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The 10 Best Cheap Printers for Working at Home

Find a fast and reliable printer from our list of budget printers that offer great value for money, allowing you to work from home effectively and cheaply.

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Best Cheap Printers Roundup

Check out our top cheap printers from each category.

HP Color LaserJet Pro

Multi-function wireless laser printer with 1 year next-business day onsite warranty. Works with Linux, Mac, Windows, iOS and Android.

For Business

  • Productivity

    Automate workflow steps and apply these settings at a touch of a button via the customizable touchscreen control panel.

    Speed

    2 sided scanning with a 50 sheet auto document feeder and 250 sheet input tray with up to 28 printed pages per minute.

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No home office setup would be complete without an efficient high quality printer, but deciding on the right one for your home office can be tricky. Do you need a laser or inkjet printer?

This will help you get started.

Choosing a Printer

Inkjet

  • Require high quality color printing (i.e. for photos & pictures)
  • Frequent use
  • Low volume
  • Expensive cartridge refills (consider a supertank inkjet)

Laser

  • High volume
  • Infrequent printing (laser is better because there is no ink to dry and clog the print heads)
  • Black and white
  • Medium-high quality color printing

All printers included in our top 10 budget home printers are popular (i.e. have sold very well) and are extremely well reviewed by the people – home business owners, freelance workers and college students – who purchased them.

1. HP OfficeJet Pro 8025 All-in-One Wireless Printer

HP’s OfficeJet Pro 8025 is not only an attractive addition to your home office, it’s made from up to 15% recycled plastic. That’s not a high percentage but it should be a factor if you care for the environment.

As you’d expect from a modern printer it allows for wireless printing from mobile devices. What you might not expect from such an affordable machine is that it comes with automatic two sided printing – a huge time-saver and convenience.

Features

  • Organize documents 50% faster
  • Sync to QuickBooks, Google Drive, and more
  • Print remotely using HP Smart app
  • Self-healing WI-FI ensures you stay connected
  • Save up to 50% with HP Instant Ink or save 10% on all reorders with Amazon Dash Replenishment upon activation
  • Sustainable design made from recycled plastics and other electronics
  • One-year limited hardware warranty

Be sure to consider HP’s Instant Ink service to save up to 50% on new ink cartridges. You can also use Amazon’s dash replenishment to ensure you never run out.

What People Say

Most people comment on the fact that the quality of the printing and scanning is excellent and that, for the price, this HP offers incredible ‘bang for your buck’.

2. HP LaserJet Pro M15w Wireless Laser Printer

HP’s LaserJet Pro M15w is super compact – perfect for makeshift home offices with limited space – and energy efficient (energy star rated) with power saving auto on/off feature.

Despite it’s diminutive size, weighing in at 6.3″ height x 7.5″ depth x 13.6″ width, it still has 150 sheet input tray and 100 sheet output bin.

Features

  • Smallest laser printer in its class
  • Prints 19 pages per minute
  • Print and scan from your mobile device
  • Built in wireless capabilities
  • HP’s lowest priced laser printer

You can print and scan documents from your smartphone and get up to 1000 black and white pages per toner cartridge (HP black toner cartridge comes pre-installed).

What People Say

Plenty of comments around how small and compact this printer is with some people even managing to fit them into cramped spaces in their kitchen cupboards. The strong WiFi also gets mentioned pretty often making this a great printer to have when space in your home is at a premium.

3. Brother Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer

Brother’s Wireless All-in-One Inkjet Printer is a fantastic all-rounder for people who need a diverse range of printing, copying, scanning and document management tasks – especially if work is mobile and online.

It also caters to a diverse range of requirements by offering borderless printing, compatibility with Apple devices and, weirdly enough, a lot of people comment that the ink lasts longer than other brands (something that could potentially save money in the long run).

Features

  • Simple to connect wirelessly or via USB
  • Scan to popular Cloud services directly from the printer
  • Automatic document feeder
  • Amazon Dash replenishment enabled
  • 100 sheet capacity paper tray

Comes with a one year limited warranty plus free online, call or chat support for the lifetime of the device, making it a great option for anyone who’s previous printer hated them (like me).

What People Say

Almost all positive reviews about this printer touch upon the fact that it offers a huge range of features at a really low price (relative to the cost of other printers that offer similar features).

4. Brother Compact Monochrome Laser Printer

Brother’s Compact Monochrome Laser Printer is designed for busy home offices that need frequent copying, scanning, and printing. In fact, it is (at least when they made the comparison) the fastest monochrome laser printer under $200, printing up to 36 pages per minute.

Please note the Brother Compact Monochrome Laser Printer will only print in black and white, not color.

It comes with a super attractive, full color touchscreen display to help save time, along with plenty of smart features that allow you to print from cloud based services, or scan directly to them. Naturally you can also connect to any device, from smartphones and tablets to laptops and desktops.

Features

  • Flatbed scan glass for quick copying and scanning
  • Mobile device compatibility
  • 250 sheet paper capacity
  • Fast, high quality prints
  • Cloud based print & scan
  • Wireless printing
  • Free lifetime (of the printer) support

The real value of this device, for my money, lies in the fact that it’s a real workhorse – offering up to 1200 pages per toner cartridge, a 250 sheet paper tray and caters for both letter and legal size paper. If fast, quality black and white printing is what you need, this is the printer for you.

What People Say

If you are one of those people who are getting sick and tired of expensive inkjet cartridge refills then this is definitely the printer to consider. In particular users who don’t need to print regularly might benefit from a laser printer that doesn’t suffer from ink drying out over time when not in use.

5. Epson EcoTank Wireless All-in-One Printer

Epson’s EcoTank Wireless All-in-One Printer solves several of the biggest pain points for inkjet printers with the supertank. Namely, a massive reduction in ink costs and a significant reduction in replacement frequencies.

The supertank system is also a big plus from an environmental point of view because a single replacement ink bottle can save up to 80 ink cartridges that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Instead of spending a lot of money frequently changing cartridges you get up to 2 years worth of printing out of an ink bottle (used to fill up the supertank) – that’s enough ink to print up to 4500 pages.

Features

  • Save up to 90% with low cost replacement ink bottles (vs. ink cartridges)
  • Cartridge free
  • Up to 2 years of ink in the box (and with each refill)
  • 2 year limited warranty with registration
  • Easy wireless printing from mobile devices

One of the nicest features of this printer is that it comes with wireless voice activated printing commands that works with Alexa and Google Assistant to allow you to say things like, “Alexa, ask Epson to print my work schedule for today“.

What People Say

Most people are amazed by how much printing they can do without even making a dent in the ink levels. Despite the higher asking price (compared to other printers in this list) it takes a spot here because so many owners believe its unique approach to ink will ultimately save you a significant amount of money over its lifespan.

6. Canon TS5120 Wireless All-In-One Printer

Canon’s TS5120 Wireless All-In-One Printer pitches itself as a hassle free all round printer that makes it quick and easy to setup and use for a wide range of office tasks.

It’s got an impressive range of features in support of this, from WiFi and AirPrint 2 to USB and cloud printing. Added to that are a few nice value-add features like a 2.5″ LCD user interface and borderless photo quality color printing, as well as automatic two sided printing.

Features

  • Connect favorite devices with ease
  • Hassle free cloud printing
  • Compact design
  • Reduction to 25%
  • Enlargement to 400%
  • Built-in WiFi

What I really like about this model is that despite offering such a wide range of features it still manages to deliver a pretty respectable 40 pages per minute. Not bad considering everything else it does.

What People Say

Plenty of reviews focused on a range of advantages this printer offers – from a quick and easy setup to the great, double sided print quality. Ultimately, the thing that makes most people happy about it is the ability to satisfy a wide range of requirements making this a great value for money offering.

7. Canon G7020 Wireless Supertank Printer

Canon’s G7020 Wireless Supertank Printer comes with a heftier price tag than most other printers in this list because it is designed for businesses that need higher volumes of printing, scanning, faxing and copying.

If productivity is important to you (i.e. not having to change ink cartridges on a regular basis) then this is the printer that you should consider. Not only can it handle large print jobs with its 350 page capacity, it’s also seriously efficient and allows for extremely low cost printing.

Features

  • Convenient viewing and refilling tanks using ink bottles instead of cartridges
  • Print up to 6000 black and white pages on a single ink bottle
  • Print up to 7700 color pages per ink bottle
  • 350 sheet plain paper capacity
  • AirPrint for wireless mobile device printing

Print up to 6600 black and white pages and 7700 color pages per ink bottle in high quality and enjoy features like auto 2-side document printing with borderless photo printing for less.

What People Say

A lot of people comment on the stunning quality of the prints, which is obviously a prerequisite for a quality printer. But by far and away most praise is reserved for the fact that printing hundreds of color, or black and white, pages hardly puts a dent in the ink levels. For small businesses that do a lot of printing, this is one to consider for best long term value.

8. DYMO Label Printer

DYMO’s Label Printer is one of those gadgets that’s just super useful and cool. Why? It’s a thermal printer so there’s never any need to buy replacement ink or toner. No waste means better for the environment.

You can design and print custom labels using your favorite software, like Microsoft WORD or Mac Address Book and print these off at up to 51 labels per minute.

Features

  • Eliminate waste and hassle of sheet labels
  • Direct thermal printing means you never have to buy ink and toner
  • Prints up to 51 labels per minute
  • Create labels from MS WORD, Excel, Outlook & Google Contacts

DYMO takes rolls of label paper. Instead of having to feed label sheets into a standard printer, simply load a label roll and the printer handles the rest. Time saving at it’s best.

What People Say

This label printer is essentially a ‘must-have’ item for any home business owner who has to ship packages on a regular basis. A lot of people comment on how much time (and money) it saves by allowing everything to be done from home, instead of going down to the post office – or having to use more expensive 3rd party postage hardware.

9. Polaroid Wireless Mobile Photo Printer

Polaroid’s Wireless Mobile Photo Printer is quite a bit more than a simple printer. It comes with a 15 MP camera and it’s own built-in photo editing studio. If your business relies on stunning imagery this could be just the thing you need.

It’s also an HD video recorder that allows you to take home movie clips or GIFs (up to 15 seconds) and share them using WiFi connectivity to your favorite social media.

Basic Specs

  • On-the-go printing
  • Connect to any smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC
  • Print 3.5″ x 4.25″ Photos in seconds
  • ZINK Zero ink technology requires no ink, cartridges or ‘flapping’ hands
  • Built-in 20MP camera
  • Photo editing studio

For me, the fact that it uses no ink is also a big win because you’ll produce less waste and be more environmentally friendly.

One final thing worth noting is that any pictures you do print out with this device are going to last a long time because each photo sheet is treated to protect it from tears, water damage and smudging.

What People Say

Overall consensus from owners is that this is a super fun photo printer with a lot of great features and good quality printing. In particular it makes for a fantastic printer for any home business that relies on photography – i.e. weddings, parties, etc.

10. Brother HL-L3230CDW Compact Digital Color Printer

Brother’s HL-L3230CDW Compact Digital Color Printer is aimed at people who need the advantages of laser printing combined with the color printing quality of an inkjet (well, as close as possible).

It comes with an impressive array of features. Not least of which are duplex printing (automatic double sided printing), a respectable 25 pages per minute, and rich vivid colors.

Basic Specs

  • Print up to 25 pages per minute
  • Affordable professional quality, rich, vivid color printing
  • Minimize refills with 250 sheet paper tray
  • Mobile device wireless printing
  • Built in wireless, Ethernet, Wi Fi Direct & USB interfaces
  • Amazon Dash replenishment enabled

If you’re going to be doing a lot of color printing consider their high yield toner cartridge as this could potentially save you a lot of money in the long run. Yields increase from 1400 to 3000 black and white pages and from 1300 to 2300 color pages.

What People Say

Most people comment about the color printing quality, saying it is fantastic for a laser printer. Obviously, if you’re usually printing photos it’s probably best to get a decent inkjet. Reliability also gets mentioned a lot, with many owners commenting on the fact that it works for years on end.

So that’s our round up of the best cheap printers for small and home based businesses. Hopefully it’s helped you decide on the right type of printer and the perfect make and model to suit your budget while delivering the functionality needed to make working from home a breeze.