Want to print stickers at home but not sure what type of printer to use? In this article, we will break down the different options to consider when purchasing a printer to be used to print stickers.
Monochrome vs Color Printers
Most home printers are sold as either monochrome or color printers:
Monochrome Printer Pros
Monochrome printers are cheaper
Only have to buy black ink/toner
Monochrome Printer Cons
Only prints in black & white
Color Printer Pros
Prints in full color
Color Printer Cons
Color printers are more expensive
Have to purchase multiple colors of ink/toner
Winner: Color Printers
While monochrome, or black and white, printers are cheaper, you will not be able to print color on stickers. If full color is what you are looking for, color printers will produce better quality stickers.
Laser vs Inkjet Printers
The two most commonly sold home printers are laser printers and ink jet printers:
Laser Printer Pros
Can print on more materials
Toner cartridges last longer than ink
Toner is dry and does not run/bleed
Laser Printer Cons
More expensive printers
More expensive ink
Inkjet Printer Pros
Inkjet Printer Cons
Can’t print on glossy or water resistant surfaces
Ink runs out faster than laser printer toner
Winner: Laser Printers
The fact that laser printers can print on a wider variety of materials, including water resistant label paper, makes them the clear choice when choosing a printer for printing stickers. While laser printers are slightly more expensive up front, they are actually more cost efficient in the long run since printer toner lasts longer than ink cartridges.
For the highest quality stickers printed at home, we would recommend using a color laser printer. With a color laser printer, you can print full color designs on a wide variety of label papers including water-resistant and glossy finished labels.
Inkjet printers are a cheaper option up front but they are limited in the types of paper that can be used. Similarly, monochrome printers are cheaper but lack the ability to print in color which reduces the quality of some sticker designs.
Recommended Color Laser Printers
Based on our extensive research, here are our top 3 recommended color laser printers:
Recommended Color Inkjet Printers
If you are looking for a cheaper option and don’t mind a limited selection of label papers, here are our top 3 recommended color inkjet printers: