If you have been asking yourself what should you buy, a Heat Press or Cricut EasyPress, then you will definitely want to read this post.
With so many Heating methods on the market these days, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which machine is best for you.
So if you are looking to do projects with heat transfer transfer vinyl, also known as HTV, then you will need HEAT. Heat activates the adhesive in iron-on vinyl so it can stay attached to your project.
Most people who are interested in doing projects with heat transfer vinyl are always asking, ‘What is better, the Cricut EasyPress or the Heat Press?’
Cricut EasyPress 2
The EasyPress 2 is a professional iron that is a perfect complement to Cricut cutting machines.
EASYPRESS 2 PROS
- The EasyPress 2 comes in 3 different sizes: 6″x7″, 9″x9″ and 10″x12″. The multiple sizes makes it easier to use for different sized projects
- Heats up fast: The EasyPress 2 heats up to 400 degrees in less than 2 minutes
- Lightweight and Compact: This DIY Tool is portable, easy to store, and light weight.
- Easy to use
EASYPRESS 2 CONS
- No Pressure: You will have to apply pressure when you use the EasyPress 2.
- Settings: Every time you use the EasyPress, you will need to select the material and time. It doesn’t remember your settings.
- Plastic Body and not as heavy duty as a Heat Press
There are many different Heat Presses out there on the market. The two common styles are a clam shell and a swing a way.
I personally have a VEVOR Swing Away Heat Press that I’ve been using for almost 2 years. It is a 5-1 so it comes with several attachments that make it easy to personalize hats, plates, mugs, t-shirts, and so much more.
I almost went with the Clam shell style – Fancierstudio Heat Press. But I thought the swing away would be better a option for me.
Heat Press PROS
- Easy to Use: You set the temperature and time and then close the lid while the heat press does all the work. You don’t need to apply any pressure
- Even Heat Distribution: Unlike the EasyPress 2, you don’t need to apply any pressure. The Heat Press will apply equal heat and pressure to all parts of the projects.
- Professional Results every single time
- Fast and Reliable: Most heat transfers are done under 30 seconds
- Heavy Duty
- Large Heat Surface
HEAT PRESS Cons
- Heavy: The heat press is heavy and bulky. It is not portable and requires it’s own dedicated space in your crafting area.
- Lack of Instructions
- Cost: The cost will vary depending on the brand and heat press but average prices are $200-$400.
What’s better, the Cricut EasyPress or a Heat Press?
While both machines are great options, you need to figure out what key things you need in a heating machine.
Do you have a dedicated space for your heat press or do you need a machine that is portable and easy to store like the Cricut EasyPress?
How often will you be using the machine?
Do you need a heavy duty professional option of a Heat Press that products quality that you cannot get with the EasyPress?
For me, a Heat Press was the clear winner. I had a dedicated office and I didn’t want to worry about applying the pressure myself. I wanted a heating machine that produced quality results every single time.
Once you settle on the heating method that works for you, you will be able to make your own customized t-shirts, towels, bags, pillows, and so much more with your favorite Cricut Machine.
Comment below and tell me which one do you like better, the Heat Press or Cricut EasyPress.