Sunday, September 9, 2018

Mead Laminator

I'm always on the hunt for classroom materials that can make my job a little easier!  I have owned a personal laminator for about five years now and can't imagine not having one.  I love the ease of being able to print and then laminate at my house.  There are many days when I'm exhausted and don't want to wait after school for the laminator to heat up.  Knowing I can laminate at home makes preparing materials so much less stressful.  Recently, I got to try out Mead's new line of personal laminators.

*Disclosure:  I received compensation and/or products in exchange for writing this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.*

I received Mead's Heat Seal Pro Thermal 12.5 inch pouch laminator and the EZ Align 3 mil thermal lamination pouches.  Upon opening the box, I noticed how slim and portable the machine was.  The laminator measures 18 1/2" x 5x3.  I live in a very small house and don't have much office space.  I typically laminate in the kitchen (hahaha!) so I'm always hauling my laminator back and forth from my office closet to the kitchen.  I love that I can easily tuck the machine away when it's not in use.

I made a few InstaStories of me trying out my new laminator (be sure to check those out by following @mrswheeler44 on Instagram) and I was blown away at how quickly the machine heated up!  It was so fast; approximately 3 minutes!  This is especially helpful for all of us busy teachers and moms who need to make every minute count!

The laminating pouches that I received were fantastic and unlike any other pouches I've ever had in the past.  The EZ Align feature allows you to line up smaller pieces in the pouch on the printed grid.  Once the pouch enters the laminator, the grid magically disappears!  I personally prefer to use the 3 mil laminating pouches because they are thick but not too thick or sharp on my first graders' fingers when the pieces are cut out.  I also like a bit of flexibility with the lamination.  However, if you prefer 5 mil, you can always use that thickness with this machine.  Simply switch the button on the back to the mil you prefer!  You can also switch the setting on the laminator between hot or cold.  This is a great feature if you are someone who laminates a lot and likes to use both settings.

The first project I tried was laminating restroom passes that I made for our cafeteria.  These get used often each day and I wanted to see if they would pass the test of time!  The laminating was quick and I was thoroughly impressed with how sturdy the passes turned out!

Look how beautifully they turned out!  High quality and the perfect thickness.

Thank you, Mead, for allowing me to try out this new laminator.  I am happy to report that it has replaced my old laminator!  Can't wait to laminate all the things!

For a chance to win a Mead HeatSeal Thermal Laminator of your own, simply enter the Rafflecopter below!  Winner announced September 12.  Good luck to you!  *PS: My friend Lori over at Teaching with Love and Laughter is also hosting a laminator giveaway!  Hooray for two chances to win!  Head to her page to enter!!!  Just click HERE to check out her post!

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Don't wait to wait for a giveaway??  Grab your own Mead HeatSeal laminator and pouches below on Amazon or directly through Mead:




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