Printers are in huge demand due to lockdown and large percentage of the population working from home. That means stock, let alone deals, is hard to find but we've found the best discounts on inkjet and laser printers.
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 of August 2021
1. HP OfficeJet 6950
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £119.97 (£110 off)
An affordable printer for your home office, the OfficeJet 6950 is an all-rounder with print, copy, fax and scanning functions.
- Wi-Fi with AirPrint
2. Kodak P300R Mini 3
Now: £96.04 (£36.95 off)
This Mini 3 from Kodak has over £35 off and comes bundled with 68 photos. It's Bluetooth and compatible with iPhone and Android.
- 3x3in instant photos
3. Canon Pixma TS5150
Now: £59.99 (£7.50 off)
It's not a huge discount but any money off a decent printer at an affordable price is worth a look. You'll need to check stores for collection, though.
4. Epson Expression Photo XP-8600
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £97.97 (£32 off)
The XP-8600 features in our Best Printers chart, ranking highly. It may not be the cheapest but you're getting bang for your buck, and this is the lowest price you'll find right now.
- Colour inkjet
- Colour touchscreen
5. Epson EcoTank M1100
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £79.97 (£10 off)
Laptops Direct currently has £10 off this black and white inkjet printer. It's eligible for free delivery in most of the UK.
- Mono inkjet
- 32ppm (pages per minute)
- 100,000-page warranty
6. Canon Selphy Square QX10
From: Currys PC World
Now: £138 (£61 off)
There's a chunk off this pocket-size smartphone printer from Canon. There's also an optional bundle which comes with an ink and paper set.
- Mobile instant printer
- Compatible with iOS & Android
7. Canon Pimxa MegaTank G5050
Now: £189.99 (£70 off)
As the name suggests, this MegaTank model from Canon is designed for those who need to do lots of printing. It can yield up to 18,000 pages from 3 black ink bottles or 7,700 pages from a colour set.
- Includes full set of ink
8. HP Envy Photo 7830
Now: £115.84 (£44.15 off)
While it's aimed at printing photos, the 7830 is an all-in-one printer that can also handle copy, scan and fax in a compact size.
- 4-months of Instant Ink
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 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.
- Cartridge People
- HP Store
- John Lewis
- Laptops Direct
- Best Buy
Student discounts for printers
If you're a student you can also save on printers from various retailers. We've highlighted a few major retailers here.
Ryman also has a 10% student discount, which applies both online and in-store services such as photocopying and printing. You'll need to sign up via Unidays to verify your student status.
Cartridge People offer a 10% off to students via Student Beans.