Speed: Print Without the Wait
All things being equal, you’ll want a printer that not only produces high-quality prints, but also prints them out at a good speed. However, the fastest inkjet printer won't produce the best print quality, so you might want to ask yourself which is more important for your own needs, as speed and quality often counterbalance one another.
From this selective list, we picked the ten best inkjet printers, which were then either loaned to us by manufacturers as test units, or which we purchased independently. (Companies had no input on our testing, and our results were not shared with any manufacturers prior to publication.) Because new printers usually come with smaller “Starter” ink cartridges, we also procured full-capacity ink cartridges for each printer to assure that our testing reflected normal printer use. Our testing involved printing regular documents on plain printer paper, of the sort that you would get at any OfficeDepot or Wal-Mart, while photos were printed on a name-brand glossy photo paper.
Also worth mentioning are the Epson Expression Premium XP-830 Small-in-One and the Canon Pixma MG6821, which both produced the best photo prints of the bunch in our testing. If you want to produce hardcopies of photos for display or for scrapbooking, these are two of the best home inkjet printers to consider, and the photo quality they offer should put them at the top of your list.