A Guide to the Best Laminators for Teachers
Laminators are extremely popular among teachers. On the other hand, they despise queueing to use the common one in the teacher’s office (besides, why is it so frequently broken?). Unsurprisingly, many instructors eventually cave in and purchase their private laminators. These smaller machines can’t handle large materials like posters, but they’re perfect for labels, signs, and the countless other items that instructors need to laminate. In every price category, here are our top selections for the best laminators for individual use.
Tips for using a laminator
Even the greatest laminators need to know a few things. Here are some things to remember:
- The price of a laminator does not include the price of plastic laminating cartridges.
- Most laminators can take 3-mil and 5-mil thick bags, but if you want to laminate large or heavy-duty goods, you’ll need a laminator that can handle 10-mil sachets. Before using heavier pouches, check the machine’s specifications to avoid damaging them.
- Always ensure your laminating pouch is properly aligned before running it through the equipment. If the pouch is misaligned, even the greatest laminators will jam.
- Unlike older devices, most personal laminators do not require a specific folder to keep the objects. However, the rollers can get filthy on occasion. To clean them, pass a piece of plain printing paper through the device to remove any adhesive that has developed.
The greatest laminators are those that do not jam when your valuable papers are within. Never Jam technology on this Scotch model prevents you from mistakenly putting in a job at a slant that could cause a clog. After a five-minute warm-up period, it laminates sheets up to 9 inches wide in roughly 45 seconds.
Browsing for a personal laminator that’s a little bigger? This Mead model can accommodate pouches up to 12.5 inches wide, making it ideal for art and bulletin board decorations. It’s also speedier than a few others on the listing, with a 3-minute warm-up time.
This small machine is a steal for less than the expense of a week’s worth of Starbucks runs. In 3 mil or 5 mil pouches, it laminates materials up to 9 inches broad. It also has tens of thousands of five-star ratings.
This all-in-one alternative has a built-in sliding sheet cutter and a hole punch. In the event of a paper jam, the machine heats up in 5 min and has a quick-release button. A corner rounder punch and a box of ten letter-size laminating pouches are also included in the package.
This laminator package gives you a lot of possibilities for the price. The device can function with warm or cold sealing pouches and has a quick-release button for paper jams. A sheet cutter, a corner smoother punch, and 20 assorted-size laminating bags are included in the bundle.
We had to include this machine on our list of the top laminators because it has so many five-star reviews. It comes with a paper cutter, corner smoother, and 20 laminating pouches and can easily handle anything up to 8.5 inches wide.
This laminator is pricier than the others on our checklist, but it’s set to use in just a minute and operates quickly. It includes an auto-shut-off mechanism and can handle cold or hot seal bags up to 12.5 inches wide.
This is the most expensive equipment in our collection, but it’s the one that can laminate objects up to a thickness of 10 mil. As a result, heavy cardstock and even light cardboard can be sent through. Even in harsh circumstances, the final product will last longer. It uses hot or cold seal pouches to laminate objects up to 12 inches wide.