If you’re wondering which printers work best with Macs, we’ve taken a look at the best printers for Mac of 2020 including MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iMac.
In looking for the best printer for Apple devices, it’s all about connectivity. In these reviews, we’ve looked at the best printers that you can connect wirelessly and via cable to your Mac.
They can even print from your iPhone or iPad too.
We’ve looked mainly at all-in-one printers which represent excellent value for money because not only can they print but they can also scan, photocopy and even send faxes from your Mac.
For those that use graphic design software on their Mac, we’ve also chosen printers that offer the highest possible resolution to give professional results.
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With all this in mind, here then are the best printers for Mac of 2020 in order of ranking.
- 1. Canon PIXMA TS9520 (Best For Catalina)
- 2. HP LaserJet Pro M428dw (Best Laser Printer)
- 3. Epson Workforce WF-7720 (Best All-In-One Printer)
- 4. HP Envy 7855 (Best Photo Printer)
- 5. HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 (Best Home Office Printer)
- 6. Canon Pixma TS8320 (Best Value Printer)
- The Best Printers For Mac Compared
- Mac Printer Buying Guide
- Brother Printers & Macs
The Canon PIXMA range is one of the best-selling all-in-one inkjet printers ever and has been successful due to a combination of good value for money, reliability and high quality results.
It also helps that they’ve always connected really well with Macs making them a popular choice for Apple users.
The Canon PIXMA TS9520 All In One is one of the most popular general all purpose printer for Mac users and offers a good combination of high print quality, scan, copy and fax functionality, pleasing aesthetic design and competitive pricing.
The Canon PIXMA TS9520 can be used either wirelessly via Bluetooth or Wifi or via a USB cable.
It has a 5 color individual ink system which gives incredibly high quality color printing.
There’s 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.
The PIXMA TS9520 can scan and photocopy documents in high-resolution of up to 2400 x 4800 dpi optical.
On the downside, cartridges for the Canon PIXMA TS9520 are a bit expensive since there’s 5 of them in al but that’s the price you pay for the stunning results it delivers.
Overall, the Canon PIXMA TS9520 is solid, reliable, produces excellent results and is good value for money at around $220.
You can check pricing and availability here.
The HP LaserJet Pro is a more affordable version of the excellent HP Office Jet Pro (see review below).
Although more expensive than most consumer printers, it’s an excellent mid range all-in-one machine that’s also suitable for small businesses and home office use.
The HP LaserJet Pro prints at an impressive 19 pages per minute (ppm) which is significantly faster than the Canon, Epson or HP Envy (although much slower than the HP Office Jet Pro).
One other useful feature 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 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.
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 check pricing and availability here with prices starting at about $480.
The Epson Workforce WF-7710 is an multi-function inkjet printer that claims to offer “performance beyond laser”.
It offers the fastest printing speed we’ve seen in an inkjet and Epson claim it’s 40% cheaper to run than a laser printer due to the cost of its cartridges.
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 as well as perform general management of the printer.
The Epson Workforce range use 5 cartridges although they are considerably cheaper than for 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 is 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 check out pricing and availability here.
The HP Envy 7855 is an all-in-one printer that can print, scan, copy and fax.
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 from mobile devices.
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 also features a touchscreen which allows you to print and even edit photos that you’ve sent from your Mac, iPhone or iPad.
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.
The HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 is by far the most expensive printer featured here but it’s also the most robust and designed for offices that need a top quality solution.
The HP OfficeJet Pro is extremely fast printing up to 70 pages per minute (ppm) compared to an average of 10 ppm for the other printers featured here.
Although it can be used for printing photos, the HP OfficeJet Pro is designed more for large volume document printing rather than photo or leisure use.
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 option for an additional 500 sheet paper tray.
Like the HP Laserjet Pro, the HP OfficeJet Pro also supports scan to email and double-sided duplex printing, copying and scanning of documents.
This is because the HP OfficeJet Pro is designed for offices that print up to 4,200 pages per month and as a result, cartridges aren’t exactly cheap.
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 check out pricing and availability here.
The Canon Pixma TS8350 is a great all round printer which is idea for all round home use. The Pixma TS8350 is well polished and looks more expensive than it is with an attractive touch screen display.
It also uses 6 individual cartridges to give incredibly high resolution printing of 4800 x 1200 DPI. You can AirPrint and also print from an SD card for photographers.
Other nice touches include double side printing, high res scanning and multi-format printing from CD covers to stickers.
You can check pricing and availability here.
The Best Printers For Mac Compared
|Canon PIXMA TS9520||HP Laserjet Pro M281fdw||Epson Workforce WF-7710||HP Envy 7855||HP Office Jet Pro x576dw||Canon PIXMA TS8320|
|Auto-Sheet Feeder Capacity||35||150||35||25||500||35|
|Double Sided Print/Copy/Scan|
|Max Print Speed Color||9 ppm||19 ppm||10 ppm||9 ppm||70 ppm||10 ppm|
|Max Scan Resolution dpi||1200 x 2400||1200 x 2400||1200 x 2400||1200 x 2400||1200 x 2400||2400 x 4800|
|No. of Print Cartridges||5||4||5||2||4||5|
|Full Set Print Cartridge Cost (approx)||$25||$130||$20||$25||$400||$50|
|Easy To Use Touchscreen|
Mac Printer Buying Guide
Before jumping in, to help you decide which printer is right for you, there are a few things worth being aware of when choosing a printer for your Mac.
Laser vs Inkjet
Although all of the devices featured here can print, copy, scan and most cases, fax from Mac, the main thing you’ll probably use it for is printing.
You’ll therefore want to choose a printer based mainly on your printing needs because the copy, scan and fax capabilities are similar across the board.
There are two types of printer on the market – inkjet and laser printers. Laser printers are usually more expensive but they are faster and give better print quality, especially for text.
Inkjets are almost the same speed nowadays but give better print quality for images.
The best printer for you therefore depends in what you want to use it for. In a nutshell, if you’re mainly going to print lots of text or PDF documents, you’re best going for a laser printer.
If you’re going to be doing a serious amount of printing, you’re better investing in a Laser printer such as the HP LaserJet Pro or HP OfficeJet Pro as they print as significantly faster printing speeds.
If it’s photos you’ll be mainly printing, then you’re probably better to go for an inkjet machine. We’ve indicated in these reviews and in the comparison table whether the printer reviewed is laser or inkjet.
Although printers have never been cheaper than today, the real expense with printers is the cost of replacing the printer cartridges.
Color print cartridges, especially for laser printers, can be hundreds of dollars so you should bear in mind how much replacement cartridges cost when making your decision.
We’ve made it clear in the reviews and comparison table how many cartridges the printer requires and how much cartridges cost so that there are no nasty shocks after purchasing your printer.
Faxing From Printers
All of the machines featured here can also be used as a fax machine (apart from Canon which no longer provides drivers for macOS faxing).
However, its important to note you will need a landline in your home or office to use this feature.
To fax from an all-in-one machine, you need to connect it via a telephone cable to your landline connection – you can’t fax from a printer via your WiFi connection.
If this is a problem, or you’re intending to fax regularly from your Mac, we strongly recommend reading our guide on the best fax software for Mac where you’ll find information on how to fax using online services or via fax apps from macOS.
Other things worth being aware of when buying any kind of printer are:
- 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 but we’ve made the scanning resolution clear in the reviews.
- Double Sided Printing (Duplex Printing): All the wireless printers 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. If you need single side printing, they can of course do that too.
- Print Speed (ppm): Print speed is measured in Pages per Minute (ppm) and most models can print color at around 10 ppm and black and white printouts slightly faster. 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, we’ve indicated the maximum draft color printing speed per printer – if you print in high quality the speeds will be slightly slower.
- Budget: Multifunction printers can range from under $100 and $200 suitable for general home use to those designed for small businesses costing anything up to $1500.
Whichever one you choose, the great thing for Mac users is that unlike on Windows PCs, setting-up a printer is very easy.
Macs will automatically install printer drivers for most major manufacturers as soon as you connect the printer to your Mac meaning whichever one you choose, installing it on Mac is far easier and painless than on PC.
Depending on the model and manufacturer, PC users meanwhile may have to download drivers from the manufacturer website or install software that comes with the printer.
Brother Printers & Macs
Although PC users experience less problems than those on Mac, we haven’t included Brother printers in our top list because we’ve found that the Brother brand of printers cause the most problems on Mac and are best avoided.
The drivers either often do not work properly with OS X or are not updated regularly enough by Brother to be compatible with the latest versions of macOS.
This either results in no communication between Mac and Brother printer or the printer refusing to print in draft mode thus using valuable ink on documents that don’t need to be printed in high quality.
Wireless printing in particular can be very hit and miss when trying to print to a Brother printer from Mac.
The wireless range between Brother printers and Macs is also often so poor that you need the printer sitting right next to the Mac in order for wireless printing to even work.
Coupled with frequent paper jams when using Brother printers alongside Macs, in our experience, it’s advisable to avoid the Brother brand of printers on Mac.