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Melissa Gallagher
6 months ago • Atlanta

We need a new home printer...

It seems like we can't keep a printer alive & functioning for more than a year. I want a work horse that doesn't burn through expensive ink! Mostly school paperwork, not photos. Scanning/copying is helpful but not required. Any recommendations?
10 replies
5 months ago
I absolutely love my Brother DCP-L2550DW. It's a black and white toner printer/copier/scanner, and you can get at least 3000 pages printed with one high-yield toner drum (replacements cost about 70 bucks). It was really affordable to buy (comes with a 1200-page yield toner drum) and does everything I need it to and I've printed on everything from mailing labels to stickers to transparencies. Just keep in mind it only prints in black and white, but it does full-color scans. Prints are not as detailed as an inkjet printer, but it has served me well over the last year. I JUST bought a replacement drum for the first time. Brother has an app where you can scan and print directly from your phone via WIFI (which is handy for me saving scanned artwork to share on social media). And you can sync your printer to automatically order replacement toner when your printer gets low.
6 months ago
I'll second that suggestion. Buy yourself a Brother laser and never look back. Most of them come with scanning & double sided printing too. They are super cheap and last forever. It's shocking how much money and time you save with a laser instead of inkjet. We love ours!
6 months ago
Thank you. Travis and Adam. I am not currently in the market for a new printer but hey, tomorrow could be the day my 12 year old HP bites the dust. But honestly, I don't know where else I would have been given this advice, which so efficient and interesting. It is the kind of recommendation that you remember. I guess that makes it... knowledge!
6 months ago
Super helpful guys! Thanks so much!
6 months ago
I bought an Epson EcoTank 3760. My husband was just saying tonight, your ink is lasting you forever! I home school and I print out all of my curriculum. My ink is just at the halfway mark and I've printed at least 3000 pages! It's wireless, so I can print from my phone and I can print when I'm away from home by sending the print to my printer's email. Yes, my printer has an email address lol. I highly recommend the Epson EcoTank.
6 months ago
We also have a Brother printer, and it has been great! We went through a couple of other printers, different brands, and they seemed to die pretty quickly. Our Brother printer has been very relable. It is also getting a lot more use during the pandemic, and no issues.
5 months ago
Hear, hear, for Brother! They are so great, and very inexpensive. I have the Brother HL-L2370DW and it is wireless and will last you years and years. I still have a Brother printer from before wireless and it will not quit.
5 months ago
I love the idea of the epson eco tank but never had much luck with Epson so I purchased the canon mega tank (g4210). Like Cindy, we print all our homeschool materials and have printed over a few thousand pages and only halfway through our ink. It is a slower printer then our previous canon but does an excellent job!
5 months ago
I love HP Instant ink, so I have HP printers. I pay $10 per month and they send me ink as needed. Without the HP Instant Ink plan, it takes $79 to replace the ink. I replace the ink more than twice per year.

I have an HP Envy, which is a decent basic printer/scanner and Officejet Pro 9015, which I love. I use the Officejet Pro for my business, so lots of printing and scanning.
5 months ago
We finally gave up on Canon and switched to Brother. We have an MFC-J995DW, and it's been great so far. Maybe the "tank" type Canons are better, but we had a lot of problems with the print heads/ink jets getting clogged on other Canons, especially if you printing infrequently.
5 months ago

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