Updated September 17, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

The 9 Best Printers With The Cheapest Ink

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in December of 2018. If you're not using one of these printers with the cheapest ink, there's a good chance that you're significantly overpaying every time you run dry. We've gone to the trouble of checking out the prices of replacement cartridges, so you can pick a model from this selection that suits your needs, and trust that you won't have to remortgage your house just to print some photos. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best printers with the cheapest ink on Amazon.

9. HP Tango

8. Xerox B215DNI

7. HP OfficeJet Pro 9025

6. Epson Workforce WF-110

5. HP Envy Pro 6455

4. Canon TS8320 All-In-One

3. HP Smart Tank Plus 551

2. Canon Pixma G6020 All-In-One Supertank

1. Epson EcoTank ET-4760

Editor's Notes

September 15, 2020:

While most printer categories see a pretty significant turnover from year to year, the need to maintain a list with models whose ink is nice and inexpensive allows us to reach back just a little further to models like the HP Tango, the novelty of which combines with its low cost of ink to allow it a spot. The Epson Workforce WF-110 is a similar model designed to be portable, but is ranked more highly due to its superior print quality and built-in rechargeable battery.

We included both laser and inkjet printers here, with the Xerox B215DNI offering nice features for business, but it was the more recent development in printer technology that made easy inroads to the top of our list: reservoirs. Epson's first Ecotank model started the trend, and now you see the Epson EcoTank ET-4760, Canon Pixma G6020 All-In-One Supertank, and HP Smart Tank Plus 551 all using onboard ink storage that does away with disposable cartridges entirely, instead having you purchase relatively inexpensive bottles of ink. Each of those models has its own advantage, and the HP model might have ranked even higher if it weren't for its relative dearth of physical features like the automatic document feeder and tilting control panel you see on the Epson.

January 10, 2019:

Given the fact that most of these companies design their printers to be relatively inexpensive with the hopes of hooking you on their ink, it's tough to guarantee that the prices of replacement cartridges will hold where they are. Still, the choices here are among the most affordable when it comes time to re-up. HP and Epson have a number of entries, with Epson's EcoTank inkwell system a pretty smart way to keep costs down.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on September 17, 2020 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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