Are cheap compatible toner cartridges worth the risk?

When it comes to ordering replacement of toner cartridges, you have many to choose from, but cheap imitations may not be the best choice.

Bad for your health1
Bad for the environment
Bad for your printer
Bad for security


Imitations may exceed eco-label emission limits1 and could have short or long-term health effects1

96% of imitation toner cartridges tested exceeded emission limits and emitted  up to 191% over allowed limit for TVOCs.1


Almost all imitation toner cartridges end up in a landfill2

Studies have shown that imitation toner cartridges:

  • May use 46% more energy than Original HP3
  • May have a 54% larger carbon footprint than Original HP3
  • Are not recycled as most imitation toner cartridge manufacturers don't offer any recycling programs2


Printer techs say clients are over 3x as likely to make a service call due to usage of non-HP cartridges4

Testing and surveys indicate:

  •  1 in 10 non-HP cartridge problems resulted in printer damage.4
  •  97% of printer technicians said that using non-HP cartridges in HP LaserJet printers shortens the life of the printer.4


Imitation cartridges may have chips that can be reprogrammed to add malicious code

Make sure it’s Original HP Cartridges

Your business productivity and office environment matter. HP designs toner cartridges to be easy to use, dependable, secure, and part of a closed-loop economy.

Precision output, page after page5

Designed to work the first time, every time.5

Designed with the planet in mind

Free and easy recycling to help reduce waste.6

Indoor Air Quality
Meets eco-label emission criteria

To help maintain the indoor air quality where you live and work.

Engineered for security

To protect your printer and data.7

Original HP Toner cartridges are easy to use, dependable, secure, and designed with the planet in mind



Start here to find Original HP Toner for your HP printer


  1. Nov 2019 Intrinsik risk evaluation commissioned by HP. Based on 2019 Blue Angel indoor air quality compliance study which included VOCs emitted from imitation and remanufactured toner cartridges in accordance with DE-UZ 205 and health-based screening levels established by USEPA (2019) and Cal/EPA Department of Toxic Substances Control (2019a).
  2. 2020 InfoTrends North America Supplies Recycling study, commissioned by HP. Based on average results of interviews with 8 remanufacturers and 7 NBC resellers.
  3. 2019 NA Four Elements Consulting LCA study, commissioned by HP, compared Original HP 55A and 26A monochrome toner cartridges with a sample of imitation alternatives across eight environmental impact categories. The LCA leverages a 2019 SpencerLab study, commissioned by HP, comparing Original HP LaserJet toner cartridges with two brands of imitation toner cartridges sold in NA.
  4. 2019 NA Market Strategies International study commissioned by HP. Results based on 222 surveys from HP ServiceOne Partners who have at least 6 months of experience servicing HP monochrome and Color LaserJet printers with HP and non-HP toner cartridges installed and have done so within the previous 12 months of the study.
  5. North America results based on 2018 SpencerLab Color and 2019 SpencerLab Monochrome Reliability studies for North America, both commissioned by HP. Color study compared Original HP Color Cartridges with six brands of non-HP cartridges for the HP LaserJet Pro color 400 M451dn; CE410A/X, CE411A/412A/413A cartridges. Monochrome study compared Original HP Cartridges with seven brands of non-HP cartridges for the HP LaserJet Pro M402 and Pro M521 printers; HP 26A and 55A cartridges.
  6. Program availability varies. See
  7. HP office-class printing systems are select Enterprise and Managed devices with FutureSmart firmware 4.5 and up, Pro devices, LaserJet models 200 and up, with respective Original HP Toner, PageWide and Ink Cartridges. Does not include HP integrated printhead cartridges. Digital supply-chain tracking, hardware and packaging security features vary locally by SKU. See