3 Best Receipt Printers for Square

Receipt Printers for SquareA solid POS platform like Square can help you improve your business efficiencies and, thus, profitability. While many consumers are more than happy to receive receipts via email, many still want paper receipts. 

This means that if you’re a Square user, you should seriously consider purchasing a receipt printer for Square. There are only two mobile printers that use Bluetooth, and a much wider range of desktop printers. Some are compatible with iOS devices, some with Android, and others with specifically iPad only. Plus, there are a variety of hookup types, like USB, LAN, and more. 

Most of these models print on thermal paper, meaning no ink is required. You can expect them to run anywhere from $150 for the cheapest model, all the way to $750 for the one with all the bills and whistles.

Let’s dive into the top receipt printers for Square to help you find the perfect option for your business. 




Square POS Overview

Square is an excellent POS system for new and small businesses. With all the core features your business needs to start processing payments, an impressive array of add-ons and packages, and competitive pricing, Square offers a unique value-add to any business who uses the platform.

Core Features

Square accepts all payment types, including contactless payment, chip cards, Apple Pay, and Google Pay.  You can store payment details for regulars and charge them with the tap of a button. Their payment processing is fully secure, with dispute management, fraud protection and monitoring, encrypted payments, PCI compliance, and account protection tools. 

The platform also features an efficient, intuitive, and customizable checkout screen, as well as the ability to generate both print and digital receipts. Square’s Customer Directory allows you to store customer information, purchases, and interaction history. Square also automates your inventory maintenance with daily emails detailing items that are low or out of stock.

Add-Ons & Packages

Square also offers several add-ons for a monthly fee which further enhance the usability of the platform:

  • Employee Management. Allow clock in/out ability, set employee-specific access restrictions, and generate timecard reports.
  • Square Marketing. Craft & track custom email campaigns
  • Square Loyalty. Create loyalty programs that customers can easily enroll in after their initial check out.
  • Gift Cards. Create gift cards, tracking activations, redemptions, and refunds through your POS. 

Additionally, Square offers two packages for retailers and restaurants, each with features specific to those business types. 

Pricing

The Square basic package charges a set amount per transaction, rather than a flat monthly fee. Here’s how the fee structure breaks down: 

  • 2.6% + $0.10 per transaction for swiped, tapped, or inserted transactions
  • 3.5% + $0.15 per transaction for keyed in transactions
  • 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction for online sales

Generally speaking, this pricing structure means that Square works best for small businesses that want a less risky POS platform. However, if your business is rapidly scaling or you already run a large operation, it may not be the most cost-effective option for you. 

Mobile Receipt Printers

Square is only compatible with one brand of mobile printer: Star Micronics. All of their models work via Bluetooth, which means you need to be running your Square POS from a bluetooth-enabled iOS device.

One of the greatest advantages that mobile printers have is, fittingly enough, their mobility. They’re small enough to be carried and moved from location to location. However, one of the major drawbacks of mobile printers is that none of them are compatible with Android, which means you’re stuck with using an iPhone or iPad to process payments. It seems that this has less to do with the hardware, but with the fact that the Square Android app doesn’t allow for Bluetooth pairing. 

Here are a few of the most popular mobile receipt printers for Square. 

Star Micronics SM-S230i: High-Performing with Long Battery Life

This compact model is the smallest, lightest, and fastest of the Bluetooth receipt printers for Square. It measures 1 x 4.5 x 2 in size and weighs just under 8 ounces, including the battery. 

Although it’s a small printer, the battery is the longest lasting of all the mobile printers: up to 19 hours with 5-minute printing intervals. This is partly due to the system’s automatic sleep mode, which conserves battery power. 

The Star Micronics SM-S230i prints at a high (203 dpi) resolution, 3 inch-per-second speed on 2-inch paper receipts. It comes with a battery charger and pack, sample paper roll, belt clip, and USB cable. It runs between $275 and $350, depending on where you’re purchasing from.

Compatible connections:

  • Bluetooth – iOS only (iPad, iPhone)

Star Micronics SM-T300i: Sturdy & Durable

If you work in a harsh, active environment, this may be your best Bluetooth printer. At 15 pounds including battery, the added weight results in a more durable and sturdy printer. This dust-protected and splash-resistant model is perfect for restaurants and busy retail environments. 

It measures approximately 5 x 5 x 2 in, with a print speed of 3-per-second in high resolution on 3-inch paper receipts. The battery lasts up to 11 hours with 5-minute printing intervals. The pack comes with a battery, AC adapter, serial cable and sample roll. 

It runs between $370 and $400, depending on the specific model and provider. 

Compatible connections:

  • Bluetooth – iOS only (iPad, iPhone)

Stationary Receipt Printers

While mobile printers have only one type of connection point, desktop receipt printers have a much wider variety: 

  • LAN by cable. Connects by Ethernet cable to your local router that connects with the Square app over WiFi.
  • Wireless LAN. Connects directly with your mobile device’s WiFi.
  • USB. Connects directly to the mobile device running the Square app.
  • Bluetooth. Connects directly to your mobile device over Bluetooth.

On top of all that, the USB connections only work on an iPad if you use the Square Stand with the USB socket. It doesn’t work on the iPhone at all.

Here are some of the top stationary receipt printers for Square. 

Star Micronics TSP143III: Standard, Well-Rounded Desktop Model

This is one of the best selling desktop receipt printers for Square. It prints at a speedy 10 in per second on 3-inch-wide paper receipts. Additionally, the auto-cutter and de-curl functions both help to make the checkout experience more efficient. 

If you’re using iPad or iPhone, you can connect the printer to your POS devices via the USB lightning cable. When connected via this cable, both devices will also charge at the same time. This means that you can set up and run the system 24/7, with no down time.

The downside to this model is that you have to select your connection type in advance. For instance, you can choose whether to purchase the USB or LAN model; one you select your printer, you’re stuck with that connection type. 

The pack comes with a wall mount bracket, 58 mm paper guide, cables and software. It runs at around $350. 

Compatible connections:

  • USB (TSP100IIIU) – Android, iPad + Square Stand together
  • LAN by cable (TSP100IIILAN) – Android, any iOS
  • Wireless LAN (TSP100IIIWLAN) – any iOS

Star Micronics 654II: High-Speed, Interchangeable Connections

The Star 654II receipt printer prints at 11 inches per second, which is 60 standard receipts per minute. You also have the option of adding a splash-proof cover and kitchen buzzer. 

The best part of this printer, however, is the interchangeable interfaces. If you decide to switch from USB to Bluetooth, for instance, you can do that without having to buy a new printer. 

The pack comes with a vertical mount accessory, wall mount bracket, 58 mm paper guide, power switch cover, start-up paper roll and external power supply. It runs between $250 and $300. 

Compatible connections:

  • USB – Android, iPad + Square Stand together
  • LAN by cable – Android, any iOS
  • Bluetooth – any iOS




Star mPOP: Receipt Printer with Cash Drawer

For cash purchases, the Star mPOP cash drawer and receipt printer is probably your best bet. This model is compatible with iPad only (no iPhones). Retailers can choose to add a barcode scanner too, but this is optional.

The receipt printer prints 4 inches per second on 2-inch paper. As with other countertop models, loading is an easy drop-in-and-print action, with an auto-cutting guillotine.

The cash drawer contains four bill slots and adjustable six or eight coin slots. There is a hidden space under the removable coins slots for any extra items to store in the till.

It runs in the $450 to $500 range. 

Compatible connections:

 

  • USB – iPad only
  • Bluetooth – iPad only

Epson TM-m10: Compact, Stationary Printer

The Epson TM-m10 printer is the smallest desktop printer at only 4‎ x 4 x 4 inches, weighing just 14 pounds. It can be positioned both horizontally or vertically, making it suitable for whatever space you need it in. In terms of speed, it prints 6 inches per second on 2-inch paper. 

This printer features strong mobile connectivity capabilities, using NFC to connect with a compatible iPhone or iPad for easy pairing. You can also use USB to connect with a Square Stand with iPad, or the LAN connection for any iOS device. 

The pack comes with a power cable and adaptor, cable fixation saddle, power switch cover and spare paper roll. It runs at around $250. 

Compatible connections:

  • LAN by cable – any iOS
  • USB – iPad + Square Stand together
  • Bluetooth – any iOS

Epson TM-T20II: Low-Cost, Economical Option

This Epson model is one of the most affordable receipt printers (prices from $150, including VAT). However, the tradeoff is that it’s not the best performing printer out of the ones we’ve reviewed.

It prints at 8 inches per second on 3-inch paper, and features automated paper reduction. The pack comes with an adapter and power cable, power switch cover, paper roll, rubber feet, USB cable and wall hanging bracket.

Although it’s not the most powerful option, it’s still a solid choice for smaller businesses looking for a less expensive receipt printer for Square. 

Compatible connections:

  • LAN by cable – any iOS
  • USB – iPad + Square Stand together
  • Bluetooth – any iOS

Epson TM-T88V: Green, Low-Power, and Reliable

The Epson TM-88V series is the first Energy Star-qualified thermal-heat receipt printer to be made, with low power consumption and a paper reduction feature. It prints at 12 inches per second, and is reliable for at least four year. It also includes multi-grayscale printing capabilities for more vivid graphic images and logos.

The pack includes a connector cover, power switch cover, 58-mm paper guide plate and spare roll of paper. It runs at around $300. 

Compatible connections:

  • USB – iPad + Square Stand together
  • Bluetooth – any iOS

Epson TM-U220: Flexible Width, Ink Not Included

The TM-U220 is different from all the other receipt printers on this list, as it prints on regular paper. Because it doesn’t use thermal printing, you do need to purchase ink separately.  

The strongest point is perhaps the choice of paper size you can use in the printer: 3, 2.7 or 2.3 in width. It can be mounted on the wall vertically or used horizontally.

The pack comes with an ink ribbon and spare roll of paper. It runs between $350 and $400. 

Compatible connections:

  • LAN by cable – any iOS
  • Epson TM-U220 impact printer

Kitchen printers

Most restaurants will also require a kitchen printer, which uses ink rather than thermal printing. Square Point of Sale works with two impact printers for kitchens:

  • Star Micronics SP712ML/SP712MU: LAN (any iOS, Android), USB (iPad + Square Stand, Android)
  • Star Micronics SP742ML/SP742MU: LAN (any iOS, Android), USB (iPad + Square Stand, Android)

Conclusion

With a wide variety of printers on the market, selecting the right receipt printer for Square all comes down to which capabilities are a priority to your business.

If you travel from location to location regularly, a mobile printer is the best option. Speed of printing may be the variable that makes the difference for you, so be sure to take note of those stats. You’ll also need to consider your connection situation, and select a printer that’s compatible with your hookup type.

Finally, be sure to keep hidden costs in mind. Make sure that your printer is compatible with the devices you already have or plan to purchase, otherwise you’ll be making an expensive mistake. On top of that, some printers will require paper and even ink more frequently, and those costs can add up.

Overall, think carefully about your business’ specific needs and which features are the highest priority. Odds are, you’ll be able to find a printer that’s perfectly suited to your needs.  

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