What is the best vinyl printer?
A printer that is able to print on both heat transfer vinyl and adhesive vinyl is a must in every craft room (in my opinion!) and every t shirt business.
There are an endless array of projects you can create and even sell if you own these machines, so let’s take a look at what you need!
Vinyl Printer Guide
Machines which both print and cut are very expensive, and are made specifically for advanced small business and beyond. For example, the Roland BN-20, a vinyl printer cutter, costs $6000+!
The best option, and what most people do for starters, is to have a separate
heat transfer printer and a separate vinyl cutting machine.
What will be important is choosing a printer than can print on vinyl, and then selecting a cutting machine that has the print and cut feature.
In this post we’re focusing on the
best printer for vinyl, but you can see the best print and cut machines here!
The Best Vinyl Printer
When getting started, you don’t really need the best of the best, right? Unless you’re serious about going into business you will be fine starting off with a cheap vinyl printer.
The first printer we used for printing on adhesive vinyl and HTV was the Epson WF-2630. This machine has been fine for printing on many different printable vinyls.
If I wanted to sell the products we made with printable vinyls, I would want a better printer for a better quality image. The cheaper the printer, the less clean and clear your picture is going to be!
Most Epson Workforce machines make for great vinyl printers, however not all brands are suitable. Some printers are great with transfer paper, but can jam when used with printable vinyls, or the inks may not be suitable.
Best Printer For Vinyl
Here is a list of vinyl printers that can be used for both making vinyl stickers, or printing on printable heat transfer vinyl.
Epson Stylus C88+ A great starter and craft dye sub printer Make home craft sublimation projects Max media: 8.5" x 11" View on Amazon View on Heat Press Nation
Epson Workforce WF-7710 Use for inkjet printed transfers or convert to sublimation Creates vibrant transfers Max media: 13" X 19" View On Amazon
Epson Workforce WF-7720 Wide format desktop printer Use as inkjet or sublimation printer Max Media: 13" X 19" View On Amazon
Brother HL-L2320D Mono Laser Printer Laser printer for printable vinyl Only for use with black laser toner Max media: 8.5" x 11" View On Amazon View on Heat Press Nation
Canon PIXMA iX6820 Inkjet printer for vinyl Fine for use with printable vinyl Max media: 13" X 19" View On Amazon View On Heat Press Nation
Canon PIXMA Pro-100 Inkjet transfer printer Use with transfer paper or printable vinyl Max media: 13" X 19" View On Amazon
Epson HD XP-15000 Use for inkjet printable vinyl Works with printable vinyl Max media: 13" X 19" View On Amazon
Epson Artisan 1430 Wide format printer for sublimation & inkjet transfers Can be used with SawGrass Inks Max media: 13" X 19" View on Amazon
Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 Specifically designed for dye sublimation printing Not only prints on sublimation paper but printable vinyl as well Max media: 8.5" x 14" View On Heat Press Nation View On Amazon
Sawgrass Virtuoso SG800 A larger version of the SG400 Can also print on printable vinyls Max media: 11" x 17" View On Heat Press Nation View On Amazon
SawGrass EasySubli Bundle SawGrass SG400 with Siser EasySubli Inks Sublimatable HTV which is able to be pressed on dark colors & cotton Max media: 8.5" x 14" View Siser EasySubli SG400 View Siser EasySubli SG400 Kit
OKI Laser Printers Perfect for apparel & hard surface applications Use with transfer paper or printable vinyls Max media: 11" x 17" View On Amazon View On Heat Press Nation
Vinyl Decal Printer
If all you need is a simple vinyl decal printer, you are probably fine with whatever printer you already have at home.
Whether you have a laser or inkjet printer, you can generally use either for printing onto sticker paper. All you will need is a cutting machine that has the
contour cut feature.
For example check out this post where we printed vinyl stickers and made a Christmas Cookie Jar.
There is a range of
iron on transfer paper out there which can turn any printer into a vinyl sticker printer!
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