5 Stars By Bridget26 on 2017-02-24
Better than Scotch!
I'm a kindergarten teacher and go through thousands of sheets of laminate per year. This laminator is better than the Scotch brand one that I had previously. Although it is a little slower by comparison, it doesn't jam and even when the sheet starts to crinkle due to my aligning it carelessly, the machine still magically makes it smooth and functional when it comes out. Has never wasted or "accordioned" a sheet of laminate. It heats up very quickly (under 5 min) and can run for hours without overheating and shutting down. I laminated with it for 4 hours straight once and it worked beautifully. Works well with every brand of laminating sheet I've tried. Absolutely love this laminator and have converted from Scotch to Swingline for good.
3 Stars By Maggie Valera on 2017-08-15
The warehouse needs to pay attention to product.
This is the first time that I've ever had a product issue with AlumiGogo Warehouse. Except for a little bit of blue coloring on the corner it looked good. I turned it on, put my page in and it didn't come out the other side. As it turns out, it was jammed when I bought it. I just spent 2-1/2 hours messing with this thing to get all of the stuff out. I was even able to get mine out while there was still some of the original one in there and it's a darn good thing that I didn't electrocute myself in the process.
4 Stars By Ann on 2016-10-10
Fine for deco foil
The mysteries of the laminator first revealed itself to me in elementary school. I've had a fascination ever since. But somehow, I had in my head they were very expensive and I didn't really need one. Well, once I got an insurance card that was just paper, so I used double sided tape to laminate it.
Then this deco foil craze hit and I had to try. I heard that a regular laminator works the same as the minx laminator and they are cheap! Imagine my surprise. And it is effective. It works to laminate and it works on deco foil.
Years wasted, I could have been laminating stuff. Well, I don't know what, but I could have found something...
5 Stars By TONI on 2016-12-03
Go ahead and Laminate !!
I didn't expect a lot from this little laminator, however I was really -really wrong ! It's light, runs laminates through fast. No little gadgets attached for running different paper, thickness etc. Just a no "unneeded" frills laminator that works for everything that I need it for. So far I've laminated items to see just how good it really is; thin & thick business cards, all different papers, including a onion skin type paper. It worked wonderfully for everything plus more (even a 3 inch satin ribbon. It's terrific for the price and I'm not disappointed 😞 with anything, and others shouldn't be either.
3 Stars By J.X. on 2016-09-01
Beware of first sheet
Every time I heat it up, the first page always get ruined. The side you insert first of the laminating sheet bends over. The sheet crinkles up on the corners bent. I tried using two different types/brands of laminating sheets and it does the same thing. Always does it to your first sheet you put in only.
5 Stars By Young Bae on 2017-01-19
Won't regret buying it.
I love it!!! It is perfect for a teacher to do last minute laminating. It heats up very quickly and once the sheet goes through the laminating sheets are glued together like one sheet. The unit is very hot so I don't have to worry about the corners opening up which is what happens when the unit is not hot enough. The opening is only about 9 inches wide so you can't laminate posters or anything big like that. But, for small labels, task cards for group projects, and 8.5X11 sheets for long term use, it is just perfect. Such as great investment. Highly recommend for teachers, small at home projects, and business owners.
5 Stars By Jenny T. on 2015-12-28
I am very impressed with the quality and ease of use for this laminator. You don't even need to read the directions on it if you didn't want to. Before the laminator I'd use the self seal sheets. These are easy but can .
Using a thermal laminator saves money and it produces quality results.
I've only used it with the 3mil pouches. I've made laminations of regular printer paper and once laminated sturdy enough. I can imagine when I try the 5mil it would even sturdier.
I've only had the laminator for a few days but it's so easy to use, I love it.
When you plug it in,you turn on the power button on and it takes approx. 4mins to warm up. You feed the pouches sealed end first and its takes maybe 30secs to feed through.
I will update this if anything changes.
4 Stars By MikeeRDX on 2017-01-07
Pretty good but...
Bought this to laminate some documents and cards for my dad. It is convenient and I'm satisfied with it....so far. I'm not giving it a full 5 stars because I wish it came with a few pouches to get you started. Instead, it did not come with any. Another reason is it doesn't warm up fast enough to my liking. It took a good 5 to 7 minutes before I got the green light to laminate.
5 Stars By bluejay on 2016-11-27
Great buy-worth more!
I had a laminator that cost more than this yet this is so much better! It has not only a hot/cold switch but also an on/off switch just in case you keep it plugged in for multiple uses. (The other was just a plug and wait for the light to change.) it is very sturdy looks as if I paid dbl! Look forward to using it! Have lots of my kid's art to laminate as keepsakes!
5 Stars By C on 2015-09-05
Great for classroom and home use!
This little guy has been a great help this school year. For those of you in education, you know the importance of laminating things so you can use them a long time. I have been using my dad's laminator the past year and I wanted to get one for my classroom, but realized they pricey and those that were affordable had horrible reviews. Fortunately my assistant came across one on AlumiGogo as the "Deal of the Day". It has five stars and the best part is that it was only $14.99.
So far it has succeeded my expectations! I have laminated several things and everything has turned out in great condition. I love not having to put my materials in the white paper sleeves. I just put them in the laminating sleeve and it is finished in a minute or two! I bought an off brand of 3mil sleeves and they have worked great! Love this purchase!