Should I use an inkjet printer or a laser printer for heat transfers?

Inkjet printers have a higher quality print than laser printers with a larger selection of heat transfer papers to choose from. The options range from papers that excel in soft hand, less border, great color, and more. Inkjet printers are also easy to set up and use, and the transfer papers for inkjet printers are more universal; most transfer papers for inkjet will run in most any home or office printers. The only factor to keep in mind is the two types of inkjet ink that printers can use --- dye or pigment ink. Dye ink is water-based and is more likely to bleed in the wash, whereas pigment ink is much more water fast and is more suitable for transfer printing. They do however tend to be more expensive than a laser printer when it comes to ink cost and replenishing the consumables of the printer. 

Laser printers, on the other hand, are more cost efficient and can print at high speeds when printing hundreds or thousands of transfers at a time. Laser printers are also able to print self-weeding transfers, but there are no self-weeding transfers available yet for inkjet printers. And while the durability between inkjet and laser prints are generally about the same, because laser printers have toner rather than ink, laser transfer does offer the advantage that there will be no risk of bleeding from the transfer in the wash. However, it can be tricky finding a laser printer that will successfully run and print on transfer paper. Laser printers use heat to fuse the image to the paper -- when this fusing temperature is too hot (over 350F), many times the paper will jam and could ruin your fusing unit. However, on some papers, the printer will have trouble completely fusing the toner to the paper and will not be able to print the transfer properly.

When choosing the printer type for your heat transfer business, always decide what is most important for you and your customers, and test any paper before use.We sell sample packs of almost all our transfer papers to allow our customers the chance to find the paper that works best for them. Regardless of the type of paper you choose to go with, all of our transfer papers will ship with an instruction sheet to let you know the settings needed to properly press that particular paper, as well as any tips or tricks so that you are assured the best results.

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