10 Best Laser Printers

The first decision you have to make when shopping for a printer is either a laser or inkjet. The advantages of laser printers are sharp text, fast print speeds, and high volume printing. Plus although they can cost more initially than inkjets, each page they print costs less, making them ideal for high volume office settings. The main negative is that they do not produce photos as good as inkjets. You primarily will see monochrome – or black and white – laser printers, but color versions are becoming cheaper. Multifunction, or all-in-one, printers that scan, copy, and fax in addition to printing are also available.

For this top 10 list we are going to review personal or small office laser printers that cost less than $600 as opposed to large business work-groups. If you need more help making your buying decision see our Laser Printer Buying Guide.


Brother HL-L2380DW

We chose the $170 Brother HL-L2380DW as the best all-in-one monochrome laser printer due to its versatility and affordable price. Buyers from almost all online stores have rated this as one the best including a 4.6 star rating on Amazon. This model gives you pretty much everything you can ask for like wireless printing, scanning, copying, auto-duplex printing, and fast printing of up to 32 ppm. It is also a compact size for a multifunction machine so it is great for a small office or home office space.

The biggest weakness is its photo quality, much like most laser printers. However, the Brother HL-L2380DW is a great choice for the home or small office to handle all your text document needs.


HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dw

While the HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dw is a little bit old and expensive at around $350, it still is a good choice due to its versatility and outstanding text and graphics quality. It scored the highest rating from the leading consumer magazine for a monochrome laser. It does not have a scanner or copier, but it does feature wireless printing, automatic 2-sided printing, up to 35 ppm, full-capacity toner for up to 2700 pages, and a color touch screen.

The HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401dw is a great option for offices of 3-10 people who need to print quality presentations and reports. Just be aware if you want your printer to act as a copier or scanner then you need to look elsewhere.


HP Color Laserjet Pro MFP M476dw

If you are looking for a color laser all-in-one then look no further than the HP Color Laserjet Pro MFP M476dw available for under $499. Features include wireless printing, document feeder for copying and scanning, prints speeds of up to 21 ppm in black and color, fax capabilities, and auto two-sided printing. The print quality for text and graphics is excellent; while color photos are quite good, but not as great as inkjets.

The main drawback of the MFP M476dw is the initial price and price of toner. However, we recommend this HP model if you need a color laser multifunction in an office environment.


Samsung Xpress M2835DW

The $130 Samsung Xpress M2835DW was rated as a Best Buy from the leading consumer magazine for a regular monochrome laser printer. This small and compact model has WiFi, excellent text quality, very good black and white graphics quality, and auto-duplexing. It is easy to setup and use, but it does not have any copy or scanning functions.

We recommend the Samsung Xpress M2835DW for anyone who needs a quality, affordable monochrome laser printer, but does not need multifunction capabilities.


Canon imageCLASS LBP6230DW

Another quality affordable monochrome model is the Canon imageCLASS LBP6230DW at just $110. This small size unit prints very quickly with the first page coming out in as little as 6 seconds and up to 26 ppm. It supports wireless connectivity which is very easy to setup and has automatic two-sided printing. The text quality is very good, although graphic and image quality is only average.

Overall the Canon imageCLASS LBP6230DW is good choice for a personal laser printer for anyone who does not need copying or scanning capabilities.


Canon imageCLASS MF229DW

The $200 Canon imageCLASS MF229DW is a solid choice for an all-in-one monochrome unit – in fact it scored the highest rating it its category from the leading consumer magazine. Featuring 4-in-1 functionality it prints, scans, copies, and faxes including a 50 sheet auto document feeder which can handle two-sided documents with ease. It provides wireless printing from your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices. The overall performance is where this Canon model shines. It prints documents very quickly and with excellent quality for both text and graphics.

We would not hesitate to recommend the Canon imageCLASS MF229DW for personal or small office use.


Brother HL-3170CDW

For those of you looking for a color laser printer without multifunction capabilities then check out the Brother HL-3170CDW which sells for about $235. It prints fast, has automatic 2-side printing, and produces very good color quality. However photo quality is just OK, but better than many other laser units. Some users have had trouble getting the wireless connection working and the price per print is a bit high.

The Brother HL-3170CDW is a great choice for a small business who needs to produce impactful color documents.


Samsung SL-C1810W

The cheapest color laser printer on our list is the Samsung SL-C1810W which costs about $150. The text and color graphic output is very sharp. It offers NFC printing to print from your mobile device. You can print up to 19 ppm in color with a 16 second wait time until the first page comes out.

There is no duplex or multifunction capabilities, but at this price the Samsung SL-C1810W is still a great choice for a cheap color laser unit for at home or small office.


Brother HL-L2300D

At $80 our pick for the best laser printer under $100 is the Brother HL-L2300D. This monochrome unit has good overall performance although it is not super versatile. It prints fast with excellent text quality. However, the graphic images are only average at best. One feature that is does have is automatic duplex printing.

Buyers should be aware that this model does not have any network connection and must be plugged into your computer with an USB cable. Therefore we only recommend the Brother HL-L2300 for personal use for primarily text documents.


Samsung Xpress M2020W

The cheapest laser printer on our list is the $50 Samsung Xpress M2020W which was rated as a Best Buy from the leading consumer magazine. It features wireless connectivity including NFC printing from your mobile device, fast printing of up to 21 ppm, and excellent text quality. It is also one of the smallest models you can buy.

While the Samsung Xpress M2020W is cheap initially, the print cost per page is slightly higher than some other laser models. So if you print over a thousand pages per month, look for one with a higher toner yield. However, if you don’t print too often and want the crisp text output of a laser than this is good choice for a personal printer.

Laser Printer Buying Guide

Here are some important things to consider when you are purchasing a laser printer:

Class / Users

Each machine is designed with a specific use in mind. There are versions made specifically for high volume office or business settings which are normally quite large. There are also smaller versions made for home use. There are also plain models that just print and multifunction models which can also scan, copy, and fax. Pick one that is designed for the way you will be using it.

Resolution / Print Quality

Laser printers use a photographic drum to attract electrically charged toner and transfer it to paper, where the image is fused using a heated roller. The print quality you get is dependent on a printer’s resolution, expressed as DPI (dots per inch), but other factors also effect print quality.

Toner Cost

One of the most important aspects of laser printers is the cost of toner cartridges because in the long run this will cost much more than the printer itself. Most laser models are monochrome, or black and white, which only have one cartridge. For color versions, there may be multiple toners. Each one is rated for how many pages it will last. You should compare how much replacement cartridges will cost along with how long they last to compare the printing cost between different brands.

Print Speed

The print speed, or how fast they can print a black or color page, is listed in pages per minute (PPM). Just be wary of manufacturers claims of print speed. A good speed is around 25 ppm with the best ones being able to do around 40 ppm.


If printing without wires is important look for wireless models that support WiFi. Most models also have USB and other memory card ports to print without the computer.

Duplex Printing

One feature that can come in handy is duplex printing, or two-sided printing. With this you can get output on both sides of your paper without any tricks or hassles.

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