The Cricut Easy Press is one of the newest Cricut machines, released around the same time as the Cricut Maker in late 2017.
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 EasyPress (and most other products that Cricut release)!
Here’s what we’ve got in this article comparing a heat press with the Easy Press.
The Easy Press Vs Iron
The Easy Press Vs Heat Press
And after that I’ll share some more general reasons why I think the Easy Press is fantastic.
Cricut Easy Press Vs Iron
Here are the reasons I think the Easy Press is better than an 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.
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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:
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 manual. See the Easy Press instructions here. 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, along with all the Easy Press settings.
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!
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.
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 my reasons why you should buy a Cricut Press – though I’m sure there are more! Let me know your reasons in the comments section below and I’ll add them to the list.
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 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
And then some more general reasons why the Easy Press may not be for everybody.
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.
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.
Further EasyPress Cons
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 Cricut Explore cutting machines.
Canada, Mexico and the US are all on 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 that 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.
There are always going to be additional expenses when you buy a product like this. Here are other things you need to get with an Easy Press (the links below go to products on Amazon, but double check Cricut’s store as well):
The Explore Air 2
The NEW Cricut Easy Press mat – 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 invest.
Heat Transfer Vinyl – Be sure to keep a good supply on hand. Either Siser or Cricut are the best choices.
Buy The Cricut Easy Press!
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.