Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Label Maker

Adding this small device to your office can make life a whole lot easier.

DYMO label maker on boxes
Label makers are easy to use and can save you time if you ship a considerable number of items.DYMO

Are you ready to add the ultimate organization tool into your life? If so, it’s time to introduce yourself to a label maker. Whether you’re looking to organize your office or your kitchen pantry, a label maker will make your inner Marie Kondo so happy. Here’s how to find one perfectly suited for your needs.


Brother P-touch Label Maker, Versatile Easy-to-Use Labeler, PTD400AD, AC Adapter, QWERTY Keyboard, Multiple Line Labeling, White
This form of label maker is the most popular.Brother

If you’re looking for a label maker that is both convenient and easy to use, then a handheld model is your best bet. Most people who buy label makers opt for the handheld style because it’s easy to carry around and use whenever, wherever you need. Most devices are reliable and sturdy and require just an AC adapter to charge. If you prefer, get a unit that can run on batteries as well.


DYMO 1755120 LabelWriter 4XL Thermal Label Printer
While not as small as a handheld label maker, a desktop device is still compact.DYMO

If you’re looking to connect your label maker with your computer for work-related or personal reasons, then a desktop version is best for you. This allows you to print directly from your computer and streamlines all the work it takes to ship a package. Look for one that has the ability to print large shipping labels, as this will make any mailing you have to do much easier.

Paper Types

DYMO Label Printer | LabelWriter 450 Direct Thermal Label Printer, Great for Labeling, Filing, Mailing, Barcodes and More, Home & Office Organization
Remember, different label makers use different types of paper.DYMO

A direct thermal label maker uses heat-sensitive paper and burns the letters into the tape of the machine. This type of paper doesn’t require the label maker heating to high temperatures because the fact that the paper is so sensitive. A thermal transfer label maker is similar to a direct thermal maker but takes things one step farther and uses wax or resin to transfer the letters to the tape, which results in labels that are smudge resistant