The best cheap printers to save you money (and ink)

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The best cheap printers to save you money — and ink
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Buying a printer for home use can be a frustrating process. Most people are looking for a printer that is not only good quality, but one that won’t end up costing a fortune in replacement ink.

Good printers used to cost several hundred dollars, but thankfully that is no longer the case. If you’re looking to buy a cheap printer, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg.

What are the best cheap printers to buy?

We talked to ClarkDeals.com managing editor Charis Brown, who agrees with money expert Clark Howard on the biggest expense to consider when buying a printer: The ink.

“The long-term cost of a printer, the ink, is one of the most important considerations when it comes to getting a deal on a printer,” Charis says.

To put it simply: The best printers for your money are the ones that are the most efficient with ink.

It’s important to find a printer that will save you money over the long term. Remember: We’re not interested in the best printers for the most amount of money — we’re looking at cheap printers.

We read scores of reviews as well as ratings from Consumer Reports, TechRadar and other resources sites to find the best cheap printers that are effective users of ink as well as able to print relatively hefty jobs.

The chart below gives you info on price, features and where to buy the printers.

Best cheap printers for your money

Model Details Click To Buy
Brother MFC-J895DW Wireless Color Inkjet All-in-One Printer features mobile printing, NFC, cloud printing and scanning. Price: $80-$110 The best cheap printers to save you money — and ink
WorkForce Pro WF-3720 The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3720 All-in-One Inkjet Printer is great for the home and small office. It is also proficient in ink use, according to reviews.
Price: $80
The best cheap printers to save you money — and ink

Samsung Xpress M2070W printer

The Samsung Xpress M2070W printer has all the features for a budget printer including very affordable ink. Price: $113 The best cheap printers to save you money — and ink

HP Deskjet 3630 printer

This HP Deskjet 3630 All-in-One multi-function printer (color) is a great budget option that prints sharp images and has inexpensive ink cartridges. Price: $80

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The best cheap printers to save you money — and ink
Canon MF229dw printer The Canon MF229dw printer’s ink costs comes out to an astounding 3.5 cents per page cost, well below the others. Price: $149 The best cheap printers to save you money — and ink

No matter which cheap printer you choose, make sure the ink cartridge prices make sense. Some manufacturers, like HP, offer ink subscriptions that promise discounts if you sign up.

Savings tip: Clark says one way to get the most out of your ink is to set your printer on draft mode. “That’ll save you even more,” he says.

Do you have a printer you love? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter!

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