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The Best Laser Printers of 2022

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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw

For those who need to print large volumes of colored documents or photos, the HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw is a fine option. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Inexpensive color prints and copies

Cons

  • Printer toner produces strong odor
  • Changing paper more difficult than it should be
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HP LaserJet Pro MFP M148fdw

If you only print in black and white and photo quality is not a priority, the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M148fdw could be the printer you're looking for. Read More

Pros

  • Fast
  • Outstanding monochrome print results

Cons

  • Produces blurry photos
  • No color printing
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Lexmark MB2236adw

If you purchase a Lexmark MB2236adw, be prepared to connect to it with a cable as its wireless capabilities are lacklustre. Read More

Pros

  • Produced high-quality scanned printed material

Cons

  • Difficult to set up
  • Questionable wireless connectivity
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Brother DCP-L2550DW

This efficient black-and-white printer can handle large, double-sided print jobs with ease. It ought to be ideal for most home offices. Read More

Pros

  • Document feeder fits up to 50 sheets
  • Office-ready copy and scan modes

Cons

  • Only prints in black and white
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Xerox C230/DNI

This versatile color printer can handle big, high-quality print jobs in a timely fashion. But you may want to buy an additional toner cartridge. Read More

Pros

  • Prints up to 24 pages per minute
  • Holds up to 250 sheets of paper
  • Can print on cardstock

Cons

  • Included toner may not last long

Most of the work we do from home—be it for an employer, to keep our personal finances in order, or for school—can be completed and submitted digitally. Once in a while, however, you might need to print and sign a legal contract, scan receipts for your accountant, or free a photo that’s been trapped on your smartphone to hang on your wall. Situations like these are what make owning a reliable multifunction home printer so attractive.

If you’re someone who needs to print a lot of black-text documents, as opposed to lots of graphics and photos, you may find that the speed and precision of a laser printer suits your needs far better than an inkjet one. Having tested a number of great models, these are our recommendations for the best laser printers you can buy online right now.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M479fdw

The HP Color LaserJet Pro m479dw is much larger than other printers we’ve tested. It screams “I belong in a fancy office.” However, we were happy to set it up at home: connecting it to PC, Mac, and phone apps was almost effortless, and using the USB stick to print was a breeze. I’m pleased to say that the quality of the scanned capture was very crisp and color true. Documents printed on plain or heavyweight paper came out very good. Photo printing was clear, and there wasn’t a single streak. The advantage of the laser copier shows here—streaking simply isn’t a problem.

I did have some hiccups between paper changes; I had to tell it what kind of paper I was changing to sometimes more than once. When printing photos, the Color LaserJet Pro added a border much larger than those left by the other printers I tested.

Pros

  • Easy to set up

  • Inexpensive color prints and copies

Cons

  • Printer toner produces strong odor

  • Changing paper more difficult than it should be

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HP LaserJet Pro MFP M148fdw

The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M148fdw is a black-and-white-only multifunction model. In our testing, it quickly printed crisp, legible single- and double-sided text documents. However, scanning a photo produced a copy that was markedly lighter than the original. As it’s not capable of printing to 4x6 photo stock, the only way to print images is on ordinary printer paper. Even when scanned at a high-resolution 1200 dpi setting, the M148fdw produced a blurry grayscale image that I found unacceptable.

On several occasions, the printer also grabbed multiple sheets of paper at a time, sending them through the printer together—an issue that could lead to paper jams. While attempting to print a two-page document, it refused to print the second page. Worst of all, I was unable to connect the M148fdw to its companion HP Smart app, which left printing from a mobile device out of the question.

Pros

  • Fast

  • Outstanding monochrome print results

Cons

  • Produces blurry photos

  • No color printing

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Lexmark MB2236adw

In order to use the Lexmark MB2236, you’ll need to download two apps: the Lexmark Mobile Assistant app, which allows you to set up the printer, and the Lexmark Mobile Printing app, which lets you put it to work. The Mobile Assistant app made setting up the printer a breeze. Printing using Lexmark’s Mobile Printing app? Not so much. Print jobs created in the Mobile Printing app would queue but refused to print, with no way to clear the queue.

I experienced similar issues while attempting to print from my Windows and Apple laptops. After requesting that a document be printed, a small box would pop up in the corner of my computer’s display to tell me that the print job was queued; however, nothing would print. More frustrating than this, there was no way to clear the print queue. I turned to Lexmark’s troubleshooting suggestions to resolve these issues, but was unsuccessful in finding a solution. Be ready to connect to the MB2236 using a USB cable.

Pros

  • Produced high-quality scanned printed material

Cons

  • Difficult to set up

  • Questionable wireless connectivity

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Brother DCP-L2550DW

We haven’t tested this precise model, but it has nearly 5,000 five-star ratings on Amazon. Brother’s monochrome laser printer is a bulky, office-style laser model that can handle heavy-duty black-and-white print jobs—contracts and other legal documents, novel manuscripts, and so on. The automatic document feeder can handle about up to 50 sheets at a time, and though it has both copy and scan modes, it can only do double-sided printing; you’d have to scan each side of a document separately.

Pros

  • Document feeder fits up to 50 sheets

  • Office-ready copy and scan modes

Cons

  • Only prints in black and white

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Xerox C230/DNI

This color laser printer from Xerox claims to offer office-friendly performance, though we haven’t tested this exact model out ourselves. As advertised, it should hold up to 250 sheets of paper at once, as well as handling print speeds up to 24 pages per minute. It can print on various kinds of cardstock, and you can adjust the darkness level to conserve ink—letting you save money and be environmentally conscious. Reviewers love the print quality.

Pros

  • Prints up to 24 pages per minute

  • Holds up to 250 sheets of paper

  • Can print on cardstock

Cons

  • Included toner may not last long

Meet the testers

Alex Kane

Alex Kane

Sr. Editor, Search & Updates

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Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

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Lela Gwenn

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Lela Gwenn is a writer who lives in southern Delaware. She has written comics for Boom! Studios and Dark Horse Comics.

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