While it’s not a legal requirement under the UK Sales of Goods Act to provide a customer with a receipt, it is nevertheless a good idea to provide one. A receipt protects not only you and your business, but also the customer – especially if there is a problem with the product or service. Many customers still prefer a printed receipt, even though you can email or text receipts to customers through the iZettle app.

Whether you’re using iZettle at the same location or out and about, there are several iZettle receipt printers you can use. All of them are direct line thermal printers, which is a mechanism that uses heat to produce a print on specially treated paper. This means you don’t have to buy ink for any of these printers – just the refill paper rolls in the size needed.

The stationary printers usually cost in the range of £150-£450 and the mobile printers between £200 and £600 (prices including VAT). Let’s have a look at your options.

Types of printer connections

When you start to research printer options, it can get confusing with the many printer connection types and model numbers, so we want to first specify the connection types currently relevant to iZettle:

  • Bluetooth: Connects wirelessly by pairing the printer directly with your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device.
  • LAN/Ethernet cable: The printer connects with a router via an Ethernet cable. The router can then, through WiFi, connect the printer with your mobile device.
  • USB/Lightning cable: The printer connects through a Lightning cable with the iPad or iPhone (doesn’t work with Android).
Lightning cable for receipt printer

Lightning cable for iOS. Photo credit: Apple

ethernet cable plug

Ethernet cable. Photo credit: Fotolia

To add to the confusion, iZettle sometimes only refer to a printer model as “LAN”, but the fact is that there is more than one type of LAN connection: through Ethernet cable and through WiFi.

The Wireless LAN/WiFi connects directly with the mobile device through WiFi while the Ethernet cable uses the router as a proxy. To the best of our knowledge, all the below Star Micronics LAN printers are for an Ethernet connection only, while Epson has a WiFi option.

Mobile printers

Star Micronics is the only company producing mobile receipt printers that iZettle supports. It is a global company with 50 years’ experience in manufacturing small printers, including over three decades of experience in POS printers.

All the below portable printers connect with your iZettle setup through Bluetooth. They also connect with both Android and iOS devices and print graphics as well as 1D/2D barcodes like QR codes, making them highly versatile mobile printers.

Let’s look at how each iZettle Bluetooth printer stands out from the rest.

Star Micronics SM-L200 – the smallest, most lightweight option

SM-L200 is one of the newer portable receipt printers from Star Micronics. It weighs just 220 grams, but still has a decent battery life of up to 12 hours. It’s the smallest of the iZettle-compatible printers at 83 x 122.5 x 44 mm, but also the slowest, printing only 35 mm per second with a print width of up to 58 mm.

It is the first Bluetooth printer on the market that can connect with iPhones 4S (and newer) and 3rd (and newer) generation iPads without having to pair with them first, which could be handy in busy environments. The pack includes a battery, USB cable, belt clip and paper roll.

Currently, this is the official TFL-approved printer for licensed cab drivers in London. It has also become the most popular iZettle receipt printer, perhaps because of its affordability (costs around £200) and easy wireless pairing with the iZettle system.

iZettle receipt printer SM-L200

Star Micronics SM-S220i – the fastest print speed of the smallest printers

If mobility and print speed are both key concerns for your business, then the Star SM-S220i mobile printer could be your choice.

receipt printer SM-S220i paper load

It’s only 8 cm wide and weighs 288 grams with the battery (lasts up to 8 hours of active use), printing on thermal paper with a print width of 58 mm.

The printer has a print speed of up to 80 mm per second, which is only matched by the larger and heavier SM-T400i model below.

The pack also includes an AC charger, battery, sample roll, setup sheet and a serial cable.

Where to buy?

Few IT shops carry a broad selection of receipt printers. Amazon has lots, but make sure to double check compatibility.

iZettle also has their own accessories shop where you can find printers, cash drawers, barcode scanners and complete store kits. Check out the frequent discounts.

Star Micronics SM-T300i – rugged, dust- and splash-proof for rough handling

The Star SM-T300i is slightly larger with a 12 cm width and weighs 422 g with the battery, although it has a longer battery life of 11 hours.

Star Micronics SM-T300i receipt printer

The printer is dust-protected and splash-resistant, making it ideal for outside field workers or anyone requiring a sturdy printer.

It has a print width of 72 mm and print speed is up to 75 mm per second. As with the smaller SM-220i, the mobile printer comes with a variety of accessories including a battery charger, battery pack, serial cable, but also a belt clip.

Star Micronics SM-T400i – durable, with the longest battery life

The Star SM-T400i is the largest iZettle receipt printer in the Star Micronics range and is 4 inches wide. It prints up to 80 mm per second on a print width of 104 mm and weighs 735 grams with the battery.

Although heavier than the other mobile printers, the battery can last up to 20 hours at a printing interval of 5 minutes – the longest battery life in the iZettle printer range.

Similar to the Star SM-T300i, it is dust- and splash-proof and comes with a range of accessories.

This range of mobile printers is ideal for all kinds of business environments – both indoors and outdoors – such as farmers’ markets, fairs or for services at the customer’s home.

receipt printer SM-T400 paper load

Stationary printers

Generally cheaper than mobile receipt printers, stationary receipt printers can be used as part of a full point-of-sale setup with a cash drawer. Even though they are usually bigger than mobile printers, they sit better on a counter and print speeds are significantly faster. Let’s look at which printers are compatible with iZettle and how they differ.

Star Micronics mC-Print2 – smallest desktop receipt printer

The Star mC-Print2 is one of the newest supported printer models in the iZettle store. It is the smallest of all compatible Star printers for desktop at 96 x 113 x 100 mm (60% smaller than the popular TSP100III). What’s more, you can choose between black or white to suit your till setup.

The printer can connect with your mobile device via Bluetooth, Ethernet or Lightning cable if using the iZettle app on iPad or iPhone – and all these connection options are included in the same printer, so there’s no need to upgrade the connection type if you change your POS system.

The print speed is 100 mm per second on receipt paper that’s 58 mm wide. Although small in size, it has a guillotine auto-cutter and can print high-quality barcodes and graphics. The printer is easy to set up with the included power supply and drop-in receipt roll mechanism.

Star Micronics mC-Print3 – splash-proof, compact, high-performing

Although a bit bigger than the mC-Print2, the Star mC-Print3 is still compact at 132 x 140 x 125 mm. This printer is good for longer and larger receipts, with an impressive print speed of 250 mm per second on paper that’s 80 mm wide.

Star Micronics mC-Print3 printer

The print quality is high, including the ability to print barcodes and graphics. It connects via Bluetooth, LAN, USB and Lightning cable, but also through CloudPRNT or WebPRNT – all included in the same printer, so no need to decide which to commit to.

You load the receipt paper at the front. The printer is easy to use, so you should be connected and set to go soon after receiving it. And lastly – this is a model that suits any merchant, but hospitality businesses will benefit from the splash-resistance of the printer.

Star TSP100III/TSP143III – effective, popular receipt printer

The TSP100 series has long been one of Star Micronics’ bestsellers.

The newest version, TSP143III, is really easy to set up with your point of sale system through Bluetooth, LAN or Lightning cable. It is a compact printer that can print up to 43 receipts per minute on a standard 80 mm wide receipt with a print width of up to 58 mm.

The functional design of the printer means it can be used in both a vertical or horizontal position, and it even has a de-curl function for receipts. The printer comes with a range of accessories including a wall-mount bracket, cables and various software.

Star TSP143 receipt printer

Star TSP650II/TSP654II – fastest print speed of the Star printers

The Star TSP650 series is a high-performance, reliable model that can print an impressive 60 receipts per minute or 300 mm per second. The design features a simple drop-in-and-print paper loading system and a guillotine auto-cutter to ease the checkout process.

The TSP650II models offer high versatility with its many connection options, although iZettle only confirms compatibility with a Bluetooth or LAN connection, and AirPrint if you use an Apple device.

The package comes with all the necessary software and accessories to start printing, also including a wall mount bracket and vertical mount accessory.

Star TSP650II receipt printer

Star TSP700II – reliable printer built for high-volume businesses

The TSP700II model is great all-round receipt printer that is built to perform reliably in the long term.

Star TSP700II receipt printer

It can withstand dust and moisture in the surrounding environment, making it suitable for harsher environments.

It prints 250 mm per second or 45 receipts per minute and comes with a lot of connection options such as Bluetooth, USB, WiFi and more, but iZettle only lists the LAN connection as being compatible with iZettle.

That said, since it is built for stationary use, this is an excellent long-term choice for businesses with a high sales volume.

Star TSP800II – highest-performing printer for wide format printing

Star’s TSP800II is the best iZettle-compatible desktop option for wide printing formats on paper up to 112 mm wide (maximum print width: 104 mm).

It is currently the only receipt printer on the market that prints wide formats at the high speed of 180 mm per second or 38 receipts per minute.

The graphics are even crisp clear, so if you want the best printer for detailed invoicing or wide receipt printing, this is an excellent choice.

Star TSP800II receipt printer

This printer connects with iZettle through Bluetooth. It is also possible to use it inside vehicles for businesses providing deliveries and on-location services.

Star mPOP – combined receipt printer and cash drawer

Another Star Micronics product, the mPOP, combines a Bluetooth printer and small cash drawer into one. The mPOP can be fixed from under the counter to the countertop.

Since it is only 10 cm high and 30 cm wide, it will suit small spaces and not look intrusive on a counter. A typical point of sale setup will include an iPad stand on top of the mPOP to use as the checkout screen, providing a compact solution at an affordable price.

Star mPOP cash drawer and receipt printer

Epson TM-T88V and TM-T20II – low environmental footprint, but for iOS only

Alternatively, you can go for one of the two Epson receipt printers for your iZettle setup, although these are only compatible with iOS.

Epson TM-T88V receipt printer

One of them – the Epson TM-T88V model – is the first thermal receipt printer to be Energy Star-qualified, with its paper reduction function designed to limit your environmental footprint.

It prints at 300 mm per second on paper that’s 80 mm wide. The design is robust and the LAN/WiFi model enables wireless printing from your iZettle app.

There’s also the slightly slower – but solid – Epson TM-T20II receipt printer.

It prints 200 mm per second and is more suited for those with a lower volume of sales and those who need a more affordable printer (costs around £150).

Similar to the TM-T88V, it is Energy Star-qualified, although it can only be connected through an Ethernet cable.

Epson TM-T20II receipt printer

What about compatibility with iZettle Pro?

If you’re using iZettle Pro, the more advanced, hospitality-focused POS system, not all of the above printers will be compatible with that. Some of them only work with iZettle’s card reader, but others also with iZettle Pro.

Vice versa, some iZettle Pro-compatible printers can’t yet be used with iZettle Reader – an example is the iZettle kitchen printer Star SP742. The below table gives an overview of the printers currently compatible with each.

PrinteriZettle Reader*iZettle Pro
Star SM-L200 (Bluetooth)
Star SM-S220i (Bluetooth)
Star SM-T300i (Bluetooth)
Star TM-300i (Bluetooth) –
Star SM-T400i (Bluetooth)
Star mC-Print2 (Bluetooth, LAN, Lightning)
Star mC-Print3 (Bluetooth, LAN, Lightning)
Star TSP143III (LAN or Lightning cable)
Star TSP143III (Bluetooth)
Star TSP654II (Bluetooth/LAN)
Star TSP700II (LAN)
Star TSP800II (Bluetooth)
Star mPop (iOS only)
Epson TM-T88V (LAN, iOS only)
Epson TM-T20II (LAN, iOS only)
Star SP742 (LAN) – kitchen printer –
Epson TM-T70 (LAN) – printer for under counter –
PowaPOS T25 (LAN) – tablet POS solution –

*Note: Looking for an iZettle Reader 2 printer? This column applies to both the older, first-generation iZettle Reader with blue button and newest iZettle Reader 2 with green button.

Star SM-L200 (Bluetooth)
Star SM-S220i (Bluetooth)
Star SM-T300i (Bluetooth)
Star TM-300i (Bluetooth) –
Star SM-T400i (Bluetooth)
Star mC-Print2 (Bluetooth, LAN, Lightning)
Star mC-Print3 (Bluetooth, LAN, Lightning)
Star TSP143III (LAN or Lightning cable)
Star TSP143III (Bluetooth)
Star TSP654II (Bluetooth, LAN)
Star TSP700II (LAN)
Star TSP800II (Bluetooth)
Star mPop (iOS only)
Epson TM-T88V (LAN, iOS only)
Epson TM-T20II (LAN, iOS only)
Star SP742 (LAN) – kitchen printer –
Epson TM-T70 (LAN) – printer for under counter –
PowaPOS T25 (LAN) – tablet POS solution –

*Note:Looking for an iZettle Reader 2 printer? This column applies to both the older, first-generation iZettle Reader with blue button and newest iZettle Reader 2 with green button.

AirPrint – additional option for iOS

If you are using iZettle with a device running on iOS, you can use any printer that supports AirPrint. This is a printing technology from Apple that enables printing without the need to install drivers – it makes it super fast to just connect and print straight away. However, only one of the above printers can currently use AirPrint, and that is the Star Micronics TSP654II model.

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