Believe it or not, printer weight can tell you a lot about what it’s purpose is. Have you ever noticed office environments tend to have gargantuan printers while a printer in someone’s home is much smaller? There’s a reason for that, and it’s tied closely to how much a printer can handle as far as printing speed and supported printer paper.

Average Printer Weights

Printers come in all shapes, sizes, and types. You’ve got your all-in-one, photo printers, high volume printers—what does it all mean? Well, you can reduce all the kinds of printers available down by weight. Why would you do that? Because generally speaking, bigger printers tend to handle a wider range of volume. A bigger printer translates to more weight.

Rather than list all every single kind of printer available, let’s divide them into easy-to-understand categories: Home Printers, Small Business Printers, and Big Business Printers. They’re average weights are:

  • Home Printers: These tiny devices are lightweights, only clocking in at around 5 to10 lbs.
  • Small Business Printers: Coming in at the middle of the road, these printers are around 10 to 20 lbs on average.
  • Big Business Printers: These gigantic machines strain the scale at an average of 50 lbs.

Why all the weight? It’s largely due to the components. A printer that is bigger is generally more capable of working with different settings, like the various standards of paper weight.

How Do You Choose?

As you may have realized by now, there’s a lot of categories available. That makes choosing one a confusing mess. How do you know which to choose? Well, it largely depends on the environment you’re placing the printer in. For home use, like printing the occasional document on regular paper, smaller printers are fine. Not even photo paper needs a hefty machine to printer; plenty of smaller printers can handle the high gloss of photo paper.

On the other end of the spectrum, there’s the large behemoth-like printers. Those are best served in an office environment where the standards of paper vary greatly. If you can imagine one that sits on the floor, you’re picturing a printer that belongs in a high-traffic office. When you’re concerned with varying paper weights, you absolutely need one.

Speaking of business, what if you do business close to home? Perhaps you run your own business. A middle-of-the-road printer, one that is larger than a home printer but smaller than an office printer, is the best option. If your small business prints often and uses a few different paper weights, consider a mid-size printer.

Aside from that, it really comes down to three details: the number of people printing, the volume of printing in a day, week or month, and the kind of documents you’ll printing (text and photos). Inkjet printers can support photo printing and documents, while laser printers can easily zip through documents with lots of text.

Bottom Line

When you boil it down to basic, the bigger the printer, the more it can handle. Bigger printers tend to handle a lot of printing, focusing on printing as many documents as possible in one minute. Smaller printers, on the other hand, are more focused for personal use. You aren’t going to be standing in a line to print documents off of your personal computer.

Unless you’re running your own business, stick to smaller printers for personal use and bigger printers for office environment. As for a business from home, there’s middle-of-the-road options.