Cricut Easy Press vs Heat Press?
Cricut EasyPress has a professional level performance with a home-friendly design you can count on for your heat-transfer or heat press projects. It is the perfect combination between traditional heat press and iron. Now, guesswork is eliminated so you get fast and better results that stick even after several repeated washes. It is simple, safe, and easy-to-use, utilizing superior heat-transfer technology via an equipped special heating element, and distributing heat evenly for the best results. Cricut EasyPress is one of the best heat press machines and it is also the best investment at a reasonable price, so you can start working on heat transfer vinyl products (HTV), and more! If you do a lot of projects with HTV and iron-on vinyl, the Cricut EasyPress is an exciting and practical future purchase for you!
Introduction of Cricut EasyPress
It’s cool and creative seeing your designs on different materials like t-shirts, towels, aprons, pillowcases, and more.
However heat transfer vinyl can be tricky and notorious, most especially if you don’t have a professional heat press at hand. That’s why you need a trusted and reliable machine for your heat press projects, whether you’re a newbie, a hobbyist, or a professional. HTV it requires pressure and heat to adhere vinyl to the target surface or garment. With this being said, the Cricut EasyPress on top of the device has a large plastic handle that enables you to push down on the unit so you can apply sufficient pressure required to adhere the vinyl to the garment or surface. What are the features, specs, and benefits of Cricut EasyPress? What’s the difference between Cricut EasyPress and a regular heat press machine? Let’s find out!
Cricut EasyPress Product Review
Cricut EasyPress is a specialized device that is pitched between heat press and iron, which offers great advantages of both. It has a giant (9” X 9”) ceramic coated heat plate that delivers exact temperature every time.
Cricut EasyPress heats up fast, providing precise and controlled temperature over regular heat press via its digital controls found on top of the device. It provides professional iron-on results in just 60 seconds or even less which combines the convenience of iron and the speed of a heat press. Cricut EasyPress has two heating elements in the large ceramic plate which results in a flat, dry, and even heat, which are the required conditions needed for flawless and the best iron-on results. The Cricut EasyPress has a big handle, a safety base, and an auto-shutoff feature to keep things safe while you’re working on a project.
How to use your Cricut easy press
Using iron to transfer vinyl to fabric is cheap and convenient, but it is not effective like when you’re using a heat press. However, heat presses are bulky and very expensive. It can also be a pain bringing it out and using every time you’re using HTV. So, here comes Cricut EasyPress, which is somewhere in between iron and a traditional heat press. Household iron has a heating element that is specifically designed and developed to produce steam, removing wrinkles on the garments and creating one large hotspot in the middle.
However, the uneven heat will just ruin your iron-on project. When you use an iron to apply HTV, it is difficult to determine the temperature it will reach, and it’s a guesswork adjusting the temperature. Unlike iron, the Cricut EasyPress has an evenly heated plate and precise heating controls, but it is much smaller and safer than a heat press. With Cricut EasyPress, the heating temperature is fully adjustable and precise up to 350°F (180°C), and the plate evenly heats to your desired set point. It means no random hot spots as well as cold spots for your designs, just a consistent hot finish.
A heat press machine usually has a large heat plate at 15″x15″ or even larger that cater bigger designs on surfaces and garments without pressing multiple areas. It is equipped with timer alert and less intervention for larger jobs. While heat press has a heavy duty design for longevity, consistent pressure, and does not need human intervention to apply pressure, it is slightly more expensive than EasyPress, most especially the returns shipping outside the warranty due to size and weight. Heat presses require a dedicated space for storage and are not portable, whereas EasyPress is easy to store and portable. The cheapest heat presses are usually unreliable, and the user manuals are scarce or not detailed.
Specs & Features of Cricut EasyPress:
● Giant ceramic coated heat plate (9” X 9”) that delivers exact temperature every time
● The 9” X 9” base is suitable for layered iron-on and large-scale projects
● Handy reference chart to check correct temperature settings and time for your project
● Adjustable precision heating (up to 350℉ )
● Built-in timer
● Compatible with glitter, foil, and metallic projects
● Auto-shutoff feature
● Insulated resting base
Final Word: Cricut EasyPress vs Heat Press?
When choosing between EasyPress or heat press, the deciding factors include the type of environment you’ll be working to determine storage and portability required, usage (personal or commercial use), amount of orders, sizes of designs, and longevity of work. If you need a portable device for your HTV projects, we highly recommend Cricut Easy Press because designs will still regardless of the complexity even after multiple washes. It is easy to store, portable, lightweight, and compatible with different brands of heat-transfer materials. In addition, it complements Cricut cutting machines.
* There is a newer version of this item is Cricut EasyPress 2: