You can find excellent printer deals all through the year, but there are certain seasons to look out for in particular to bag an even better deal. Right now, being in the peak of summer sales, you can expect to find great discounts. Then of course there are Back to School sales, which should usher in even more printer deals (before Black Friday, Cyber Monday and ultimately Christmas and Boxing Day).
But before we get ahead of ourselves, in this article we'll focus on printers and deal that are on right now. Whether you're looking for an inkjet, laser or AirPrint-compatible printer, you don't want to spend any more than necessary, so we've gathered up the best printer deals currently available.
Best printer deals right now
Best printer discounts: What to look for
There are two main types of printer: inkjet and laser, which are each available in either colour or mono.
If you're only (or almost entirely) going to be printing text, opt for a mono laser: this will deliver crisp text, fast output and low ink costs. If you plan to print photos (or a mixture of photos and text), we'd recommend an inkjet - but for serious photo printing look for a dedicated photo printer with separate cartridges for each colour.
It's important to factor in the cost of replenishing the toner and other consumables over the lifetime of the printer. And this is a slow-moving market, so don't discount printers from a few years ago; the latest products aren't always the best.
You'll find that most modern printers include a scanner; we'd also recommend looking for WiFi capabilities, as this means you can print from your iPhone and iPad, for example, without messing about with cables. The final things to look for are print speed, USB ports, memory card slots, high-capacity paper trays and double-sided printing.
Where to find printer deals
The following sites sell printers and are likely to offer excellent deals all year round. (We've linked to the printer sections of the websites to make your life slightly easier.)
Remember that deals don't last very long, so your best bet would be to check them regularly and act decisively when you spot a bargain.
But don't be in such a rush that you don't do research before buying. While checking reviews, find out the usual selling price, because some retailers have been known to put prices up ahead of big sales so the discounts seem more impressive.
Best printer deals
1. Canon Pixma TR8550
Now: £129.99 (£70 off)
This is a small, 5-ink, 4-In-One, with print, scan, copy and fax functions, smart Wi-Fi and Ethernet, perfect for a home office.
2. Canon Pixma TS5050
Now: £64.89 (46% off)
The Pixma TS5050 will print, scan and copy. And at this price it's a good deal.
3. Epson Expression Photo XP-960
Now: £179 (£70.99 off)
Want to be able to print photos as well as printing documents, scanning and photocopying? This Epson printer uses six-colour Claria Photo HD Ink to produce superior-quality, long-lasting photographs.
4. Canon TS3150 All-in-One Inkjet Printer
Now: £38 (£11.99 off)
This Wi-Fi printer comes with a full set of inks.
5. HP Deskjet 2630 All-in-One Printer
Now: £29 (£20.99 off)
This compact HP inkjet printer can print, copy and scan. It comes with a two-month trial of HP instant ink - which re-orders ink so you have it when you need it.
6. Canon Pixma MX495 Wi-Fi Printer
Now: £36.97 (£12 off)
Save £12 on this Wi-Fi printer, which brings the price under £40.
7. Canon Pixma MG2550S All-In-One Printer
Now: £24.99 (£20 off)
All-In-One colour printer, scanner and copier. Prints documents and photos. Although it say it's Windows compatible you should have no difficulty getting Mac drivers from Canon's website.
8. HP PCs, Printers, Inks & Accessories
From: HP (via Student Beans)
Now: Up to 35% off
The discount includes 10% savings on printers and 15% on inks via a Student Beans student discount.