Comparing DTG and Screen Printing

For decades now, screen printing has been the main deal in the market. However, direct to garment (DTG) printers have taken over the market, with the most recent model being the famous DTG P600, which makes DTG P600 not only the latest but the best one too. However, which one is better for you?

Before making a decision on which printer is ideal for you, you need to understand the pros and cons of each. You can do this by following the production details and how these applications will be of benefit to your venture is essential.

Let us discuss each in detail.

Screen Printing

Having been in the industry for long, it is the most common and widely recognized. The feature that gives it a comparative advantage over DTG is its volume and printing speed.

For instance, it can print a shirt and put it on a dryer belt in less than 5 seconds (while meeting prepress requirements). However, don’t settle for it yet. Consider your budget and what business you intend to engage in with the printer.

To keep up with the high volume and speed, you will need to make a significant investment in terms of space, equipment, and training. You will need large conveyor dryers, automatic presses, etc.

DTG Printing

While DTG may be slower than screen printing, the preparation process is faster. Thus, it is suitable for low-volume jobs. Therefore, if you are considering starting a small screen-printing business, you should consider it.

The customization industry is moving towards low-volume customization as per the consumer demand. Thus, DTG printing has a comparative advantage. Besides, you can add DTG printing to an already existing business.


Now that you are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of each, which would you rather choose? Do you prefer outsourcing high volume work and concentrating on low volume jobs, or would you rather invest all your resources and time to get that capable decoration printer?