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Best Home Printer


 


A printer for household use is an essential device for printing personal documents, schoolwork, college essays and work reports. What's the best printer for you? We can help you choose!

What type of printer is right for you?

A good first step is to determine what is the right printer type for you. Inkjet and laser printers are commonly used for use at home. While both printers produce high-quality prints, they both have their own distinctly different advantages and features. Laser printers use toner cartridges that contain a fine powder, while inkjet printers use ink cartridges that contain liquid ink. Read more about the differences in our printer comparison guide.

Our wide range of laser printers are ideal for home use due to their efficiency, print quality and speed. You can read more about choosing the right printer below:  

Inkjet printers

Inkjet printers are known for printing clear, high quality colour documents, personal photos, family holiday photos and graphics. If you work a lot with colour, regularly printing photos or personal documents like tickets or copies of your ID, this is the perfect printer for you. Inkjet printers work with ink cartridges that can be replaced individually. Most cartridges are also available from our 123ink own-brand ink cartridges, a cheaper alternative to original cartridges.

Laser printers

Laser printers are a reliable and efficient option for printing high-quality documents cost-effectively. They are a great choice for printing large quantities of documents quickly. While laser printers are designed to handle heavy usage they are also less prone to breakdowns and require less maintenance. Laser printers work with toners, containing toner powder. They have a lower cost per page, which means that the cost of printing decreases as the volume of printing increases.
 

Advantages of Inkjet printers and laser printers

Both printer types have their own advantages, which we have listed below.
 
Inkjet Printers Laser Printers
  • Cheaper price than laser printers
  • Faster print speeds
  • More compact
  • Larger paper trays
  • Lower ink costs
  • Toners have larger capacity
  • Prints detailed colour for photos
  • Prints sharp monochrome text


As you can see, there are advantages to both inkjet and laser models, it depends on what your individual needs are for a home printer. If you’d like to be more informed, you can check out our blog which outlines the 5 difference between inkjet and laser printers. This will help you understand exactly how these printer types differ in how they work and their functionalities. You can also read about the pros and cons in detail. If you have made a decision about what printer is right for you can check out our laser printers or inkjet printers in stock.
 

Which features are important?

Once you choose what printer type will work best for you in your home office, the next step is to identify your requirements. Are you going to just print? Or do you need a printer that can scan, copy or perhaps even fax?

All-in-one printers
Our range of all-in-one-printers are perfect for if you need a printer for printing, scanning, copying and faxing. These are available in both 3-in-1 or 4-in-1 models.

Below we list the main advantages of an all-in-one printer:
  • Convenience: You can perform multiple functions with a single device. You can also print, scan, copy and fax (in the case of 4-in-1 printers). You can print, scan and copy (in the case of 3-in1 printers).
  • Space-saving: An all-in-one printer saves space in your home or home office as only one device is needed. You do not need separate printers for different tasks.
  • Cost-effective: They are relatively cheap to buy and use. You also save on energy costs by having just one device to power

As you can see, an all-in-one home printer can offer great convenience and savings.

Printer features for added productivity

A printer can help increase productivity in the home by providing a convenient and efficient way to quickly print important documents and materials. Saving you time and effort, while helping you keep organised. Below we have listed the most common features:
  • Scan to the cloud: With some printers it is possible to scan directly to the cloud. This means that you can upload documents to your email, but also to cloud files such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive allowing you to print on the go or use several devices. Saving you an extra step!
  • Duplex printing: This option allows you to print double-sided. With duplex printing you can save time, paper and money. Many printers today come with duplex as standard.  
  • Mobile printing: If you would like to send printing jobs from your smartphone, tablet or laptop, it is advisable to look for printers that can print mobile. This can be done in various ways: Apple AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria, NFC or an application from the printer manufacturer.
  • Voice control: Do you have a Google Home in the living room at home, or do you use Alexa in your kitchen? More and more households are using voice assistants. Voice assistants can also be used in combination with some printers. Check in advance whether the printer of your choice can be operated by voice control.
  • Network capabilities: Do you need to connect your printer to a wired network? Or on the WiFi network, so that it can be easily shared with other family members? WiFi and bluetooth allows you to print wirelessly using your computer, tablet or laptop.
  • ADF: ADF stands for Automatic Document Feeder and is an important feature when scanning. ADF allows a stack of paper of up to 50 sheets to be scanned automatically, without having to turn over or feed the paper yourself, saving you valuable time. The quantity of paper varies from 35 to 50 sheets.
  • Colour Touchscreen: A control panel allows you to operate the printer, making it very easy to set up the printer and perform the various print jobs. Some models are equipped with a 2- line LCD screen, other printers have large colour touchscreens.
  • Different paper trays: Although laser printers generally have a large paper tray, it may not be sufficient. In such a case, you can see if it is possible to purchase an extra paper tray. You can often add these to the standard paper tray. This way you are a lot more flexible and you don't have to refill the paper as often.

Always take a good look at your own preferences and check the printer specifications to see what options the device offers.

The best printer for you

Now that you know what features a printer has and what extra options there are, we hope it is easier for you to select a printer that meets your needs. As a final step, we recommend comparing different models with each other. You can do this via our handy printer comparison guide. There you can compare inket printers with each other and judge different laser printers based on the specifications.
 

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Common Questions

Is it worth having a home printer?

Yes, it’s extremely useful having a printer in the home. It can come in handy with life admin, printing bills and contracts, as well as travel itinerary. A home printer can also help with completing school homework, college assignments and work documents. As you can see, it can help every family member! It eliminates the need to visit an internet cafe to do your printing, saving you time and money. Another benefit is security, on a home network your data is sure ot be safe, compared to printing from a public network.

Which printer should I buy if I don't print frequently?

We recommend inkjet printers if you do not print in high quantities. These devices are ideal for home use or home office use. However, the cost of ink cartridges can be higher if you print more frequently in higher volumes. Therefore it is advisable to choose ink cartridges from our 123ink range. These contain more ink and last longer. They are also cheaper than original ink cartridges.

What is the best printer for home use?

The best home printer depends on frequency and usage. An inket printer is ideal if you do not print in high quantities. A mono laser printer or a colour laser printer, on the other hand, are the perfect devices for handling large print volumes. It’s important to look at the functionalities that you require. For example, if you want to print in colour or on different mediums. Some other useful features to look out for are ADF, duplex printing, mobile printing, Wi-Fi and more.

Contact us with any home printer questions

Now that you know the difference between an inkjet and a laser printer, and the many features these devices can have, you can continue your search for the right printer for your home. If you have any further questions about printers, visit our Q&A page. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!