Product Review: Brother P-Touch Label Maker (Part One)

I’m lucky enough to be participating in a Brother P-Touch ambassador program that allows me to test their product – really put their labels through the ringer – then make use of the device in and around the house. Why am I excited about this? Because sections of our home are a disorganized mess (psst: it’s the Mrs’ parts), yes, but also because the label maker I bought three years ago just before the Bear started Kindergarten sucks. Plain and simple. Every time I’d stick one on her reusable sandwich and snack containers the label either came off completely or her name was washed away leaving a nasty, tattered bit of blank white paper halfheartedly affixed to it. This is after a single use, not over time!  Eventually I gave up re-labeling and a few of our favorite purple lidded Ball containers were sucked into the school’s snack bin abyss as a result.

This time around, as the Bear progresses through 2nd grade, I’ll be trying out new labels on her and her sister’s food vessels as well as *encouraging* (nudge, nudge) the Mrs. to whip into shape her buckets of 1/2-started photo albums, boxes of loose Kodak photo sleeves, and oodles of scrapbooks and sundry materials.  We’ll also be using the fancier labels to assemble a new album to commemorate our 2011 SoCal summer adventure and the Bear will undoubtedly steal away the new Brother P-Touch label maker to use in her pretend school.  And okay, I can probably stand to organize my office and receipts in a tidier manner.  There I said it!  In short (too late?) we all will be finding useful and creative ways to label away!  And lucky for you, I’ll be reporting back on our progress with photographic evidence to boot!  Stay tuned…

But wait, there’s more!

To kick start my label-making heart I received a curious, caution-tape wrapped box.  Inside was a test kit to challenge the Brother P-Touch labels against typical household elements.

How’d they do against nail polish remover, Clorox, and me scrubbing the holy hell out of them beneath blazing hot water? Amazing! There was absolutely no change in the printed text at all – no smudging – and no release of stickiness on the label itself. That sucker is on there proud and strong.  My 7th Generation dish soap can’t possibly wreck havoc on us this year!

*Note: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Brother P-Touch and received a product and gift card to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.  The opinions above are honest and unbiased.

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