The Best Printer in India For Every Purpose

Last Updated on December 1, 2019

Whether you are a student, a small business owner or a casual photographer, a printer has become a sort of a necessity to have around you. We researched and tested 20 different printers to come up with the choice for the best printer in India according to what your needs are. We will have a detailed article on each individual category of printers but this is a comprehensive list for those who just want to get straight to the point.

Choosing the best printer depends on a number of factors. There are five major questions you should be able to answer before you can buy the right printer for you:

  1. Where will you use your printer? – Home, a small office or a big office?
  2. Do you want WiFi in your printer?
  3. Do you need a color printer?
  4. Do you need to make copies with your printer?
  5. Do you want to have automatic double-sided printing?
RequirementSuited ForPrinter Model
B/W with no Xerox and no WiFiHome/StudentsBrother HL-L2321D
B/W with Xerox and no WiFiSmall Office/SchoolsHP Laserjet Pro M1136
B/W with Xerox and WiFiBig OfficeBrother DCP-L2541DW
Color with no Xerox and no WiFiHomeHP DeskJet 1112
Color with Xerox and no WiFiSmall OfficeEpson L361
Color with no Xerox and with WiFiBig OfficeEpson L565

Best Printer for Home Use in India without Xerox and WiFi

Brother HL-L2321D

Brother HL-L2321D Single-Function Monochrome Laser Printer with Auto Duplex Printing

Quick Specs:

Model Name Brother HL-L2321D
Printer Type Laser, Black & White
Connectivity USB
Print speed 30 pages per minute
Print cost Rs. 1.5 per page
Toner Yield 2600 pages
Pages Size A4, Letter, A5, A5 (Long Edge), A6, Executive, Legal, Folio
Duplex Printing Auto
Scanner/Xerox No
Warranty 1 year

If you need a simple black & white printer that does most of your printing needs efficiently and quickly then you do not need to look further than the Brother HL-L2321D. Minimal set up and fuss with good print quality and low printing cost per page make this printer an easy choice if you all you need are the basics. Brother’s customer support and dealer network is not as good as HP’s but for the price, that is an acceptable quirk which we can overlook because other features like auto-duplex printing

Best Printer for Home Use in India with Xerox and No Wi-Fi

HP Laserjet Pro M1136

HP Laserjet Pro M1136 Multifunction Monochrome Laser Printer (Black)

Quick Specs:

Model Name HP Laserjet Pro M1136
Printer Type Laser, Black & White
Connectivity USB
Print speed 18 pages per minute
Print cost Rs. 2 per page
Toner Yield 1500 pages
Pages Size A4, A5, B5, C5, C6, DL, Postcard
Duplex Printing Manual
Scanner/Xerox Yes
Warranty 1 year

One of the best all-in-one printers available in the market, the HP Laserjet M1136 is a dependable product which works most of the time and will crank out pages without any hassles. HP has a good service network across India which is great because you can get all the help and refill toners easily. This is great for a small office which can do without a WiFi printer or even a home to fulfill all your printing and copying needs. Installation is a breeze and there is not much you need to do other than plug and play. Although the size is a bit big, so you will need to clear out space for it in your room.

Best Printer for Home Use in India with Xerox and WiFi

HP LaserJet Pro M126nw

HP LaserJet Pro M126nw

Quick Specs:

Model Name HP LaserJet Pro M126nw
Printer Type Laser, Black & White
Connectivity USB, WiFi, Ethernet
Print speed 20 pages per minute
Print cost Rs. 2 per page
Toner Yield 1500 pages
Pages Size A4, A5, B5, envelopes, postcards
Duplex Printing Manual
Scanner/Xerox Yes
Warranty 1 year

The big brother of the M1136 model, the HP LaserJet M126nw has all the same features along with the ability to print wirelessly. It’s very useful if you give out prints from your phone or have a lot of computers in your office as this printer can be connected to LAN. The set up is a breeze and HP’s dealer and after-sales service is one of the best for printers in India. Though, again, this is model is kind of bulky and does require quite a bit of space. This printer gets all the basics right and is the least cumbersome among its competitors to use.

Best Cheapest Colour Printer for Home Use in India

HP DeskJet 1112

HP DeskJet 1112 Single Function Inkjet Colour Printer

Quick Specs:

Model Name HP DeskJet 1112
Printer Type Inkjet, Colour
Connectivity USB
Print speed 7.5 (black) and 5.5 (colour) pages per minute
Print cost Rs. 4.8 (black) and Rs. 6.6 (colour) per page
Toner Yield 190 pages
Pages Size A4, B5, A6, DL envelope
Duplex Printing Manual
Scanner/Xerox No
Warranty 1 year

If all you want is to have a colour printer at your home for the occasional picture print or you hardly print anything but just want to keep one just in case you have to, it makes sense to not spend much money upfront and the HP DeskJet 1112 fits the bill perfectly. But be sure of what you are getting though, this printer won’t get you 50 prints a month, it is a good fit if your usage is around 10 pages a month. Running cost of this printer is higher than the others and a typical ink cartridge can print around 25 A4 colour pages.

This printer does not have WiFi or Xerox or automatic double-sided printing but what it does have has is a simple print mechanism and low purchase price.

Best Colour Printer with Xerox in India

Epson L361

Epson L361 Multi-Function Ink Tank Colour Printer (Black)

Quick Specs:

Model Name Epson L361
Printer Type Inkjet, Colour
Connectivity USB
Print speed 33 (black) and 15 (colour) pages per minute
Print cost Rs. 0.07 (black) and Rs 0.15 (colour) per page
Toner Yield 4500 (black) and 7500 (colour) pages
Pages Size A4, A5, A6, B5, C6, DL
Duplex Printing Manual
Scanner/Xerox Yes
Warranty 1 year

The Epson L361 is an inkjet printer suitable for your home or small office. It connects through USB and doesn’t have WiFi functionality. Epson specializes in low-cost printing and this printer delivers in this area. You are basically set for at least two years after normal usage which is usually around 4,500 pages in black and white and 5,500 pages in colour. Epson also has a good support network in India, so getting problems fixed in your printer is pretty smooth. The big thing we like about this printer is that it so compact and yet can do everything you ask of it- scan, xerox and colour prints in bulk.

We definitely recommend this printer for a small office or a place where you regularly have to print in colour.

Best All-In-One Colour Laser Printer for a Small Office in India

Epson L365

Epson L565 Wi-Fi All-in-One Ink Tank Printer

Quick Specs:

Model Name Epson L565
Printer Type Inkjet, Colour
Connectivity USB, WiFi, Ethernet
Print speed 33 pages per minute
Print cost Rs. 0.07 (black) and Rs. 0.18 (colour) per page
Toner Yield 4500 (black) and 7500 (colour) pages
Pages Size A4, A5, A6, B5, C6, DL
Duplex Printing Manual
Scanner/Xerox Yes
Warranty 1 year

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The Epson L565 is a compact printer with one of the lowest printing costs out there. Although it requires a heavy initial investment of around Rs. 18,500, it will last about 2 years of moderate usage, that is around 4,000 pages in black & white and 6,500 in colour before any need to replace the ink. Installation and set up is easy and WiFi works well across devices.

This printer is great for a small business which has daily printing needs in both black and white and colour.

Factors used to decide the Best Printer in India

Cost of the printer

The upfront cost of purchasing a printer should be one of the main but not the only consideration. Some printers are cheap but expensive to print with high maintenance and refill costs, some printers are expensive upfront but are cheaper in the long run. We have given you our choice with taking price as one of the factors into consideration.

After-sales support and warranty period of the printer

In India, it is very important that you have a good after-sales service network since most printers encounter some problem or the other during their lifetime.

Printing costs with respect to cartridges and ink

Ink cartridges used in inkjet printers cost more than toners in laser printers though they are bought in less frequency. Prices of laser printers and inkjet printers have come around the same price. As a thumb rule, we suggest using inkjet printers if you want colour prints and laser printers if you only need black and white prints.

Connectivity

Do you want WiFi and LAN connectivity? Well, if you do, the cost of the printer will go up substantially. For most people in homes and small offices, you don’t really need WiFi and connecting with a USB will do just fine. But large organizations require multiple people using the printer and hence, having a WiFi printer makes sense.

Tips for Printer Use

Use only original refill cartridges

This is a mistake many people make and end up blaming the printer manufacturer. Inkjet printers, as a rule, should only have the cartridges suggested by the manufacturer. You should not use knockoffs or duplicates in order to save costs as they can harm your printer since cartridges have proprietary builds which unbranded products will not be able to match.

Keep the printer away from dust

It’s a good idea to keep the printer away from dusty areas and cover it when it’s not in use to avoid dust getting inside the machine.

Regular maintenance cleaning of the printer

Printers and their cartridges/toners should have regular maintenance done to ensure longevity. It’s best to call up company support or use the company provided manual to know exactly how to maintain your printer model. Do not ignore this.

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