Best Photo Printers Guide For 2016

If you're looking to buy a new photo printer in 2016 you've come to the right place, we've got recommendations for every requirement whether you're after the cheapest photo printer or the best A3 photo printer. 

You'll also find all of the important points to consider when buying which we keep updated to make sure you always make the best decision. All of these photo printers are for home and photo enthusiasts, they are not professional standard recommendations.

Last updated: July 2016. This guide covers all of the best home photo printers you can buy in 2016. Don't worry if you see printers with older review dates, we keep everything up to date, it just means they're still better than the newer printer models we have reviewed.

Important points to note about this guide:

  • We provide links to buy the top rated printers. We only sell printers if we would use them ourselves
  • We do not recommend a printer if they are unreasonably expensive to run
  • This guide is updated as Best Buy printers change

Tips For Buying A New Home Photo Printer

Do's Don'ts
Find a good printer deal and check the price of cartridges Buy a printer because it is on sale
Consider what paper types/sizes you will print on to Assume cheap cartridge are better value
Read user reviews online Blindly follow in-store recommendations
Consider different brands Just buy Kodak because "they're cheap"
Check how they handle different colour needs e.g. mono, sepia, vivid

Key Questions:

How many photos will each cartridge do?

Dedicated photo printers will not give you estimated photo yields for each cartridge, as your usage heavily depends on what you're printing. You can compare the capacity of the cartridges instead and check that you won't be using a cartridge every couple of A4 printers though.

How many cartridges does the printer take?

If colour accuracy is crucial for your photo prints then the more colour cartridges a printer takes, the better. This gives you a far wider colour gamut and will make your printouts closer to the original image. Bear in mind, this will make your running costs higher.

Will I ever want to print onto special media?

Some photo printers can printer onto specialist media such as extra thick card or fabric. These printers will have manual feeds for specialist media, accommodating a whole range of extra materials you can print onto.

Do I need or want any of the following features?

Feature What it does
AirPrint Print directly to your printer from an Apple device.
Card Reader If you use digital cameras or other card-devices a lot, a built in card reader slot saves a lot of time.
Duplex Printing onto both sides of the page automatically, a great money-saver if your photo printer will double as an office machine.
PictBridge Essential for budding photographers, some printers now even support Wireless PictBridge to automatically connect your camera.
Paper Trays Extra paper trays and feeds are ideal if you find yourself printing on different paper frequently.
Wireless Can connect wirelessly to your network. (This DOES NOT mean it also has a physical network port.)

Make a list of what features and requirements you need then start your shopping. Good luck!

The Best Home Photo Printer

Canon Pixma MG7750

Reviewed on: February 2016

Canon have long been neck and neck with Epson for the best photo printer options and they have retained their best photo printer award for 2016 with the Canon Pixma MG7750. It replaces the now-discontinued MG7550 but is essentially the same printer which is not a bad thing. Unrivalled print quality, all of the features a home printer could want and easy-to-use menu's make it a fantastic printer. 

You won't find a better machine for photo's outside of the professional £300+ machines and we would buy this without hesitation if we needed a photo printer in our office. Read the full Canon Pixma MG7750 review.

Key Features:

Amazing photo prints; 2 black cartridges; Touchscreen; Duplex; Wireless. 

Perfect for you if...

You want one of the best printers out there which has amazing photo prints and can handle other needs.

Cartridges: Canon Pixma MG7750 Ink Cartridges

Order the Canon Pixma MG7750 Photo Printer

The Best Budget Home Photo Printer

Epson Expression Home XP-235

Reviewed on: February 2016

Epson's range of small-in-ones are great all-round machines and their new model, the XP-235 Epson printer, has superceded our previous best budget photo printer the XP-225. It's essentially the same printer with similar features, print quality and reliability. In short, it's a very good machine and one worthy of the 'best cheap photo printer for 2016' mantle.

The Epson XP-235 can handle any paper up to 255gsm, more than enough for all but the most expensive, heayweight paper. You can get great quality results using our cheaper compatibles, but if you'd rather use originals they're competitive with other similarly priced printers. Read the full Epson XP-235 review.

Key Features:

Wireless; Small; Scan & Copy. 

Perfect for you if...

You print a few pages and photos every now and then and need a cheap printer.

Cartridges: Epson XP-235 ink cartridges

Order the Epson Expression Home XP-235 Printer 

The Best 'Just A Printer' Home Photo Printer

Canon Pixma iP7250 Photo Printer

Reviewed on: March 2015

It shouldn't be so hard to find standalone printers nowadays, but the market is inundated with multi-function machines. We often get enquiries for photo enthusiasts who just want to print and the iP7250 is a brilliant Canon machine that excels at that, and only that.

Though the iP7250 is a few years old now it is still a top-rated machine with few equals for the price. It can handle any media up to 300gsm, more than heavy enough for all but the most niche requirements. Read the full Canon Pixma iP7250 printer review.

Key Features:

Duplex (2-sided printing); Wireless; AirPrint; CD/DVD printing; Two paper trays

Perfect for you if...

You want a printer that... prints... very well, with excellent quality on photos especially.

Cartridges: Canon Pixma iP7250 Ink Cartridges

Buy the Canon Pixma iP7250 Photo Printer

Best A3 Home Photo Printer

Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Printer

Reviewed on: February 2015

The Epson XP-950 is a superb A3 photo printer that ticks all the boxes if you're after large printing. Epson have been very strong for photo printing in the last few years and they've put all their know-how into this A3 printer, with stunning print quality and colours on a par with far more expensive machines. Mono prints come out strong but this printer is all about the colour and both A4 and A3 prints are good enough to display.

Even better, it comes with strong all-round functionality that makes it suitable for home or work needs, with an automatic duplex, scanner and wireless functionality supporting the stunning print quality. Please make sure you can handle the single-sheet feed for your A3 photo printing, but as long as that is not a problem you're good to go. Read the full Epson Expression photo XP-950 printer review.

Key Features:

Wireless; Duplex; Apple AirPrint; Card reader

Perfect for you if...

You're after a superb A3 photo printer

Cartridges: Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Ink Cartridges

Buy the Epson Expression Photo XP-950 A3 printer


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