Are 'XL' Cartridges Worth the Money?
We get asked this question a lot, and understandably so! Ink and toner cartridges are expensive, so why pay even more? Let's debunk this so you know what you need, what you don't and what will actually save you some cash.
How much larger are XL sized cartridges?
There's no industry standard here. Each manufacturer decides how much more ink or toner they want to put in their 'XL' sized cartridges. Some have 250% more and some only have 50% more. It's left up to you to play Sherlock and find out the details for your specific printer.
Some cartridges are easy to compare. Toner cartridges all come with a page count, so they're pretty simple to measure. Ink cartridges are a little more complicated though. Some are labeled with a suggested page count or the actual ink volume, but some aren't. If yours aren't, you could weigh each cartridge to see how much more the larger cartridge weighs, or you might search online to see if others have found some answers.
We want to help you as much as possible, so here's our general take on ink cartridge brands and the value their 'XL' sized cartridges offer:
BRAND NAME COMPATIBLES
BROTHER COMPATIBLE = BEST
CANON COMPATIBLE = BEST
EPSON COMPATIBLE = BEST
HP COMPATIBLE = BEST
LEXMARK COMPATIBLE = BEST
BRAND NAME ORIGINALS
BROTHER ORIGINAL = GOOD
CANON ORIGINAL = GOOD
EPSON ORIGINAL = POOR
HP ORIGINAL = GOOD
LEXMARK ORIGINAL = GOOD
Are there other benefits?
Absolutely! Purchasing 'XL' cartridges will save you time since you won't need to purchase or change them as often. They also are of great benefit to the environment - they use less non-renewable resources and packaging because they hold more product in the same container.
Are there any cons?
Not really, but they don't always offer a cost savings or have much more ink/toner inside. It's a good idea to research your specific cartridges! Generally speaking, it's all benefits in our opinion.
Are they worth it in the end?
It's safe to say most are! If you need some help figuring out cost savings for your particular cartridges, feel free to get in touch or stop by our kiosk and ask. It's why we're here! Rather than standing confused in the cartridge aisle at a big box store, you can chat with us and figure out your exact needs and the best value for your printing.
Let us know if this helped you and leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!