifications

Type: Laser
Max print/scan resolution: 2400/1200dpi
Cartridges: 4
Mono/color print speed: 25/25ppm
Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, NFC
Dimensions (WxL): 409x508x414mm
Weight: 24.4kg

Reasons to buy

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50-sheet ADF and fax capability
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Good connections, including NFC
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Includes fax

Reasons to avoid

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Quite pricey to run
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Not great for photo output

Typical of relatively low-cost ‘laser’ printers, this one is based on an LED array rather than actual laser technology. It’s certainly fast and highly effective, however, churning out mono or color prints at up to 25 pages per minute. You can photocopy or scan to your computer, as well as send direct faxes, all of which take advantage of a built-in auto document feeder. 

A 3.7-inch touchscreen makes for easy menu navigation and the printer is well-connected, adding NFC to the usual range of USB, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet options. Running costs are fairly competitive for mono printing but a bit pricey for color.

How to choose the best all-in-one printer?

The best multifunction printer for you will depend on what you want to print and scan, how often, in what quantity and at what size. For general office use, to print text documents, you may want to go for an economical inkjet printer option: either one that's economical to buy, or one that costs more upfront but is cheaper to supply with ink, such as the Canon Maxify range. 

Be warned that the initial price of buying a printer is not the only cost consideration. Most inkjet printers are sold with standard-capacity or 'installation' cartridges, which can run dry surprisingly quickly. Canon Maxify and Epson's EcoTank printers are quite expensive initially but use a more efficient bottle-based ink system that's cheaper in the long run. 

Photographers looking to make prints will have much higher demands in terms of print quality, and will benefit from an option with more inks, such as the Canon PIXMA TS8320 / TS8350, since this allows for much smoother gradations.

We generally recommend inkjet printers for individual use. However, if you need to print large volumes, you might want to consider an all-in-one laser printer. These are more expensive but print large quantities faster. Finally, most all-in-one printers print at up to A4 size. If you're looking to print at larger sizes, the number of multifunction options is much smaller, but we have included a large-format A3 all-in-one printer in our list.

How we tested the best all-in-one printers

We test as many all-in-one printers as we can get our hands on, and we look at the speed and quality at which they can print documents and photos. We test using a range of printing jobs, from monochrome A4 documents to full-color photographs, and assess the level of detail and color rendition the printer achieves. 

We also look at the running cost of the printer – how quickly it burns through ink, and how much its cartridges cost to replace – to get an idea of how it will perform in the long term. Plus we assess how easy the printer is to use – how easy its menus are to navigate, and the options it provides for connectivity (USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc).

FAQs

What is an all-in-one printer?

An all-in-one printer, or a multi-function printer, is a machine that does more than prints. Functions can vary, but typically they serve as scanners and photocopiers as well as printers, and some can also fax.

What are the advantages of an all-in-one printer

The main benefits of an all-in-one printer are economy and space. While many multi-function printers are larger than simple compact printers, they have a much smaller footprint than what a separate printer, scanner and copier would have. That means less desk space taken up, and few cables trailing around. And while they're often more expensive than buying a printer alone, they are much cheaper than buying all of those devices separately.

Do all-in-one printers have any disadvantages

As you'll see in our guide above, there are a lot of different multifunctional printers around, each with its own pros and cons. Like with any device designed to serve various functions, it can sometimes be the case that it doesn't do any of the jobs as well as a dedicated device. Some all-in-one printers do not offer the best quality printing for photos, for example. However, some do, and we have included an option that we think is particularly good for printing images.

Another potential image is if one function of the device fails, the other features could also fail. In some multifunctional printers, an issue with the ink will prevent you from being able to scan or copy. Some all-in-one printers will allow you to scan documents when there is no ink cartridge or no ink in the cartridge but some do not.

Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 


His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 


In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.

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