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The Best Printers For Print Then Cut With Cricut

Printer shopping can be overwhelming. The price points can range anywhere from $100 to $1000+ dollars. Then, you have the option of either laser or inkjet and large or small format. It’s a lot to decide. Today, I’m going to walk you through the ins and outs of the best printer options when it comes to Cricut’s print then cut feature and your small business.

First, let’s start with the most frequently asked question, laser or inkjet?

Laser vs. Inkjet

Without getting too technical, let’s break down the pros and cons of both printer types.

Laser printers work by using a powdered ink and toner, they are pricier upfront but save you money in the long run because you don’t have to buy expensive ink refills. They print at a much faster rate than inkjet and can output anywhere from 10-30 pages per minute. However, one of the downsides to laser printing is that a lot of the ‘printable’ vinyls on the market aren’t compatible with laser printers.

Inkjet printers are more affordable upfront but the cost of replacing the ink can really add up. Since liquid ink is used for printing you’re able to get crisper, cleaner images with an inkjet printer but the downside is the speed, it can take anywhere from 1-4 minutes to print colored pages.

Laser-

  • more expensive upfront
  • no pricey ink refills
  • fewer compatible media choices
  • faster and larger print volume

Inkjet-

  • more affordable upfront
  • expensive ink refills
  • more compatible media choices
  • slower, low volume prints
  • crisp, clean images

The printable vinyl compatibility is the main reason I chose to purchase an inkjet vs a laser printer. I want to be able to print on as many types of paper as I possibly can. Also, speed isn’t really an issue for me since I’m not running a small business. If you’re looking to print quickly and efficiently for your small shop, you may want to consider laser.

Small vs. Large Format

Now, let’s talk size. Cricut’s Design Space will only allow you to print and cut up to 6.25 inches wide by 9.75 inches tall. So, if you’re only going to be using your printer for print then cut projects, small format is perfect for you. Most people (besides graphic designers, artists and photographers) will never need to print beyond 8.5 x 11 inches so paying for a large format printer is unnecessary.

 

The Best Small Format Inkjet Printers For Print Then Cut

 

Budget Friendly Option:

Canon PIXMA MG3620 Wireless All-In-One Color Inkjet Printer with Mobile and Tablet Printing

This Canon Pixma is the most affordable option of the three I found. It connects wirelessly to your computer, tablet or phone and prints full color images up to 8.5 x 11 inches. If you’re creating print then cut projects for yourself or your family and friends, this is a great option at a lo price.

 

Great For Small Business:

HP ENVY Pro 6455 Wireless All-in-One Printer, Mobile Print

Similar to the Canon above the HP ENVY is a wireless, full color, inkjet printer and can print images up to 8.5 x 14. It costs slightly more than the Canon but is an all in one scanner and copier as well. If you’re running a small business I think the added scanning and copying capabilities would be a great addition to have.

 

Most Bang For Your Buck (my personal pick):

Epson EcoTank ET-2750 Wireless Color All-in-One Cartridge-Free Supertank Printer

The Epson EcoTank printer is cartridge free and holds enough ink to print 5200 pages. It’s wireless, full color and can print up to 8.5 x 14 inches. This makes it perfect for print then cut projects. It’s a little pricier upfront than the two options above but you won’t have to buy ink for up to two years. This would be my personal pick for a small format inkjet printer.

 

The Best Large Format Inkjet Printers For Print Then Cut

 

Best For Graphic Design/Small Business (this is what I have)

Canon Pixma Pro-100 Wireless Color Professional Inkjet Printer

This is the exact printer I have and use every day for my projects. It’s a large format printer so it’s quite pricey but I wanted something I could print photos and large art prints on, as well as any small print then cut projects. This is definitely a business investment type of printer. The quality of the prints is top notch, so if you plan on printing and selling your art work (whether it’s stickers/framed art/photographs) you’ll want something that does a flawless job. It’s wireless, which is great because you can print from anywhere in the house and it can print up to 19 inches!

Best For A Variety Of Print Materials

Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wireless Color Wide-format Printer

This wide format Epson printer is a good (yet expensive) option if you want the ability to print on thicker materials. It can handle heavy weight card stock easily which means sticker paper and printable vinyl will be a breeze. The cost of ink cartridges is also high, so that’s something to factor in if you’re comparing printer options.

Of course, there are several pricier options but for print then cut purposes I think the printers listed here are some of the best available. If you have a printer that you love that I didn’t list, please share in the comments!

 

Happy crafting!

 

 

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13 Comments

  • January 12, 2021 at 6:56 pm
    Abi

    Thanks so much this is great!
    So would you not recommend a laser then? Even if we can find vinyl/sticker paper suited for it?

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  • January 12, 2021 at 8:49 pm
    Nicole

    Thank you for this Kayla! Do you have a post where you share the printable vinyl you use? Would love to know what you prefer!!!

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  • January 15, 2021 at 3:37 pm
    margaret

    where can I find the size again for the Starbucks cups?

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  • January 18, 2021 at 8:32 pm
    Emily

    Love the valentine mug stickers on this post- are they available for download?

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  • January 22, 2021 at 1:01 pm
    Linnette Cosme Diaz

    Thanks you are the best. Im new on bussiness and your info is really important to start.

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  • January 26, 2021 at 2:26 am
    Mary

    hi Kayla,
    just a newbie at your page and already so thankful for such a sweet person like you who is not only teaching but giving out free stuff to learn!! love your svg but could you please help me out, I have a budget for $100 or little more for a printer, just purchased my cricut and as like everyone over spent on things i have no clue about lol!! so i would really appreciate if you could guide me little. i m planning to work with starbucks cups and little tshirt print for my babies.

    thanks a ton again!!
    love
    mary

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  • February 12, 2021 at 10:50 pm
    rana said

    seriously loveeeee you for this

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  • February 15, 2021 at 11:48 am
    Amanda

    Which is best for Sublimation? I’m really having a hard time choosing. I want the best of the cheaper options. Any one know which one? Thanks 😊

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  • February 19, 2021 at 7:14 am
    Elizabeth Mara

    Is the epson 2750 what you use for your stickers? I’ve been researching printers for a month and just can’t decide!!!

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  • February 19, 2021 at 11:11 am
    Elizabeth Mara

    Nevermind, I see in a different post you said you use a canon

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  • March 23, 2021 at 8:31 pm
    Latifah

    Ma’am!!!!! This is EXACTLY what I needed!!!!!! Thank you so so so much!

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  • March 25, 2021 at 4:21 pm
    Leimomi L Reyes

    Thank you so much for what you do and post. This information is so very useful. I want to get into making things and hopefully turn it into a small business. I love your blog, and all social media forms. You have helped me so much. I do have an Epson printer, it’s a little older, I got it from my parents. I am hoping to use it for print and cut. I just have to buy some new ink cartridges for it. I am hoping it prints beautifully. It’s a printer, scanner and fax machine in one. Lol it’s an older model but hopefully it does the job. Thank you again!! You are amazing!!

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  • April 6, 2021 at 1:11 pm
    Lisa

    Hi Kayla,

    Really love your site. I wanted to see how I cut the stickers after I print them? Do I need a cricut?

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