The 5 Best Printers Under $100 in 2020

There are currently a lot of printers with more features than your fingers. But even so, you might want to opt for a lesser priced printer with the same quality. Though there are a lot of printers under $100 (including used and refurbished), you won’t find many good printers under $100.

It’s not entirely difficult to find a good printer under $100. There are quite a few if you have the eye to look for it. But how can one find out what are some of the good printers under $100?

That’s easy! Check for the condition it comes in. You can also take a look at what relevant features a printer has for you. The performance is also another thing to keep an eye out for.

Do all these information irritate you? Don’t worry because we’ve done all the research for you! Here are the best printers under $100. Go and take a look!

 

Canon PIXMA TR4520

Canon Pixma

The Canon PIXMA TR 4520 is one of the most versatile printers you can find under $100. Not only is it cheap, it also packs a ton of utilities. Though all of the printers in this list are budget-friendly, the Canon TR4520 comes with a lot of features on top of being cheap.

How good would it be to get a printer that can do other things besides printing? The Canon TR4520 does exactly that. Aside from printing, the TR4520 can also fax, copy, and scan on-demand. And as it weighs just 13lbs, it’s perfect for using it at home or office.

The performance of the PIXMA TR4520 is better than many high-end printers you can find on the market. The 4800 x 1200 dpi print resolution backs that claim. This printer also has a decent 8.8 IPM print speed. It can also print borderless up to 8.5 x 11″.

The rest of the features are pretty good too. For example, you’ll be getting a USB Type-B and Wi-Fi connection interface. You can also print directly from Mopria, AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print. This printer also supports duplex printing.

Though the maintenance costs are a bit high, they aren’t that noticeable.

Overall, the Canon Pixma TR4520 might just be the best printer under $100 currently. So if this is what you’re looking for then go for it!

Pros

  • It can scan, copy, print, and fax.
  • At just 13 lbs, it’s quite light.
  • The 4800 x 1200 dpi print resolution is quite high.
  • Direct printability from Mopria, AirPrint, and Google Cloud Print.
  • A decent 8.8 IPM printing speed.
  • Supports borderless printing up to 8.5 x 11″.

Cons

  • Running costs are a bit high.

 

Canon Pixma MG3620

Canon Pixma

At around the same price range of the TR4520, you can also find the Canon Pixma MG3620. The MG3620 is priced a bit lower than the TR4520 but offers nearly all of the features!

The Canon Pixma MG3620 features a Fine Inkjet technology. The Fine Ink Technology allows ink cartridges to have a built-in printhead into the cartridge. At the same time, it’s also lighter than the TR4520 at 11.9 lbs. This printer can also print, scan, and copy!

As we mentioned earlier, the performance of this printer is nearly the same as the TR4520. You get the same massive resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi. It offers a print speed of up to 9.9IPM and borderless printing up to 8.5″ sized sheets.

We were also quite satisfied with the features it brought to the table. It supports duplex printing. It also supports direct printing from up to 5 mobile apps including Google Cloud Print and AirPrint.

However, as it’s a barebone model there are a few downsides. The build quality isn’t that great. On top of that, the average print time is a bit slow.

Overall, the Canon Pixma MG3620 is a great printer for those who don’t want to spend much behind extra features. So if this suits you then go for it!

Pros

  • It features a Fine Inkjet technology.
  • Super light at just above 11lbs.
  • It can print, scan, and copy without any hassle.
  • A massive resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi.
  • It supports direct printing from up to 5 mobile apps including Google Cloud Print and AirPrint.
  • Supports duplex printing.

Cons

  • Poor build quality.
  • The average print time is slow.

 

Canon Pixma TS3320

Canon Pixma TS3320

If you’re someone who’s looking for a printer strictly for home usage, you might as well take a look at the Canon Pixma TS3320. This is one of those rare printers that are ideal for home usage!

Why is it home friendly, you ask? Things such as low price, basic UI, and moderate print and copy capability makes this printer a must-have for home users. On top of all these, the Pixma TS3320 weighs just about 8.5 lbs!

Let’s talk performance now. One thing you’ll notice here is that they are pretty much the same as the other Canon printers on this list! It has the same massive resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi. Though the print speed is a bit low at 7.7 IPM, you’ll barely notice it if you use it at home.

No the Canon TS3320 isn’t bareboned when it comes to utilities! It has a few commendable ones. Like you can directly print from 7 different apps and platforms! There’s a 1.5” control panel for navigation. Oh and this printer can also Print, Scan and Copy!

However, the lack of ADF and SD card reader isn’t a good thing. On top of that, the cost per page is a bit high too.

Overall, if you’re looking for a printer to use for your home then you have to pick this one. Though it has a few negatives, they’ll barely affect you in the long run.

Pros

  • A printer with a low price, basic UI, and moderate print and copy capability.
  • At just 8.5lbs, it’s the lightest printer on this list.
  • A massive resolution of 4800 x 1200 dpi.
  • Supports direct printing from 7 apps and platforms.
  • This printer can also print, scan, and copy!
  • Works With Alexa.

Cons

  • High per page cost.
  • Lacks ADF and SD card reader.

 

HP OfficeJet Pro 6978

HP OfficeJet Pro 6978

Not a fan of the Canon brand? We’ve got you covered! You can take a look at the HP OfficeJet Pro 6978. It hits nearly all of the checkmarks one might look for in their printer while still being budget-friendly!

Though the HP OfficeJet 6978 isn’t as light as the other Canon printers, the 17.9lbs weight isn’t that bulky. It makes up for its slight bulkiness with its utilities. This printer can also print, copy fax, and scan. This printer is also a workhorse as it can print up to 20,000 pages a month.

In the performance department, it’s a bit of a confusing situation. Where the Canon printers have a super-high resolution but slow print speed, the HP 6978 has high print speed but slightly lower resolution. The max resolution on this printer is 600 x 1200 dpi and print speed goes up to 20PPM.

The HP OfficeJet 6978 can print borderless up to 8.5 x 11″. It also has a pretty diverse network interface as it has USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and RJ11. You can also print directly from 5 different apps including HP e-print and AirPrint.

However, without the instant ink bundle, the per-page costs are a bit high.

Overall, the HP 6978 is great for those who want a great printing speed. If you can sacrifice resolution, then go for it.

Pros

  • It’s able to print, copy fax, and scan.
  • A workhorse printer that can print up to 20,000 pages a month.
  • A decent max resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi.
  • Fast 20PPM printing speed.
  • Prints borderless up to 8.5 x 11″.
  • Direct printability from 5 different apps including HP e-print and AirPrint.

Cons

  • Print costs are a bit high.

 

PANTUM P2502W

PANTUM P2502W

The Pantum Brand is very underrated when it comes to printers. As much as we love the monochrome printers from Brother, the Pantum 2502W has won our hearts for the best monochrome printer under $100.

What does it offer you? Three things: performance, affordability, and simplicity. The Pantum P2502W doesn’t have much going for itself. What it has is more than enough. It has a sleek metal frame and a compact design. It can also print all sorts of media types including labels and envelopes.

How does it perform? It provides the best performance at $100! You get a max resolution of 1200 X 1200 dpi. The print speed of 23 PPM is the fastest among sub $100 printers. The recommended monthly is 700 pages.

Aside from all these, the P2502W printer is also good on some other fronts. It has a manual duplex mode. It is also Energy-star certified so you can save a few extra bucks while printing. In terms of connectivity interface, the Pantum P2502 offers Both Wi-Fi and a USB 2.0 connection interface.

However, one thing that we don’t recommend is printing heavily with this printer. But it can a handle medium workload quite easily.

If you’re looking for a monochrome printer within $100 then this is the one to go for without any doubt.

Pros

  • A sleek metal frame and a compact design.
  • It can print all sorts of media types including labels and envelopes.
  • A decent 1200 X 1200 dpi resolution.
  • The 23ppm speed is the fastest among sub $100 printers.
  • Features a manual duplex mode.
  • Energy-star certified.
  • Fast Wi-Fi and USB 2.0 connection interface.

Cons

  • Not compatible with a heavy workload.

 

Conclusion

There aren’t many good sub $100 printers out currently. Which is why it’s quite difficult to figure out which ones might suit you the best.

Overall the Canon TR4520 is our pick for the best sub $100 printer. However, if you need print speed more than quality then the HP OfficeJet 6978 is a better choice. But whichever one you pick you won’t get disappointed!