Dec 02, 2023

Best labelling machines to organise your home

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Organise your stuff with our pick of the best labelling machines to streamline your living space

If you've got grand plans to declutter your home and streamline your storage system in the months ahead, a labelling machine is an essential bit of kit.

Whether you’re labelling storage drawers, tubs, boxes, jars, letters or food, sticking a label on your items helps you find what you need quickly and easily.

Popular with domestic goddesses and decluttering gurus such as Mrs Hinch and Stacey Solomon, a labelling machine is also a welcome addition for those whose handwriting is as legible as the average GP.

Parents who need to label children's clothes and belongings for nursery or school will also appreciate the opportunity to easily label all their items in super quick time. A label maker will also come in handy for everything from labelling garden plants, jars of homemade jam or boxes for a house move. They're the perfect way to make the most of your craft storage and organise your supplies.

Portable, light and easy-to-use, labelling machines come in a range of models, with options of black and white or colour labels.

Beyond the practicalities of organising, label makers can help you add finesse to gift wrapping or scrapbook projects. You could even personalise presents with some.

The ability to add pictures or emojis with certain models means they are great for kids, especially those developing their literacy skills. If you're lucky, it could even help them organise their room and be more enthusiastic at tidy up time.

Other label makers use embossing to make their mark, meaning you’ll need to buy a supply of tape and ribbon for this to work – although the vintage effect offered by such models is incredibly appealing.

Not sure where to begin? Fear not. We’ve done the donkey work and sifted through the labelling machines on offer to find the best for all budgets and tastes. Read on to begin organising your home for a simpler life today.

This battery-operated labelling machine by respected electronics brand Brother is a great option for those who don't want to splash out too much. With an easy-to-read ABD keyboard and LCD screen, this stylish red model comes with a 4M black on white laminated tape and features a convenient built-in cutter.

A favourite of Mrs Hinch, this bargain product doesn't compromise on functionality, making it a great choice for those on a budget. Marking tape comes in six different colours and we love the retro design of these embossed labels.

This versatile Cricut Joy cuts over 50 materials, including iron-on, cardstock, vinyl, paper, and Cricut Smart Materials and creates easy and super-long cuts without a cutting mat. It can also cut and create pictures, hand-drawn designs and cut-out words so you can really put your design skills to use and get a high-end result.

Weighing in at just 1.75kg, this is a great option for those wanting a lighter, space saving digital cutting machine. You'll also find plenty of creative uses for it beyond labelling.

This handheld label maker has a simple graphic display so you can preview your label before printing. Built-in function buttons allow you to easily create your desired design. Able to print on both ribbons and labels at 6mm, 9mm and 12mm widths, you could also use this nifty machine for gift wrapping.

As well as producing a range of different labels to print on such as white, transparent, pattern, colour circle and name, D30 label paper is also waterproof, wear-resistant and BPA-free.

Users can print labels in the standard way, but this clever model also uses Bluetooth technology to connect to your mobile phone, enabling you to to edit labels directly from your smartphone. A great choice for kids, the model also comes in mint green, pink, penguin, shark or astronaut designs.

We love the stylish, vintage appearance of this compact little gadget, which uses wireless technology to design and print custom labels from 20-50mm wide from your phone or tablet.

Using rechargeable batteries, this machine uses thermal printing, meaning you don't need to buy ink, toner, or carbon tape – just simply replace the label paper. Result!

With easy-to-change paper adhesive label rolls in pre-cut sizes or continuous length rolls, this cute model sits neatly on your desk or table ready for its next outing.

It can also connect to your computer via a USB cable, meaning users can create custom designs with with your own images and fonts using the free P-touch Editor software.

If you'd like to add some interest to your labelling activity, this machine offers TZe tapes in a range of different colour and size combinations.

Churning out labels up to 18mm wide, it features 99 built-in label templates and features an easy-to-use LCD screen and QWERTY keyboard.

This cute Q30 label maker is around the size and weight of a mobile phone, so it's great for people on the go. A wireless gadget, it produces clear labels with no residue after removal.

Users can also use Bluetooth to connect it to your smartphone; the associated app includes a large number of material libraries, multiple fonts, text editing modes, and other features.

If you fancy a printer that does it all, the Brother P-Touch PT P700 can also print graphics, logos, barcodes and symbols – and up to seven lines of text on a 24mm label.

If you're keen to get organised in a hurry, this compact printer enjoys print speeds of up to 30mm per second so you can quickly print the labels you need.

And there's no printer driver installation or software required before you can start using this model, as the P-Touch Editor software is already built-in, allowing you to use the printer on both Windows and Mac.

This DYMO model features five font sizes, seven print styles, eight box styles and an ABC keyboard. The LT-100H prints on paper, plastic, metallic and iron-on LetraTag LT labels and you can print up to two lines per label. It's another machine that uses thermal printing, so there's no need for ink or toner.

This old school label maker embosses the letters into the label. Although pared back, the effect is stylish. Plus, this handheld machine doesn't need a power source. A great option for occasional labelling jobs, but it may be a bit fiddly and time consuming if you plan on labelling lots.

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