The best thermal printers in 2024

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Address label being printed by DYMO LabelWriter 4XL thermal printer, on a desk in front of packages

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Our top picks↴
1. Best overall: LabelWriter 5XL
2. Small labels: LabelWriter 450
3. Narrow plastic labels: PT-P710BT
4. Quick labels: Polono PL60
5. Best color: Brother VC-500W 
6. Best value: Munbyn Desktop
7. Easiest: Brother QL-1100
8. Best for volume: Zebra GK420d
9. Premium labels: Rollo X1040
How to choose
How we test

The best thermal printers don't need ink, so they're cheaper to run than inkjet or laser printers. They're also compact and portable, reliable, and durable, and tend to run quieter too. That makes them a good choice for small items like barcodes, tickets, and receipts. They're among the best label makers too.

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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, 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.