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What is the Best Cash Register for a Small Business?

There are a wide range of cash registers on the market designed to meet the needs of small businesses. Many are specifically designed for use in certain industries, such as catering, or for businesses selling items with barcodes.

The best one for you will therefore depend on the nature of your particular business and your budget. Here we look at some of the best machines on the market for different types of small business.

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Best Scanning Cash Register

Casio TE-3000 SS

Designed for businesses that sell goods with barcodes, the Casio TE-3000 SS register is packed with useful features that are rarely found combined in other similarly-priced models.

The Casio TE-3000 SS register comes with a standard memory capacity of 5,000 PLUs (barcodes) and this can be increased to 22,000 for those businesses with a greater number of stock lines.

Other features available in this register include; a 16 character LCD display, a tilt operator display for easy viewing, a thermal printer with drop and load paper, a large ten compartment cash drawer, three ports for connection to other devices such as PCs, register-to-register communication capability and optional memory cassette back up. It is also supplied with an integrated scanner.

Prices for the TE-3000 SS start from around $1,000.

Best Cash Register for Fast Food

Casio QT-6600

The Casio QT-6600 is designed for high volume environments like fast food outlets.

The Casio QT-6600 has a 15 inch color touchscreen that makes it easy for employees to operate. A rear customer display also lets customers monitor their order, thereby reducing the chance of error. It has a capacity of 60,000 PLU and inbuilt inventory control.

Features that are designed specifically for fast food restaurants on this model include; up to 15 menu screens, the ability to access orders from any terminal, split checks and discount application, easy access to different menus and table status monitoring.

Other features include a thermal printer and cash drawer. A non-Windows operating system also means you can be free from the worry that viruses might affect your register.

Prices for this model start from around $2,500.

Best Multi Drawer Register

Casio TE-2200

If you are looking for a multi drawer register then the Casio TE-2200 is one of the best value models on the market.

The Casio TE-2200 is well suited to businesses with a number of departments as it can support up to 25 on the keyboard.

Other features on the TE-2200 include 2,000 PLU, flash card technology for sending reports to Excel, two ports for connecting printers and scanners, two 10 compartment drawers and a media slot.

Prices for the TE-220 start from upwards of $650.

Best Budget Cash Register

Samsung ER-290

For small businesses looking for an entry level model, the Samsung ER-290 register is a very popular choice.

Available for under $300, the Samsung ER-290 offers 12 departments, financial reports, 200 PLUs, cash in drawer reports, a 5 bill/5 coin cash register drawer and four tax tables.

Portable Cash Register

Royal 115 CX

Many new businesses start out operating at kiosks or craft fairs. If this is the case for your business, the best portable cash register available on the market is the Royal 115 CX.

The Royal 115 CX is a battery operated register that can last for up to 12 hours on four batteries or can be attached to an AC adapter.

It has a number of useful features such as; a 4 clerk ID system, 8 departments, 99 PLUs, currency conversion, 4 tax tables, automatic tax calculation, a lockable cash drawer and memory protection.

The Royal 115 CX is available from a number of suppliers and typically costs between $170–$200.