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Best Thermal label printers for under £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 less than £300.  See our recommendations at the bottom of the page.  Updated July 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.

PrinterProsConsPrice 
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.
£250Buy now
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.
£200Buy now
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.
£245Buy now
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.
£295Buy now
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.
£235Buy now
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.
£270Buy now

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.
£232Buy now
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.
£220Buy now
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.
£260Buy now
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.£250Buy now
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.
£210Buy now
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.
£273Buy now

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.

Cryogenic Labels

We can supply you with labels that are perfect for your laboratory testing.

Our labels are manufactured using materials suitable for direct immersion into liquid nitrogen at -196°C and offer a cohesive bond high enough to withstand thermal shock, thereby eliminating the problem of delamination. This provides improved benefits for laboratories needing reliable label identification on plastic/ glass test tubes that will need to withstand long time cryogenic storage in liquid nitrogen or deep freezing.

Cryogenic labels can be printed on by using either thermal transfer or laser printing methods. This avoids traditional labelling methods i.e. using a marker pen and, as a result, virtually eliminates human error caused by illegible marking or mislabelling. At the same time users are able to print very small batch numbers and detailed barcodes required for certain small vials and test-tubes, whilst ensuring 100% of the information is maintained.

Give us a call today to receive your free sample on: 01359 271 111. Alternatively, you can fill in the form below and we contact you.

Cosmetic Labels

At Expert Labels we understand the importance of your cosmetic labels standing out in one of the most competitive markets today. That’s why we offer you a variety of different materials, with a selection of finishes for your label, enabling your product branding to be that much more effective.

From start-up businesses to the well established brand owners, we offer a flexible approach which allows us to cater for all types of businesses. From small print runs of a couple of hundred, to larger print runs up in the thousands, we can help you.

If you have your brand designed – fantastic! However, if you’re a small start up company and would like some one to help with the designing of your brand, we have in-house designers to help reach your vision.

Your labels need to stand out from your competitors’ and use different finishes and feels to communicate with your clients by sight and touch. That’s why we offer you a variety of different label materials, with a selection of finishes for your label, enabling your product branding to be that much more effective.

Choose:

  • Clear labels for that no label look.
  • Smooth or matt finish labels
  • Embossed labels to make your text and images stand out
  • Full colour or simple single colour options
  • Silver and gold foil printing
  • Fold-out information labels to meet regulations or tell a story
  • Thousands of sizes and shapes
  • Textured paper labels
  • Peelable or permanent labels
  • Peel and reveal labels
  • Tactile warning labels

By using digital printing technology, small start up businesses can look as good as their international competitors. From small print runs of a couple of hundred, to larger print runs up in the hundreds of thousands, we can help you.

Sample pack contents

  • Different label finishes and constructions
  • Clear labels – get the no label look
  • Folded information leaflets

Benefits

  • Scratch Resistant
  • Small Cylinders
  • Waterproof
  • High Quality
  • Label Finishes for Cosmetics

If you have your brand designed – fantastic! However, if you’re a small start up company and would like some one to help with the designing of your brand, we have in-house designers to help reach your vision. Please click here if you would like to read our article on the importance of branding in cosmetics. 

Give one of our Experts a call today to find out more on: 01359 271 111. Alternatively, please fill out the form below and we will contact you.

Coloured Labels

Coloured labels are useful for drawing attention to prices, markdowns or promotions at the retail environment, or could help distinguish between customers, suppliers, shipments, and determine where boxes get placed at the industrial level. They can also be used in the food industry to determine days of the week and for use by dates.

The coloured labels we supply you with can be printed on, or used purely for identification purposes.

We offer a wide variety of labels in various colours, sizes and material. Give us a call today to find out more, or simply fill in the form below and we will get back to you.

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 Labels & Drink Labels

We excel in supplying you the perfect labels for your bottles.

They are manufactured using thermal transfer technology and not only that, our labels are water resistant and shock proof to meet exact requirements of our customers and their consumers. They are coated with the finest quality paper, which also consist of resistance towards UV radiation.

If you need labels for any type of bottle or jar, we can help you! Our labels are available in multiple materials and colours i.e. waterproof materials, Crystal Clear, Matte Clear, Gold Foil, Silver Foil and Glossy White.

With the right labels, we can help your product stand out from all the rest on the shelf! Give us a call or fill in the form below to find out more from our experts today.

Block Out Labels

Despite your best efforts, mistakes with packaging, filing or identification do happen.  Products might even need re-labelling because of redundant text, alternative language instructions or telephone number or ingredient changes on the packaging.  You might even have a need to cover up personal or confidential information.  When this happens, you need a label that will cover up mistakes and confidential or incorrect information without someone being able to read it.  Block out labels are a quick and cost effective alternative to completely re-labelling product.  Block out labels or stickers are also known as cover up labels (or black out labels and even opaque labels).

What are Block Out labels?

non block out labels
The barcode is still visible under label

The information below the block out label is invisible.

Block out labels tend to look like standard white paper stickers, however they have a dark coloured ink printed on the reverse of the paper, before the labels’ adhesive layer is applied.   The dark ink on the reverse makes the labels appear dense enough to hide existing information on the original packaging they’re applied to.

Type of block out labels:

  • kraft or white
  • weatherproof and waterproof
  • pre-printed or blank
  • die cut opaque block out labels
  • butt cut opaque block out labels
  • circular opaque block out labels
  • PCL opaque block out labels
  • thermal opaque block out labels

Sizes of block out labels:

  • 1 x 1″
  • 2 x 3″
  • 2 x 6″
  • 3 x 5″
  • 4 x 6″
  • 5 x 7″
  • 6 x 6″
  • 8 x 10″

Applications of block out labels:

  • To cover up mistakes on existing materials
  • To update information on existing materials
  • To recycle packaging
  • To create completely legible print

Limitations with Block Out Labels

Block out labels are speciality thermal transfer labels, so you’re able to overprint them with your own thermal label printer.  They are usually made to order and not always kept in stock.  The good news is that they can be cut to the most appropriate size (including circular and oval labels) and can be pre-printed or left blank for you to print onto.  Black out labels are usually made from semi gloss paper, but contact us to see what material options are available.  These labels tend to be delivered in roll form.  As with any made to order labels, the more your order the less the unit label cost will be.

Order block-out labels

If you need block out stickers, visit our contact page or give one of our Experts a call today on 01359 271 111. One of our friendly team can advise you on your options and quickly provide a quote.  Alternatively you can fill out a form below and we will contact you.

 

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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Some 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

Wide range of colours & sizes

Coloured Loop lock labels

UV and weather resistant

Prevents premature fading of labels, to ensure excellent readability.

High-strength tear-proof 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!”

Self tie labels

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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Loop lock labels

Loop-lock labels

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. So even during prolonged periods of weather exposure your labels remain intact – making it more efficient and cost effective.

Some 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.

Features

Resistant against chemicals, water, oil and grease

This lets your print and markings on the loop lock label last as long as possible.

Dust-repellent surface

It helps against residues that could cover imprints and markings.

Resistant against UV radiation and weathering

Prevents premature fading out of labels, to ensure excellent readability.

Materials from high-strength

PVC, PET, HDPE, LDPE, PE, Polyart or Tyvek make the labels extremely resistant.

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Industries

  • Horticultural
  • Fish markets, abattoirs, meat packing plants
  • Industrial laundries
  • Baggage tags
  • Machine repair businesses
  • "Pick and pack" businesses

Questions to consider

Labels can be applied by hand, manual applicator, semi-automatic applicator or fully robotic system. Labels need to resist for long term or short term some extreme external conditions.

This is your ultimate questions. Depending on your answer – you will have different range of labels. Also, it’s important to know duration of max temperature.

You should be aware of your maximal temperature, but also what will be constant temperature around label 

If so,  this will help businesses identify any safety controls needed in the workplace, and tell workers how to deal safely with a chemical.

Do you need just a barcode, QR code, pre-printed design, etc.

Labels can be applied with adhesive part, but also they can be nailed, bolted, spot welded or clipped into place to identify items.

Client's review

We struggled to find a supplier who could get the right label material in a reasonable time-frame. Expert Labels understood what we needed, sent us samples to test and supplied us with labels that survived in our kilns - thank you.
John Doe
Designer

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