Creating stickers has never been easier. From kids to business professionals, there is a sticker machine for everyone. Making stickers and vinyl cutouts have many uses. It can keep children entertained and feeling accomplished for hours. They can see their drawings come to life and put in books or on posters in their rooms.
For the adult with the kid inside, sticker machines make scrapbooking and card making enjoyable with a personal touch. Artists and photographers can also make use of sticker machines for their work and hobbies. The business world can even get in the action by creating professional brands on stickers, vinyl sheeting in projects large and small.
So which is the best sticker machine for you? A lot depends on how you plan to use the machines and how close to your budget you need to stick to (no pun intended).
We take a look at the available sticker machines and give you our review of the best sticker machines complete with a rating, so you know what to look for when making your final decision.
How We Choose Our Ratings
Our rating system is devised of many facets. We examine each sticker machine for materials and build qualities. We also look for all the little differences that make each machine unique. Does it plug in or run on batteries, or is it a machine that is powered by human effort?
We also look at the ink, how easy it is to install a cartridge and how long the cartridges last. We also examine the technical abilities, such as connecting to mobile apps, wireless networks or other sync and link systems. Finally, we look at the included extras, such as sticker sheets, artistic extras, and bonus content.
Once we gather all of the information, we test the machines and all of their components and rate them according to ease of use, intuitiveness and final product quality. Then we hit the streets. We take the top rated machines and look at what the consumers have to say. We study their concerns, their accolades and what they have to say about the machines.
We also listen to testimonials about using the products in their homes or offices and experiences with the respective customer services. We then compile all the information, good or bad, into our research and award each unit a rating out of five stars.
However, because the uses of the machines are so different (one designed for children won’t stand up very well in a busy office set up, for example), the star ratings are just a guide. Each purchase will need to be a personal choice based on your specific needs and planned usage.
Just because a sticker machine got the highest rating doesn’t mean it is the best option for you. Read through the list and find the best sticker machine based on your specific needs. We hope this list helps you make a final decision you can be proud of.
Best 5 Sticker Machines
The best sticker machines stand up to repeated use, are intuitive right out of the box and take little to no setup. Battery or electric machines should be as quiet as possible, and hand crank machines should be fun to use, not tiresome nor should they make your arm sore.
So, without further ado, the best sticker machines are listed below.
BROTHER SCANNCUT 2
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The Brother ScanNCut 2 does exactly what the name makes you think of: it scans images and creates customs cutouts for all of your crafting needs. It has a high-density 300dpi scanner complete with a large 4.85 inch LCD touchscreen.
You can use the machine as a stand-alone, connect to a wireless network or even transfer to and from a PC (with Windows Vista or later). You can use the LCD screen and stylus to edit and transform the scans or images before being cut. The large 12-inch cutting board can also be upgraded to a 12x24 inch board.
With over 630 built-in designs, including quilt patterns and seven different font styles, you are sure to find what you are looking for. If you don’t, no problem, send an image file or SVG file to the printer and create your very own from scratch.
You can also purchase extra add-ons such as a deep cut blade and holder or subscribe to the online ScanNCutCanvas where you can use cloud storage to upload, transfer and edit pictures and designs right on your computer.
Did we mention the 25-year warranty and free lifetime customer support?
XYRON DISPOSABLE STICKER MAKER
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This small, recyclable sticker maker from Xyron is a unique design that will turn any flat item up to three inches wide into a sticker. There are no batteries, plugs or devices. You simply take the item you want to turn into a sticker and push it through the machine.
It contains 20 feet of non-toxic, acid-free paper that will seal your item in the adhesive and allow you to cut it out and stick anywhere you want.
If you want to create stickers for a specific purpose and don't’ want the hassle or commitment of a permanent machine, this little device is perfect. Best used for one-offs and simple sticker creation for decorating presents, cards or even a wall, the disposable unit is not meant for reuse.
When the adhesive paper rolls run empty, you simply toss the entire unit in your recycle bin. For under $10, the machine works well turning photos, souvenirs or other flat items into a sticker with a quick push, pull and tear.
SILHOUETTE CAMEO 3
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If you are looking for a sticker machine that is more geared towards long-term or professional use, the Silhouette Cameo 3 might be for you. The entire studio in a box comes with a ton of extras, including:
- Cutting Mat
- Vinyl Trimmer
- Ratchet Adjustment Tool
- Scraper Tool
- Hook Tool
- 12 color vinyl sheets
- Transfer tape
- 8 sketch pens
- 8 sticker sheets
- Guide book
- Project ideas book
The Silhouette Cameo 3 has Bluetooth connectivity, large LCD touchscreen, and an automatic adjusting blade for whatever design and paper you use.
Scrapbooking and professional vinyl sign making has never been easier or more enjoyable. With full customer support and 100 built-in designs, you will be creating masterpiece stickers in no time.
CRICUT EXPLORE AIR 2
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Simple, elegant and technology-based, the Explore Air 2 from Cricut has something for everyone. The machine itself is a simple transfer and cutting machine. It is in the design where it stands out. Free membership to the Cricut app for Android or iOS means you can design from anywhere on your mobile phone, tablet or computer.
From the app, you can use your own images and designs or choose from the vast array of the Cricut library. There is also a paid membership (3 months free with purchase) to access even more projects and ideas and have more features included.
The machine has a smart set dial that ensures a proper cut no matter what type of material you use. You won’t have to be bothered with touch screens or onboard setting since everything will be designed by you on your mobile device and sent to the machine for printing and cutting.
The Explore Air 2 also comes with a strong grip and light grip mat so you can create cutouts, stickers and vinyl lettering like a pro. The unit is on the higher end of the price scale, with a 1-year warranty and excellent customer service, though you won’t be left in the dark.
XYRON CREATIVE STATION – 9 INCH
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The Creative Station from Xyron is a dual purpose hand crank sticker machine. Designed to be compact, it has a folding crank handle and only takes up a total of 12 inches of counter space.
The benefits come in the ability to use different sizes of paper and adhesive. You can choose from the Xyron 9 inch papers such as:
- 40-foot permanent adhesive
- 40-foot repositionable adhesive
- 40-foot two-sided adhesive
- 10-foot magnetic adhesive
You also have the ability to use the 5-inch papers (18 foot instead of 40 and 7 foot instead of 10 for the magnetic paper.). These selections mean less waste for you and more opportunities to create stunning stickers, vinyl clings, or reusable magnets.
The options are near limitless and will a few turns of the handle your design ideas come to life. No need to spend hours on a mobile app creating hard to draw images. Put your ideas right on paper and turn them into stickers, magnets or reusable clings in minutes.
The machine is easy to load with the paper needed for the current job and the self-crank mechanism makes the process quick, and easy without binding or painful multiple cranking. Your project will glide through the machine in just a couple quick turns of the folding handle.
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Purchasing a sticker machine should be a fun experience. We hope this guide has taken some of the guesswork out of the decision-making process. Because a sticker machine will have a different use for everyone that makes the purchase, the choices that go into that final decision should be open.
You should find a machine that is sturdy. Office environments and even toddlers on the floor are going to be a little rough on the equipment. You need to think about where the machine will be used and more importantly who will be using it. If you plan to make stickers with your children, for example, the machine should be kid friendly and able for the smaller hands to be able to use it.
The ink being used should be non-toxic and acid-free. This will enable you to use a wide variety of papers. If the machine doesn’t use specialty papers (or have the ability to), you may want to reconsider the purchase.
Sure, your first few sticker making attempts may be on plain white typing paper, but after a while, you will want to create true works of art with a personal touch. Specialty papers will most often be used, ensure the machine can handle thick, delicate and colored papers.
Cost is going to come into play, of course. You should stick as close to your budget as possible. As with any large purchase, though, your budget should have a bit of wiggle room. It is quite possible to find a machine that will work that fits within your budget, only to see a better option just a few dollars more.
Final product print quality is arguably the most scrutinized and desired product value. If the sticker or vinyl sheet won’t stand up to the test of time and quality, the purchase may not be worth it.
Other factors to think about are the ability to use mobile apps or wireless communications to download images you take with the phone to the sticker machine. Unless you plan to do everything manually, some form of wireless syncing is desired.
Finally, you should look at the power supply. Some sticker machines are electric and some run on batteries. Still, others run on pure hand power with a turning crank. How you use the machine and how often, will go a long way to deciding which option you want to pursue.
Making stickers or vinyl sheets for printouts, labels, just for fun or even for business professionals, should be something you enjoy. Scrapbooking persons will find easy to use sticker machines as an invaluable tool for their books.
Finding the best sticker machine for your specific needs can be daunting with so many options and features to choose from. Hopefully, this list has given you a lead on which machine you want to purchase.
Your final purchase should be one that brings excitement, no regrets. With any luck, our research and dedication have shown you all the flaws as well as all the pluses for the best sticker machines you can choose.