Best heat press for home use

Do you want to personalize your own outfit? Do you want to start a small t-shirt printing business but frustrated that your iron does not produce reliable results? It is time to look into the best heat press for home use.
A heat press is a machine that uses heat and pressure to imprint designs on surfaces such as fabrics, t-shirts, mugs, caps, plates and other products. Note that a heat press is neither a printer nor a die cutting machine. If you are looking for a machine that can cut designs, read our review of die cut machines for beginners here.
Here are our picks for the best heat press for home use if you do not have time to read further:
Price
$179.99
$239.99
$239.99
Prime
Yes
Yes
No
Plate size
15 x 15 in
12 x 15 in
16 x 20 in
T-shirts or other flat products
Yes
Yes
Yes
Hat/ Mug/Plate/Cap
No
Yes
No
Weight
49 pounds
52.4 pounds
81 pounds
Power
1400 W N/A
1800 W
Voltage
110 V
N/A
110V
Temperature range
0 to 450˚ F
N/A
0 to 480˚ F
Time range
0 to 999 seconds
N/A
0 to 999 seconds
Style
Clamshell
Swing-away
Clamshell
If you are looking to focus on printing on t-shirts only, the PowerPress industrial quality digital heat press 15-by-15 inch is an excellent choice.
Pros:
  • The controls are easy to use. Simply adjust the pressure knob, set the temperature and time to target settings, place your garment and vinyl stickers on the bottom plate, and there it is – your first uniquely designed t-shirt!
  • The teflon coated surface means you don’t need to spend extra money on coated sheets; it is also very convenient to clean.
  • The PowerPress is great for both domestic and commercial projects, and is truly a fantastic machine for the price, and a must have item for Arts, Crafts & Sewing.
Cons:
  • This heat press is used for transferring designs or sublimation on t-shirts, koozies, socks, or other products with flat surfaces only. For those who want to sell cups, mugs, and hats, you might want to consider getting the F2C Pro 5 in 1 instead.
  • Although 15 in. x 15 in plate is a good size, if you want to print on t-shirts bigger than a men’s XXL, you might want to consider other machines with bigger plates.
  • The Powerpress does not come with swing-away design. If this feature is important to you, look into getting the F2C Pro 5 in 1 instead.
The F2C’s industrial strength and multi-functionality make it a strong competitor amongst many heat presses in the market.
Pros:
  • The machine comes with attachments for cups, hats, and plates, which means you can offer more interesting products to your customers.
  • Digital LED controller, pressure-adjustment knob and non-stick surface help you get the job done nicely and quickly.
  • The swing-away feature means you can’t accidentally burn yourself.
Cons:
  • This one is a 360˚ swing-away so make sure you have a lot of backspace.
  • The F2C’s Tshirt plate (teflon coated) measures 12 in. x 15 in., making it great for smaller projects, but if you need a larger machine, check out the PNR 16 x 20” Heat Press.
This is a large and durable heat press, featuring T-shirt plate of 16 in. x 20 in. in size. If you mainly work with big projects, you should definitely consider getting this one.
Pros:
  • Its thick and large heating plate offers good pressure for sublimation and htv projects like jigsaw puzzles, t-shirts, bags …
  • This also comes with teflon-coated plate, which prevents scorching.
Cons:
  • This is not currently a Prime item so shipping time might take longer.
  • It is also relatively bigger than other machines so make sure you have plenty of space for it.
The best heat press for home use is the one that fits your need best. A 15 x 15 in will get most jobs done, but if you want to sell plus-size t-shirts, then get one with plate size of 16 x 20 in or bigger. Do you need to customize mugs, hats, or plates? Then one with multifunctional features like the the F2C Pro 5 in 1 should be your top choice.
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