Best Label Makers

Last update December 30, 2016
Do you need to organize your working or home space? Or you're just looking for a machine to print labels for industrial purposes? Choose the one from this list of best label makers and you'll be pleased with results! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
EXTRAS
MAXIMUM LABEL WIDTH
PRINT SPEED
POWER SOURCE
PC CONNECTION
RESOLUTION
MATERIAL
PRINT TECHNOLOGY
BEST FOR
 
PROS
The model is shock-proof thanks to tough rubber bumpers. Magnetic case and a strap provide hands-free operation.
CONS
ABC keyboard might seem a bit inconvenient in comparison to familiar QWERTY.
OUR VERDICT
Due to the ability to work in tough conditions, this label maker can become a perfect assistant for electricians, installation personnel, and industrial enterprises.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Portable
EXTRAS
LCD display, ABC keyboard, Shock-proof design, Ergonomic cutter, Label grabber, Multi-Line Print, Single color printing, 6 font sizes, Auto shut-off
MAXIMUM LABEL WIDTH
0.75"
PRINT SPEED
0.4 in/sec
POWER SOURCE
6 AA batteries
PC CONNECTION
No
RESOLUTION
203 dpi
MATERIAL
Self-laminating wire markers, Cable flags, All-purpose vinyl, Nylon cloth, Polyester, Polypropylene
PRINT TECHNOLOGY
Thermal transfer
BEST FOR
Wire marking, Circuit board labeling, Panel identification, General and industrial labeling
PROS
This device lets you create labels of texts in numerous programs. If the gadget doesn't work for some period of time, it shifts to a sleep mode thereby reducing energy consumption.
CONS
The model lacks the function of auto cutter.
OUR VERDICT
Taking into account high efficiency of this gadget, it will be an ideal option if there is ever a need for products' inventory.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Desktop
EXTRAS
60 styles and sizes of labels, Works with Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Outlook, QuickBooks and other programs
MAXIMUM LABEL WIDTH
2.35"
PRINT SPEED
1.18 in/sec
POWER SOURCE
Power cord
PC CONNECTION
USB
RESOLUTION
300 dpi
MATERIAL
Labels, Thermal paper
PRINT TECHNOLOGY
Direct thermal
BEST FOR
Shipping and Mailing Labels, Assets and Barcoding, Files, Name Badges, Price Tags
PROS
Thanks to TZe tapes, all printed texts and pictures are protected from external hazards by a thin layer of a transparent film.
CONS
Batteries don't provide long working time, as opposed to AC adapter.
OUR VERDICT
If you need a label printer to use in the office, this particular model will suit you best due to its compatibility with numerous operating systems.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Desktop
EXTRAS
Auto shut-off, Auto cutter, Vertical printing, Mirror printing, Database printing, Barcoding
MAXIMUM LABEL WIDTH
0.94"
PRINT SPEED
1.18 in/sec
POWER SOURCE
AC adapter (AD-E001) or 6 AA batteries
PC CONNECTION
USB
RESOLUTION
180 dpi
MATERIAL
Extra strength adhesive tape, Flexible tape, Iron-on tape, Laminated tape, Non-laminated tape
PRINT TECHNOLOGY
Thermal transfer
BEST FOR
Workplace labeling; Wires, cables, uniforms and linens identifying
PROS
The rechargeable battery pack provides long working hours without a power supply, and the large display allows for labels preview. All this makes this model extremely comfortable in use.
CONS
Letters on the display aren't big enough.
OUR VERDICT
Dymo 280 label maker will suit those who are looking for a versatile device capable of working with both, usual tapes and flexible nylon labels.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Portable
EXTRAS
QWERTY keyboard, Water resistance, 7 fonts, 6 font sizes, Large LCD display, Auto shut-off
MAXIMUM LABEL WIDTH
0.5"
PRINT SPEED
0.59 in/sec
POWER SOURCE
Rechargeable battery pack
PC CONNECTION
USB
RESOLUTION
180 dpi
MATERIAL
Self-adhesive label tapes (vinyl, polyester, nylon)
PRINT TECHNOLOGY
Thermal transfer
BEST FOR
Files and Binders, Home organization, Wires labeling
PROS
Thanks to small lead margins, it is possible to save printing material. Moreover, built-in memory allows printing out one of the last 30 labels.
CONS
The process of label printing is a bit time consuming.
OUR VERDICT
This label maker will meet the needs of a small shop perfectly where a price label printing is essential.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Portable
EXTRAS
LCD display, Mirror printing, Vertical printing, QWERTY keyboard, 14 fonts, 10 font styles
MAXIMUM LABEL WIDTH
0.5"
PRINT SPEED
0.24 in/sec
POWER SOURCE
Power cord or 6 AAA batteries
PC CONNECTION
No
RESOLUTION
180 dpi
MATERIAL
Standard, Black and transparent, Strong adhesive tapes
PRINT TECHNOLOGY
Thermal transfer
BEST FOR
Files, Storage bins, Household items, Clothing, Scrapbooking

What Is It

It often happens that people don't have time to organize their lives in a proper way - we are always in a hurry and like to postpone really important things. Nevertheless, from now on, there is a chance to put things in order no matter where you are. Label Makers are devices used for printing barcodes, pictures or texts on a special self-adhesive tape or another material. They are irreplaceable in commercial, industrial, warehouse and haulage operations. Label makers can also be used at home for other purposes. A lot of customers use them for marking foodstuff items, furniture, packages and so on. As you can see, they are very handy devices with multi-purpose functionality. Keep on reading and make your choice!

For business purposes, you may also be interested in Receipt Printers, more professional equipment used to print out receipts at shops. 

What To Look For

Type

Considering the type of label maker, there are two types - portable and desktop. Portable label makers are small in size, they aren't as efficient as those used in commercial enterprises, yet, they are best suitable for consumers who need to process a low volume of products and who often travel from one place to another. Desktop label makers ought to be connected to PC. They can produce a big amount of labels and they support editing options. This is one of the main reasons why they are frequently bought for business purposes. Speaking about printing technology, thermal transfer print is more widespread nowadays. Its popularity is determined by a high print speed and resistance to light, warmth, wear and tear. There is also a thermal technology which is more economical than thermal transfer print. However, it is compatible with less number of printing materials.

Performance

This significant feature is determined by several factors.

  • Printing speed will tell you the number of printed labels. Modern label makers can produce from 0.24 to 1.18 inches of text/picture/barcode per second. Thus, the higher the speed is, the more labels per day you can make.
  • Tape width varying from 0.5" to 2.35" determines the number of lines you can type on a label, meaning overall printer's usability.
  • Resolution is of vital importance too since it determines the clarity of printed text or picture.

Extras

Having considered the main features of your future-to-be device, pay attention to additional characteristics. Those who want to purchase a portable model may be interested in a full-sized keyboard and a display in order to create labels directly on a device. To make labels look even better, make sure that your chosen device has a built-in auto cutter. The ability to change margins will allow you to print more text on a label and save printing materials. If you constantly need to change label design, you should look for one with graphics editing options. Some models can save label drafts to internal memory. This function may come in helpful if you've got no option to print out your drafts immediately and want to do so later on. The choice is vast, so keep your eyes open.

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Review of Brady BMP21-PLUS Handheld Label Printer

Brady BMP21-PLUS Handheld Label Printer

Brady BMP21-PLUS Handheld Label Printer

Perfect Safety! Best Quality!

BMP21-PLUS is a universal thermal transfer printer which allows you to perform numerous tasks concerning labeling of electrical and telecommunication equipment, processing systems, and data transmission tools. The device has a rugged design and is made of high-quality materials. Moreover, rubber bumpers on the sides prevent the device from damage in case of falls. Such characteristics make the tool a perfect assistant if you need to work in tough conditions. What is more, the size and the body make it possible to hold the device in one hand without discomfort. However, if you want to have a break and don’t need to use the device for some time (or you need to work with two hands), it is possible to attach this label maker to a metal surface with the help of magnetic holder. You should also be aware of the fact that this label maker meets MIL-STD-810G military standard and, thus, can be used even in the military sphere.

Review of Brady BMP21-PLUS Handheld Label Printer

World-beater

Brady is a world leader in the labeling equipment production. The main direction of Brady is product identification technologies for all industrial spheres. One should also point out the fact that the company invests heavily in customer needs research and tries to develop most modern conceptions so as to meet the requirements of clients all over the world. During almost hundred years of existence, Brady has been associated with high quality, trust, and reliability. Nowadays, the company provides their clients with numerous products including portable printers, thermal transfer printers, durable materials for both portable and desktop laser printers. Moreover, Brady is constantly working on the development of their own operating systems for devices. If you want to learn more about the company's history and its inventions, visit the official site.

Brady BMP21-PLUS Handheld Label Printer in the use

More Products to Consider

If you don't want to waste your time and money on changing batteries, you may be interested in buying a special Brady Battery to provide your device with additional power.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


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Brady BMP21-Plus Mobile Label Printer
Brady BMP21-PLUS Handheld Label Printer
Brady BMP21-PLUS Handheld Label Printer
 
Review of Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer

Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer

Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer

More Options

This desktop label printer is extremely efficient. The model is able to provide labels for a large warehouse. And if you need to mark some products before sending them to the shops, this device is an ideal option. Since the printer works being connected to the computer, you can create labels in special programs where you can not only type text but also process pictures, or use the patterns provided by the manufacturer. Using a special software, this label maker allows printing out labels from such popular programs as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Outlook, and QuickBooks. This software also lets you print out USPS-approved postage stamps without taxes or monthly subscription – the only thing you need is the Internet access. Due to thermal print which doesn't use ink, the printer is very economical. The popularity of Dymo Label Writer 450 is also conditioned by versatility of its application. For example, today post office workers cannot imagine their working day without using a label maker. On having none, they wouldn't be able to edit labels and create barcodes as easy as it's possible with one at hand.

Review of Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer

Did you know that...?

Barcode is a modern technology used to easily enter and retrieve a large volume of data from a small picture. The first barcode was invented on April 3, 1973. It was created to make the process of product record more convenient and automatic. Nowadays, every item you see in a shop has its own barcode, and information included there can be easily deciphered with a special scanner. The most wide-spread barcodes for coding are UPC-12 and EAN-13.

Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer in the use

More Products to Consider

As this label maker is good at barcode printing, one should think about buying a barcode scanner to have a full set for efficient work.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
DYMO LabelWriter 450 Turbo hands on review
Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer
Dymo LabelWriter 450 Turbo Thermal Label Printer
 
Review of Brother PT-P700 PC Connectable Label Maker

Brother PT-P700 PC Connectable Label Maker

Brother PT-P700 PC Connectable Label Maker

There is Nothing Easier than Label Printing

A lot of users who have never dealt with the process of label making think that it is a difficult time-consuming process that can be carried out only by people with special skills. However, those who had a chance to use Brother PT-P700 claim that there is nothing easier than label making. The first thing you need to do is connect the printer to your PC or Mac. After that, turn the printer on, type the text and print the label. As you can see, the procedure is very easy and anyone can use this device. One more pleasant advantage which adds points to the simplicity of use is a built-in cutter that allows cropping and editing labels. An important peculiarity of this label printer is that it can be used both at home and at work. All in all, the device easily copes with labeling of folders, documents, disks and USB cables.

Review of Brother PT-P700 PC Connectable Label Maker

Time-resistant Tape

The tapes used for printing labels are made in accordance with TZe technology. The idea of this technology is that the printed labels are covered with a transparent film which provides durability of tags. Thus, the labels created based on this technology are resistant to wear and tear and discoloration. Such labels can be damaged neither by heat nor by cold. They've also proved to be well resistant to water and even to some chemicals. At the same time, they easily stick to any surface. Such tapes provide labels of high quality where texts and pictures are clear and highly secured from outside hazards. Additionally, they contain less plastic than some of the tags made on other printers.

Brother PT-P700 PC Connectable Label Maker in the use

More Products to Consider

Brother PT-P700 label maker is able to print on color tapes. That's why customers also pay attention to these printing materials.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Brother PT-P700 Label Printer Unboxing Video / Review
Brother PT-P700 PC Connectable Label Maker
Brother PT-P700 PC Connectable Label Maker
 
Review of Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Hand-Held Label Maker

Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Hand-Held Label Maker

Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Hand-Held Label Maker

Versatility in Use

As we have already mentioned, there are two types of label makers - desktop printers that work when connected to the computer, and portable ones. However, the manufacturer of this gadget decided to create 2-in-1 model, using which you'll be able to print out labels in the way you like best. Consequently, if you want to make up a label on a printer, you can use its keyboard and display. If you'd like to make a label on the computer, this is even simpler. All you need to do is install a special application and after that, get to work. Using a computer for labeling is much more convenient. You'll never run out of sketches and patterns due to the broad choice. On the other hand, not everyone needs a stationary unit and will make more use out of a portable device. The obvious advantage of Dymo Label maker is that it combines functionality of both, giving users flexi options. The device boasts printing capacity of 10 copies at a time. This makes it suitable for delivering a large volume of labels.  

Review of Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Hand-Held Label Maker

Back to History

What would you think was the original date of first label maker emergence? Undoubtedly, most of you believe this device has been designed in a modern technological era. But historical facts prove different. You might be surprised to find out but the ancestors of modern labels were discovered on amphoras, bottles and pottery vessels in the ancient world and were used to mark the ingredients, their shelf life and producer. Those labels were made of leather or papyrus until 1880 when the first prototype of modern labels appeared. They were drawn by European artists to not only convey some information but also attract customers' attention. 

Only hundred years later, an Inkjet printer was introduced to the market. It drastically changed the whole process by reducing the time on label making a lot. Pretty soon inkjet printers were replaced by laser printers. Since these printers aren't very much expensive and affordable for most, today people use them for marking their possessions, devices and documents. 

Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Hand-Held Label Maker in the use

More Products to Consider

To make the process of transportation more convenient, we offer you to pay attention to Case Bag where you can also keep cartridges with printed labels.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


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Dymo Label Maker Review - Dymo Label Manager
Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Hand-Held Label Maker
Dymo LabelManager 280 Rechargeable Hand-Held Label Maker
 
Review of Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker

Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker

Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker

100% of Convenience

Despite its small size, this label maker suits most office needs where labeling is an essential and routine job. Contrary to most other devices of the kind, this one comes with a built-in QWERTY keyboard, using which you can customize editing options and make up a visually appealing label with an attractive design. The printer features an LCD display to monitor the typed piece of text. Some consumers find it rather small, but actually, we do believe it ought to be sufficient for capturing 2-line labels. It’s also possible to change the margins of labels, meaning significant reduction on costs and printing materials. But what we like best about this label maker is that it can be charged from both battery and the mains. This makes it a perfect portable companion on a road and a reliable assistant in the office.  

Review of Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker

Created to Make Life Easier

Have you ever mused upon the purpose of a label maker? If no, we’d gladly answer. The initial idea of producing a label maker was to arrange different items in order, helping people enhance efficiency of work and making things clearer. Wherever you go, you’ll find plenty of shelves stuck with folders, documents and discs that despite their importance quite often create a mess. To find the right item, it’s easy to spend a few hours and get despaired (in case of urgent need). To not let that happen, a label maker has been widely used worldwide. With a label stuck on the cover, all your items will be on display and within easy reach. A lot of dangerous items in industrial enterprises that may hazard to health are also labeled so that workers know that they need to be careful.

Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker in the use

More Products to Consider

If you use label maker in your office, think about purchasing Folder Set since it can help you put all your documents in order.

Detailed review of Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker

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BEST LABEL MAKER plus Epson LW-300 Review
Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker
Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker
 
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