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Breaking Down Your Label Options for DYMO Printers

Updated 10/09/2020
DYMO LabelWriter printer with's compatible roll label spools

Why do you need special labels for your DYMO® printer? Which labels are compatible with your DYMO printer model? Are all "compatible" labels the same?

If you've asked yourself any of these questions, you're finally about to get answers. Continue reading for FAQs, a material selection guide, size cross-reference list, and more.

DYMO Frequently Asked Questions

If you're running out of labels for your DYMO® label printer, read these common questions before stocking back up.

How do DYMO LabelWriter printers work?

DYMO label printers utilize direct thermal printing technology. Using a thermal print-head, the chemically treated labels blacken into the shape of your image or text on contact. They don't need ink, toner, or ribbons to operate.

How are labels used differently by DYMO printers versus other direct thermal printers?

Labels for DYMO LabelWriter printer; with eyelet oblong cut out

DYMO printer-compatible labels have an oblong hole cut between each label. These index holes or registration marks tell the printer where one label stops and the next begins. They're required for the labels to feed and print correctly. Without them, the printer's photo sensor may trigger a "printer is out of paper" error.

What is a good direct thermal printer option besides DYMO brand?

Direct thermal printers are small and fast by nature, but there are several other reliable brands on the market. Zebra® produces various models for ecommerce businesses, as does Rollo®. Shop labels for Zebra printers or learn more about the Rollo® printer.

Are there different types of labels for DYMO printers?

Labels compatible with DYMO printers can come in different materials, shapes, and sizes. They can be switched in and out of the printer based on your use and any required characteristics.

For instance, we manufacture a standard white material as well as a removable one (a popular choice among Amazon FBA sellers). We also offer a weatherproof / waterproof option for applications that come into contact with moisture for water or frequent and heavy handling.

How do I know which material I need?

Skip down to our Material Selection Guide, a series of tables designed to help you decide just that.

Can I use DYMO label materials outside?

Unfortunately, no direct thermal label materials are made for long-term outdoor use. Because direct thermal printers and labels use heat to create your image, the sun will have the same effect, darkening your entire label.

If you're looking for a label that will last outdoors, changing to a thermal transfer printer and using thermal transfer labels will yield better results.

Do you offer the same size label I'm currently using?

More than likely. Visit our DYMO Cross-Reference Chart or keep reading to see which label sizes we carry.

Why choose Online Labels' DYMO printer-compatible labels over the DYMO brand labels available at office supply stores?

We use only the highest quality materials, continually test our products, and are always looking for new materials and services we can offer to benefit you. We want to make your time with us and our labels as quick and easy as possible.

That's also why we have no minimum order quantity requirements, a "no hassle" return policy, create custom sizes for you upon request, ship out our products same-day if possible, and offer award-winning customer service. Not to mention, the 40-90% savings you'll receive when purchasing our products.

How can you offer the lowest priced DYMO-compatible labels?

Because we manufacture our labels in-house, there's no markup from office supply stores or distributors along the way. We cut out the middleman so we can pass on the savings to you.

How do you load labels into a DYMO printer?

Next time you need to insert a roll of DYMO-compatible labels into your printer, follow these easy steps.

  1. Open the cover of your LabelWriter printer.
  2. Press the label eject button if you have labels still in the feed slot.
  3. Remove the end of the spool so you can discard the finished core.
  4. Insert the new roll onto the spool, matching the directional white arrow printed on the inside of the spool.
  5. Replace the end of the spool, sliding it until it's firmly pressed against the edge of the label roll.
  6. Unroll the labels and insert the loose end into the feed path. Press the LED button for the printer to automatically adjust the position of the label within the feed path and feed the first label.
  7. Check the orientation of the labels to ensure they're correct for printing (facesheet-side down, liner-side up).
  8. Adjust the label guide to fit snugly against your label roll (if applicable).
  9. Close the cover.

DYMO Material Selection Guide

Labels for DYMO  label printers

In an effort to make your decision as informed and easy as possible, we've listed our material descriptions, specifications, and common uses below. Though each of our materials has its own set of uses and applications, they are all designed to feed well through your LabelWriter and produce excellent results.

Material Descriptions

  • DYMO Printer-Compatible Standard White Labels – The standard white direct thermal material is made of a smooth, bright white matte paper and coated with an all-temperature adhesive. It's ideal for large scale printing of warehouse, shipping, or barcode labels.
  • DYMO Printer-Compatible Removable Labels – The removable direct thermal material is a smooth, bright white matte paper backed with a general purpose removable adhesive. It holds well initially, but can be removed or repositioned without leaving residue behind.
  • DYMO Printer-Compatible Weatherproof Labels – The weatherproof direct thermal material consists of a synthetic white matte facesheet that is top-coated for direct thermal printing. These blank thermal rolls work well where frequent handling and contact with moisture are common. The adhesive is aggressive and capable of withstanding freezer conditions.

Material Specifications

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Standard White (DT) Removable (RD) Weatherproof (DW)
Bright White
Compatible with High-Speed Direct Thermal Printers
Paper Material
Synthetic Material
Waterproof / Resistant
Heavy Handling
Oil Resistant

Material Common Uses

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Standard White (DT) Removable (RD) Weatherproof (DW)
General Purpose

Size Cross-Reference List

Labels for DYMO  label printer

Know your DYMO product number? Use the following cross-reference chart to find the compatible product.

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DYMO® Label Product Number Label Size Product Number
30252™ 1.125" x 3.5" RL2206
30256™ 2.3125" x 4" RL2189
30258™ 2.125" x 2.75" RL2897
30323™ 2.125" x 4" RL2207
30326™ 1.8" x 3.1" RL3664
30327™ 0.5625" x 3.4375" RL2209
30330™ 0.75" x 2" RL2212
30334™ 2.25" x 1.25" RL2895
30336™ 1" x 2.125" RL2886
99019™ 2.3125" x 7.5" RL2896
1744907™ 4" x 6" RL2853

DYMO Label Printer Compatibility Chart

Labels for DYMO  450 Turbo label printer

Once you've chosen a label size and found the compatible product number, confirm it works with your printer model using the chart below.

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DYMO Printer Model Compatible Label Products
LabelWriter 450 RL2206, RL2189, RL2897, RL2207, RL3664, RL2209, RL2212, RL2895, RL2886, RL2896
LabelWriter 450 Duo RL2206, RL2189, RL2897, RL2207, RL3664, RL2209, RL2212, RL2895, RL2886, RL2896
LabelWriter 450 Turbo RL2206, RL2189, RL2897, RL2207, RL3664, RL2209, RL2212, RL2895, RL2886, RL2896
LabelWriter 450 Twin Turbo RL2206, RL2189, RL2897, RL2207, RL3664, RL2209, RL2212, RL2895, RL2886, RL2896
LabelWriter 4XL RL2206, RL2189, RL2897, RL2207, RL3664, RL2209, RL2212, RL2895, RL2886, RL2896, RL2853
LabelWriter SE450 RL2206, RL2189, RL2897, RL2207, RL3664, RL2209, RL2212, RL2895, RL2886, RL2896

Whether you're a new DYMO printer owner buying your first labels or a veteran label-printer, we hope this guide helped you explore your label options and answer those pesky questions lingering in the back of your mind.

If we left any stone unturned, please reach out to our customer service team at 1-888-575-2235 who will be more than happy to assist you in the selection process.

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