The price of a franking machine is heavily dependent on its size, ability and features. To buy a franking machine outright could cost your business anywhere from £1000 to way over £20,000 depending on what your requirements are. The £1,000 would be a low volume model that can process around 50 letters per day and is largely manually operated, compared to the £20,000 which would be a high volume automated model that has the capability to frank at speeds of hundreds of letters per minute. If you are a startup business you won’t be needing a corporate-ready franking machine with all the latest automated features and fastest franking speeds when you are sending just a few hundred letters each week, so make sure you spend your money on the features your business needs.
To help you find the franking machine that has everything you need and doesn’t break the bank, we have taken a look at available models in each category in order to find the best buy on a budget. We’ll start off with the best priced low volume franking machines.
Best Priced Low Volume Franking Machines
A low volume franking machine is typically capable of processing around 50 letters per day, making them perfect for small businesses with lower mail outputs. The models below are popular, well priced and a worthwhile investment for any small business sending regular outgoing mail.
Pitney Bowes DM50
Pitney Bowes in a world-renowned forerunner when it comes to franking machines, if you hear the name Pitney Bowes you know the product in question is high quality, efficient and durable. The DM50 is a very popular low volume machine thanks to its compact size, impressive abilities and low-price tag.
- Estimated monthly cost to rent the DM50: £15 (short term rentals can be expected to be slightly more than this)
- Estimated cost to buy the DM50: £1,000
The DM50 is able to frank at a speed of 20 letters per minute, has an integrated scale and is also password protected for additional security. The DM50 is one of our favourite models on the market as even with a low price tag, there is no skimping on the quality or features included. This model is also up to date with the latest smart meter technology as well as Intellilink software for additional report, analysis, top up and update support.
Neopost IS-240 (A.K.A Autostamp2)
Neopost is the UK’s largest franking machine manufacturer and has been producing high quality and well-priced machines to suit the needs of businesses since 1924. The IS-240 is an entry level franking machine that has a sleek, modern appearance and an easy to use display.
- Estimated monthly cost to rent the Neopost IS-240: £17
- Estimated cost to buy the Neopost IS-240: £1000
The IS-240 is slightly more modern in appearance than the DM50 and brags features including low-ink email alerts, up to 10 advertising messages as well as access to accurate and detailed expenditure reports. This model also comes with the latest smart meter technology for simple and straightforward VAT reporting.
Low Volume Cost Summary
These are two of the best priced and most popular low volume franking machines on the market. If you are still wondering if a low volume franking machine is right for you, take a look at our cost summary below:
- Estimated price to buy a new low volume franking machine – £1,000
- Estimated price to buy a used low volume franking machine – £500
- Estimated monthly rental cost – From £15 +
- Letters sent per day – generally, no more than 100 per day for a low volume machine in this price range
Best Priced Medium Volume Franking Machines
If your business is sending out between 100 and 1,000 pieces of mail each day then you should be looking for a medium volume franking machine. A franking machine in this category is larger, faster and has more capabilities than the low volume machines we just discussed. Additional features you can expect to see include: an automatic letter feeder, the ability to handle larger letters and an envelope sealer.
Frama Matrix F2
Frama utilize the latest technology when manufacturing franking machines in order to make them as user-friendly, effective and efficient as ever. The Matrix F2 is an excellent medium volume franking machine, it runs powerfully and quickly while (incredibly) remaining quiet meaning it is the perfect addition to any office. The built-in scale, ComTouch technology and automatic date setting feature mean franking mail has never been easier.
- Estimated monthly cost to rent the Matrix F2: £45
- Estimated price to buy the Matrix F2: £2,500
Postal prices are automatically updated and you can program in your most used settings to save even more time. The Matrix F2 comes with a list of great features, is capable of handling mail up to 10mm thick and can process up to 21 letters per minute.
Pitney Bowes DM220i
This medium volume model is compact, reliable and fast (with a franking speed of 45 letters per minute). Packed full of features and in alignment with the very latest in franking technology, the DM220i is perfectly suited for businesses who send around 200 pieces of mail each day.
- Estimated monthly cost to rent the DM220i: £50
- Estimated price to buy the DM220i: £2,800
Smart meter enabled as well as mailmark compatible shows that the DM220i is modern, high tech and up to date. This franking machine includes a 5kg integrated scale as standard and gives you instant access to the latest updates and prices. Other features on the DM220i include a semi-automatic letter feeding system, differential weighing and up to 100 departmental accounts.
Medium Volume Cost Summary
These are our top choices for well-priced medium volume franking machines, if you are still shopping around take a look at our cost summary below:
- Estimated price to buy a new medium volume franking machine: £2,500 +
- Estimated price to buy a used medium volume franking machine: £1,000 +
- Estimated monthly rental cost: £50 +
- Letters sent per day: generally, no more than 250 letters per day for franking machines within this price bracket of medium volume machines.
Best Priced High Volume Franking Machines
A high volume franking machine is aimed towards large businesses and corporations who send anything over 1,000 pieces of mail per day. The high volume machines are efficient, automated and generally, expensive. Remember, the more mail you are sending the higher the cost of the machine. The models we are looking at here are capable of sending thousands of letters every hour and require very little manual assistance in order to operate.
Frama Mailmax II Speed
With the ability of processing 10,000 items every hour, the Mailmax II speed definitely lives up to its name! With such high processing speeds, the machine needs little human involvement as the automatic feeder, integrated weighing scale and automatic sealer and stacker do most of the work for you.
- Estimated monthly cost to rent the Mailmax II Speed: £300
- Estimated price to buy the Mailmax II Speed: £10,000
Designed with usability and efficiency in mind, the Mailmax can handle large volumes of mail making it perfect for businesses who send at least 500 pieces of mail each day. You also benefit from 250 departmental accounts and PIN protection when using the Mailmax II Speed.
Pitney Bowes Connect+ 2000
This high volume franking machine is a powerful, versatile and impressive system created by Pitney Bowes. It’s fast processing speed, automatic features and promotional options make it perfect for larger businesses. The Connect+ 2000 is capable of dealing with large numbers of mixed size postage with ease, at a speed of up to 180 letters per minute.
- Estimated monthly cost to rent the Connect+ 2000: £300
- Estimated price to buy the Connect+ 2000: £10,000
A range of optional extras include: differential weighing, a barcode scanner and an external USB report printer. The abilities and features that come as standard already offer more than many, for example the colour printing capabilities of this machine can bring huge promotional advantages… Did you know that research suggests a promotional envelope with coloured markings is twice as likely to be opened than a plain envelope?
High Volume Cost Summary
These two examples are very well priced, highly efficient and powerful high volume franking machines. They are both capable of processing around 10,000 items per hour and are perfectly geared for businesses who sending over 500 items of mail each day. Take a look at our high-volume cost summary below:
- Estimated price to buy a new high volume franking machine: £8,000 +
- Estimated price to buy a used high volume franking machine: £3,000 +
- Estimated monthly rental cost: £150 +
- Letters sent per day: Generally, around 500 letters per day for franking machines within this price bracket of high volume machines.
Finding a cheap franking machine is not as easy as just looking at the price tag, you first need to have a clear idea of what your business needs. How many letters do you send out each day? What type of franking machine do you require? What features will you utilise? Once you know what you are looking for, you can shop around with ease. We hope you have a clearer idea of what you can expect to find and the prices you can expect to pay when looking for a franking machine. The franking machines discussed are some of the best and most affordable models on the market. If you would like advice, accurate prices and easy access to some of the top franking machine models for your business you can request a quote from us today.