The 9 x 12″ Mpress heat press is one of the best small heat press machines that you can buy on a budget. It’s the only swing-away machine in the MPress range.
Small heat press machines like this are good for people doing:
labels & branding transfers
You can still press larger heat transfers as well, you will simply need to do it in 2 or 3 stages. While this is OK to do every once in a while, if you know you’ll be doing large transfers often, it would be best to go with a 15 x 15″ machine or larger.
Small presses are good for those who don’t have a lot of room! The 9 x 12″ MPress has a very small footprint, and can be stored away in a cupboard or closet far easier than a larger machine.
If this machine is your preferred size and fits your budget, I highly recommend it.
The 3 clamshell machines are essentially the same, but are (obviously) different sizes. A 15 x 15″ heat press is considered standard size (and this is the size I use mostly); while the 16 x 20″ & 16 x 24″ machines are considered large heat press machines.
If you are looking for a machine for home use, for crafts and customizing clothes for family and friends, a 15 x 15″ machine is great. Most of the transfers you do will be under 15 x 15 inches.
The difference is mostly in the quality of components, ease of use, and features. The costlier models:
have a smoother action – opening & closing the press, for example, is easier & smoother
better components – which may, for example, grant a more consistent & accurate temperature
more features – HPN Black Series machines, for example, have a secondary opening mechanism that makes opening the machine easier & safer
It’s going to depend on your budget as to which series of machine you go with. The MPress isn’t at all a bad press, it just doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as the next-level machines.
As far as the seller goes, in my opinion, there is no better heat press retailer than Heat Press Nation. They offer tech support on all their machines, and are constantly creating helpful and practical online content (Full Heat Press Nation Review). Also: