Seven Guidelines For Choosing A Heat Press Seller On Amazon

With so many lookalike heat press machines for sale on Amazon it is hard to know who to purchase from.

 

Especially when it comes to selecting a cheap heat press.

 

There are the big expensive brands like Stahls’, Hix and Geo Knight – the American made machines. But when it comes to the cheap machines there are a ton of sellers. Almost too many to number!

 

Who should you buy your cheap heat press from on Amazon?

 

Should you just go with the cheapest?

 

Should you go with the seller with the best reviews?

 

Should you go with the ‘Amazon Choice heat press?

 

In this article we will give you seven solid guidelines on how to choose the right heat press seller.

 

 

The Seven Guidelines

 

Here are the seven guidelines which we will expand upon below:

  1. Do they have a website?
  2. What is their star rating?
  3. Do they specialize in heat press machines?
  4. How long have they been selling heat presses?
  5. How long is the warranty?
  6. Does the heat press come with bonuses?
  7. How much does it cost?

 

#1: Do They Have A Website?

 

I think it is important to check if the seller has their own website, outside of Amazon. They will likely have contact details on it, which means you have the seller/business’s info if anything goes wrong with your machine. It means you have another way to get in contact without going through Amazon.

 

If you can find no information outside of Amazon about a seller it means you will have to go through Amazon if something goes wrong.

 

When you go through Amazon to contact a seller you do not get their details. You fill out a contact/query form and it’s the seller’s job to get back to you. If you’ve spent any length of time reading Amazon reviews you will have seen that some sellers are not very good at responding. There might be legitimate reasons for not replying, but I sense that sometimes unwanted messages are simply ignored.

 

Websites can also be good because you receive extra information about the machines you are buying. Some sites have instructions, how to’s and project ideas. They might have troubleshooting or technical support pages. This is especially so for the more expensive machines.

 

Websites can also give you a bit of the history of a company. You can find out how long they’ve been in the industry and how passionate they are about what they do.

 

Here are Amazon heat press sellers who have websites, along with a link to one of their most popular machines for sale on Amazon:

  1. Promo Heat – the new Promo Heat 15 x 15 Heat Press 
  2. USCutter/Greenstar – USCutter 15 x 15 Heat Press Machine 
  3. Fancierstudio – Fancierstudio 15 x 15 Power Heat Press
  4. Zeny – Zeny 6 in 1 Multifunction Heat Press 
  5. VEVOR – VEVOR 5 in 1 Multifunction Heat Press 
  6. ePhotoInc – ePhotoInc 15 x 15 Heat Press 
  7. Stahls’ – 16 x 20 Hotronix Fusion
  8. Hix – Hix Swingman15 
  9. Geo Knight – Geo Knight DK20S 16 x 20 Heat Press

 

If you know of any that we’ve missed from this list, please comment below and we are happy to add it.

 

#2: What Is Their Star Rating?

 

The second guideline to follow in choosing a seller is to review their reviews!

 

This is pretty straightforward – of course you’re not going to buy from a seller with too many negative reviews. But it becomes difficult because most sellers have some good and some bad reviews.

 

When you start reading the bad reviews, even of a press which has sold 100’s of units and has a 4 star rating (for example), you can start to doubt a seller.

 

Some of my favorite negative reviews include:

 

“I’m being generous giving this heat press one star…”

 

And,

 

“They should have called this a de-press-ed heat machine because that’s how I feel after buying it…”

 

Hilarious.

 

But I think it’s important to keep in mind that there are always going to be faults and flaws which occur in products – and perhaps even more so in industrial electrical equipment like heat press machines.

 

The cheap heat presses are mass produced in China and then shipped halfway around the world to Amazon fulfillment centers (unless the seller is shipping them themselves), before being sent to your door. The quality of the machines are not the very best to start off with and so things can come loose in the transporting process.

 

It means that maybe 1 in 10 presses is going to have problems, simply a risk you will have to take when buying a cheap one. Most machines will come with a limited warranty of a certain length which you will need to determine beforehand. You can also purchase warranty extension plans through Amazon.

 

When it comes to reviews you sort of have to go with your gut. Read through as many as you can and then do what you think best. There are always going to be unhappy customers but make sure you do take into consideration the positive ones as well.

 

Overall, if someone has a 4+ star rating I would say you’re onto a winner.  

 

#3: Do They Specialize In Heat Press Machines/The Garment Industry?

 

Guideline number 3 is a simple test.

 

Does the seller focus on selling heat press machines and other design equipment?

 

Or do they sell everything under the sun?

 

USCutter is an example of a company deeply invested in this one industry. This is what they do and this is what they know. Therefore, because this is all they’ve got, so to speak, they need to keep their customers happy.

 

Zeny is an example of a company who, in their own words,

 

has a wide range of products that will fulfill all of our customers’ needs from children items, pet products, to everyday household items and much more.”

 

Or, in my words, they sell everything under the sun. Therefore, they are not deeply invested in heat press machines or in the clothing design industry.

 

Would it really matter to them if they sold a bad product for a while and then had to discontinue it? They have a ton of other product categories to fall back on, what does it matter losing one line among many?

 

I don’t mean to pick on Zeny, or to suggest that they don’t care about their customers, but who would you rather buy from? Someone who’s actually interested in the product, or someone who is more like a middleman between you and the manufacturer?

 

I reckon it’s best to go with somebody deeply invested in the industry you’re buying in.

 

#4: How Long Have They Been Selling Heat Presses?

 

Guideline number 4: How long have they been selling heat presses? Or, you can narrow the question down further: How long have they been selling presses on Amazon?

 

There are the big players like Stahls’ who have been making heat presses for almost 100 years – it’s hard to compete with that at this stage! But then Stahls’ are only selling top quality, best of the best, expensive machines.

 

The ‘how long have they been selling’ question is better to ask if you’re looking for a cheap machine.

 

What are some ways to find out how long they’ve been selling?

  • Check the dates on the reviews
  • Check the dates on the questions and answers
  • Check their website (if they have one)
  • Check t-shirtforums.com for mentions of their brand or product

 

You may not be able to find out for most sellers. It might not be possible to find out, which may mean they are fairly new.

 

#5: How Long Is The Warranty?

 

Number 5!

 

You should compare warranty lengths between the heat presses before making your purchase.

 

Some are 6 months, some are 1 year. Some, like Stahls’ have lifetime warranties on the heating platens, 2 year warranties on the circuit boards, and 1 year warranties on labor.

 

You can find out the warranty information about halfway down a product’s Amazon page under ‘Product Information’. Sometimes the warranty information needs to be tracked down on the sellers website or through contacting the seller.

 

For example, this Power Heat Press has a 6 month warranty, while this Promo Heat Heat Press has a one year warranty.

 

Amazon has information here on how to contact Third-Party Sellers who ship their own products. They also have their A – Z Guarantee for all purchases made through Amazon.com.

 

To sum up this section, it probably goes without saying, but the longer the warranty, the better. And as we mentioned above, there is also the option to purchase warranty extension plans with your heat press purchase.

 

#6: Does The Heat Press Come With Bonuses?

 

Number 6 is a relatively minor consideration in the big scheme of things. Does the heat press come with any bonus products?

 

These might include:

  • teflon sheets
  • sheets of vinyl
  • blank t-shirts
  • free shipping

 

It can be tempting to choose a machine simply because it has a freebie with it, but I would use the other guidelines first before letting this one determine your choice.

 

#7 COST

 

And last but not least, number 7: how much does it cost?

 

This is often the only consideration people have in mind when it comes to purchasing a heat press. While it is important, of course, you will hopefully see through reading this article that there are other important factors.

 

Going with the cheapest machine to start with will save you money up front, but may cost you more down the line if you have any problems.

 

If after comparing sellers you see they are all selling the same (or very similar) press, and there is little else differentiating them from one another but the name, then I would just go with the cheapest.

 

But if some sellers score higher points when factoring in these guidelines, then you’ll have to weigh up what’s most important to you.

 

Recommendations

 

Finally, I want to recommend a few cheap heat press machine sellers and heat press machines that I think do score highly on these criteria.

 

Here are those seven guidelines again:

  1. Do they have a website?
  2. What is their star rating?
  3. Do they specialize in heat press machines?
  4. How long have they been selling heat presses?
  5. How long is the warranty?
  6. Does the heat press come with bonuses?
  7. How much does it cost?

 

USCutter

 

USCutter heat press machines are a good choice.

 

USCutter:  

  • have a website
  • have good reviews and star ratings
  • they are dedicated to the garment design industry
  • they have been in the industry for 10 years
  • the warranty is 90 days (make sure to double check each machine)
  • many of their presses come with free vinyl and/or teflon sheets
  • and they are among the cheapest heat presses around!

 

To be honest, I don’t know if you’ll find a better cheap heat press seller anywhere!

 

Here are some specific machines you should consider:

 

They also sell these machines on their website, but they always seem to be cheaper on Amazon.

 

Promo Heat

 

Promo Heat are another cheap heat press brand that I would be happy to buy from.

 

Promo Heat:

  • Have a website
  • Have good reviews and star ratings
  • Only sell heat press machines
  • Been selling since at least 2012
  • Their machines come with a one year limited warranty
  • Some machines may come with a free teflon sheet
  • And the price is right! – they are also cheap machines

 

Some specific machines to check out on Amazon:

 

Conclusion

 

Those recommendations aren’t final –  you should definitely shop around the other sellers! The famous Amazon best selling PowerPress Heat Press, with over 800 reviews and a great star rating, didn’t get there for no reason.

 

Just keep in mind all these things as you search for the right press for you.

 

If there are any other factors you consider when looking for products on Amazon, please let us know in the comments section below – we’d love to include further ideas in the future!

 

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