The best label makers in 2022

The best label makers; represented by a woman using a label maker surrounded by towels
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When it comes to choosing from the best label makers then you have plenty of choice, from pocket-sizes devices, wireless label makers and all-in-one machines. There are even small craft machines now that can create custom designed stickers and labels.

Label makers can be hugely handy for small businesses too; if you need to make a lot of shipping labels, for instance, having a handheld label maker can be an excellent way to streamline the process. For those who run Etsy shops or similar businesses, it can be a real time-saver. Whether you're looking for a label maker for home or business use, you may want to scroll down to our section on how to choose the best label maker, where we run through some basic features. 

Label makers tend to be pretty simple in terms of how they work. Typically, a label maker will use heat to apply your chosen text to a removable label that comes on a roll or strip of tape. This does mean, naturally, that you'll need to keep it stocked up with tape, and resupply on a regular basis if you're printing lots of labels. 

We've taken into account printing efficiency when making our picks for this guide, whether we've tested ourselves or judged on reputation and reviews, as well as how easy the label maker is to use (see how we test craft machines for more). Some have their own keyboards, Blackberry-style, while others can connect via Bluetooth or other wireless means to a smartphone, where you can punch in your designs. 

There are plenty of good label maker brands out there – we've included products by Brother, Dymo and others, as well as one of the best Cricut machines for printing vinyl labels. If you're looking for something a little fancier, then check out our guide to the best embossing machines, which provide a great way to add a little flair to a homemade label. 

The best label makers available now

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The best label makers; a photo of the NiiMbot label maker

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4. NiiMbot D11

The best small label maker

Specifications

Size: 13 x 7.8 x 2.9 cm
Fonts: 8 + Spanish, Korean and Swedish
Connectivity: Bluetooth

Reasons to buy

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Creates stickers, labels and more
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Easy to use app
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Create QR codes and barcodes

Reasons to avoid

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Too small for some tasks

The NiiMbot D11 is a tiny label maker that packs a big punch when it comes to its features list. Despite being smaller than an iPhone you can print everything from stickers to traditional labels, and run off large batches for big projects.

This little label maker comes with a design app for Apple and Android and includes a number of pre-designed logos and graphics to combine with its six modern fonts for striking labels. 

The NiiMbot D11's stickers are oil resistant, waterproof and free BPA free, so you can label children's toys. The NiiMbot D11 can even create QR and barcodes for all your needs. The only real downside is the size - we love its pocket-appeal but it does mean all your labels are restricted to 15mm wide.

The best label makers: frequent questions

How to choose the best label maker

When choosing the best label maker, you need to consider what you'll use it for. For some, a label maker will facilitate a small business or store that's run from home, but others will simply want a label maker to organise their home with small sticky labels for spices and jars. 

We included a range of sizes in this guide, and the size of the label maker is another important factor. It goes without saying that a small label maker can only print small labels, so if you need a generous width, you will have to go up in size when choosing the best label maker for you.

Connection is a big factor. Many more modern label makers can be used wirelessly, which means you can customise your labels from your phone and then send them over to your label maker to print. This is great for added fonts and styles, but it will mean that you need a Bluetooth connection at all times when printing labels. Some will prefer a simple manual embossing label maker, which does not even require batteries, but most people opt for a digital label maker with a Blackberry-style keyboard to make it easy to type out your labels and adjust the font and size on one device.

Do label makers run out of ink?

Generally no. Label makers are thermal printers, meaning they transfer heat from a thermal print head onto specially treated labels made from heat-sensitive paper. This means no refilling ink cartridges and no messy spills. The only thing you need to be mindful of is ensuring you buy the correct labels that are made out of the right stuff; generally you can order refills directly from manufacturers like Brother or DYMO. 

Are labels from label makers waterproof?

The specially treated thermal paper that most label makers use will generally stand up to a bit of water, as long as you wipe it off in quick fashion. They're not made to be submerged or drenched, but a splash with water shouldn't cause much of an issue. 

What's the most versatile label maker?

The most versatile label maker is the Cricut Joy, because it doesn't just act as a label maker, it can cut out designs, too. That said, the Cricut Joy may be overkill for people who want to just print out a few simple labels for use in the home. For that purpose, we recommend the Brother PT-H110, which is simple and easy to use, and doesn't cost as much as the Cricut Joy.

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Millie Fender
Freelance writer

Millie is a regular freelancer for Creative Bloq, and an expert in craft and design. In her day job Millie is Real Homes' Small Appliances and Cooking Editor, where she is constantly on the hunt for the latest (and best) kitchen appliances, and reviewing these products hands-on. She was previously at TopTenReviews as a Staff Writer. As a baking enthusiast, Millie’s job at Real Homes is the perfect excuse to cook up an endless supply of snacks. When she’s not in the kitchen though, she loves knitting and exploring London's top food markets. 

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