Here's my suggestion - figure out what you're planning on printing first... If you are going to use metallic paper for anything a laser is your best bet. But if you're going to do iron-on transfers, you'll have to have an inkjet. The other thing to think about is whether the printer can handle heavier cardstock - a manual feed tray that doesn't require going through lots of rollers is your best bet.
Go to Staples, BestBuy, or wherever and take a look at them. I suggest taking a page with text and an image on a USB drive and printing one on the demo models. Take a look at the consistency of the color, the tightness of the print, etc. And take along a few sheets of cardstock and see if the pages get stuck (just use the manual feed option).
As far as brands, Epson has excellent color coverage, HP is really user friendly and has gorgeous, tight printing. those are the only two I know anything about. And take a coupon with you! I know Staples is running a 15% of any in-store purchase right now.