Print paper receipts for your customers with our range of POS receipt printers. Choose from a range of Bluetooth, Ethernet & USB interface receipt printers. Be sure to check compatibility with your EPOS or mobile POS system, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask us.
Software & Compatibility
The most important consideration when buying a receipt printer is checking compatibility with your EPOS software and platform (iOS, Mac, Android, Windows, etc.) Without compatibility, you won’t be printing anything!
Using iPad or Android for your POS? Give us a call, as we’ve built an exhaustive compatibility database and will be able to help. If not, try us or ask your software vendor.
Once you know which receipt printers will work with your software, you can now choose which interface suits your setup best. The interface describes how the printer communicates with your POS. Each type has different properties, pros, cons and affects how you’ll need to arrange your store so it’s critical to get the choice right.
|Name||Type||How it works||Limitations||Best for|
|Bluetooth||Wireless||The printer is connected to your POS device wirelessly via Bluetooth. You can also use other Bluetooth accessories (e.g. a card reader) at the same time.||You can only connect one EPOS device to one printer and vice versa||One printer to one EPOS device setups. Mobile locations where there's no local network.|
|Ethernet (LAN)||Wired||The printer is plugged into your WiFi router or network switch with an ethernet cable. It's then available to print from other devices on the network (cabled or over WiFI)||You'll need a local area network (LAN).||Multi-printer and multi-EPOS setups, e.g. printing receipts from multiple tablets to one printer.|
|USB||Wired||The printer is connected to your EPOS device with a USB cable.||You can only connect to one EPOS device from the printer|
|Lightning||Wired||The printer is connected to your iPad or iPhone EPOS device with a USB to Lightning cable.||You can only connect one EPOS device to one printer and vice versa. We recommend a maximum length of 5m for the Lightning cable||iPad EPOS setups where you have one receipt printer per iPad|
|WiFi (WLAN)||Wireless||The printer is connected wirelessly to your WiFi network with it's built in WiFi radio. It will then be available as a network printer||Tricky to setup and may cause problems||We don't recommend WiFi printers unless you can't use another option.|
|Cloud / Intelligent||Wireless||These printers have built-in web-servers allowing you to print directly to the printer from a web application.||You'll always need an internet connection to print, if it goes down you won't be able to print||For when you aren't printing from a device in the same location, e.g. printing new orders from your online ordering platform|
Features & Performance
After you’ve narrowed down your choice to compatible models and your chosen interface, you can consider the feature specification differences.
Print Speed: How fast receipts pop out can be an important consideration, especially for quick service restaurants and fast-paced retail stores.
Paper Width: Most stationary printers will print on the universal 80x80mm size paper you find in every high-street store. However, you do have choices if you have particular needs like printing large format receipts/invoices or prefer the paper-saving, inexpensive smaller width rolls.
Economy: Some printer models, in particular, the Star TSP143ECO have built-in features to help save paper and power. Auto-switch off and margin reduction features help reduce the environmental impact of printing.
Warranty: Typically the printers we sell will come with a decent warranty period of 3-4 years, although this does not apply to every model. Warranties are provided by the manufacturer, typically under RTB (Return to base) terms. That means you’ll be responsible for shipping a faulty unit back to the manufacturer.
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Consumables & Accessories
Depending on the type of receipt printer you plan to use, you’ll need to consider the consumables you’ll need to actually print and optionally add accessories to your setup.
Splash Guards: If your printer will be in the kitchen, the bar or anywhere where there’s a chance it could get wet, a splash guard is the best investment you can make to prolong the life of your printer. A simple, inexpensive moulded plastic attachment, it will help cover exposed parts to prevent water damage.
Buzzers: When it’s critical to hear new orders come through as they print out, add a plug-in buzzer to your printer. You’ll plug this into the RJ11 port on the back of the printer, so you won’t be able to also use a cash drawer.
Interfaces: Some printer models allow for swapping out the interface card. This means you can upgrade your printer from serial to Ethernet (LAN) connectivity buying just a new interface rather than a whole new printer. Typically easy to install, you’ll just need a screwdriver and 5 minutes. Shop our printer interface boards here.
Power Supplies: Some models use external power supplies – meaning you’ll have a power brick similar to a laptop charger rather than just a cable. We don’t like bad surprises so every printer listed on StoreKit will always come with the power supply included, but if you need a replacement you can find ours here.
Paper: All receipt printers will need paper, at least for now! You’ll need to check both the printing technology type (thermal vs impact) and the paper sizing (width and diameter, e.g. 80x80mm). You’ll find our paper here.
Ribbons: Impact / dot-matrix printers use ink to print out so you’ll need to buy new ink ribbons over time. Always buy branded ribbons to prevent wear-and-tear to the printers mechanisms.
Mounting: Most of the stationary printers we sell include wall mounting kits in the box, but not all of them so do check first. You’ll also find vertical stands for some models, and belt clips for mobile printers.