Labeled items are easier to store, organize, and find. Many people choose to label everything because they want to keep their things in order and easily reachable at all times. If you want to label your kitchen containers, your closet, or your papers and make them easier to find, you will need a label maker that can deliver instant labels. The best units can also be used for industrial purposes, being greatly efficient in labeling all sorts of things.
|1. Brady BBP31||2. DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo||3. Epson LabelWorks LW-300||4. Brother P-Touch PT-D210||5. DYMO LetraTag LT-100H Plus|
|Size||9.5 in H x 12 in W x 10.25 in D||5.27 in. H x 5 in. W x 7.36 in. D||5.9 in H x 5.7 in W x 2.2 in D||6.2 in H x 5.9 in W x 2.7 in D||8.3 in H x 3.1 in W x 2.6 in D|
|Weight||18.1 lbs||3.5 lbs||14 oz.||1.1 lbs||1 lbs|
|Printing Method||Thermal Transfer||Thermal Transfer||Thermal Transfer||Thermal Transfer||Thermal Transfer|
|Printing Speed||3” per second||71 labels per minute||N/A||20 mm per second||N/A|
|Maximum Resolution||300 dpi||300 dpi||180 dpi||180 dpi||N/A|
|Number of Fonts||5||N/A||14||14||5|
|Number of Symbols||247||N/A||300||617||195|
|Number of Styles||N/A||N/A||10||10||15|
|Printing Width||1/2″ to 4″||N/A||1/2”||3.5 to 12 mm||1/2”|
|Number of Lines per Label||2||4||2||2||2|
|Built-in Tape Cutter|
|Power Source||AC power or AAA batteries (not included)||AC power||AAA batteries (not included)||AC power (optional) or AAA batteries (not included)||AC power (optional) or AAA batteries (not included)|
|20-second material changeover||Included DYMO Stamps software to print USPS-approved postage||Seven languages available||Horizontal Printing||Auto power off|
|No calibration required||Specialty prints||Mirror Printing||Low battery indicator|
|Prints on 16 different materials||Text Framing||Three languages available|
|Four languages available||Multi-copy Printing|
|Print Preview||Color Printing|
|System Compatibility||N/A||iOS, Windows|
|Warranty||5 years||2 years||1 year||1 year||3 years|
|Package Contents||Printer, Power Cord, USB Cable, Drivers CD, Stylus, Cleaning Kit, Cutter Cleaning Tool, Quick Start Guide and Documentation Holder||LabelWriter 450 Label Printer, Address Labels Starter Roll, Adapter, Power Cable, USB Cable, and Quick Start Guide for PC and Mac||LW-300 Label Printer, ~½” (12 mm) Black on White LC sample tape cassette, User’s Guide, and Warranty Card||Printer, One 0.47″ (12mm) x 13.1′ (4m) Black on White laminated “TZe” starter tape, User’s Manual||LetraTag Printer, Mountable Magnetic Holder, 1/2 White Paper Label Cassette, 1/2Clear Plastic Label Cassette, Instruction Manual and Warranty Card.|
What mainly makes labels useful is the way they help you sort, arrange, and find things when you need them. Clutter is awful and once it takes over the pantry, the office, or the closet, it’s hard to get rid of it. Children tend to misplace their things and adults can also make a mess while trying to organize their stuff. Labeled boxes can help you put all your things in order so that you will always know what’s inside a box without having to take a look inside it. You can sort your clothes, your paperwork, your personal items, things you rarely use, and put them in boxes that will say what each of them contains.
Things that don’t go in boxes can also be labeled so it will be easier for you to find or use them. For example, you can put a label on a switch so you won’t press the wrong one again, or you can label the phone chargers to make sure you use the right charger with each device you own. Power cables can also be labeled to make it easier for you to plug and unplug the right one.
In the kitchen, you will probably use the labeler very often to sort your spices and all your ingredients. Most machines use paper but there are some that can write on plastic so you can make water-resistant and fade-resistant labels that you can sore in the cabinets or in the freezer to prevent clutter. If you label jars and casseroles, you can even wash them and the labels won’t be damaged.
You can use the labeling machine for fun projects as well. It can be used for scrapbooks, gift tags, crafts, and message cards that you can use in many ways. A plethora of DIY projects involve a label maker. Another great thing about a good label printer is that it can label addresses that you can use for your mail. The best ones also label barcodes that can be very helpful at work.
The more styles, symbols, and fonts a printer has, the better because you will be able to write anything you want on your labels. As such, look for models with a generous keyboard and plenty of symbols, frames, and patterns that will help you decorate your labels.
You wouldn’t want to wait forever for a label to be ready so it’s important to find a printer that is fast and prompt. The ones we have reviewed have a very quick response to commands and can print at high speeds, like 3” per second. Also, it’s best to look for a printer that can make multiple copies and can memorize a certain label, thus making it easier for you to print at a future time.
You might need to print larger labels at some point so it’s best to look for a printer that can write more than one line per label. The best models can print even 4 lines so you can make more detailed tags, but most of the models you will find can print 2 lines per label, which should do it.
This can also be an important feature because it will allow you to use the label machine in any situation. Those that only work with a power cord are not portable so you won’t be able to use them anywhere you need, while printers that work solely on batteries could run out of power at any time. Therefore, the best choice is a combination of the two power sources that will guarantee you will be able to take your printer anywhere with you.
Usually, printers use ink or toner to print a writing or an image on a piece of paper. The printers nowadays use a thermal transfer printing method that is actually a digital technology that involves melting a ribbon coating on a piece of material so that it will stay glued to it. It’s a very resistant method that ensures the resulted labels will not fade away in time. For added durability, label makers that use thermal transfer laminate the material, be it paper or plastic, so that the printed image will last even more.
Although not essential for the proper operating of the printer, the possibility to connect it to a computer extends its range of use. First of all, you can use it faster and in a much easier manner. Secondly, you can print labels directly from PC programs like Word or Excel. The best labeling machines are the ones that can be connected to a computer but also work as standalone printers so they are easily portable.
We looked for devices that offered a wide range of writing options, starting with a variety of materials to print on. Our top choice, the Brady BBP31, can print on over 16 different materials, including paper, plastic, reflective tape, or iron-on tape. The extended range of materials followed by a plethora of symbols and styles are what make the printer truly useful and functional.
Aside from the printer itself, you will also need some additional equipment and it’s always best to get it in the package so you won’t have to spend any more money afterward. This is why we looked for printers that come with all the necessary accessories like printing tapes, software CD’s, cables, and user manuals.
The more money you pay for a printer, the longer you wish to be protected by the warranty so it’s vital to look for a product designed by a manufacturer that stands behind it. We chose products that come with warranties ranging from 5 years to 1 year. This way, we could be certain that the purchase was warranted by a prompt customer service for a very long time.