F2C Heat Press Machines: Are They Any Good?

Whether you’ve been on the hunt for a heat press machine for a long time or a short time, it’s likely you’ve come across the F2C branded selection.

 

F2C sell a number of heat press machines on Amazon, including:

 

In this post we’re going to tell you about F2C, how their machines compare with others on the market, and we’ll take a look at a few of their machines.

 

 

Who Are F2C?

 

SuperBowl Hero is the parent company of the F2C brand. You will see that F2C products are ‘shipped and sold by SuperBowl Hero.’ They have been in business since 2014 and have very positive overall customer satisfaction ratings.

 

This brand have products in multiple categories. Besides heat press machines, they sell items in ‘patio, lawn and garden’, ‘kitchen and dining’, and ‘sports and outdoors’, just to name a few. All up, they have hundreds of products.

 

F2C possibly stands for ‘factory to consumer,’ which describes a business model where the customer is buying direct from the manufacturer. Technically, I don’t think this is quite the model SuperBowl Hero is using. Maybe they just liked the name?

 

Are These Heat Presses Similar To Other Machines?

 

Yes, these machines are very similar to other machines available from other sellers. This makes it hard to decide which Amazon seller to buy from.

 

A good thing F2C has going for them from the outset is a very high overall customer satisfaction rating. You can see it on their Amazon Seller’s page here – at the time of writing they have a lifetime positive rating of 97%!

 

What Can These Machines Press?

 

These 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)
  • Sports jerseys
  • Tote bags
  • Coated ceramic tiles
  • Sweatpants
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Mousepads
  • Baby or kids clothes
  • Wooden items
  • Dog tags, license plates and other metals

 

What can you press onto these items? Well, there are all sorts of heat transfers that you can get into. You can buy transfers pre-made, otherwise you will need further equipment to produce your own. Making your own vinyl transfers will require vinyl sheets and a cutting machine, while making ink transfers will require a printer and transfer paper.

 

Here are some of the types of transfer you can do:

  • Heat transfer vinyl (HTV) such as Siser EasyWeed 
  • Smoothed, flocked or glittered HTV
  • Rhinestones
  • Inkjet transfers
  • Sublimation transfers
  • And the major majority of transfer papers

 

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 have a special polymer coating. Ensure you are purchasing the appropriate item for your transfer.

 

F2C 15 x 15 Black Digital Clamshell Heat Press

 

F2C’s 15 x 15 inch heat press is a solid home and hobby heat press machine – it might also be suitable for a small start up t-shirt business.

 

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

 

Other 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

 

Specs

 

  • 110 volts
  • Weighs approx. 50 pounds
  • Temp 0 – 400℉
  • Timer 0 – 999 seconds
  • 1200 watts

 

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.

 

Other 15 x 15 Presses You Should Consider

 

I would also have a look at the USCutter 15 x 15 heat press machine. While this machine is very similar in performance and price, USCutter is one of the best sellers you can buy from.

 

The Promo Heat 15 x 15 is also another winner of a press.

 

F2C 12 x 15 Swing-Away Heat Press

 

This particular machine is sold under a number of brands – you might like to check out the following and choose the cheapest if you’re wanting this size!

 

If you search for 12 x 10 heat press on Amazon you will see there are about 10 machines which are identical! That’s because they are – we have written about this phenomenon in our article ‘Why Do So Many Heat Press Machines Look The Same?.

 

Features

 

Here are some of the features of this heat press:

  • Swing-away style
  • Industrial strength build
  • Digital time and temperature display
  • About a 20 minute heat up time
  • You are able to adjust the pressure to the thickness of your substrate

 

Specs

 

  • 0 – 400℉ range of temperature
  • 0 – 999 range of time (though I wouldn’t put anything in for 999 seconds!)
  • 110 volts
  • 800 watts
  • Weighs 25 pounds

 

Benefits Of A Small Heat Press

 

Some benefits of a small heat press include:

  • Being a small size makes it ideal for craft and hobby use. Not so great if you’re doing lots of large t-shirts, but fantastic for kids clothes and baby onesies.
  • Easy to store away if you don’t have a dedicated room for your t-shirt creating.
  • Easier to transport than a larger machine.
  • And of course they’re cheaper!

 

And it can press all the same transfers onto the same substrates as the 15 x 15 clamshell press above.

 

F2C Pro 5 in 1 Digital Transfer Sublimation Heat Press

 

This multifunction heat press will allow you to get into mug, plate and cap pressing as well. We have a general article on multifunction heat presses in which we tell you the pros and cons of such machines. 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 they can be a bit dodgy.

 

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.

 

 

Features

 

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!

  • 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

 

Specs

 

  • 1200 watts
  • 110 volts
  • 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 also has a 6 piece multifunction press. The only difference between the 5 in 1 and the 6 in 1 is an added 10 ounce mug press.

 

F2C Digital Transfer Sublimation Mug Press

 

 

F2C also have a cheap standalone mug press. It is usually a better idea to get a dedicated mug press if you are serious about mug pressing.

 

Features

 

This model comes with 2 sizes of press:

  • 3.1 – 3.5 inch diameter (top and bottom measurements) with a 9 inch length and 4.5 inch height
  • 3.5 – 2.5 inch diameter (top and bottom measurements) with a 4 inch height
  • Digital time and temperature display
  • You can shift the pressure to fully suit your size and shape of cup
  • Choose either Fahrenheit or Celsius

 

Specs

 

  • 110 volts (like all presses sold in America!)
  • 0 – 430℉ temperature range
  • 0 – 240 second time choice

 

Brittany from Conde TV shows you the process of pressing a transfer onto a mug in this video using a Geo Knight DK3 mug press.

 

 

F2C also have some basic use instructions within the Amazon listing.

 

What Else Do I Need?

 

You will definitely need to purchase heat tape along with this machine to secure your transfers to your mugs.

 

Other things you’ll need:

  • A printer with ink suitable for transfers 
  • Mugs suitable for transfers 

 

And of course you will need a computer and either a program to create your own designs, or another source of transfer designs.

 

Conclusion

 

F2C have some good heat press machines for the right people. I would describe them as ‘entry-level machines’. They are not really designed for full-time use in a busy workplace, but rather for home and hobby use. They would make great Christmas or birthday presents for the loved one who enjoys creating things.

 

Make sure you check out some of the other machines we’ve reviewed on our site (like the USCutter 15 x 15 heat press or the Promo Heat 12 x 10 heat press before going all in with F2C – but after you’ve had a look and if you’re still fond on these machines, go for it!

 

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