When I was young, I loved back-to-school shopping and getting all those new notebooks and pens for the new school year. Now as an adult, I enjoy office supplies, and I am always on the lookout for the best products for office organization. One of the most useful products you want to have in your office supply arsenal is the label maker. We even use it often in our offices of CBD buildings in Singapore today. Here are my top five recommendations:
- Brother P-Touch 1280
At a great price point of $40, I recommend you start your label maker shopping search here. The cartridges are only $20, but tend to run out quickly, especially if you have a big project. They come in a variety of sizes, and you can print labels in eight different styles, which includes up to two lines of text in three different sizes. A cutter is built in, which is very important when considering a label maker.
- Brother P-Touch 1010
For a more handheld option, this model by Brother is my next favorite. At the same price of $40, it has a lot of the same functions at the P-Touch 1280. Works with a variety of tape sizes and can print in eight different styles; this is a great option for the home. It’s also super small for easy storage.
- Dymo LT-100H
Dymo is a major competitor in the label making department, and there are several that I recommend. First, the LetraTag or LT-100H is a great choice for $30. You can find it at most Wal-Mart stores, which makes finding cartridges and other supplies in a rush a snap. For home or office use, I don’t think you need an expensive label maker, unless you need sophisticated functions. A basic, entry-level label maker without many functions, this one is simple to use and also very small and therefore easy to store. If you want a no frills label maker, this is the one.
- Dymo LT-100T
This one is comparable in size to the Brother P-Touch 1280, but an advantage is the variety of labels you can choose from. Dymo makes iron-on labels which is great for customizing your clothing. You can also purchase metallic labels, for added flair to any report or even envelope. At $29.99, it’s a bargain. The labels run very inexpensive as well, starting at $8.
- Dymo LabelWriter series
For a large office or serious labeling needs, any of the LabelWriter series label makers will suit your needs. If I had to pick one, I would go with the LabelWriter 400 Turbo. It uses no tape or toner, is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems, and its super fast! And with the great free postage option from Dymo, this label maker is sure to please all around the office. It’s definitely an investment at a price tag of $139.99.