... I have been researching this ad nauseam, but no printer seems without major issues!
You got that right. Most printers today are disposable junk.
If you need a high volume printer ("many pages at once") clearly you want a laser. Color laser printers are expensive so when you really to print in color you could use an inkjet printer. In either case laser will be far cheaper per page than inkjets.
These days I advocate Brother printers. They have leapt over the overpriced junk from HP. Canon and Epson more or less equal, but distant seconds.
If AirPrint is a necessity then make sure it's on this list: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4356
Do not even consider a printer that is not wireless. The cost difference between a network-capable printer and USB-only one is negligible.