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10 Best HP Instant Ink Eligible Printers
October 8, 2018
Owning a printer can provide so many opportunities to share photos, preserve documents, create professional communications, and much more. And for anyone looking for a seamless printing experience, there is no better way to manage your ink supply than with the HP Instant Ink program.
Learn why this program is a favorite among budget-savvy consumers who don’t want the hassle of traditional ink purchases. Then, see which inkjet printers are compatible with HP Instant Ink.
Ink hassles are common
Buying ink cartridges can be a pain.
If you’re buying them in-store, you have to remember which type your printer uses and then shop around for the best price. Ordering online is slightly more convenient, but there’s still the matter of knowing the best time to buy.
Should you wait until the “low ink” warning pops up on your printers? Is it best to purchase in advance? With ink cartridges making up the bulk of the cost of printer ownership, most people are reluctant to refill their ink, even when they know it’s time.
What is Instant Ink for HP printers?
That’s why the innovative ink shipping program from HP is a favorite among printer owners. The monthly subscription is based on printed pages and not ink consumed. That means the price for a black-and-white page is the same as the price for a color copy.
Simply choose the number of pages you think you’ll print in a month and pay the low monthly fee. Plans range from 50 pages a month to 500 pages a month, and there’s also a 15-page plan that’s free for select printers.
If you don’t use all of your monthly allotted pages, they roll over. You’ll be able to save pages from months you don’t print as much and use them for months where you will use more, such as tax season.
Note that there is a limit of one month’s page allotment that can be rolled over at a time. If you’re on the 300-page plan, for example, you can save no more than 300 rollover pages at a time.
If you have an especially heavy printing month and use up all your pages in your plan, you’ll be able to start using up your rollover pages. Once those are gone, you’ll get notified to continue printing at a price of a dollar per set of 10 pages.
You could also use this as an opportunity to upgrade to the next largest plan. The HP Instant Ink program doesn’t use contracts, so you can change between plans at any time without penalty.
Recycling made easy
One of the top benefits of the HP Instant Ink program is that it’s better for the environment.
How many used cartridges does it currently take to motivate you to drop them off at the office supply store recycling bin? Probably too many.
Each time you receive a box of new printer ink cartridges through the subscription program, a plastic envelope comes included. This pre-addressed, postage-paid envelope is ready for your HP ink cartridges. Just seal the envelope and drop in the mail at your convenience, and the rest is done for you. It’s the easiest way to do the right thing with your used cartridges.
Top HP Instant Ink printers
Now that you know how easy it is to save up to 50% on your ink purchases using the program, it’s time to see if your existing printer qualifies. Remember that only select HP printers are equipped with the technology needed to communicate with the HP Instant Ink program via your home wireless network.
This tech tells them to send you new cartridges well before you run out, so you never have to scramble to find or buy ink in the middle of a project.
Here is a list of the top printers that work with the program. If you don’t already have one, you can buy them new, but be sure to activate the service upon registering your product.
Many come with a free month or more of the service to try before you buy, and some have 15 free printed pages a month or even unlimited free photos from your phone.
1. HP OfficeJet 3830 multifunction printer
The HP OfficeJet 3830 all-in-one printer qualifies for the free 15 pages a month promotion and offers scanning, faxing, and copying options for the home or small business.
With a print speed of up to 8.5 pages per minute in black and white and 6 pages per minute in color, this is a powerful tool for borderless printing from your computer, phone, or connected mobile device at a great price.
It’s also one of the most popular and affordable all-in-one printers available on the market today.
2. HP ENVY 7855 AiO photo printer
This fantastic all-in-one does everything you need for a home office or school solution, but its standout feature is that it prints photos well. Get lab-quality photos for less than a nickel thanks to the innovative and affordable ink delivery service of HP Instant Ink.
Enjoy easy interaction with the HP ENVY 7855 all-in-one photo printer, too, thanks to the smartphone-inspired, 2.7-inch color touch screen that makes all your print, copy, scan, and fax jobs a breeze. It also scans to both USB and SD memory devices.
This is the only HP ENVY photo printer to offer a fax function, and it can fax color pages and store up to 100 black-and-white pages in its memory.
3. HP ENVY 6255 AiO photo printer
The HP ENVY 6255 all-in-one photo printer is a slightly scaled-down version of the 7855. It offers printing, scanning, and copying in addition to all of the photo-printing qualities of the higher-end model. With a 2.2-inch touch screen monochrome display to help manage print jobs, it’s a versatile tool that’s also easy to use.
You can expect up to 13 ppm output for black-and-white jobs. Like the rest of the HP ENVY photo family, it can reliably print up to 1,000 pages per month.
4. HP ENVY 7155 AiO photo printer
There’s one more HP ENVY printer to mention in our lineup: the HP ENVY 7155 all-in-one photo printer is a nice compromise between the two noted above. With the same touch screen and ability to send documents to USB and SD, it mirrors the HP ENVY 7855 in almost every way minus the fax function.
You’ll get amazingly vivid color photo prints for less when you connect to the HP Instant Ink program. And with up to nine brilliant photos printed per minute, it’s a fantastic alternative to having photos printed from a retailer.
5. HP Tango X smart printer
When you’re ready to upgrade to one of the most stylish, minimalist pieces of print tech around, consider the HP Tango X smart printer. This small-but-powerful printer integrates into your home décor with your choice of stylish linen cover.
However, the best part is the voice control. Pair the printer with Alexa, Google, Cortana, and more to speak your desired print projects into being. Simply say “OK, Google… Ask my printer to print out my daily calendar,” and it’s done like magic.
This printer also produces unlimited free photos from your smartphone when connected to the HP Instant Ink program.
6. HP DeskJet 2655 AiO home printer
For a small home office or student looking to cut costs, the HP DeskJet 2655 all-in-one printer may be the best solution. This printer is priced under $50, but it offers all of the features you need in a desktop printer.
Print, copy, and scan from your phone or connected mobile device, or use the compact control panel to manage jobs from the printer. With a foldable output tray and minimalist design, it’s not just small on price - it’s small on space, too.
Even better, this model also qualifies for the free 15-pages-per-month tier through the HP Instant Ink program.
7. HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 printer
When all you need to do is print quickly, consider the innovative simplicity of the HP OfficeJet Pro 8210 printer. It doesn’t copy or scan, but it can print up to 22 ppm in black and white and up to 18 ppm in color with a high-volume output of up to 30,000 pages per month between up to five separate user queues.
It gets through your largest jobs fast thanks to two-sided printing and the ability to print Microsoft® Word, PowerPoint®, and Adobe® PDF files right from a USB drive. When you need to print well and often, there’s no comparison to this effective machine.
8. HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 multifunction printer
For a professional printing experience for your home, school, or business, consider the HP OfficeJet Pro 8740 all-in-one printer. It’s affordable enough for home use but expandable to enterprise-level workloads. With print speeds of up to 24 ppm in black and white and 20 ppm in color along with an additional 250-sheet paper tray, you’ll handle jobs of up to 500 pages without having to stop to refill.
Perfectly designed for two-sided scanning and printing along with USB document printing, this is a powerful option for businesses. It’s a favorite among business managers thanks to HP JetAdvantage Private Print function that helps keep sensitive data confidential.
The included HP Web Jetadmin application is also ideal for IT managers who want to manage a fleet of these printers from a centralized dashboard.
9. HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 multifunction printer
With all the trademark appeal of the HP OfficeJet Pro line, the HP OfficeJet 8720 all-in-one printer is an attractive printer option for those who want to keep their investment modest.
This printer is adept at two-sided printing and can manage multipage documents in an organized manner with the 50-page automatic feeder. You can also get up to 500 sheets waiting for jobs when you use the second 250-page tray.
You can print with a tap when you use an NFC-enabled mobile device to send jobs directly to the printer without a need for extra steps. Anyone in the office can take advantage of this perk, provided they are an authorized user on the network and have the HP app installed.
For those without a mobile device, the 4.3-inch touch screen gets jobs done with a swipe and tap. The high-volume printer is ready to take on all your largest jobs with an output of 30,000 pages per month between five users.
10. HP DeskJet 3755 AiO home printer
Dubbed the “world’s smallest all-in-one printer” for home use, the HP DeskJet 3755 all-in-one printer is indeed a space-saver.
Print, copy, and scan pages with an output of up to 8 ppm in black and white and 5 ppm in color. And do it quickly out of the box with the built-in WiFi utility, which makes setup a breeze.
Like other HP printers that are compatible with HP Instant Ink, it prints from a desktop or mobile device and offers intuitive but simple button controls right on the printer. This printer also qualifies for the free 15-pages-per-month program.
And it comes in three model numbers because it offers blue, teal, and gray trim styles to fit your home’s decor.
Why HP Instant Ink?
If you’re sold on the idea of the HP Instant Ink program, now’s the time to act. Enrolling your compatible printer in the program is fast and easy, and you’ll never run out of ink.
In today’s busy world, it’s nice to know that HP has your back with an intuitive, affordable, and seamless way to stay stocked up on ink at a competitive price. When it comes to printing, this is one of the best ways to manage your time, money, and resources.
About the Author: Linsey Knerl is a contributing writer for HP® Tech Takes. Linsey is a Midwest-based author, public speaker, and member of the ASJA. She has a passion for helping consumers and small business owners do more with their resources via the latest tech solutions.