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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique inkjet printers rating which considers: 10,000 UK prices • 6,200 expert & user reviews • 420 product comparisons • 62 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Epson WF7210DTW

36 Reviews
au.pcmag.com - Editor's choice

£134.49

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20ppm
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4800 X 2400 DPI
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Aug 2017
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Epson WF7710DWF

189 Reviews

£137.65

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10ppm
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4800 X 2400 DPI
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Oct 2016
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HP Officejet Pro 8210

£74.66

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18ppm
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1200 X 2400 DPI
2400 x 1200
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Jun 2018
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Canon TS6250

5 Reviews
Expert Reviews - Recommended

£79.99

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10ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Apr 2017
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Epson Expression XP6105

£69.00

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32ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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May 2017
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Epson WF7720DTWF

33 Reviews

£179.99

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10ppm
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4800 X 2400 DPI
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Jul 2016
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HP Officejet Pro 6230

68 Reviews
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£41.19

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10ppm
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1200 X 600 DPI
600 x 1200
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Oct 2016
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Epson WFC5210DW

£131.80

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34ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Canon TS8250

12 Reviews

£99.99

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10ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Dec 2017
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Canon TS5050

183 Reviews
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£59.98

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9ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Sep 2015
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Canon PIXMA TS705

£51.17

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15ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Jan 2019
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Epson XP352

£43.23

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4.5ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Dec 2016
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Canon PIXMA TS205

18 Reviews
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£24.99

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4ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Dec 2017
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Epson XP8500

£79.99

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9ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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May 2016
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Canon IP8750

144 Reviews
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£140.00

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10.4ppm
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9600 X 2400 DPI
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Nov 2015
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Epson XP6100

£69.99

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15.8ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Epson XP5105

4 Reviews

£59.98

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7.5ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Dec 2016
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Epson Expression Photo HD XP‑15000

£259.00

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29ppm
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5760 X 1440 DPI
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Epson XP255

£39.99

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3.1ppm
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Epson WFC5290DW

£183.77

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34ppm
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4800 X 1200 DPI
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Jan 2018

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What Are The Best Inkjet Printer Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every inkjet printer and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated inkjet printer brand is HP with an average rating of 86%. Compare all award winning inkjet printers.

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HP Inkjet Printers 122 £20 - £3,895
86%
186 reviews
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Epson Inkjet Printers 110 £32 - £1,794
85%
464 reviews
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Canon Inkjet Printers 93 £20 - £489
79%
4,114 reviews
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Brother Inkjet Printers 36 £85 - £469
66%
74 reviews

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XP-960
£179.00
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iP8750
£140.00
£39 cheaper
One more award
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Epson
WF-100
£189.15
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OfficeJet 200
£178.49
£11 cheaper
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MG3050
£29.00
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DeskJet 2620
£21.00
£8 cheaper
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MFC-J6930
£196.08
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Wf-7720dtwf
£179.99
£16 cheaper
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MG3650
£29.95
£23 cheaper
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£53.39
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£76.99
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£59.95
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£115.44
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£39.00
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£120.00
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MFC-J5330DW
£117.98
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Canon
MG3650
£29.95
£12 cheaper
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DeskJet 3630
£42.09
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Canon
MG3050
£29.00
£13 cheaper
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DeskJet 3630
£42.09
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speed (colour)
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Canon
iP8750
£140.00
£119 cheaper
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Expression Photo HD XP-15000
£259.00
Two years newer
Better brand
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XP-442
£139.00
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TS5050
£59.98
£79 cheaper
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Canon
MG3650
£29.95
£85 cheaper
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Epson
XP-342
£114.90
Better brand
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Canon
TS5050
£59.98
Better Kagoo
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Three more
awards
Faster print
speed (colour)
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HP
ENVY 5020
£39.00
£21 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by five
months
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DeskJet 3630
£42.09
£73 cheaper
Better Kagoo
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XP-342
£114.90
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TS8151
£115.44
10% faster
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£70.00
£45 cheaper
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is duplex printing?
ADuplex printing is the ability to print on both sides of the paper - either simultaneously, or automatically turning the paper over to print on the other side. It means you can utilise both sides of the paper.
QWhat is Pictbridge?
APictbridge - or Direct Printing - is a system to allow users to print photos directly from their camera or phone, without having to connect to a computer first. This can either be done using a cable or wifi.
QWhat is an envelope feeder?
AAn envelope feeder allows you to load up a quantity of envelopes, which are then pulled into the printer to have addresses/names/etc printed directly onto them, rather than having to use labels.

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.

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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 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.

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.

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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.

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 232 inkjets ranging from £20 to £3,895. On average, a new inkjet costs £222 and 80% of inkjet printers are priced between £40 and £428. The Canon MG2550S is the cheapest inkjet printer at only £20, and HP DesignJet Z5200 is the most expensive at £3,895.

Inkjet Brands - Price Range

HP inkjet printers start at £20 and their most expensive inkjet costs £3,895. The highest average inkjet price out of all brands is HP inkjet printers with an average price of £299.

Epson inkjet printers range in price from £32 to £1,794, and the average price of Epson inkjet printers is £250 which is the second highest average price of all inkjet brands.

Brother inkjets start at £85 and their most expensive inkjet printer costs £469. The average price of Brother inkjets is £177 which is the third highest average price of all inkjet printer brands.

Inkjet Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 379 expert reviews and 4,554 user reviews for inkjets and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of inkjet. HP is the top rated inkjet printer brand with an average rating of 86%. Epson is the second best brand with 85% and Canon is the third best brand with 79%.

Biggest Inkjet Retailers

The biggest inkjet printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 224 current inkjet printer offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 131 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to inkjets. PC World Business is the third biggest retailer with 110 current offers.

When Are Most New Inkjets Released?

The most common period for new inkjet printers to be released in is between August and October. That means that most of the latest inkjet technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. In August 2018, 16 new inkjet printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new inkjet releases. 14 new inkjet printers were released in December 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new inkjet releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new inkjet releases was October, with 31 new inkjets released that month.

How Fast Do Inkjet Prices Drop After Release?

New inkjets drop in price by an average of 10% in the first 6 months after they were first released.

That means a saving of £22 on a typical £222 new inkjet if you wait 6 months before buying.

Print Speeds (Colour)

'Print Speed' measures how long it takes the inkjet printer to print a single colour A4 page at normal quality.

Across the range of inkjets, the print speeds (colour) range from 1ppm to 75ppm. The print speeds (colour) of most inkjets range from 1ppm to 7ppm. The inkjet printer with the fastest print speed (colour) is the HP Pro X451dw, which is a 55ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet printer and is available at £278.84. The Canon PRO100S, which currently retails for £374.99, has the slowest print speed (colour) and is a 1ppm print speed (colour, normal quality, A4/US Le inkjet printer.

A faster print speed means the inkjet printer is more efficient and can manage larger print jobs faster.

Maximum Resolutions

Maximum printing resolution.

We found 139 inkjet printers that are 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjets, which makes this the most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new inkjet printers. The second most popular maximum resolution amongst new inkjets is 5760 x 1440 DPI. We found 49 inkjets that are 5760 x 1440 DPI inkjet printers.

Wi-Fis

'Wi-Fi' denotes whether the laser printer has a support for wireless communications or not.

Of the 376 new inkjet printers currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are inkjets with a Wi-Fi. 318 out of 376 inkjet printers are inkjets with a Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi support on a printer allows you to easily print your documents from wherever you are - no wired connection needed.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Inkjets?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying inkjet printers. For each retailer it shows the total number of inkjet printers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying inkjets. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 74 of their inkjet prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Inkjets for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for inkjets by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of inkjet prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's inkjet prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 33% of their inkjet printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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