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Are you thinking about getting a Heat Press or a Cricut Easy Press but not sure which one to get? That’s exactly how I felt a few months ago. I have a Cricut and I love doing projects with it. There is so many different things you can do with the Cricut that it really is the ultimate Crafting tool. I learned how to do so much with it already but I knew there was so much more I could do with it. I really wanted to start using heat transfer vinyl so I could make t-shirts and kitchen towels.
I knew if I wanted to use heat transfer vinyl, I needed to find a new tool. I need a tool that would give off the heat I needed to apply the heat transfer vinyl to my projects. I know you could use an iron, but to be honest, we don’t even own an iron! I knew an iron wasn’t the best way to go anyways as they don’t always give off even heat and I didn’t want to worry about applying pressure.
Cricut Easy Press
I started my search for a heating tool early in August. I knew Cricut offered an item called the Easy Press (first edition) which is specifically for heat pressing. The first edition of the Cricut Easy Press was the only one available and it was size 9×9. Cricut was releasing the Easy Press 2 the following month, in September, which does come in multiple size: 6×7, 9×9, and 12×10. At the time, I really didn’t want to wait for the Easy Press 2 . I was ready to buy and I wanted it right away. I knew the Easy Press that was currently available for size 9×9 would be too small. I did like the fact that it was small and easy to move around. But, I didn’t like that you needed to apply pressure when using the Easy Press.
So I looked at Heat Presses. I really liked the fact that the Heat Press came in the size I wanted, which was 15×15. I also liked the fact that they are a Clam Shell design so I didn’t need to worry about applying pressure. All I needed to do was close the lid. I knew they were bulky and heavy. Fortunately I have a home office/craft room that had room for a Heat Press so there is no need to move it around.
After weighing the pros and cons of a Heat Press or a Cricut Easy Press, I decided the Easy Press was not for me. The Heat Press seemed more logical for my situation and I have to say now owning the machine for over 4 months, I am very happy I went with the Heat Press. I have never tried the Easy Press, so I cannot comment on how well it works.
Now the hard part was finding a Heat Press
I read so many reviews. I wanted to stay under $250, since I still treat my crafting as a hobby and not a business. All the reviews I read were mediocre. It was really hard finding a Heat Press in my budget that had decent reviews. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy decision.
I ended up narrowing it down to two different Heat Presses I found on Amazon.
The first one was the VEVOR Heat Press. It came in the size I wanted, which was 15×15, It was designed with a swing away arm. So the top lid can be swung away, which is nice when the machine is hot. When actually using the item to apply heat, it clamps down so no additional pressure is needed. It also came with several attachments. I was getting the heat press for t-shirts and kitchen towels but I liked that it had the option to use use it for mugs, hats, and plates. The reviews were 4 stars and it was just over $200.
The second one I found was the Fancierstudio Power Heat Press. It was a little cheaper too. This one was a true clam shell design and came in the size I wanted. It was under $200 and it was rated 4 stars.
Now I was torn on which one to get. Should I spend a little more and get the one with the attachments or should I buy the one I was originally visioned on getting?
In the end I decided to go with the VEVOR Heat Press. What won me over was the attachments and the possibility of using it to make mugs, hats, and plates.
When the Heat Press finally came, I was so excited to start using it. It was pretty easy to put together, even though the instructions were not the greatest. The lid to the heat press had a dent, which I was not happy to see. I contacted the seller and they confirmed it shouldn’t impact the actual usage of the machine and offered to give me a partial refund, which I gladly accepted. I really didn’t want to deal with shipping it back and waiting for the replacement.
I’ve had my VEVOR Heat Press for about 4 months. It’s been so much fun using it with my Cricut. I have made so many cute items. I have yet to try any of the attachments but I do plan on trying them soon. I’ve had zero issues with using it and every project I made has come out perfect! I am so happy with the Heat Press I purchased.
If you are in the market for a Heat Press, I highly suggest going with the VEVOR Heat Press. If you don’t think you’ll ever need the attachments, then I suggest going with the Fancierstudio Power Heat Press to save a little bit of money. I didn’t try this model but both of these Heat Presses seem to be the best ones for the price. Whichever heat press you do decide on, I do recommend that you also purchase Teflon Sheets. I got these ones on Amazon for less than $10. I lay one of the Teflon Sheets on top of the heat transfer vinyl so the heat press lid touches the Teflon Sheets instead of my project. They are really helpful when you are doing multi-layered projects.
I do want to mention that this post is not sponsored by anyone. I wanted to share my personal review on the Heat Press I purchased. It has been a great addition to my Cricut and a great add on to my crafting hobby/small business.
Comment below and tell me which one do you like better, the Heat Press or a Cricut Easy Press?