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The best printers and scanners from our tests

Need to print or digitise some documents? These are the best multifunction printers for the job.

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Last updated: 22 January 2024


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While you can still find some scanners in stores, the market has largely swung towards multifunction printers (also known as MFPs). These have built-in scanning and copying capabilities to save you from buying multiple machines and taking up valuable desk space.

Multifunction printers were once quite expensive compared to standard printers, but these days there are plenty of affordable models with pretty decent inbuilt scanners.

We've gathered the top-performing MFPs in our test and also listed the best models if you're on a budget, and the best models for scanning documents, photos and more.

Do you need a scanner?

It may seem like antiquated technology, but there are still plenty of documents that can benefit from being digitised.

Photos are an obvious one, especially if you have albums from the days when film was the only format. Not only does this make them easier to share with friends and family, it also provides a point of backup if your shots are ever lost or damaged.

Receipts are also worth scanning and come in very handy if you need to make a warranty claim or provide proof for a tax deduction. Many of them fade over time, some end up in long-forgotten boxes that are impossible to find when you need them, and others get thrown out accidentally during a decluttering. Digitised receipts, meanwhile, are easier to store and locate.

Official or legal documents still tend to come by mail rather than email, and like receipts, keeping some scanned backups can save you many headaches down the line.

Why a scanner might be worth it

You may want to consider a dedicated scanner, rather than a multifunction printer, if:

  • you rarely (if ever) print documents but regularly scan or copy them (e.g. receipts)
  • you don't have the desk space for a large MFP but have the shelf space for a small printer and small scanner
  • you want high quality scans for photos, graphic novels or artwork.

Though there are good quality MFP scanners available, it's worth looking at a high-end photo scanner if you want top results.

The best multifunction printers

Most MFPs use inkjet technology for printing. Good quality inkjets produce sharp, vibrant, top-quality prints across a range of paper types, but ink costs can be higher compared to laser printers. Of the 30 printers we recommend, only two of those models are laser MFPs. 

As part of our product testing, we independently test and review new printers in specialised labs to find out which ones deliver the best printing performance and which ones will be cheapest to run. If you're not yet a member, join CHOICE to get instant access to all of our expert, independent product and service reviews. If you're already a member, log in to unlock this article and read about the best printers we've tested.

Printers with a CHOICE Expert Rating (our overall score) of 70% or more, and a print quality score of more than 70%, earn the 'CHOICE Recommended' seal of approval. 

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Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500.

Epson EcoTank Photo ET-8500

  • Cost: $999
  • Type: Colour inkjet printer
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 78%
  • Printing quality score: 83%
  • Ease of use score: 78%
  • Scanning score: 77%
  • Copying score: 54%

This printer may come with a hefty price tag, but its top-scoring results speak for themselves. It also comes with three years' worth of ink, with annual costs being $108 thereafter. The included ink covers up to 5500 mono or 4900 colour pages.

Canon Maxify GX3060 MegaTank

  • Cost: $649
  • Type: Colour inkjet printer
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 77%
  • Printing quality score: 78%
  • Ease of use score: 73%
  • Scanning score: 84%
  • Copying score: 76%

Canon's MegaTank printer is refillable, which keeps your annual ink costs low – $40 per year in this case. It's also among the top performers for scanning and copying results making it a great and affordable all-rounder over time (even though the RRP is on the steeper side).

Canon Maxify GX4060 MegaTank

  • Cost: $749
  • Type: Colour inkjet printer
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 77%
  • Printing quality score: 78%
  • Ease of use score: 73%
  • Scanning score: 82%
  • Copying score: 76%

This Canon printer is also refillable, with ink costing $40 per year. Its slightly higher price tag (compared to the GX3060) gets you an auto-feeder for scan/copy functions, a colour touchscreen display, and fax support without the need for third-party software.

The best cheap multifunction printers

These are the top-performing multifunction printers we've tested that cost under $200.


Canon Pixma TS6360a.

Canon Pixma TS6360a

  • Cost: $169
  • Type: Colour inkjet printer
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 76%
  • Printing quality score: 86%
  • Ease of use score: 80%
  • Scanning score: 68%
  • Copying score: 55%

The Pixma TS6360a is a decent option if you're looking for an affordable MFP to occasionally scan documents. You won't get the best scanning results, but it does deliver the best print quality for models in this price range. It also comes with one bonus set of ink cartridges, offsetting some additional costs.

Canon Pixma TR7060a

  • Cost: $149
  • Type: Colour inkjet printer
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 73%
  • Printing quality score: 78%
  • Ease of use score: 73%
  • Scanning score: 76%
  • Copying score: 73%

Print quality, scanning, copying and ease of use are all firmly good, making this printer a solid performer for the price. Just use it sparingly as ink costs are high and it uses combined cartridges, which means you need to replace all colours if just one runs out.

Canon Pixma TS5360a

  • Cost: $109
  • Type: Colour inkjet printer
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 72%
  • Printing quality score: 76%
  • Ease of use score: 73%
  • Scanning score: 71%
  • Copying score: 73%

The go-to option if you want good results on a budget. You can't beat these scores for the price (although it does lack some features found in the TR7060a, such as auto-feeding for scanning and copying). Note that annual ink costs, and ink wastage, are even higher than the 7060a, so only buy this low-cost MFP for occasional printing, scanning and copying throughout the year.

The best multifunction printer scanners

These are the top-performing scanners from our multifunction printers test (models listed according to scanning score). 


Canon Pixma MegaTank G3670.

Canon Pixma MegaTank G3670

  • Cost: $379
  • Type: Colour inkjet printer
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 73%
  • Printing quality score: 74%
  • Ease of use score: 70%
  • Scanning score: 93%
  • Copying score: 66%

The best scanner in our test by far with good print quality to boot. If you want to digitise all of your paper documents and maybe print a few things from time to time, the G3670 ticks all the boxes.

HP OfficeJet Pro 9020e

  • Cost: $399
  • Type: Colour inkjet printer
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 71%
  • Printing quality score: 72%
  • Ease of use score: 64%
  • Scanning score: 87%
  • Copying score: 64%

If you prefer the way HP does things over Canon, then the 9020e is worth considering. It also has an auto-feeder for the scanner/copier, ethernet and faster overall print speeds. It does use a lot of ink though, so keep that in mind.

HP OfficeJet Pro 8020e

  • Cost: $229
  • Type: Colour inkjet printer
  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 72%
  • Printing quality score: 76%
  • Ease of use score: 63%
  • Scanning score: 85%
  • Copying score: 75%

With good copying results and very good scanning quality, the 8020e is a great performer across its many functions. Though ease of use is only OK, it's worth working through these hurdles for the price tag alone. Other MFPs deliver similar results, but they cost a lot more and you could probably nab this one for less than $200 during a sales period.

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