With most documents being emailed straight to our phones, printing has become somewhat of a rarity in day-to-day life – but things look different under lock-down. Now that most are working and studying remotely, a printer might be more essential than ever.

If you're looking for a printer right now, whether inkjet, laser, or multi-function, you can find some of the best discounts here along with our expert buying advice.  

For instance, you can often find great printer deals at Currys and Ryman, which has discounts across a wide selection of printers. Argos has several printers for under £50 too.

Whether you're looking for an inkjet, laser or AirPrint-compatible printer, you don't want to spend any more than necessary, so check out our round-up below on the best 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.

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 usually have printer 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 of May 2020

1. Canon Pixma MG3650S

From: Argos

Now: £29.99

Until 25 July, Canon printer shoppers can also save 25% on select ink cartridges.

2. Ryman Printer Deals

From: Ryman

Now: Up to £120 off

Check out Ryman's discounts on printers with up to £120 off on a Brother All-in-One Wireless printer.

3. HP ENVY Photo 7134 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer

From: Currys PC World

Was: £129.99

Now: £89.99  (£40 off)

This copier, printer and scanner also has Wi-Fi and automatic double-sided printing, which is a feature you won't find on lower models. Best of all, it comes with a free 5-month trial of HP Instant Ink, so you'll be able to print hundreds of pages per month for no extra cost until the end of the trial.

4. Epson Expression Home XP 3105 Wireless Printer

From: Argos

Was: £59.99

Now: £49.99  (£10 off)

This printer usually has an RRP of £59.99. Get it for £10 less from Argos.

5. Epson Ecotank ET-2720 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer

From: Currys PC World

Was: £219.99

Now: £159  (£60.99 off)

This printer comes with enough ink for up to two years' printing. It works with Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print and can also be used as a copier and scanner.

6. HP Printers

From: HP Store

Now: Up to £65 off

Save on an HP printer when you buy directly from the HP Store.

7. Epson Expression Home XP-5105 Wi-Fi Printer

From: Amazon

Was: £99.99

Now: £78.98  (£21 off)

Get this all-in-one Wi-Fi Epson printer with 20% off the regular price.