For whatever my opinion may be worth too you Mettyx, I have a Canon Pixma MX 870 inkjet multifunction printer. It prints (built in duplexer too), faxes, scans, copies (B&W and color), and has a memory card reader built in. It has been here for over two years and I love it. It is just about the best printer I've ever had.
It does use up color ink cleaning the printhead almost every time it is turned on, but it is a small price to pay for such superb paper handling and great printing.
The MX 870 was sold for $199.95, but I came across it on sale for $149.95 at Office Depot, and they were also having a promotion for all inkjet printers, $50 off the price if you brought in your old inkjet. Thus the actual purchase price was $99.95. One of the best deals I"ve ever gotten in computer peripherals.
I traded in my HP Deskjet 5150, which I hated. That damn thing would jam up almost constantly when printing the second side of the pages the way you describe. The Canon MX has never jammed up, and it has a built-in duplexer. The duplexer slows it down quite a bit, but it is worth it.
The MX 870 was very highly reviewed, and was the successor to the equally highly reviewed MX 860. Maybe you can find the successor to the MX 870 on sale somewhere and get a good deal on it to bring the price down where you want it.
Here is a link to Canon's support page for the MX 870:http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/printers_multifunction/pixma_mx_series/pixma_mx870#ServiceAndSupport