Kyocera vs Canon Copiers (Ratings + Reviews)

Submitted by Daniel Gray on Wed, 06/ 19/ 19 - 11: 25 AM

Kyocera vs Canon Copiers


Kyocera and Canon copiers are machines created by two great brands. Canon is the traditional staple, but Kyocera has made improvements each year to create products that can be great in quality, as well. So, with two strong options, how do you pick? This article will rate and review the top four Canon copiers and their Kyocera counterparts so that you can make an informed decision.

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How We Created the SOS Copier Ratings Formula
Best Canon Copier Review
Best Kyocera Copier Review
Copier Service

As one of the largest Canon copier dealers in the country, I will admit that we could seem biased in a review of our products vs a competitor. But we are in the business of helping people (current customers, future customers, and people just seeking information), so we partnered with Buyers Lab, again, to create a fair and accurate review of both brands.

Buyers Lab is a third-party company that tests copiers and printers for a variety of considerations that are important to buyers. Our review uses that same data to compare the four most popular Canon machines our company sells with their Kyocera counterparts. 

Let the chips fall where they may...

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How We Created the SOS Copier Ratings Formula

Our goal in this article is to provide as much transparency as possible. This means we aren't going to place a generic number next to each copier rated and expect you to not care about how we came up with that number.

The SOS Copier Ratings Formula looks like this:

(R + IQ + EU + S + F) / 5 = SOS Copier Rating

Our formula is not a one-size fits all. In this formula, every feature is equally balanced. For example, if it's incredibly important that you spend as little downtime as possible (because all copiers will eventually need service), then you may want to create your own formula where "reliability" carries more weight.

Here is what each metric represents:

Reliability (R) - If your machine isn't working, it doesn't mater how great the image quality or the features are. Machines with high reliability ratings lower indirect costs as they eliminate time employees might spend waiting at an overcrowded machine, or worse, not being able to print, scan, or fax at all.

It is important to note that reliability can also be exaggerated or improved based on the dealer and service a company chooses (but more on that later).

Image Quality (IQ) - An important factor for some but not for all. A print shop, media, or advertising company may place more importance on this category over a CPA or legal department who needs their copier for more administrative work. 

Ease-of-Use (EU) - Is the machine easy to navigate? Is its layout and features (including how to access them) intuitive from the display screen? If there is an issue with the copier like a misfeed/paper jam, does it display helpful instructions on how to resolve the issue?

Security (S) - Hackers and social engineers relentlessly try new tactics to breach a company's network, but just because most cyber criminals target victims outside their home country doesn't mean you can rest easy. With 4,000 security breaches every day in our country, protecting every device connected to your network is important, including your copier.

Social engineers (particularly in the healthcare industry) look for unlocked copiers that make easy targets. A simple, rogue flash drive placed in a copier can create havoc on a network.

Features (F) - Features are nice -- but they aren't everything. Being able to easily sort receipts in a single scan is a great option for individuals in an admin department, but is it worth paying more money if your copier is for the service department? 

Depending on your business needs, a copier that can do everything under the sun may not be necessary.

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Best Canon Copier Review 

Canon copiers have proven to be the most reliable machines on the market, today. The Canon corporation has made reliability and performance a key differentiator, so you may find that there are certain features lacking on the machine or that the price is a bit higher when compared to other brands.

Still, the Canon brand is a consistent industry award winner and market leader, so they must be doing something right:

Canon imageRUNNER Advance C5535i III (color)

Market Entry Year: February 2019Canon imageRUNNER Advance c5535i III
35 ppm
37-3/8" x 24-3/8" x 29-1/4"

Our most popular Canon machine sold to businesses that includes features like HDD encryption, Universal Login Manager, Remote Operator's Software Kit, and more. Designed to reduce maintenance costs and downtime, with long-life drums, high-capacity toner cartridges and a waste toner container that is 3x larger than its predecessor. 


  • Exceptional reliability that reduces downtime
  • Quick first-print time increases productivity
  • Comprehensive security systems ensure sensitive documents are protected


  • Inaccurate paper status is displayed unless the driver is refreshed
  • Utilities installed independently and one-by-one
Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 8.5 8.5 10 10

Total Score: 9.4/10

Canon imageRUNNER Advance 4545i III (black & white)

Market Entry Year: February 2019Canon imageRUNNER Advance 4545i III
45 ppm
47" x 23-1/8" x 29-1/8"

A dependable A3-sized copier, this Canon is a good choice for mid-to large-sized workgroups. Additionally, you can expect fast print times for short-run documents, fast duplex scan speeds, and fast first-copy out times. This allows your employees to accomplish tasks more efficiently and not waste time waiting for copy jobs to finish.


  • Print jobs move quickly with fast duplex scanning and small color scan file sizes
  • Quick first-copy time so you don't have to wait long for the machine to warm-up
  • Above average hard drive capacity allows for more print job storage


  • Utilities installed independently and one-by-one
  • Scan/copy previews don't support onscreen editing
  • Below average standard paper capacity support
Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
9 7.5 8.5 10 6.5

Total Score: 8.3/10

Canon imageRUNNER Advance C3530i III (color)

Market Entry Year: February 2019Canon imageRUNNER Advance C3530i III
 30 ppm
45-1/5" x 22-1/4" x 29-1/4"

This compact machine includes a number of benefits that make it great for medium-sized workgroups. This is one of the highest rated machines when it comes to durability, which means your machine is up and running longer, making your employees more efficient. Additional features include user-replaceable toners and drums and a strong ease-of-use rating. Where it may lack in some features, this machine makes-up in uptime.


  • Quick first-print time from daytime sleep mode
  • Print jobs move quickly with fast scan speeds and small color scan file sizes to increase productivity
  • Flawless reliability and easy routines to replace consumables increase uptime, greatly.  


  • Below average speeds for printing in color
  • Utilities are installed one-by-one, independent of the drivers
Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 8.5 8.5 10 6.5

Total Score: 8.7/10

Canon imageRUNNER Advance C7570i III (color)

Market Entry Year: February 2019Canon ImageRUNNER Advance C7570i III
 70 ppm
48" x 27-1/8" x 37-1/8"

If you need a production level printer with outstanding reliability and performance, it doesn't get much stronger than this Canon. At 70 pages per minute, this machine is ideal for large offices or internal print departments. Downtime is minimal on this machine and its simple procedure for replacing consumables like toner, staples, paper, and more, deliver maximum uptime and increase efficiency. It's difficult to find a color printer with this kind of speed and reliability. 


  • Maximum uptime can be expected due to exceptional reliability
  • Fully customizable control panel allows you to streamline daily tasks 
  • Robust and comprehensive security features protect sensitive documents which meets
  • regulations and builds customer and employee trust


  • Scan to email lacks the ability to store common extensions/domains as one-touch keys (though does allow the storage of addresses)
  • Print from and scan to flash drives doesn't auto-populate when device is inserted into machine


Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 8.5 8.5 10 9

Total Score: 9.2/10

Best Kyocera Copier Review

Kyocera TASKalfa 3553ci (color)

Kyocera TASKalfa 3553ciMarket Entry Year: February 2019
Speed: 35 ppm
Dimensions: 31.1" x 23.7" x 26.18"

A highly reliable machine and overall strong choice. Only one misfeed was noted during a test period of 225,000 impressions/paper feeds. High yields for drums and developer mean downtime is very minimal. The out-of-date display (including not supporting a quick menu or swipe feature) is made up by exceptional uptime, reliability, and good security. Usability is good overall with an intuitive control panel.


  • Higher than average standard memory allows for faster processing of print jobs
  • Fast first-print times
  • Scan speeds are some of the fastest in this class of machine


  • Print jobs in color ran below average in speed
  • Below average hard drive capacity
Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 8 8 9 8.5

Total Score: 8.7/10

Kyocera TASKalfa 5003i (black & white)

Kyocera TASKalfa 5003iMarket Entry Year: February 2019
Speed: 50 ppm
Dimensions: 31.1" x 23.7" x 26.18"

Great reliability and good security. This machine boasts some great features, like being able to print from anywhere with mobile printing, individual user display customization, and simple to use feedback for misfeed removal. These positives will more than likely make up for some of the missed features and slightly lower image quality when compared with the higher end of its peers. A great machine for general office environments that need a device capable of holding up to above average workloads. 


  • Higher than average memory allow for print jobs to be processed more quickly
  • Fast first-copy times out of warm-up
  • Above average maximum paper capacity 


  • Scan and copy previews do not support onscreen editing or page deletion
  • Below average hard drive capacity 
Reliability Image Quality Ease of Use Security Features
10 8 8 9 8.5

Total Score: 8.7/10

Kyocera ECOSYS M8130cidn (color)

Kyocera ECOSYS M8130cidnMarket Entry Year: December 2017
Speed: 30 ppm
Dimensions: 29.6" x 23.2" x 23.2"

This is the direct competitor with the Canon imageRUNNER Advance C3530i III, however, Buyer's Lab has yet to test this series of machines. This light-weight machine is an easy to install option for small offices or workgroups. The Kyocera ECOSYS line is well-known for its eco-friendly approach to toner replacement, allowing for just the toner bottle to be removed, replaced, and recycled. Other benefits of this machine include:

  • Easy-to-use full-color touchscreen panel
  • Long-life components 
  • HyPAS solution platform that enables a high level of customization

Total Score: NR


**It should be noted that there is not a comparable Kyocera model to the Canon imageRUNNER Advance C7570i III production printer.

Copier Service

Hopefully, you have a better idea of the strengths and weaknesses of some of the most popular Canon and Kyocera products on the market, today. Both Kyocera and Canon products have outstanding reliability, but it's important to choose a copier dealer that has an equally great reputation for service.

A highly reliable machine with poor service becomes a very mediocre machine, because every machine requires service at some point. It's important to also understand the difference between copier dealers and manufacturers before making a decision on who to do business with.

Now that you better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular Canon and Kyocera models, you're prepared to begin a conversation with your local dealer. The next step is to make sure you understand how to choose a local copier dealer as well as determining which copier features are the most important to your business goals.

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Posted by Daniel Gray


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