There are many different types of printed heat transfers, requiring different inks, different transfer papers, and using different printers.
In this post we’ll consider inkjet printers, laser printers, and sublimation printers for heat transfers, and help you to decide which is best for your needs!
Heat Transfer Printer Review
If you already know the type of heat transfer printer you want, here is a list of tried and tested printers.
These machines are all commonly used by those at different stages in their t shirt printing journey. The machine you choose will depend on the type of transfer you want to complete, your budget, and possibly your preferred brand.
Check them out and compare the prices of the different types of printer!
Here are the different types of printers that you can use for heat transfers.
Keep in mind that each uses different transfer paper and ink, and all have a different look and feel upon transfer! It’s best to go out and see the final products in real life to determine what you like best.
Best InkJet Printer For Heat Transfers:
Inkjet printers are great for starting out with heat transfers. You can use cheap iron on transfer paper and be making your own t shirt designs in no time.
Inkjet printers that can do heat transfers are very affordable, straightforward to use, and there is a ton of online support out there to help get you going.
Epson printers are the best printers for heat transfers when first starting out (in my opinion)!
We’ve been using a cheap workforce printer for many years to print on both heat transfer paper and adhesive vinyl. While the results are not as bright and vibrant colorful as with better (more expensive) printers, they are definitely acceptable!
Many of the Epson printers can be converted for use with sublimation inks. You will need to keep in mind though that whatever ink goes into a printer first, that’s what it needs to stay with. You either need to use it as a dedicated sublimation printer or inkjet printer for heat transfers.
The good thing about using it as an inkjet printer is that it can then be used as your ordinary office printer as well.
Epson printers are good at feeding transfer papers through while not damaging or melting them. Some brands of printers have a more difficult time of this.
Because they cost a bit more than the Epson printers, most people usually start off with an Epson and then upgrade to a SawGrass.
These machines have been specifically designed for Sublimation Printing, and there are no others quite like them. They allow for highly vibrant prints which can be applied to garments and hard substrates.
A more recent addition to the SawGrass family are the Siser EasySubli range of products. This includes a new type of sublimation ink for printable vinyl, allowing you to apply sublimation transfers onto colors and cottons.
Oki white toner printers are popular printers for t shirt printing businesses.
These machines are much more expensive, running into the many thousands of dollars. However, there is reason for this! They are efficient printers designed specifically for printing on heat transfer paper for garment application.
Not all Oki Printers can print white toner (some are CMYK), so ensure you’re looking at the one suited for your requirements.
Use white toner in your heat transfers
Quality full color transfers
Easy to use
Media flexibility & low cost per page
These are expensive printers
Less online tutorials
Best Printer For Heat Transfer Paper
While there is no single best printer for heat transfer paper, there are certainly those that are better than others!
I hope this post has served to show you some of the most popular choices among those who are printing t shirts for business and those doing it for fun from home.
If you are just wanting a printer for the likes of Avery transfer paper, picking up an Epson Workforce is your best bet. That’s what we’ve used for creating cool heat transfers from home!
Let us know if you’ve got any questions, and leave any comments below. Thanks for visiting!