With HP Instant Ink, you can pay for your prints with a subscription. Our goal is to find out if it is cost-effective to pay for printer ink and if the benefits justify choosing an HP printer over its competitors. Printer ink can be expensive, and replacing cartridges regularly can be a hassle. HP offers an alternative solution with “Instant Ink”: You pay a flat monthly fee to print a certain number of pages. But can this save you money?


The Hewlett-Packard Company, commonly abbreviated as Hewlett-Packard or HP, was an American multinational information technology company based in Palo Alto, California. HP has designed and supplied a wide range of hardware and software components and related services to consumers, small and medium businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including government, healthcare, and education customers.

HP Instant Ink, available on select HP Wi-Fi printers, provides another way to pay for ink and prints at home. You can find compatible models by going to our printer reviews and selecting “More filters” and then the “HP Instant Ink” filter. With an Instant Ink subscription, you stop paying for ink and supplies.


Hewlett-Packard, a company founded in 1939 by David Packard and Bill Hewlett in a one-car garage in Palo Alto, California, initially manufactured a variety of electronic test and measurement equipment. A sign has been erected at 367 Addison Avenue that reads “The Cradle of Silicon Valley” below, announcing that the HP Workshop is now an official California Historical Landmark.

An alternative is to pay a monthly subscription for a specific number of pages to print on your home printer. You can print whatever you want (text, images, or photos) up to the agreed monthly page limit. HP will automatically ship ink cartridges (shipping costs are included in your subscription) when you need to refill them. Unless you exceed your page quota, you only pay monthly ink charges.