Epson EcoTank ET-15000 Printer Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8.1
Reviewed Sep 22, 2020 at 08:22 am
Epson EcoTank ET-15000 Picture
7.9
Family
8.3
Small/Home Office
8.7
Student
8.6
Black & White
7.3
Casual Photo
Type All in One
Technology Inkjet
Wireless Yes
Color Yes
SuperTank
Yes

The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is a very good overall inkjet printer that has an incredible ink tank system. It has remarkably high color and black page yield, so you won't need to refill the ink tanks for a while, and even when you do, the replacement bottles are cheap. It performs similarly to other Epson EcoTank printers, and it can print on tabloid-size paper. It's well-built, and it has front and rear input trays with adjustable sliders for different paper sizes. Unfortunately, it has disappointing color accuracy, so it's not the best choice if you need accurate colors. It has both a flatbed and sheetfed scanner, but it doesn't support duplex scanning, so you have to manually flip double-sided documents when scanning.

Our Verdict

7.9 Family

The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is good for home use. It has a remarkably high page yield, so printing is cost-effective over time. It has a sheetfed and flatbed scanner, but it doesn't support duplex scanning. Unfortunately, it has disappointing color accuracy, and its photo printing quality is only decent.

Pros
  • Remarkably high page yield.
  • Sheetfed and flatbed scanner.
  • Decent photo printing quality.
Cons
  • Doesn't support duplex scanning.
  • Disappointing color accuracy.
8.3 Small/Home Office

Great for small offices. The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 has remarkably high color and black page yield. You won't have to worry about regularly refilling the ink tanks even if you print many pages every day. It has a sheetfed scanner, but it doesn't support duplex scanning. It prints black and white documents fairly fast, but it's slower with color pages.

Pros
  • Remarkably high page yield.
  • Sheetfed and flatbed scanner.
  • Well-built printer with a rear input tray.
Cons
  • Doesn't support duplex scanning.
8.7 Student

The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is excellent for students. Its page yield is remarkably high, so you won't have to worry about buying new ink bottles for a while. It has a flatbed and sheetfed scanner, making it easier to scan your textbooks or course packs. It doesn't have Bluetooth support, but you can still connect to it via Wi-Fi.

Pros
  • Remarkably high page yield.
  • Sheetfed and flatbed scanner.
  • Well-built printer with a rear input tray.
Cons
  • Doesn't support duplex scanning.
8.6 Black & White

Excellent for black and white printing. The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 has an incredibly high black page yield and, combined with the cheap cost of the ink bottles, printing is cost-effective over time. It prints black and white pages fairly fast. It prints double-sided pages, but sadly, its sheetfed scanner can't scan double-sided documents.

Pros
  • Remarkably high page yield.
  • Sheetfed and flatbed scanner.
  • Well-built printer with a rear input tray.
Cons
  • Doesn't support duplex scanning.
7.3 Casual Photo

The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is decent for casual photos. It has decent photo printing quality, but the image looks grainy and has a flat tone. The color accuracy is also disappointing, so it's not suggested if you need accurate colors. Thanks to its high page yield, printing photos is cost-effective over time.

Pros
  • Remarkably high page yield.
  • Decent photo printing quality.
Cons
  • Disappointing color accuracy.
  • Prints photos very slowly.
  • 7.9 Family
  • 8.3 Small/Home Office
  • 8.7 Student
  • 8.6 Black & White
  • 7.3 Casual Photo

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
7.5
Design
Build & Design Quality

The Epson ET-15000 has a good build quality. The plastic body feels solid, it's easy to see the ink levels, and the power cable is removable in case you need to replace it. The scanner lid stays up on its own, but it doesn't raise high enough to place thicker items like books. You need to raise the scanner glass to refill the ink tanks, which isn't very convenient. Sadly, the output tray gets in the way when you need to put paper in the input tray, and you need to properly align the paper in the input tray; otherwise, the printer won't detect it.

Design
Dimensions
Height 9.4" (24.0 cm)
Width 17.7" (45.0 cm)
Depth 14.0" (35.5 cm)
Weight
22.0 lbs (10.0 kg)

The Epson ET-15000 is bulky and takes up a good amount of space on a desk, and it's quite heavy.

7.5
Design
Display Screen
Display Screen Yes
Display Screen Size
2.6" (6.6 cm)
Touchscreen Yes

The Epson ET-15000 has a good display screen. The screen tilts vertically, so it's easy to see whether you're sitting or sitting. Sadly, the screen is a bit grainy, and visibility is reduced when viewing from the side. There are physical buttons on either side of the display for the Home and Info buttons. The menu is a bit laggy when going back to the home page, but other than that, it feels responsive.

Design
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Epson EcoTank 502 starter bottles:
    • 1x Black
    • 1x Cyan
    • 1x Magenta
    • 1x Yellow
  • User guide

9.5
Design
Cartridge
Photo Cartridge
No
Number Of Color Cartridges
3
Black Cartridge Model
T502 Black
Tested Black Page Yield
360.00 prints
Estimated Black Page Yield
6840 prints
Color Cartridge Model
T502 Multi-Color
Tested Color Page Yield
215.00 prints
Estimated Color Page Yield
4574 prints
Third Party Cartridge
No
High Yield Cartridge
No Cartridge
Drum Unit
No Drum Unit

The Epson ET-15000 has a remarkable supertank system. Like any of Epson's EcoTank printers, it uses four ink tanks that deliver a much higher page yield than a cartridge system. It has a higher black page yield than the Epson EcoTank ET-4760, which uses the same ink bottles, but has a slightly lower color page yield. You shouldn't need to worry about refilling the ink tanks for a while.

While you can technically fill the ink tanks with any third-party ink, we didn't try it and don't recommend it. Low-quality ink can damage the print heads, and, unlike standard inkjet printers, the ink can't be simply removed if there's a problem. Using third-party supplies can also void your warranty.

8.1
Design
Scanner
Scanner
Yes
Scan Flatbed
Yes
Scan Sheetfed
Yes
Automatic Document Feeder
Yes
Duplex Scanning
No
Scan Resolution
1200 DPI
Scan Color Depth
24 bit
Flatbed Scan Size
8.5" x 11"
Fax
Yes
Copy
Yes

The Epson ET-15000 has great scanning features. It has both a flatbed and sheetfed scanner, making it easier if you need to scan multiple pages in a row. Sadly, it doesn't support duplex scanning, so you need to manually flip pages if you want to scan double-sided documents.

Printing
10
Printing
Cost-Per-Print
Black Cartridge Price
19.99 US$
Color Cartridge Price
38.95 US$
Black Only Printing
0.003 US$/print
Color Printing
0.009 US$/print
Photo Printing
0.023 US$/print
Ink Subscription
No

The Epson ET-15000 has an extremely low cost-per-print. Due to the remarkably high page yield and cheap cost of the ink bottles, printing is cost-effective over time.

7.6
Printing
Printing Speed
Black Only Text Document
17 PPM
Color Document
7 PPM
Photo Printing Time
98.0 sec
First Page Out Time (Black Only)
10.3 sec
Duplex Printing
Automatic
Input Tray Capacity
250 pages

Good printing speed. The Epson ET-15000 prints black and white pages fairly quickly, but it's slower with color documents. Unfortunately, it takes a long time to print a photo. The input tray holds many pages, while the automatic document feeder holds 35 pages, and the rear input tray holds 20 pages.

5.9
Printing
Color Accuracy
Average Color dE
10.86

The Epson ET-15000 has disappointing color accuracy. It shouldn't be too much of an issue for regular, everyday printing, but it may be a problem if you rely on good color accuracy for work or school.

7.4
Printing
Photo Printing Quality
Borderless Printing
Yes

Decent photo printing quality. The photo is grainy and has a flat tone. There's also a blue tint on black objects.

Printing
Printing Size
Letter (8.5" x 11") Yes
Legal (8.5" x 14") Yes
Tabloid (11" x 17") Yes
A6 (105mm x 148mm) Yes
A5 (148mm x 210mm) No
A4 (210mm x 297mm) Yes
Photo (2" x 3") No
Photo (4" x 6") Yes
Photo (5" x 7") Yes

Unlike the Epson EcoTank ET-4760, the Epson ET-15000 can print tabloid-size paper using the rear input tray. The front input tray extends to hold one larger-size paper at a time, such as a legal-size paper.

Mobile App And Connectivity
8.0
Mobile App And Connectivity
Connectivity
Ethernet
Yes
USB Input To Computer
Yes
Bluetooth
No
Wi-Fi via Router
Yes
Wi-Fi Direct
Yes
External Storage Support
No
Apple AirPrint
Yes
Mopria Print Service
Yes

This printer has great connectivity options. You can connect to it either wired through an Ethernet connection or wireless via Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, you can't print directly from a USB drive or SD card.

10
Mobile App And Connectivity
Mobile App Print
Mobile App Yes
App Name Epson iPrint
iOS Yes
Android Yes
Photo (JPEG, PNG)
Yes
PDF
Yes
Microsoft Office Files
Yes
Text Files (TXT)
Yes
Webpages (HTML)
Yes

The Epson iPrint app is fantastic. It allows you to print, scan, and perform maintenance tasks directly from your phone. If you need to print a Microsoft Office or TXT file, the app first converts them through Google Drive into a PDF before printing. If your phone doesn't have Google Drive installed, you may get a message indicating that the document might not be displayed or printed correctly, but it still prints the document without any issues.

Compared to other printers

The Epson ET-15000 is a very good printer with a remarkably high page yield, just like most Epson EcoTank printers. However, it's only a slight upgrade over the cheaper Epson EcoTank ET-4760, and if you don't need to print on tabloid-sized paper, it's not worth the extra cost. Also see our recommendations for the best home printers, the best printers with cheap ink, and the best all-in-one printers.

Canon PIXMA G7020

The Canon PIXMA G7020 is a bit better than the Epson EcoTank ET-15000. The Canon has slightly better color accuracy, better photo printing quality, and feels better-built. However, the Epson has a higher page yield and prints pages much faster.

Epson EcoTank ET-4760

The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is slightly better than the Epson EcoTank ET-4760. Both printers use the same ink tank systems, resulting in remarkably high page yield. The only difference is that the ET-15000 has a rear input tray that supports tabloid-size paper, and it also has better photo printing quality. However, the ET-4760 has better color accuracy.

Epson EcoTank ET-2720

The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is better overall than the Epson EcoTank ET-2720. The ET-15000 is better-built, it has a sheetfed scanner, and prints pages much faster. It also has an Ethernet port and prints tabloid-sized paper. However, the ET-2720 takes less time to print photos.

Canon PIXMA iX6820

The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is much better than the Canon PIXMA iX6820. The Epson is all-in-one with a sheetfed and flatbed scanner. It also uses a supertank ink system, resulting in a much higher page yield. However, the Canon has better color accuracy and much better photo printing quality.

HP Smart Tank Plus 551

The Epson EcoTank ET-15000 is better than the HP Smart Tank Plus 551. The Epson is better-built with a display screen and sheetfed scanner, and it prints pages much faster. However, the HP has a much higher color page yield and it has much better color accuracy.

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