The TruLam TL-320E is a reliable option that should get you through even the most labor intensive projects without an issue. It boasts a solid metal construction and a digital control panel that allows you to closely monitor its temperature.
- Four silicone rollers
- Good value for the price
- Relatively noisy
The cost-effective Apache AL18P supports pouches up to about 17 inches wide and comes in at under $200. Its precise temperature control and reliable forward and reverse switch help ensure it delivers clean and consistent results.
- Heavy-duty construction
- Long-lasting motor
- Not easy to move around
ProLam Ultra-X Akiles XL
The ProLam Ultra-X Akiles XL boasts a total of 10 rollers. Six are for hot laminating and two for cold, and the remaining two are used for ejecting the finished product smoothly and preventing jams. It’s able to run fast enough to keep up with highly demanding workloads.
- 19-inch opening
- Commercial-grade model
- Too expensive for home use
Xyron EZLaminator 624672
The Xyron EZLaminator 624672 boasts an extremely convenient design that requires no heat, batteries, or electricity, as it is hand cranked and relies on adhesive and pressure alone. It can also be used to add magnetized backings to your projects.
- Uses drop-in cartridges
- Includes 15 feet of material
- Cold seal is a bit weak
Amazon Basics PL9-US
The Amazon Basics PL9-US is a thermal model with a nine-inch-wide feed. It features markings on the front to help you guide documents and photos through accurately, and comes with two 3-mil pouches suitable for up to letter-size paper.
- Warms up in four minutes
- Impressively quiet
- Relatively affordable
Scotch Pro TL906
The Scotch Pro TL906 can handle pouches up to 9 inches wide and works at a speed of 15 inches per minute. It’s also energy efficient, thanks to an automatic shutoff function that powers it down after a period of inactivity.
- Simple to operate
- Warms up in 5 minutes
- Feeding tray folds down for storage
If you don’t want to deal with any confusing size or temperature settings, the Crenova BLM00029 offers a straightforward operation you’ll appreciate. It accommodates projects as large as A4 paper and comes with 10 variously-sized pouches to get you started.
- Up to 50 sheets per hour
- Lever-operated jam removal
- Extremely low price
Fellowes Jupiter 2
A 1-minute warmup time and a 47-inch-per-minute speed mean the Fellowes Jupiter 2 can help you complete your task quickly and efficiently. Its advanced monitoring system detects feed errors and reverses the document if there’s a problem.
- Equipped with 6 rollers
- Senses thickness automatically
- Very easy to use
As easy to use as it is affordable, the Blusmart OL288 handles everything from ID cards and photos to documents up to 9.45 inches wide. Its two rollers get hot in just three to five minutes, so you’ll be up and running in no time.
- Available in black or white
- Built-in trimmer and corner rounder
- Can create perforated and wavy edges
Fellowes Saturn3i 125
The Fellowes Saturn3i 125 is a great choice for busy schools, offices, and print shops. It is ready for operation in just one minute, and includes settings for 3-, 4, and 5-mil hot pouches as well as self-adhering cold ones.
- Allows for pausing to re-center
- Beeps when it's hot enough
- Backed by a two-year warranty