One of the most important components you’ll need to make vinyl stickers is a good home printer. Today we’ll look at some of the top printer picks for 2021 so you can decide which model will help you make the best sticker projects.
HP OfficeJet Pro 9015e All-In-One
This thermal inkjet printer has a recommended monthly page volume of 1500 sheets and can put out a first sheet using black in just 9 seconds (10 seconds for color). It has four replaceable cartridges (black, cyan, magenta, yellow) that print resolutions of 1200 x 1200 rendered dpi in black and up to 4800 x 1200 in color (when the optimized setting is engaged and HP advanced photo paper is used). In addition to making sticker projects, this home office staple will copy, scan, and has a wireless link for cord-free connections. The Pro 9015e is one of our top printer picks for 2021 because it will quickly produce high-quality printed sticker vinyl projects, while doubling as a workhorse for your home office and homework station.
The reason we love this inkjet Brother printer – apart from the fact that Brother printers consistently rank high in independent reviews, is that it has cost saving ink tank technology. The MFC-J995DW upgrades previous versions’ INKvestment Tank cartridges, which work with the printer’s deep ink storage tank, so you don’t have to worry about replacing cartridges for a year! Many people find the cost and inconvenience of replacing ink cartridges to be the bane of home printer ownership. INKvestment technology tackles this challenge head on, making this a top printer pick for 2021. Other attributes include mobile device printing, which is perfect for stickers designed on your phone using an app; a touch navigation screen; and free online/live chat support that you can access for as long as you have the printer.
Canon Color CLASS MF743Cdw
Canon is an industry leader in not just printers, but also cameras, binoculars, scanners, calculators and so much more. The company invests heavily in innovation so it can turn out top products that bring the vivid colors of the world to life. That’s why the laser MF743Cdw is so exciting. It takes years of past tech and combines it all in this futuristic model. Now, to be fair, this isn’t exactly a home printer. It is designed for small businesses so unless you are making stickers for sale as a steady gig or full time, you may want to check out Cannon’s MAXIFY and PIXMA (more on this in a minute) lines, which are especially designed for home use. The MF743Cdw earned one of our top printer picks because of it’s larger 5” touch screen, signature Cannon reliability, four solutions for printing and scanning, the all-in-one cartridge that helps reduce waste and printing costs, and its eco-friendly ENERGY STAR® rating.
Cannon PIXMA TR7520
Where the MF743Cdw is large and impressive, the TR7520 from Cannon’s PIXMA line is small and compact – but don’t be fooled. It still packs quite a punch. TR7520 will produce picture quality products with it’s fast five-color individual ink system. You don’t need to change out the sticker vinyl sheets because there’s a front cassette for your plain paper and a rear cassette for the photo-quality paper. This is just one of the reasons Cannon’s TR7520 is on our top printer picks for 2021 list; it’s always primed and ready to print your vinyl sticker projects! Like the other printers listed above, this inkjet model doubles as a home office and homework printer. You can print over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or the cloud. You can scan, copy, and fax. Navigation is easy on a touchscreen. It’s a lot of convenience in a small package and that is what makes it perfect for the craft room or home office.
HP Envy Pro 6452 All-In-One
An entry-level, no frills printer, the Envy Pro 6452 All-in-One makes our top printer picks list because it’s a cost-effective way to get a great machine for your vinyl sticker projects. It’s a little slower and doesn’t print quite as sharp as some other models, but that’s not going to be an issue for line art, clip art, and other basic designs. Unless you are primarily printing glossy photos, this entry-level HP printer is more than up for the job in your craft room, without breaking the bank. You’ll save even more with it’s low-cost-running ink cartage system that provides an option to subscribe to HP’s ink services. The 6452 is optimized for 200-300 sheets a month. For casual or basic sticker vinyl projects, this could be the printer you need.
Choosing a Printer: Tips
These are just a few of the great printers on the market that would be perfect for making vinyl stickers. To choose a printer for your craft room or home office, consider:
- The cost per page
- The cost of ink annually
- The size – some printers are large and bulky, which could be an issue for small offices or desks
- The functionality – printing, scanning, faxing, and wireless connections add value
- The main purpose of your projects – Cannon is known for photo quality printing; you’ll want something of that caliber for making photo sticker projects
- If you prefer an inkjet or laser
Our top printer picks for 2021 rounds up a variety of options suitable for home offices and even home businesses. From entry level models to high-speed performance machines, there is a printer out there that is perfect for your vinyl sticker making projects. These printers give extra value with fax, scan, and other capabilities. Touchscreens on models makes them easier to use, and new ink technology helps offset the chore of replacing cartridges. We hope you found a printer on this list to complete your craft room.
Ready to get started? Royal Elements has what you need to get started making vinyl stickers. Our online store sells printable vinyl, adhesive vinyl, and heat transfer vinyl along with transfer tape, laminating sheets, magnetic sheets, and more and our blog has plenty of design tips. We love to see the projects you make using Royal Elements products. Post your results online with the hashtag #royalelementsstickers so we can feature your designs on our social networks (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube). Visit https://www.amazon.com/royalelements to learn more.