5 Best Square Receipt Printers

If you accept credit card payments from your customers at your place of business, you’ll want a receipt printer. A receipt printer automatically prints a receipt for your customer when they make a purchase.

Receipt printers can be really easy to setup. But you need to pick the best ones.


To find the best receipt printer you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • What is my POS or point of sale system? If you use Square Payments you’ll need a receipt printer that works with Square.
  • Do I want to be able to move the receipt printer around a lot? If so, you may want a receipt printer with a wireless connection.
  • What is my budget?
  • Do I want easy set up?
  • Do I work indoors or outdoors? If you’re outdoors you may want a more durable receipt printer.

If you want to check out the supported receipt printers for Square Payments, here is a useful reference link.

Device NameConnectionWeightWorks WithPaper Type 
Star Micronics TSP143IIILANEthernet -USB only interface3.7 poundsSquareThermal
STAR MICRONICS TSP654IIBIBluetooth connection​3.8 poundsSquareThermal
STAR MICRONICS SP742MLEthernet (LAN) interface7 poundsSquareImpact Printer for Kitchens
STAR MICRONICS SM-S230IBluetooth7.7 ouncesSquareThermal
STAR MICRONICS SM-T300IBluetooth2.5 poundsSquareThermal

 

Can you get along without a Square Receipt Printer? Probably. But your customers will appreciate a paper receipt.

Star Micronics TSP143IIILAN

The Star Micronics TSP143IIILAN works with Square Payments. Star Micronics is a well known manufacturer of receipt printers. They make many different models. You connect to a Square iPad stand with a USB cable. This receipt printer uses 80 mm width or 3 1/8 inch width thermal paper for the receipts. There is a roll of paper that ships with the receipt printer. An auto cutter mechanism cuts the receipt paper for you when you make a sale.

This is one of the more common receipt printers used with Square Payments. It generally costs less than $200. It come in white and black color. It has an auto-cutter to slice receipt paper for you. It uses thermal paper so you never never need to fill it with ink. It is generally easy to maintain and add paper when you need it. So this is a printer that works well in a wide variety of environments. However, if you are in a kitchen or some area where the air is moist you may want to get an impact printer as thermal paper does not work well in moist environments where there is little ventilation.
Here is the user manual for the Star Micronics SM-S230i.

If you’re using Square Payments, you’ll likely want a Square Receipt Printer. This receipt printer works with Square iPad Stands.

​You can also connect the Star Micronics TSP 143IIU Receipt printer to a cash drawer. The cash drawer will automatically open when you make a sale and print a receipt.

  • USB only interface (cable included)
  • Internal power supply (power cable included)
  • Auto cutter
  • Not compatible with Ethernet, LAN, Bluetooth or iPad

Pros

​USB Connection is easy to setup.

​Works with Square

​Uses thermal paper which is cost effective

​Powers on and off with the POS computer

​Generally less than $200 USD

Cons

No wireless connection

No Bluetooth connection

No ethernet connection

You can add your logo and text to your receipt. This is done with software that is included with the receipt printer. By adding your logo to your receipts you have a place to advertise your business. You can also put your phone number on your receipt or your website URL. This is a good thing to do if you're selling at a craft show, fair, farmers market and etc. The customer may not remember your name and may not go online to search for your website. But if you put your website on the receipt you have a better chance of the customers visiting your website to make a purchase.

  • POS System
  • Connection
  • Size and Weight

Size: 8 x 5.6 x 5.2 inches

Weight: 3.7 pounds​

The receipt printer is not big and will not take up much space on your counter, kiosk or stand.​

STAR MICRONICS TSP654IIBI

The STAR MICRONICS TSP654IIBI is fast and easy to configure. It is Apple MFi certified. It has auto connect and so it will connect to your iPad automatically. If you want to setup your receipt printer fast, this may be one of the best options. There is no serial cable, ethernet cable or USB connection. That seems like a positive benefit. If you move around a lot or you don’t want to mess with cables the STAR MICRONICS TSP654IIBI may be want you want.

Here is the user manual for the Star Micronics TSP654.

We really like the Apple MFi certification with the auto connect feature. We also like the small footprint of this receipt printer. Overall this is one easy and fast printer to setup. The Apple MFi makes it real easy. You just turn the printer on within range of your iPad.

Pros

Bluetooth connection

Apple MFi certified with auto connect IOS

Autocutter

Works with IOS

Cons

No USB connection

No Ethernet Connection

  • POS System
  • Connection
  • Size and Weight

Size: 8 x 5.6 x 5.2 inches

Weight: ​3.8 pounds

Star Micronics SP742ML

This is an impact printer. So it makes a noise when it prints. Why would you want this? You might want it if you are in an area such as a kitchen where thermal paper receipts don’t print as well because of moisture in the area. You would not want this noise around customers. But if you have a moist area such as a busy kitchen this impact printer may be what you can use. Here is the user manual for the Star Micronics SP742ML.

Pros

​Impact printer for moist environments such as a kitchens

Cons

Louder than a thermal printer

No Bluetooth Connection

For a kitchen or an area where you cannot use thermal receipt paper, this may be good fit. The impact printer makes a noise, so you don't want this machine around customers.

  • POS System
  • Connection
  • Size and Weight

Square Payments

Star Micronics SM-S230i

The Star Micronics SM-S230i is light weight at only 7.7 ounces. It is small and easy to carry around. If you’re someone who sell at a farmers market, craft fair or some other place where mobility is very important, the Star Micronics SM-S230i may be what you need. It uses thermal paper and connects to your iPhone, iPad with bluetooth or USB. Here is the user manual for the Star Micronics SM-S230i.

Pros

​Very Portable

Bluetooth and USB Connectivity

Light Weight: 7.7 ounces

Cons

No ethernet connection

If you want a small and easy to carry receipt printer, this may be it. It weighs less than half a pound. It is easy to carry around. For people who sell at craft shows, farmers markets and historical fairs this may be the receipt printer.

  • POS System
  • Connection
  • Size and Weight

Square Payments

Possibly PayPal

Possibly other POS systems that are light weight and mobile​

Star Micronics SM-T300i

The STAR MICRONICS SM-T300I is also a light weight receipt printer. But it’s very durable and rugged. It’s also Apple MFi certified for iOS phone and iPads. It also works with Android and Windows. It’s been tested to take a little bit of beating and is used by people who are outside a lot. Having said that the price is higher than other printers. If you need something rugged, this device may be the one for you. But if you don’t. You will want to look at something else as this device can get expensive. The SM-T300i is easy to use. There is a well written and very detailed user manual. The user manual gives details on how to configure the receipt printer and how to load paper. Here is a link to the Star Micronics SM-T300i User Manual.

Square POS Bundle (iPad Stand, Receipt Printer, Cash Drawer)

Pros

​Apple MFi Certified

Works with iOS, Android and Windows

Light Weight

Rugged and advertised as being very durable

Cons

Price

This is a rugged little receipt printer. If you’re outside in rainy condition or rough conditions of some sort, you’ll want to consider this receipt printer. You will pay a price for durability.

  • POS System
  • Connection
  • Size and Weight

Weight: 2.5 pounds

13.9 x 5.6 x 4.4 inches

Pros

​Apple MFi Certified

Works with iOS, Android and Windows

Light Weight

Rugged and advertised as being very durable

Cons

Price

This is a rugged little receipt printer. If you’re outside in rainy condition or rough conditions of some sort, you’ll want to consider this receipt printer. You will pay a price for durability.

  • POS System
  • Connection
  • Size and Weight

Weight: 2.5 pounds

13.9 x 5.6 x 4.4 inches

How to Setup Your Square Payments Receipt Printer

Once you’ve bought your receipt printer, you need to set it up. Fortunately, this is pretty easy to do. You will need to follow some steps. Here are the steps that we’ve researched below. You’ll also want to look at your instruction manual that comes with your receipt printer.

  • Ensure that the printer is plugged into its electrical source.
  • Connect one end of the Ethernet cable into Ethernet port. This is in the back of the printer, and plug the other end directly into the Wireless router.
  • After confirming these two connections, turn on the printer.
  • The printer will display a solid green LED light on the front panel. This means the printer has connectivity and is able to obtain an IP address from the Wireless router.
  • Ensure that the printer is plugged into its electrical source.
  • Be sure the printer and the iPad are connected to the same network. To confirm this or change your Wi-Fi network, go to the iPad’s Settings and tap “Wi-Fi” located in the left sidebar. Then select the network that the router is broadcasting and click “Connect”.
  • Exit the Settings.
  • Click on the Square Application and open it up.
  • In the Square App, tap on the Admin Panel tab on the left side of the screen.
  • Click on “Settings” and then click on “Receipt” to see all the printers on the network.
  • It will display either the name of your printer.
  • Click the toggle button to the ON setting.
  • Then tap “Print Test Receipt” to ensure the printer is fully functional.
  • Once the Print Test Receipt has printed you have successfully setup your printer with Square.
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