Life is too chaotic to be organized all the time, but small steps in the right direction generally make it easier. File folders prevent paperwork from getting out of hand. Herb jars get the mess from cupboards. Storage bags keep cellars neat and tidy. But to find what you are looking for faster, you need a label maker.
Label makers have been around for a long time and you may even have used them before. Do you remember the mechanical ones that used embossing tape? Not the best output and they fell more often than not. But label makers have grown up and have adapted thermal printing options. Instead of labels printed with hammers, thermal transfer heats wax or resin to ink that helps create durable, wipe-resistant labels. You also get thinner stickers, better adhesive power and more design options.
Even better, some also let you design and upload label ideas on your smartphone, tablet or computer and then send them to a personal label printer for professional results. Normal thermal label makers are cheap, but you have to focus your magic on the label maker itself. Those with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capabilities are the ones you want, so you can wirelessly transfer your label designs for fast printing.
These kinds of label makers cost a little more than your traditional ones, but it's worth it if you can't stand to write labels by hand (or just hate how you write looks) and a little more then want the boring templates loaded by label maker manufacturers. We have our top two choices below that are worth investing in, but keep in mind that the tape can become pricey depending on the type and colors.
1. DYMO MobileLabeler (1982171)
Perhaps the best deal for a Bluetooth label maker, we have the DYMO MobileLabeler. DYMO focuses purely on label printers, so they have had a lot of time doing it right. With the DYMO Label software for Mac and Windows or the DYMO Connect app for Android and iOS you get some pretty good results.
It has a rechargeable battery so you can take it to the label outside the world your home, and it automatically cuts the stickers so you don't have to. You can use borders, different styles and most fonts on your device and upload your own fonts from your photo gallery. It prints with 300 DPI, so it is above average in resolution quality.
It works with D1 labels in 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 3/4 and 1- inch sizes so you can have thin or thick stickers. The biggest disadvantage of this budget option is that it is not designed to save tape, so you get a lot of space on the sides for a small print item. It is a common tactic that all label makers use to get you to buy more tape. The apps could also use some improvement and more design tools, as well as a better-looking, more intuitive interface, but they do have a spell checker and speech-to-text.
DYMO MobileLabeler normally costs $ 129.99 but is on sale for now $ 42.54. The price can fluctuate up or down, but we've seen it consistently between $ 40 and $ 70 over the past year. It comes with a simple black-on-white label cartridge of 10 by 1 inch. There are endless color variants to choose from, even those with glitter. Just be careful with the tape to keep costs down.
2. Brother P-Touch Cube Plus (PT-P710BT)
I have a Brother 3-in-1 printer that I have had for years and it still works great, apart from having to clean the ink tubes from time to time , but that's because I don't print often enough. But with its Brother P-Touch Cube Plus portable label maker you don't have to worry about anything.
It is 35% larger than the DYMO option above. Yet it has many of the same functions: a rechargeable battery, it accepts label bands up to an inch wide, a Bluetooth wireless connection with mobile devices and computers, and an automatic cutter. It also shares an unwanted feature that wastes tape so you can buy more. Again, it is typical of every print product, even though it shouldn't be.
You get better quality prints with 360 x 180 DPI resolution and the software for Mac and Windows and the app for Android and iOS are easier to use than those DYMO's. In addition, there are two apps for smartphones and tablets: Brother P-touch Design & Print, which is better for text-based labels, and Brother iPrint & Label, which extends your options. Both are easy to use, so there is no learning curve to deal with.
The computer software comes with more than 200 designs and templates, while Design & Print 30 plus and iPrint & Label have more than 50. But you can upload your own images. And there are plenty of fonts, characters, frames, and styles that you can take advantage of for truly personalized stickers. Plus, just like with DYMO, you get spell check and speech-to-text.
Brother P-Touch Cube Plus works at $ 99.99 and comes with more start tags than those from DYNO. There is a black-on-white copy of 0.94 inches by 13.1 feet and a black on premium glitter gold copy of 0.95 inches by 6.5 feet. For more colors and designs, go to Brother TZe cartridges (there are also glitter cartridges). Unfortunately, Brother & # 39; s tapes usually run at a higher price than the DYNO copies.
The Bottom Line
There are more label makers on the market, but most for home use are basic with keyboards and no connectivity, simple with keyboards and only PC connectivity, or made by DYMO or Brother. So the two options above are our favorites between the two major brands that work with smartphones, tablets and computers. Yes, there are commercial and industrial label makers that cost $ 500 or more, but they are too much to organize your home.