Life is too chaotic to be organized all the time, but small steps in the right direction facilitate it overall. Movie folders prevent paperwork from checking. Spice jars take the mess out of the cabinets. Storage boxes keep basements clean and tidy. But to find what you are looking for faster, you need a label manufacturer.
Label makers have been around for a long time and you may even have used one before. Do you remember the mechanicals that used embossing tape? Not the most beautiful exit and they often did not sink. But label makers have grown up and adapted the ability to thermal print. Instead of hammer-printed labels, heat transfer waxes or resin to inks that help create durable, dirt-resistant labels. You also get thinner stickers, better adhesives and more design options.
Even better, some also let you design and upload label ideas on your smartphone, tablet or computer and then beam them to a personal label printer for pro-look results. Ordinary thermal label manufacturers are cheap, but you have to work mostly with your magic on the label manufacturer itself. The ones with Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capabilities are the ones you want, so you can wirelessly transfer your label designs for fast printing.
These types of label makers cost a little more than your traditional ones, but it's worth it if you can't stand and print labels by hand (or just hate how your writing looks) and want something more than the boring templates which is loaded by manufacturers of label manufacturers. We have our two best choices below that are worth investing in, but keep in mind that the band can be expensive depending on the type and colors.
first DYMO MobileLabeler (1982171)
Perhaps the best offer right now on a Bluetooth label manufacturer, we have DYMO MobileLabeler. DYMO focuses solely on label printers, so they have had a lot of time to get it right. With either the DYMO Label software for Mac and Windows or the DYMO Connect app for Android and iOS, you can get some pretty good results.
It has a rechargeable battery so you can take it with you to the label world outside 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 as well as upload your own from your photo gallery. It prints at 300 DPI, so it's 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 main disadvantage of this budget option is that it is not designed to save tape, so you get plenty of space on the pages for a little print. It's a common tactic that all label manufacturers use to get you to buy more bands. In addition, the apps can use some enhancement and more design tools, as well as a nicer, more intuitive interface, but they have spellcheck and voice-to-text.
DYMO MobileLabeler normally costs $ 129.99 but is on sale for $ 42.54 right now. The price may vary up or down, but we have seen it between $ 40 and $ 70 consistently over the past year. It comes with a basic black-and-white label cartridge that is 10 feet x 1 inch. There are endless colors to choose from, even those with glitter. Just be frugal with tape to keep costs down.
2nd Brother P-Touch Cube Plus (PT-P710BT)
I have a Brother 3-in-1 printer that I have had forever, and it still works great apart from having to clean the ink pipes every now and then, but that's because because I don't print often enough. But with its Brother P-Touch Cube Plus portable label maker, there is no such thing to worry about.
It is 35% larger than the DYMO option above. It still has many of the same features: a rechargeable battery, it accepts label bands up to one inch wide, a Bluetooth wireless connection to mobile devices and computers and an automatic cutter. It also shares an unwanted feature that wastes tapes to get you to buy more. Again, it is typical of all print products, although it should not be.
You get better quality prints with 360 x 180 DPI resolution and its software for Mac and Windows and app for Android and iOS is easier to use those DYMOs. 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 expand your options. Both are easy to use, so there is no learning curve to handle.
Computer software has over 200 designs and templates, while Design & Print has 30 plus, and iPrint & Label has over 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 custom stickers. Plus, just like with DYMO, you get spell check and voice-to-text.
The Brother P-Touch Cube Plus goes for $ 99.99 and comes with more starter labels than DYNO's does. There is a black on white that is 0.94 inches by 13.1 feet and a black on premium glitter gold one by 0.95 inches by 6.5 feet. To get more colors and designs, shop for Brother TZe cartridges (there are tinsel too). Unfortunately, Brother's bands tend at a higher cost each than DYNO's.
The Bottom Line
There are more label makers out there, but most home appliances are basic with keyboards and no connections, basic with keyboards and only PC connection, or manufactured by either 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 manufacturers there that cost $ 500 or more, but to organize your home they are exaggerated.