Epson EcoTank ET-1810 printer review: impressive quality and cheap to run (2023)

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The Epson EcoTank ET-1810 inkjet printer clearly has designs on being one of the best printers in its price range, and one of the most affordable to run: it uses refillable ink tanks rather than ink cartridges to try and get your money to stretch to more printed pages.

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Note that this is an inkjet printer and nothing else – there are no scanning or copying features available on this model, which you might not mind so much considering the best smartphones and their associated apps can cover most people's scanning needs anyway.

Given both its upfront price and ongoing costs – both of which are on the reasonably low side – this is a contender for one of the best student printers around too. Read on for our full ET-1810 review, which should help you decide whether this is the right printer for you.

Epson EcoTank ET-1810 review: price and availability

The Epson EcoTank ET-1810 is out now and available to buy in the UK from a lot of the regular retailers, including Amazon (opens in new tab) and Argos (opens in new tab). The widget embedded below will guide you towards the best online deals for this printer at the moment, but at the time of writing the device is being sold for as little as £160 from some outlets. In Australia it's priced around AUD$299, while Europe's prices are around the €189 mark.

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Epson EcoTank ET-1810 review: setup and design

Design-wise, the Epson EcoTank ET-1810 is a fairly standard block of black plastic: it's reasonably easy on the eyes, but nothing here feels particularly sturdy, from the ink tank holder to the paper trays. We're definitely at the budget end of the printer market in other words, and that's fine – most people will be happy with a relatively cheap-looking and flimsy printer if the actual output is decent enough.

If you like to get a tape measure out before buying anything for your home office, the printer measures 375‎ x 347 x 169mm at its most compact (with all the trays closed), and it tips the scales at 2.9kg (not that you'll really be carrying it about all that much). The power cable attaches around the back, and that's the only wire you're going to need, because this is a fully wireless unit with no option to hook it up directly to a computer with a USB cable.

For those who are fortunate enough to not have had to set up a printer recently, it's all about the apps these days. You get step-by-step instructions through the Epson Smart Panel app for Android or iOS – we're not sure about the instant messenger chat approach the app takes, but it does at least do a good job of getting the printer connected to your Wi-Fi and assists you in loading it up with ink and paper.

All in all, this printer should take you about 30 minutes to setup from start to finish. It's getting the ink in place and initialised that takes up most of that time. You get four bottles of ink with your printer – black, yellow, magenta and cyan – and the Epson app shows you how to pour the ink into the tanks inside the printer.

Epson EcoTank ET-1810 review: performance and features

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When it comes to this printer's key specs, the rear paper tray can hold up to 100 A4 sheets, and the print speed is rated at 10 pages per minute for monochrome, and five pages per minute for colour. A full, borderless, 10 x 15cm photo print is done in a little over a minute, and all those estimates matched up with what we saw in testing. It's not the fastest, but it's fast enough, and it operates fairly quietly too – it's not going to be waking up your neighbours.

The real selling point here is the EcoTank system: Epson reckons the four ink bottles you get in the box can last you for up to 4,500 pages of black ink and 7,500 pages of coloured ink (the equivalent of 72 standard ink cartridges). Based on how quickly the ink levels were going down while we were reviewing the EcoTank ET-1810 that seems a bit on the optimistic side in terms of how far your ink will go. Nevertheless, it does appear to be capable of getting you more pages per pound in terms of ongoing costs.

As for the printing resolution, it goes up to a decent 5,760 x 1,440, and we were more than happy with the quality of our resulting documents and photos. Text looks crisp and sharp, colours are well reproduced, and the EcoTank ET-1810 is certainly capable of producing results that are up there with the best inkjets around. If you're printing out anything for college, work or the local fair we don't think you'll be disappointed.

The printer is able to work with Windows, macOS, Android, iOS and iPadOS, so wherever your documents and pictures are, you can get them to the Epson EcoTank ET-1810. The lack of any kind of display means that switching between devices can be a bit tricky – there's a Wi-Fi direct mode available for connecting straight to a phone or tablet – but generally speaking we didn't have too many problems interpreting the various lights on the front of the unit.

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Epson EcoTank ET-1810 review: verdict

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It's clear what the strengths and the weaknesses of the Epson EcoTank ET-1810 are: it's got a tank refill system that'll save on costs and will print a lot of pages; but it's a little flimsy in build, there's no scan/copy function, nor any on-product display to assist with jobs.

We're not fully convinced that you can get as many pages out of these tanks as Epson says you can – sadly we were unable to print thousands of pages during our time with the printer – but this is clearly a better value for money proposition than buying new ink cartridges every time. Getting the ink into the printer is straightforward enough, and we'd happily switch over to this method for our own printing.

In terms of performance, printing quality is very good, and printing speed is reasonably good. More expensive printers will get you better results – particularly in terms of glossy, high-resolution photographs – but the output you get with the EcoTank ET-1810 is certainly more than good enough for the price. Family photos, school projects, long reports... the printer will handle them all with aplomb.

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Epson EcoTank ET-1810: also consider

Take a peek at our best printers list and you'll see numerous alternatives to the Epson printer that we've reviewed here. The Epson EcoTank ET-2750 is an interesting upgrade on the ET-1810 for example: it keeps the economical ink tank system, but it adds a display to the printer, and it can copy and scan as well. It's worth a look if you're happy to spend a bit more money.

Then there's the Canon Pixma TS6350: Canon has a reputation as strong as Epson's when it comes to high-quality inkjet printers for the home and office, and the Pixma TS6350 offers excellent output results as well as the option to scan and copy documents as well as print them. It's reasonably compact in terms of its size too, and shouldn't cost you much more than the Epson EcoTank ET-1810.


Is it worth buying a Epson EcoTank? ›

Is the Epson EcoTank worth it? The answer is–it depends. If you print a lot often, then yes, the EcoTank could be a good fit for you. Otherwise, if you don't print often and you get the EcoTank, you might end up with a lot of dried ink in nozzles and tubs that you'd have to clean up often.

How do I get the best print quality on my Epson EcoTank? ›

Overall Print Quality Is Poor
  1. Run a nozzle check to see if any of the print head nozzles are clogged. ...
  2. Align the print head.
  3. Use genuine Epson ink packs and make sure the ink packs have not expired.
  4. Make sure the media settings in your RIP software or product control panel match the media you loaded.

Does the Epson ET 1810 print double sided? ›

Up to 5760 x 1440dpi colour print resolution. Fits paper up to A4. Manual duplex (double sided) printing. Borderless printing.

Can Epson ET 1810 be used for sublimation? ›

This simplicity makes the Epson EcoTank 1810 an ideal choice for anyone wanting a hassle free step into sublimation printing. The bundle includes all the items you will need for the printing aspect of sublimation: printer, ink, paper, syringes and ICC profile.

What are the disadvantages of ink tank printer? ›

The only downside to ink tank printers is that if you don't use the printer regularly, all that ink in the reservoir, cartridge, and tubes can dry up and cause clogging problems–just like any inkjet printer. Laser printers are better for those who don't print as often.

Is Epson EcoTank better than HP? ›

While both printers use a supertank system with outstandingly high yields, the Epson can yield slightly more pages using its black ink tank. Also, the Epson has an automatic document feeder as well as an integrated fax feature, and it's quicker at printing out black-text as well as color documents.

How do I print without losing quality? ›

Here are some guidelines for getting the best quality prints from your photos:
  1. Start with the right size and shape. ...
  2. Understand DPI and PPI. ...
  3. Get a 300 DPI file. ...
  4. Apply some Sharpening. ...
  5. Download as a PNG + print. ...
  6. Check the DPI before you print.

Why is my Epson printer printing poor quality? ›

If the quality of your printouts remains poor even after repeatedly cleaning and aligning the print head, one or some of the ink cartridges may be old or damaged and should be replaced. To replace an ink cartridge before the Status Monitor notifies you that the cartridge is empty, see Replacing an Ink Cartridge.

Can you scan with Epson ET 1810? ›

While most ink-tank printers are multifunction devices, the Epson EcoTank ET-1810 is restricted to printing only. There's no built-in scanner, so it can't create its own copies or scan to your computer.

Can Epson et2760 print double-sided? ›

Also, unlike the ET-4700, the ET-2760 can print double-sided pages automatically. The Epson EcoTank ET-2850 is the newer model of the Epson EcoTank ET-2760.

Can I print both sides of paper in Epson printer? ›

You can print on both sides of the paper by selecting Two-sided Printing Settings from the pop-up menu on the print window. Note: Some options may be pre-selected or unavailable, depending on other settings you have chosen or if you are accessing the product over a network.

What is the best sublimation printer to buy? ›

Best sublimation printers of 2022 in full:
  1. Epson SureColor F170. Desktop dye-sub makes home printing possible. ...
  2. HP Stitch S500. Efficient and flexible dye-sub design. ...
  3. Epson SureColor F570 Pro. Simplified and supersized sublimation. ...
  4. Sawgrass SG500. A perfected design for this dye-sub printer. ...
  5. Mimaki TS100-1600.
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Which EcoTank printer is best for sublimation printing? ›

What Epson Ecotank is best for sublimation? The Epson ET-2800 and ET-15000 are the best valued Epson EcoTanks to convert for sublimation.

Which sublimation ink is best for Epson? ›

The AOPANE Anti-UV Sublimation Ink is a great option for anyone looking for sublimation inks for their Epson WF-7710, their Epson ET-2720, or any other typical sublimation printer.

Do EcoTank printers get clogged? ›

Ecotank ink is squirted into a chamber where it remains until it is used. For it to dry out, it would have to evaporate, so it's unlikely. However, the print heads could still dry out or clog and dry.

Should I always unplug my printer when not in use? ›

The difference between leaving your printer on or turning it off is generally insignificant in terms of energy costs. For healthier print heads and more efficient ink consumption, however, it's better to leave your printer on.

Are EcoTank printers better than laser? ›

Epson's EcoTank Pro inkjets can save you at least a nickel per page versus most color laser printers. Discounted ink-cartridge schemes don't require a big initial investment in the printer.

Which one is better Epson or Canon printer? ›

Epson Printers: Summary. Canon is the clear winner when it comes to print quality and paper handling. But, Epson takes first prize with the best printing speeds, affordable ink options, and its ability to handle high-volume printing.

Does EcoTank ink fade? ›

Wilhelm Imaging tested the Epson L355 and L800 EcoTank printers. The 4-ink L355 had really bad resistance to fading from light exposure, and the 6-ink L800 was not as bad, but still poor compared to pretty much any current Canon or Epson photo inkjet printer.

Why are my prints coming out dull? ›

Here are the most common causes of a printed printing faded text or images: Low ink or toner levels. Toner sticking to the fuser roller or problems with the transfer roller. Low ink or toner density settings.

How do you make your printer look professional? ›

Tips to Get a Great Quality Print of Your Images!
  1. Use Photo Paper. I've found that the best paper to print on is Matte Photo Paper. ...
  2. Try Heavier Papers. ...
  3. Change Your Printer Settings. ...
  4. >>> ...
  5. Preserve Your Print with a Sealer. ...
  6. Try Professional Laser Printing.

Should you sharpen for print? ›

An image that will be printed needs to be sharpened more than an image that is prepared for online display. In fact, you need to sharpen it until it almost looks like it's too much (be aware, the line between over-sharpened and under-sharpened is thin).

How do I make prints clearer? ›

The following settings are recommended to improve transparency using this technique: Print slower (25% – 30% of your normal print speed) Print thicker layers by using a larger nozzle. Print at 70% – 90% of the nozzle diameter to obtain a structure that refracts less light.

Does slower print speed increase quality? ›

The general answer for this question is yes, the faster the print speed you use, the lower the quality of the part you are printing.

Why is my Epson printer leaving ink smudges on the paper? ›

If your printouts are blurry or smeared, try these solutions: Make sure your paper is not damp, curled, old, or loaded incorrectly in your product. Use a support sheet with special paper, or load special paper one sheet at a time. Place a piece of black paper on the back of the original and copy it again.

How do you clean Epson Ecotank print head nozzles which are blocked or clogged? ›

Make sure that the printer is turned on and the ink out light is off. Access the Print or Page Setup dialog box and click the Utility icon button, then click the Head Cleaning button. Follow the on-screen instructions. The power light and the ink lights flash while the printer performs the cleaning cycle.

How can I increase the sharpness of my printer? ›

  1. Select [Printer Features], then select [Sharpness] from [Advanced 1]
  2. Change the settings.

Can I fax from my Epson printer without a phone line? ›

Is a Phone Line Required to Send or Receive Faxes from a Printer? Yes, you need a phone line to fax from a printer. However, if you don't have a phone line to connect to your printer, you may sign up for an online fax service like eFax to fax from a printer—no phone lines necessary!

Can I scan with Epson printer to my computer? ›

You can scan an original and save it to a connected computer using your product's control panel. The computer must be connected using a USB cable or connected to the same network as your product. You can save the scanned file as a JPEG or PDF file, or attach it to an email.

Can the Epson ET 2726 print double-sided? ›

The ET-2726 further limits waste by providing the option of manual double-sided printing to reduce the amount of paper used.

Can you remove ink from Epson EcoTank? ›

Remove the cover. Once the cover is removed you can slide out the cartridges, ince the cartridges are removed by pressing the clip and sliding up, inset a syringe as per the image 1, open the ink filling caps on the ink tank and draw the ink all the way from the tank through the cart.

How do I stop double sided printing upside down Epson? ›

Solution: check the “print pages in reverse” option in the Advanced dialog. You should only need to do this if you are using an inkjet or other printer where the pages must be re-ordered the when the printing process is completed.

Which Epson EcoTank has a document feeder? ›

The ET-3850 features an auto document feeder, fast printing with outstanding print quality, productive paper handling, a high-resolution flatbed scanner, and a large color display — making it the perfect printer for your home office.

What does 2 up mean in printing? ›

A Two-Up format creates two images per press impression, a Three-Up format creates three images per press impression, a Four-Up format creates four images per impression and so on. In its purest sense, the term "Up" refers to multiple impressions of the same image at the same time.

How do I print from my phone to my Epson printer? ›

Go to settings on your Android device, select printers, and enable the Epson plug-in. Connect your Android device to the same wireless network as your product. Now you are ready to print. From an Android application such as Chrome or Gmail, tap the menu icon and print whatever is on the screen.

How do I print a PDF back to back on Epson? ›

Click the Page Layout tab and select the Double-Sided Printing checkbox. Then, select the Folded Booklet checkbox. Click Margins to open the Margins dialog box. Specify the edge of the paper where the binding will be placed.

What's a good cheap sublimation printer? ›

The Epson EcoTank is the Best Budget Sublimation Printer!

This makes the Epson EcoTank the best cheap sublimation printer on the market today!

What is better vinyl or sublimation? ›

With HTV, you're essentially bonding a layer of vinyl to the surface of the fabric with heat and pressure. With sublimation, you're actually dyeing the fabric itself so that the design becomes part of the garment. This makes sublimation more durable and longer-lasting than HTV.

Is Cricut better than sublimation? ›

It is basically the same process as sublimation—because technically it IS sublimation! The design becomes embedded in the fibers and is permanent. Unlike sublimation however, you are limited to the colors and patterns Cricut has designed.

What is the easiest printer to convert to sublimation? ›

Epson WorkForce 7720

Perfect for beginners to sublimation printing, it accomplishes everything you need at an affordable price. You can easily convert this classic printer into a sublimation printer.

How long does sublimation ink last? ›

A printer's sublimation inks have a shelf life. Leaving them in the printer too long will cause issues such as color shifting, head clogs and banding. Many people agree that you can print past the “use-by” date without any issues, but a good rule of thumb is to use the cartridges within six months of installing them.

Is sublimation ink better than inkjet? ›

Sublimation printing vs inkjet

Sublimation printing is best suited for printing graphics onto plastic substrates. Inkjet printing is best for document printing. Unless laminated or coated, inkjet printed photos or documents will run if exposed to moisture. Sublimation printed graphics are immune to water damage.

Is sublimation ink better than pigment ink? ›

Pigment inks offer a narrower color gamut than dye sublimation inks, but are considerably more stable in the long term. Most pigment ink printers also offer more subtle color shading, since they use up to eight different ink colors: cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow, light gray, medium gray and black.

Is there a printer that does sublimation and regular printing? ›

The only printers commonly converted to sublimation are Epson inkjets. The key to sublimation is dye-sublimation ink, which contains heat-activated pigments.

How long do Epson eco tanks last? ›

The EcoTank ET-4850 ships with a bottle of black ink rated at 7,500 pages and color bottles rated at 6,000 pages each.

Is Epson EcoTank better than a laser printer? ›

The most accurate way to calculate running costs. Epson EcoTank printers offer unbeatable cost per page when compared with laser printers due to the extremely low cost of replacement ink and extremely high yield.

Does Epson EcoTank print quality photos? ›

True Photographic Print Quality.

Powered by Epson Micro Piezo Variable Sized Droplet Technology - EcoTank Photo uses our 6‑Color Claria® ET with photographic dye inks to produce exceptional color and black & white photographic print quality.

Should I leave my Epson EcoTank printer on all the time? ›

For healthier print heads and more efficient ink consumption, however, it's better to leave your printer on. Constantly switching your printer off and on will decrease your printer's lifespan, so try to keep the off/on to a minimum.

How do I stop my Epson EcoTank from drying out? ›

Below are five tips you can use to prevent a printer ink dry out and lower your printing expenses as a result.
  1. Tip 1: Use your Printer Once a Week.
  2. Tip 2: Store your Ink Cartridges Properly.
  3. Tip 3: Configure the Room Temperature.
  4. Tip 4: Keep your Cartridges Sealed at All Times.
  5. Tip 5: Moisten Your Ink Cartridges.
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How long can a ink tank printer sit unused? ›

If you do not turn on the printer for a long time, the printer may malfunction. If you will not use the printer for more than two weeks, maintenance must be performed by a service engineer before and after this period.

Why is there a shortage of Epson EcoTank printers? ›

Supply chain delays and manpower shortages are affecting all areas of manufacturing and distribution, disrupting inkjet printer supply and printers delivery dates.

Which one is better brother or Epson? ›

Brother is a top brand in the market that offers practical and efficient solutions for at-home use and small businesses. They are sturdy, well-built machines that have high page yields and an affordable price point. Epson continues to be one of the top brands and is synonymous with printing speed and efficiency.

Which is better ink jet or ink tank? ›

If you are looking for a printer that will not cost you too much and not demand too much maintenance in the long run, then ink tank printers are the way to go. These printers cost more than inkjet printers, but in the long run, it is durable, cost-effective and easy to use.

Is Epson a reliable printer? ›

Epson printers are popular among home office users for their high-quality output, reliability, and affordability.

Which is a better photo printer Canon or Epson? ›

The Canon prints higher-quality documents and photos with better color accuracy and finer details. However, the Epson is more versatile because it has a scanner, and its ink tank yields more prints, resulting in a significantly lower cost per print.

Should I leave my printer on 24 7? ›

To keep your printer lasting longer, we recommend leaving your printer on. If it is off for a long period of time or if you turn it on and off again regularly, the printhead inside the printer will dry out faster. When you leave it on, you may hear the printer start up every once in a while and begin to calibrate.

Should I unplug my printer when not in use? ›

Unplug the power cord from the electrical outlet if you are not going to use the printer for an extended period. Leave the ink cartridges installed. Removing the cartridges can dehydrate the print head and may prevent the printer from printing.

What happens if printer is not used for a long time? ›

When leaving printers dormant for months with no printer maintenance or cleaning, dust can gather on print heads or nozzles, or cartridges can become clogged or dry, reducing or stopping ink flow.


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