Best Tank Printers of 2021
These printers can save you tons of money on ink, but only some models are recommended by Consumer Reports
Ever since their introduction a decade ago, tank printers (aka reservoir-style printers) have presented a tricky choice for consumers: Should they spend lots of money up front for a machine that's really cheap to maintain with ink, or spend relatively little on a printer, then drop beaucoup bucks on replacement cartridges?
Unlike traditional inkjet printers, which can be found for less than $100, tank printers generally cost a few hundred dollars, though a couple of models are available for less. But even expensive tank printers can be cheaper to own in the long run.
That’s because traditional color inkjets use multiple ink cartridges that tend to run out fairly quickly and cost a lot—often $30 a pop or more. That cost can really add up over time, easily topping $100 a year. In Consumer Reports' surveys on printers, the frequency of ink replacement is among the most frequently cited pain points.