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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 261 inkjet printers, 1,730 reviews and 12,200 prices. Last updated 18 August 2017.

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#1 Canon MG5750

MG5750
hardware.info - Great Valueitpro.co.uk - Editor's ChoiceExpert Reviews - Best Buy
The top rated inkjet printer under £50, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 2 further awards from other expert sites
96
Reviews
3 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
83
Age
2 Years Old
92
Running Costs
£0 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technology
Release Date
eBay £45.00
Amazon UK £48.02
Ebuyer £49.98
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£62.99

#2 Canon TS5050

TS5050
Les Numeriques.com - awarditpro.co.uk - RecommendedExpert Reviews - Recommended
The top scoring inkjet printer under £100, with good features and multiple awards
91
Reviews
3 Awards
96
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
80
Age
2 Years Old
91
Running Costs
£0 / 10 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technology
Release Date
Canon £62.99
Amazon UK £68.98
Staples £69.98
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£77.52
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#3 Canon MX925

MX925
druckerchannel.de - Good
The highest scoring high-quality inkjet printer around, with good features and very low running costs
91
Reviews
1 Award
90
Value for Money
Excellent
76
Features
Good Features
79
Age
2 Years Old
81
Running Costs
£1 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
9600 X 2400 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technology
Release Date
Amazon UK £77.52
Servers Direct £119.98
Laptops Direct £119.98
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£82.91
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#4 Canon TS6050

TS6050
Les Numeriques.com - 5 Star
An impressive value for money and very economical to run 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjet, with good features and an industry award
87
Reviews
1 Award
93
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
78
Age
2 Years Old
89
Running Costs
£1 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technology
Release Date
Amazon UK £82.91
Argos £89.99
PC World Business £99.98
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£122.99
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#5 Canon TS8050

TS8050
Les Numeriques.com - 5 Star
The best scoring inkjet printer under £500, with very low running costs and good features
89
Reviews
1 Award
87
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
78
Age
2 Years Old
81
Running Costs
£1 / 10 Years
84
Overall Score
Excellent
9600 X 2400 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technology
Release Date
Canon £122.99
Amazon UK £142.98
ao £149.00
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£29.00
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#6 Epson Expression Home XP‑245

Expression Home XP-245
An affordable and very popular 760 x 1440 DPI inkjet printer, with good features and very low running costs
98
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
85
Age
1 Year Old
90
Running Costs
£0 / 10 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
5760 X 1440 DPI
Inkjet
Jul 2016
Maximum Resolution
Print Technology
Release Date
Amazon UK £29.00
Co-op Electrical £34.00
Staples £34.98
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£59.98

#7 Epson Expression Premium XP‑540

Expression Premium XP-540
The highest scoring fast-printing inkjet printer around, with very low running costs and very good features
94
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Age
1 Year Old
81
Running Costs
£1 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
5760 X 1440 DPI
Inkjet
Jul 2016
Maximum Resolution
Print Technology
Release Date
PC World Business £59.98
Currys £59.99
Amazon UK £92.73
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£39.98
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#8 Canon IP7250

IP7250
An affordable and highly rated 600 x 2400 DPI inkjet printer, with moderate running costs and good features
81
Reviews
7 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
72
Features
Good Features
77
Age
2 Years Old
69
Running Costs
£1 / 10 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
9600 X 2400 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technology
Release Date
Ebuyer £39.98
Servers Direct £44.98
Laptops Direct £44.98
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£24.60
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#9 Canon MG4250

MG4250
A highly rated and phenomenally cheap 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjet, with good features and low running costs
83
Reviews
15 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
67
Features
Good Features
77
Age
2 Years Old
74
Running Costs
£1 / 10 Years
81
Overall Score
Excellent
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technology
Release Date
Printware £24.60
PC World Business £39.98
Staples £39.98
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£49.98
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#10 Canon MX535

MX535
pcforalla.idg.se - Good Choice
An award winning and great value for money 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjet, with low running costs and good features
81
Reviews
1 Award
97
Value for Money
Excellent
66
Features
Good Features
76
Age
2 Years Old
77
Running Costs
£1 / 10 Years
80
Overall Score
Excellent
4800 X 1200 DPI
Inkjet
Sep 2015
Maximum Resolution
Print Technology
Release Date
PC World Business £49.98
Currys £49.99
Amazon UK £63.87
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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
Epson logo Epson Inkjet Printers 65 £20 - £2,879 81%
HP logo HP Inkjet Printers 55 £25 - £3,000 92%
Canon logo Canon Inkjet Printers 44 £22 - £3,740 74%
Brother logo Brother Inkjet Printers 29 £80 - £2,821 81%
Other brands Other Inkjet Printer Brands 4 £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

We currently list 195 inkjet printers ranging from £20 to £3,593. A new inkjet printer costs on average £297 and 80% of inkjet printers are priced between £40 and £739. The most expensive inkjet that we found is the Canon G1100 at £3,593, and the cheapest is the Epson XP-335 at only £20.

Inkjet Brands - Price Range

The highest average inkjet printer price out of all brands is Epson inkjets with an average price of £361. Epson inkjets range in price from £20 to £2,879.

The second highest average inkjet price out of all brands is Brother inkjets with an average price of £360. Brother inkjets range in price from £79 to £2,620.

The %8highest average inkjet printer price out of all brands is HP inkjet printers with an average price of £256. HP inkjet printers start at £25 and the most expensive HP inkjet printer costs £3,000.

Inkjet Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 170 expert reviews and 495 user reviews for inkjet printers from across the internet and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of inkjet. The top three inkjet brands are Brother, Canon and Epson. Brother has an average rating of 89%, Canon has an average rating of 84% and Epson has an average rating of 81%.

Biggest Inkjet Retailers

The biggest inkjet printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 266 current inkjet printer offers from eBay. The second biggest inkjet printer retailer is PC World Business with 157 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 117 current offers.

When Are Most New Inkjets Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any clear pattern in the release month for new inkjet printers. January was the biggest month last year for new inkjet printers, with 17 new inkjet printers released that month. In September 2015 132 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 Prices Drop After Release?

On average inkjet printers drop in price by 10% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of £29 on a typical £297 new inkjet if you wait 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

Maximum printing resolution.

We found 72 inkjet printers that are 760 x 1440 DPI inkjets, which makes 760 x 1440 DPI the most common maximum resolution amongst new inkjet printers. We found 64 inkjet printers that are 4800 x 1200 DPI inkjets, making 4800 x 1200 DPI the second most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new inkjet printers.

Colour Printing

This indicates whether the inkjet printer is capable of printing in colour, or whether it's limited to black and white only.

Of the 239 new inkjet printers currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are inkjet printers which support colour printing. 93% of inkjet printers are inkjet printers which support colour printing.

Print Technologies

Amongst new inkjets, the most common print technology is Inkjet. We found 217 inkjets that are inkjets that have an Inkjet Print technology. Laser is the second most frequently found print technology amongst new inkjet printers. We found 6 inkjet printers that are inkjet printers that have a Laser Print technology.

Biggest Inkjet Printer Retailers

We found 266 current offers for inkjet printers from eBay making it the biggest inkjet retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, PC World Business for whom we found 157 current offers for inkjet printers. The third biggest retailer is BT Shop with 117 current inkjet offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Inkjet Printers?

With the cheapest price on 74 inkjet printers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest inkjet printer retailer.

Proportion of Inkjets for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 27.8% of its inkjet printers, eBay is most frequently the cheapest inkjet retailer.

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