The Best Label Printers for 2019

Discover the best label printers for 2019 with pricing, features, and answers to common questions.

Updated on July 16th, 2019

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A label printer is a hand-held digital printer designed to print labels, barcodes, and receipts on self-adhesive paper, card, rolled stock, or tear sheet stock, which is used to identify and price items in shops. There are two types of label printers - direct thermal and thermal transfer label printers.

The 15 Best Label Printers for 2019:

Rank

Label Printer

List Price

1.

Brady BMP71 115157 BMP71 Label Printer

$1,246.00

2.

Printek 93182 FieldPro 530 Label Printer w/o battery

$624.00

3.

Testo 0554 0549 IR Thermal Printer with Wireless Infrared Interface

$271.15

4.

Brady BMP21-PLUS 139535 Handheld Label Printer

$99.00

5.

Garvey G1812-06001 Small Body One Line Labeler 1812-6 Layout #1601

$67.00

6.

Printek 93184 FieldPro 530 Wi-Fi Version Label Printer w/o Battery

$765.00

7.

Brady BMP21-LAB 139538 Handheld Label Printer

$99.00

8.

Brady BMP71-QC 115160 Label Printer with Quick Charger

$954.99

9.

Brady BMP41-KIT-VD 133673 Label Printer DataComm Starter Kit

$470.00

10.

SATO America WWCL00061T CL408NX High-Performance Thermal Printer

$2,690.00

11.

Brady BBP33-C 129961 Label Printer with Auto Cutter

$1,350.00

12.

Brady BMP51-KIT-GI 143456 Label Maker Starter Kit

$669.99

13.

Doran 63OPT23 Thermal Label Printer (Non-Washdown) and Printer Cable

$675.00

14.

Testo 0554 3100 Infrared Thermal Printer

$209.00

15.

Brady BBP33-SLIDEKIT 133468 Printer with Slide Label & Ribbon

$1,375.00

FAQs:

What is the best printer for shipping labels?

  • Rollo High-Speed Shipping Label Printer.
  • Zebra ZP 450 Direct Thermal Shipping Label Printer.
  • DYMO LabelWriter 4XL Thermal Shipping Label Printer.
  • Brother QL-820NWB Thermal Shipping Label Printer.
  • Brother QL-810W Ultra-Fast Thermal Shipping Label Printer.

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What is the best label printer for eBay?

The Rollo Thermal Label Heavy-Duty Printer is compatible with marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon, offering easy integration with major shipping label services.

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Do label printers use ink?

Most label printers undertake a process called direct thermal printing. They use labels made of a material that is coated with a chemical agent that reacts to heat. They blacken in the areas where the heat is applied to the chemical agent, turning the areas of the label black, resembling printed black ink.

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What do you use a label maker for?

  • Sticker printing.
  • Making tags.
  • Barcode labels.
  • Receipts.
  • Roll labels for food packaging, clothing, and other goods.

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Can I print labels on a regular printer?

The quality of label printing will depend on the compatibility of your labels and printers. You must ensure that the labels you buy are compatible with your printer. If you try to print laser labels with an inkjet printer or inkjet labels with a laser printer, you will get extremely low quality print. You could even damage your labels and your printer.

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What is a direct thermal label printer?

A direct thermal label printer applies heat to a surface being marked. They blacken in the areas where the heat is applied to a chemical agent, turning the areas of the label black, resembling printed black ink.

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Do thermal printers wear out?

Yes. As with all things, they they are susceptible to wear and tear, and will eventually experience damage. The first part of the thermal printer to need replacing is usually the thermal print heads, due to factors such as abrasion, electrostatic discharge, and residue buildup.

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What is the price range of a label printing machine?

Label printing machines range between $99.00 and $2,500.00 or more, depending on the type of machine and your label printing needs.

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What's the difference between a direct thermal and thermal transfer label printer?

Both direct thermal printers and thermal transfer label printers use a thermal printhead to apply heat to the surface of roll or card stock. A thermal transfer label printer applies heat to a ribbon made of wax or resin which melts onto the tag or paper surface to create an image, otherwise known as thermal transfer labels.

A direct thermal label machine, or thermal label printer, uses chemically treated, heat sensitive media that darkens when it passes under the thermal printhead. Direct thermal printers do not require ink, toner, or ribbon to work.

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How do I choose between direct thermal and thermal transfer label printers for custom label printing?

This depends on the volume of labels you require and your business needs. Most direct thermal printers are easy to use, and cost less than thermal transfer printers, inkjet and laser printers.

If you need to print simple barcode labels for temporary use, or receipts, we recommend going for a direct thermal printer. However, if you need to create more durable and stylish price tags or labels, a thermal transfer printer is best for your needs.

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Do I need to connect my label printer to a PC or desktop?

No, most label printers are wireless. WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled label printers allow you to easily print labels via your smartphone, PC, or tablet.

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Can a label maker print in different colors?

Yes and no. Direct thermal printers only print in black, while thermal transfer label printers are able to print in a wide range of colors.

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