In addition to Epson's subscription-free printer ink service, ReadyPrint Go, it has just launched a new subscription model called ReadyPrint Flex.
Epson claims that ReadyPrint Flex will save you up to 70% on print costs, and ink will automatically be delivered straight to your door when you're running low. What's more, Epson is offering the service free of charge for an initial three-month launch period, until 31 July 2020.
We explore how it compares with HP's equivalent Instant Ink service, along with cheaper third-party cartridges, to help you decide whether they're worth signing up to and whether they should sway your decision when choosing a printer brand.
Printer ink subscriptions are services that you can sign up to, if you've got a specific printer, for a monthly fee, and are designed to make sure you never run out of ink.
You'll be able to choose a scheme that suits you, depending on the amount of pages you print per month. You'll get new cartridges sent to you whenever you need a top-up. Be cautious though: if you go over your limit, you may incur extra costs, which can add up - more on that below.
Epson ReadyPrint Flex vs HP Instant Ink
Epson ReadyPrint Flex
Three subscription models: £1.29 for 30 pages, £1.99 for 50 pages or £3.49 for 100 pages.
Extra pages are charged at 10p.
Swap between plans at any time, even during the payment cycle.
Unused pages can be rolled over for two months.
Printers on ReadyPrint Flex monitor ink levels, and a new cartridge is posted to you when ink runs low.
Instead of buying original inks that are made by the manufacturer of your printer and are often extremely expensive, there are third-party inks on the market which can save you a lot in ink costs.
Many people have concerns about third-party ink, whether that's worrying they will leak and ruin their printer, won't be compatible or will have poor ink quality.
However, every year we send out a survey to find out which third-party inks are best. We also run a lab test alongside this, where we find out how they compare with original inks when it comes to print quality.