Which Printer Should I Buy?
This is a very common question. There are three pertinent questions to ask in return:
Do you need faxing? If you need faxing, you will need a 4-in-one printer that does printing, copying, scanning, and faxing. If you do not need faxing, you will have a few more options for a 3-in-one printer that just does printing, scanning, and copying.
Do you need color or black and white? If you only need black and white, I would recommend a laser printer. They are quite inexpensive now, much more reliable than inkjet printers, and cheaper per page. If you need color and want to spend under $400, buy an inkjet printer, not a laser. Inkjet are the most common type of low end printer for consumers. They are very inexpensive but of course they make it up in the high cost of the ink. If you print more than 200 pages a month, I would recommend laser.
Specific Model Recommendations
Brother: I like Brother laser printers. We have the MFC-L2700DW ($170 or so), which is black and white, has wireless and hardwire network capability, AirPrint for iPads and iPhones, and can print/scan/copy/fax very cheaply and reliably.
Canon: The MX922 color inkjet can fax, copy, scan, and print decent photos. This has AirPrint for iPad/iPhone printing.
Dell: The Dell H625cdw is a promising and very inexpensive color laser printer. On sale occasionally for $200, normal price in the $260-280 range, it has it all: print, copy, scan, fax in color and laser so it is cheap per page and doesn’t dry up.
Epson: The WorkForce WF-3640 is a color inkjet around $120 and has all of the above.
Good places to purchase printers include Amazon, CDW, and Best Buy (which matches prices for products sold by Amazon itself).