The Cricut Easy Press has to be one of the coolest Cricut releases of recent times. I love just looking at it! It is so sleek and futuristic, don’t you think?
I’ll admit from the start this review is a bit biased, because I really like this machine. I am not sponsored by Cricut or anything like that, I just love the machine! I do include the Cons as well as the Pros, but overall I think that the EasyPress is a really cool new t-shirt press to the market.
Let’s start with the pros and I’ll show you why I like it so much, and then we’ll hit the cons.
I’ve decided to break the reasons you should consider an Easy Press into sections. This should make it easier to press them all into your brain!
The different sections are:
The Easy Press Vs Household Irons
The Easy Press Vs A Traditional Heat Press
General Awesome Things About The Easy Press
In this first section we’ll compare the Easy Press with a household iron. These are the reasons the Easy Press is BETTER than your household iron.
Cricut Easy Press Vs Iron
1. Larger Press Area – The Easy Press has a larger heat plate than an iron – with a 9 x 9 inch pressing surface Cricut’s press is far larger than a regular iron. This means:
Each press will be done quicker
You won’t have to press as many times all over the transfer as with an iron
You can be confident larger transfers are receiving equal time, heat, and pressure – essential to a successful press
2. Easier To Press – You do not have to apply as much pressure as you do with an iron. The Easy Press weighs 11 pounds (5 kgs) and so the weight of it provides the pressure. You only have to contribute a little. The average household iron weighs 3 -4 pounds so the Cricut is quite a bit heavier.
3. Digital Timer – The Easy Press has a digital time display. You can set the timer to the precise time your heat transfer vinyl manufacturer specifies and lift her up at the right time. Irons can’t count down like this! Once you have placed the EasyPress into place upon your project, you need to press the Cricut C button to start the countdown timer. The machine will beep once the set time has elapsed.
4. Digital Temperature Display – As you might expect, it also has a digital temperature setting. Unlike an iron, where you’re setting the dial somewhere between linen and cotton, you can set the exact temperature. No more mystery, no more guessing. Perfect temp for your HTV. This machine has an adjustable temperature up to 350℉. This is all you need for heat transfers. An orange light means it is heating up and a green light means go!
5. A Faster Press – The Cricut press is quicker than an iron. Because it can reach a higher temp and weighs more, it doesn’t take as long for the transfer to adhere to the t-shirt.
Watch Kim Byers make an awesome tee in this beautiful video! You can visit her website, Celebration Shoppe, for more great content.
6. Even Heat – The Easy Press distributes heat better than iron. It is designed to keep a consistent heat across the platen for the purposes of heat transfer. Unlike an household iron which is there to get wrinkles out of your clothes. The hot plate of the Easy Press is made of aluminium covered in ceramic – nice!
7. A Flat Surface And No Steam Holes – The Cricut Press does not have holes in its base like steam irons. Steam holes cause unequal pressure and can result in a lower quality transfer. The HTV being pressed under a hole will not adhere as well – there’s no pressure! For the perfect transfer you want nice equal pressure undisturbed by holes or lumps. The flatter the better.
8. A Better Press – Cricut’s machine will produce a higher quality result. Being able to press with more pressure, a more accurate time and even temperature, the resulting product is superior to an iron on transfer.
9. Auto Shut Off – The Easy Press has an auto shut off feature. This is really cool! How many times have you accidentally left your iron going? Or left the house and then had that horrible feeling that you’ve left it on? The auto shut off feature turns the press off after 10 minutes of inactivity. It’s not a hassle if you are still using it either because it heats up so quickly.
10. Can Press On More Substrates – Not only does the EasyPress transfer onto fabric, but onto a range of other surfaces as well. These include the following:
And more. You can see the recommended time and temperature settings for each material here. You can’t press on this variety of materials with an iron! Or at least, it’s not dodgy as it can be with an iron 😂.
11. Quick Heat Up – The Easy Press heats up faster than a heat press machine. A heat press typically takes 10 – 15 minutes to get a pressing temperature of between 300 – 350 degress. The EasyPress takes 2 – 3 minutes.
12. Safer – There is less chance of burning yourself with the Cricut press. The safety tray keeps you from getting burnt. With heat press machines you must place your hands under the hot platen to arrange the tee and transfer (especially with a clamshell heat press). But with Cricut’s machine you only have to lift it off the tray and place it down upon your project.
13. Smaller – Good for those who don’t have enough room for a heat press. This is a very compact and small heat press that is easily hidden away. The small size is not so imposing in your craft room, living room or bedroom.
14. Lighter – If it’s smaller, it’s a good guess to say it’s going to be lighter. And it is! Compared to a heat press this is a very light machine. A standard 15 x 15 heat press weighs over 60 pounds (28 kgs), while Cricut’s press weighs 11 pounds (5 kgs). Obviously that’s a huge difference! It’s not a two person job getting it into place.
15. Portable – Because it is smaller and lighter, it is very portable. You can take this to your friend’s house, on vacation, or lend it to the neighbor without any hassle.
16. Easy To Store – Compared with a heat press, it is easy to store. A heat press really needs a dedicated space because it’s so hard to get into position. The EasyPress will fit in a draw – that is, unless you don’t want to hide it away because it’s so pretty!
17.Oldie Friendly – Good for older people with arthritis and other health struggles. The Easy Press requires minimal added pressure (at least, a lot less than an iron), and there isn’t any diffiuculty involved in opening and closing it (like with a heat press). Older, more frail people can keep making tees into the 100’s and beyond with this press! Haha.
18. Kid Friendly – Many users have found the Easy Press good for younger children to use. Maybe even down to an age of 10 (though adult supervision is essential!). Kids and teens can make their own t-shirts with this press because it is easy to use and quite safe. A young entrepreneur might even be able to make t-shirts to sell with the Easy Press – an awesome way to teach kids about business.
19. Great For Small Transfer Jobs – If you are doing smaller transfers, the EasyPress is great. If you are doing lots of kids t-shirts or baby onesies then you don’t need a big clunky heat press. Its 9 x 9 inch hot plate will be plenty big enough.
20. User Manual – Comes with a great reference and user manual. Most of the Chinese heat presses come with extremely basic instructions which are often difficult to understand. The benefit of the Easy Press is that it comes with a good guide, and there are also a huge amount of online resources available to get you going. See How to Use Your Cricut EasyPress at Cricut’s website.
21. Better For One-Off Jobs – The Easy Press is perfect for doing one or two tees here and there. Because it heats up so quickly and it’s easy to get out and set up, it’s not a hassle to do so just for one or two t-shirts. A heat press is going to take a whole lot of time to get going and sometimes it just doesn’t feel worth it!
22. Transfers Last Just As Long – After doing comparison tests, the EasyPress performs just as well as a tradional press when it comes to transfer adhesion and longevity. See the video below!
Lorrie Nunemaker compares vinyl pressed with a heat press with vinyl pressed with the Easy Press after 74 washes! She finds that both have pressed the vinyl equally well. There is no real observable difference. You can visit Lorrie’s website for beautiful craft projects made with Cricut’s machines.
More Easy Press Pros
23. Huge, Helpful Facebook Communities – There are dozens of Cricut Facebook groups with tens of thousands of members. There are general ‘ask anything Cricut related’ groups, and there are smaller niche groups inside the Cricut Community.
Here are a few to give you an idea of what’s out there:
Cricut Design Space – The largest Cricut group with almost 200,000 members. A very busy group of people who know what they are doing and happily answer questions, share finished projects, and give great advice.
Cricut For The Classroom – Over 20,000 members. This group is especially for teachers looking to spruce up their classrooms!
All Things Cricut Wedding – Over 12,000 members. A group especially for those wanting to decorate their wedding with their Cricut!
24. Able To Press A Range Of Materials – The Cricut press can press anything that a heat press can press.
The types of heat transfers you can press with it include:
Products like EasyWeed Foil
25. A Great Safety Base – The safety base is what the press heats up on and can rest on between uses. It is insulated and won’t get hot itself, and it will protect whatever it is resting upon.
26. Live Customer Support – At Cricut’s contact page you can live chat, phone (during normal business hours), or email for support. The availability of such support is worth its weight in gold if you have any issues!
27. Amazing Amazon Reviews – I can’t say how many reviews the Easy Press has, or what the star rating is right here because it’s always subject to change. But let me just say the reviews are amazingly good and the star rating is as good as can be! You can check it out for yourself here to see what I mean! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Below is an EasyPress tutorial by Cricut that was streamed live on YouTube and Facebook. You can skip ahead to the 4 minute mark to see the beginning of the press.
So those are all the benefits and positives of the Cricut Press that I have for you today, though I’m sure there are more! You can let me know of any others you can think of in the comments section below and I’ll add it to the list.
8 EasyPress Cons
Well, there were 27 pros and now there are only 8 cons – if it were a numbers game, the Easy Press would be winning! But, in all honestly, this press is not perfect for everybody and every job. Here are the Easy Press Cons.
I’ll break them into sections again:
Iron vs EasyPress
Heat press vs EasyPress
More EasyPress Cons
Iron Vs EasyPress
1. Size – An iron is even smaller than the EasyPress! If you are super limited in your space then an iron would be better.
2. Cost – An iron is much cheaper than the Easy Press, and you probably already have one. The cost of Cricut’s press is not much less than a cheap traditional heat press. Some people think that it is overpriced. I think for what you are getting it is a fair price. Check the price on Amazon here.
Heat Press Vs EasyPress
3. Larger Transfers – A heat press is better for larger transfers. 9 x 9 inches is much bigger than an iron, but it is still a small pressing area. If you intend on doing large transfers on larger t-shirts, you will be better off getting a 15 x 15 inch heat press machine instead.
4. More Pressure – A heat press can produce a higher pressure than the Easy Press. It clamps shut and maintains pressure until opened again. The Easy Press needs to be pressed down. A transfer that calls for medium pressure can be pressed gently with one hand, while one calling for firm pressure will need a firm two handed press and hold.
5. Quicker – Most heat press transfers are completed in 10-15 seconds with a heat press. The Easy Press can take a bit longer than this, especially as Cricut recommends hitting the back of the transfer with a press as well to seal the deal.
6. Pressing Around Seams – The Easy Press may not be as good around seams as a traditional press. Maintaining equal pressure is extremely important for the best heat transfer. Seams, pockets, etc. can cause inconsistent pressure. This is an issue with heat press machines as well, although the use of a heat press pillow helps.
7. Cost (Again) – The price of the EasyPress compared with a cheap heat press is very similar. The EasyPress is a bit cheaper but some may prefer to pay the additional cost for a traditional heat press as pictured below.
The USCutter 15 x 15 heat press (pictured left) is our favorite cheap heat press. We think it is the best heat press for the money. It comes as a starter bundle with HTV, blank tees and teflon sheets.
8. Made For North American Power Supply – This machine cannot be used outside of North America (at this stage). The Easy Press can’t be used in New Zealand, Australia, UK, etc because it requires a maximum power outlet of 120 volts. It is not dual voltage like the Explore cutting machines. Canada, Mexico and the US are all 120 volts so the EasyPress will work fine in these spots.
New Zealand electricity is supplied at 230/240 volts
Australian electricity is supplied at 230 volts
United Kingdom’s power is supplied at 230 volts
You can get around this by purchasing a step up/down transformer for use in those countries not on 120V. Cricut have indicated that they are also working on a version of the EasyPress that will be compatible with 230V power supply sometime in the future.
Cricut Easy Press Review
Well what can I say after all that, but ‘this machine rocks!’ In a recent post all about heat press machines, I re-categorized the EP as a Heat Press Iron. It’s not an iron, it’s not a traditional heat press – it’s a heat press iron! 😂
I think in light of the pros and cons, the Easy Press would make a great addition to the craft room. To an extent, it is also good for small business. However, if your business is very busy, a quicker option would be better and you should consider a heat press machine. The US made heat presses are the best for business. A great entry model is the Stahls’ craft press.
If you’re like me, you always want to know what exactly a purchase is going to come with. So let’s check that out.
What’s In The Box?
As you might expect, the EasyPress will be in the box!! And here’s what else:
The safety base is included
A quick time and temperature reference for pressing various transfers (can also be found here)
There are always going to be additional expenses when you buy a product like this. Here is a good idea as to what you might need:
The Explore Air 2
An ironing blanket – Put one of these under your project and press on top of it to protect the surface underneath. Cricut will be putting out their own pad at a later date.
A Cricut cutting machine – The Explore Air 2 is the affordable option (this is what we have and it’s great!). Consider the Maker if you have money to burn.
Heat Transfer Vinyl – Be sure to keep a supply on hand. Either Siser or Cricut are the best choices.
I give this machine an A+, 100%, hip hip hooray. I’m sure you will be happy with this machine, especially once you get the hang of it. I think that’s a major PRO I left out – it’s so easy to learn how to use it! Some are a bit intimidated by heat press machines, but there’s no need to be afraid of the Easy Press.