6 Best Printers for Home Use in India (2019)

HpDeskjet 3777 is the best printer for home use in India. It is an all-in-one printer that lets you print, scan and copy without hogging space or burning a hole in your pocket. Getting the printer to print is just an App away.

But if you need a printer for heavy printing or want to explore more options, then check out the recommendations below.

Best Printer for Home Use in India

Hp Deskjet— Colour, Budget Printer

This is one printer that goes out of its way to make its owner happy. How? Well, throw any demand at it and this printer fulfils it for you.

Do you want the printer to print (in colour), scan and copy but not take up space on your table top or shelf? Done.

Proudly claiming to be the world’s smallest all-in-one inkjet printer, this Hp deskjet (3777 T8W40B) snugly fits in your arms like a baby!

It uses two ink cartridges, one black and the other color (tricolor cartridge) that are easy to remove and replace.

To scan, you just have to pass the paper under the white strip you see in the image (having the buttons). The same space can be used to make multiple copies of any page.

The only drawback to this feature is the page bends as it undergoes scanning. Hence, you cannot use this feature to scan laminated documents.

Have any other demands like a low upfront cost followed by a low printing cost per page? Sure, why not.

This printer comes at an unbelievably affordable price. In addition to that, it costs only 1.4 Rupees for a black & white print and 4.5 Rupees for a color print.

This low cost/page will beat any copy center near you where monochrome prints cost atleast 2 Rupees and color prints can cost 5 Rupees.

If you’re concerned about how long will the cartridges last, then don’t. The black cartridge can print up to 480 pages while the color cartridge can print up to 150 pages.

Even if you take 50 prints in a month, you will have to replace the cartridges only once or twice a year at most.

So far, so good. But, how much will the cartridges cost? Not much, really.

Each cartridge costs less than 1000 Rupees and if you buy a set, you can get it for an even lesser cost.

The only thing you should be careful about is taking at least one print every week. Leaving the printer unused for longer periods can dry the printheads and you will have no option but to throw the cartridge away.

The printer also supports different paper sizes like A4, B5, A6, C5, C6 and comes with manual duplexing feature (see guide for more details). It also offers connectivity by all three means i.e. USB cable, Wi-Fi and through an App (hpsmart App).

Overall, this is the best printer for home use in India.

Without doubt this is the best all in one printer for home use in India. Why? Because it has no downsides.

This Hp deskjet (3835) model lets you color print, scan, copy and fax documents from wherever you are. This is because it lets you connect to the printer not just via a USB cable but also through Wi-Fi and a dedicated App.

The auto-document feeder takes over your job of feeding the paper from the tray into the machine, freeing you to pursue other tasks. The printer’s flatbed scanner is ideal to scan or copy any documents.

You can also check the status from the 2.2-inch touch display screen. Although this printer expertly handles multiple functions, its upfront price is still affordable.

Its cost per page are also low with monochrome print costing 1.4 Rupees and color print costing 4.5 Rupees. You can easily take multiple color prints for your kid’s project, or office presentation without worrying about the cost of printing.

This printer is compatible only with hp’s 680 original ink, which itself costs under 1000 Rupees for each cartridge.

The black cartridge will last for about 480 pages while the color one can print up to 150 pages.

Hence, this printer is ideal for home office use or regular home use. With the capacity to print 100-300 pages a month, this printer can also be a good assistant in your small to medium sized business if your printing needs fall in 100-300 pages/month.

However, even if you don’t use the printer to its optimum capacity, remember to run a print every week or two. Otherwise the printheads may dry up and you’ll have to replace the entire cartridge again.

You can also print on envelopes and invitation cards or pamphlets and brochures with the printer’s ability to support different paper sizes like A4, B5, A6 and so on.

All-in-all this printer is easy-to-setup, feature-rich and affordable. It is the best printer under 10000 in India and can fit in any Indian home.

Ink tank printers are the best colour printers for home use in India. This is because the liquid ink better produces the colour gradations and shades.

If you’re a freelancer (especially a photographer or graphic designer) or a parent with young kids at home, a colour printer will come to your aid every time you’ve a project submission or homework.

This printer from Canon (G1010) is a single function colour printer.

This means it can only print but cannot perform other functions like scanning and copying.

The single function takes complexity out of the printer, making it easier for even kids to handle. So, you could just ask your kids to take the print without worrying yourself.

And if the single function sounds like a disadvantage, then think again. Because the printer’s low price more than makes up for it.

Also, the printer has one of the lowest per page costs; costing 8 paise for black & white print and 21 paise for colour print. Now this is a price that’s hard to ignore!

The only drawback is, unlike the latest printer models, this one doesn’t support wi-fi or App connectivity. You can only connect the printer with a USB cable which limits its accessibility.

However, the ink tank system lets you visually see the ink levels so you can refill only that ink which is about to get over. The printer also comes with duplexing feature (read the guide below) and supports different paper sizes like A4, A5, A6, letter, legal etc.

Owing to the ink tanks, this printer has a large printing capacity and can print 300-500 pages per month. Even if your usage is not as high as that, you could extend the ink life to last over a year without refilling. This is provided you take atleast 1 print every week to keep the printheads from drying out.

Costing under 10000 Rupees, this ink tank printer is one the most economical printers and is perfect for students, and professionals.

Ink tank printers have two main advantages— their high printing capacity (of more than 300 pages/month) and unbeatable colour print quality. When combined with other features like scan, copy and Wi-Fi, it’s really hard to beat an Ink tank printer.

And this printer from Epson (EcoTank L3150) does just that! It brings together all the features to give you the best all-in-one printer for small business and home use in India!

Since the printer uses ink stored in tanks, the printer is most suitable for heavy usage of more than 300 pages per month. Most home use doesn’t involve such heavy printing unless you’re a freelancer or running a business.

If your print needs are between 50-300 pages per month, a basic inkjet printer will suit you better (check recommendation 1 and 2).

This Epson printer has all the necessary features that make any printer great. It lets you print (in colour), scan (on a flatbed scanner) and make copies.

The printer supports triple connectivity in the form of USB cable, wi-fi and direct App access. This takes the printing convenience to a different level, as you can schedule prints from anywhere in the house.

Another plus point is the printer’s speed. This printer is fast! And 33 pages per minute, fast! Its colour printing speed is also no less (about 15 pages per minute).

Making copies and printing pamphlets or brochures will be done and printed in minutes!

This printer can print images of 5760 x 1440 resolution. Resolution indicates the quality of print, i.e. sharp, clear and vibrant the image will be. Most printers offer a resolution of up to 1400 x 1400.

This is one the only printers to offer such high-quality colour prints!

And you can print on different paper sizes too. This printer supports the most common paper sizes like A4 (office document), A5 (notepad), A6 (postcard), B5 (poster), C6 (envelope, brochure, flyer) and so on.

This feature is especially useful on special events and occasions.

As you get so many features within the printer you might expect its cost to hit the roof. But not this one. Costing under 15000 Rupees, this printer offers you a value-packed deal that’s hard to resist!

If your printing needs are high, and you’re fine with black & white prints, then a laser printer is perfect for you!

Inkjet printers need to be maintained regularly to prevent drying of printheads due to periods of disuse. Also, since they use liquid ink to print, an accidental splash of water might smudge the ink. Its not the same with laser printers.

Laser printers use a toner containing powdered ink to print on paper. There are no issues of drying ink or smudging of printed text.

Canon (LBP2900B) is the best laser printer for home use in India. This is because it sticks to a single function of ‘print only’ keeping its usage simple and easy to understand.

All you have to do is plug the printer into the electrical socket, connect the USB cable to a PC or Laptop and you can begin printing! (Don’t forget to add papers though).

The cost of printing every page is as low as 2.8 Rupees per page. And the printer has the capacity to print 300 and more pages per month at the speed of 12 pages per minute!

This makes the printer highly functional than doesn’t need much maintenance. The only thing you have to keep in mind is the toner. The moment the printing quality starts suffering, its time to change the toner (which are cheaper to replace).

Since laser printers use a different technology to print, their performance is different too. Lines, graphics and borders are sharper. And there’s more depth to the black colour.

All the above points also add to the printer’s life, increasing its durability. Overall, if you’re looking for a good printer for your home office or heavy home printing, then consider buying this Canon printer!

If you’re running a small business or have heavy printing needs, then consider buying this Hp Laser (M1005) printer.

Designed to print more than 300 pages per month, this printer is easy to set-up and operate. It can handle multiple functions like printing, scanning and copying and is hence called a multi-function printer.

The printer comes with a flatbed scanner so you can scan any document with ease (even laminated ones).

And if you can overlook the missing colour print feature then this printer can actually benefit you more than an inkjet printer. How?

Laser printers are easiest to maintain. Unlike inkjet printers whose printheads dry up with long periods of disuse, laser printers use powdered ink (in toners).

So, you can let the printer sit idle for a month or two and use it heavily for the third month without worrying about the print quality. Also, since the printing is laser based, splashing of water won’t smudge the printed text (unlike inkjet printed text).

The toner used in this printer can print up to 2000 pages. The need to replace the toner may arise only once a year or once in two years, depending on your usage.

When in use, this printer can print 14 pages per minute which is quite fast in printer speeds. And guess what the per page printing cost is? Well, it’s just 1.4 Rupees!

This printer successfully defeats all the copy centres near you and even most home printers in terms of per page cost. The printer supports a variety of paper sizes like A4, A5, B5, C5, C6 etc. (check my guide below to know more).

This enables you to print on letters, flyers, brochures and postcards along with the commonly used office document (A4) paper.

Overall, this is the best multifunction laser printer in India.

Guide to the best home printer in India

To find the right printer for home office use or regular home use, asking yourself ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ will help in making an informed choice.

Why do you need a printer?

The fact that you’re here, means you already have an answer to the ‘why’. Maybe you’re tired of having to go down to the copy centre again and again. Or maybe the printer you own is dead or simply not enough.

Having a printer at home provides a quick solution to your printing needs. Printing out images for your child’s homework, flight tickets or project reports can easily be done with a printer at home.

If you’re a first-time buyer and ended up buying a printer because you wanted to print, you may realise too late that you should’ve bought one with a scanner or colour printing features.

This is why I asked you to reconsider the ‘why’. Do you need the printer to only print for you? Are you sure you won’t need it to occasionally scan documents or make copies of a page?

This brings us to the first factor you must consider when looking for the best home printer.

Single function vs. All-in-one Printer

Single function

  • Single function printers stick to only one task— they print. Hence, they are referred to as ‘print only’ or single function printers.
  • Since they don’t do much other than printing, these are cheaper.
  • The limited function allows the printers to have a compact So, these printers won’t hog up space on your shelf or table top.

Multi-function/ all-in-one Printer

  • As the name suggests, these printers do multiple jobs like scanning and copying along with printing.
  • Some may even function as fax
  • Since scanning and copying requires a wider space to place the documents, these printers are generally bulkier.
  • The added functions also make them costlier than ‘print only’ printers.

Gadgetfriend recommends going for an all in one printer for your home.

Being asked to upload scanned documents has become quite common (while applying for passport,  University exams, KYC procedures etc.)

Although using your Smartphone camera may do a decent job, the scanner of a multi-function printer, ensures your documents look clear and professional.

You can also save them in the format of your choice example .jpg, .png and so on.

What will you be printing?

The ‘why’ is useful to figure out what functions you want the printer to do.

The ‘what’ delves deeper in the printing function to give you an insight into what kind of printing you need— colour or black & white.

For example, if you’re going to be printing images for your child’s homework or family photos, you will definitely need a colour printer. If your printing needs are limited to text-based files (like manuscripts, notes, reports etc.) then monochrome printer will be enough.

We recommend choosing a colour printer.

Colour printing, is costlier to get it done from a copy centre (costing anywhere between 4-6 Rupees per page). And you have to pay the full price even if the page has just one line or one word in colour.

Also, colour printers are reasonably cheaper now-a-days. Giving up such a useful feature won’t make much difference cost-wise.

How much and how often will you use the printer?

Printers, if left unused for long periods of time (weeks or months) start giving trouble. The ink on the printheads may dry up or the quality of print may get affected.

If the quantity of prints you need is higher than the printer’s capacity, it will break down early and you may have to look for a new printer again.

 Hence, the frequency and quantity of prints you need will help you with what type of printer you should buy (Inkjet or laser).

Inkjet vs. Laser Printer

All modern printers do a good enough job of printing. But ‘how’ they print can make a huge difference when looking for the best printer for home use.

Inkjet and laser are the two main types of home printers. Let’s look at each in detail:

Inkjet Printer

Inkjet printers produce text and graphics by accurately spraying the ink droplets on to the paper. Depending on the size of ink cartridges the printer uses, there are two types of inkjet printers— Entry-level/basic inkjet printers and Ink tank printers.

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Entry-level/ Basic Inkjet Printer

Best for — University students, young professionals, solopreneurs, and families with school-going kids

What you should know about basic Inkjet printers:

  • As you can guess, entry-level inkjet printers use a smaller cartridge and hence come in compact & stylish models.
  • Even their upfront cost is cheapest compared to other printers. Almost all basic inkjet printers cost under 10000 Rupees.
  • They do a good job of printing both black & white prints and colour prints. And are suitable for a usage of 100-300 pages per month.
  • However, if your frequency of printing is low then this might not be the right printer for you. Long periods of unused can dry the printheads affecting the print quality. If you use it after an even longer period, the entire ink cartridge may have to be replaced.
  • To ensure smooth functioning, you should print something atleast once a week.
  • Cost per page of basic printers varies from about 5-8 Rupees. This is offset by the printer’s low upfront prices; hence these are the best printers for home use.

Ink Tank (Inkjet) Printer

Best for— freelancers (especially photographers, graphics expert etc.), home office users, small-medium sized business owners

What you should know about Ink tank printers:

  • Ink tank printers come with a tank containing liquid ink (which is usually visible when you look at the printer). This makes it easier to check the ink levels and replace only that ink or colour which is about to get over.
  • Since they’ve to fit the ink tanks, these printers are bulkier than the basic inkjet printers.
  • However, their printing capacity is the highest among inkjet printers. An Ink tank printer can easily print more than 300 pages per month.
  • If your printing is going to involve a lot of colour prints (like project reports, images, charts and so on), Ink tank printers can give you the best output in terms of cost per page and quality of print. In fact, Ink tank printers are the best colour printers in the market.
  • Ink tank printers may have a high upfront cost (about 10000-20000 Rupees) but they charge the lowest for each page (costing less than 1 Rupee per page).

Laser Printer

Best for— home office users, freelance writers, small to medium business owners (or basically anyone whose printing needs exceed 300 pages per month).

The biggest difference in an inkjet and laser printer is the ‘ink’. Inkjet printers use liquid ink (stored in cartridges or tanks) while laser printers use powdered ink (in toners). This difference impacts the printer’s performance, and durability.

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What you should know about laser printers:

  • Laser printers are the easiest to maintain. Unlike inkjet printers, you don’t have to worry about any printheads drying up, as this printer uses a completely different technology to print.
  • Laser printers use toner (having powdered ink) which makes the ink last longer (no premature drying of ink due to disuse) adding to their durability.
  • Replacing toners is more economical than replacing ink cartridges, saving your money in the long run.
  • Owing to their unique printing technology, laser printers offer the fastest printing speed among all printers.
  • Laser printers are best for bulk printing of more than 300 pages a month. This is also because their cost per page is quite low, costing about 1-3 Rupees/page.
  • Laser printers are not as good as Ink tank printers for colour printing. You may want to consider this fact while making your decision.
  • Also, laser printers have a high upfront price, ranging from 8000-30000 Rupees. So, a good laser printer may not be suitable for someone on a tight budget.

For more, check out what consumerreports has to say on this.

Other useful features

Connectivity

There are 3 ways to connect to your printer— connect it to a Laptop/PC via USB cable, connect the Smartphone/PC & printer to a common wi-fi network, or use an App or Bluetooth for quick access via Smartphones.

 The first is a wired connection, while the other two are wireless.

Buy any printer and you’re sure to get a USB cable along with it. It is the most basic connectivity that printers offer.

To get a Wi-fi/App compatible printer, you’ll have to shell out more money to buy a more advanced model. Some latest models may offer both Wi-Fi and App based connectivity while some may offer only one of these.

Having an all-in-one App for connecting to the printer is most useful.

This is because it allows you to print from various media like e-mails, documents and notes. It may also let you scan directly to the phone, check ink levels and help you troubleshoot the printer among other things.

Duplexing

Duplexing is the technique of printing on both sides of the paper. It could either be an automatic process where the printer itself flips the paper or a manual process involving your help to turn the paper around.

Duplexing, is most useful when bulk printing needs to be done.

Automatic duplexing is preferable over manual mode as it requires no supervision. For example, printing say 50 pages (both side) in a row will be much tedious if you have to keep turning the paper around yourself.

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So, if you’re occasionally going to be printing manuals or manuscripts, having an automatic duplex printer at home will save you time and efforts.

However, it goes without saying that a duplex printer will cost higher and the model may be bulkier than its other counterparts.

Check out Amazon’s guide.

Support for Paper sizes

ISO is the most commonly used standard for page measurement. We have all heard of the ‘A4’ paper size which is the most frequently used size in home printers. This size comes from the ‘A’ series of ISO standards for paper.

However, certain events or occasions call for unique stationary (in case of printers, it’s the size of the paper).

For example, what if you need to print addresses on official envelope or a gift envelope? Or maybe print a letter on a letterhead paper (for home office users)? Then there’s the legal paper size, notepad sized papers and office document size.

For printing on a slightly different size or type of paper you don’t have to do much. Most printers support different paper sizes that may be needed in a home printer at some point of time.

Most users either never use this feature or simply aren’t aware.

Defined in the ISO 216 standard, A series includes paper sizes from A0 to A8. Other series include B series (B0 to B10) for posters and C series (C2 to C6) for envelopes.

Let’s have a look at the dimensions of the most commonly supported paper sizes by printers:

You can check for the paper size supported by the printer in its specifications. Although this won’t make or break your decision, noting this feature will be of help whenever a special event or occasion arises.

Also, next time if the text at the paper’s edges is left out (mostly happens with legal sized pdfs which are larger than the common A4), you will instantly know the core problem. Simply replacing the paper to the appropriate size will fix the issue.

FAQs

Q.1 What is the common warranty period for printers?

Most printers come with a comprehensive warranty of 1-year, starting from the date of purchase. Some printers may give an additional warranty of a year or two as a promotional offer.

Q.2 Which is the best printer brand in India?

Although there is no single best printer Company in India, there are a few brands that shine above the rest. Hp, Epson, Canon, and Brother are the most loved brands in the home printer segment in India.

Q.3 Does the printing speed of your printer matter?

Many printers flaunt their printing speed, where some even claim to print as high as 20 pages per minute.

However, all modern home printers can comfortably print 6-7 pages per minute. This means you can get a printout in every 10 seconds or lower, based on your printer’s speed.

As this speed is already quite fast in real time, don’t pay extra just to buy a printer with higher printing speed.

 

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