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The 10 Best Inkjet Printers - May 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every inkjet printer on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 229 inkjet printers, 535 reviews and 10,400 prices. Last updated 19 May 2017.

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X551dw
#1 in Inkjet Printers

HP X551dw

PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceLes Numeriques.com - 5 StarDigital Versus - 5 Star
5 Reviews + 3 Awards
  • Expert reviews are excellent
  • Supports colour printing
Inkjet
Print Technologies
  • £219.99
    Ebuyer Business
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MG5750
#2 in Inkjet Printers

Canon MG5750

Expert Reviews - Best Buy
4 Reviews + 1 Award
  • One industry award
  • Top seller
  • Has a Wi-Fi
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
  • £50.00
    eBay
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  • More shops: 10
  • £65.99 Ebuyer Business
  • £69.00 Amazon UK
MX925
#3 in Inkjet Printers

Canon MX925

druckerchannel.de - Good
16 Reviews + 1 Award
  • One industry award
  • Good value
  • Popular choice
600 X 2400 DPI
Inkjet
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
  • £83.38
    eBay
    Save £35.62 (30%)
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  • More shops: 23
  • £119.00 Amazon UK
  • £119.95 John Lewis
TS5050
#4 in Inkjet Printers

Canon TS5050

Les Numeriques.com - awardExpert Reviews - Recommended
4 Reviews + 2 Awards
  • Two industry awards
  • A best selling product
  • Has a Wi-Fi
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
  • £65.00
    eBay
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  • More shops: 18
  • £65.25 Amazon UK
  • £65.98 Ebuyer
TS8050
#5 in Inkjet Printers

Canon TS8050

Les Numeriques.com - 5 Star
5 Reviews + 1 Award
  • One industry award
  • A top selling product
  • Has a Wi-Fi
600 X 2400 DPI
Inkjet
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
  • £144.95
    Amazon UK
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  • More shops: 16
  • £149.98 PC World Business
  • £149.99 Ebuyer
EcoTank ET-3600
#6 in Inkjet Printers

Epson EcoTank ET‑3600

18 Reviews + 1 Award
  • Low-priced
  • Fairly priced
  • Has a Wi-Fi
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
  • £329.00
    ao
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WF-100
#7 in Inkjet Printers

Epson WF‑100

computershopper.com - Good For BusinessExpert Reviews - Recommended
17 Reviews + 2 Awards
  • Has a Wi-Fi
  • Has an Energy Star certified
  • Supports borderless printing
760 X 1440 DPI
Inkjet
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
  • £185.99
    John Lewis
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SureColor P800
#8 in Inkjet Printers

Epson SureColor P800

computershopper.com - Editor's ChoiceLydogbilde.no - Especially Recommendedljudochbild.se - Especially Recommendedphotoreview.com.au - Editor's Choice
12 Reviews + 5 Awards
  • Has a Wi-Fi
  • Has an Energy Star certified
  • Supports colour printing
2880 X 1440 DPI
Maximum Resolution
  • £999.00
    Wilkinson Cameras
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Officejet 7510
#9 in Inkjet Printers

HP Officejet 7510

computershopper.com - Editor's Choice
23 Reviews + 1 Award
  • One industry award
  • Has a Wi-Fi
  • Very small maximum duty cycle
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
  • £89.99
    eBay
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  • More shops: 6
  • £89.99 Currys
  • £89.99 PC World
PRO-1000
#10 in Inkjet Printers

Canon PRO‑1000

computershopper.com - Editor's ChoiceEISA.eu - EISA Best ProductLydogbilde.no - Best Buyphotoreview.com.au - Editor's Choice
11 Reviews + 3 Awards
  • Has a Wi-Fi
  • Supports colour printing
  • Supports borderless printing
2400 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
  • £949.00
    Wilkinson Cameras
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Inkjet Printer Brands

Find out how inkjet printer brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their inkjet printers. Click on a link to compare all inkjet printers made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Inkjet Printers Price Range Average Rating
HP logo HP Inkjet Printers 57 £20 - £3,000 78%
Epson logo Epson Inkjet Printers 51 £20 - £2,879 84%
Canon logo Canon Inkjet Printers 35 £22 - £3,502 80%
Brother logo Brother Inkjet Printers 22 £83 - £320
Other brands Other Inkjet Printer Brands 3 £45 - £124

Inkjet Printer Buying Guide

There are 2 main types of printers available on the consumer market - inkjet and laser printers. Both have strengths and weaknesses, and your choice will largely depend on what you plan on using your printer for. This guide will concentrate on information about inkjet printers - for a detailed rundown of laser printers, please see the guide under the Laser/LED printer category.

So, inkjet printers. As the name would suggest, these printers function by squirting a thin, focussed stream of black & coloured ink onto the page. This process makes inkjet significantly slower than laser printers, however there are capable of printing far more vivid colours, higher detail photos, and are generally far more preferable for colour-dependant printing.

Ink Cartridges

Inkjet printers are generally cheaper than laser printers, however they have significantly higher running costs. This is because the individual ink cartridges used for the printing (usually 4 - black, yellow, magenta & cyan) are expensive to purchase, and are used up far quickly than toner cartridges for laser printers. Therefore though inkjet printers may seem like a good bargain when you first buy them, they may be a false saving if you only print black and white documents - a laserjet will save more money in the long term.

On the subject of cartridges, there are two main types of ink cartridges used for these printers - dye and pigment inks. While there isn’t a massive difference between the two, dye inks give more vivid and brighter colours, whereas pigments inks are more resilient, and less prone to fading. However recent improvements to both types of ink have shortened the gap between them, meaning you won’t really go wrong with either choice of ink type.

Print Quality

When choosing an inkjet printer, print quality is among the most important considerations. The output quality of the printers on our site are measured in dots per inch (dpi) - higher dpi printers use more ink in denser configurations. This allow for far more detail and colour depth to be packed into every inch of the printing, leading to far higher quality prints.

It is also important to consider the number of print nozzles when choosing an inkjet printer. The more nozzles a printer has, the higher the density of ink it can apply to the page. Printers with a very high number of nozzles will be more expensive than other models, but you will gain far higher-quality prints from it, so it may well be worth the expense.

Photo Printing

While not as high quality as dedicated photo printers, inkjet printers are still effective at printing high-quality photos - far more so than laser printers. If you are interested in using your inkjet to print photos, it would be best to look for the printer with the highest print quality (dpi and colour depth). You will also need specialist photo paper to get the best results from photo printing - this paper is thicker and has a glossy coating that is specifically designed to stop the inks from blotting or merging, and provide a professional-level result when printing photos at home.

Print Speed

Inkjet printers are significantly slower than their laser printing cousins. However even within inkjet printers, there is a significant variety in print speeds - some models of inkjet printer can take double the time to print a page when compared to newer and more efficient models. All of our printers have detailed stats on the number of pages they can print a minute, broken down into black and white, colour, photo, etc. This will allow you to make the best decision as to the printer that best suits your needs.

Connectivity

Most models of inkjet printers have several different network connectivity options to make printing easier and more efficient. Ethernet connectivity is now a common feature in modern printers - so data can be transferred over a network without having to plug your computer into the printer directly. This makes it far easier to share printers with groups: the printer can be placed in a central area and used freely by everyone around.

Additionally, many models of inkjet printer also have wifi and/or bluetooth connectivity. These options mean that you do not even have to use a wire to use the printer - data can be transferred over wireless connection.

Finally, the newest models of printers have support for cloud or app printing. These options allow you to send a document to print from anywhere in the world - from a browser over the cloud, or from an app on your smartphone. While you will pay more money for these options, the convenience they provide may be worth the extra expenditure.

Inkjet Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

Inkjet Printer Prices

In total we found 164 inkjet printers ranging from £20 to £3,663. A new inkjet printer costs on average £282 and 80% of inkjet printers are priced between £40 and £494. The Epson XP-335 is the cheapest inkjet at only £20, and Canon G1100 is the most expensive at £3,662.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Price Range

Epson inkjet printers start at £20 and the most expensive Epson inkjet printer costs £2,879. The average price of Epson inkjet printers is £440 which is the highest average price of all inkjet printer brands.

Canon inkjets range in price from £22 to £3,662, and the average price of Canon inkjets is £242 which is the second highest average price of all inkjet brands.

The average price of HP inkjet printers is £208 which is the third highest average price of all inkjet brands. HP inkjet printers range in price from £28 to £3,000.

Inkjet Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 151 expert 0 reviews written online and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of inkjet. Brother is the top rated inkjet brand with an average rating of 83%. Epson is the second best brand with 81% and Canon is the third best brand with 77%.

Biggest Inkjet Retailers

We found 214 current offers for inkjets from eBay making it the biggest inkjet retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, PC World Business for whom we found 121 current offers for inkjets. The third biggest retailer is BT Shop with 103 current inkjet offers.

When Are Most New Inkjets Released?

September to October is the most common period for new inkjet printers to be released in. If you want the latest inkjet printer features you may be best waiting until September 2017. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current inkjets cheaper in September once the latest models have been released. The biggest month last year for new inkjet printer releases was October, with seven new inkjet printers released that month. In September 2015 135 new inkjets were released making it the biggest month that year for new inkjet releases. 18 new inkjets were released in July 2014 making it the biggest month that year for new inkjet releases.

How Fast Do Inkjet Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, inkjets drop in price by 15% on average. That means that on a typical inkjet printer costing £282 you could save on average £42 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

Maximum printing resolution.

Amongst new inkjets, the most frequently found maximum resolution is 4800 x 1200 DPI. We found 55 inkjets that are inkjets that have a Maximum resolution of 4800 x 1200 DPI. The second most common maximum resolution amongst new inkjets is 5760 x 1440 DPI. We found 28 inkjets that are inkjets that have a Maximum resolution of 5760 x 1440 DPI.

Colour Printing

Biggest Inkjet Printer Retailers

The biggest inkjet printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 214 current inkjet printer offers from eBay. The second biggest inkjet printer retailer is PC World Business with 121 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than PC World Business when it comes to inkjet printers. BT Shop is the third biggest retailer with 103 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Inkjets?

With the cheapest price on 50 inkjets, eBay is most frequently the cheapest inkjet printer retailer.

Proportion of Inkjet Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest inkjet printer prices (found to be cheapest for 23.4% of its inkjet printers).

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