This is the most current list of the Epson EcoTank Printers you can convert for sublimation.
There are printers that are made for sublimation but they are more expensive than a regular inkjet printer that can be converted. The epson printers are the only inkjet printers that can be converted and their EcoTank line is the easiest for this purpose.
Before purchasing one of these Ecotank printers for sublimation, there are several basics of sublimation you should be familiar with:
- What is sublimation?
- What you need to get started on sublimating.
- Comparison and review of sublimation papers.
Best Epson Ecotanks For Sublimation
Best Value Small Format: ET-2800
- Best priced 8.5 x 14” printer
- ET-2803 is the same as ET-2800. They are only available from Walmart and Target.
- New for 2021
- Product review
Epson ET-2800 ET-2803 Review
- Pros and Cons of this printer
- Sublimation Ink recommendation
- Printer Settings
- Sublimated product images
Best Value Wide Format: ET-15000
- Wide Format printer, 13 x 19″
- Out of stock everywhere but some retailers get a few in stock now and then. (as of November 2021)
- You may find a reconditioned one direct from Epson.
Alternative Wide Format Printer: ET-8550
- Wide Format printer, 13 x 19″
- Requires 6 ink colors rather than the traditional 4 CMYK because this is a photo printer.
- Out of stock everywhere but come into stock more often than the ET-15000
PRO TIP — There are 3rd party sellers on Amazon that are selling these printers for more than the MSRP. This is because it’s in high demand and people are willing to pay for the higher price. If you can wait, then periodically check to see if Amazon is the seller…who usually sells them for the MSRP.Jennifer at AtoZofSublimation
Warranty And Tech Support
These Epson Ecotank printers are not manufactured for sublimation. When you convert these by adding sublimation ink instead of the genuine Epson ink that came with the printer, the warranty is voided and tech support is not provided.
If you run into a problem with your newly converted sublimation printer, you can’t call Epson for help. You will have to figure it out on your own through the help of the sublimation community.
We also have a post on the most common sublimation problems along with how to fix them. You cannot return this printer for a warranty replacement either. So when or if something goes wrong that cannot be fixed, then you will be out of money entirely.
To avoid this problem, you can purchase a printer that is made for sublimation. They are not as expensive as they once were. The Epson SureColor F170 is the lowest cost true sublimation printer with an MSRP of around $400 and has a max print size of 8.5 x 14″.
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List of Ecotank printers That Can Be Converted For Sublimation
Stay tuned for a detailed write up on the differences between the printers above.
Epson EcoTank printers are not the only printers that can be converted to sublimation, here’s a list of the WorkForce Printers too. If your goal is to sublimate larger items such as the 30 ounce tumblers, shirts that are larger than XL in size, doormats and more, then you’ll need to convert a Wide Format Epson Printer. These printers print up to 13″x19″ in size.
And once you have your printer picked out, don’t forget to also get the basic starter supplies that you’ll need to start sublimating your very first project. This list will go over what you need and why you need them.
Need a sublimation design software? Now that you have chosen your printer, it’s time to choose your sublimation design software to use to create your sublimation designs!