A sublimation printer is a great tool when applying dye onto media. By using a low temperature with added pressure, a sublimation printer applies dye onto paper without fear or overheating or smearing. Once you have used this process, you can transfer what you have created onto a piece of fabric creating endless types of crafts.
There are lots of options when it comes to choosing a sublimation printer. It all depends how you plan to use it and what works best with the photos or crafts you plan to produce. Here are a few reviews to help you look for the best sublimation printer that suits your needs.
Top Sublimation Printers And Bundles
1. Mitsubishi CP-D70DW
The Mitsubishi CP-D70DW produces prints easily and can actually produce a 4 x 6” print in 8.4 seconds. With its fast speed, this is a great printer for those working at a kiosk or photo booth. You can even print out 6 x 9” prints in just 33 seconds and a full A4 page in 77 seconds.
You get three printing modes and a 300-dpi resolution. The Mitsubishi CP-D70DW prints all the standard sizes as well as 6 x 8”, 2 x 6”, and 5 x 7”. You also get options like borderless printing as well as glossy and matte photos.
Weighing only 26 pounds, this printer measures 17” long, so it isn’t exactly a desk-friendly choice. The Mitsubishi CP-D70DW has a pretty basic design, and it does not have controls on the machine, but you can easily control it through your computer.
This solid machine comes with a paper flange set, paper strip bin, and paper tray. It does not include media, but the ink is pretty reasonably priced. This is a great choice for small businesses and office use.
- You can print either glossy or matt on the same type of media
- It comes with an energy-saving mode
- This is a very basic, but durable machine
- It’s too long for a desk
- It’s on the expensive side
2. SAWGRASS VIRTUOSO SG400
With the appearance of a typical printer, the Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 features controls on the panel in the front. This large and modern looking printer weighs around 30 pounds, so it’s pretty portable. You can easily install ink in the side panels that swing down, plus it includes four cartridges labeled K and CMY.
The Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 includes a hidden compartment where the Ethernet and USB ports are found. Under the unit, you will find a paper tray that pulls out and can be adjusted for legal-sized paper. You also get a large bypass tray that can accommodate long media as well as an extra paper tray that allows you to change out between paper sizes quickly.
Featuring a high resolution, the Virtuoso SG400 gives you up to 1200 dpi, and it can print out 34 pictures an hour. At 600 dpi, you can print out 157 photos an hour. When given the correct setup, it allows you to print on multiple kinds of media that include reinforced fiberglass, polyester fabrics, plaques, glass, tile, and
- It can print on a variety of materials
- This printer has the capacity to print large sizes
- It has incredible resolution and fast printing speeds
- The ink for this printer is pretty expensive
- It has a rather short warranty
3. DNP DS-RX1HS
Made for business use, the DNP DS-RX1HS is an affordable option that comes with a decent capacity. Weighing 30 pounds, this is a compact printer that is simple to operate and load. It does not come with a control panel, but you will find a series of light on the front of the machine.
The DNP DS-RX1HS can print 290 4 x 6” photos an hour. Additionally, this machine will let you print a couple of 2 x 6” photos in just 14 seconds and a 6 x 8” print in just 22 seconds. With a max resolution of 300 x 600 dpi, you can also print both matte and glossy photos without having to change the media.
Print packs for the DNP DS-RX1HS are a pretty good value, and you have the option to buy double packs to save more money. This is a great multitasking printer that features a high speed and low print cost. It is perfect for photo booths with its impressive and quick performance, and you also get two surface options without having to swap out the media.
- You can print both matte and glossy photos
- It is super-fast as well as affordable
- It comes equipped with two catch trays
- It is on the heavy side, so not very portable
- It has limited media sizes that it can print
4. Mitsubishi CP-9550DW
Featuring an overall high resolution of 345 dpi, the Mitsubishi CP-95550DW can print out a 4 x 6” photo in just 16 seconds and an A4 in 77 seconds. It also prints all the standards as well as large sizes like a 5 x 7” print and a 6 x 9” print. This printer can also create 3.5” x 5.0” prints and features two modes of Super Fine and Fine.
The post card roll is a really cool that is great for souvenir shops and photo booths. Your computer handles these controls, but there are a few buttons on the actual machine as well as a feed and cut. It provides incredible accuracy with its imaging chips that are built-in, which stores data from the media that runs through the machine.
It has an average priced print pack, which makes this an affordable machine to make a lot of prints on. It does weigh 40 pounds, so it will be a little heavy to carry with you to gigs. But it does offer borderless printing and multi-cut settings.
- You get features like borderless printing
- It’s a great machine for a photo booth
- The “postcard roll” is a really cool feature
- It’s on the expensive side in comparison to other models on the market
- It is kind of heavy
5. DNP DS40
Perfect for both consumers and businesses, the DNP DS40 has quite a few features to make a user happy. This is a super-fast printer with impressive print quality. While it’s a little long and wide, it does have a short height, but it does come with a heavy-duty shock-proof case in case you need to move it.
The DNP DS40 gives you both matte and glossy prints, and, when it’s in high-speed mode, it will give you 4 x 6” prints in just 8.9 seconds. The biggest size is a 6 x 8” print which it can process in only 13.9 seconds. With impressive print quality, this printer gives you a max resolution of 600 dpi, plus it has a triple strip 6 x 8” pack that is double-perforated, which is perfect for photo booths.
Other features on the DNP DS40 include a USB 2.0 and metal and plastic catch trays. The paper and ink for this printer are very affordable, and the quick print speed and durability of the machine makes it great for crafters and hobbyists.
- It has a cutter upgrade
- The low height is nice for storage
- It is quick and uses affordable paper and ink
- The paper holder isn’t high-quality
- It’s on the expensive side
6. Canon SELPHY CP1300
Affordable and compact, the Canon SELPHY CP1300 provides archival quality prints and water-resistant finishes and photos with a 300-dpi resolution. With fast printing capabilities, it can create a 4 x 6” print in just 47 seconds. It can also produce 3.5 x 4.7” prints and 2.1 x 2.1” pictures. With amazing prints, this compact printer is a great light-duty machine that is super portable.
The connectivity of the CP1300 is impressive. You can use an SD card or PictBridge to print right from your camera. It also works with AirPrint, and you can even run it cordless with the handy battery pack.
Equipped with a color LCD screen, you can do light editing or preview prints, the Selphy CP1300 have buttons that are legible and large. It has a very reasonable cost per print, and there are also multipacks that you can buy to increase your savings.
- It has a handy tilting LCD screen
- There are several connectivity options
- It is very portable and has reasonably priced prints
- It has limited print sizes
- There aren’t many prints per cartridge
7. HiTi P525L
Similar in appearance to a little oven, the HiTi P525L weighs 39 pounds, so it isn’t the smallest printer on the list. This is an entry-level sublimation printer that is great for a business. Since it’s so affordable, home use is also an option for this solid and nice-looking printer.
With a 300-dpi resolution, the HiTi P525L prints both matte and glossy pictures and is a great choice for photo booths. It can print a 4 x 6” print in just 12.8 seconds and 5 x 7” prints in only 18 ½ seconds. It has an average price per print, but larger prints will cost you more.
The HitI P525L does come with two paper flanges, two paper adapters, and a scrap receptacle. The included drive disc is rated for Windows 8, so you may want to check for updated files from Microsoft.
- This is a very affordable printer
- It is easy to use
- It has an optional Wi-Fi dongle
- It can only print three sizes
- It is a little heavy
8. Kodak Dock PD-450
Portable and compact, the Kodak Dock PD-450 produces slick photos and is great for mobile users. Small enough that you can fit it in a purse or backpack, this printer features a thermal dye-sub transfer technology that guarantees that your pictures won’t fade or bleed. You can easily print from your mobile phone with one-touch printing, plus you can also charge the printer with your smartphone.
Weighing only 26.8 ounces, you can easily take this on the road with you wherever you go. It has two ports on its side and the front of the machine flips out to create a paper tray. You can print out a 4 x 6” print in 60 seconds using paper and ink that is easy to find and very affordable. This is an easy to maintain and operate machine that comes with a one-year warranty.
The Kodak Dock PD-450 works with PictBridge, and the mobile app access includes editing tools, stickers, and filters. This niche printer is great for those that want prints on the go that also provide great image quality.
- It has both USB and Wi-Fi connectivity
- This is a great printer for mobile printing
- It has a small footprint
- Cheap refills
- It has a cheap build
- There is a limited capacity with this printer
9. Sony UPCX1
Able to produce both large and small prints in just seconds, the Sony UPCX1 is a great choice for a busy company. Featuring a retro style, this compact printer weighs in at 22.8 pounds. Perfect for limited spaces, with the paper tray out, you are only looking at 21.9” in length.
The Sony UPCX1 can create a 4 x 6” or a 5 x 7” in 16 seconds. It includes a borderless printing option and has a 300dpi maximum resolution. And, according to Sony, photos have an archival print life of 75 years.
This printer also uses 4 and 5-inch rolls that can be a little hard to find, which makes them pricey. This durable machine is a great choice if you can source the paper and ink at a good price.
- You can make borderless prints
- It will print four different sizes
- It is super easy to use
- The drivers are data, and it has a short warranty
- It can be hard to find the media
10. Mitsubishi CP-K60DW-S
The affordable Mitsubishi CP-K60DW-S is similar to the CP-D70DW as far as weight, dimensions, and design as well as produce high-resolution pictures. The CP-K60DW features two quality settings of Ultra-Fine and Fine and can create a 4 x 6” picture in just 20 seconds. This printer is a workhorse that can also produce borderless prints.
You can choose from either a 5” or 6” paper roll that requires minimal installation. The CP-K60DW-S has some pretty cool features including an Ink rewind option that helps you to optimize your printing abilities by resetting the ribbon to use the entire surface area. Thanks to dual line heads and thermal head management, the print head runs smoothly and provides stable print quality.
The CP-K60DW-S also provides internal storage up to 32MB. This is an Instagram-friendly printer that also offers 1:1 aspect ratio support. While it does not connect to Wi-Fi, it is compatible with either PCs or Macs and PCs thanks to the USB 2.0 port.
- It produces a wide range of print sizes
- It comes with 32MB of memory
- It’s a very affordable printer for a business
- The catch tray is pretty flimsy
- You control the machine through your computer
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