The Best Heat Press Machines of 2022

The Best Heat Press Machines of 2022

As the need for homemade handicrafts increases, more and more craft novices and enthusiasts begin to get familiar with the words: heat press. Heat presses were used as commercial machines but now it’s been a necessity when making t-shirt designs. It’s for transferring crafters’ ideal designs onto the surface of many kinds of fabrics and other supporting materials.

There are more details and information, which I’ve written down below, check if you’re curious about this practical machine! Let’s figure out which machines are the best heat presses of 2022 now!

 

Best Heat Press Machines:


1.  Cricut EasyPress 2

Cricut EasyPress 2

Key Features

The Cricut EasyPress 2 is portable and lightweight. It combines an insulated base, a built-in timer, and an auto-off feature, and can heat up to 400°F quickly and evenly.

PROS

• Its tiny design takes less space.

• Lightweight and portable for carrying around.

• Fast heating (takes about 60 seconds to medium heat and about 3 minutes to large heat).

• It heats very evenly.

• It shuts off automatically after 10mins inactivity.

• Digital screen display.

CONS

• Cannot reach the exact set temperature sometimes.

• Only suitable for medium and small projects.

• Need lots of pressure to press.

Specifications

• Weight: 8.66lbs/ 13.8lbs

• Heat Plate Size: 9"x9"/ 10"x12"

• Temperature: up to 400°F

• Time: 0-999s

• Pressure Display: None

• Price: $189.99/ $239.99

 


2.  HTVRONT Auto Heat Press

HTVRONT Auto Heat Press

Key Features

HTVRONT Auto Heat Press features fast and even heating performance. It shows the specific parameters intuitively and can auto-exert the pressure according to the materials. Combined with four fast modes, two user-defined modes, and an auto mode, it’s perfect for mass production.

PROS

• Apply pressure to your items automatically.

• It’s easy to use by clicking just one button.

• The combined presets: 4 fast modes and 2 custom modes enhance efficiency. 

• Heats faster than most competitors.

• Even Heat.

• The drawer design helps prevent you from getting scalded.

• Auto mode is perfect for mass production.

• It shuts off automatically after 10-min inactivity.

CONS

• The updated design still takes up a big space.

• It only works with items up to 2.5cm in thickness.

Specifications

• Weight: 38lbs

• Heat Plate Size: 15"x15"

• Temperature: up to 410°F

• Time: 0-999s

• Pressure Display: None

• Price: $279.99

 


3.  Cricut Auto Press

Cricut Auto Press

Key Features

Cricut Auto Press is the first smart household heat press in the handicraft industry. It updates the extra-wide opening for safer use. It adopts a control pad that users can control easily and an easy-to-close lid with only 2 fingers.

PROS

• Suitable for items up to 5cm in thickness.

• Easy to close the lid and there’s extra pressure required.

• It shuts off automatically after 13-min inactivity.

• The control pad makes operation easy and safe.

• It’s much safer to use than other big ones.

• Takes less space while storing.

• Features a movable mat.

• Heat fast and evenly.

CONS

• It’s too pricy.

• Bulky and heavy while moving.

• Only supports materials with 15"x12" in size.

Specifications

• Weight: 53lbs

• Heat Plate Size: 15"x12"

• Temperature: up to 400°F

• Time: 0-999s

• Pressure Display: None

• Price: $999.99

 

4.  PowerPress Industrial-Quality Digital Heat Press

PowerPress Industrial-Quality Digital Heat Press

Key Features

PowerPress Digital Heat Press suits home and business use. It combines a 15”x15” Teflon-coated heat plate and a silicone mat for safety use. It works well for designing mass T-shirts and other flat materials with heat transfer and sublimation materials. 

PROS

• Its mat is removable and washable.

• The Teflon-coated plate makes the process much safer.

• The pressure knob is adjustable. 

CONS

• It’s too big and heavy.

• Need lots of pressure to pull the handle down.

Specifications

• Weight: 47.9lbs

• Heat Plate Size: 15"x15"

• Temperature: 32-455°F

• Time: 0-999s

• Pressure Display: None

• Price: $209.99

 

5.  Tusy Pro 5-in-1 Heat Press

Tusy Pro 5-in-1 Heat Press

Key Features

Tusy Pro 5-in-1 Heat Press can deliver its highest temp of 482°F. The thickened silicone and sponge pads are highly elastic and can ensure even flat pressing. With a pressure adjustment knob and a swing-away design, it takes less space. 

PROS

• The pressure knob is adjustable. 

• It features 360 degrees of arm rotation.

• The temperature can be shown in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

• Heat evenly. 

CONS

• Big and heavy.

• Need lots of pressure to pull the handle down.

• The instruction is not clear.

Specifications

• Weight: 48.5lbs

• Heat Plate Size: 15"x12"

• Temperature: 32-482°F

• Time: 0-999s

• Pressure Display: None

• Price: $169.99

 

6.  HTVRONT Heat Press Machine 10" x 10"

HTVRONT Heat Press Machine 10" x 10"

Key Features

HTVRONT Easy Heat Press is the industry-first machine with pressure transducers. It’s designed with a friendly dual-handle feature and is portable and lightweight. It heats rapidly and evenly and shuts down automatically when there’s no activity for 15mins. 

PROS

• The LCD screen can show the pressure directly.

• It shuts off automatically after 15-min inactivity.

• Dual-handle design for easy carrying.

• Lightweight and portable.

• Heat fast and evenly.

• Combines an insulation base.

CONS

• Need lots of pressure to press.

• The heat plate is not for large objects.

• The instruction is not clear about the proper pressure.

 Specifications

• Weight: 8.07lbs

• Heat Plate Size: 10"x10"

• Temperature: 70-410°F

• Time: 0-999s

• Pressure Display: 0-99lb

• Price: $129.99

 

 

7.  VEVOR 12x15 Heat Press

VEVOR 12x15 Heat Press

Key Features

VEVOR 12x15 Heat Press has a practical rubber handle for adjusting the plates. Its 360°swing-away plate and two layers of thermal insulation ensure your safe use. It also has a digital controller with buttons to adjust time and temp.

PROS

• Digital screen display.

• Feature a durable rubber handle.

• It ensures users’ safety use. 

CONS

• Its mat is easy to slip.

• Big and heavy.

• Need lots of pressure to pull the handle down.

Specifications

• Weight: 44.4lbs

• Heat Plate Size: 15"x12"

• Temperature: 200-450°F

• Time: 0-999s

• Pressure Display: None

• Price: $209.99

 

8. Fierton 12"×10" Heat Press Machine

Key Features

Fierton 12"×10" Heat Press Machine is a safe and practical heat press that can also work as a portable home iron. It features three layers of insulation base and an auto-off feature. Suitable for most heat transfer projects.

PROS

• Lightweight and portable.

• Combines an insulation base.

• A LCD screen showing time and temp.

• It shuts off automatically.

• Hand-free for heat painting film and heat transfer proper.

CONS

• There are vibrations and some noise while in use.

• Need lots of pressure to press when working with vinyl.

• There are no clear instructions about parameter settings.

Specifications

• Weight: 10.73lbs

• Heat Plate Size: 12"x10"

• Temperature: 0-450°F

• Time: 0-999s

• Pressure Display: None

• Price: $95.99

 

9. PowerPress HPM-0000-PK Heat Press Machine

PowerPress HPM-0000-PK Heat Press Machine

Key Features

PowerPress HPM-000-PK Heat Press with 10”x12” heat plate is compatible with small projects. It features a touchable screen on the top for easier control of time and temp. With springs on its pressure-regulating system, users can apply uniform pressure to the substrate. 

PROS

• Touchable screen for easy control.

• It shuts off automatically.

• Adjustable pressure exertion system.

• Lightweight and portable.

CONS

• Not suitable for sublimation projects.

• Need lots of pressure to press.

Specifications

• Weight: 8lbs

• Heat Plate Size: 12"x10"

• Temperature: up to 355°F

• Time: 0-999s

• Pressure Display: None

• Price: $129.99

 

10. Mophorn Heat Press

 

Mophorn Heat Press

Key Features

Mophorn Heat Press with a full 360º swing-away design allows the heating element to be moved safely aside. And it combines a rubber handle that fits a human hand shape. It can be widely used with diverse heat transfer and sublimation projects.

PROS

• Suitable for large and small projects.

• Perfect for vibrant sublimation projects.

• Good compatibility with various materials.

• Work well for mass production.

CONS

• No instructions.

• Big and heavy.

• Need lots of pressure to pull the handle down.

• Takes more working space.

Specifications

• Weight: 60lbs

• Heat Plate Size: 15"x12"

• Temperature: 32-430°F

• Time: 0-999s

• Pressure Display: None

• Price: $311.91

 

More things you need to know about Heat Press!

 

1. How does a heat press machine work? 

A heat press machine can work as a home iron, which transmits heat producing all over the surface of the plate to fabrics. When crafters are dying to perfectly transfer their desired pictures to a variety of projects, a heat press helps complete the process by offering fast and even heat with a proper force.

But compared with a home iron, the heat press features better temperature control, a much more even ironing plate, and a built-in timer to ensure more professional results.

Normally, heat presses are compatible with certain crafting materials like heat transfer vinyl, sublimation paper, and heat transfer paper. These are special materials that need heat to melt the vinyl and sublimation ink.

 

2. How to use a heat press machine? 

Many heat presses will offer instructions in their package for correct operation. Actually, it’s quite easy to put a heat press into practice. 

For most crafting materials working with a heat press, crafters usually need to make their designs on a computer and mirror the images if it’s heat transfer vinyl or sublimation paper and does not mirror if it's heat transfer paper. 

Connect the computer with a cutter and cut the designs with it when you work with heat transfer vinyl. Connect a printer and print your vibrant designs when you work with sublimation paper or heat transfer paper. Whether the latter need to be cut with a cutter after printing depends on the needs of crafters. 

Then, weed away the excess parts from the cut design with weeding tools like tweezers, weeder, and scrap collector. You will get the exact images that you want. 

Prepare the items you’re about to craft and a Teflon sheet or a sheet of parchment paper in advance. Put your item, designs, and a Teflon sheet or a sheet of parchment paper orderly on the heating mat, and then set a proper temperature and time according to your materials on the heat press. 

Now, let’s get our heat press into use! Preheat the heat press machine to the set temperature, iron your items before heat pressing to make sure it’s wrinkle-free, and transfer the images onto the surface of the items with an appropriate force. When the time is out, remove everything on the design and peel off the protective film when it has cooled down. The work is done! And you can sufficiently enjoy what your hands made for you!

 

3. Types of Heat Press Machines

In the past, professionals used to get themselves a big, heavy, and traditional heat press machine. Nowadays, a variety of stylish heat presses are bursting up out of the market. For bringing crafters lots more convenience and portability, we can see there are mini heat presses tinier than an adult hat. In order to enhance the efficiency of heat transfer, easy heat presses are found close in our daily lives. And this year, 2022, high-tech auto heat presses even show up in front of the whole world.

 

4. What to consider when choosing the best Heat Press Machine? 

Manual vs. Automatic

Different types of heat presses will serve you with different working experiences. Normally, we see traditional big heat presses on the market, which are suitable for large projects. As time goes by, there are more delicate, safe, and portable heat presses bubbling from the market. But most of these machines are for manual operation, which means they all need to work under imposed pressure. Therefore, the heat pressing process could be a little bit complicated and arduous. 

Now, a new type of heat press has come out with a high-tech appearance: Auto Heat Press. Compared with manual ones, this type of heat press must save crafters lots of effort and time while pressing and can make sure better-transferring effects.

But of course, we can tell from the functions and concept of these machines that manual ones are much cheaper. If you are not a professional and don’t have a high budget for the machine, it’s recommended to choose a better value one from the manual kinds.

 

Heat Performance

For making excellent finished works, the most important property of a heat press is its even heating performance. This characteristic will affect whether or not the materials are being transferred completely. Many heat presses on the market, according to the test and comparison, only emit heat and display different temperature values on parts of the heating plate. Using these heat presses, the results will be hard to perform as you expected.

 

Heating Speed

Except for even heat as required, how long will the heating plate take to reach the set temperature is also a crucial concern. Rapid heating makes the working process flow smoothly and therefore, helps reduce the frustration of crafters. Meanwhile, it saves precious time waiting to preheat and apply.

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