How Do I Choose the Best Receipt Rolls?

G. Wiesen

The best receipt rolls for you are ones that can fit your receipt printer and may provide any additional functionality you need from your receipts. You should typically decide between thermal receipt paper and non-thermal paper, which usually depends on the type of receipt printer you have. Your particular business needs may also require that you choose between single layer rolls or multi-layer rolls such as two-ply and three-ply rolls. There are also customized receipt rolls you can order, which can feature information about your business preprinted on the backside of the receipt, though these are often more expensive.

Woman holding a book
Woman holding a book

Receipt rolls are rolls of receipt paper that can be loaded into a receipt printer, which then prints out receipts onto the paper. You should typically ensure you only purchase rolls of receipt paper that can work with your receipt printer, and the manual that came with your printer should indicate what size and type of paper to use. Most printers work with either thermal or non-thermal paper. Thermal printer paper uses heat to imprint the image onto the paper itself, while non-thermal receipt rolls typically use ink and a cartridge within the printer.

You might also consider receipt rolls that come in more than one layer. These rolls print up one or more copies of a receipt as the original receipt is printed, which are then typically rolled onto secondary rolls within the receipt printer. A two-ply roll of receipt paper prints up one copy of each receipt, usually on yellow paper, which is typically kept by the business printing the receipt. There are also three-ply receipt rolls that create two copies of each receipt printed, and these are often used by companies that may need receipt copies in multiple departments.

Customized receipt rolls can be created by printing companies that specialize in printing rolls of receipt paper. These are typically created with an image or text printed on the back of the receipt paper itself, before it is rolled onto the central hub of the roll. When properly fed into a receipt printer, the receipt information prints on the front of the receipt, which is blank, and the back is left with only the pre-printed image on it. While these types of receipt rolls can be more expensive than standard rolls, they allow companies to more easily print contact information and company logos on the backs of receipts.

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