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Choosing the best paper for home or office printing

Choosing the best paper for home or office printing

What’s the best printer paper for everyday use? Nothing fancy, or specialised; just an affordable, good quality paper that will produce reliable results, with printed text and images that will impress your clients, teachers or staff.

Fortunately, there are a number of well-priced multi-purpose papers on the South African market, especially designed for consistently good printing and photocopying results.

Here’s what to look out for.


Paper manufactured for printing and copying is designed to be extra smooth. That’s not just for aesthetic reasons. Smoother paper will run more efficiently through printers and copiers, so you don’t have to worry about annoying, time-consuming paper jams.


Printer paper with a high whiteness will produce good contrast printed black text, which is great for readability.

High whiteness will also result in more outstanding printed images.


If you’re planning on producing double-sided prints, opacity is particularly important.

If the paper is too translucent, the image or text printed on one side will be visible on the reverse side.

Peters Paper is South Africa’s biggest paper distributor. If you’ve used printer paper, it was probably distributed by us. Check out our comprehensive range of paper products to find the perfect paper for your next project. Or give us a shout and we’ll help you find the right paper for the job.

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