The 8 Best Label Printers of 2020

Best Overall: Brother P-Touch Cube Plus PT-P710BT

What We Like
  • Bluetooth-enabled printer is lightweight and compact

  • Included label templates make it fast and easy to create labels in bulk

  • Software has a huge range of fonts and graphics to customize

What We Don't Like
  • Only works with label tapes, up to one inch in width

  • Leaves an automatic one-inch margin, resulting in wasted tape with each print

An overall great choice for label printing is the Brother P-Touch Cube Plus PT-P710BT. Lightweight and compact, this printer works perfectly for labeling around the home or in the office. Using one of Brother’s several free software products, design and create custom labels, or select from one of their many templates, straight from your smartphone or computer, then connect with Bluetooth or USB to watch your creations come to life. For a pop of color, it’s also compatible with Brother’s glitter and matte tapes, fun for crafts or gift wrapping. 

While the width of each label is limited to one inch, this is more than enough for use around the kitchen, labeling toy bins, or office file folders. It’s fun and easy to use, so you might find yourself constantly on the lookout for more things to label!

Runner-up, Best Overall: Brother P-touch Label Maker, PC-Connectable Labeler, PTD600

This sleek black label maker, in the traditional typewriter style, is comfortable to use and delivers impressive results. Using the QWERTY keyboard, design your label and then preview it on the color, high-res LCD screen, a great way to make sure your labels are looking perfect before hitting print. If you don’t want to make your label on the device, use the included USB cord to connect and print from your computer, after designing your product with Brother’s free software. Although some users report it can take some time to learn the software, once you’re up and running, it does give additional creative options. 

You’ve got a huge array of options to put on your labels, with 14 fonts, 600 symbols, and 99 frames to play with. You can also save up to 99 of your creations on the printer’s internal memory, allowing for quick and easy reprints.

Best Splurge: Zebra ZP505

What We Like
  • Lightning fast, printing five inches per second

  • Works with FedEx Ship Manager to print approved shipping labels

  • Compact size means it will easily fit in any tight space

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

The Zebra ZP505 is a small thermal printer that packs a big punch, printing up to five inches of label per second. It’s designed for postage and addresses and works with your FedEx Ship Manager account to create labels ready for the courier, complete with barcodes. Labels print at 203 dpi and are clear, vibrant, and professional-looking. 

An internal label roll keeps printing chugging along quickly, and we like that the printer’s compact square size means it will easily fit into just about any workspace or office. It’s also built tough, a dense machine that feels worth its weight. 

Although it’s undeniably an expensive printer, you’ll save on toner and ink, thanks to its thermal printing capabilities. If your budget allows, consider the Zebra ZP505 for fast and reliable printing, especially if you do a lot of business via FedEx.

Runner-up, Best Splurge: Brother QL-1110NWB

What We Like
  • Efficient and quality printer that can print up to 69 address labels per minute, up to 4” in size

  • Easily create labels from your computer or phone and connect with Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or Bluetooth

  • 300 x 300 dpi print resolution creates professional and clear labels

What We Don't Like
  • No battery, so must be connected to power to operate

  • No keyboard, can’t create labels straight from the printer itself

If you’re looking for a quick and easy to use label printer, for either home or small business use, you can’t go wrong with the Brother QL-1110NWB. It can produce up to 69 address labels per minute, up to 4” wide, in clear, black print of 300 dots per inch (DPI). The resulting printed label is of professional quality, with crisp, bold print. The label paper is inserted into the machine on a roll, and cuts automatically, saving time and avoiding waste. 

Connect to the printer via Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or Bluetooth, giving plenty of options to pair your laptop to the device. Although the printer isn’t battery-powered and needs to be connected to a power source, the multiple connectivity options mean having to keep your printer plugged in shouldn’t be a problem. 

Although a little more expensive than some of its competitors, the reliability, high-quality results, and multiple connectivity options make the QL-1110NWB one of the best options. 

Best for Businesses: ROLLO Label Printer

The ROLLO Label Printer is one of the best choices for commercial use, printing at a lightning-fast 238 labels per minute, with up to four lines of text each. It’s designed to shine in business or warehouse settings, with a rugged and strong outer frame that can withstand any bangs or scuffs. The results are crystal-clear labels of a professional standard.

If your business is shipping in mass amounts, the ROLLO software is compatible with UPS, USPS, and FedEx shipping, meaning your labels will be good to go with any of the major courier and postage companies. 

The ROLLO is a thermal printer, so you’ll save by not needing to purchase ink or toner. It can be used with any thermal labels, so you’re not locked into a specific brand. It’s one of the best label printers available for high-volume shipping, but consider the additional purchase of a label tray to feed into the machine, as unfortunately this isn’t included. 

Best for Postage: DYMO Label Printer | LabelWriter 450 Turbo

What We Like
  • Prints up to 71 address labels per minute

  • Internal roll means you can print fast without having to feed paper into the printer manually

  • DYMO software allows user print USPS-approved postage

What We Don't Like
  • Included software can be a bit glitchy

  • Must be plugged in to use

If you’re looking for a printer for postage and addresses, but don’t need the heavy output from something like the ROLLO, consider the LabelWriter 450 Turbo, from DYMO. This compact thermal printer can deliver up to 71 address labels per minute, up to four lines each, and also produces barcodes, name badges, or other useful printed items. LabelWriter 450 Turbo has a generous maximum width of 2.2 inches per label, allowing ample room to create an appealing label with text, graphics, or even images. 

Paired with the DYMO Stamps software, you can create USPS-approved postage, or design and save custom templates to save time for future print jobs.  The labels, at a DPI of 600x300, are bold, crisp, and print consistently to a high standard. Although the addition of battery power would be useful, the printer comes with both a power cable and a USB cable.

Most Rugged: Brady BMP21-PLUS

What We Like
  • Tough exterior printer with protective rubber bumpers, in case of drops, keeps machine safe

  • AA battery power means it can be used anywhere

  • Keyboard, with over 100 symbols, allows you to design and print any type of label

What We Don't Like
  • Can only print up to four lines per label

  • Keyboard is alphabetical, rather than the familiar QWERTY style

Warehouse space can be busy and hectic, with accidental bumps and drops common. If you’re bringing any tech into this space, you want to make sure it’s tough enough to handle getting jostled or dropped. If your business needs a dependable, but tough, label printer, consider the Brady BMP21-PLUS. 

This easy to use, handheld label printer has a strong exterior casing, complete with rubber bumper guards and a bright yellow color that makes it easy to find in a crowded space. Create labels straight from the device, which has an A-Z keyboard (which takes some getting used to, compared to the traditional QWERTY style), and over 100 built-in symbols, perfect for labeling things like wires, hardware, or electronic cabling. While labels are limited to a maximum of four lines per label, this should still be enough for most print jobs.

Best Budget: Brother P-touch, PTH110

If you’re in need of a wallet-friendly, reliable label printer, for home or office use, you can’t go wrong with the Brother P-touch, PTH110. Create labels straight from this comfortable, hand-held device, with the familiar QWERTY keyboard and a range of included symbols and fonts. Users have a wealth of choice, with three fonts, 14 frame styles, and 250 symbols built into the machine. It’s a great value product, and we are impressed by the LCD screen, which allows you to preview your label prior to printing. 

At only ½” in width, you are limited in the size of your label creations, but this is well suited for smaller jobs, like labeling A4 folders or the kitchen spice racks. Its simplicity means it is also easy for kids to use and enjoy. Overall, this is by far the best label printer within its price range, and it’s a reliable and easy to use printer from the well-known Brother brand.

Good to Know

Thermal or inkjet? The difference in printer types can be confusing, so select carefully to ensure you’re purchasing your preferred option. Inkjet printers are probably what we’re most familiar with, and they work via traditional print cartridges and toner, common in home, school, and office use. If you’re deciding which label printer to buy, you’ll have noticed several thermal models available. Thermal printers work via heat, using special coated thermal paper. The paper turns black where heat is applied, created the printer word or image via heat, rather than ink. They work beautifully, and never need replacement toner or ink, but can sometimes be more expensive than traditional printers.

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