While digital media continues to play a huge role in modern commerce and we don’t see it stopping anytime soon, printers are still a necessity in many business activities today.
Are you a business owner who wants to get the most use out of your printer? Are you a small business who is looking to get their first printer to make their dreams a reality or are you looking to upgrade your current system?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then consider reading further.
We will discuss some of the best printers and copiers on the market for both traditional paper printers and for those needing fabric printers.
Traditional Paper Printers
The printing needs of your business will more than likely exceed the printing needs of your household so it is important to begin by distinguishing printers that are designed for home use and printers that can handle the rigors of professional tasks.
Here are some of the best printers on the market for your business:
This printer can connect quickly and easily with your current computers via Google Cloud Print or Apple AirPrint which makes it a top choice if you are looking for a printer that won’t waste your time with complicated interfacing.
It can print at speeds of up to 48 pages a minute and can automatically print double-sided so you don’t have to waste time re-feeding printed pages. If this sounds like something you need you’re in luck because it is one of the most affordable printers on our list.
Xerox Phaser 6510/DNI
The Xerox Phaser series is a line of color laser printers that were built specifically for commercial use. While it may not be as fast as our last entry (clocking in at 30 pages per minute) it makes up for it by offering an optional 550 sheet feed tray, perfect for offices with larger printing needs.
Samsung Xpress M2885FW
This wireless printer is ideal for Android users. It easily connects to your mobile Android device via an app and allows you to start a print job at the click of a button. So simple, right?
We added this printer to our list because it would be a good fit for any business owner who is looking to save money. It has an Eco-friendly feature that allows it to print efficiently and can save on toner by up to 20%.
Epson WorkForce ET-4750
We consider this our all-in-one. It’s a printer, scanner fax machine combo so it can handle all of your copying needs but one of its best features is its high capacity ink tanks. That’s right we said ink tanks – not cartridges.
The WorkForce comes equipped with large capacity ink tanks that can print over 10,000 pages in color without having to switch them out. For an office that has very large printing needs, this would be the ideal printer for you.
Plus, when the time comes, you can buy new ink tanks directly from Epson at a great price which drives down the cost of printing per page.
Now that we have discussed some of the best traditional printers for your business needs, let’s get into the best fabric printers. It is important to note that certain fabrics and materials are best printed on a certain kind of fabric printer.
We will be including the two most commonly used fabric printers on the market: dye-sublimation printers (used for printing on polyester) and direct-to-garment printers (best for printing on organic materials).
Without further ado, here is our list of the best fabric printers for businesses:
As far as direct-to-garment printers go, this one is well-liked within the industry because of its ease of use. Oftentimes, fabric printers can be a difficult transition for first-time users and require warming up period.
This printer was designed to be very user-friendly and low-maintenance so this would be ideal for any new t-shirt printing business. It is perfect for printing on woven material and is technically advanced enough to monitor its own performance on printing jobs.
Similar to the printer mentioned above, the Epson F7200 is a dye-sublimation printer is ideal for those just getting into the fabric printing business and is looking for something simple to use. This option is a wide-format printer with a capacity for a 64-inch print width and is surprisingly affordable too.
When starting your business you probably want a more minimal investment until you can work your way up to a printer with incredibly advanced features.
This dye-sublimation printer may be more bare-bones when it comes to design, but it still delivers what many modern business owners need. It is not a technically advanced printer but with an eight-color channel printing capacity, it has what you need to get most printing jobs done. With this printer, you also have the option of using a wide array of inks, which can be very helpful long-term.
Offering all the great features of the aforementioned Mimaki entry on our list, the 1800B is a great direct-to-garment printer but with more specialized features. This printer would be perfect for those who regularly print on delicate fabrics and knitted materials.
It features an adhesive print blanket that secures delicate fabrics through the printing process and will not damage the edges of the specialty fabrics. It prints on troublesome materials with incredible fidelity, which can be hard to find.
Consider your Needs
We hope that we have put together a good cross-section of printers that represent the demands of a variety of business owners. Still, in the end, you need to consider the specific needs of your business. No matter how comprehensive our list, your business experience will be the best guide in choosing a printer that is right for you.
Be sure to carefully look over our list and compare the entries to your own business needs. If you do, you will have a great shot a landing a printer that is perfect for your business needs.