Tips for choosing the right Canon printer ink for your needs

Choosing the right printer ink for your Canon printer can seem daunting with the

myriad options available.

However, these tips can help simplify your search:

Know Your Printer Model 

This is the most essential step. Each Canon printer has specific ink cartridges that are

compatible with it.

The model number is usually found on the printer itself, on the manual, or on the box

it came in.

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OEM vs. Compatible vs. Remanufactured

Decide which type of cartridge you want. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) cartridges

are made by Canon, while compatible (third-party manufacturer) and remanufactured (recycled)

cartridges aren't.


OEM cartridges tend to be the most expensive, but they are of high quality and have no

compatibility issues.

Compatible cartridges are cheaper than new cartridges made by third-party companies.

Remanufactured cartridges are the cheapest and most environmentally friendly, but their

quality may vary. You can also check out our previous blog post discussing the key differences

between OEM and compatible ink here.


Page Yield

Check the page yield of the cartridge. This is the number of pages you can print

with one cartridge. Higher yield cartridges may be more expensive upfront but

could be more cost-effective in the long run if you print frequently.

Color or Black and White

If you're only printing text documents, a black and white cartridge will suffice.

However, if you're printing photos or colored documents, you'll need a color

cartridge. Some Canon printers use individual color cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black),

which can be more cost-effective as you only replace the color that has run out.



If the quality of your prints is of utmost importance (like for professional photo printing),

you might want to invest in higher-end Canon ink that is designed for this purpose.