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The best label maker in 2022

Woman holding newly printed label next to Brother QL-800, one of the best label makers
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With the best label maker, you can print address labels, folder labels, product labels and price tags, and more for your business. You can go around your home labelling everything from storage boxes to food containers. You can create labels for scrapbooking and other craft projects. In short, you'll find your label maker so useful, you'll be astonished you ever lived without it. 

So how to do you the best label maker for your needs? First, think about the kind of labels you want to print (paper, fabric, iron-on, metallic..?), and how long you wish them to be. Also consider how you want to design your labels: on the computer, via your smartphone, or using the label maker itself. Plus, do you want a label maker that runs on mains electricity, batteries, or hand-power? 

Below you'll find the best label makers available today, for a range of purposes and suiting a variety of budgets. We explain how each one differs, and give you the key information you need to choose between them.

The best label maker in 2022

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1. Brother PT-P710BT Label Maker

The best label maker overall

Specifications

Printer type: Thermal
Connects via: Micro USB, Bluetooth
Max tape width: 24mm
Powered by: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: ‎128 x 128 x 67mm
Weight: 670g

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Compact and light
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Labels come in various color and sizes

Reasons to avoid

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No wired connection

We'll cut to the chase. The Brother P-Touch Cube PT-P710BT is the best label maker overall, as it's very flexible, easy to use, and very affordable. 

You can use this label maker to create customized labels including barcodes, images, logos, symbols, frames and more. It connects to your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, allowing you to create and print labels via the free app. That app gives you a lot of font choices, and you can spellcheck your text before you print it.

The Brother PT-P710BT is compact and lightweight, so it won't take up too much space and is nicely portable. The included battery is rechargeable via USB. Tapes are available in up to 60 different color and size combinations, and you can choose between tape widths of 6, 9,12,18 and 24mm. 

Like all the label makers on this list, it uses thermal printing, so you won't need to add ink. It comes with four metres of 24mm-wide, black on white TZe tape. The only negative we can see is the lack of wired connection, which some people prefer to messing about with Bluetooth.

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2. Brother VC-500W Label Maker and Photo Printer

The best label maker for color printing

Specifications

Printer type: Thermal
Connects via: USB, Wi-Fi
Max tape width: 50mm
Powered by: AC adapter
Dimensions: 116 x 113 x 96mm
Weight: 660g

Reasons to buy

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Good quality color prints
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Variety of widths
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Labels up to 50cm long

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap to run

Want to move beyond monochrome? Then we recommend Brother's VC-500W, which allows you to print both photos and labels in full color. Prints are good quality, and labels are available in 9mm, 12mm, 19mm, 25mm and 50mm widths. The device's continuous roll technology lets you create labels up to 50cm long.

Connect the VC-500W to your Wi-Fi router and you can print from your PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet using the included app. Alternatively, you can connect it via the included USB cable if you prefer. If you like, the app allows you to add personal touches such as text, borders, filters and emojis to your labels and photos.

This printer comes with one five-metre label roll and one cleaning roll. The labels are self-adhesive, so you don't need to worry about applying glue.

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3. Phomemo D30 Mini Label Printer

The best cheap label printer

Specifications

Printer type: Thermal
Connects via: Bluetooth 4.0
Max tape width: 15mm
Powered by: 1200mAh rechargeable battery
Dimensions: 131.3 x 75.4 x 29mm
Weight: 250g

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Very portable
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Long battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Only prints small sizes

Short on funds, and only need to print small labels? Then the Phomemo D30 Mini Label Printer is a great choice. Perfect for printing things like price tags and package labels at widths from 6-15mm, this device can print continuously for four hours, and be used for three months on a single charge. And yet it's smaller than some smartphones, making it supremely portable and storable.

The supplied app provides you with a range of templates, more than 60 borders, over 1,000 icons and more than 20 fonts. It connects your smartphone to the printer via Bluetooth. To get you started, you get one 12x40mm thermal paper roll, which has self-adhesive backing.

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4. Brother PT-D600 label printer

The best label maker with a keyboard

Specifications

Printer type: Thermal
Connects via: USB
Max tape width: 24mm
Powered by: AC adapter or AA batteries (not included)
Dimensions: 200 x 193 x 86mm
Weight: 95g

Reasons to buy

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QWERTY keyboard
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PC or Mac option
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Supports specialist tapes 

Reasons to avoid

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Can't connect wirelessly

A label maker with an integrated keyboard saves you faffing around with apps. And our top choice is the Brother PT-D600. That's because its keyboard features large keys and angled design for easy typing, and there's a nice-sized, color backlit display to give you a clear view of your work. 

That said, if you prefer you can connect to this label maker to your PC or Mac via the supplied USB cable, and use Brother's free software instead. 

You can create personalized labels up to 24mm (.94 inches) wide, and choose between 14 fonts and 11 font styles, 99 frames, and over 600 symbols. You can also save up to 99 of your most-commonly used labels for reprinting at a later date. The device is powered by either six AA batteries (not included) or the included AC power adapter.

Tthe PT-D600 also lets you use a range of specialist tapes for specific purposes. You can use it, for instance, to create clothing labels, using fabric, iron-on tape; labels with acid-free adhesive that are safer for scrapbooking and other photo-sensitive materials; and labels for identifying cables and wires. 

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5. Brother QL-800 Label Maker

The best label maker for printing address labels

Specifications

Printer type: Thermal
Connects via: USB
Max tape width: 62mm
Powered by: AC adapter or AA battery (not included)
Dimensions: 260 x 180 x 230mm
Weight: 1.15kg

Reasons to buy

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Import addresses from Excel or Word
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Print in red and/or black
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Print up to 1m in length

Reasons to avoid

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No wireless connection

If address labels are the main thing you want to print, check out the Brother QL-800 Label Maker. The bundled software for PC and Mac allows you to import content from both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, so you can create a file that allows you to print a list of address labels in one batch. You also get the option of printing in red and/or black.

Connect your computer to the printer via the supplied USB cable, and you can print from a variety of pre-sized labels. These include Brother's continuous rolls, which allow you to print at 62mm wide, and up to 1m in length. A five-metre long roll is included in the package, along with 100 standard address labels.

Dymo Embossing Label Maker

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6. Dymo Embossing Label Maker

The best label maker for embossed labels

Specifications

Printer type: Embossing
Connects via: No power required
Max tape width: 9mm
Powered by: Hand
Dimensions: 159 x 161 x 74mm
Weight: 201g

Reasons to buy

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Great for nostalgia
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Fund for kids
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No batteries needed

Reasons to avoid

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Limited design choices

Embossing is the processes of creating raised relief text and designs in paper and other materials. Back in the 1970s, pretty much all label makers used this technique. And as it normally goes with design, this style has come full circle from looking outdated and cheesy to now becoming hip and cool again. The other good thing about embossing label makers is they don't require batteries.

If you want to try out this labelling style for your modern craft projects, or treat it as a fun project for the kids, the DYMO Embossing Label Maker is our top pick. Just by turning and clicking, you can print sharp, white tab-cut characters, 3.7 mm high, on 9mm-wide tape. If you've never tried making embossed labels before, give it a go: it's a lot of fun!

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7. Dymo LetraTag LT-100H Plus

Handheld label maker that's super-portable

Specifications

Printer type: Thermal
Connects via: Wi-Fi
Max tape width: 12mm
Powered by: AC adapter or batteries
Dimensions: 200 x 99 x 71mm
Weight: 22g

Reasons to buy

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Small and portable
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Fiddly to type on
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Supplied tapes not adhesive

Resembling an ageing cellphone, the Dymo LetraTag LT-100H Plus is a handheld device for printing paper, plastic and iron-on labels. Use the on-board keyboard to type, and the 13-character LCD display shows you what you're about to print. 

This is a little fiddlier than the full QWERTY keyboard of the Brother PT-D600, but manageable for anyone who's used to typing on a phone.

You can choose from five font sizes, seven print styles and eight box styles. There's a maximum label width of 12mm, and you also have the option of printing two-line labels. Everything is self-contained, so there's no need to connect it to a computer or phone, or download an app. 

This device runs on four AA batteries, which are not supplied. You also have the choice of buying an AC adapter, which is again not included. Note also that the supplied Dymo plastic tapes supplied are not adhesive.

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8. Phomemo M110 Label Maker

Another great mini label maker

Specifications

Printer type: Thermal
Connects via: Bluetooth, USB
Max tape width: 57mm
Powered by: Rechargeable 1500mAh battery
Dimensions: 178 x 148 x 72 mm
Weight: 500g

Reasons to buy

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Small and portable
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Range of free templates 
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Supports Excel

Reasons to avoid

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Can't plug into wall

Here's another great mini label printer. The Phomemo M110 connects your mobile phone easily, via Bluetooth 4.0 or Wi-Fi. Its included app features a range of templates for things like clothing labels, price labels, cable labels, jewellery labels, address labels and folder labels. You can set up your own templates, too, and there's support for Excel batch printing.

The Phomemo M110 supports tapes up to 57mm in width, and comes with a 1500 mAh rechargeable battery, which should keep you going for about four or five days on one charge. 

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Tom May
Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq (opens in new tab), and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.