Top Things to Consider When Buying a New Printer

What is the best printer to buy for home use?

Whether you are buying a new printer for your home, business, or want to replace your old one, you have to make sure that you do your research. Here at Printernet, we have put together a list of things that you should consider when buying a printer.


The most important thing to think about is how much you are going to spend. Although some models can be expensive, there are cheaper printers in the market that can produce the same level of quality prints.

If you regularly use your printer for scanning and printing documents, you may want to invest in an all-in-one printer to handle multiple jobs in one machine.

Running Costs

Another financial decision you will need to think about is how much the printer is going to cost to run. Investing in a printer with a high ink capacity and printing speeds are just a few things to consider when it comes to saving money on printing costs.


You may also need to consider the size of the printer you would like to purchase. Whether you are looking for a home office printer or a large industrial printer, make sure that you have enough space to have one.


Before purchasing a new printer, you should always consider how you are going to use it. The are many specific functionalities that printers can deliver:

  • Printing Photos
  • Printing Card
  • Printing Labels
  • Scanning
  • Copying
  • Double-sided Printing
  • Printing in different paper sizes (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5)
  • High Volume Printing

If you are not sure, but still want to copy and scan documents, we recommended investing in an All-in-One Printer.

Ink Capacity

One of the most expensive things to deal with regarding printing running costs is buying inks. A printer that has a high ink capacity will save you a great deal of money in the long run.

Epson’s high-quality range of EcoTank Printers is known worldwide for its exceptional ink capacity. If you are looking to reduce printing costs, then we highly recommend the EcoTank Printers.

Refillable ink printers like the Epson EcoTank range can help you save money

Printing Speeds

Another thing to consider is how fast you want the printer to print. These decisions are most commonly decided in an office working environment because many colleagues will be using the printer, and don’t want to be waiting long to use it.


Printer warranties vary by manufacturer and so if warranty length is important to you, make sure to check out your options. Many manufacturers, such as Canon, ship with a standard 1 year warranty which for domestic users is typically long enough. If you’re looking for a longer warranty period for a commercial environment, Lexmark is a popular choice with a 4 year on-site option.

If you’re buying a printer for commercial use, you may also want to look at extending the standard warranty. Brother offers the option to extend their standard warranty with an additional 2 years for as little as £35.00 depending on your device; which is great value for money.

There are lots of options out there and so make sure to check the manufacturer standard warranty before you buy.

How can we help?

We understand that buying a printer can be daunting, so we have created a printer buying guide to support you!

Our online store also proves a huge variety of quality printers to suit your requirements. If you have any other questions about buying a new printer, contact us on 01344 519932 or email

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