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What Is The Best Printer With The Cheapest Ink Cartridges

What Is The Best Printer With The Cheapest Ink Cartridges
By Simon Williams
April 24, 2020

It’s not an unreasonable desire to want to find the best printer on the market that takes the cheapest ink cartridges, especially now that more of us are working from home and don’t have access to the commercial printers that are available at the office. If you are tasked with setting up your home office and want the best printer and ink cartridge option without spending too much, our CartridgesDirect team has compiled a list of combinations for you to explore and shop through the website.

The best printer with the cheapest ink cartridges option

Get the best printer with the cheapest ink cartridge, with all of the below products available on our CartridgesDirect website with free and prompt shipping available on all orders over $75. Now let’s take a look at our affordable recommendations:

  • Brother
  • Canon
  • Epson
  • Fuji Xerox 
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Lexmark
  • Samsung

We have also curated a collection of printing bundles that might be a good set-up for you to get started, so be sure to check those out in addition to the above combinations. Note that all the products and prices quoted here are genuine in make and model and not generic printing products. Let’s discuss why this is important to note and what the real cost is of buying cheap generic cartridges.

Understand the distinction between genuine and generic cartridges

We can’t possibly have a discussion about affordability without first defining the distinction between genuine and generic cartridges, and what the real cost is of both. Generic cartridges have been around so long because their low price points have tempted the uninformed few who believe that they are built with the same materials and considerations as the leading print tech giants (HP, Canon, Brother, etc). The truth is, generic cartridges are not made to work with your unique printer model or brand, and so it won’t get the best output or give you any sort of longevity. Worse still, many generic cartridges will completely disable your printer, wreaking havoc from the inside out and leaving you with a compromised (if not broken) printer and cartridges. All for insignificant and avoidables savings in hindsight.

Comparatively, genuine printer cartridges are purposefully designed by the manufacturers themselves so that they complement the printer and can work fast, efficiently and provide a quality output. While they are priced higher than their inferior counterpart, they ultimately have more consistent longevity and will not weaken your printer over time. Not to mention, if you experience an issue with your genuine ink cartridges you can speak with the manufacturer or distributor - which is not possible for generic cartridges.

Articulate your needs before you search for the best printer with the cheapest ink cartridges

Finding the cheapest option is subjective, and unless you know exactly what you need and hone in on the right selection, you might end up paying too much or too little and wind up with something you don’t need. Some considerations to think about would be the following:

  • Capabilities needed: printer, scanner, fax or all three?
  • Will other colleagues be using this device, and should I consider a printer which has mobile print capabilities?
  • Do I need colour ink cartridges, or will black and white suffice?
  • Is speed a priority, and what sort of volume would I conceivably be printing?
  • Do I have a brand preference, and if so, why?
  • Is space a consideration?
  • Will I have a use for this when I return to the office or is this purely a stopgap?
  • Can I rely on the distributor/retailer I purchase my printer and ink cartridge from?

When you have a grasp over these considerations, you will be in a better position to start your search. Our CartrigesDirect team have many years experience in fitting out homes and offices with the right printing tech, so feel free to reach out to our team and have them recommend an option based on your unique needs.

As disruptive as this time is, our CartridgesDirect team want to help you in making your home office a hive of productivity, furnished with the best and most affordable printing options on the market. If you don’t see what you are looking for here, or have any follow-up questions - reach out to our team today!


Dave de Boer wrote:

Hi Guys, Up for a new printer. I seldom print at home as I usually have access to work printers that are fast and do double sided prints. However, due to Knee operation and several other issues I am finding that I need to replace 4 year Epson. Due to the infrequency of need to print I find I have to continually clean printer heads as with my current printer that will not recover - from dried ink in system I guess. Is there a system that I can remove cartridges and store for 2-6 months before needing them again?

On 16/12/2020 2:08 PM

Simon Williams replied:

Hi Dave, To be honest, not really. An inkjet needs to have ink passing through the printhead for it not to dry out. If you are printing so rarely then perhaps it could be an idea to pick up an entry level laser printer. Mono laser printers can start as low as $100 and then increase based on what other functions are needed. Feel free to give us a call or jump on live chat during office hours, we're always happy to help.

On 16/12/2020 6:21 PM

Doreen Forrest wrote:

I'm looking for a basic printer/scanner for home use. As pensioners we don't do a lot of printing and only B & W. The cost of cartridges are also a longer term consideration. Any information would be gratefully received.

On 28/11/2020 3:01 PM

Simon Williams replied:

Hi Doreen, thank you so much for your message, I'm happy you found our blog post of interest to you. Unfortunately, as soon as you say you only printer in b/w that straight away means you need a laser printer for this job, however, that adds considerably to the cost of the machine and to the ongoing print supplies. I would recommend calling our office on 1300 765 575 and have a chat with one of our staff. They will be able to guide you in this process and then recommend the right machine for the job.

On 29/11/2020 6:30 PM