Best wireless printers of 2021: top picks for printing from your smartphone

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If you want the best wireless printers to kick off 2021, then we can help. All the brilliant wireless printers on this page come with either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity (and often both), which makes them incredibly flexible devices that are easy to install in any home or modern office.

Because they don’t need to be connected to a PC or router with wires, you can place them pretty much anywhere – as long as there’s a power socket and decent Wi-Fi connection.

Not only does this make them easy to install in a building, but it also means you can easily connect wireless devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones as well. A lack of wires also makes for a much cleaner desk or office as well.

Of course, by being connected to your network – albeit wirelessly – the best wireless printers benefit from advanced network features as well. If you have a small network, for example, every PC connected to your network can print to them, making them ideal for businesses. Many even allow you to scan and email documents directly from the wireless printer itself.

So, we’ve put together a list of the best wireless printers money can buy, alongside our very own price comparison tool so you’re also getting the best available price.

Canon Pixma TR8550

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1. Canon Pixma TR8550 wireless printer

Well-connected inkjet simplifies cloud printing

Specifications

Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer

Print speed: 15ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 100

Weight: 8kg

Reasons to buy

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth   Compact design

Reasons to avoid

Slow duplex printing Costly cartridges

Canon’s compact small-in-one hides a wealth of features from a fax, to a 20-sheet automatic document feeder. It’s exceptionally well connected too with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built in, so that you can quickly connect a mobile device and print or scan using the excellent companion app. Printing and scanning via the cloud has never been so simple and photos look satisfyingly vivid with Canon’s five-cartridge system.

Brother MFC-J5330DW

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2. Brother MFC-J5330DW wireless printer

High capacity inkjet with Wi-Fi and A3 skills

Specifications

Category: 4-in-1 colour inkjet printer

Print speed: 22ppm

Paper sizes: up to A3

Paper capacity: 300

Weight: 16.9kg

Reasons to buy

Can print up to A3 High paper capacity

Reasons to avoid

A4-size scannerSlower than a laser 

With all the functionality a small business could need, this feature-packed inkjet can do anything from sending a fax, to saving a scan to the cloud. Most surprisingly, given its A4-size footprint, is its ability to print on A3 paper. Wi-Fi is built in and Brother’s companion iOS/Android app makes wireless printing a breeze. It prints clearly in monochrome, while colour photos look quite vibrant on photo paper. The touchscreen is rather small and it’s not as fast as a laser printer, but it strikes a good balance between performance and features.

HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw

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3. HP LaserJet Pro MFP M227fdw wireless printer

First class laser printing and photocopying

Specifications

Category: 4-in-1 mono laser printer

Print speed: 28ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 300

Weight: 16.9kg

Reasons to buy

Wi-Fi and NFC  Rapid print speed

Reasons to avoid

ExpensiveBulky

If you have the space for it, this multifunction device will serve a small business well thanks to its consistently crisp print quality, useful 35-sheet automatic document feeder and automated photocopying skills. With both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity built in, it makes mobile printing via the excellent HP mobile app especially easy. This is a mono machine and it’s not the fastest laser on the block, but it’s quicker than any inkjet and offers an attractive blend of features and performance.  

Oki C844dnw

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4. Oki C844dnw wireless printer

Compact A3 laser with Wi-Fi and NFC

Specifications

Category: colour laser printer

Print speed: 36ppm

Paper sizes: A3

Paper capacity: 60

Weight: 40kg

Reasons to buy

Compact A3 printing Masses of features

Reasons to avoid

Expensive  No touchscreen   

Despite being the worlds smallest A3 laser printer, this groundbreaking device is loaded with features including Wi-Fi and NFC wireless connectivity. It’s small enough to sit on a desk and yet, big enough to hold 300 sheets of A3 paper in its main paper tray. It can even accept rolls of banner paper 1.3 meters long via a rear input slot. As you might expect from a laser printer with LED technology, its fast and economical to run, if a little expensive to buy. With such consistently high print quality, however, that price is fully justified.

Canon Pixma TS6250

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5. Canon Pixma TS6250 wireless printer

Bluetooth home printer with all-round appeal

Specifications

Category: colour inkjet 3-in-1 printer

Print speed: 36ppm

Paper sizes: A3

Paper capacity: 300

Weight: 40kg

Reasons to buy

Compact A3 printing Masses of features

Reasons to avoid

Expensive  No touchscreen   

This satisfyingly small and attractively designed all-in-one inkjet offers everything you are likely to need in your home office. It can print and scan at a high enough resolution to provide crisp and accurate colour photocopies using five inkjet cartridges instead of the usual four. The extra one is a pigment black, for more durable mono prints. It’s also blessed with a touchscreen interface and not only Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity, but Bluetooth as well. 

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6. Epson WorkForce WF-7210DTW wireless printer

Affordable A3 printer with Wi-Fi and NFC

Specifications

Category: colour inkjet printer

Print speed: 18ppm (mono)

Paper sizes: A3

Paper capacity: 500

Weight: 15.5kg

Reasons to buy

Duplex A3 printing High paper capacity

Reasons to avoid

Limited ink capacity   No front USB port   

Duplex A3 printing is not something many affordable inkjet printers can manage, but this capable device does it well and it can hold a whole ream of paper in its dual paper trays. It also boasts Wi-Fi Direct and NFC connectivity for making a quick wireless connection and printing via your smartphone. It’s a pity the supplied Epson Durabright startup ink cartridges are rather limiting, but when you switch to XL capacity replacements it becomes more economical to run. It certainly has a high capacity for paper with room for a whole ream on board.

Brother MFC-L8690CDW

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7. Brother MFC-L8690CDW wireless printer

Prompt printing and scanning in a multitalented MDF

Specifications

Category: 4-in-1 colour laser MFD

Print speed: 31ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 300

Weight: 27.9kg

Reasons to buy

Fast print speed    Easy cloud printing

Reasons to avoid

Expensive Heavy and bulky

Brother has endowed this hefty laser printer with all the features a small business might need. It can hold 300 sheets of paper and turn out mono or colour pages at the rate of 31 per minute. There’s a fax facility and electronic document feed for automated tasks. It also makes wireless printing from a mobile device, or scanning documents to the cloud very easy using its built in Wi-Fi and a slick iOS/Android companion app. Both Google Cloud Cloud and AirPrint are covered.

HP LaserJet Pro M15w

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8. HP LaserJet Pro M15w wireless printer

Pint-size laser printer for the micro office

Specifications

Category: mono laser printer

Print speed: 19ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 100

Weight: 3.8kg

Reasons to buy

World’s smallest   Wi-fi built in

Reasons to avoid

No duplex printingNo display

Laser printers tend to be a lot larger than their inkjet cousins, but HP has turned that on its head with this toaster-sized device. It can only print single-side mono pages, but it can do it more quickly and economically than most inkjets and it’s small enough to carry around with you. You can connect via Wi-Fi, or Wi-Fi direct for wireless printing via AirPrint, or Google Cloud Print. The slick iOS/Android app by HP can help you with this.

HP Deskjet 3630

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9. HP Deskjet 3630 wireless printer

Wireless printing on a budget

Specifications

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer

Print speed: 20ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 500

Weight: 12.1kg

Reasons to buy

Instant Ink ready  Low price point

Reasons to avoid

Costly cartridgesFlimsy plastic

At less than £40 (around $52), this three-in-one printer is something of a steal. Of course the catch comes with the relatively high price of the inkjet cartridges, but if you take out HP’s Instant Ink subscription, even this cost drops. The printer itself is rather flimsy, but it’s well kitted out with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct built in for easy wireless access via the rather good HP companion app.

Epson Expression Home XP-5105

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10. Epson Expression Home XP-5105 wireless printer

Compact wireless printer with a surprising turn of speed

Specifications

Category: 3-in-1 colour inkjet printer

Print speed: 33ppm

Paper sizes: up to A4

Paper capacity: 150

Weight: 5.5kg

Reasons to buy

Compact design    Fast mono printing

Reasons to avoid

High ink cost Dull photo prints

Epson’s conveniently compact three-in-one printer includes useful features like an SD Card slot, duplex printing and Wi-Fi Direct (as well as Wi-Fi) at a very reasonable price point. Expensive inkjet cartridges make it uneconomical for the busy office, but for occasional use, this is a very easy and reliable wireless printer that can turn out black and white pages surprisingly quickly. 

January 19, 2021
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