If you visit their website, Brother currently lists 6 Brother QL label printers with over 46 types of DK rolls in their catalog. With a plethora of options for each Brother label printer, how can you find the right DK roll for your QL printer?

Most Brother QL label printers are designed to meet the size and style requirements of standard industry labeling applications. Today, we discuss each popular Brother QL label printer and list which DK roll is most suitable to use depending on your application.

Strap on as we lay out each DK roll option for each Brother QL label printer below!

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What supplies do the Brother QL Label Printers use?

The Brother QL label printer series utilize DK rolls. The Brother QL printers can print labels that are suitable for a variety of applications. These applications include general office, CDs and DVDs labeling, labeling shipping packages, and postal labeling applications. There are also DK labels available as address labels, name badges, and multiple other options. 

Below is a guide on how to find the right DK roll for your Brother QL label printer.

1.

Choose a suitable Brother QL Printer that best represents your label printing needs

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For first-time users, business owners and purchasers usually select a Brother thermal label printer based on the printing applications they need. Afterwhich, they choose DK labels according to the size, finish, and color they want.

Although most QL printers can be used in multiple ways, each model has distinctive features which you can bank on. For example, you might not need a Brother QL-1110NWB Label Printer if you don’t need a workhorse as it is designed for heavy label printing of shipping labels.

You can only fully optimize your printer usage if you know exactly what it’s designed for. That way, you can potentially save money on choosing inappropriate labels.

Below we enumerate the most popular QL label printers today, list their distinctive features, and the most suitable DK label rolls you can use for your printing applications.

QL Label Printer
Features
Best Labeling Applications
Label Options

Brother QL-800 Label Printer

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Brother QL-810W Label Printer

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Brother QL-820NWB Label Printer

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  • Prints at 93 labels per minute which can be beneficial to use for a fast-paced small office setup or small businesses.
  • Accepts die-cut labels and continuous rolls up to 3 ft. long
  • Black and Red text with black at 300dpi (good resolution)
  • Drop-in label setup
  • Auto-cutter available
  • Retails only for $99.99 (cheapest compared to other models in this list)
  • A fast printing speed of 110 labels per minute
  • Available printing of black or red labels
  • Automatic cutter
  • Prints die-cut rounded edges labels, and continuous rolls of paper
  • Retails at $129.99
  • Prints up to 110 labels per minute
  • Connect via Ethernet, Bluetooth, wireless technology
  • Monochrome LCD
  • $174.99

Home and small office address labels; Suitable for economic paper labels, envelopes, file folders, packages, name badges, postages.

Fast-paced small office environments where fast printing capacity is needed; Visitor’s pass, Banners, Signs

Large enterprises and corporations needing wireless label printing solutions and where large label capacity is a requirement

Black-Red Printing

  • DK-2251

Address labels:

  • DK-1201
  • DK-1208
  • DK-1209

Small Shipping Labels:

  • DK-1202

Files:

  • DK-1203
  • DK-1204
  • DK-1221

CD/DVD/Round:

  • DK-1207
  • DK-1219
  • DK-1218

Customized sizes:

  • DK-2205
  • DK-2210
  • DK-2225
  • DK-2223
  • DK-4605
  • DK-N5224

Brother QL-1100 Label Printer

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Brother QL-1110NWB Label Printer

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  • Wider-format version of QL-800, the QL-1100 is best applicable for shipping and postage labels for its wide format printing capabilities
  • DK pre-cut labels and continuous paper and film tapes
  • 69 labels per minute (not the fastest though)
  • Works only with direct connectivity with no wireless options
  • Black text at 300 DPI (good resolution)
  • Automatic cutter for cropping
  • Retails at $179.99
  • Connect via wireless,  Bluetooth®, Ethernet unlike its sibling QL-1110 with no wireless capabilities
  • Wide-format printing (4” width) suitable for shipping & postage labels
  • DK pre-cut labels and continuous paper and film tapes
  • 69 labels per minute (not the fastest in this list)
  • 300 DPI
  • Automatic Crop Function
  • $279.99

Small office, small business, and home-office barcoding, shipping, and other types of wide-format labeling

Large enterprise and warehouse labeling needs, shipping barcodes, and other wide-format labeling needs

Address labels:

  • DK-1201
  • DK-1208
  • DK-1209

Small Shipping Labels:

  • DK-1202

Files:

  • DK-1203
  • DK-1204
  • DK-1221

CD/DVD/Round:

  • DK-1207
  • DK-1219
  • DK-1218

Customized sizes:

  • DK-2205
  • DK-2210
  • DK-2225
  • DK-2223
  • DK-4605
  • DK-N5224
  • DK-2243

Large Shipping Label:

  • DK-1247

Barcode:

  • DK-1240

PS. Watch out for discontinued models

Discontinued models are those label printers that the manufacturer decided to stop producing. These label printers are Brother’s discontinued QL printers which you should be aware of: 

    • QL-500, QL-550, QL-570, QL-580N, QL-650TD, QL-700, QL-710W, QL-720NW, QL-1050, QL-1060

The probable issue with using discontinued models is that you might not be able to optimize your label printing experience if you stick with these.

2.

Get to Know Each DK Roll Model for your Applications

There are a lot of types of DK rolls available for different Brother QL printers. If you want to know the perfect size and style for your printer, first is to look at your different options.

What is DK Roll?

What is DK roll? To give a quick backdrop, DK rolls are the standard label types used in the Brother QL series. They are available as pre-cut, easy-to-peel labels or as continuous labels on paper or film tapes. There are a variety of sizes available ranging from 12 mm to 103 mm wide. 

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What types of DK labels are there for QL label printers?

There are 2 basic types of DK labels.

    1. Die-cut DK labels
    2. Continuous label rolls

Aside from the basic typing of DK labels, there are some variations you need to know for each type. DK rolls are engineered to meet a variety of labeling applications.

You can choose from a multitude of styles such as those with:

    • a traditional paper label surface or durable film plastic in clear, white, and yellow options
    • non-adhesive and adhesive types. 

Die Cut DK Labels

If you’re looking for a simple, but durable labeling solution, the die-cut DK labels are the perfect match for your needs.

Available options:

1. Paper Labels

DK-1201 Paper Label (400 Labels/Roll)

Die-cut DK paper label rolls are for general purpose professional labeling needs such as those labels you see with black ink on white paper. These labels are die-cut on white paper and are usually available with 400 to 1000 labels per roll. You can use them for labeling applications like:

    • Folders and files
    • Shipping labels
    • Envelopes and mails
    • Name badge
    • Visitor’s pass
    • Storage boxes
    • Binders
    • Address labels

2. Film Labels

Film Labels
DK-1207 Film Labels for CDs, DVDs

Die-cut film labels are ideally used for labeling CDs and DVDs. Currently, they are the only option for die-cut DK film series, as the other DK film-type labels are supplied as continuous rolls. One roll of the die-cut type contains 100 labels, with black on white features.  Die-cut film labels are used for applications that require an added resilience, durability, and resistance to high temperatures than the paper label options.

The table below shows you which types of labels go with a particular QL label printer.

Product No.
Type
Size
Features
All Compatible QL Label Printers 

DK-1208

DK-1221

DK-1207

DK-1219

DK-1218

DK-1247

DK-1240

Standard Address Label (400 labels/roll)

Large Address Label (400 labels/roll)

Small Address Label (800 labels/roll)

Shipping Label (300 labels/roll)

File Folder (300 labels/roll)

Multi-purpose label (400 labels/roll)

Square Label (1000 labels/roll)

CD/DVD Label (100 labels/roll)

Round Label (1200 labels/roll)

Round Label (1000 labels/roll)

Large Shipping Label (180 labels/roll)

Barcode Label (600 labels/roll)

29 x 90 mm

38 x 90 mm

62 x 29 mm

62 x 100 mm

17 x 87 mm

17 x 54mm

23 x 23mm

2.28” / 58mm diameter

0.5” / 12mm diameter

1” / 24mm diameter

103 x 164mm

102 x 51mm

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Film

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

  • Brother QL-1050, 
  • Brother QL-1060N, 
  • Brother QL-1100, 
  • Brother QL-1110NWB,
  • Brother QL-1050N
  • Brother QL1050, 
  • Brother QL1050N, 
  • Brother QL1060N,
  • Brother QL1100, 
  • Brother QL1110NWB

DK Continuous Label Rolls

The second type of DK rolls is the continuous label type. With this type of label, you can easily customize the size of the labels as they are continuous in length. Unlike the pre-cut type where the label sizes are predetermined, continuous labels give you the freedom to use it in a variety of ways depending on the size you want.

Similar to the die-cut labels, DK continuous label rolls are offered as paper labels, vinyl film labels, and removable labels. Let’s have a look at each one below.

(a) DK Continuous Paper Rolls

DK-2205 for only $4.58

These are utilized for common labeling applications, such as for different file sizes, folders, and shipping labels. They can be customized with any length as they are continuous labels that can be with any QL label makers with an auto-crop function.

Recommended use:

    • Binders, folders, 
    • Storage boxes
    • Professional shipping labels

(b) Continuous vinyl film labels

DK-2606-right-label
DK-2606 Continuous-length Vinyl Black on Yellow Labels

These are the best durable DK labels with customizable lengths. The vinyl surface accounts for more professional-looking labels fit for indoor signages, window displays, and glass labeling. They are available as clear labels, white labels, or yellow labels.

Recommended uses:

    • Glass labeling
    • Displays
    • Storage boxes
    • Cheaper cost signages

(c) Continuous-Length Removable Labels

Continuous-Length Removable Labels
DK-4605 Black on Yellow Removable Tape Continuous Length

These are removable labels that can have customized lengths. It has an adhesive back paper which enables it to be cleanly and easily removed from smooth and flat surfaces. It is used for temporary labeling and available in black on white or black on yellow labeling options.

    • Temporary labeling in any application
    • Office files

From the tables below, you should be able to select the perfect label size, style, and model number for your Brother QL label printer.

DK Labels in Continuous Rolls (15.24 m or 50 ft)

Product No.
Common Application
Color, Material
Size
All Compatible QL Label Printers 

DK-2212

DK-2211

DK-2113

DK-2606

DK-2251

Durable wide format signages

Laboratory test tubes, customized labeling application

Durable large window displays and signages, wide envelopes

Durable signages

BlackRed printing labels

White, Film

White, Film

Clear, Film

Yellow, Film

White, Paper

62 mm (2.4 in)

29mm (1.1 in)

62 mm (2.4 in)

62 mm (2.4 in)

62 mm (2.4 in)

  • Brother QL-1050,
  • Brother DK-2214er QL-1060N, 
  • Brother QL-1100, 
  • Brother QL-1110NWB,
  • Brother QL-500,
  • Brother QL-700,
  • Brother QL-710W,
  • Brother QL-720NW,
  • Brother QL-800,
  • Brother QL-810W,
  • Brother QL-820NWB,
  • Brother QL-1050N,
  • Brother QL-550,
  • Brother QL-570,
  • Brother QL-570VM,
  • Brother QL-580N
  • Brother QL-1050,
  • Brother QL-1060N,
  • Brother QL-1100,
  • Brother QL-1110NWB,
  • Brother QL-500,
  • Brother QL-700,
  • Brother QL-710W,
  • Brother QL-720NW,
  • Brother QL-800,
  • Brother QL-810W,
  • Brother QL-820NWB,
  • Brother QL-1050N,
  • Brother QL-550,
  • Brother QL-570,
  • Brother QL-570VM,
  • Brother QL-580N,
  • Brother QL-650TD
  • Brother QL-800,
  • Brother QL-810W,
  • Brother QL-820NWB

DK Labels in Continuous Rolls (30.4 m or 100 ft)

Product No.
Common Application
Color, Material
Size
All Compatible QL Label Printers 

DK-2214

DK-2210

DK-2225

DK-2223

DK-4205

DK-4605

DK-N5224

DK-2243

Storage Boxes, address labels, FNSKU Labels, Mailing Labels

White Paper Label (narrow width)

Custom shipping labels, identification, storage (medium width)

Signage, pricing tags, packages, binders (medium width)

Packages, folders, binders, shelves, shipping

Removable signages, large folder labels, address labels

Signages, Temporary/removable Labels (wide label)

Name Card  (wide width)

Wide Signages and Labeling Applications

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

White, Paper

Yellow, Paper, Removable

White, Paper

White, Paper

62 mm (2.4 in)

12 mm (0.47 in)

29 mm (1.1 in)

38 mm (1.5 in)

50 mm (1.9 in)

62 mm (2.4 in)

62 mm (2.4 in)

54 mm (2.1 in)

101 mm (4 in)

  • Brother QL-1050,
  • Brother QL-1060N,
  • Brother QL-1100,
  • Brother QL-1110NWB,
  • Brother QL-500,
  • Brother QL-700,
  • Brother QL-710W,
  • Brother QL-720NW,
  • Brother QL-800,
  • Brother QL-810W,
  • Brother QL-820NWB,
  • Brother QL-1050N,
  • Brother QL-550,
  • Brother QL-570,
  • Brother QL-570VM,
  • Brother QL-580N,
  • Brother QL-650TD
  • Brother QL1050,
  • Brother QL1050N,
  • Brother QL1060N,
  • Brother QL1100,
  • Brother QL1110NWB

3.

Find the Right DK Label Supplier

For extra precaution of finding exceptional quality DK labels, find the right supplier. There are many a lot of Brother compatible label suppliers out there, but which ones are reliable to purchase from? While there’s no clear-cut answer for this, there are things you can look for in a supplier before purchasing. 

(a) Warranty

First, does the manufacturer offer warranty for their products? At enKo Products, we offer a two-year warranty for our direct thermal labels, including our Brother DK labels.

(b) Product Reviews

Second, does the manufacturer have several good reviews? What have been the customers saying? Skim through the reviews and if you find several bad ones with the same complaints, perhaps you might want to steer clear of the supplier’s products.

(c) Customer Support

The third is customer support. Does the supplier answer your questions with patience and are they responsive? While this may seem like a non-essential step, customer service means a lot. You would want a supplier with whom you can maintain a good relationship so you can constantly return to buy shipping labels in bulk.

Wrapping Up

To summarize, there are 3 essential ways to find the right DK roll for your Brother QL label printer. The first is to look for the intended DK models for your specific QL printer. Next is to familiarize yourself with the different DK types, styles, sizes and take note of which of these are intended for your specific needs. The third is to source only from legitimate or trustworthy suppliers who can guarantee the quality.

 

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