Direct Thermal vs Thermal Transfer

While a big part of our business is custom label printing, we also offer blank labels for customers who want to print their own labels. Two materials are particularly popular for DIY label printing: direct thermal and thermal transfer label rolls. Although they sound pretty similar, there are some key differences and depending on your labeling needs, one material will be better suited for your needs than the other. Check out our video below to learn more about direct thermal and thermal transfer labels!

Benefits of Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal

Thermal TransferDirect Thermal
Bright white paper that can handle heat or sunlightBright white paper with a high sensitivity thermal coating
Resistant to fading and smearingAll-temperature adhesive
Ideal for barcode applicationsCost-effective material for grocers
More durable & longer shelf lifeWarehouse, shipping, barcodes
Can print colors other than blackGreat for on the go labeling

Using Blank Labels For Your Business

Our ready-to-print thermal transfer and direct thermal label rolls come in common pre-cut sizes to get them to you faster. Use them in your warehouse, shipping department, or right on your products! Order by the case and take care of all your label needs in one place. Contact us to order your label rolls.