You can find a receipt printer at every mart, coffee shop and restaurant. They are one of the ideal tools for retailers as these thermal receipt printer never run out of their ‘ink’ and are an important part of POS system. The main options for choosing receipt printers include thermal printers (most standard), dot matrix printers, and ink jet printers. Thermal printing is a digital printing process which produces a printed image by selectively heating coated thermochromic paper and where the paper passes over the thermal print head; the coating turns black in the areas where it is heated, producing an image. The following article lists the best receipt printers available in the market today.
10. Adafruit Receipt Printer ($73.49)
This is Adafruit’s Mini thermal receipt printer. The unit comes disassembled in a box. This printer is ideal for interfacing to print text, barcodes, bitmap graphics, even a QR codes. It only needs a 3.3-5V output cable. You can print with small, medium, large, underlined, inverted and bold text. You can also set the spacing. It requires a thermal paper for printing and features
- Printing Speed: 50-80mm/s
- Resolution: 8 dots/mm, 384 dots/line
- Effective Printing Width: 48mm
9. HP Receipt Printer ($118.25)
This is HP’s receipt printer with serial USB connectivity. The unit is the light weight ideal single station receipt printer for retail environments.
Specifications By The Manufacturer:
- Prints up to 74 lines per second
- Two colours and monochrome thermal printing with graphics capability
- Spill resistant built-in liquid dam with drainage prevents damage to printing mechanism
- 8 MB Flash Memory for custom tasks (add store logos, offer promotions, highlight sales items, print coupons)
- Ceramic auto-cutter and printhead design for extended service life
The HP Serial/USB Receipt Printer is compatible with HP rp3000, rp5700 and ap5000 Point of Sale Systems.
8. Excelvan Receipt Printer ($34.99)
This is Excelvan’s high quality, low cost and high-speed thermal receipt printer. The unit supports different densities bitmap and downloaded graphics and is compatible with ESC/POS print commands set. This unit also supports cash drawer driving and easy paper loading. You can also adjust the font as well as the spacing. Low power consumption and fast bitmap printing.
7. XFOX Receipt Printer ($31.99)
This is Xfox’s 90mm/sec high-speed thermal receipt printer. The unit features a cash drawer control and works with Linux and Windows. It has a flexible structure and is convenient is maintenance and operation. The unit also supports different density bitmaps and download graphics and has a built-in data buffer. The unit is compatible with ESC/POS printing instruction set and a paper size of 58mm.
“Easy to install and use it. High speed and low noise, good!” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
6. EOM-POS Receipt Printer ($169.99)
This is EOM-POS’s thermal receipt printer and comes with free LIVE tech support. It can use a paper of width 3 1/8″ and allows to print via USB cable, serial cable or even share the printer with many different computers via Ethernet. The unit has been tested and works with following POS software, on Windows: QuickBooks, odoo, mindbody, unicenta, keystrokes, vendHQ, revel, Millennium, PC America, cash register express.
“Surprisingly enough this thing works fantastic. The only grief I have with it is there is no valid manual. Would still recommend buying it if you have a dead one you need to replace and you don’t want to fork out 350-400$ for an Epson. It works great with REVEL” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
5. Smart&Cool Receipt Printer ($31.99)
This is Smart&Cool’s thermal receipt printer featuring 90mm/sec high-speed printing. The unit has an integrated cash drawer and latest driver for Windows 10.
- Print Method: Thermal Line Printing
- Print Character: 384 dot/line
- Paper width :57.5±0.5mm
- Interface Type: USB Print Command
- Compatible with ESC/POS
- Roll Diameter:50mm
- Print Thickness: 0.06-0.08mm
“A great product, it comes with drivers for all editions of Windows and is a breeze to install. One thing to remember is to have the printer turned on and properly connected before installing the drivers. The quality of the print is excellent. I would warn anyone looking for drivers for these types of printers not to search for them on-line you will find that all the companies on the first page of a search offer the drivers for free, however, everyone one of them also uploads bloatware, and spyware and in one case RansomWare. After having to reformat my hard drive and reload programs, I decided to buy this printer even though I had an earlier model – the reason being it came with the installation disk. The installation disk even worked on the older model. Smart & Cool offer a great price and since it comes with the necessary drivers – no need to shop anywhere else, where they may not provide drivers. Ignore the other advice from people in their reviews who tell you to download the drivers from a net search.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
4. Epson Receipt Printer ($133.00)
This is Epson’s direct, monochrome thermal printer and can print up to 200mm/sec. The unit includes USB and serial interfaces and does not contain Ethernet or Bluetooth. This cost-effective and energy-efficient printer is ideal for low-volume retailers, food service and virtual terminal applications. It combines basic POS printing functionality with high reliability and convenient features. It also features crisp, clear printing of logos, coupons and barcodes. Also, the TM T20II offers paper-saving options that can reduce paper usage by up to 30 percent. The box includes manuals, drivers, utilities, cables, external power supply and easy to use software tools to speed set-up and installation.
“I use this with our Mindbody account, and the printer works great. It’s quick and quiet. I couldn’t be happier with the savings I have with this.
Firefox browser on Windows 8.1. No issues with drivers.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
3. Epson Receipt Printer ($159.99)
This is also Epson’s monochrome, a direct thermal printer with USB interface. It features printing up to 150mm per second and has an integrated power supply. The unit has versatile placement options and the ease-of-use features include drop-in paper loading, auto cutter and status LEDs. The unit is also ENERGY STAR qualified for low power consumption. Easy to maintain and reliable.
“I have purchased several of these, and they have been working well so far (on Windows 7 PCs with POS software). There seems to be a very slight delay before the job is sent to the printer. These should work well for small to medium businesses where the print volume is not very high.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
2. Star Micronics Receipt Printer ($210.99)
This is Star Micronics’s monochrome, a direct thermal receipt printer. The package comes with an internal power supply, interface cable, power cable, complete mounting kits and a paper roll as well as a full set of software utilities. You can redesign your receipt without modifying your application, add your logo, add coupons, preview receipts and enhance bar codes. Included operating system drivers allow for ‘Plug and Play’ automatic installation. High reliability at an affordable price.
“This printer is fast and has useable options. I use it with my iPad and Square credit card reader. You can also use it for POS or other systems or configurations. Using it with Square credit card processor, I save paper because I only print the customer copy because all the other transaction data is accessed online. And when I tap print on my iPad it starts and completes the printing in just one second. I saw this printer being used at my local drug store with a different setup and it too works well. Give it a try, and I think you’ll be glad you did.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
1. Citizen Receipt Printer ($223.99)
This is Citizen’s high speed, a monochrome direct thermal printer with PC platform support. The unit has a roll diameter of 3.27 inches and features a front paper exit. It has a print speed of up to 200mm/sec and high-resolution output from a robust, long-life thermal printhead. You get access to full range of interface options and drivers for all popular operating systems as well as extensive range of advanced functions. Compact and is Energy Star compliant. Best option!
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