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Best Cheap Printers

If you're after a cheap printer that gives great quality for the price, or just the best budget printer available for the office, you'll find everything you need here. We consider everything from functionality, reliability, robustness and running costs to find the best bang-for-buck when searching for budget printers.

We only recommend the best budget printers available and keep this guide updated as new machines come out, saving you the hassle of research.

Last updated: May 2017. This guide gives you the best cheap printers you can buy in 2017. If you see an older printer listed as a recommendation don't fret, it's because it's still the best available even after reviewing newer models!

Important points to note about this guide:

  • We provide links to buy the top rated printers
  • We only sell top recommended printers if we would use them ourselves
  • This guide is updated as Best Buy printers change
  • Budget printers are nearly always expensive to run, but we try to recommend ones with lower running costs

Tips For Buying A New Budget Printer

Do's Don'ts
Find a good printer deal and check the price of cartridges Buy a printer because it is on sale
Check how many pages a cartridge is quoted as doing Assume cheap cartridges are better value
Read user reviews online Blindly follow in-store recommendations
Consider different brands
Check print quality - not all budget printers are equal

Key Questions:

Am I able to spend a little bit extra on a printer?

While there are some good budget printers, if you can afford to spend an extra £40-£50 you'll get something that is, in all likelihood, far cheaper to run and a bit better quality. Take a look at our home printer buying guide and see if you can afford a little extra.

Am I going to print too much for a budget printer?

Budget printers are not cheap to run - the manufacturers essentially sell the printer at a loss and make their money back with the consumable cartridges. If you are printing more than ~100 pages a month your overall printing costs will work out far higher than buying a more expensive printer that has cheaper cartridges.

The Best Budget Printer

Epson Expression Home XP-245

Reviewed on: May 2017

Three years. That is how long Epson have held top spot for budget prints in our guides. Spanning 3 different models, over this time they've shown reliable printers with cheap buy costs, good quality and reasonable running costs (when using compatibles). It's a strong overall offering that other manufacturers haven't yet got near.

The XP-245 keeps up this tradition and is brilliant value for money for what you get. It is not the cheapest printer to run and, if you choose to use the Epson originals, your costs will quickly mount up. Using compatible inks removes this issue though, with their price only coming down as stock becomes more readily available, and the quality you get a long with this makes it our best overall budget printer. Read the full Epson XP-245 printer review.

Key Features:

Separate colour cartridges; very good print quality. 

Perfect for you if...

You want a good, all-round printer and you're willing to use compatible ink.

Cartridges: Epson XP-245 ink cartridges

Order the Epson Expression Home XP-245 Budget Printer

The Best Budget Office Printer

Epson Workforce WF-2760dwf

Reviewed on: May 2017

The Epson Workforce WF-2760dwf is one of the best value printers we've tested. It's the perfect combination of low buy price, low running cost, ease of use and print quality. Though it's cartridges could do with being higher capacity, everything else about the printer is just peachy. If you want to run a small-to-medium office on a budget you won't find a better machine.

Oh and did we mention it's packed full of functionality? You've got duplex, automatic document feeder, wireless, copy & scan, fax... all for a great low price. Read the full Epson Workfroce WF-2760dwf printer review.

Key Features:

High-capacity cartridges; Wireless; Duplex 

Perfect for you if...

Your office works on a tight budget and you want a solid machine with lots of functionality.

Cartridges: Epson Workforce WF-2760dwf ink cartridges

The Best Budget Photo Printer

Epson Expression Home XP-245

Reviewed on: May 2017

Epson's monopoly of the best budget photo printer recommendations continues into 2017, with their third winner of top spot The model replacing the XP-235 in top spot is the new XP-245, an almost identical machine that continues the line of great budget performance. 

Don't get us wrong, we still recommend spending a bit extra and buying one of our top recommended photo printers, but if you're working off a tight budget and want to experiment with your own photo prints you won't find better value. Read the full Epson XP-245 printer review.

Key Features:

Separate colour cartridges; Wireless; Scanner

Perfect for you if...

You need photos but don't want to pay a premium.

Cartridges: Epson XP-245 ink cartridges

Order the Epson Expression Home XP-245 Budget Printer

The Best Budget AirPrint Printer

HP Envy 4527

Reviewed on: May 2017

The HP Envy 4527 printer is a solid all-round printer that is ideal for you if you print fairly infrequently but still want good photo print quality and AirPrint compatibility. Running costs aren't the cheapest, though that's fairly common in budget prints, but the 4527 more than makes up for it with print quality, which pushes it ahead of other machines such as Brother's budget MFC range.

It is simply the best overall budget option in newer machines needing AirPrint. Read the full HP Envy 4527 printer review here. If you're not a HP fan then take a look at the Canon MG3650 we reviewed January 2016, which is still available to buy in some stores.

Need other AirPrint recommendations? Check out our comprehensive AirPrint guide.

Key Features:

AirPrint; Scanner. 

Perfect for you if...

You want a good, all-round printer and AirPrint is a must.

Cartridges: HP Envy 4527 ink cartridges


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