Review for DYMO LabelManager 160 Hand-Held Label Maker

Price:  $32.98Dymo-160

I LOVE labeling!  About 17 years ago, I bought a DYMO LetraTag label maker. I’ve used it like a mad woman; labeling jars, drawers, cupboards, at churches, in kitchens, when professionally organizing…I’ve used it ALOT!  I still have it and have always loved it.

This new version from DYMO, the 160 Hand-Held is amazing as well!  It is fast and easy and a fantastic tool to stay agile and organized.  It is my favorite pick for the home organizer.  It is easy to take with you, as it’s compact and lightweight for great portability.

It has very durable, water-resistant labels that make organizing files, charts, pantry items and even garage tools a snap!  It has a one-step push button for printing ease as well.

I truly love that it’s keyboard is our familiar QWERTY style.  Just like my computer.  Yay!  It makes it so simple to enter text, edit and even customize my labels.  It makes for a single-touch, fast formatting perfectly professional label, every time!  It even has bold, italics, underlining, and more.

The DYMO 160 has 6 font sizes, which adjust with one button to 8 point, 10 point, 12 point, etc.  It changes to 8 text styles and adjusts to 3 different widths; 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch.  It also includes over 200 symbols and clip-art.  The diverse variety of D1 label text and background colors provide users with a broad palette to choose colors from for wonderful color coding and endless organizational possibilities.  I love that!

It comes with a limited 1 year warranty.  It takes six AAA batteries and has an auto shut off to save those batteries when not in use.  There is an optional AC adapter available that is sold separately, but from all my research, this label maker does not appear to be a battery eater.

Here are my pros of the DYMO 160:

  • Handheld, very portable
  • Easy to use
  • Great price!
  • Prints beautiful, professional labels
  • QWERTY keyboard
  • Label backing peels off nice and easily.  Splits into 2 pieces!

Here are my cons of the DYMO 160:

  • AC adapter is sold separately
  • The keyboard requires you to use the separate symbol menu to access ANY special symbols or characters.

I found some research and some people that actually did some testing on the waste of label per time used.  It seems that especially when making small labels, DYMO has the least amount of waste per label.  It seemed to tie with the competition when making larger labels.  Less waste!


I highly recommend the DYMO LabelManager 160 Hand-Held Label Maker for the home organizer.  It will be a great help as you start clearing clutter and finding a home for everything you need.  It will make your life less stressful, as you will know where everything is and what’s inside!

Please feel free to leave a comment, ask a question, or leave a review below.  Thank you!



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Shelli Thomas


  1. Wow have these things come a long way in the past 15 years. I remember the old school versions that had the rotating set of letters and basically imprinted it by pulling a trigger on each letter. This looks quite a bit easier than that old method.

    How do you find the labels stick from an integrity standpoint? I had some problems with my last label maker in that they popped off everything pretty quickly…

  2. Hi Shelli,

    I had to read this article. I have been wondering about a labeler for years, and I have never bought one because I was skeptical about them. Your experience with them helped me to decide that this was a good option.

    I have a question though. I assume you can only print letters onto the labels, or? I would like to have either small images or sometimes even barcodes on them, does that work? I assume for that you would need a different one, or? Connecting it to the computer would be great. But I see it is very practical.

    Also, the paper that you put into it, can you easily peel it off the article that you have labeled? Some of the are so difficult to peel of.

    Thanks for sharing this product review.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this review!  First, yes.  You can print images, as it has clip-art in it already.  This particular model does not do bar code printing, but the other DYMO upgraded models do.  Also, they can come with a USB port, for your computer!  Secondly, the label adhesive is wonderfully strong, in that it stays on what you’re intending it to, but I’ve found it to remove quite easily, without leaving any adhesive residue!  I will say, there have been times that I’ve labeled a food container, run it through the dishwasher, and removed it after.  It stayed on during dishwashing (which is impressive) but when I go to remove it, it leaves a bit of adhesive on the edge.  Only on cheap plastic containers though.  It always removes clean off of glass or metal for me.  I use the plastic label tape, not paper ones.  I’m sure that makes a big difference!  I hope you’ll buy a label maker for your organizational needs!

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