Best cheap ink cartridges


Best cheap ink cartridges

by Katie Waller

Switching to cheap ink cartridges can halve the amount you spend on printer ink cartridges. But which brand should you choose?

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Best cheap ink cartridges revealed

Cheap, third-party cartridges - made by a different brand to the brand of your printer - are available from a range of high street and online retailers. But with so many brands out there, it can be hard to decide which one to try to get great, good-value prints.

To find the best value, best quality ink cartridges money can buy, more than 8,500 Which? members rated their printer ink for print quality, value for money and satisfaction.

Samsung’s own cartridges were the highest-rated cartridges from a printer brand. But 13 third-party retailers and brands outscored it, with more users who were satisfied and willing to recommend them to friends.

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Are cheap ink cartridges any good?

More than 85% of people who use third-party ink in their printer told us that the text print quality is good or excellent. And more than 60% are equally pleased with colour print quality.

While it’s true that some cheap ink brands don’t produce great prints, our tests have found that some produce quality comparable to printer-branded ink, while saving up to 80% in ink costs.