Updated June 18, 2021 by Christopher Thomas

The 8 Best Label Applicators

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This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in January of 2020. Whether you are a hobbyist beer brewer, own a winery, or have a stake in a different type of business, branding is the first step to becoming famous. With your brand on a label affixed to the product, you are spreading the word about your company without actually saying anything at all. Here, we have collected various devices to apply labels that are perfectly aligned and wrinkle-free. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Towa APN 60

2. The Label Wizard

3. HappyBuy 1150D

Editor's Notes

June 18, 2021:

We removed a model from Mophorn that turned out to get poor long-term reviews for both effectiveness and durability. Otherwise, our recommendations are basically the same as before. Meanwhile, the Towa APN 60 and its wider relative the Towa APN 100 are the best general-purpose models for retail use. For affixing labels to bottles, there are quite a few options to consider. Small-batch producers will appreciate the manual The Label Wizard because it's inexpensive and easy to use, while the Start International and Tal 2100 ER are relatively and highly complex, respectively, and better for larger operations.

March 10, 2020:

There are endless reasons why you may need to apply labels to items. You might brew beer in your garage as a hobby, you could be delving into the world of fine wines, or you may just need to quickly apply stickers to items in your privately-owned store. No matter what the reason, a dependable label applicator is a must.

There are different types of these tools available, including hand-held models for mobility and fixed styles that stay in one place. The kind of device you ultimately choose depends on your particular needs. Hand-held, manual models are ideal for affixing labels one at a time, while larger devices will apply the stickers faster and efficiently, no matter how many units you need labeled.

If you are a hobby brewer, then The Label Wizard or the DayMark Easy Touch might be the best option. Both are manual models, but one sits on a countertop and the other is hand-held. If you have a bigger business and need labels applied quickly and in large numbers, the BestEquip Speed Control might be the right industrial-quality machine. If you need help creating your labels, check out our label makers ranking or our list of smart label makers.

4. DayMark Easy Touch

5. Tal 2100 ER

6. Start International

7. Primera AP550

8. Towa APN 100


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on June 18, 2021 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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