What to look for in high quality prints from a direct to garment printer.
What is the Best Direct to Garment Printer for Print Quality
Not all direct to garment printers print alike. We will show you what makes a great print and how you can tell the difference when shopping for the perfect direct to garment printers.
The DTG brand has always been known for being the best direct to garment printer for print quality, and since the invention of the M2 that reputation has grown even more.
All of today’s t shirt printing machines do a good job printing t shirts. While some make you pay dearly for each print because of ink pricing (you can read here how DTG brand has the lowest cost per print), they all produce a sellable shirt.
The top brands that normally compete for the best direct to garment printer title are DTG (M2), Brother DTG, and Anajet. We also looked at a smaller brand (Freejet) and the new printer from M&R. All are built from the ground up for t shirt printing as opposed to the old style modified paper printers. All do best printing on cottons. All can print with white ink.
Differences between the printers include everything that influences just how good the print can be. They boil down into 3 things:
- Mechanical – The print engine and print head choices by the manufacturers.
- Software – Is a RIP included or is it optional.
- Ink/Pretreatment – What brand/kind of dtg printer ink does it use?
We collected real samples from each company at a recent tradeshow and did a side by side comparison of the print quality. The results show the M2 from ColDesi as the clear winner over Anajet, Brother DTG and Freejet. The M&R direct to garment printer was very close to equal with a beautiful print, but at an estimated $75,000 price tag you could literally put 3 DTG M2s in your shop instead.
Why is the M2 the Best Direct to Garment Printer for Print Quality?
Every M2 owner has an advantage against most of their competitors with DTG Printers because when you buy a DTG brand printer, you ALWAYS get the RIP software. RIP Pro c6 allows you to adjust underbase and color ink levels so you get the BEST print from the least amount of ink. It also allows you to save those settings you can print just as beautifully, just as profitably, next time.
Each M2 also comes loaded with P30i Inks. As you will see from the video here P30i Inks actually PRODUCE A WIDER COLOR GAMUT. More colors mean more accurate and more beautiful prints.
What to look for in a DTG Print…
Banding and Alignment
The Anajet sample shows banding in the cats headphones and in some places in its body. This causes a “striped” effect. You’ll also notice the “fuzzy” white around the paw.
Speckles and cracking can be caused by improper pretreat or heat pressing. The result is a less dense, bold look like in the Freejet example.
Saturation or Density
You don’t always need the absolute best quality, but you always need good color representation, density, saturation. This is what makes a print stand out against a black shirt. You can see in the Brother DTG print that they didn’t get clean, rich colors.
DTG M2 and P30i
The Green Earth Lawn Service shirt is by far the cleanest, richest, most beautiful print. The crisp lines between colors, dense, bright white ink in the lettering and the fine detail with no white halos on the blades of grass really show off the printer.