Printers are not all created equal, and this applies to the ones designed for printing on canvas as well.
Canvas has a GSM (Grams Per Square Meter, a common definition of thickness of materials) of between 280 and 430, which means it is a much heavier material than your regular printing papers which are much finer.
Using the wrong printer on canvas would not only affect the outcome of your prints, but it could ultimately damage the machine by making the cutters blunt and causing the machines motor to burn out.
When printing on canvas you must select the correct printer. We realize that with the large array of printers available in the market it can be almost impossible for one know which one of the many is the best. Therefore, to help with this dilemma, we have curated a list of the best canvas printers below.
#1 – Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Printer
The Photo HD XP-15000 is a wide format printer that is capable of printing on canvas and a variety of other paper finishes. This printer delivers Professional Ultra HD photo quality regardless of the print size, and it can manage to output prints between the sizes of 4 by 16 inches to 13 by 19 inches. It has two input trays with the rear one which holds specialty paper such as canvas having a capacity of 50 sheets. When printing, users can do so via the Ethernet and USB hard-wire connection or through Wi-Fi where they can send their documents from the PCs or smartphones (with the help of Google cloud print and AirPrint). It uses Individual 6 color Claria Photo HD inks to deliver an extensive color gamut and intensified black and white prints.
- It is comparatively easy and straightforward to configure and set up the printer.
- With its automatic duplex printing capacities, the printer is highly effective.
- Despite being 30% smaller than its predecessor, the printer is still rather bulky and heavy. It also still occupies a relatively large footprint.
#2 – Epson Artisan 1430 printer
If you have a small-scale business for printing canvas, this is by far the best printer you can opt for. The Artisan 1430 printer can produce prints that are as large as 13” x 19” with so much ease. With the printers Wi-Fi connectivity, users can send their pictures straight from their computer or smartphones or use the PictBridge USB port.
The Artisan has one of the best printing speeds anyone could ask for when working with a canvas as it is capable of handling 15 pages per minute when producing colored prints and 21 pages per minute for monochromatic prints.
- The Claria Hi-Definition Ink produces prints that are scratch, smudge, water, and fade resistant meaning that your prints will look good for a long time.
- The printer has advanced color correction and lighting features that enhance the appearance of your prints.
- Setting up the printer is not complicated as the process is rather simple and can be executed by non-techie individuals.
- It is costly both to purchase and operate. This is because the printer does not accept ink from third-party manufacturers, and the Epson ink is rather pricey.
#3 – Canon iP8720 Wireless Printer
Just like the two previous printers, the iP8720 is an inkjet printer can produce prints that are as large as 13″ x 19”. It boasts a color resolution of 9600 x 2400 dpi, printing speeds of 14.5 ppm for both black and color prints, 6-color ink system and Ethernet, USB and Wi-Fi connectivity options amongst other features. Like with most Canon printers, the iP8720 does not disappoint as it maintains Canon’s high standard of producing the best photo printers. The quality of prints produced extends to all materials used, including canvas.
- The printer can handle different paper sizes and weights, which is precisely why it works with canvas.
- It does not produce and excessive ink while working as it uses different ink droplet sizes depending on what is required for a print.
- It is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.
- It does not come with an automatic document feeder.
- The Canon iP8720 is rather noisy in comparison to some of its competitors.
- It does not have automatic duplex printing capabilities, and as such if a user wishes to print on both sides of the media, they must do it manually.
#4 – Epson SureColor P600
The Surecolor P600 is one printer laden with numerous features with the most impressive one being that it supports roll paper. This means that users can create panoramic prints that are more than 10-feet long. It uses nine colors of Epson’s UltraChrome HD pigment-based ink technology which ensures that the prints produced are not only long-lasting, but they are also vibrant and full of life with an excellent color gamut. Additionally, it has a 3.5-inch color touchscreen for navigating the printer and changing the settings. As far as connectivity goes, the Surecolor printer supports and Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and Ethernet while simultaneously being compatible with Epson iPrint mobile app, Apple AirPrint, Epson Connect, and Google Cloud Print.
- Its outputs prints that are vibrant with smooth transitions thanks to its three-level ink technology.
- The color saturation and accuracy of the P600 are some the best we have witnessed.
- Replacing the ink in the P600 is quite costly.
- Users have to manually cut their prints if they are using roll paper.
Depending on a user’s priorities, any wide format printer can be used to print on canvas. However, if you desire the best in terms of the quality of your prints, any of the above-mentioned printers will do an excellent job at delivering the print outcome you desire. The prints produced by the aforementioned printers are certainly breathtaking and can last for quite some time. Nevertheless, ensure that you do your research properly, read reviews such as this one and even give the printers a test run before you settle on the one that you will be taking home with you. After all, you wouldn’t want to waste your hard-earned money.