If you have the space, 15 x 15 inch heat press machines are best. You can easily press most sizes of t-shirt and transfer. With cheap heat press machines, the larger clamshell style tends to be stronger than the smaller swing-away style as well.
A 15 x 15 inch pressing area
Clamshell style – great for smaller spaces
Strong steel frame construction
Adjustable pressure knob – raises or lowers the platen depending on how thickness of substrate
Digital time and temperature display
Completed press alert
A temperature range of 0 – 500℉
A timer range of 0 – 999 seconds
Voltage of 110V
Weight of approximately 50 pounds
This machine also comes with a 3 month seller warranty, which can be extended at checkout with a 3rd party warranty.
There are also a ton of projects you can do with small presses. You are not even limited to small transfers, because they can simply be done in stages.
This 9 x 12 inch ePhoto heat press machine is more for craft and hobby use, rather than the Adidas t-shirt factory. It is a fun machine to make t shirts with and, as I always say, a good way to make heat press gifts for your friends and family.
A small heat press, size 10 x 12 inches, making it good for doing smaller transfers on smaller items
This machine has a Teflon coated heat platen which makes it non-stick – still use a Teflon sheet to be safe
Adjustable pressure knob to accommodate substrates of different thicknesses
It arrives ready to plug and play
Reaches a top temperature of 500℉
The timer can be set up to 999 seconds – though I don’t think there’s any transfer which takes even a tenth of that amount of time!
This is a 1200 watt machine
With a 100 volt power input
A weight of 33 pounds – about the weight of an average 3 year old child
The warranty on this small press is 3 months long – so make sure you get it up and running as soon as it arrives! You want to be sure there are no issues before the warranty expires. There are always extended warranties available fairly cheaper through Amazon as well or add the 2-Year Protection Plan as you check out (it’s so cheap it would be rude not to!).
What Heat Transfers Can I Press?
These machines will press all your standard transfers:
This is not an extensive list, but substrates you can press onto include:
Cotton and polyester garments
Canvas tote bags
T-shirts or sweatpants
Baby onesies or kids clothes
Some of these items are specialty products for heat pressing. For example, in order to do a successful sublimation transfer onto jigsaw puzzles or ceramic tiles, these items must have a special polymer coating. Ensure you are purchasing the appropriate item for your transfer.
What Do These Heat Presses Not Do?
The base is not threadable – this means you cannot slip a t-shirt over the base in order to only press the side receiving the transfer
You get what you pay for, and so keep in mind as you buy this, or any other cheap machine, that they may not be flawless. Of course, in terms of parts and labor they should be faultless, and you have a 3 month warranty against that, but what I mean is that they are not perfect top-of-the-line heat presses. You should not expect them to be as good as a US made machine.
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