Top Five Laminators – Best of the Best

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Our recommendations for laminating machines also include pros/cons as well as specifics for each. This enables you to not only compare, but choose what best suits your needs.

Pouch Laminators

Product

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Prices

Fellowes Venus2 125 

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Scotch Thermal TL902A

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Royal Sovereign ES-915

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Scotch Pro Thermal 

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Fellowes Saturn 3i 125

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Fellowes Venus2 125

Specs

Width: 12.5”

Speed: 53” per min

Warmup: 1 min

Temp: Dual Temp

Features

  • Legal-size
  • 6 rollers
  • Auto reverse
  • Jam prevention
  • Autosense detects pouch thickness and then adjusts the heat
  • Hot and cold laminating
  • Up to 10 mil pouch
  • Auto shutoff
  • PROS

  • Dual temp
  • Has automatic reverse for jam prevention
  • Automatically senses pouch thickness for heat setting
  • Auto shutoff
  • Quick warmup
  • Quick feed
  • 2 yr warranty
  • CONS

  • Does not laminate anything larger than legal size
  • Scotch Thermal TL902A

    Specs

    Width: 9”

    Speed: 11” per min

    Warmup: 4-8 min

    Temp: Hot

    Features

  • Letter-size
  • 2 rollers
  • 2 heat settings
  • Jam release
  • Carrying handle
  • 30-day warranty
  • Up to 10 mil
  • Auto shutoff
  • PROS

  • Comes in two colors (black or white)
  • Jam release lever
  • Carrying handle for portability
  • Built-in tray for loading
  • Cord storage
  • Auto shutoff
  • CONS

  • Does not laminate anything larger than letter-size
  • Takes longer to warm up
  • Warranty is very short
  • ROYAL SOVEREIGN ES-915

    Specs

    Width: 9”

    Speed: 11” per min

    Warmup: 4-6 min

    Temp: Dual Temp


    Features

  • Letter-size
  • 2 rollers
  • Manual reverse to release jams
  • Up to 7 mil
  • 1 yr warranty
  • Auto shutoff
  • PROS

  • Dual temp
  • Able to release jams manually
  • 1 yr warranty
  • Compact size
  • Auto shutoff
  • CONS

  • Must release jams manually
  • Does not laminate anything larger than letter size
  • Only handles up to 7 mil pouch
  • SCOTCH PRO THERMAL

    Specs

    Width: 9”

    Speed: 15” per min

    Warmup: 5-7 min

    Temp: Hot

    Features

  • Letter-size
  • 2 rollers
  • Jam prevention technology prevents misfeed
  • Up to 5 mil
  • 30-day warranty
  • Auto shutoff
  • Cord storage
  • 2 heat settings
  • Sleek design in lime green
  • PROS

  • Never jams
  • Awesome look with lime green color
  • Cord storage
  • Auto shutoff
  • CONS

  • Does not laminate anything larger than letter size
  • Only handles up to 5 mil pouch
  • Warranty is very short
  • FELLOWES SATURN 3I 125

    Specs

    Width: 12.5”

    Speed: 12” per min

    Warmup: 1 min

    Temp: Hot

    Features

  • Letter-size
  • 2 rollers
  • Release lever to recenter or remove
  • Up to 5 mil
  • 2 yr warranty
  • Auto shutoff
  • PROS

  • Able to release jams or recenter through release lever
  • 2 yr warranty
  • Auto shutoff
  • CONS

  • Does not laminate anything larger than legal size
  • Only handles up to 5 mil pouch
  • Does not feature jam technology. Jams must be manually released.
  • Roller Laminators

    Product

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    GBC Ultima 65 EZLoad

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    GBC Heatseal Ultima 35 EZLoad

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    GBC Pinnacle 27 EZLoad

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    Vevor 39” Cold Laminator

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    Xyron 1255

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    GBC Ultima 65 EZLoad

    Specs

    Width: 27”

    Speed: 24"’ per min

    Warmup: 10 min

    Temp: Hot

    Features

    • Poster-size
    • 3 mil
    • Pivoting table
    • Reverse function
    • Rear trimmer
    • Auto shutoff
    • Standby mode
    • 90-day warranty
    • Edge guide

    PROS

  • Tackles large projects
  • Table pivots making laminating a breeze
  • Rear trimmer is great for trimming the end of the project as it feeds through laminator
  • Standby mode allows multiple uses while the machine stays heated
  • Auto shutoff
  • Reverse function that prevents jams
  • 90-day warranty
  • CONS

  • Does not allow anything thicker than 3 mil
  • Warmup time takes a bit longer
  • Warranty is for 90-days as opposed to a 1-2 yr
  • More expensive
  • GBC Heatseal Ultima 35 EZLoad

    Specs

    Width: 12”

    Speed: 39” per min

    Warmup: 1  min

    Temp: Hot

    Features

  • Letter-size
  • 5 mil
  • Fixed speed
  • Reverse function
  • Trimmer
  • Auto shutoff
  • 1 yr warranty
  • PROS

  • Fast warmup
  • Includes a trimmer to trim project as needed
  • Auto shutoff
  • Includes a warranty
  • Reverse function prevents jams
  • Accommodates a thicker laminate (5 mil)
  • CONS

  • Will not laminate anything larger than letter-size
  • GBC Pinnacle 27 EZLoad

    Specs

    Width: 27”

    Speed: 10’ per min

    Warmup: 8-10 min

    Temp: Hot

    Features

  • Poster-size
  • 3 mil
  • Reverse function
  • Rear trimmer
  • Auto shutoff
  • Standby mode
  • 1 yr warranty
  • PROS

  • Tackles large projects
  • Rear trimmer is great for trimming the end of the project as it feeds through laminator
  • Standby mode allows multiple uses while the machine stays heated
  • Auto shutoff
  • Reverse function prevents jams
  • 1 yr warranty
  • CONS

  • Does not allow anything thicker than 3 mil
  • Warmup time takes a bit longer
  • More expensive
  • Vevor 39” Cold Laminator

    Specs

    Width: 39”

    Speed: n/a

    Warmup: n/a

    Temp: Cold

    Features

  • Poster-size
  • 3 mil
  • Hand crank
  • Folds up for storage
  • PROS

  • Tackles extra-large projects
  • Does not require electricity
  • Hand crank
  • Folds up for storage
  • Cold temp to prevent accidental burns
  • Can be used anywhere
  • Affordably priced
  • CONS

  • Does not allow anything thicker than 3 mil
  • Requires manual cranking to feed project through rollers
  • Does not have a trimmer
  • Xyron 1255

    Specs

    Width: 12”

    Speed: n/a

    Warmup: n/a

    Temp: Dual Temp

    Features

  • Letter-size
  • 3 mil
  • Hand crank
  • 1 yr warranty
  • PROS

  • Dual Temp
  • Great for small projects
  • 1 yr warranty
  • CONS

  • Does not laminate anything larger than letter-size
  • Only handles up to 3 mil
  • Does not feature jam technology. Jams must be manually released.
  • Requires manual cranking to feed project through rollers
  • Does not have a trimmer
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