ShipStation is compatible with almost any USB thermal label printer that prints to 4" x 6" or equivalent labels (A6 is supported), as well as standard USB laser/inkjet printers using standard (A4) size paper.
Common thermal printers we've found to work well with ShipStation include Rollo, DYMO, and Zebra. Click the links below to view ShipStation setup articles for each brand!
Each offers different advantages, and while any supported USB model labels will work with ShipStation, it's important to find the best option for your business needs.
- The DYMO 4XL printer is an economical printer that's a breeze to set up. DYMO printers also have a small notch in between each label for auto-calibrating between each label's print job. Keep in mind, though, you MUST use DYMO-approved label rolls. If they don't have the perforation in the upper corner between each label, the labels will not print out properly.
- The ROLLO Heavy-Duty Direct Thermal Printer sits at a similar price point to the DYMO 4XL, and while it doesn't have the same auto-calibrating ability, it has the benefit of allowing fanfold labels. Fanfold labels are beneficial because they are wildly less expensive than rolled labels. Just feed the stack of labels through the back of the printer, and it'll run them through. And, while Rollo doesn't hold the labels inside the printer, they do offer a tray to hold fanfold labels.
- Zebra is also a great option, particularly if print speed is essential to your workflow. The Zebra ZD420, Zebra GC420d, and Zebra GK420d (discontinued) are great for small-to-medium volume printing needs, while the Zebra ZT410 is a great fit for the higher volume needs of our Enterprise users.
- While Zebra printers have a more involved setup process and carry a slightly higher price tag than the Rollo and DYMO options, they more than makeup for it in a high level of customization and powerful, precise printing. Zebra printers support both fanfold and rolled labels.
Thermal printers are worth the investment. If you're printing labels in a high capacity, they can return the initial cost much more quickly than a lower-priced laser printer will. If you have any questions about which model printer you think would work best for your business needs, we'll gladly help you find the best solution for your business needs!