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Should you get a Cricut EasyPress mat?
Can you just use an ironing board, towel, or other cloth? Or are some of the other Cricut EasyPress Mat alternatives worth checking out? We’ll take a look at the official EasyPress Mat and answer these other questions below!
But don’t think that if, for example, you have the 6 x 7 EasyPress, that you have to get the 8 x 10 mat. You don’t necessarily need to get the mat that “matches” your EasyPress. Nor do you have to stick with only getting one size mat if you have one size EasyPress.
These pressing mats are more useful for heat transfers than you might initially think. They can be used as heat press pillows to help you avoid problems with seams, buttons, and zippers when heat pressing.
Even if you have the largest EasyPress, you might find the smallest pillow the most helpful in some situations. For example, when pressing baby onesies and toddlers tees, the small mat is best. It can easily be inserted inside the garment and allows you to press around the seams.
Here is where you can pick up Easy Press Mats and other good alternatives.
Cricut EasyPress Mat 8 x 10
The smallest EasyPress Mat
The 8 x 10 inch mat is great for use with small garments like baby onesies
Can be inserted into kids clothes & used as a heat press pillow
If you’re like me, you’re going to go with the official Cricut Easy Press Mat (or mats)! For better or for worse, I just like having the genuine Cricut products. While the alternatives (listed below) are good, and I even have one of them, nothing beats the real deal.
Just take a look at all the layers in this bad boy!
The different layers of the EasyPress Mat are:
the heat resistant cover
a felt moisture wicking layer
a foil reflective heat layer
silicon insulation layer
the protective barrier layer
Does even an onion have more layers than that…?
Because heat reflects back up from the mat, rather than going through into your work table top, you can press at a lower temperature. This is much better for your garments in particular.
The official mats are your best bet when it comes to which EasyPress mat you should buy, but let’s take a look at the alternatives as well.
Easy Press Mat Alternatives
There are a few Cricut EasyPress Mat alternatives that you can choose to buy, besides using other things around the house. We’ll look at the two most popular options.
Nicapa seem to simply rip off whatever Cricut is putting out when it comes to cutting machine and heat press accessories. But it seems to be working for them, so more power to them. The Nicapa Easy Press mats are very similar to Cricut’s original, though we can probably assume they are not quite as good or engineered to the same level.
As I write this article, there is 50% OFF Cricut EasyPress Mats on Cricut.com. Nicapa mats are usually priced around the same as the official mats, and are of similar quality.
If I could get an official mat for the same price or cheaper, I would go for that. If the Nicapa pressing mat worked out significantly cheaper than the official Cricut heat press mats, I would go with that one.