Finding a good printer for an affordable price isn’t easy. That’s why we put together this list of the best printers you can get for less than $100.
Keep in mind that all prices were noted as of this writing, and that they could change in the future.
HP Envy 4500 ($65)
The HP Envy 4500’s features put it on par with printers that are well above its own price tag. It offers Wi-Fi printing, and its Auto Wireless Connect feature makes linking up with your wireless network a breeze. You can also instruct the 4500 to print using a smartphone or tablet as well.
It boasts a two-sided printing mode that’s designed to save paper, along with an “Instant Ink” plan that will automatically notify and request new ink from HP whenever your cartridges start running low. Photo-quality printing remains expensive, and the 4500 may sport a small paper tray, but there’s much to be said about the printer’s high performance when paired with premium paper.
Check out our in-depth review of the HP Envy 4500 for a closer look at what this affordable unit has to offer.
Canon PIXMA MX472 ($67.31)
Canon blends both efficiency and affordability with its PIXMA MX472 printer. It allows you to print from your smartphone or tablet using Google Cloud Print, or Apple AirPrint. Plus, it offers a 30-sheet auto document feeder which lets you copy, scan, and fax multiple documents without forcing you to load paper yourself one sheet at a time.
Its FastFront feature makes replacing ink cartridges a quick endeavor, and the device’s maximum resolution (4800 x 1200 color dpi) can lead to good looking prints for the price. The bundled My Image Garden software provides a solid feature set, including photo filters, facial recognition, and automatic layout suggestions.
Epson’s Expression Home XP-410 also allows you to print content via Wi-Fi using your computer, smartphone, or tablet. It’s compatible with Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint, plus it can handle scanning and copying duties as well. The XP-410 sets itself apart from the pack by offering an SD card slot, which allows for quick and easy photo sharing. Plus, you can print directly from any memory cards slotted into the XP-410.
You can adjust a document’s layout and print borderless photos using the XP-410’s 2.5-inch LCD. So, if you don’t feel like leaning on your computer to perform these tasks, you don’t necessarily have to. The XP-410 prints excellent looking documents on Epson’s Premium Presentation Matte paper. To guard against ink drying-related problems, you can grab DURABrite’s Ultra instant-dry ink. If you do, your prints will be smudge, fade, and water-proof only seconds after emerging from the XP-410.
Check out our Epson Expression Home XP-410 review to get a more in-depth take on it.
Brother MFC-J475DW ($98)
Brother’s MFC-J475DW offers an impressive set of features for the price. Wireless printing via Google Cloud Drive and Apple AirPrint comes standard on this unit as well, as does the ability to link up with Facebook, Flickr, Dropbox, and other Web accounts. Its scanner allows you to scan documents into file formats like JPEG, and PDF, and send them out to other people via email, and other methods as well.
Automatic two-sided printing helps you conserve your paper supply, while setup and menu navigation are made simpler by the unit’s LCD screen. The front-loading system provides easy access to ink cartridges, simplifying the replacement process.
Samsung Xpress M2020W ($65)
If you’re looking for a high speed printer, then look no further than Samsung’s Xpress M2020W. This high quality printer can print an impressive 21 pages per minute, and you get many of the same Wi-Fi-centric features that the other printers in this roundup boast. As an added bonus, you can also print using any NFC-enabled phone or tablet. This allows you to print documents simply by tapping an appropriately equipped device against the printer using the Samsung Mobile Print app.
This app also permits you to print straight from your mobile device without installing drivers or having to do much in the way of configuration. Alternatively, you can go the Google Cloud Print route as well. There’s even an Eco button, which cuts out images and other unnecessary content, saving ink and paper in the process.