The 9 Best Label Makers for Home Offices in 2018

What is one of the most useful tools for organizing your home or office? (Okay, besides a trash can.) If you are reading this, you know a good label maker is at the top of the list. This is the difference between organization and pure chaos. If you struggle with either having too much stuff, or not knowing where any of your stuff is (or both), now is the time to get yourself a label maker.

Sorting and storing items are a huge part of clearing your clutter chaos. (Yeah, try saying that three times fast!) Once you’ve masted the clearing and sorting, labeling becomes the next major step to keeping everything organized. With labels in place, you will know where everything belongs, and you can locate what you need quickly and efficiently.

Grab a few storage containers (check out your local dollar store) some labeling and your home office will transform into an attractive and functional space. Gone are the days, frantically searching for those important items.

Home office overwhelmed with paper clutter? Creating labeled files enables you to sort and store everything to get it off your desk. A label maker can make attractive labels for your filing system(s) quickly and consistently. With many options for label fonts and sizes, your file folder labels will look professional and readable. This is great for people with indecipherable handwriting!

So now that you know a label maker will change your life, what do you look for? There are many different types and styles of label makers for home and office use. Let’s take a look at some of the best sellers.

#1 Epson LabelWorks LW-300 Label Maker

The Epson LabelWorks LW-300 is a good midrange label maker, and a great deal for the price. The LW-300 has 14 different fonts, 10 styles, over 75 frames and 300-plus symbols all built-in. It is impressive that for the price. This label maker supports 7 different languages.

The QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to type out your text and you can preview what you entered before printing. It runs on 6 AAA batteries, or you can purchase the AC adapter separately. The built-in memory can store up to 30 label files for later use. Customers give this model good reviews online.

One of the many benefits to the LW-300 is its designed to use smaller margins compared to other brands. This results in savings of up to 62% more tape. As a result, you can buy more tape to label anything that you like! The label tape is available in many ink and tape color combinations. The cost is extremely reasonable, compared to other brands. (There are also compatible off-brand tape refills that sell for about half the price of the brand name.)

You can fit two lines of text on labels sized up to ½ inch. Types of tape also available are glow-in-the-dark, reflective, decorative and cloth iron-on. With so many options, you will find yourself using this label maker not only in your office, but also all over your house.

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#2 Dymo LabelManager 160 Handheld Label Maker

When most people think of a Dymo label maker, they may remember the plastic model from decades ago. The one with a big plastic wheel that spins to select letters or characters. Also, the hand-trigger that impressed the letter into the stiff plastic tape. Never mind that the tape stayed curvy and rarely stuck to anything for very long–we were having fun labeling everything! (Some of us fell in love with label making at a young age.) Well, Dymo has come a long way!

The LabelManager 160 is priced in the midrange of label makers. As a bonus, replacement tapes sell for far less than other label makers. This model runs on 6 AAA batteries or an optional AC adapter (not included). Since the purchase price is so low, make sure to add the AC adapter, and you still have the option to go portable when needed.

The automatic shut off feature prevents draining the batteries when not in use. You never know when you will need to make a label on the go (like the soap and paper towel dispensers at a friends house—why not?) You may enjoy labeling things so much that carrying a label maker becomes second nature.

The QWERTY keyboard makes it easy to type in your labels. Also, the LCD display allows you to check spelling before you print. (NO REGERTS) There is a last-label memory feature that allows you to print the same label multiple times. You know, so you don’t have to type in important documents over and over again.

The LabelManager 160 is able to print 6 different font sizes in 8 text styles. This also includes 4 frames plus an underline feature. Also available, there are 228 symbols and clip art, and all can be printed on tape from ¼ inch to ½ inch wide.

While there are fewer fancy features to the LabelManager 160, the low prices may help you decide that this is the model for you. If all you want is easy and quick basic labeling, this is an excellent choice. With over 6,000 customers contributing feedback, this model gets great reviews, so it is clear to see that this model is a popular choice.

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#3 Brady BMP21-PLUS Hand-held Label Printer with Rubber Bumpers

The Brady BMP21-PLUS is a very popular choice for many professional identification needs, such as wires and cables, patch panels, circuit panels and other industrial uses. The BMP-21 PLUS is a high-end professional label maker with many types of tape refills in sizes from ¼ inch to ¾ inches wide. Specialty tapes available include 10-year Outdoor Vinyl, Nylon Cloth Wire ID, Heat Shrink Wire ID, Standard Polyester and Chemical Resistant Polyester. Labels can have multiple lines of text, using font sizes from 6-40 points and any of 100 symbols.

The back-lit display enables you to work in low-light conditions, and the hard rubber case protects the BMP21-PLUS from damage if it should fall. Many accessories are available for this model, including a magnetic holder for hands-free use, a carry case, AC adapter, long life LI-ION battery and more. With over 200 online reviews, this model gets very good ratings from customers, many of whom use it daily in their workplace.

For professions that require a lot of labeling, this model receives glowing reviews, but for a basic home office, it may not be what you are looking for. Although, if you have a lot of outdoor items or server racks to label, give this one a look.

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#4 Brother P-Touch Easy Portable Label Maker (PTH110)

One of the best-known names in label makers is Brother. There is a variety of models with different capabilities, one of which is sure to meet your needs.

The design options at first glance may appear to be limited on this model as compared to other models. The Brother P-Touch Easy Portable Label Maker, is a low priced, lightweight, portable model with a QWERTY keyboard, 15 label memory and a graphical display. It has 3 fonts, 5 patterns, 14 frames and over 250 symbols built-in.

The PTH110 Label Maker can print 1 or 2 lines of text on label tape up to 12mm (about ½ inch). Powered by 6 AAA batteries, the P-Touch Easy can also run on an optional AC adapter (not included). Tape refills are available in many colors and options.

It is capable of printing cable labels. The durable label tape can also be used in the kitchen from freezer to microwave to dishwasher. Imagine what you can do with it in your office, then go crazy in the rest of the house! For the price, this label maker has a good selection of features and receives good reviews from customers. There is a 1 year limited warranty, and telephone support for the life of the product.

For basic home office labeling, this is a no-nonsense option with a great price to match.

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#5 Brother P-Touch PT-D210 Label Maker

The Brother P-Touch PT-D210 is a step up in features from the P-Touch Easy Portable label maker. With a corresponding increase in price, this midrange labeler has 14 fonts, 95 frames and more than 600 symbols, which is a lot more creativity for the price. Also available are many useful templates, including file, gift, and decorative labels with patterns. Tape refills come in a wide variety of colors and other options. They have widths up to 12mm (about ½ inch), and are compatible with many other Brother label makers.

Don’t forget to check the off brand refills at a much lower cost. Specialty refills available include tapes for cables and wires, acid-free tape for photographs and scrapbooks and non-laminated iron-on tape for labeling clothing and other fabrics.

The 30 label memory allows you to store and reprint labels without having to design and type in the information each time. There is a graphical display so you can see what you are typing in and check for spelling before printing. The PT-D210 runs on 6 AAA batteries or an optional AC adapter (not included).

A nice benefit to the PT-D210 is the chain print feature, which allows you to minimize tape waste by printing multiple labels at a time with smaller margins between them. This model also has an optional carry case (not included) that holds the printer and a few tape refills, so you can take your label maker on the go.

The many options for design give this model the flexibility to do basic labeling for your home office and more creative work not only in your office, but also in other areas of your home. Combining durable tape in fun colors with different fonts and frames lets you personalize labels not only in your office, but also your kitchen, children’s rooms, bathrooms, or even your garage, backyard, doghouse, car–whatever you want!

There are a lot of design options for the price, so the PT-D210 is an excellent choice for not only your home office, but also for organization and craft projects in the rest of the house. Customers who have purchased this model give very positive reviews. The graphical display is limited to black and white, but otherwise, this model is a great balance of basics and creative options for the price.

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#6 Brother P-Touch PC-Connectible Label Maker (PT-1230PC)

Another selection from the Brother line of products is the P-Touch PC-Connectible Label Maker. This label maker is a desktop model that uses your computer to design labels. An included USB cord connects the printer to your computer. The software provided is compatible with Windows-based computers. The software is upgradable on the Brother website and with the upgrades, you gain bar code and database printing features. The PT-1230PC runs on 6 AAA batteries, or you can purchase an AC adapter separately.

Using the software, the label maker can utilize any True Type/scalable font already installed on your computer and print multiple lines of text and graphics on four different label widths up to ½ inch wide. Tape refills in different colors are available and laminated tape can be used for indoor or outdoor use.

Though the PT-1230PC has many nice design features because it works with your computer, a drawback of this feature is that there is no keyboard or screen on the model for portable printing. This model can only be used with a Windows-based computers and will not work on an Apple or Linux. Customers who have purchased this model give good reviews with few complaints.

If you are looking for design over portability, this model has many features you will enjoy, and if you have a need to print bar codes for a home-based business, this model is a good option.

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#7 Brother P-Touch PTD600 PC Connectible Label Maker with Color Display

The PTD600 is a high-end label maker with the ability to connect to your computer, or print as a standalone unit. This model offers a full-color backlit display for WYSIWYG printing, and can be used in low-light conditions. The QWERTY keyboard enables you to make labels on the go without having to be connected to a computer. The free P-Touch Editor label design software includes a large selection of templates. You can create custom labels using fonts, symbols and graphics already installed on your computer.

This model can print up to 7 lines of text on 5 different widths of label tape up to 24mm (about .94 inches) and supports large character printing. Refill tapes are available in a range of colors and styles, including acid-free adhesive for photographs, crafting and scrapbooking, and non-laminated fabric iron-on tape for labeling clothing. The high resolution feature enables you to print sharp and professional graphic barcodes and logos. This model is especially suited to high-volume jobs with fast printing and an automatic tape cutter.

The PTD600 runs on 6 AA batteries, or the included AC adapter. Also included is a USB cable to connect the unit to your computer. Unlike the Brother PT1230-PC, this model is compatible with Apple as well as Windows-based computers. Always check for updates. Updated software and drivers are available at the Brother website.

With all the different features, the PTD600 is a powerful tool for all your labeling needs. This model is worth the investment for a home office or any home-based business. The editing software increases the possibilities and the only limit to your labeling is your own creativity! For the price, this is one of the best label making options. For versatility, the PTD600 can’t be beat.

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#8 Brother P-Touch Cube Smartphone Label Maker

If you are a person who loves high-tech devices and can’t put down your smartphone, (you know who you are) the Brother P-Touch Cube Smartphone Label Maker might be for you. With a minimal price, the Cube runs on the included AC adapter, or can be portable with 6 AAA batteries. Tape refills come in a variety of colors and materials, in widths up to 12mm (about 1/2 inch). Laminated tape is water and fade resistant and can be used indoors or outdoors.

In the kitchen, the laminated tape can go from freezer to microwave to dishwasher. The Cube comes with a wide variety of templates. You can also design your own from the 450 symbols, more than 60 frames and a nice selection of fonts.

The Cube uses the free P-Touch Design & Print App to connect to your Apple or Android device (phone or tablet) with Bluetooth wireless technology, and can utilize voice to text and spell check to assist you in designing your labels.

Between the “talk to text” feature and the Bluetooth wireless technology, this is surely the label maker of the future. Customers who have purchased the Cube offer mixed reviews. Though there are more positive than negative, it seems you will either love it or hate it.

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#9 Chalkboard Labels Bundle – 96 Premium Reusable Chalkboard Stickers

If all this technology has you overwhelmed, or you prefer a more personal, “homey” touch to your labels, these reusable chalkboard stickers by Lasuavy may be just the right thing for you. Made from durable vinyl with a matte and smooth texture, these labels really replicate the look of a chalkboard.

The pack of 96 stickers gives you a variety of sizes and shapes, though none of them would really work for file folders. These will be great for labeling storage boxes or other items on shelves, closets, laundry rooms, and pantries. Labels will stick to many surfaces, especially plastic, metal or glass.

The pack of 96 comes with a white “chalk” pen that is easy to use and really looks like chalk on the label. You can use actual chalk on the labels, but the pen works much better and can be wiped off with a wet paper towel. The labels are designed to be used more than once. This means you can wipe off the writing, pull up the label and place it somewhere else.

The package of 96 stickers sells for a very reasonable price and includes the chalk pen. Customer reviews are very positive. So if you have cute handwriting, or just prefer an old-fashioned approach with a vintage look, you can’t go wrong with these labels.

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