The Cricut EasyPress Mat & Best Alternatives!

Last updated on May 28th, 2020

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!

Cricut EasyPress Mat

 

cricut easy press mat

 

The official Cricut Easy Press Mat is available in 3 sizes:

  • 8 x 10 inches
  • 12 x 12 inches
  • 20 x 16 inches

 

The pressing mats are larger than the Cricut EasyPress machine itself, which comes in:

  • 6 x 7 inches
  • 9 x 9 inches
  • 10 x 12 inches

 

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
View On AmazonView On CricutView On Michaels

Cricut EasyPress Mat 12 x 12

  • The medium EasyPress Mat
  • Good for use with all sizes of the EasyPress machine
  • Can be inserted into t shirts as a heat press pillow
View On AmazonView On CricutView On Michaels

Cricut EasyPress Mat 16 x 20

  • The largest EasyPress Mat
  • Great for large transfers
  • Best for working with the largest EasyPress
View On AmazonView On CricutView On Michaels

Nicapa EasyPress Mat

  • 3 sizes of Nicapa Mat for EasyPress
  • A good alternative to Cricut brand mats
  • Use as a heat press pillow
View 8 x 10View 12 x 12View 16 x 20

RUSPEPA Silicone Pad 12 × 15

  • An alternative to the regular EasyPress Mats
  • Does not slide around at all
  • Protects work surface from the heat
View On Amazon

The Official Cricut Easy Press Mat

 

official cricut easy press mat

 

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!

 

easypress mat cricut

 

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 Mat

 

Nicapa easy press mat

 

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.

 

The Nicapa heat press mats:

  • are good to a max temp of 428℉
  • can be used as a heat press pillow
  • prevent heat from reaching your work surface

 

RUSPERA Mat

 

what is the pad with the cricut easypress

 

The other option is to go with the RUSPEPA 12 × 15 Silicone Pad (or something similar). This is the mat I first bought because the official version was not out yet.

This mat is quite good in that it’s:

  • usually very cheap
  • it has more weight to it (being made of silicon)
  • it does not move around on the table at all
  • it’s a good size at 12 x 15 inches (possibly too small for large EasyPress)

 

It’s really up to you as to what you choose. This type of mat works very well, I’ve personally not had any issues with my transfers, and I can also use it in my heat press machine if needed.

 

The RUSPERA heat press pad:

  • weighs about 1.4 pounds
  • is a 1/3 inch thick
  • is also good for heat pressing with a home iron

 

Cricut EasyPress Mat Tips

 

 

Here are a few final thoughts & tips for using your EasyPress Mat:

  •  Cricut press settings are different for each mat – find settings here
  • the 8 x 10 inch mat is perfect for working with baby onesies and kids clothes
  • use as an alternative to heat press pillows
  • great for pressing tote bags as they easily fit inside
  • use as a small ironing board for craft fabrics
  • get different sizes for working with different substrates

 

We hope you’ve found some useful information that will help you to choose the best heat press mat for your needs.

 

Please leave any other info, comments, or questions in the comment section below. Thank you for visiting!

 

Pin this post!

 

 

(Please note: This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy here.)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.