The run-up to Christmas and the New Year brings out all the bargains. There are going to be masses of fantastic deals throughout the remainder of 2018.

In this article we focus on printers. 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.

Of course, it doesn't stop there. If you'd like to know more about the tech discounts on offer this autumn, have a look at Best Apple deals for 2018.

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.

For more detailed advice on choosing the right printer for you, take a look at our Best printer for Mac, iPad & iPhone group test, as well as Best instant photo printers.

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

From: Amazon

Was: £199.99

Now: £99.95  (£100 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. Brother DCP-L3550CDW

From: ebuyer

Was: £282.99

Now: £190.79  (£92.20 off)

This Brother laser printer prints at up to 18ppm at 600 x 2400 dpi. You can connect via USB, wireless or network - and also AirPrint. 

It can do double-sided printing and comes with an included toner cartridge.

3. Epson Expression Photo XP-960

From: Amazon

Was: £249.99

Now: £174.99  (£75 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. Lexmark CX310dn Multifunction Colour Laser Printer

From: ebuyer

Was: £149.98

Now: £99.99  (£49.99 off)

This Lexmark printer offers up to 2ppm printing and can take 250 sheets making it ideal for an office setting. It also prints 1200x1200 dpi resolution colours faithfully thanks to PANTONE calibration.

5. Canon Pixma MG2550S All-In-One Printer

From: Amazon

Was: £44.99

Now: £21.99  (51% 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.

6. HP Deskjet 2630 All-in-One Printer

From: Amazon

Was: £49.99

Now: £29.99  (40% off)

This compact HP inkjet printer can print, copy and scan. It comes with a 3 month trial of HP instant ink - which re-orders ink so you have it when you need it.

7. Epson XP-355 All-in-One Wireless printer

From: Currys PC World

Was: £79.99

Now: £39.99  (£40 off)

Print via Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint or Google Cloud Print at up to 10ppm.

8. Canon PIXMA TS9155 All-in-One Wireless Wi-Fi Printer (Red)

From: John Lewis

Was: £259.95

Now: £219.95  (£40 off)

Canon’s PIXMA TS9155 is a stylish and feature-packed all-in-one inkjet colour printer - and you can get it in Red.

You can print, scan or copy - and also print photographs at 4800 dpi. It incorporates 6 individual ink tanks (including Photo Blue).

It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and supports printing from most smartphones and tablets.

9. HP Envy 5020 Wireless All-in-One Printer

From: Currys PC World

Was: £59.99

Now: £39.99  (£20 off)

All-in-one printer offering up to 16ppm colour and up to 20ppm black & white.

 

10. HP Envy Photo 6230

From: Argos

Was: £79.99

Now: £59.99  £20 off + £30 cashback

A4 colour at 8 ppm, or b&w at 12ppm. Prints directly from your phone, Mac or PC.

11. Epson Expression Home XP-255 Wi-Fi Printer

From: Amazon

Was: £59.99

Now: £39.94  (33% off)

This printer has a small and lightweight design and offers wireless printing. 

12. HP PCs, Printers, Inks & Accessories

From: HP (via Student Beans)

Now: Up to 35% off

Save 10% on Printers and 15% on Inks via a Student Beans student discount.

13. HP Sprocket Photo Printer

From: Argos

Was: £109.99

Now: £99.99  (£10 off)

Print instant 5 x 7.6cm (2 x 3 in) photos from your iPhone (or other smartphone). The Sproket printer is about the size of a mobile phone and weighs around 170g, so you can carry it with you and print photos for friends and family.