If you’ve been looking for a heat press for any length of time, you’ve probably seen a variety of F2C heat press machines for sale on Amazon.
The brand has been around for many years now, which is a good sign when looking for a new press! The machines are popular, and the seller has been well reviewed. But we’re glad you’re here to find out some more information before buying!
There are usually around 5 F2C heat press machines, including:
F2C Direct is the shop front of F2C heat press machines. This seller has been in business since 2014, and has very positive overall customer satisfaction ratings.
These machines are very similar to other machines available from other sellers, which makes it hard to decide which Amazon seller to buy from. Because they do have a very high overall customer satisfaction rating, they are worth considering.
F2C heat press machines are most widely used for applying heat transfers to t-shirts (not including the mug press!), but here are some other items you might like to try as well:
Cotton and polyester garments (shirts, polos, tees)
Sublimation transfers require the most heat (around 400℉) and can be the trickiest transfer to get right. You can see our article on sublimation transfers for more info.
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 sublimation blanks (which has a polymer coating).
Ensure you are purchasing the appropriate item for your transfer.
15 x 15 inch machines are a good size to have for home use. It’s not so small that you have trouble pressing large t-shirts, but not so big that it dominates the room it is in. Clamshells are also a good style for in the home or garage, not needing a ton of space to open and swivel around.
Features of this heat press include:
Digital LCD time and temperature display
A suitably thickened top platen to provide an even pressure
Adjustable pressure knob allowing for different thickness substrates
Solid steel frame making it very hard wearing
Teflon coated heat platen to prevent disaster if you pressed down on the wrong side of a heat transfer (for example). You might also like to pick up some spare Teflon sheets as an extra precaution.
Heats up in about 15 minutes
Can press transfers no larger than 14 x 14 inches
Weighs approx. 50 pounds
Temp: 0 – 400℉
Timer: 0 – 999 seconds
You should plug your heat press into a power socket on its own, rather than into a power board with other electronic devices. This will keep you from blowing any fuses.
They might be right for you if you’re just wanting to play around and practice transferring onto these other substrates, but for business purposes you may want to choose a higher quality machine from the article linked above.
This heat press has a 12 x 15 inch flat platen for doing your t-shirts and other flat surfaces, but also comes with the following attachments:
5 inch max diameter plate press
6 inch max diameter plate press
11 ounce mug press
6 x 3 curved cap press
These additional presses attach to the main body either by switching out the flat platens, or by plugging into the control panel.
This video will give you a good idea as to how they work.
These multifunction machines are fantastic for those wanting to have a go with a variety of heat transfers on different surfaces.
It can be cool pressing onto a plate, but how often are you going to really use it? Though if you have kids it can be a lot of fun putting their favorite characters onto their dinner plates – it might even encourage them to eat!
Other features to keep in mind:
This heat press is a swing-away style machine
Choose either Fahrenheit or Celsius
As stated, it can take attachment presses
One year limited warranty
32 – 430℉ temp. range
0-999 time range
Weighs 50 pounds
It comes with a brief user’s manual, like most of the Chinese made presses do. They can be difficult to follow but don’t let that put you off. There are plenty of YouTube videos and conversations in forums (or in the question and answer section on Amazon) that will be able to help you get going.
F2C heat press machines are great for the right people.
I would describe them as ‘entry-level machines’, which are best for home and hobby use. F2C are definitely one of the better sellers of these machines, but they are still prone to having faults.
An better alternative to the F2C heat press is the MPress from Heat Press Nation. These cost a little more, but you will have greater peace of mind, especially if you are need a heat press for business. For more info about their range of machines, check out this HPN review.
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