Best Tank Printers of 2022
Tank printers can save you tons of money on ink. These models performed well in our labs, too.
Let’s get straight to the point: At Consumer Reports, we’re finding it increasingly hard to recommend inkjet printers. They’re cheap, in general, but don’t print text very well, they aren’t particularly reliable, and they use ink cartridges that can be very expensive. Which is why, in our survey research, owner satisfaction with them is quite low.
The good news is that if you do want or need an inkjet printer—say, you frequently print in color and often have jobs that include graphics—a tank-style printer can at least save you money. Instead of expensive ink cartridges, tank models have reservoirs that can be refilled easily and very inexpensively with a bottle of ink.
Unlike traditional inkjet printers, which can sometimes be found for as little as $100, tank printers generally cost a few hundred dollars. But if you take a step back and look at the overall cost of ownership, they make a lot of sense. With an inkjet printer, it’s not uncommon to have ink costs that exceed $100 a year. With a tank printer, on the other hand, you’re looking at $5 to $10.