Review: HP Instant Ink

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HP Instant Ink I’m pretty sure I’m not alone.

You’ve been there, sitting on the couch relaxing after a long day, when all of a sudden your child reminds you that they are “Star Student of the Week” next week. They have to prepare a poster with listings of some of their favorite things and several photos . . . of their siblings, their pets, your vacation last summer. They want you to print the pictures NOW. The only problem is, your printer is out of ink. Again. And it is 7 PM on a Sunday night.

You hesitantly pull on some decent clothes, and mutter under your breath about parents having to do homework. . .and you drive to a 24 hour big box store, and shell out $35 for more printer ink.

What if I told you that this never has to happen again?

This fall, HP rolled out their Instant Ink program, and it will change the way you purchase original HP ink for your printer, and save you up to 50% on ink costs per year!

HP invited me to try out the program, and so far, I’ve been very happy. I feel like I no longer have to be stingy with ink (especially the precious color ink!) and I never have to worry about running out of ink!

Why Should I Use HP Instant Ink?

  • I receive Original HP Ink at up to a 50% savings (I love savings!)
  • New HP Original Ink arrives, in my mailbox before my printer runs out of ink. (genius!)
  • Ink, shipping and cartridge recycling are all included in my low month price (starting at $2.99 a month)
  • Plans are based on pages printed, not the amount of ink used.  The same, flat rate applies to black and white copies, color copies or photo prints!
  • There is no annual fee and I can cancel or change plans at any time.
  • Unused pages roll over and I can use them in future months.

What Kind of Printer Do I Need for HP Instant Ink?

Currently the Instant Ink plan works with HP Envy 4500 series, HP Envy 5530 series and HP Office Jet 4630 series printers.

HP Instant InkHow do I Get Started With HP Instant Ink?

  1. Purchase an Instant Ink compatible printer. (Note:your printer will require a wireless internet connection.)
  2. Choose an enrollment kit. (kits are currently available at BestBuy at Hp Home and Office stores and online at
  3. Start Saving! Register online following the instructions in your kit and start printing! (Note: you will need a valid Visa or Mastercard or debit card in order to enroll. Your monthly service fee will be charged to this.)

Bottom Line: Do I Like HP Instant Ink?

Absolutely! The whole system is a win/win for me! I can print school projects, coloring pages and recipes to my heart’s content. . . and I can even print photos if I ever want to get them off of my computer (and I want to, I really do!) The print quality is excellent. HP sent me an HP Envy 5530 all-in-one printer to try out the Instant Ink Program. I love it! The print quality is very nice and at a $99 price point it is an accessible printer for most everyone.

I used to joke that replacement ink was more expensive than the printer itself, but now with HP Instant Ink I’m going to have to change my tune. I am on the $4.99 100 pages a month plan and it has worked beautifully for us!

Find out more: Check out the FAQ here.

Disclosure: HP provided me with an HP Envy 5530 Printer, an enrollment kit and 1 year of Instant Ink service in order to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and as always, my opinions are 100% my own. I only recommend products or services that I would feel comfortable recommending to my best friends!


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8 comments to “Review: HP Instant Ink”

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  1. Tara - January 9, 2014 Reply

    Love Love Love HP Instant Ink!

  2. Donald Quixote - January 31, 2014 Reply

    I’ve never tried Hp instant ink but you may have just persuaded me to give it a try. Thanks for the article!

  3. Pati - February 23, 2014 Reply

    I always want MORE!
    Dear HP,
    Please figure out a way to connect to this service WITHOUT having to buy a new HP Printer. I love the one I have(C3100) and will use it until it dies!!!

  4. Sherri - March 18, 2015 Reply

    After reading your review and others, I was excited to subscribe to the ink service. But then I read the disclosure. Are you aware of how much information HP can access? Here’s a list I found:
    Contact information, such as your name, address, telephone number, and email address
    Contact preferences
    IDs and passwords
    Billing and transaction information, including your credit card number, for certain paid services (credit card information retained at your request)
    Product and service preferences
    Identifying data on the HP and non-HP devices you use, including the manufacturer’s name, the model or product number, and a serial number or similar unique identifier
    For HP devices, additional component functionality data
    Email addresses of friends for tell-a-friend features
    HP Connected app versioning, updates, and usage
    Web usage analytics

  5. Armielyn D. - September 3, 2015 Reply

    Thank you, I have never tried using hp instant ink but I think maybe i’ll try..

  6. Rahul Dhiman - September 23, 2015 Reply

    thanks or sharing it here.. I love the one I have(C3100) and will use it until it dies!!!.

  7. Jeanie - September 30, 2015 Reply

    I read the Terms of Service too late and now since I checked the I Agree, I am not agreeing. I chose the 2.99 monthly fee and when it posted to my account it was rejected, forgot to leave money in my account. Then I went to print and HP suspended my account, so I couldn’t print not one page. So upset I called them and well basically I am stuck, want to cancel but they will want the cartridges back which are full. So either I go and buy new cartridges and have them cancel, or wait till they are empty. I live on a limited income so I thought this program would work for me, but after reading the Terms, I don’t want them to see everything I print and I certainly don’t want them to control my printer at my home. It’s not worth the 2.99 a month, I can get ink else where and not be tied to a company controlling my printer. Not very happy with this program and hope they don’t charge me more for cancelling. Everyone should read the Terms of Service before clicking AGREE!!!!

  8. Pam - February 24, 2016 Reply

    THanks for your review. We use a similar process at work through Ricoh, but I have not had the opportunity to do this at home. My husband is a contractor who sometimes needs to print photos in home inspections. We always worry about using to much ink, or too much paper or that our ink will dry out. We also live a half hour from any kind of a store – sounds like this is made for us! – I DID read all the agreement s- and HP doesn’t have any information that my virus scanning service has or than Best Buy has.

    I purchased the HP8620 printer Plus – I think this will save us a bunch of money – we usually went through two complete sets of color ink cartridges and four additional black cartridges per year, minimum – 🙂 Looking forward to the new service!

    Thanks again!

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