You might hear lots of talk about our paperless society, but a printer is still a very handy tool to have at home.
And much more so in recent times – soon after the UK went into its first national lockdown in spring last year, retailers struggled to cope with a spike in printer sales.
Luckily, stock levels are now better than they were, though some of the cheaper models are still widely unavailable. Whether you need a printer for work-related activities (the office printer is now little but a fond memory) or personal things like printing family photos, it’s something that will benefit most households.
The reason for that is that printers are really not that much of an investment in today’s market. Yes, you can potentially spend as much as £300 or £400 on a larger laser printer, but the vast majority of home printers are far cheaper, costing between £50 and £100. Compared to other electronics, printers don’t evolve or age that quickly – so you can be assured that a well-chosen printer should last several years.
But it’s important to choose one that’s capable of doing everything you need it to. Read on for our pick of the best deals on laser, inkjet and photo printers this month, followed by a guide to help you pick a perfect printer. Alternatively, browse our best budget printer guide for affordable printer options. And to keep it restocked with the best value cartridges, don’t miss our guide on where to buy printer ink.
You can also take a look at our pick of the best smart TV deals, best broadband deals and Amazon Echo deals. And if you want to keep your printer’s cables neat and tidy under your desk, don’t miss our list of cable management ideas.
Best printer deals and offers in October 2021
HP printer deals
- HP Envy 6020e Colour Printer, 6 months of Ink |
£74.99£69.00 (save £5.99 or 8%)
- HP DeskJet 4120e Colour Printer |
£64.99£54.99 (save £10.00 or 15%)
- HP OfficeJet 8012e Colour Printer |
£124.99£111.08 (£13.91 or 11%)
- HP Envy Photo 7134 Wi-Fi Printer, 5 Months Ink |
£139.99£129.04 (save £10.95 or 8%)
Canon printer deals
- Canon G4511 High Volume Multifunctional Printer/Fax |
£299.99£269.99 (save £30 or 10%)
Epson printer deals
- Epson EcoTank ET-2750 Colour Inkjet Printer |
£349.99£248.99 (save £101)
- Epson EcoTank ET-2711 A4 Wi-Fi Printer |
£229.99£179.50 (£50.49 or 22%)
- Epson EcoTank ET-2710 Wi-Fi Printer |
£189.99£166.90 (Save: £23.09 or 12%)
Where to find printer deals
Here is a list of retailers that stock printers and offer discounts on their products.
The best time in the calendar to pick up a printer deal, without a doubt, is Black Friday 2021. It’s always in this hectic sales period that we’ve seen the biggest price drops on printers, often in the form of brand sales. Of course, Black Friday is still weeks away – and if you don’t see any printer deals listed above that take your fancy, our advice is to bookmark this article, as we keep it regularly updated with all the best discounts.
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What to consider when browsing printer offers
Here are a few tips to help you pick out the right printer for you.
- Make sure you know what you want from your printer. Do you need it for black and white documents or photos? There’s no price differences between monochrome and colour inkjet printers – you’ll find both start at around £50. Because of this, we generally recommend most people invest in a colour home printer. The price situation starts to differ with bigger laser printers, where monochrome models start at around £80, and colour models start at £200.
- You probably already know that laser printers are best for documents and inkjet printers are best for photos. This is true, but you’ll need to factor in how much printing you’ll need to do. An entry-level colour inkjet of around £50 won’t deliver the same quality of results as one of £150.
- For sheer convenience, you might want to go for an all-in-one printer – several of which you’ll find in the deals we’ve listed above. These have built-in Wi-Fi, which means you can link your device (phone, tablet, camera) directly to the printer without the need for a desktop computer as a middle-man. This can certainly be a wise option for homes where different occupants have their own laptops versus a single shared desktop computer.
- An additional feature to look out for is an in-built scanner. This was once something of a jazzy extra feature, but you’ll find these on many of the cheaper-end models now, starting at around £75.
Shopping for a printer but not sure which model is best? Make sure to read our best printers guide. Searching for bargains? Don’t miss our pick of the best smart TV deals and broadband deals this month.