With large portions of New Zealand either working remotely, distance learning, or both, families are finding that printers can still come in handy around the house.
On top of being able to create physical copies of documents, printers also allow us to print out reference material, signs, images, and craft projects - perfect for keeping young minds engaged when they're confined to indoor activities.
We’ve compiled a list of the best printers to have in your home depending on who will be using the printer most often.
If your household is using the printer mostly so your younger children or primary schoolchildren can print out infographics and handouts, we recommend inkjet printers like the HP Deskjet 2131, Canon PIXMA TR7560, and the Brother MFCJ491DW printers.
Inkjet printers handle colour printing well with a running cost that compares favourably to laser printers if you're printing graphics and images often and rarely printing in monochrome.
The cost for laser printers to print the same amount of images is much higher.
These inkjet printers are also in a lower price bracket so parents don’t feel like they’re breaking the bank to print your children’s schoolwork.
If remote working is requiring you to print out documents for work and you need to print schoolwork or craft projects out for the kids, we recommend our more sophisticated inkjet printer models like the Canon MAXIFY MB2160, HP Officejet Pro 9012, or the Brother MFCJ5330DW printers.
These printers deliver crisper print quality, have more features, and in many cases, are more efficient compared to entry-level inkjet printers. They’re well-equipped to handle a mix of black and white and colour printing demands.
If you’re mostly printing documents in the home office and you don’t need any image-printing capabilities, we recommend a laser printer like the HP LaserJet Pro M15W, Brother HLL2375DW, or HP LaserJet Pro M283FDN.
Laser printers cost more upfront, but they provide the best performance, are more convenient to use, and in most cases, have an overall cheaper running cost as long as most of your printing isn't image-heavy.
Colour capabilities are optional, depending on whether your work requires it – we’ve included a colour laser printer as a wildcard option.
So there you have it, the top three printers we'd recommend for your home depending on who will be using the printer most often in your household.