Printers with the Cheapest Ink Cartridges

2016-03-18 09:55:02

Published on 2016-03-18 09:55:02

When you’re looking for a new printer like everything is takes time if you want to find the right one.

You can buy a cheap inexpensive printer but if you haven’t done your research your printer ink cartridges could turn out not to cheap at all. Meaning it will cost you more money in the long run.

Cheap printing all comes down to:

How much you print?


How much do ink cartridges cost for the printer?


What you use your printer for?
(photo’s, general printing, documents, coupons, tickets)


When searching for a printer you may be amazed at the price of the printer but please check the price of the ink cartridges for the printer first!


In this article is a couple of printers that we have compiled to help you with your choice scroll down to find out more:

Simply click one of the links to go to our reviewed printers:

Canon Pixma MG5650

Canon Pixma MG6852

Canon Pixma IP7250

Epson XP-312

Epson XP-432

Epson XP-342

HP Photosmart 6520

The Best Printers with the Cheapest Ink Cartridges (updated 2017)


Canon Pixma MG5650


Ink Cartridges – Canon PGI-550, Canon CLI-551


Currently between the £40-60 marks these printers take the new Canon PGI-550 and Canon CLI-551 ink cartridges. Not only do they have an individual colour slot for each cartridge, so you don’t have to replace each ink, this printer offers some great printing on both normal documents and photos.

Original ink cartridges vs compatible ink cartridges is around £8-10 for a pack of 5 ink cartridges in the compatible ink for the MG5650 and £65-£70 for the genuine Canon ink cartridges. So by purchasing compatible cartridges for the printer you’re saving a lot!!! (around £55-60 per purchase).Canon Pixma MG5650

Ok let’s put this in context your printer lasts minimum 5 years say you purchase 2 orders per year as a minimum.

Original ink cost - £140 per Year - £700 over 5 Years

Compatible ink cost - £20 per Year - £100 over 5 Years

If this was money saver expert this would save you £120 per year and £600 over 5 years, think of what you could do with this extra savings and this is a minimum spend! Internet-ink also offer 10% off your compatible ink cartridge return order so actually that saving is slightly more!


Canon Pixma MG6851


Ink Cartridges – Canon CLI-570, Canon PGI-570

New Printer

Currently between the £50-60 marks these printers take the new Canon PGI-570 and Canon CLI-571 ink cartridges. Again like the other best Canon printers they have an individual colour slot for each cartridge, so you don’t have to replace each ink when it runs out, this printer offers some great printing on both normal documents and photos.One of the new printers in the range.

Original ink cartridges vs compatible ink cartridges is around £16-20 for a pack of 5 ink cartridges in the compatible ink for the MG6851 and £60-£70 for the genuine Canon ink cartridges. So by purchasing compatible cartridges for the printer you’re saving a lot!!! (around £40-45 per purchase).Canon Pixma MG6851

Ok let’s put this in context your printer lasts minimum 5 years say you purchase 2 orders per year as a minimum.

Original ink cost - £140 per Year - £700 over 5 Years

Compatible ink cost - £32 per Year - £160 over 5 Years

If this was money saver expert this would save you £100 per year and £500 over 5 years, think of what you could do with this extra savings and this is a minimum spend! For the photo printer, this is pretty epic! Internet-ink also offer 10% off your compatible ink cartridge return order so actually that saving is slightly more!


Canon Pixma IP7250


Ink Cartridges – Canon PGI-550, Canon CLI-551


Currently between the £40-60 marks these printers take the new Canon PGI-550 and Canon CLI-551 ink cartridges. Not only do they have an individual colour slot for each cartridge, so you don’t have to replace each ink, this printer offers some great printing on both normal documents and photos, with simple lights on the cartridges to make sure you have the ink in the correct printer slot.

Canon printers are currently the top printers on the market with these cartridges as they are efficient and not expensive in the long term and the printer will easily last 3-5 years with the right printer care.

Original ink cartridges vs compatible ink cartridges is around £8-10 for a pack of 5 ink cartridges in the compatible ink for the IP7250 and £65-£70 for the genuine Canon ink cartridges. So by purchasing compatible cartridges for the printer you’re saving a lot!!! (around £35-40 per purchase).Canon ip7250

Ok let’s put this in context your printer lasts minimum 5 years say you purchase 2 orders per year as a minimum.

Original ink cost - £140 per Year - £700 over 5 Years

Compatible ink cost - £20 per Year - £100 over 5 Years

If this was money saver expert this would save you £120 per year and £600 over 5 years, think of what you could do with this extra savings and this is a minimum spend! Internet-ink also offer 10% off your compatible ink cartridge return order so actually that saving is slightly more!


Epson XP-312


Ink Cartridges – Epson 18XL – T1811 – T1816 (XL Cartridges offer the best value)


Again currently around the £40-60 this printer takes the Epson 18 ink also known as the Epson Daisy Ink as Epson has made it easier to make sure you’re buying the correct cartridges. Part of the successful XP range of printers, using individual cartridges and printing some great photo’s whilst printing on the go using Wi-Fi, again simple and easy to use all round printer.

Original ink cartridges vs compatible ink cartridges is around £6-£8 for a pack of 4 XL ink cartridges in the compatible ink for the XP-312 printer and £55-£60 for the genuine Epson ink cartridges. So by purchasing compatible cartridges for the XP-312 printer you’re saving a lot!!! (around £50-55 per purchase).Epson XP-312

So here’s the printer money saver expert part again, based on your printer lasting 5 years and you making two purchases a year

Original ink cost - £120 per Year - £600 over 5 Years

Compatible ink cost - £12 per Year - £60 over 5 Years

If this was money saver expert this would save you a massive £108 per year and £540 over 5 years, think of what you could do with this extra savings and this is a minimum spend!


Epson XP-432


Ink Cartridges – Epson 29XL – T2991 – T2996 (XL Cartridges offer the best value)


Again currently around the £40-60 this printer takes the Epson 29 ink also known as the Epson Strawberry Ink as Epson has made it easier to make sure you’re buying the correct cartridges. One of the newer printers on the market and part of the successful XP range of printers, using individual cartridges and printing some great photo’s whilst printing on the go using Wi-Fi, again simple and easy to use all round printer.

As this Epson XP-432 printer is one of the newer printers initially the ink cartridges will be more expensive down to the technology and price of developing the printer and the ink cartridges. These will always fall as the printer gets older, same as all technology when newer models come out.

Make sure will all printers if you’re using compatibles not to accept updates or automatic updates as these will stop you printer using compatible or remanufactured cartridges. As long as you keep the installation disk on hand if you upgrade your computer.

Original ink cartridges vs compatible ink cartridges is around £12-£20 for a pack of 4 XL ink cartridges in the compatible ink for the XP-432 printer and £55-£65 for the genuine Epson ink cartridges. So by purchasing compatible cartridges for the XP-432 printer you’re saving a lot!!! (around £35-40 per purchase).Epson XP-432 Printer

So here’s the printer money saver expert part again, based on your printer lasting 5 years and you making two purchases a year

Original ink cost - £120 per Year - £600 over 5 Years

Compatible ink cost - £25 per Year - £125 over 5 Years

If this was money saver expert this would save you £95 per year and £475 over 5 years, think of what you could do with this extra savings and this is a minimum spend!


Epson XP-342


Ink Cartridges – Epson 29XL – T2991 – T2996 (XL Cartridges offer the best value)

New Printer

One of the newer printers on the market and currently around the £40-50. This printer takes the Epson 29 ink also known as the Epson Strawberry Ink as Epson has made it easier to make sure you’re buying the correct cartridges. Again this is part of the successful XP range of printers, using individual cartridges and printing some great photo’s whilst printing on the go using Wi-Fi, again simple and easy to use all round printer.

As this Epson XP-432 printer is one of the newer printers initially the ink cartridges will be more expensive down to the technology and price of developing the printer and the ink cartridges. These will always fall as the printer gets older, same as all technology when newer models come out. These compatible ink cartridges will get cheaper.

Make sure will all printers if you’re using compatibles not to accept updates or automatic updates as these will stop you printer using compatible or remanufactured cartridges. As long as you keep the installation disk on hand if you upgrade your computer.

Original ink cartridges vs compatible ink cartridges is around £12-£20 for a pack of 4 XL ink cartridges in the compatible ink for the XP-432 printer and £55-£65 for the genuine Epson ink cartridges. So by purchasing compatible cartridges for the XP-432 printer you’re saving a lot!!! (around £45-£55 per purchase).Epson XP-342 Printer

So here’s the printer money saver expert part again, based on your printer lasting 5 years and you making two purchases a year

Original ink cost - £120 per Year - £600 over 5 Years

Compatible ink cost - £25 per Year - £125 over 5 Years

If this was money saver expert this would save you £95 per year and £475 over 5 years, think of what you could do with this extra savings and this is a minimum spend!


Moving on to HP’s contribution to the printer with a cheapest ink cartridge entry!

HP Photosmart 6520 Printer


Ink Cartridges – HP 364


Ok slightly more expensive than the others you’re looking around £65-75 for this all in one printer but still producing some great results. Original ink cartridges vs compatible ink cartridges is around £6-£8 for a pack of 4 XL ink cartridges in the compatible ink for the HP Photosmart 6520 printer and £60-£65 for the genuine HP 364 ink cartridges. So by purchasing compatible 364 ink cartridges for the HP Photosmart 6520 printer you’re saving a lot!!! (around £50-55 per purchase).

So here’s the printer money saver expert part again, based on your printer lasting 5 years and you making two purchases a year

Original ink cost - £120 per Year - £600 over 5 Years

Compatible ink cost - £12 per Year - £60 over 5 Years

Checking out our money saver expert calculations this would save you £108 per year and £540 over 5 years, think of what you could do with this extra savings and this is a minimum spend!


As we find more printers and comparisons for cheap ink cartridges we will add them to the list. 


Golden rule when searching for a new printer is that if it only takes 2 cartridges i.e. a black and a colour, try and find one with individual slots so 4-6 cartridges depending on your printer. If you need any help purchasing your ink cartridges just chat to Internet-ink!


We don’t recommend specific printers the entire choice of what your printer will be is up to you. We supply both genuine cartridges and compatible ink cartridges again the choice of what you use, is entirely yours we find some of the printers with the cheapest ink cartridges and do some price comparisons. See previous articles on the blog or do your research before purchasing your printer.

If you choose the right one it will last you a while and you will save money on your ink cartridges and printing in the long run.


Don't forget you can save 10% on your compatible ink purchases by shopping with Internet-ink! Our loyal customers get the lowest prices for printing ink, making us one of the best online!


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