We Tested These Barcode Printers So You Don’t Have To

We Tested These Barcode Printers So You Don’t Have To

If you have a barcode scanner, you probably need a barcode label printer right? Let us take a look at what's available out there and choose the one that fits your needs.

Before we discuss what's best, we need to address the different types of label printers. Predominantly, the most popular label printers use either thermal paper or A4 paper.

Thermal printers use heat to print identifiable characters onto the thermal paper. There are two different methods: Direct thermal and thermal transfer.

Direct thermal printers use heat-sensitive papers under a thermal printhead to form readable printouts. It's a popular printing solution used across the industry but it also has its downsides. Because the content can easily fade, keeping printouts of thermal paper for a long period is not easy.

Thermal transfer printers apply a coating that contains ink that sticks to the surface of the paper. Besides using thermal transfer for barcodes and label printouts, some machines can also print on clothing labels, plastics, regular papers, and metals. The thermal transfer method can withstand harsher environments compared to the direct thermal printing method.

Direct Thermal Printer Recommendations

1. Zebra ZD410 ~ $550

Zebra ZD410 Thermal Printer
Thermal Paper Label Printer (Zebra ZD410)

The Zebra ZD410 is one of Zebra's most popular thermal printers. Its compact size boasts excellent printing capabilities. Ideal for retail, manufacturing, hospitality, and transportation businesses.

2. TSC TTP-244CE – $360

TSC TTP-244CE thermal printer
Thermal Paper Label Printer (TSC TTP-244CE)

A good value for performance; this printer from TSC can create 4-inch labels at a slightly more budget-friendly.

Thermal Transfer Printer Recommendations

1. Brother PT-9800PCN ~ $550

Brother PT-9800PCN Thermal Transfer printer
Thermal Transfer Label Printer (Brother PT-9800PCN)

This Brother PT-9800PCN thermal transfer label printer has high-resolution and high-speed printing capabilities.

2. Bixolon SLP-T400 — $280

Bixolon SLP-T400 thermal transfer printer
Thermal Transfer Label Printer (Bixolon SLP-T400)

With its small stature, the Bixolon SLP-T400 is ideal if fast printing speed is all you need for barcode printing!

3. Epson LabelWorks LW600P — $200

Epson LabelWorks LW600P Thermal Transfer Printer
Thermal Transfer Label Printer (Epson LabelWorks LW600P)

Epson’s LabelWorks LW600P can be connected both wired and wirelessly which enables swift printing in a slim form factor.

A4 Label Paper and Printer

Other types of printers use A4 label paper and ink. They can be found in nearly any office and there aren't that many restrictions with regard to brand or the type of paper you use. Many companies produce overlapping designs and styles so you can use any brand you like.

Please check the labels of your specific barcode paper for compatibility with your printer.

Printing barcode labels

In BoxHero’s label printing menu, you will have options to print labels for your items.

Print and edit barcodes in the BoxHero app
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