ShipStation is compatible with almost any 4" x 6" thermal label printer or 8.5" x 11" laser printer via USB.
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 that prints 4"x6" 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 little notch in between each label that is used to auto-calibrate the printer between each label's print job. Keep in mind, though, you MUST use DYMO-approved 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 paper that DYMO does, 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 make up for it in a high level of customization and powerful, precise printing. Zebra printers also 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! Just give us a shout!