Best printer paper to buy in 2024 | Radio Times

It's important to pair your printer with the right paper. So here's what you need to know about choosing the right sheets for your needs.

Of all the tech that may be gathering dust inside your home office or cupboard, in between the pile of old phones that you keep meaning to recycle and the seemingly random assortment of cables you are saving just in case, it’s the home printer and the accompanying big stack of paper, that are definitely worth keeping around. Adhesive Paper

Best printer paper to buy in 2024 | Radio Times

Perhaps you need to print a returns label, make a copy of your records for travelling, print out some family photos, produce a hard copy of a bank statement or make a handful of artsy homemade wedding invites for close friends.

Whatever you need the printer to do, it’s important to pair it with the right type of sheets – and you may be surprised by how many factors there are to consider when you are shopping for paper, including size, weight, coating and colouring.

While many tasks, forms and documents can easily be edited and sent online these days, the classic printer-paper combo is far from dead in 2024. And even better, there are models, like in our best budget printers guide, that cost under £100.

So, here’s what you need to know about the best paper you can buy for your home printer, alongside a couple of tips that will help you make the best purchase.

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There are a lot of buzzwords when shopping for printer paper, so here are some of the main types that you will encounter when searching for it online:

Multi-purpose: A very common sheet type, this is standard matte white paper for black/white or colours that works with both inkjet and laser printers.

Inkjet paper: Available in various finishes and colours – including matte or glossy this paper will be intended to work with standard inkjet home printers.

Laser printer: This is paper for laser printers, which are often found in businesses and office buildings where users need the ability to print in higher volumes.

Bright white: While your typical paper is matte white, the bright wide paper has a more non-textured texture that's much better for double-sided printing.

Gloss/Photo: Just like it sounds, this is what you need for printing out photos, as it has a shiny coating on one side, with better colours and image sharpness.

Sticker: Not all types of printer paper are blank on both sides. Sticker sheets can work with both inkjet and laser models, featuring one side that’s self-adhesive.

So you have a new printer and some paper. There’s another component that’s still missing: the ink and toner cartridges. These can often be bought directly from the brand’s website, but are also stocked at some high street and online retailers. 

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Buy ink and toner cartridges at Canon

Buy ink and toner cartridges at Currys

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It may not be the most exciting purchase you have ever made, but it’s important to make sure you choose the right paper for your needs. Here’s how to start:

Size: First, consider what size your document needs to be. The most common size is A4 (210 x 297 mm/8.3 x 11.7 in) but photos may need to be smaller. Luckily, most home printers these days are able to print out in various paper sizes.

Type: If you just need to print a black/white document on one side, stick with the multi-purpose paper, but you may need glossy paper if you are printing photos. On top of this, you’ll need to consider how thick you want the paper to be.

Weight: Generally, the heavier the paper, the higher the weight. We measure this in Grams per Square Metre, or GSM. The higher the GSM, the thicker the paper. Typical matte white paper is usually 80GSM, but it goes into the hundreds.

Colour: Of course, you may need paper that’s not the typical matte white colour. So it’s good news that printer paper doesn’t only come in a range of different sizes, but shades, too. This includes yellow, orange, green, pink, blue and more.

Opacity: This is a reference to how much light is able to seep through the paper. Typically, this is measured between the numbers 0 and 100 - with 0 being pretty much transparent (often used for tracing) and 100 being completely opaque.

Unsure which paper is for you? Here are our recommendations of which packs will work well with your printer. Unless otherwise stated, the paper size is A4.

If you don’t use your printer very often but need some paper to keep at home, this paper pack contains 500 sheets of 80 gsm multipurpose copy paper that works with all types of devices, including inkjet, laser, copiers and fax machines.

Buy Amazon Basics Printer Paper from £24.99 £21.75 at Amazon

Best for general use | 500 Sheets, 80 gsm

This A4 single ream paper pack from Double A is another great option for home printing – in both black/white and colour toner – via inkjet or laser machines.

Buy Double A A4 Printer Paper at Amazon for £11.85

Best for photo prints | 50 sheets, 240 gsm

Suitable for home inkjet printers only, this 50-sheet pack of A4 photo paper has a gloss finish and promises quick drying with no smudging.

Buy Kodak A4 Gloss Photo Paper at Amazon for £9.99

Best coloured paper | 100 sheets, 120 gsm

This 10-pack of A4 120 gsm sheets includes multiple colours: Yellow, Red, Light Blue, Orange, Pink, Blue, Purple, Green, Violet. While heavier than the standard 80 gsm sheets, these are compatible with both inkjet and laser home printers.

Buy TownStix 10 Colour Art Paper at Amazon

Best for printing colours | 250 Sheets, 120 gsm

If you are printing colour toner, this white 120 gsm paper from Navigator is a top option. It works with laser and inkjet printers, with the extra thickness and “ultra-bright” colour meaning that it is also well-suited for double-sided printing.

Buy Nuco Navigator for Colour Printing at Amazon for £6.24 £4.80

Best sticker paper | 50 sheets, 80 gsm

Working with both inkjet and laser machines, each A4 sheet comes with a sticky self-adhesive back that peels off and can be cut down to size if needed. We chose the matte version, but there is also a glossy alternative for the same price.

Buy PEPRA Sticker Printer Paper at Amazon for £10.99

Best for HP gloss | 100 Sheets, 200 gsm, 10x15 cm

HP is a popular printer brand, and if you have one of its inkjet models and want to print photos look no further than this 100-sheet pack of gloss paper. Each sheet is 10 x 15 cm in size and offers photo-like paper at an affordable price point.

Buy HP Everyday Glossy Photo Paper at Amazon

Best for sustainability | 500 sheets, 80gsm

If sustainability is a priority when choosing paper (as it should be!), this 500-sheet MultiCopy pack is a great option. It is suitable for inkjet machines and crucially is sustainably sourced and manufactured to the point that it’s carbon neutral.

Buy Multicopy Zero A4 Paper at Amazon for £10.65

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