We like to think of ourselves as living in a paperless world, but that’s just not the case. Instagram is great, but we still want to print photos and hand them on our walls and refrigerators. E-signing documents is convenient, but there are times when you just want to see a contract right in front of you. You get it.
And picking the right (best) printer for your home can be tricky. If you cheap out, you’ll wind up with a printer that does an okay job right now — but what about a year from now? Oe three? Printers can end up lasting for quite a long time if you get one that is built for the long haul. And that generally means upgrading from the bottom of the barrel to something a bit nicer.
To save you some time or at least give you a starting point in your search for the best new printer, I’ve rounded up three awesome choices that make sense for different situations. If you want to print incredible photos right at home I’ve got you covered. I’ve also got some great options for people with home offices that need to maximize their output. Whatever situation you’re in, you’ll find something to like here.
Epson Expression Photo XP-860 ($229.99)
If you desire a capable and compact home printer you’ve got to check out the Epson Expression Photo XP-860. It can handle the printing, copying and scanning of a typical home (family pictures, office work, etc.) without taking up too much space. The color 4.3″ touchscreen is a great way to interact with your machine. You’ll be able to fit 30 pages in the auto doc feeder and you’ll love the ability to print double-sided sheets. But this machine shines for people who love printing their own photos right at home. I’m talking about borderless 8″ x 10″ photos and the ability to print 4″ x 6″ pics in 10 seconds. Plus, the Claria Photo HD Inks produce smooth pics and accurate skin tones. Of the printers listed on this page, this Epson bears my favorite design. By the time you factor in the ability to print wirelessly from phones and tablets, the Epson becomes my clear favorite (on this list).
HP Officejet Pro 276dw ($399)
The HP Officejet Pro 276wdw is more unwieldy than the Epson above but you might forgive that fact ...