You can send text and email receipts with a SumUp card reader, but if you need to print them, you’ll need a compatible receipt printer too.

SumUp Air can be used with all AirPrint (iOS) and Google Cloud Print (Android) printers and 8 other receipt printers. 3 are mobile printers, meaning they can be carried around for use anywhere where it’s possible to connect with the SumUp app on your phone or tablet. The rest are stationary.

They all use thermal receipt paper, a heat-based printing technology that doesn’t require ink.

Before we list the printers for SumUp Air, let us look at the other available card terminal, SumUp Solo.

SumUp Solo and Printer bundle

The easiest, most compact way to print receipts with SumUp is to buy the SumUp Solo card reader and receipt printer bundle (no other receipt printers work with Solo).

Not only is the printer specially designed for Solo and looks unique when attached, it also acts as a portable battery pack charging the card terminal on the go.

Emmanuel Charpentier, MobileTransaction

SumUp Solo in its printer dock with an open paper roll compartment

We tested the set and think it’s a beautifully designed duo that does its job well: to quickly print receipts that are easily torn off. The paper roll is straightforward to change as well (see photo).

The receipt printer can be bought as a set with the Solo card machine for £139 + VAT, or separately for £69 + VAT if you already have the Solo terminal.

It’s the cheapest card machine with receipt printer currently available in the UK – even cheaper than buying SumUp Air with one of the printers below.

Solo’s predecessor SumUp 3G only works with the SumUp 3G Printer. This used to be sold as a SumUp 3G and Printer bundle.

SumUp Air-compatible receipt printers

Let’s now have a look at all the printers compatible with SumUp Air:

Stationary receipt printers

  • Epson TM-m30/Epson TM-m30ii/Epson TM-m30iii (Android app)
  • Star Micronics mC-Print2 (Android app)
  • Star Micronics mC-Print3 (Android app)
  • Star Micronics TSP100IV (Android app)
  • Star Micronics mPop (Android app)

Mobile receipt printers

  • Star Micronics SM-L200 (Android and iOS app)
  • Bixolon SPP-R210/SPP-R210iK/BEGE (Android and iOS app)
  • Bixolon SPP-R200lliK/BEGE (iOS app)

All of the stationary models only work with the SumUp Android app, not iPhone or iPad. We find this peculiar, since iOS is generally preferred for tills in the UK, but it does make the till point cheaper to purchase upfront since Apple devices are pricier.

The mobile printers connect with either the iOS or Android SumUp app via Bluetooth, so no wires are needed.

Let’s dig into the details of each model.

Epson TM-m30 – small, cubic and stationary

Cube-shaped and very compact, Epson TM-m30 (including TM-m30ii and TM-m30iii) is a stylish choice for a fixed counter space.

Epson TM-m30 white receipt printer

It measures 127 x 127 x 127 mm and benefits from a splash-proof, antibacterial surface.

This thermal receipt printer only connects with the Android SumUp App, not the iOS app – so iPad checkouts can’t use this. It does come with different connection types, though, to suit your till: Bluetooth, LAN, USB and Lightning

If you’re doing a lot of refunds or need signatures for other reasons, its decurling mechanism flattens the receipts so the paper is much easier to sign.

The printer comes in black or white. We think it looks really good in either colour, and the angular shape makes it very tasteful.

It can be purchased in SumUp’s online shop with SumUp’s logo on the front for about £263 with VAT.

Typical price: £215-£300 incl. VAT

Star Micronics mC-Print2 – smallest stationary printer

Don’t be fooled by its small size (96 x 113 x 100 mm) – Star’s thermal, square-shaped mC-Print2 printer is more advanced than you think.

Black Star Micronics mC-Print2 printer

It prints barcodes and graphics as well as standard receipts, and also has a decurl function so receipts come out flat.

Unfortunately, this receipt printer only works with SumUp’s Android app, not iPad tills or the iOS app in general. Despite this limitation, it has several connectivity options: Ethernet, USB, Lightning USB, Bluetooth and WiFi.

The mC-Print2 printer auto-cuts receipts, so there’s no need to tear them off manually. It’s similarly easy to change the paper roll, which is just dropped into an internal compartment.

The model comes in two colours, black and white, to suit your checkout.

Typical price: £225-£280 incl. VAT

Star Micronics mC-Print3 – fast and versatile printing

Bigger than the mcC-Print2 above, Star Micronics mC-Print3 measures 132 x 140 x 125 mm and works at a fixed location. It can be purchased with USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth or WiFi connections.

Star mC-Print3 white receipt printer

It prints fast at 250 mm per second on 80 mm-width, thermal paper. Because the paper is wider than the average receipt, you can use it for printing orders in restaurants too. Star Micronics mC-Print3 is splash-proof too and has paper near-end sensors to alert you of when to change the receipt roll.

What’s more, the receipt printer can be placed horizontally and vertically, depending on whether you want it on a wall, counter or elsewhere. It’s a stationary printer, so it needs to stay put in any case.

So far, this receipt printer only works with the Android SumUp app, not iPhone or iPad. It’s available in black and white.

Typical price: £240-£330 incl. VAT

Star Micronics TSP100IV – interesting design, many functions

The latest generation of the Star Micronics TSP100 series numbered “IV” is a curious design that works both horizontally on a desk and vertically on a wall.

Star Micronics TSP100IV receipt printer

Its 250 mm per second print speed on 80 mm- or 58 mm-width receipts makes it quite fast. The wide receipts make it ideal for order printing, while the narrower ones suit till receipts better.

Star Micronics TSP100IV has something called CloudPRNT Technology (which in theory) allows merchants to send receipts for printing via the cloud, even if the printer is not physically connected to the checkout app. Whether this works with SumUp is another matter.

However, this model only works with the SumUp app on Android devices, either via Ethernet cable or USB. It comes in white and dark grey.

Typical price: £230-£280 incl. VAT

Star Micronics mPop – space-saving till drawer and printer

If space comes at a premium, you might want to invest in a Star Micronics mPop cash drawer-and-receipt printer. At only 10 cm tall and 30 cm wide, this single device fits well under a tablet screen with SumUp App – but only the Android version, not iOS.

Photo: Emily Sorensen, MobileTransaction

SumUp POS system hardware

It looks good in white with SumUp’s white hardware, but can be purchased in black too.

In SumUp’s online shop, it costs £384 with VAT at the point of writing.

Typical price: £375-£400 incl. VAT

Bixolon SPP-R210i – the most lightweight

The Bixolon SPP-R210i is the only portable printer SumUp sells in their online shop. It’s mobile, lightweight and has a belt clip, making it ideal for printing receipts anywhere where the customer is –  for instance, on the road or at the customer’s table in restaurants.

The receipt printer weighs 232 g and fits in the palm of a hand with its 79 x 116 x 36 mm dimensions. The printing speed is fast at 90 mm/sec.

The printer’s Easy Paper Loading mechanism makes it easy to install the standard 58 mm wide paper rolls it needs for the receipts.

Despite its small size, it can withstand splashes of water and a drop from a height of 1.2 m.

The printer can be used in a variety of environments, including outside in temperatures as cold as -15°C.

Although the printer can connect with other devices via WiFi, it connects with the SumUp app on your phone or tablet via Bluetooth.

Typical price: £300 incl. VAT

Bixolon SPP-R200II – rugged, good-value printer

The mobile Bixolon SPP-R200II is a bit older and larger than the SPP-R210i (1 cm wider in width and height) and a little more robust.

Capable of withstanding a drop from a height of 1.5 m, it is suitable in any area where mobility and durable equipment are needed. This could, for example, apply to train or bus controllers, catering, logistics and busy food establishments.

The accompanying belt strap keeps the printer securely in place when you’re on the move.

It prints 90 mm per second on receipt paper that is 58 mm wide.

Bixolon SPP-R200II receipt printer

This printer can be harder to find in shops since it is an older model, but it is good value for those who need a rugged, portable solution.

Typical price: £250 incl. VAT

Star Micronics SM-L200 – automatic connection to multiple devices

The mobile Star Micronics SM-L200 receipt printer is slower than the Bixolon SPP-R210, but nevertheless interesting for those using SumUp on multiple smartphones and tablets. Why? Because it automatically connects with all newer mobile devices without going through the traditional pairing process.

At 83 x 122 x 44 mm, the size is similar to SumUp’s marketed Bixolon model, but the printing speed is lower at 35 mm/sec compared to Bixolon’s 90 mm/sec.

The printer can be placed on a desk, hung on a wall or worn attached to a belt. It is highly adaptable to all sorts of environments.

It is recharged through a USB cable or in a docking station you can get separately.

With taxis and other vehicle drivers in mind, Star has a charger that plugs into car cigarette lighter sockets.

In fact, the SM-L200 is the recommended receipt printer for London’s licensed cab drivers.

From a full charge, it can (impressively) do up to 13 hours of printing, calculated with a 5 minutes’ gap between each print.

A handy feature is the printer’s LCD screen that displays battery status and printing errors when they occur.

Typical price: £200-£225 incl. VAT

Cloud printing option through iOS or Android

In addition to the above printers, you can connect with any AirPrint-compatible printer through the SumUp iOS app and any Google Cloud Print-compatible printer through SumUp’s Android app.

We do not have an exhaustive list of all these printers, but according to SumUp, any printer with either of those cloud labels can work with SumUp Air. Just beware that some of these printers are not receipt printers, so it may take a bit of research to find a suitable cloud printer.

How to use the printers with SumUp

The receipt printers connect easily with your smartphone or tablet through SumUp App, either via Bluetooth, USB cable, Ethernet cable (LAN) or WiFi. The connection type depends on the printer model and till setup.

With Bluetooth, for example, you search for nearby printers – through app settings – to connect with wirelessly. When the printer appears, choose it from the list. You will need to activate Bluetooth and enter a PIN, except for the Star SM-L200 which connects automatically.

With an Android device, you need to also check that the iOS mode of the printer is deactivated before you can connect it.

You should then be ready to print invoices and receipts for your customers. If using a compatible cash drawer, it is only possible to connect this after you have a receipt printer connected.