The Best Photo Printer

The Best Photo Printer

Our pick

Epson SureColor P600

Epson SureColor P600

The best photo printer

The P600 delivers excellent print quality and solid performance along with a flip-up color LCD touchscreen for faster setup and maintenance.

Buying Options

$950* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $787.

The SureColor P600 13-inch wide inkjet printer (the measurement refers to maximum paper width, not the size of the unit) is one of Epson’s newest pigment ink desktop inkjet printers sold under the SureColor moniker (which is slowly replacing Epson’s highly-regarded Stylus Photo-brand). At a street price of nearly $800, the P600 is no impulse buy, but it offers a nine-color pigment-ink formulation (UltraChrome HD), high-capacity ink cartridges, roll paper printing, a paper feed designed for thick fine art media, and a dedicated black and white (B&W) printing mode alongside conveniences like a tilting touchscreen control panel and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to go along with its wired Ethernet and USB ports. If you’re after the convenience and high degree of control that printing at home offers, you’ll appreciate the outstanding quality, print longevity, and nearly limitless paper choices that the P600 offers.

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Canon Pixma Pro-100

Canon Pixma Pro-100

Personal photos on a budget

The Pro-100 makes great-looking color prints for personal use but because it uses dye inks, its photos are susceptible to fading over time.

Buying Options

$550* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $370.

If you’re not comfortable spending $800 and print longevity isn’t your top priority, the $379 Canon Pixma Pro-100 is a great lower-priced alternative, offering great-looking color prints and faster print speeds than any of the photo printers we tested. Like our top pick, you can print on sheets as wide as 13 inches. The Pro-100 uses dye inks, which deliver very rich, vibrant colors on glossy paper surfaces, but the resulting prints are more susceptible to fading than those from a pigment ink printer.

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Canon Pixma Pro-10

Canon Pixma Pro-10

When the price drops

A great buy when its price drops below $500, the Pro-10 makes excellent and long-lasting prints. Its B&W output can’t quite match that of our top pick. And if you print on thick fine art matte papers you’ll have to settle for a smaller printable area as well.

Buying Options

$700 from Amazon

If our main pick goes out of stock (or you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of flexibility for a lower operating cost), we recommend the Canon Pixma Pro-10. Like our top pick, it uses pigment inks for maximum longevity of your prints. And it’s per-print cost is about 20 cents less than the Epson’s. But even so, with fewer black ink dilutions (shades like gray and light gray, for example), its black-and-white output is capable of as much fine detail in highlights and shadows as the P600. Disappointing, though, is that the Pro-10, like all recent Pixma Pro models, requires a wide image border —1.2 inches on all sides—when printing on thick fine art matte papers. On the same media, the P600 can print all the way to the edge of the paper.

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Our pick

Epson SureColor P600

Epson SureColor P600

The best photo printer

The P600 delivers excellent print quality and solid performance along with a flip-up color LCD touchscreen for faster setup and maintenance.

Buying Options

$950* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $787.

Also great

Canon Pixma Pro-100

Canon Pixma Pro-100

Personal photos on a budget

The Pro-100 makes great-looking color prints for personal use but because it uses dye inks, its photos are susceptible to fading over time.

Buying Options

$550* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $370.

Also great

Canon Pixma Pro-10

Canon Pixma Pro-10

When the price drops

A great buy when its price drops below $500, the Pro-10 makes excellent and long-lasting prints. Its B&W output can’t quite match that of our top pick. And if you print on thick fine art matte papers you’ll have to settle for a smaller printable area as well.

Buying Options

$700 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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