Best Sublimation Printers in 2021 – Please Dont buy Wrong One

Why rush to a professional when you can do things by yourself? Printing on fabric, mugs, and other goodies is the new trend and is a fun thing to do. You can now print your favorite quote or a picture you love on most hard surfaces, be it paper, fabric, card, or plastic. All you need is a good sublimation printer.

Sublimation printing is a process in which the design is first printed onto a special transfer paper that is then transferred to material or fabric by applying heat. The dye-ink that is used in this process turns into gas with the introduction of heat which then adheres to the fabric.

Best Sublimation Printer Sawgrass Epson hp Canon
Best Sublimation Printer Sawgrass Epson hp Canon

Best Printers for Sublimation Printing in 2021

There are many manufacturers in the market that are producing sublimation printers with different features and are offering them at different price segments. A wrong choice can land you in serious distress as the dye-sublimation printers are a costly affair. However, choosing the best sublimation printer requires having expert knowledge about the paraphernalia that goes with them. We at Scanse have done intense research in the market to bring you the list of the best sublimation printers available.

You should note that Sawgrass is the only brand in the market that produces printers specifically made for sublimation printing. The other printers that we have mentioned in this list are also compatible with sublimation printing but are not designed for the purpose alone. Converting a normal printer for producing sublimation prints is irreversible with some printers and may void the warranty offered by the manufacturers. It is advised to check with your manufacturer before proceeding with the conversion.

Before you get to see our top dye-sub printers, we would like to make it clear that we do not endorse any of the brands on our website. All the products we have used for this review are retail units and are purchased with our money. With that being said, let us roll further.

List of Good Sublimation Printers in 2021

  1. Epson WorkForce WF-7720 Review – Best Sublimation Printer
  2. Sawgrass SG500 – Professional Sublimation Printer
  3. Epson Expression Photo HD XP 15000 Review – The Best Sublimation Photo Printer in 2021
  4. Canon Selphy CP1300 Review – Best Compact Dye Sublimation Printer
  5. Brother MFC-J995DW Inkvestment Tank – Best Affordable AIO Sublimation Printer
  6. HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 – Best Mid-range Pick
  7. Epson EcoTank ET-4760 – Economical Sublimation Printer

#1. Epson WorkForce WF-7720 Review – Best Sublimation Printer

Epson WorkForce WF 7720 epson sublimation printers

Epson WorkForce WF-7720 is one of the best if not the best sublimation printers out there in the market. It has a class in it that produces stunning graphics with exceptional quality. The WF-7720 is for those who wish to produce a no-compromise photo output to transfer to their favorite goodie using the sublimation printing process.

BrandEpson
ModelWorkforce WF-7720
Weight40.8 lbs.
Product Dimensions19.1 x 22.3 x 13.4 in.
ConnectivityWiFi, USB, Ethernet, email print, Epson iPrint App,
Apple® AirPrint®, Google Cloud Print™,
Android printing, Fire™ OS printing
Display Type4.3” color touch screen Printing
Maximum Resolution4800 x 2400 dpi
Scanner Resolution1200 x 2400 dpi
Supported Paper Sizes3.5″ x 5″, 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″,
8.5″ x 11″, 8.5″ x 14″, 11″ x 17″, 13″ x 19″,
A4, A6, Half Letter, Executive

Unboxing and package contents –

The device comes in a well-packaged cardboard box with sufficient padding on either side to protect it from damage during transit. To the front, you have the Epson branding and model number along with a picture of the actual printer. Tearing the seal off and opening the box, you have the Epson sublimation printer at the top padded with thermocol molds on either side.

Pulling the printer out of the box, you also get to see a power cord, a USB-A to USB-B cable, supplied ink cartridges, and some paperwork to help you with the setup process and warranty details. The ink that is supplied with this package is the Epson 252 standard ink cartridges. Apart from these, you also get to see a compact disk with setup drivers and utility software.

Device overview and build quality –

The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 is one of the heaviest sublimation printers that we laid our hands on, weighing about 48.9 lbs with all the trays and accessories attached. You also need to have larger shelf space to accommodate the printer as it has a larger footprint with 16.5” x 22.3” x 17.8” (H x W x D). Speaking of the build quality in general, it is one of the toughest printers in the market with the entire body being built with hard plastic. On the durability note, it has a large duty cycle that promises years of heavy usage.

As the device supports wide-format printing up to 13” x 19”, the front part of the device also feels wider than most printers in the market. To the front bottom of the printer, two paper trays feel sturdy yet handy. The top paper tray has an adjustment mechanism to switch between normal and wide-format media. All of these trays can together hold up to 500 sheets of paper.

The front side of the device also holds a control panel with a 4.3” touchscreen display which is large enough to comfortably read the text. Besides the touch functionality, Epson also incorporated a few physical function keys right next to the display that lets you instantly switch between different modes. The buttons are very tactile and are comfortable to press. One can easily adjust the viewing angles by tilting the display up and down. All and all, the touchscreen display is a decent addition to boost the overall usability of the device.

Getting the device ready and working –

Setting the device up and running is a cakewalk with the aid of the on-screen guide. All you gotta do is to connect the device to your computer using the provided cable if you chose a wired setup. Or, even better, enter your Wi-Fi credentials asked during the setup to get it connected to your home network. After the initial setup, you can tinker with different setting preferences from the mobile application provided.

Once you are done connecting to your printer, it is time to place the provided ink cartridges in their place. Lift the top lid of the printer, to the right bottom you will find different cartridge slots with labels on them. Place the cartridges carefully as shown on the label and close the lid. Your printer should auto-detect the cartridges to get ready for the first print. In the next step, you are asked to choose a paper source. Choose the one according to your preference and click on the okay option. Before selecting the source, make sure to place a few papers into the trays.

Epson WorkForce WF-7720 Printing machine Performance –

Cost per print:

The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 comes with a decent inkjet cartridge system. Speaking of the printing costs on the WF-7720, it offers a decent value here. In our testing, the printing cost for black-only prints came out to be 0.066 US$/print and 0.132 US$/print for color prints while photo printing averaged at 0.323 US$/print.

Printing Speeds:

The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 isn’t the fastest printer out there but isn’t also the worst that we have tested. It offers fairly moderate speeds with the black-only text document being printed at 8 ppm while the color document took about 6 ppm. The photo print on the other hand took about 59 seconds which is sub-par compared to most other printers in the market. It took about 13.6 seconds to output the first print (black-only).

Color Accuracy:

The colors on the WF-7720 aren’t very accurate making it unsuitable for professional photo printing. However, this printer is the best choice for dye sublimation printing.

Photo printing quality:

Speaking of the overall photo quality on the Epson WorkForce WF-7720, the device offers vibrant colors and a decent dynamic range. However, there is a bit of graininess and banding observed in different parts of the image. Overall, the photo quality is good.

Features and connectivity –

The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 supports automatic two-sided prints/copy/scan/Fax. It has a flatbed and sheetfed scanner that offers scans up to a resolution of 1200 DPI and has a 24-bit color depth. The scanner also supports duplex scanning and has built-in automatic document feeder functionality if that is what you are looking for.

Speaking of the connectivity on the device, it can be connected to your computer directly using a USB cable, there is an Ethernet port for wired network connection, and it also comes with Wi-Fi functionality with support to Wi-Fi Direct for direct wireless connection. Besides these, it also shares support for different cloud services like Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service, etcetera.

Pros
  • Excellent build quality and design aesthetics
  • Wide-format printing
  • Automatic duplex print/copy/scan/fax
  • Wireless functionality with Wi-Fi Direct support
  • Printing costs are low
Cons
  • Color accuracy can be better
  • Printing speeds aren’t great
  • Heavy, larger footprints
  • Makes little noise while printing

Verdict –

The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 is the best wide-format all-in-one sublimation printer that your money can afford in 2021. It has an impressive scanner that can scan at resolutions up to 1200 DPI. Printing speeds are a bit disappointing on this printer. But, if you only choose to print photos for coffee mugs or T-shirts, speed shouldn’t be of a bigger concern. However, if you are looking for a sublimation printer that can produce prints a little faster, the HP Officejet Pro 7740 can be a good choice.

Unlike the Epson WorkForce WF-2830, the WF-7720 can print photos from a removable USB device. The WF-7720 is a better choice compared to the older Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3820 in terms of functionality, print quality, and paper handling capability.


#2. Sawgrass SG500 – Professional Sublimation Printer

Sawgrass SG500 sublimation printer
Sawgrass SG500 sublimation printer

Meet Sawgrass SG500, the only desktop printer designed specifically for sublimation printing. Most printers that are converted for use for the sublimation printing process demand a lot of maintenance as they are not designed to face the challenges that come along. Whereas Sawgrass printers are made just for the sublimation, thus offering decent performance in terms of quality, running costs.

BrandSawgrass
ModelSG500
Weight35.2 pounds
Product Dimensions21.65 x 14.17 x 9.84 inches
ConnectivityWiFi, USB, Ethernet
Display TypeLED-backlit display
Maximum Resolution4800 x 1200 dpi
Ink TypeStandard SubliJet ink
Maximum Media Size8.5″ x 14″ (215 x 355mm)

Unboxing and package contents of Sawgrass SG500 –

The device ships in a simple yet decent box packaging and feels heavier in the hands. Tearing the seal off, we have the power cord and the included Sublijet ink cartridges along with a manual on the top. Moving further, we have the printer wrapped inside a plastic cover and neatly padded with thermocol molds to help protect it from damage during transit.

It is thoughtful of Sawgrass to cover all the corners and vulnerable areas of the printer with tapes. I’m very much impressed by the overall packaging of the Sawgrass SG500.

Device overview and build quality –

The device doesn’t look futuristic or doesn’t focus on the modern aesthetics which most printers on the market do. It has a very minimal design with an old-school control panel at the front. The panel has an LED display with a backlight, few hardware keys, and a few indicators.

The physical buttons include, a menu, reset, selection keys (3), navigation keys with OK button at the center, Escape key, and a power button to the extreme right. We have a couple of paper trays below the control panel. There is a provision for accessing the ink cartridges from the front side of the device. To the left side, there is a little cap that covers the Ethernet and the USB ports. For clearing the paper jams easily, there is a provision at the rear side of the printer.

Setting up and getting the device ready –

The initial setup process on the SG500 did take me a few minutes hardly. It is pretty much straightforward. Just connect the power cord to the device, plug the same into a wall socket, and press the power button on the printer. Once the device is powered, it should ask you to insert the ink cartridges. Open the cap present on the front side of the printer which will give access to the cartridge area. Carefully slide in the provided cartridges one after the other and close the cap and hit OK on the printer.

If you wish to connect the printer to a computer for continuing with the setup process, you can do that. I prefer to do it wirelessly, so headed to the menu on the printer to access wireless settings. Inside the wireless option, you are shown the list of available networks. Choose the one that you wish to connect to, enter the credentials and click on OK. Once you are connected, you should be able to discover the printer by other devices in the network. Load the sublimation transfer paper into the printer and start printing.

Features and connectivity –

The device does well in terms of print quality with fairly accurate colors, exhibits decent dynamic range, and is also turned out to be very economical in the long run. If you are a beginner at sublimation printing, the Sawgrass SG500 should be your go-to option. Speaking of the printing speeds, the device offers fairly faster speeds compared to most other converted printers from Epson.

Speaking of the connectivity on this device, you can choose between both wired and wireless options. USB 2.0, Ethernet, Wi-Fi with support to Wi-Fi direct – it has it all.

Pros & Cons of Sawgrass SG500

Pros
  • High-quality printing
  • Faster print speeds
  • Free license for the Sawgrass online creative studio
  • Connectivity options
Cons
  • Costlier
  • No touchscreen displays

Verdict –

The Sawgrass Virtuoso SG500 is designed specifically for printing on the special paper used in sublimation printing. They are industry-class devices to offer a complete set of features to meet the demands of sublimation printing. Having laid my hands on different models from the Sawgrass line-up, I can confidently say that the Sawgrass SG500 is the best professional solution for sublimation printing. However, these printers are a bit costlier compared to most compatible printers on the market but it is totally worth the extra price if you are aiming at a printer for professional use.

The best part is that the Sawgrass Virtuoso SG500 is backward compatible with the accessories from its predecessor the SG400. As this printer is specifically designed for sublimation printing, it does not demand a lot of maintenance as the other converted Epson printers. Moreover, the ink doesn’t dry up quickly even if not used for longer durations.


Sawgrass brand other Sublimation Models:

Alternative 1: Sawgrass SG1000

Alternative 2: The Sawgrass EasySubli Bundle

#3. Epson Expression Photo HD XP 15000 Review – The Best Sublimation Photo Printer in 2021

Epson Expression Photo HD XP 15000 – The Best Sublimation Photo Printer

Meet the photo expert – Epson Expression Photo HD XP – 15000. There are many wide-format photo printers on the market but none of them are like the HD XP – 15000. It is by far the best sublimation printer that we have reviewed here.

BrandEpson
ModelExpression Photo HD XP – 15000
Weight18.7 lb
Product Dimensions (W x D x H)18.7″ x 30.9″ x 16.2″
ConnectivityHi-Speed USB, USB host, Wi-Fi with support to Wi-Fi Direct, Ethernet 10/100
Display Type2.4-inch LCD color display
Maximum Resolution5760 x 1440 optimized dpi
Ink Configuration6 individual ink cartridges: 4x 312 ink (1x Black, 1x Cyan, 1x Magenta, 1x Yellow);
2x 314XL ink (1x Gray and 1x Red)
Supported Paper Sizes3.5″ x 5″, 4″ x 6″, 5″ x 7″, 8″ x 10″, 8.5″ x 11″,
8.5″ x 14″, 11″ x 17″, 13″ x 19″, A4, A6,
Half-Letter, Executive

Unboxing and package contents –

The device ships in a brown cardboard box with the Epson branding to its front. Cutting the seal open, you will be greeted with the accessories bag. The bag accommodates a power cable, a compact disk with the necessary drivers and utility tools, and some paperwork covering the setup process and warranty period. You also get the ink cartridges set with a total of 6 cartridges covering the entire color range.

The box also has a disk tray that lets you place CDs and d DVDs in it for printing labels directly onto them. Moving on, we have the printer itself sufficiently padded in Polystyrene molds to safeguard the device during transit.

Device overview and build quality –

The Epson Expression Photo HD XP – 15000 comes in a pretty minimalistic design with its entire body made in hard plastic. As far as looks are concerned, I’m pretty impressed with the design and material quality. The device has an all-black body with its physical dimensions being 18.7″ x 30.9″ x 16.2″ (476 x 785 x 412 mm) (W x D x H).

The top of the device hosts a lid that reveals the nozzle area and the ink cartridges. To the front, we have a 2.4-inch LCD color display paired with a bunch of physical buttons to make navigation through the menu easier. There is no touch functionality on the display, however, the hardware buttons make the experience smoother. The viewing angles on the screen are also good, the tiltable mechanism makes them even better.

The front portion of the printer hosts a retractable tray that moves in and out with the aid of stepper motors which is kind of cool but needless. All and all, the device seems quite sturdy and should last for a while even with heavier usage.

Setting up and getting the device ready –

The setup process for the Epson Photo HD XP – 15000 is pretty much straight. Plug the provided power cable in the slot present to the back of the printer and plug the other end into a wall socket. Now, press the power button present on the control panel of the device. This should power the device on and the printer should guide you through the setup process.

Select the language from the list and press OK to proceed further. It should now ask you to insert the ink cartridges that came with the printer. Carefully lift the lid above and place the cartridges into their slots. Once you are done, press the OK button on the device. The printer should now go through the nozzle check automatically. Place a few papers into the input tray and press OK on the device. You should now see the XP – 15000 printing different test patterns.

You can either choose to connect it to your computer using a USB cable or use the Ethernet or Wi-Fi functionalities to use the printer via the network. To do this, head to the settings and choose the Wi-Fi option and provide your network credentials. On a successful connection, you should be able to discover the printer on your network.

Performance –

We have tried printing documents of different sizes and quality and the results surprised us. The printing quality turned out to be exceptional with great color depth, crisp and vibrant colors, great detailing, and exhibited decent dynamic range, thanks to the 5760 x 1440 dpi resolution.

When it comes to printing speeds on this device, we observed the following; A3+ print at High quality – 6 minutes 49 seconds, A4 print at High quality – 3 minutes 45 seconds, A3 at standard quality, high quality – 2 minutes 19 seconds, A3 print at High quality – 5 minutes 46 seconds, and 28 x102 cm print at High quality – 10 minutes 29 seconds.

Features and connectivity –

The photo richness of the Epson Expression Photo HD XP – 15000 makes it a good sublimation printer on the market. It can produce stunning prints up to 13-inches wide with the 6-color Claria Photo HD Inks. The ADF functionality makes it more convenient for larger print jobs.

Speaking of the connectivity on this device, it offers both wired and wireless options to choose from. From Wi-Fi, Ethernet to USB connectivity, the XP – 15000 has everything to meet your needs.

Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Printer pros & cons

Pros
  • Easy setup
  • Quieter operation
  • Versatile
  • Excellent pigment ink print quality
  • Well designed and compact
  • Vast connectivity options
  • Ideal for sublimation printing
Cons
  • Printing costs are high
  • Slow printing speeds

Verdict –

The Epson Expression Photo HD XP – 15000 could steal a sweet spot in our ‘Best Sublimation Printers in 2021’ list for the design, performance and feature set the device has to offer. If photo printing is your only concern, you cannot go wrong with your choice in picking the XP – 15000.

When compared with Canon’s popular PIXMA IP8750, the XP – 15000 offers a lot faster print speeds and bigger input tray capacity.


#4. Canon Selphy CP1300 Review – Best Compact Dye Sublimation Printer

Canon Selphy CP1300 – Best Compact Dye Sublimation Printer

The Canon Selphy CP1300 is one of its kind dye sublimation printers available on the market. It is the most compact printer that we have tested so far. Despite being its size, Canon hasn’t skimped on anything. From features to performance, it is no less than a regular-sized inkjet printer.

BrandCanon
ModelSelphy CP1300
Weight1.9 lbs.
Product Dimensions (W x D x H)7.1″ (W) x 5.4″ (D) x 2.5″ (H)
ConnectivityHi-Speed USB, USB Flash Memory, SD card, Wi-Fi
Display TypeTilting 3.2″ LCD Screen
Print ResolutionColor256 Levels Per Color (16.8 million Colors)
Printing TechnologyDye Sublimation
Supported Paper SizesPostcard (4.0″ x 6.0″) L Size (3.5″ x 4.7″) Card Size (2.1″ x 3.4″) Square Label (2.1″ x 2.1″)

Unboxing and package contents –

It took me a week to finally receive my Canon Selphy CP1300 after I placed the order online. I was very surprised by the size of the box packaging. It is smaller than what I have expected. The printer came inside a beautiful white colored box packaging. Opening the package, we have the manuals and warranty card at the top followed by a power adapter. The AC to DC conversion happens in the power adapter itself and the printer takes in DC input from the adapter. This is done to cut down on the size of the printer, very thoughtful.

Moving further we have attachments for the paper trays, an included cartridge, and the printer itself. The printer comes neatly packed inside a bubble wrap to prevent damage during transit.

Device overview and build quality –

For the first impressions, the device feels extremely compact. At first, I couldn’t believe that it is a printer. Though it is small, you cannot, however, carry it easily during your traveling. However, handling, moving between rooms is extremely easy compared to a full-sized printer.

Speaking of the quality, the entire device is made up of good quality hard plastic that makes this device sturdy and durable. To the top of the device, we have a 3.2-inch LCD that can be tilted up and down. The tilting mechanism on the screen comes in very handy and makes the operation easier and hassle-free. There is no touch functionality on the LCD screen, however, it is still convenient to operate using the hardware buttons present on the device.

Setting up and getting the first print –

Setting the device up and running is a cakewalk. If you choose to connect to a computer, you can do that. However, you do not have to have it connected to a computer for the initial setup.

Plugin the power adapter in the power socket and plug the other end into the DC port at the back of the printer. Press the power button present at the top. You should now see the display lighting up. Now, insert the provided cartridge into the printer and place the paper tray in place.

Once you are done preparing the Canon Selphy CP1300 physically, it is time you connect it to your Wi-Fi network. To do this, navigate to the Wi-Fi option displayed on the screen by using the hardware keys present and click on OK. Your display all the available Wi-Fi networks nearby. Select the one that you wish your device to be connected to and press OK. Enter the credentials for the network and click OK. This should bring your device to your network.

To print an image from your phone, install the Canon PRINT application from the App Store or PlayStore depending on the type of device you use. Once you have the application installed and opened, you should see your device auto-detected and listed in the application. However, your mobile should also be connected to the same network as your sublimation printer for the discovery to happen. You can now send prints directly from your mobile phone.

Canon Selphy CP1300 Performance –

The prints turned out to be surprisingly decent with rich colors and great accuracy. Honestly, I didn’t think that a printer of this size could produce such stunning images with such color accuracy and sharpness.

As the Canon Selphy CP1300 uses dye-sublimation technology to print, printing speeds aren’t even comparable to regular inkjet printers. In dye-sublimation printing, the photo paper on which the image is to be printed has to be passed four times (yellow, magenta, cyan, and finishing coat) in and out to get the colors right. This makes this printer very slow compared to other printers. However, in our testing, the printer took less than a minute to output a 4×6 color photo.

Features and connectivity –

Despite the size of the printer, Canon has not compromised in any area on this printer. It does everything that a typical inkjet printer does while still being very compact and portable. The fact that the device doesn’t need to be connected to a computer makes it a more ideal choice for sublimation printing.

On the connectivity note, it has everything – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Flash Drive, SD card support, cloud services support and you name it.

Pros & Cons of this dye sublimation printing Machine

Pros
  • Very compact
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Excellent image quality
  • User-friendly interface
  • Affordable
  • Decent connectivity options
Cons
  • No-touch functionality
  • USB Cable not included
  • Limited photo size

Verdict –

If you are in the market for a 4×6 sublimation printer, the Canon Selphy CP1300 offers you the best value-for-money deal. Besides being very compact, it offers everything that a full-sized printer does. On the portability note, you can make this device truly portable by purchasing a battery pack sold separately.

You don’t have to have your printer connected to a computer to get the job done. It functions as a stand-alone device, meaning you can now assign the print job and manage everything on the device itself without the aid of a computer, thanks to the SD card slot and USB host support.


Also Read: Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400 Complete sublimation Printer bundle Ink and 100 of papers

#5. Brother MFC-J995DW Inkvestment Tank – Best Affordable AIO Sublimation Printer

Brother MFC J995DW Inkvestment Tank – Best Affordable AIO Sublimation Printer

The Brother MFC-J995DW INKvestment is the best investment you can make today if you are looking for a powerful yet affordable sublimation printer. It checks off all the boxes that any other professional dye-sub printer in the market does.

BrandBrother
ModelMFC-J995DW INKvestment Tank
Weight18.1 lbs (8.2 kg)
Product Dimensions (W x D x H)17.0” (W) x 13.3″ (D) x 7.6″ (H)
ConnectivityEthernet, USB to PC, USB host, Wi-Fi,
Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service
Display Type2.6” Touchscreen LCD Display
Maximum Print Resolution1200 x 600 dpi
Printing TechnologyInkjet
Supported Paper SizesLetter, Envelope, Legal, Executive, A3, A4, A5, A6, Envelope (C5), Envelope (DL),
Envelope (Monarch), Photo (3.5″ x 5″),
Photo (4″ x 6″), Photo (5″ x 7″), Photo (5″ x 8″), Photo (8″ x 10″)

Unboxing and package contents –

The printer came in a big, fat box packaging with the brand name, model, and preview of the printer printed at the front of the carton. Lifting it isn’t easy as the box is very heavy on the hands. Opening the box, we have the cartridge set lying at the top. Brother claims that the provided Ink should for a whole year. However, it is dependent on the actual use case.

Besides the ink cartridges, we have a power cord and the printer itself lying below comfortably. You also find the mandatory goodies – the user guide and the installation CD inside the box.

Device overview and build quality –

The device feels extremely modern, we have the white and grey variant here. Though the package felt a bit heavier, the device, however, feels very sleek for what it does. To the front, we have the control panel with a power button, home, back, and cancel buttons, and a 2.6” touchscreen display. You also get to see an NFC marking on the control panel.

The scanner on the device is an 8.5″ x 11″ flatbed scanner with support to sheetfed functionality. There is no duplexing support on the scanner, however, you have the automatic document feeder functionality. The maximum resolution on the scanner is 1200 DPI which is a good figure.

Getting the device ready and working –

Setting the device up is fairly easy with the provided on-screen instructions and is pretty much standard stuff. Connect the power cord, press the power button, insert the cartridges, choose between wireless or wired connection, and you are good to go.

Performance –

The Brother MFC-J995DW does exceptionally well in terms of printing. It exhibits rich details, decent dynamic range, better color reproduction, great sharpness. For having truly nice colors in your prints, it is suggested that you set the default color profile to ‘vivid’ on the device.

Speaking of the printing speeds, the MFC-J995DW can print 12 pages per minute (PPM) in the case of monochrome documents and 10ppm for color. These aren’t the best out there but you shouldn’t have a problem printing on the sublimation papers.

Pros & Cons of this print device

Pros
  • Rich printing and scan quality
  • Economical printing
  • No warm-up time needed
Cons
  • Printing speeds could have been better
  • The paper tray at the back is a bit finicky

Verdict –

Be it for printing on coffee mugs or T-shirts, you will need a decent sublimation printer to do the job. The Brother MFC-J995DW INKvestment is one of the good sublimation printers that you can afford today. It has a pretty cool design aesthetics to complement your workspace. The device has a smaller footprint with its dimensions being 17.0” (W) x 13.3″ (D) x 7.6″ (H).


#6. HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 – Best Mid-range Pick

HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 – Best Mid range Pick

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 is the best all-in-one sublimation printer that we have tested at Scanse. Though it can print high-quality color photos, it is more inclined towards printing regular documents.

BrandHP
ModelOfficeJet Pro 9025
Weight30.9 pounds
Product Dimensions (W x D x H)12.5 x 17.2 x 15.6 inches
ConnectivityWi-Fi, 4 pin USB Type A, RJ-11, RJ-45
Display Type2.65″ Color Touchscreen
Maximum ResolutionCopying: 600 x 600 dpi (mono / Color)

Printing: 1200 x 1200 dpi (B/W), 4800 x 1200 dpi (Color)
Scanning: 1200 x 1200 dpi
Printing TechnologyInkjet
Tray CapacityADF – 30 sheetsInput Tray – 500 sheetsOutput Tray – 100 sheets

Unboxing and package contents –

Like most other HP products, the OfficeJet Pro 9025 comes in simple box packaging with the brand and model number mentioned on the front side of the carton. Opening the box, we have the ink cartridges on the top below which is the actual printer along with a mains cord and some paperwork. Surprisingly, you won’t be able to see a software CD inside the package.

Device overview and build quality –

HP doesn’t need an introduction when it comes to product build quality. It comes in a decent form factor with the dimensions being 12.6” x 17.6” x 15.6” (H x W x D). The printer isn’t as tall as its predecessor, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015, but it is heavier with its weight being 26.4 lbs.

The ink cartridges can be accessed from the front side of the device without having to lift the top. You only use the top lid for clearing potential paper jams. To the front, we have a 2.7-inch touchscreen display. Though the display is smaller, the touch functionality on the device is very responsive and we didn’t face any issue in operating it. The device boasts a 1200 DPI flatbed scanner with a maximum scan size of up to 8.5” x 11”.

Getting the device ready and working –

The setup process is fairly standard and doesn’t take a lot of time. Powering on, placing the provided cartridges in their place, getting the device connected to the network and you’re good to go. It is thoughtful of HP to place the cartridge tray towards the front side, you don’t have to go through the pain of lifting the top every time.

Performance –

On the performance note, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 does fairly well. The output image quality is pretty dope with excellent details and a great dynamic range. Besides printing, the scanner on the other hand also does well with great color depth.

Speaking of the printing speeds, in our testing the printer raced at 24 ppm for black and 20 ppm for color which is decent compared to most competitors in the market. The scanner on the device took about 12.5 seconds to produce a color scan.

Features and connectivity –

The OfficeJet Pro 9025 is one of the best intuitive sublimation printers considering the overall user experience. Operating the device is fairly easy with most of the functions being self-explanatory. On the connectivity note, the device offers almost everything to meet modern demands. It has a LAN port along with two modem ports, a USB Type-B port, a USB Type-A port. If you wish to go wireless, it also features Wi-Fi functionality with support to Wi-Fi Direct.

Pros & Cons of HP OfficeJet Pro 9025

Pros
  • Decent speeds
  • Economical printing
  • ADF and duplexing support
  • Smaller footprints
Cons
  • On the pricier side
  • ADF is glitchy
  • Not the quietest we have tested

Verdict –

The HP OfficeJet Pro 9025 is a great sublimation printer for home use or small business holders. It has a robust build and has outstanding features, including ADF, loc cost printing, two-sided scanning, etcetera. You can completely go wireless with the MFC-J995DW as it shares support for most cloud services out there and also has built-in Wi-Fi functionality with support to Wi-Fi Direct.

It offers a great cost-per-print ratio, however, if you choose to print a lot, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 is a more sensible choice as it offers better color accuracy and also slightly better page yield.


#7. Epson EcoTank ET-4760 – Economical Sublimation Printer

Epson EcoTank ET 4760 – Economical Sublimation Printer

The Epson EcoTank ET-4760 is one of the most economical printers that we have tested in our lab. Besides functioning as a decent sublimation printer, it also doubles up as a workhorse for taking heavy workloads making it an ideal choice for printing documents in larger quantity.

BrandEpson
ModelEcoTank ET-4760
Weight15.9 lb
Product Dimensions (W x D x H)9.1″ x 14.8” x 13.7” lbs (H x W x D)
ConnectivityEthernet, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, Apple AirPrint, Mopria Print Service
Display Type2.3″ Color Touchscreen
Maximum Resolution4800 x 1200 optimized dpi
Printing TechnologyInkjet
Ink Configuration4 individual ink bottles (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black)

Unboxing and package contents –

The Epson EcoTank ET-4760 came inside a grey and black carton with the Epson branding towards its front. You also get to see all the functions the device has to offer at the front. Unboxing the shipment, we have the ink bottles and the power adapter at the top. Moving further, we have the device itself sitting comfortably surrounded by thermocol molds.

Device overview and build quality –

The device feels a bit heavier weighing about 15.9 lbs. Despite its weight, the ET-4760 appears to be quite smaller with the dimensions – 9.1″ x 14.8” x 13.7” lbs (H x W x D). It feels sturdy as the entire body is made up of hard plastic.

To the front, we have the control panel with a 2.3” touchscreen display. There are only two physical buttons on the panel, one of them is a home button and the other is for menu help. The control panel swivels up and down to adjust the viewing angles and for easier operation.

Getting the device ready and working –

The initial setup on the Epson EcoTank ET-4760 is pretty much standard as seen in most other printers. Connect the power cord to the printer and plug it into a wall socket, press the power button on the printer, fill the ink tanks with the provided ink, and connect the device to the network – as simple as that.

Performance –

The photo printing quality on the Epson ET-4760 is decent with excellent details, and flat color tones. Banding can be seen here and there in the prints, especially in the greyscale area.

The printing speeds on the other hand are pretty good at 16 ppm for black-only text documents while the color prints came out to be 7 ppm. It took a solid 89 seconds to output a high-quality photo.

The best part about the ET-4760 is its printing costs which are remarkably low compared to most other competitors in the market. On the other hand, the ink bottles used in this printer aren’t very expensive and should last for a while before you get to replace them.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Economical – fewer printing costs
  • Decent print speeds
  • Massive connectivity
  • Great details in the prints
Cons
  • Color accuracy could have been better
  • Heavier in weight
  • Overpriced

Verdict –

If you are in the market for a decent all-in-one sublimation printer, look no further than the Epson EcoTank ET-4760. It is one of the most economical printers that we have reviewed on our website. However, it is not meant for those photo enthusiasts who aim at excellent color accuracy. If you use it for general printing, you don’t complain. The scanner on the other hand has excellent color depth and does the job well.

The ET-4760 and the ET-3760 are almost similar in functionality except for the 3760 misses out on the FAX feature. If you aren’t a FAX person, you might have a way with the Epson EcoTank ET-3760. Also, there is no tabloid support on the ET-4760. If your job requires printing tabloid-sized photos, go for the Epson EcoTank ET-15000.


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Introduction to Sublimation Printing

What is Sublimation Printing?

Sublimation printing is a method of transferring a design/picture into a material or fabric using ink and heat transfer. First, the design is printed onto a sublimation paper with the aid of a sublimation printer. The design thus printed on the paper is then transferred to the material by applying heat. The dye-ink that is used in this process turns into gas with the introduction of heat which then adheres to the fabric.

Additional information on sublimation printing –

Is the design printed using the sublimation method permanent?
The designs printed using the sublimation printing technique are less prone to fading, as the ink penetrates and adheres to the fabric other than simply laying on top like a regular print.

Can I use any printer for sublimation printing?

No, you cannot use a regular printer for producing sublimation prints. The sublimation technique requires you to use a special type of printer called a sublimation printer. Ricoh and Sawgrass produce industry-best printers specifically designed for carrying out the sublimation technique. However, there are decent printers in Epson, Canon, and HP that can also produce sublimation prints.

Can I use Epson printers for both the sublimation process and regular printing chores?

No! Epson printers use special ink for printing on sublimation papers. Once you run these printers using this ink, you cannot go back to normal ink as it damages the device.

Which ink should I use for sublimation printing?

No matter which printer you use, it is essential to use quality ink made especially for sublimation printing. The ink you use directly relates to the quality of prints you get.

What T-shirt materials are used for sublimation printing?

The sublimation process works best on polyester materials. Cotton is not the best material for dye sublimation. The natural fibers in the cotton won’t bind well permanently with the dye sublimation inks.

What do I need to carry out the sublimation process?

In order to carry out sublimation techniques for printing on fabric, you need to have the best quality sublimation paper to print your design on it. Additionally, you will need a good heat press machine to transfer the design from the sublimation paper onto the fabric.

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FAQs about Dye Sublimation Printing

Can any printer do sublimation?

No! Not all printers can do sublimation printing. Sublimation printing requires special ink and paper which only a few specifically designed printers can handle.

Which printers can do sublimation printing?

We have two types of printers on the market, printers that use heat (thermal) energy to print and printers that use pressure (Piezo) technology. Piezo printers are suitable for sublimation printing whereas thermal printers aren’t.

What is the best sublimation printer in 2021?

The Epson WorkForce WF-7720 is by far the best sublimation printer that you can purchase today.

What materials can I sublimate on?

Sublimation can be done on polyester fabrics, PVC, aluminum, ceramic, polycotton textiles etcetera.

How long does sublimation last on T-shirts?

If printed using higher quality ink and a decent printer, the sublimation on fabric should last over 10 years.

What is the best professional sublimation printer in the market?

The Sawgrass Virtuoso SG500 is by far the best professional printer for carrying out sublimation printing. Sawgrass printers are the only printers that are specifically made for sublimation printing whereas other printers are just compatible with sublimation printing.

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