One of the questions we are often asked is "which laminator is best for a teacher?" A laminating machine is certainly an asset to the classroom and can provide many functions, so that is a legitimate question.
Overall a laminating machine is great benefit to have in the classroom. Many schools don't offer one to their teachers, or have strict guidelines on the use of the front office's machine. But, a smaller hot pouch laminating machine can be purchased by a teacher for an affordable price and will give them many years of use.
Teachers like to laminate many things in the classroom to protect them from dirty hands and lots of use. Laminated items tend to hold up much better than an unprotected piece of paper, making them easier to carry over from year to year, rather than having to recreate items at the beginning of each school year. Flash cards, task cards, reference sheets and charts, and even classroom decorations can be laminated to keep them in good condition for years of multiple use.
Smaller machines (desktop size or 9" width machines), such as the Royal PL2100 or Majestik HRL-2109, tend to be portable and light weight enough that they can be carried from classroom to classroom, from classroom to home, or even sent home with parent volunteers to help you out in preparing classroom materials.
Larger oversize machines that can handle 11" x 17" paper are great if you plan on needing to laminated larger items, like posters you make for your classroom. Machines such as the Royal PL2112 or the Majestik HRL-2112 are still small enough to fit on a table in the corner of a classroom, however they aren't as portable as the desktop size machines are for carrying home. But, they are more functional, since they give you a broader range of sizes to work with.
The other great thing about a hot pouch laminating machine is the supplies it uses are so readily available. Unlike the larger machines many schools have on hand, which use rolls of laminating pouches, much of which can get wasted due to being to large for standard laminating projects, these machines use butterfly laminating pouches that come in a variety of sizes. This allows you to pick the perfect size for your project.
Unlike many retailers who only sell their laminating pouches in larger bulk boxes, Your Office Stop offers many of our popular sizes in smaller packages, saving you money, since you only have to buy as many as you need for a a job.