What is the best printer for making stickers?
A couple of months ago I started asking a question when fellow planner lovers subscribed to my email list. The question reads: What is your biggest struggle when it comes to making stickers? I did this to get a better idea of how I could help you guys.
One of the answers I see the most involves finding the best printer for making stickers. I have also received some emails on the matter and thought I would write a post about how I would pick a printer. So, if you are looking to replace your printer, or simply figure out which one you should buy, I hope this will help you! 🙂
First up! I know you are wondering what printer I have, and I don’t mind sharing that at all. I own a printer from Brother and it is this one
But! please note that the printer I have might not be the right one for you! You need to figure out what you need from your printer, and then decide. The perfect printer for one person is not the right one for others.
There are so many different types of printers on the market, so the task of finding the perfect one can get overwhelming. Trust me I get it! But if you choose a printer based on someone else’s needs, you will possibly end up with a product that simply doesn’t work for you.
So How do you to choose the best printer for Making stickers?
I have made a simple list of questions that I think are important to think about when choosing a printer for your stickers.
I also made a simple checklist, where you can write down different points on the printers that you are reviewing. If you input all the data from the different printers, it will make your decision a lot easier, since you can compare them by the numbers.
Get your checklist here:
What do you need from your printer?
First, you need to figure out what your needs are. In order to figure out what is important to you, consider some of these things:
Do you need your printer for anything else than making stickers? Like, do you need a scanner from time to time? would you like it to print other sizes than the standard paper size? Do you need it to be able to print from your phone or tablet?
What about sticker paper?
Next, you need to think about what sticker mediums you want to print? Do you want glossy stickers, matte, vinyl or something else?
You need to think of the thickness of the paper you are using. The feeders on printers are designed differently, and some brands will make indents on glossy paper because the printers aren’t designed for papers that are thicker than regular copy paper.
So if you want to print glossy stickers, you should look for printers that are made for printing photos, and not the really fast ones, made for an office space.
So once you know what tasks your printer should fill and what types of paper you need it to be able to print, it is a good time to look into your budget. Think about what you can spend on the printer. If it is a business investment, your budget will be very different than if you need a printer for your own personal use.
Looking to buy a printer for your new Etsy business? See this post on everything you need in order to start a sticker business on Etsy
Finding the perfect printer for you
Now that you know what features and pricing you are after, you need to do some research. This is a time-consuming task and can seem overwhelming.
A good place to start your search is places like Amazon.com. When you do a search for printers, you can check boxes on the left side of the screen. This will help you narrow down your search and you will also get a better idea of what the different brands offer.
Look into the reviews, and look up videos online, once you have a couple of printers that you think will fit your needs. A video can often help you with things like speed and print quality.
Now, please remember to account for the ink costs. When you have selected some printers that all offer what you want, look at how much it costs to replace the ink and make a decision that makes sense in relation to how much you think you need to print on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.
Testing and buying your new printer
When you have done your research and gotten your search down to about 4 printers, you can make a decision on the actual printer you want.
Go to a store in your area and ask the employees if it is possible to try the printers before you buy. Many places have begun to offer this as a service, to their customers and it gives you a much better idea of whether or not the specific printer is right for you.
If the store doesn’t offer this service, look to other office-supplies stores in your area and ask them this question. If you get a no then ask if they offer other services, that can help you decide on the right one.
They might have something else in play, like having a test printer that they can let you print on in the store, so you can get a good idea of the print quality and so on.
I hope this post helped you with your decision on finding the best printer for making stickers. Do you have a printer that you want to recommend fellow sticker makers? Write it in the comments below, so people can check it out and see if it is a good match for them as well.