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The 10 Best Inkjet Printers - June 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 233 inkjet printers, 574 reviews and 10,700 prices. Last updated 23 June 2017.

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#1 in Inkjet Printers
TS8050

Canon TS8050

Les Numeriques.com - 5 Star
Reviews
82
1 Award
Value for Money
90
Excellent
Features
93
Fully-Featured
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
84
Excellent
9600 X 2400 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
#2 in Inkjet Printers
SureColor P800

Epson SureColor P800

computershopper.com - Editor's ChoiceLydogbilde.no - Especially Recommendedljudochbild.se - Especially Recommendedphotoreview.com.au - Editor's Choice
Reviews
95
5 Awards
Value for Money
11
Mediocre
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
67
2 Years Old
Overall Score
83
Excellent
2880 X 1440 DPI
Inkjet
May 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
#3 in Inkjet Printers
iB4050

Canon iB4050

Trusted Reviews - Recommended
Reviews
73
1 Award
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
81
Fully-Featured
Age
73
2 Years Old
Overall Score
77
Very Good
600 X 1200 DPI
Oct 2015
Maximum Resolution
Release Date
#4 in Inkjet Printers
PRO-1000

Canon PRO‑1000

computershopper.com - Editor's ChoiceEISA.eu - EISA Best ProductLydogbilde.no - Best Buyphotoreview.com.au - Editor's Choice
Reviews
88
4 Awards
Value for Money
9
Mediocre
Features
79
Good Features
Age
75
2 Years Old
Overall Score
76
Very Good
2400 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Nov 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
#5 in Inkjet Printers
MG5750

Canon MG5750

Expert Reviews - Best Buy
Reviews
88
1 Award
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
43
Good Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
73
Very Good
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
#6 in Inkjet Printers
TS5050

Canon TS5050

Les Numeriques.com - awardExpert Reviews - Recommended
Reviews
83
2 Awards
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
43
Good Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
71
Very Good
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
#7 in Inkjet Printers
X551dw

HP X551dw

PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceLes Numeriques.com - 5 StarDigital Versus - 5 Star
Reviews
93
3 Awards
Value for Money
62
Good
Features
31
Missing Some Features
Age
81
1 Year Old
Overall Score
71
Very Good
Inkjet
Apr 2016
Print Technologies
Release Date
#8 in Inkjet Printers
Officejet Pro 6230

HP Officejet Pro 6230

PC Mag - Editor's ChoiceExpert Reviews - Recommended
Reviews
82
2 Awards
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
43
Good Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
71
Very Good
600 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
#9 in Inkjet Printers
TS6050

Canon TS6050

Les Numeriques.com - 5 Star
Reviews
78
1 Award
Value for Money
89
Excellent
Features
47
Good Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
69
Good
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date
#10 in Inkjet Printers
Officejet 7510

HP Officejet 7510

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
46
Good Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Overall Score
68
Good
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technologies
Release Date

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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 54 £26 - £3,000 90%
Epson logo Epson Inkjet Printers 53 £20 - £2,879 89%
Canon logo Canon Inkjet Printers 35 £22 - £3,502 74%
Brother logo Brother Inkjet Printers 22 £72 - £292
Other brands Other Inkjet Printer Brands 3 £55 - £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 Prices

Inkjets range in price from £20 to £3,503 and in total we found prices for 164 inkjets. The average price of a new inkjet is £256 and 80% of inkjet printers are priced between £39 and £465. The Epson XP-335 is the cheapest inkjet at only £20, and Canon G1100 is the most expensive at £3,502.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Price Range

Epson inkjets range in price from £20 to £2,879, and the average price of Epson inkjets is £333 which is the highest average price of all inkjet brands.

HP inkjets range in price from £27 to £3,000, and the second highest average inkjet printer price out of all brands is HP inkjets with an average price of £246.

Canon inkjet printers range in price from £22 to £3,502, and the third highest average inkjet printer price out of all brands is Canon inkjet printers with an average price of £241.

Inkjet Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 155 expert 0 reviews available online and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of inkjet. The top three inkjet printer brands are Brother, Epson and Canon. Brother has an average rating of 89%, Epson has an average rating of 81% and Canon has an average rating of 77%.

Biggest Inkjet Retailers

The biggest inkjet printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 186 current inkjet printer offers from eBay. The second biggest inkjet printer retailer is PC World Business with 115 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 99 current offers.

When Are Most New Inkjets Released?

Most new inkjets tend to be released between September and October. If you wait until September 2017 then you might be able to get better features on your inkjet printer. Also the price of the current inkjet printers may drop off just before the latest models are released in September. October was the biggest month in 2016 for new inkjet printers, 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 printer releases. In 2014 most new inkjets were released in July, with 18 new inkjets released that month.

How Fast Do Inkjet Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, inkjets drop in price by 11% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £28 on a typical £256 new inkjet by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

Maximum printing resolution.

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

Colour Printing

Biggest Inkjet Printer Retailers

The biggest inkjet printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 186 current inkjet printer offers from eBay. The second biggest inkjet printer retailer is PC World Business with 115 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 99 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Inkjets?

With the cheapest price on 42 inkjet printers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest inkjet printer retailer.

Proportion of Inkjets for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest retailer by number of inkjet for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 22.6% of its inkjet printers.

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