Photocopier Rental Guide: 2019

As office equipment goes, a photocopier/printer is a pretty important staple (no pun intended). But as with many things, what works for one business might not be right for another.

In fact, lots of businesses make the mistake of buying a large and expensive copier, when in fact their needs are very low or short-term. For many, renting a photocopier, either temporarily or long-term, makes far more sense.

With monthly payments starting at only £25, we’ve weighed up the cost of buying versus renting a photocopier. We’ve also looked at how to go about choosing the right model for you.

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What type of copies do you need?

Why rent a photocopier?

The most common reason that businesses choose to rent a photocopier is flexibility.

What’s more, by renting a photocopier you can avoid large upfront costs and ongoing maintenance fees.

Rental contracts can range from a few days to three years, so you’ll be able to get hold of a machine for as long as you need it.

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Here are some situations where businesses would do better to rent rather than buy a photocopier:

  • Exhibitions
  • Conferences
  • Trade Shows & Expos
  • Large business meetings
  • Events
  • Seminars
  • Conventions
  • Annual reports
  • Large projects
  • Annual taxes
  • Audits
  • Legal work
  • Contract work
  • School exams
  • Charitable events
  • Building site offices
  • Temporary buildings
  • Startups

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What kind of photocopier should I rent, and how much will it cost?

The type of photocopier your business needs will depend on the volume of copies required, and any extra features.

Rental photocopiers are usually classed as low, medium, or high volume.

In order to get the best deal, you should first work out how many pages you’ll need to copy each month. This table will help:

Copies Per MonthMonthly CostFunctionality
Low Volume
750~£25Basic hardware
Low Volume
1000~£35Basic hardware
Colour scanner
Mid Volume8,000 – 40,000~£50Advanced hardware
Colour scanner/printer
& more
High Volume40,000+~£200State-of-the-art hardware
Larger paper trays
Hi-def colour printing
Network capability
Automatic document management
& more

Pay close attention to the features. It may be more cost effective to rent a photocopier that can also simultaneously function as a fax machine, scanner and printer.

Cost of renting vs buying a photocopier

It would be reasonable to assume that buying a photocopier would work out cheaper in the long run. As it happens, that isn’t strictly true. Let’s take a look:


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You can buy a cheap photocopier for around £200, but such a basic model is only really suitable for home offices or individuals.

More powerful photocopiers that can handle high volumes (40,000+ pages per month) start at around £1,000 but can cost in excess of £20,000 for truly top-end models.

Let’s compare that to the cost of leasing:

A standard, black and white photocopier will cost around £25 per month to rent. This includes maintenance and toner costs.

With a five year contract, that amounts to:

£25 x 60 = £1,500 total investment.

To buy this machine outright, you’d pay around £800, which seems a lot cheaper. However when you take into account the extra costs:

£800 + (£210 of cartridges per year x 5 years) + £200 likely repair costs = £2,050 total investment.

The graph below shows the expenditure for each option over five years:

Photocopier cost analysis

This investment analysis over a five year period is proof that buying isn’t always best.

In order to make buying a machine worthwhile in this time frame, you’d have to use half the expected amount of toner (ie. one to two cartridges), and hope the machine didn’t have any faults. Sure, it’s possible – but renting is a more cost-effective and less stressful option. Read on for more benefits.

Leased Machine Photocopying A4 Page

5 Benefits of renting a photocopier

Renting a photocopier is not only a cheap option (as demonstrated above), but it has a host of other benefits:

Flexible contracts

Big project coming up? Only need a copier for a few months? A few weeks? No problem. The main advantage of renting a photocopier is the flexibility to choose how long you have it for.

Freedom to change models

Business booming and need an upgrade? Get in touch with your supplier. New paperless processes mean you need to downgrade? Get in touch with your supplier. Renting a photocopier gives you the flexibility to change models as your business changes. We can put you in touch with trusted suppliers that will help your business stay flexible. Fill in this short form to get quotes tailored to you.

Fast and free delivery, installation and training

Most suppliers will offer complementary installation and training as standard, so you can get up and running quickly and stress-free.

Service, maintenance and supplies are included

Your monthly service fee should include both maintenance and toner costs, and if your machine breaks, it’s the supplier’s responsibility to fix.

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Tailored payment plans

When you rent a photocopier, it’s easy to budget for the cost. There shouldn’t be any unexpected charges, which is the risk with buying a machine outright.

What type of copies do you need?

Renting vs. leasing a photocopier: what’s the difference?

The words renting and leasing are often used interchangeably, but in fact they mean slightly different things.

Renting generally involves a short term, month-to-month rolling contract. Leasing generally involves paying less each month, but committing to a longer contract (one to five years).

Photocopier rental contracts: things to keep in mind

Photocopier leasing and tax efficiency

By leasing a photocopier, you’ll reduce your tax bill. Payments are 100% tax deductible as a business expense.

Buying a photocopier is also tax deductible, but at 40% in the first year and 25% the year after.

Double check unusually low photocopier rental costs

Everyone loves finding a good deal, but be wary of quotes that seem too good to be true. Always read the small print. Often a much larger deposit is required to achieve the stated rate.

Photocopier rental maintenance charges

Maintenance charges are separate from rental agreements as it’s normally paid on a ‘cost per copy’ basis, which starts from as little as 0.005p per copy.

When looking at maintenance charges, check whether there is a minimum billing amount that you need to pay regardless of how many copies you’ve made that month.

Top 5 cheapest office photocopiers to rent

These photocopiers are reliable, no-frills options for businesses with low printing needs:

Brother DCP-9020CDW

Brother DCP-9020CDW

This is a compact three-in-one copier, printer and scanner. It produces great quality printouts, and is robust and reliable. This is a great all-round option for a business with low volume needs.

Print Speed18ppm
Paper Capacity250sheets
ConnectivityWireless, USB, Wired Network
Size (w x h x d)602mm x 565mm x 534mm

Canon i-SENSYS MF3010

Canon i-SENSYS MF3010

This highly energy-efficient model is ideal for home offices or very small businesses. It has an all-in-one cartridge containing all the toner, drum and cleaning units. This makes it quick to clean, and reliable.

Print Speed18ppm
Paper Capacity150 sheets
Size (w x h x d)372mm x 254mm x 276mm

Dell Colour MFP E525w

Dell Colour MFP E525w

This is a four in one machine (copy, print, scan, fax) that champions versatility and value. You can easily connect to wifi, or via the USB portal, and can even print straight from your smartphone or tablet.

Print Speed18ppm
Paper Capacity150 sheets
ConnectivityWireless, USB
Size (w x h x d)561mm x 520mm x 549mm

HP Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One

HP Officejet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One

This is an ergonomic copier that uses inkjet technology. This claims to halve printer costs (compared to laser). The machine itself is very small, so perfect for offices with limited space. It can print remotely, although reviews suggest this isn’t always as simple as it could be.

Print Speed21ppm
Paper Capacity500 sheets
ConnectivityWireless, USB, Wired Network
Size (w x h x d)569mm x 518mm x 377mm

Xerox WorkCentre 6025

Xerox WorkCentre 6015

This is one of the more modest offerings in the Xerox portfolio, but still stands tall in terms of features and quality. Businesses looking for a high-volume copier should look at a more hi-spec model, but this one is a great fuss-free choice for smaller businesses.

Print Speed12ppm
Paper Capacity160 sheets
ConnectivityUSB, Wifi
Size (w x h x d)410mm x 318mm x 439mm

Top 5 high-volume office photocopiers to rent

These are much more sophisticated photocopiers, and will be able to cope with the most demanding office environments:

Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7280i II

Canon imageRUNNER ADVANCE C7280i

This award-winning Canon machine promises unrivalled volume capacity and quality printing. It’s energy efficient with advanced security capabilities and easy cloud integration. In short, it’ll do everything you want it to – and probably a whole lot more!

Print Speed70ppm
Paper Capacity9,300 sheets
FunctionalityPrint/Copy/Scan/Optional Fax
ConnectivityUSB, Wired Network
Size (w x h x d)689mm x 1,220mm x 941mm

Konica bizhub C754

Konica bizhub C754

The Konica bizhub C754 is a high volume, multi-function photocopier. Konica Minolta‘s unique colour technology means this machine offers excellent quality at high volumes. You can also connect it to office servers and provide detailed metric and account tracking for all users.

Print Speed75ppm
Paper Capacity3,650 sheets
ConnectivityUSB, Wired network, (Optional Wireless)
Size (w x h x d)650mm x 1155mm x 799mm

Lexmark CX860DTFE

Lexmark CX860DTFE

This is another very fast-printing yet economical photocopier. High-yield colour ink cartridges help to cut costs, while fast print speeds and a high-volume paper cartridge keeps you printing for longer. It has an advanced touchscreen that behaves much like a tablet.

Print Speed57ppm
Paper Capacity4,500 sheets
ConnectivityUSB, Wired Network
Size (w x h x d)762mm x 1380mm x 830mm

Sharp MX-M950

Sharp MX-M950

If you’re after serious speed, the Sharp MX-M950 might be just what you’re looking for. This copier was made for the most demanding office environments, and has a large 80GB internal hard-drive – ideal for remote printing.

Print Speed95ppm
Paper Capacity8,050 sheets
Size (w x h x d)1031mm x 1518mm x 771mm

Xerox WorkCentre 7855

Xerox WorkCentre 7855

The Xerox WorkCentre 7855 is a reliable, multifunctional photocopier that is perfect for medium to large businesses. Capable of printing crisply finished documents at high speeds, the WorkCentre 7855 is a great office addition.

Print Speed55ppm
Paper Capacity2,180 sheets
FunctionalityPrint/Copy/Scan/Optional Fax
ConnectivityUSB, Wired network, (Optional Wireless)
Size (w x h x d)640mm x 1150mm x 700mm

▶ Find out more: UK Business Photocopier Reviews 2019

Next steps: how to get your photocopier

If you’re interested in buying or leasing a photocopier for your business, fill in this short form. A member of the Expert Market team will get in touch to discuss the best options for you, and will then get you tailored quotes from up to four trusted suppliers.

Do you need to rent a printer rather than a photocopier? If your business is unlikely to need to make many (or any) copies, you’ll be best off looking at leasing an A3 laser printer instead. Some of these models can photocopy as well, but it makes sense to make a choice based on its printing capabilities first and foremost.

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