5 Best Cheap Printers (Under $50) – Printing Doesn’t Get Cheaper!

Best Printers Under $50

If you’re only just getting a printer for your home, it’s about darn time!

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on one for this.
For example, my preferred best cheap printer, the Canon MG2520, cost me practically nothing!

So what are you waiting for? This list has everything you need and more!

5 Best Cheap Printer Choices: 2018

Canon MG2520 Color Photo Printer
972 Reviews
Canon MG2520 Color Photo Printer
This printer is multifunctional and very durable. Just don’t expect any fancy features. It can scan and print in full color without an issue.

This printer model comes with a hybrid ink system to give vivid colors.

However, keep in mind that the colors will depend on the type of paper you use and color calibration on the monitor. I’ve printed quite vibrant photographs without an issue.

This printer is not as fast as more expensive ones, but that’s not an issue for me because I mainly use this at home. Black and white documents, however, do print fast.

The more color intensive your print will be, the longer it will take.

This is the best cheap printer I recommend for home use. You won’t have to spend a fortune, and you can print labels or photographs several times a month without a hassle.

(Though I got this printer for a budget cost, prices can go up depending on the seller).

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Canon PIXMA MG3620 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer with Mobile and Tablet Printing, Black
1906 Reviews
Canon PIXMA MG3620 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer with Mobile and Tablet Printing, Black
This is a highly useful printer to have at home. It’s recommended for 'casual' printing, not hardcore jobs.

It’s slim and small and won’t take up too much desk space. It’s wireless, so you can place printing jobs from your computer or smartphone.

Set up for me took about an hour so it’s not trouble.

The prints are really vivid. This machine can print color sharply without distortions, and black text is crisp and clear.

Scanning is similarly sharp. This printer can put out glossy prints with ease. It’s packed with features and you can definitely benefit from this printer for several years.

HP DeskJet 2130 All-in-One Compact Printer (F5S40A)
656 Reviews
HP DeskJet 2130 All-in-One Compact Printer (F5S40A)
This is a small and space-efficient printer perfect for home use or light printing needs at home offices.

It can print, copy and scan. It’s also Energy Star rated so you won’t be wasting too much power with this one.

This simple printer can easily be placed on a cluttered desk. Paper is fed from the top and comes out in front, piece of cake!

Set up is quite easy as well. Just don’t expect super fast printing jobs.

HP DeskJet 1112 Compact Printer (F5S23A)
1124 Reviews
HP DeskJet 1112 Compact Printer (F5S23A)
This is definitely one of the best cheap printers that are compact, desk-friendly and durable.

It is a highly space-efficient printer and suited for homes and dorm rooms.

It’s small, so do take care not to overwork it. If you use it too much, the paper will get stuck, which requires restarting and a lot of unplugging and plugging back in.

Otherwise, this is an excellent buy. It connects via USB, but the cable is not included so you will have to buy separately.

This is an Energy Star-rated printer that will save power when in use.

It comes with Original HP 63 ink cartridges so there’s a great value for the price. The printer supports a number of paper sizes including 4x6 inch paper, A4, and No. 10 envelopes.

HP DeskJet 2132 All-in-One Color Printer/Copier/Scanner
82 Reviews
HP DeskJet 2132 All-in-One Color Printer/Copier/Scanner
This small thermal inkjet printer can churn out 1200 DPI monochrome prints. That is to say, you can expect sharp images and crisp text.

It’s multifunctional and scans and copies too. The scan quality mirrors print quality. It can do duplex or double sided printing as well.

This is highly recommended for both home and office use too. It’s suitable for college dorm rooms as well. USB cable is not included, however.

Tips for Buying a Budget Printer

Here are several useful tips you should keep in mind when shopping around for the best budget printer:

Consider your printing needs. The cheapest printers that cost up to about $50 are best suited for home use.

If you want a printer for regular use at a home office or a small business, you will have to spend between $50 and $110 for a good one.

For really heavy printing needs, you are better off buying a bigger printer that costs well over a $100.

Compare prices across many models before you make a final decision.

You don’t have to pay premium prices for trusted brands like HP, Canon, and Epson. Look around online to find the best deal because there are plenty available.

Do not buy used printers.

You can get a brand new budget printer for about $50 with the same functionality as a more expensive used one. You may need to spend more money later to repair used printers.

Look for features like wireless and PC-free printing. Some printers can create their own network so there’s no need to access a Wi-Fi connection.

If you need a printer for several computers at home, you are better off with a wireless printer. Ideally, you should buy a printer that can work both wired and wirelessly.

The most money you spend will not be on the printer, but the ink cartridges. Check the type of ink cartridges that are compatible with the printer you choose and check their price.

Also consider the number of pages each cartridge can print. If you plan on printing regularly, you will need a printer with high capacity and affordable ink cartridges.

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