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The Best Thermal label printers for around £300

With hundreds of label printers on the market – how do you know which to buy?  Expert Labels work with all the major brands and many of the specialist brands so we’re able to find the best thermal label printers to suit your needs and your budget.  Read this article where we summarise the best barcode printers for around £300.  See our recommendations at the bottom of the page.  Updated Oct 2019.

A note on prices – please contact us for up to date prices as prices change weekly.  Prices have been included for comparison purposes.  Prices exclude VAT.

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Datamax-EClassMkIIIAdvanced
Datamax-O'Neil E-Class MkIII Advanced - Also known as the Honeywell E-4205A
Datamax-O'Neil - now Honeywell - have decades of experience with Thermal printers - gaining a popular and dependable reputation.

* This printer comes with Serial/Parallel/USB and Ethernet LAN interfaces as standard.
* Comes with lots of options and accessories (at extra cost) - including a battery pack, external roll holder and a label peeler.
* Includes a 1 year warranty including printhead (unless it's printed more than 24KM of labels).
* Comes with Honeywell's own label design software (NETiraLD: Label Design Software). This is based on Seagull Scientific's BarTender - so it's well known and supported.
* Direct thermal only. Good for labels and tags that have a limited life.
* Won't print onto plastic media.
£265.25More info
honeywell-e-4204b basicDatamax-O’Neil E-Class Mk III Basic – Also known as the Honeywell E-4204BDatamax-O’Neil – now Honeywell – have decades of experience with Thermal printers – providing a popular and dependable reputation.
* Remarkable low cost.
* Comes with lots of options and accessories (at extra cost) – including a battery pack, external roll holder and a label peeler.
* Includes a 1 year warranty including printhead (unless it’s printed more than 24KM of labels).

Because of an extremely competitive price – this make the E-4204B one of the best thermal label printers you can buy.
Compared with the advanced model, the Basic doesn’t include Ethernet support.
* Direct thermal only. Good for labels and tags with limited life. Won’t print onto plastic media.
* Prints at 100mm per second.
£226.99More info
Zebra GK420dZebra GK420d* Comes with Zebra’s reputation for quality and ease of use.
* Market leading brand with widespread support and availability of printers and consumables.
* This model is the direct thermal model.
* Comes with Zebra Designer label design software included for free.
* No LCD panel.
* Average print speed – 127mm per second.
£265.00More info
Zebra GK420tZebra GK420t* Zebra quality and support.
* If popularity is a measure of the best thermal transfer printer – then this model is the best.
* Most widely used thermal transfer printer in the UK and Europe.
* Easy to use.
* Thermal ribbons, labels and tags widely available.
* This model is the thermal transfer model – producing long life labels and with the ability to print onto clear and waterproof labels.
* Tried and tested.
* Based on it’s popularity this is one of Zebra’s best thermal label printer.
* You pay a premium price for the Zebra range.
* The thermal ribbon length is just 74m.
* Label roll diameter is 125mm, there are printers that print longer between label and ink changes.
£305.00More info
Zebra GC420d* Best value 4″ wide Zebra printer available.
* Meets 90% of users’ needs.
* Easy to use.
* Media widely available.
* Uses the same software as the Zebra desktop printers.
* Just direct thermal – so thermal labels and tags need to be used.
* Only USB/serial/parallel interfaces.
* Prints at 100mm per second, slightly slower than other printers.
£242.99More info
Zebra GC420tZebra GC420t* Excellent value 4″ wide Zebra printer.
* Uses the same Zebra printer language as the other members of the Zebra desktop family.
* Widely available media.
* Uses Thermal Transfer technology – for long life labels and print to plastic labels and tags.
* 74m ribbon length.
* Slower than most printers at 100mm per second.
* Limited to USB/Serial and parallel interfaces.
£299More info

Zebra ZD410
* Extremely compact in size.
* Compatible with other Zebra printer software.
* Comes with Zebra designer label design software.
* Includes Bluetooth as standard (as well as USB).
* Even prints at 6″ per second compared to 5″ for most other printers)
* Limited to labels and tags 58mm wide.
* Direct thermal print only – suitable for short life labels and tags.
£239.99More info
Toshiba Tec BFV4D
Toshiba TEC B-FV4D
* TEC reputation for product quality.
* Prints at up to 150mm per second.
* Comes with Serial or parallel and USB and Ethernet as standard.
* Comes with Bartender Ultralight label design software.
* Direct thermal print only – short life labels and tags.
* Not as widely available as other printer brands.
£217.10More info
Toshiba TEC B-EV4T* Thermal Transfer printers – for long life labels and tags.
* Uses ribbons 300m long – means fewer ribbon changes.
* Comes with Ethernet connectivity as standard – in addition to USB, and Serial or parallel.
* Not as widely available as other brands of printer.
* Ribbons aren’t as easily available as other brands.
£237.60More info
TSC TDP-247
TSC TDP-247
* TSC make printers for other better known brands – so you’re getting the same quality for a better price.
* The TDP-247 is fast – printing at 177mm per second.
* Emulates Zebra printers – so can be used as a direct replacement.
* Has an Ethernet and Bluetooth option (at extra cost).
* Widely available media.
* This is the Direct Thermal model – so not suited to long life labels or tags.£279.99More info
Intermec PC23d
Honeywell PC23d
* Intermec, now part of the Honeywell family, have a long reputation for quality build and design.
* The PC23d is very fast – 200mm per second.
* It’s also easy to use (you can reload labels with one hand).
* Only 2″ wide printing.
* Direct thermal only – so only good for short life labels and tags.
* Difficult to source – not as well stocked as other brands of printer.
* Only has a USB interface.
£225.38More info
Intermec PC43t
Intermec PC43t
* Intermec, now a Honeywell company, have been building printers since the 1970s – so they know a thing or two.
* Like it’s little brother the PC43t is very fast – 200mm per second and
* Easy to use (single handed label loading).
* Takes a 300m roll of ink for longer unattended printing.
* The PC43t is difficult to source compared to other brands of printer.
* Only has a USB connection.
£299More info

Best Thermal Label Printers – Our Recommendations

For value for money and durability from a well known brand name – we’d recommend the Datamax O’Neill/Honeywell E-Class printers.  They are extremely good value for money, come in a wide range of configurations, use 300m ribbons and they’re easy to use.  Not as small as other desktop printers – so if space is an issue – look again.

No list would be complete without the market leader.  Zebra printers are widely available, well supported and cover almost every possible application.  Which model you choose depends on how many labels you print, what interfaces you need and size of printer.

We think the Zebra ZD410 is the best thermal label printer for narrow labels and tags.  It’s feature packed – it’s fast, has lots of connectivity options as standard and comes in at a competitive price.

Brewery Labels

If you’re in the fast-growing brewery and craft beer industry and are ready to start manufacturing, you’ll need labels that will make your drink stand out from the rest. Whether you’ve already got a design or you need a hand with one, Expert Labels are here to help.

Using the latest digital label printing technology, we can produce as few as 1000 labels, all with different designs printed to the highest quality standards for a truly professional finish – perfect for microbreweries who are producing labels for the first time.  Let us print your labels from your own design, helping your bottles of beer, wine or cider stand out from the rest.

We can provide you with:

  • Multiple materials and colours, such as waterproof labels, Crystal Clear, Matte Clear, Gold, Silver, Blue Foil or Glossy White
  • More than 6,000 cutter choices for unique shapes
  • Barcodes for your brews, along with barcode printing if you already have your own barcodes ready
  • Thermal label printers for in-house case and keg labelling

We are here to help you every step of the way with labels for your brews. For more information, give us a call on 01359 271 111, email us at info@expertlabels.co.uk, or fill in our contact form and we will get in touch.

Other pages you might find useful

http://expertlabels.co.uk/applications/waterproof-labels/

http://expertlabels.co.uk/applications/barcode-labels/

http://expertlabels.co.uk/services/barcode-label-printing/

http://expertlabels.co.uk/contact-us/

http://expertlabels.co.uk/products/Choosing-the-Right-Barcode-Printers

https://www.gs1uk.org/get-a-barcode

Bottle & Drink Labels

Bottle and drink labels are slightly different to standard labels.  These types of label often carry the company brand and need to stand out on a crowded supermarket shelf.  To make your bottle labels stand out, you can use a range of features, known in the trade as ’embellishments’. 

Hot Foil or Hot Foil Stamping

Hot Foils are metallic foils that make your labels look metallic.  Silver and gold are the most frequent colours we’re asked for, but bronze and copper are available along with other metallic finishes.

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Metallic effect on Cosmetics Branding

Touch is particularly powerful when it comes to building a brand and we can help you build that intimate relationship with your buyer by using these printing techniques and label finishes that make your products stand out are:

Embossed labels

This is where labels are printed using a special tool which raises specific areas of text or a logo on a label.

Embossed labels
Embossing

High-build bottle labels

High Builds are similar to embossing where an area of the label has a thick varnish type material added to it which makes parts of the bottle label literally stand out.  This is usually done over a logo but can be done anywhere on the label.

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An area of High Build on a bottle label.

If you need any type of bottle or jar labels, we can help you. Your labels are made from a wide range of materials and colours i.e. waterproof materials, Crystal Clear, Matte Clear and Gloss White.

Give your labels the feel of quality with some of these label embellishments.  Give us a call or fill in the form below to find out more from our experts today.

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Get ideas on labelling helps with cosmetics label branding – read here: https://expertlabels.co.uk/news/How-to-use-labels-to-build-your-cosmetics-brand

Updated: 28 Oct 2019

Label Design Software

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BarTender Label Design Software

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BarTender by Seagull Scientific

Simple to use label design software with a powerful enterprise engine.

Add text, barcodes and graphics to your label in two or three clicks.

Easily connect databases to your labels and streamline your label printing

Password protect label designs from accidental ‘damage’

Add data entry forms at print time to keep label printing simple

Use BarTender to help you design barcodes – no technical knowledge needed.

Super powerful Automation and Enterprise editions let you create label workflows, share label templates, control user permissions and print automatically based on data entry anywhere in the organisation.

Works with any label printer (unlike some other label designers).

MS Windows only.

Free Edition and then with prices from £445 plus VAT.

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About

Expert labels are specialists in providing printers, labels, barcode scanners and software.  We:

  • Help you choose the best label design software and
  • Provide support you when you need it
  • Offer set-up training – remotely or on site and can create your label designs for you if needed.
  • Provide an integration service for clients wanting to print directly from ERP and large corporate systems.

Expert Labels

  • Have been supplying labels, tags, tickets, barcode scanners and printers since 1994
  • Use BarTender to design and print labels in house
  • Work closely with Seagull Scientific (BarTender’s developers) to implement label printing integrations
  • Are trusted by many of Europe’s best known companies to delivery on time and to exacting standards of quality
  • Stand by our products with a money back guarantee

We work with organisations who appreciate a supplier who provides end-to-end printing and scanning expertise.

Some of Our Clients…

Some of the hundreds of clients who trust us for their labels, printers and scanners.

Some of our better known clients

Loop Lock Labels

Self tie loop lock labels

Buy a wide range of bespoke or stock Loop Lock Labels – perfect for harsh outdoor environments. Whether you’re a Christmas tree farmer, nursery manager or a professional baker, you can buy tie in tags tailored to suit your needs.

Reassuringly durable, our non-adhesive Loop Lock Labels are made using a tough non-adhesive polyethylene material.  Even during prolonged periods of weather exposure your labels remain intact – making it more efficient and cost effective.

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Other industries & environments that benefit from using these tags, other than the horticultural industry, are fish markets, abattoirs, meat packing plants, industrial laundries, ‘Pick and Pack’ businesses, Bakeries for tray identification, baggage tags, ‘Green Fee’ bag tags, meter inspection and machine repair businesses to name a few.

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Bag tag loop lock labels

Features

  • Chemical, water, oil and grease resistant
    Use resin ink to prevent chemicals, solvents, oils and water from rubbing off text and images from your tags
  • Wide range of colours and sizes
  • UV and Weather resistant
    Prevents premature fading of labels, to ensure excellent readability.
  • High-strength and tear resistant materials
    Choose from PVC, PET, HDPE, LDPE, PE, Polyester or Tyvek and make your labels tearproof and extremely tough.

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Industries

  • Horticulture
  • Fish markets, abattoirs, meat packing plants
  • Industrial laundries
  • Baggage tags
  • Machine Servicing
  • Hospitality

Testimonials

“We needed some Loop Lock Labels that were coloured and we wanted our company logo printed on them, which is very hard to come by. Expert Labels were able to provide us with everything we required. They were competitively priced and the turn around time for the order was speedy. The labels look great on our palm trees. All in all an excellent service and we look forward to working with them again!”

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The Palm Tree Company

Questions to consider

How many labels do you require?

Loop Lock Labels come on a roll. These rolls vary in size, length, width and material. The most efficient and cost saving way of producing them is to print them 4-6 across (depending on printer size). They can be printed singularly if required i.e. for baggage at the airport.

Do they need to be resistant to chemicals or weather?

On what will you be using the labels on? What environment will they be placed?

We can provide different materials of Loop Lock Labels depending on where you need to use them. For example if using in a Nursery we can supply labels that are tear resistant, durable, frost and weather proof. If using in a laboratory are there certain chemicals that will come in contact with the labels?

How much do you want to spend?

There are different materials for Loop Lock Labels. For example card, polyethylene or Tyvec. Polyethylene will be more expensive than card. Keep in mind where the labels are going to be used, and how robust the label will need to be.

The higher the quantity ordered the lower the price will be.

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Do you have any special requirements?

Expert Labels offers many options when it comes to your Loop Lock Labels. We provide either a basic white label or if you want something a bit more special we can offer a variety of colour labels.

Our labels can include perforations i.e. a tear off price section.

Please contact us about anything you might be us sure of you may have.

FAQ

Is there a minimal order size?

The minimum order size is 1000 loop lock labels.

Do you provide any suggestions based on our requirements?

We are experienced and always happy to offer advice if asked.

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Horticulture Labels

Printing with high weather resistance

Horticultural labels typically fall into three categories – Loop lock or selt-tie tags, waterpoof self adhesive and economy direct thermal labels. Our garden centre and plant nursery customers tend to print using thermal label printers, laser printers or the trusted permanent marker pen. We supply our clients with horticultural labels to suit all three technologies.

UV light

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Humidity

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Range of horticultural labels

Pot water resistant labels

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Zebra ZT230 Barcode Printer

Thermal (or Direct Thermal) labels

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Stick-in labels

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Thermal Transfer Ribbon

Thermal Ribbons

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Testimonials

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