If you’re wondering which printers work best with Macs, we’ve taken a look at the best all-in-one printers for Mac of 2021.
In these reviews, we’ve looked at the best Mac compatible multi-function printers that work seamlessly with Macs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, Mac Minis, iMacs, iPhones and iPads.
What To Look For In The Best Mac Compatible Printers
Evolving printer technology and new versions of macOS mean the best printers for Mac users is constantly in flux but there are a few things to look out for when buying printers that work well with Macs.
- As a general rule, the most important thing to look for in a Mac compatible printer is whether it supports Apple AirPrint or not. AirPrint means that you don’t have to download any drivers and you don’t need cables to make the printer work with your Mac or other Apple devices such as iPad or iPhone. AirPrint means that you can connect your printer to your WiFi network and your Mac can send print jobs to it wirelessly without any need for cables or drivers. It’s important to be aware however that using AirPrint has a few disadvantages as you can’t choose paper size, paper type or what size paper to print on. All of the printers reviewed here are 100% AirPrint compatible and we think they’re the best wireless printers for Mac on the market.
- Many printers support Duplex printing (double sided printing) on Windows but not on Mac. Manufacturers usually don’t make this clear in the marketing blurb so if this is important for you, double check the technical specifications to make sure the printer you choose supports duplex printing on macOS.
- Most manufacturers offer their own Mac compatible printer software to help manage your printer but if you can connect via AirPrint you really don’t need it on your Mac. Printer software is becoming increasingly bloated and can be over 500MB with bloatware and utilities that most users never need anyway.
- Don’t buy an all-in-one printer expecting to fax from your Mac with it. Unfortunately, Apple has removed the capability to fax from Macs in the latest versions of macOS but there is other software to fax from a Mac nowadays anyway.
- Generally, there’s no such thing as the “best printer for Big Sur or Catalina” or a particular version of macOS. Printers that support AirPrint work perfectly well with all versions of macOS including Big Sur, Catalina and Mojave.
Things To Consider When Buying a Printer
Some of things you may want to consider when choosing which printer is best for you and your Mac are:
- Do you definitely need an all-in-one printer or just a standalone? All-in-one printers – also known as multifunction or AOI printers – include scanner, copier and fax capabilities built-in. Some higher end models can even scan and send to email directly from the printer for added convenience. Note that macOS no longer supports faxing from a Mac via a multifunction printer but there are several other ways to fax from a Mac.
- Do you want a particular brand? The biggest players in the printer market are Canon, HP, Epson and Brother. All of them work with Macs and all of them offer AirPrint compatibility in their latest models. In our experience, it’s more important to look for all-round Apple compatibility than choose a specific brand as most printers are of a similar build quality.
- How many pages do you plan on printing every month? If you’re going to go through hundreds of pages then we strongly recommend going with a laser all in one printer over an inkjet all in one. Even though laserjets are more expensive, you’ll spend far more on inkjet refills and laserjets are much faster than inkjets.
- Do you want a laserjet or an inkjet printer? Inkjets are much better for printing photos and cheaper. However, the inks tend to dry out if the printer is left standing unused for a long time and refills can be very expensive. Laser toners last a very long time but laser printers are more expensive up front. Many manufacturers now offer “Eco-tank” inkjet cartridges which were originally developed by Epson and can be continually refilled manually yourself instead of traditional ink cartridges which have to be refilled in a shop or replaced. These are more environmentally friendly but like traditional inkjet cartridges, may still dry out if you don’t use them for a long time.
- Do you want a document tray or a document feeder? A document feeder allows you to load up the paper cartridge and the printer will automatically feed them through. A tray allows you to stack up a limited number of sheets that the printer will feed in automatically.
- Print Resolution (dpi): You’ll find that not many manufacturers make the print resolution (measured in dots per inch – dpi) very clear or even state print resolution on product descriptions. Most print at around 2400 x 4800 dpi but you should check with the manufacturer if this is a crucial issue for you.
- Scan Resolution (dpi): This is usually made clear in most manufacturer product descriptions and most printers scan in 1220 x 2400 dpi.
- Double Sided Printing (Duplex Printing): All the printers reviewed here can print, scan and copy double-sided, also known as duplex printing. This is very useful as it saves significant amounts of paper if printing on both sides is not an issue for you. However not all printers support this on Mac so check the technical specifications first.
- Print Speed (ppm): Print speed is measured in Pages per Minute (ppm) and most models can print color at around 10 ppm and faster for black and white printouts. The exceptions are the HP LaserJet Pro and HP OfficeJet Pro which can both print significantly faster at 19 ppm and 70 ppm respectively. Note that in the comparison table at the end of the reviews, we’ve indicated the maximum draft color printing speed per printer – if you print in high quality the speeds will be slightly slower.
Which Printers Are Compatible With Big Sur?
If you print via AirPrint then you will have absolutely no problems using any of these printers with Big Sur.
AirPrint connects your Mac to a printer via WiFi so it doesn’t matter whether the manufacturer drivers are compatible with Big Sur or not.
If you try to print via a USB cable or via a network in an office, it should also be fine although some developers are still updating their drivers to be compatible with Big Sur.
At the time of writing, all the printers reviewed here work with macOS Big Sur.
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With this in mind, here then are the best all in one printers for Mac of 2021 in order of ranking.
1. HP Color LaserJet Pro M479fdn
The HP Color LaserJet Pro M479fdn is our choice for the best all in one printer for Mac users due to a combination of excellent connectivity with Macs due to AirPrint, fast printing speeds and high print quality.
The HP Color LaserJet Pro M479fdn is ideal for home offices or small businesses and can print, scan, copy and fax.
Although more expensive than most consumer printers, it’s an excellent mid range all-in-one laser printer that’s incredibly fast and capable of excellent print quality.
The HP LaserJet Pro prints at an impressive 22 pages per minute (ppm) which is pretty fast for a printer in this class and comes with an automatic document feeder.
One nice touch you’ll find in HP LaserJet Pro that you won’t find in most printers is the ability to scan to email.
This means you can scan a document and send it directly to someone’s email address by typing it in the touchscreen. You can even send documents to multiple email addresses directly from the printer itself.
The main difference between the HP LaserJet Pro and the more advanced HP Office Jet Pro is that although it’s fast, it’s a lot slower and a smaller paper loading cartridge (150 sheets compared to 500 sheets in the Office Jet Pro).
Print cartridges are also a lot cheaper for the HP LaserJet Pro although expect to pay around $70 for one of the five color cartridges.
If you’re looking for a small office, small business or home office all in printer for your Mac, the HP LaserJet Pro provides very fast printing with office printer standard features at an affordable price.
You can also check out our full HP Color LaserJet Pro M479fdn review for more.
2. Canon PIXMA TS9120
The Canon PIXMA TS9120 All In One is the best inkjet multi function printer for Mac due to a combination of rock solid Apple compatibility, reliability and high quality printing for both text and photos.
The Canon PIXMA TS9120 is an all-in-one inkjet printer that connects instantly with Macs, iPads and iPhones via AirPrint making it popular choice for Apple users.
The Canon PIXMA TS9120 supports AirPrint and can be used either wirelessly via Bluetooth or Wifi or via a USB cable.
Everything is controlled by an attractive 5 inch color touch-screen which is easy to use and navigate.
It has a 6 color individual ink system which gives incredibly high quality color printing and refills are some of the most reasonably priced on the market.
The PIXMA TS9120 can scan and photocopy documents in high-resolution of up to 2400 x 4800 dpi optical.
Scanning and copying are built in and both printing and scanning are surprisingly fast for an inkjet in this price range although two side printing is somewhat slower.
There’s also a 35-sheet document feeder and it even includes software to design and print your own custom CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays.
For photo buffs, there’s a neat HD Movie Print feature which can take a frame from an HD movie recorded on a compatible digital camera such as Canon EOS, PowerShot, or VIXIA camcorder and print it as a photo.
For those that love to make home movies but also like to have photos of their favorite moments, this is a really useful feature.
You can check our Canon Pixma TS9120 review for more.
3. Epson Workforce WF-7710
The Epson Workforce WF-7710 is a wide format multi-function inkjet printer that claims to offer “performance beyond laser” and our pick for the best all-in-one inkjet printer for Mac of 2021.
It offers one of the fastest printing speed we’ve seen in an inkjet and Epson claim it’s 50% cheaper to run than a laser printer due to the competitive cost of its cartridges.
It’s ideal for artists or for printing publicity material such as flyers and posters as it’s one of the few inkjet printers in this price range that can print in wide format 13″ x 19″ dimensions.
Even more impressive, the Epson WorkForce WF-7710 one of the few inkjets that even prints on patterned heat transfer vinyl.
This means you can use the Epson WorkForce printer to print images on t-shirt via heat transfers and sublimation prints. Note that you need special dye-sublimation ink cartridges for the latter.
The Epson Workforce is also one of the few printers that can perform not only double-sided printing but also double-sided scans, photocopies and faxes if that’s important for you.
There’s a touch screen that allows you to send and print photos from mobile devices via AirPrint as well as perform general management of the printer.
The Epson Workforce range use the 252 and 252 XL series cartridges which are considerably cheaper than for inkjets like the Canon PIXMA.
Annoyingly though, if you’ve run out of color cartridges and just want to print in greyscale, it won’t let you – you must have a full set of cartridges loaded before it will let you print anything at all.
The Epson Workforce WF-7710 is a good choice if you need a printer for Mac or PC that can copy, scan and print double-sided and has reasonably priced cartridge refills.
You can also check out our full Epson Workforce WF-7710 review for more.
4. HP Envy 7855
The HP Envy 7855 is an all-in-one printer that can print, scan, copy and fax from your Mac and our choice for the best all in one printer with high quality photo printing.
It’s geared more at those that want to print lots of photos from mobile devices as it allows you to instantly send and print images via AirPrint.
For those that hate running out of printer ink at just the wrong moment, the HP Envy 7855 will also automatically order new print cartridges delivered to your door you when it detects ink is getting low.
The HP Instant Ink replacement service can also work out up to 50% cheaper than buying cartridges in store although they’re generally reasonably priced anyway.
The HP Envy 7855 also features a touchscreen which allows you to print and even edit photos that you’ve sent from your Mac, iPhone or iPad.
The HP Envy 7855 also has a useful black only print option which allows you to use just black ink to print without having any color cartridges inserted.
The scanner is slightly low in resolution with a maximum of 1200 dpi but it’s enough for general use.
If you’re intending to print a lot of photos and mobile printing is important to you, the HP Envy 7855 All-ln-One Photo Printer is a very good choice.
You can also check out our full HP Envy 7855 review for more.
5. HP OfficeJet Pro 9025
The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 is a feature packed printer that’s designed for small to medium sized businesses.
The HP OfficeJet Pro supports AirPrint and is the fastest printer inkjet featured here with a speed of 24 pages per minute (ppm) in black and white and 20 ppm in color.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 is a really slick looking machine with a convenient front USB port for printing straight from Pendrives anda generous paper load tray.
The HP OfficeJet Pro can hold up to 500 sheets of paper – far in excess of any of the other printers featured here – with an output tray for 100 sheets.
Like the HP Laserjet Pro, the HP OfficeJet Pro also supports scan to email and double-sided duplex printing, copying and scanning of documents.
The HP Laserjet Pro 9025 also supports HP Instant Ink which automatically orders you new ink cartridges when it detects your ink is running low. HP claims this can save you up to 70% of ordering cartridges individually.
On the downside, it doesn’t support NFC printing and the touch screen display is a bit small for large fingers.
If you’re looking for the perfect mid-office multi purpose printer for your Mac or PC, the HP OfficeJet Pro is a superb machine.
You can also check out out full HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 review for more.
The Best All In One Printers For Mac Compared
|HP Laserjet Pro M479fdn||Canon PIXMA TS9120||Epson Workforce WF-7820||HP Envy 7155||HP Office Jet Pro 9025|
|Auto-Sheet Feeder Capacity||150||35||35||25||500|
|Double Sided Print/Copy/Scan|
|Max Print Speed Color||19 ppm||9 ppm||10 ppm||9 ppm||18 ppm|
|Max Scan Resolution dpi||1200 x 2400||1200 x 2400||1200 x 2400||1200 x 2400||1200 x 2400|
|No. of Print Cartridges||4||5||5||2||4|
|Full Set Print Cartridge Cost (approx)||$130||$25||$20||$25||$400|
|Easy To Use Touchscreen|