Over the past year, I have had a side business that involves printing images onto t-shirts.

At first, I had no idea how to make them look professionally printed.

Luckily, a friend of mine advised me that one of the most important aspects of heat transfers is the quality of printer that you use.

That is when I bought my Epson Artisan printer (this thing rocks!).

My friend has been in the t-shirt game for many years now and has used almost every type/brand/model of printer available.

The brand of printer that he always comes back to though, is Epson.

So in today’s post, I will be showing you the best Epson printer for heat transfers

Best Overall Epson Printer For Heat Transfers

Epson Artisan 1430 Wireless Color Wide-Format Inkjet Printer

When looking for color quality, you really can’t get better than the Artisan 1430.

This printer offers photo printing in all different sizes, that is high in definition and very vibrant. You really should see that quality of the images that it prints, you will be amazed.

Epson Artisan 1430


  • Hi-def pictures up to 13 cm x 19 cm
  • Borderless
  • Wi-Fi printing
  • 6-color Claria ink
  • CD/DVD printing
  • Print, connect and share from your smartphone, iPhone, tablet etc. – no computer required

Ink Performance

The Artisan1430’s prints are better than you ever expected for a home photo printer thanks to their inkjet technology and 6-color, high-definition Claria , and the high resolution (5760 x 1440 dpi) produces beautiful, grainless photos every time.

Epson claims it will make prints resistant to smudging, scratching, water and decay.

This was true in tests: The color was hard to smudge, and the printer developed lively, robust prints that anyone who deals with heat transfers will love.

Thanks to the compatibility with a wide range of media (e.g. photo luster, pictures, matte photo, ect), you can immediately print what you need in-house. You can print straight to inkjet-printable CDs & DVDs in addition to printing on normal media. Create custom CDs with ease and avoid the hassle of adding a disk label. You can even edit and fine-tune pictures of the printer before printing with Adobe Photoshop elements.


Best Budget Printer For Heat Transfers

Epson Stylus C88+ Color Inkjet Printer

If you are on a low budget, you cant go wrong with the C88+.

The Epson Stylus C88+ is a high-performance printer that can quickly print heat transfers at a rate of 22 pages per minute. And with fast-drying, smudge-resistant inks, you need not be concerned about managing the prints when they come out. The visual clarity and color will be delivered for all your projects and presentations.

Even using plain or transfer paper, the ink pigment in this printer, ensures great results every time. Best of all, you can regulate the use of ink, replacing only the run-out ink with convenient individual ink cartridges.

It allows everyone to produce wonderful pictures in no time at all with extraordinary velocity and color accuracy.

Epson Stylus C88+



  • Print up to 5760 x 1440 dpi and create ultra-fine droplets.
  • Prints up to 22 ppm black text and 12 ppm color
  • Includes individual inks so that only the color that runs out can be replaced
  • Borderless Printing


Advice for choosing the best Heat Transfer Printer

In general, the perfect printer for heat transfer paper is the one specifically intended for these tasks. You can’t always use just any printer. You will need something that is made for this type of project

For instance, you want a printer that can print stuff professionally, on various types of materials.

You’ll want to find a printer which can consistently meet your quality requirements based on the items you would like to make.

If you want to do what I do and make prints for t-shirts, then you will need ink that is both bright and will not be harmed by the heat during the transfer process.

The ink will also need to be highly durable, as it will need to withstand going through the wash multiple times.

Of course, you will also need to take the cost of ink into account as you will more than likely be using a lot of ink.