Best cheap printer

What is the best cheap printer you can buy?

Updated May 10, 2017: We refreshed this list with a bunch of new budget printers to help shop for the best one for you.

Need a printer that can put ink on paper without breaking the bank? Here are some of the best cheap printers you can get now.

HP Envy 5540

HP Envy 5540

If you need to print color photos and black-and-white documents, as well as copy and scan, an all-in-one device is your best bet. The HP Envy 5540 checks all the boxes, and can even duplex-print both sides of a document. Connect wirelessly, scan documents to your email account, and manage a large print job with the 125-sheet tray.

The Wirecutter chose the HP Envy 5540 as its top budget pick for an all-in-one printer, stating:

The HP Envy 5540 is a decent color inkjet for anyone with pared-down needs, offering sharp text output, vibrant photos, and an approachable user interface.

A black and tri-color replacement two-pack costs about $30 on Amazon, so you don't have to dread the day when the well runs dry. The printer itself, a great option for anyone who needs a multipurpose device, will cost you about $70.

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Canon imageClass LBP151dw

Canon imageClass LBP151dw

An office, home or otherwise, often needs a printer that can handle printing a lot of black-and-white documents. With eight-second print times, double-sided printing, and wireless connectivity, the Canon imageClass LBP151dw is a great printer if you don't need to print photos.

PCMag awarded it an Editors Choice, claiming:

The Canon imageClass LBP151dw is a speedy, budget mono laser printer with above-average text, and is a good fit for a micro or home office.

A two-pack of replacement ink cartridges from LxTeK costs about $27 on Amazon. The printer itself starts at about $84.

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Canon Pixma MG7720

Canon Pixma MG7720

The Canon Pixma MG7720 is an all-in-one printer with an emphasis on spitting out quality photos. It also scans, copies, and quickly prints black-and-white documents. You can connect wirelessly and print on both sides of the page with duplex-printing.

Reviewed highly at TopTenReviews, that site had this to say:

The Canon Pixma MG7720 earns its place as our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award winner thanks to a mix of excellent printing for both documents and photos, along with a decent feature set and relatively affordable operating costs.

A complete set of replacement ink cartridges from GPC costs about $23 on Amazon, and the printer starts at about $95. Consider the Pixma MG7720 if you tend to print a lot of photos but also need to copy and scan.

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Brother HL-L2340DW

Brother HL-L2340DW

Monochrome laser printers are a great option for offices that print a lot of documents on a daily basis. On top of being reliable, you want something that prints fast and cheap. The Brother HL-L2340DW can hit up to 27 prints per minute and will print on both sides of a page. It has wireless connectivity for easy setup, and its 250-sheet tray is perfect for a big print job.

This printer was chosen by The Wirecutter as the best overall laser printer:

The HL-L2340DW prints pages for cheaper than its peers, is easier to set up and will work with just about any modern laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

Considering you can get a three-pack of replacement toner cartridges for less than $30 on Amazon, this might be your first choice if you need a monochrome laser printer. It starts at about $90.

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HP DeskJet 3755

HP DeskJet 3755

Most all-in-one printers take up quite a bit of space, but the HP DeskJet 3755 is different. It's just over a foot wide and about a half-foot deep, making it perfect for a small office or dorm room. Despite its small size, it can copy, scan, and, of course, wirelessly print.

Highly reviewed by TopTenReviews, that site had this to say:

The HP DeskJet 3755 All-in-One may not be built for use on the go, but it's one of the best mini printers on the market, offering all-in-one functionality in a compact design that's easy to pick up and move.

This small printer, great for anyone with limited space (we're looking at you, students) starts at about $70. Black and tri-color two-pack ink replacements start at around $22. Don't have a lot of room? Consider the HP DeskJet 3755.

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Epson Expression Home XP-430

Epson Expression Home XP-430

Not everyone has something to print every day, and while this costs less in the long run, ink inside the printer does tend to dry up over time. The Epson Expression Home XP-430 has smaller ink cartridges that can be replaced individually, so even if one does dry up, it's easily replaced without having to waste the other cartridges. As well as wirelessly printing photos and documents, this will also scan and copy.

It is CNET's choice for the best compact inkjet printer, and the site had this to say in its review:

Along with remote printing, the space-saving Epson XP-430 "Small-in-One" can also print from a variety of mobile devices including iOS, Android and Amazon Fire tablets. It features reliable output quality and a large color screen for making simply photo edits before sending a job through.

This printer starts at about $70, and a replacement of color and black ink cartridges from JARBO costs about $36.

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Canon Selphy CP1200

Canon Selphy CP1200

The Canon Selphy CP1200 isn't like a lot of other printers. First, its size makes it possible to bring it with you on the road (there's a battery pack available), and it uses a thermal dye system to print quality photos. Paper and ink usually come bundled together to ensure compatible products, but it also means you'll only pay for what you need.

PCMag reviewed the Selphy CP1200, and liked it enough to award it an Editors Choice:

Canon's Selphy CP1200 photo printer offers a winning mix of low price and running costs, portability, multiple connection choices, and good print quality.

This printer, perfect for people who want to primarily print four-by-six and smaller photos, starts at about $95. A paper and ink replacement kit costs about $18.

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