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The best art printers in 2022

Person inspecting prints from a Canon PIXMA PRO-200, one of the best art printers
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The best art printers are one of the smartest investments any artist or illustrator can make. By allowing you to make high-quality prints of your work, in your own space, they'll probably save you a lot of money in the long term. You won't have to throw money at a print shop or a repro house, and you'll be able print your work at a moment's notice – even in the middle of the night.

For best results, you'll want a device capable of better colour reproduction and clarity than the average office printer. Ideally, it will use pigment-based inks, because dye-based inks don't look as good. You'll also want the option of printing in larger formats, and on heavier, fine art media. 

To help you out, we've gathered together the best art printers for home and studio use today. These cover a range of budgets, and include everything from premium machines to cheaper models that produce superior results than even the best home printers for documents and photos.

The best art printers of 2022

Product shot of Epson EcoTank ET-7750 printer, one of the best art printersCB

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01. Epson EcoTank ET-7750

The best art printer overall

Specifications

Maximum paper size: A3
Resolution: 5,760 x 1,440 dpi
Interface: USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi
Size: 74.4 x 52.6 x 45.2cm
Weight: 11.02kg

Reasons to buy

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Superior image quality
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Low running costs
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Prints at A3

Reasons to avoid

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Takes up space

If you're in a hurry, you probably don't need to read much further than this. Because take it from us, the Epson EcoTank ET-7750 is the best art printer you can buy today. 

For starters, it prints at very high quality, thanks to its combination of CMYK dyes and an additional black pigment ink for improved contrast. It can cope with paper up to 300gsm and up to A3 size. Your running costs are relatively low, as it uses a set of five high-capacity ink tanks instead of cartridges. And you even get enough ink for up to 3,400 prints, right out of the box. 

Admittedly, it's not the cheapest art printer on our list. But the value it offers overall is excellent. The only reason you might want to look elsewhere is if you're short on space, as it is quite big (74.4 x 52.6 x 45.2cm) and bulky (weighing just over 11kg). 

Product shot of Canon PIXMA iP8750, one of the best art printersCB endorsed

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02. Canon PIXMA iP8750

The best cheap art printer

Specifications

Maximum paper size: A3+
Print resolution: 9600 x 2400 dpi
Interface: Wi-Fi
Size: 59 x 33.1 x 15.9cm
Weight: 8.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Low price
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Good resolution and colour
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High-yield cartridges available

Reasons to avoid

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Pricier rivals offer better print quality

Short on cash? Then the best art printer for you is the Canon Pixma iP8750. This affordable device can print a bordered sheet of A3+ in full colour in around two minutes. And with five dye-based inks, plus a pigment black, the results are worth waiting for. 

Plus, if you want to save more money, you can buy high-yield ink cartridges that cost you less than standard cartridges. That makes this one of the cheapest art printers to run, as well as to buy. 

Product shot of Canon PIXMA PRO-200, one of the best art printersCB endorsed

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03. Canon PIXMA PRO-200

The best art printer for A3+

Specifications

Maximum paper size: A3+
Print resolution: 4800 x 2400 dpi
Interface: USB, Ethernet, Wi-Fi
Size: 63.9 x 37.9 x 20cm
Weight: 14.1 kg

Reasons to buy

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Print larger than A3
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Print on range of media

Reasons to avoid

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Small ink cartridges
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Dye-based inks

Here's another good option for great-looking prints at larger scale. The Canon PIXMA PRO-200 will cost you about twice as much as the iP8750 (number two on our list), but you'll get a corresponding jump in quality when it comes to colour reproduction.

This is a relatively speedy printer, too. It goes up to A3+ and even larger; it'll also do panoramic prints up to 990cm wide. It delivers lovely sharp prints that are dry almost straight away. And it's versatile; working with set of eight inks, it's capable of printing on anything from standard paper to heavier fine art media. 

Product shot of Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000, one of the best art printers

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04. Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000

The best all-rounder for occasional art prints

Specifications

Maximum paper size: A3+
Print resolution: 5760 x 1440 dpi
Interface: Ethernet, Wi-Fi
Size: 47.9 x 37 x 15.9cm
Weight: 8.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Good price
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Low running costs
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Pay-as-you-go inks

Reasons to avoid

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Dye-based inks

If you're mainly looking for an all-round office printer, but are likely to need the occasional art print, then the Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 is worth checking out. Its main A4 tray is ideal for loading with ordinary paper for office work, while its rear feed can handle A3+ and heavier media for producing good-looking art prints.

With six dye-based inks, you'll get decent colour reproduction and contrast, although not at such high quality as other printers on this list. On the plus side, this printer is compatible with Epson's XL cartridges, which helps keep running cost low. We'd also suggest signing up for Amazon Dash Replenishment, which means printer will automatically order new cartridges for you when ink is running low.

Product shot of Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, one of the best art printers

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05. Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

The best art printer for A2

Specifications

Maximum paper size: A2
Print resolution: 2400 x 1200 dpi
Interface: Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Size: 72.3 x 43.5 x 28.5cm
Weight: 32.3kg

Reasons to buy

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Print at A2
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Colour accuracy
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12 pigment-based inks

Reasons to avoid

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Big and bulky

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 prints at up to A2, and does panoramic prints up to 1.2m, which makes it the best art printer for large projects. 

It offers superb colour reproduction and sharpness via a set of 12 pigment-based Lucia Pro ink cartridges, with an additional chroma optimiser for giving work on glossy paper a smooth top coat. It'll produce an A2 print in around six minutes. And thanks to the high-quality inks the results are stunning, especially when using matte and fine art media. 

This is by no means the cheapest art printer on our list. But if you want big, beautiful prints of your artwork, then it will do an exceptionally good job. 

Product shot of Epson SureColor SC-P5000, one of the best art printers

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06. Epson SureColor SC-P5000

The best art printer if money's no object

Specifications

Maximum paper size: A2
Print resolution: 2880 x 1440 dpi
Interface: USB
Size: 86.3 x 76.6 x 40.6cm
Weight: 52kg

Reasons to buy

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Stunning print quality
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Outstanding colour accuracy

Reasons to avoid

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Huge and hefty

If money is no object, then the Epson SureColor SC-P5000 should be top of your shopping list. You can print up to A2+ and panoramic prints. I'll take the heaviest fine art media in its stride. And its print quality is quite exceptional.

The SC-P5000 has an internal colour calibration sensor, and that combined with a set of 10 Epson UltraChrome HDX pigment inks means that it can reproduce 99 per cent of the Pantone solid coated colour range. 

This by far the most expensive option on our list, as well as the heaviest, at 52kg. But if you're printing exhibition work and high-end art prints for customers, then it should ultimately pay for itself.

Product shot of HP DesignJet Studio, one of the best art printers

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07. HP DesignJet Studio

The best art printer for plans, diagrams and line work

Specifications

Maximum paper size: A1
Print resolution: 2400 x 1200 dpi
Interface: USB, Ethernet
Size: 101.3 x 55.5 x 93.2cm
Weight: 33.6kg

Reasons to buy

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Looks incredible
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Ideal for line-based work
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Ecologically sound

Reasons to avoid

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Only CMYK dye-based inks

Architects and engineers will need different things from a printer than artists and graphics designers. And so if you want to print crisp, large-scale line work such as blueprints and building plans, the HP DesignJet Studio is the printer to go for. 

This dye-based A1 plotter also has great eco-credentials because it's made with as many recycled materials as possible, using low and renewable energy construction processes. Note, though, that it only has a basic set of CMYK inks and will struggle with smooth gradients and photographic quality, so it's not really suitable as an all-purpose art printer.

A photo of the HP Envy, one of the best art printers

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08. HP Envy Photo 7830

The best art printer for value

Specifications

Maximum paper size: A4
Print resolution: Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi
Interface: LCD display, print functionality
Size: ‎5 x 2.4 x 4.85 cm
Weight: 7.8 kg

Reasons to buy

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Speedy and reliable
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Great print quality for the price range
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Prints on variety of card sizes

Reasons to avoid

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Only supports A4 and standard photo print sizes

The HP Envy Photo 7830 is the best art printer for anyone looking for value for money from their new machine. This inkjet printer is an affordable machine that produces quality prints at a consistent rate.

The price point is of a slightly more expensive home printer but with the results of a good studio machine. It uses the cheaper end ink cartridges, and HP has a good support and subscription system that will record your use and get replacement ink to you before you know you need it. This ease of use stretches to a good mobile app to manage your printer and settings.

The downside is the HP Envy Photo 7830 art printer has a limited size use, so it will only go to A4. It can print on a variety of card stocks up to A4, but this will sap more ink; so be warned the more interesting projects could get costly. 

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects. 

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