Listed below are the top rated All-In-One Inkjet Printers, based on our survey of reviews at CNET, PrinterInfoCom, Amazon and PC Magazine. Our selection criteria included how a printer fares in both professional reviews and customer feedback. Importantly, consumers can report on printer longevity, something the experts working briefly with test units aren’t able to do.
Companies that stand by their printers boost our confidence in the quality of their products. PCWorld published a Reliability and Service Survey in late 2010 in which respondents rank Canon #1, followed closely by Brother and Epson. PC Magazine’s Printers Service & Reliability Survey of 2009 also puts Canon at the top.
Warranties are far less difficult to quantify than customer satisfaction and support. For color inkjet all-in-ones, warranties range from one year (all major brands) to five years (some Lexmark models). For brands that offer varying warranty lengths—such as Lexmark and Brother—the general rule is that the more expensive models receive longer warranties.
Canon PIXMA MX882
Top Review Sources:
- PC Magazine: Editors’ Choice – 4.5/5.0
- Amazon: 4.5/5.0 (150+ reviews)
- PrinterInfo.com: Best Printers – #4
Canon’s customer service and product reliability ratings are exceptionally high. Not surprisingly, several of Canon’s PIXMA series of multifunction printers appear on expert “best lists” and are rated highly by customers. The Canon PIXMA MX882 is one prominent example. This printer’s print quality is above average, its speed is good, and its front panel controls are excellent. It has autoduplex printing to save paper as well as hassle. There are five ink cartridges: black, gray, cyan, magenta, and yellow—so you only have to replace the color that has been depleted. Reviewers are very happy with the life of each cartridge. The manufacturer’s warranty is one year.
Epson WorkForce 845
Top Review Sources:
- CNET: 4.0/5.0
- PC Magazine: 4.0/5.0 (WorkForce 840)
- Amazon: 4.5/5.0 (250+ reviews) (WorkForce 840)
More expensive than the PIXMA MX882, the Epson WorkForce 845 is also much faster — better suited for homes or small offices with high volume printing needs. The WorkForce 845 print quality is said to be first-rate, and its 7.8” touchscreen interface is a pleasure to use. Like the PIXMA MX882, you’ll save money thanks to this all-in-one’s five separate ink tanks. The WorkForce 845 also features autoduplexing. Epson’s customer satisfaction and support ratings are well above average and the manufacturer’s warranty on this printer is one year.