The Best Teacher Printer

Jan 1, 2016 | Back To School, Product Review, Teacher Wisdom, Technology, TpT in Action | 14 comments

What is the best teacher printer you ask?  Printers are great but what’s even better is a printing service!

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I am excited to share with you the HP Instant Ink program and how it can help you as a teacher.

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What is HP Instant Ink?

HP Instant Ink is a program that wirelessly tracks your ink usage and automatically sends you new ink when you need it.  Paid for by monthly subscription that is very affordable and gives you a ton of copies in color and black and white.  When your ink gets low, the system will automatically send you new ink in the mail – it’s that simple.


Why is this great for teachers?

We as teachers already spend so much money on our classrooms and ink is usually a huge part of that.  I don’t know about you, but to come up with $70 every time my printer needs ink is not fun.  And when you calculate out how many pages I typically print compared to how much I spend it ink – well it’s ridiculous.  Before Instant Ink I would consider if I could print something on the back of a piece of paper or wait until at school to print it.  Now with Instant Ink I don’t worry. I know how many pages I have each month and if I don’t use those pages they roll over until they are used.  The time and peace of mind saved is huge.  (Not to mention the cost really is cheaper considering the brand of ink I was using prior.)

The best at home printer for teachers.

How do I sign up?

Two Steps.  Be sure to do both steps below (I gave you links to make it easy.)

  1.  Signing up is easy. You must first have a printer that is compatible with the Instant Ink program.  Click here to see if your current printer is on the list or to get a new printer.  Be sure to read the description and make sure it is eligible.  After you find a printer, be sure to come back grab the link to sign up for the program below.

2.  Once you have your printer, you register with the HP Instant Ink Program online.  Be sure to look for coupon codes because you can get free months of ink with certain coupon codes.

(If you purchase a printer, I don’t believe you have to also purchase the instant ink cartridges.  Your printer will come with them if it is Instant Ink eligible.)

You will pick a monthly plan that works for you and then start printing.  Personally – I do the high plan of 300 pages for $9.99 a month because of the amount of printing I do with my Teachers Pay Teachers materials.  The great thing is too that the pages roll over if you don’t use them – so you literally don’t ever have to worry about getting the best value for your dollar!  (They store up to the number of pages of the program you are in – so on the 300 page plan you can store up to 300 unused pages at one time.)

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So what printer do I have at home?

I actually have two HP printers.  The printer where I do all of my teacher printing is an Envy 5440 Wireless All-in-One Color Photo Printer.  This printer prints AMAZING in color – all of my nonfiction readers come out so crisp and clear!  It prints on photo paper and cardstock with no issues.  (It’s also a very affordable printer.)

Many teachers in the Simply Kinder Facebook Group have made the switch and their reviews are also great.   HP Printers with Instant Ink are sure not to disappoint.

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  1. Mandy Bernhagen

    so the 4.99 (or which every plan you choose) is all you pay or do you have to pay more when they send the ink?

  2. Sam

    Hi! A year later I am also looking for a printer for classroom usage. I found that the 5440 doesn’t seem to exist anymore BUT there is a 5540 and a 5660 — do you happen to know anyone who has one of these or anything about printer models? I can’t for the life of me figure out what makes each unique and/or which to buy! I just wanted to get the one you recommended 😛

  3. Kathleen

    Thank you for this! I am starting my very first teaching job and found out we have a limit of pages per month to print and it made me nervous! This printer looks great and the instant ink subscription looks so convenient and easy!!

  4. Denise

    I’m struggling because I just bought an hp envy 4500 series to print school projects and it won’t print on card stock. Does this hp printer do well with regular cardstock or did you have to buy HP paper? Thanks in advance!

  5. Ingrid Shores

    Signed up today through your link, enjoy your free month! This is an amazing idea, I’m glad I saw this!!

  6. Kim Snyder

    Thanks so much for recommending the HP instant ink program!!! after reading your post on simplykinder I ordered the Envy 5440 too. However, I didn’t have your friend code so you would receive the bonus! Please post your friend code. Thanks! 🙂

  7. Stephanie

    I was doing some research into the HP Instant Ink program and saw on several message boards that cardstock cannot be used in a number of the printers. With the printer that you currently use for this program, do you print on cardstock? Thank you for this needed information!

  8. Ebb Clewis

    I am a teacher too! I bought a Lexmark from a thrift store for $15.00 about a year and a half ago! I bought the off brand ink cartridges and the printer printed like a jewel! I was so attached to this printer that when it finally gave out on me this past Sunday, I went looking for its upgraded model, but could not find it! I found myself standing in Walmart doing my research and just happened to Google, “best color printet for teachers,” and this blog came up!” I am sooo happy about this ink service, and my brand new HP Envy 5642 color printer, that of which I bought today! I checked and verified that my new printer is on the instant ink list!! Clicking my heels because of you!!!

  9. Taylor

    After many hours of research, I decided that HP definitely had to be the one. I also got the Envy 5440 and it’s been a dream! I am obsessed with printing now and I have been very satisfied with the ink program they offer. It is one of the best ideas for people who print on a regular basis and saves me a lot of money. I’m glad to see someone blogging about the printer, because I think good reviews for it should be more readily available!

    • Jennifer @ Simply Kinder

      I am so glad you decided to go with the Instant Ink! I have ink being shipped to me this week and I did nothing to order it. It’s pretty exciting! Let us know how you like it once you start getting ink and thanks for stopping by!

      • T Morrow

        You said you get 300 copies each month are you limited within that 300 to a particular number of color copies?

  10. Amy Clausen

    I’m super excited, because I just got a new HP printer for instant ink too. My plan was to use it at school though, and unfortunately it won’t connect to the wifi. You might want to let your readers know that they should plan on using it at home if they want to start instant ink! 🙂

  11. Laurie Varney

    Hi, I use the same program but have a different printer. I find that the ink is not as bright as my last printer. And the problem is that it does not tell me when I need to change my color ink, and when I go to get the copies, I sometimes need to reprint because the yellow was low, or gone. Hs this happened to you

  12. hojostptstoreyahoocom

    Thank you for explaining how this program works! I’ve heard numerous people talk about it, but I never really understand what it was about (and apparently I was too lazy to Google it). Thanks for the info! I don’t need it now, but I’ll definitely keep it in mind for the future!


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