This heat press comes with all the same basic features of other heat press machines costing under $200.
15 x 15 Inches
A 15 x 15 inch press is a great size – I wouldn’t go smaller (unless I was wanting a label press), and I would be hesitant to go larger.
15 x 15 is the perfect size for doing basically all sizes of t-shirt, and even if you are doing the odd XXXXXXL t-shirt, it’s easy enough to do it in two stages.
It is a clamshell heat press, which means it opens and closes, up and down. This machine does not lift up and then swivel to the left and right; it is not a swing-away model.
When it comes to buying a cheaper machine, you want to go for the clamshell style. They are more solid and robust, and there is less that can go wrong with them (in my opinion).
Digital Time & Temperature Display
This machine has the same, or similar, digital LCD time and temperature display as other inexpensive machines.
This is what makes a heat press better than an iron – you have more control. Set the time according to your vinyl manufacturers instructions, likewise with the temperature. The timer will beep when the timer has reached zero.
Manual Pressure Knob
The pressure, another reason heat presses are better than irons, is set by turning a knob on top. This is changed depending on the thickness of the item you are pressing, or depending on the vinyl. Some vinyls require more pressure, and some less. For example, Siser EasyWeed requires medium pressure.
Aluminium Heat Platen
The top plate (or platen) of the heat press is the one that gets HOT! It reaches temperatures of almost 500°F, more than hot enough for any kind of heat transfer you’re likely to do. This includes Rhinestones, all types of vinyl, inkjet, and so on.
The platen is Teflon coated, but you still ought to use a Teflon sheet to protect your press in the case of an accident. The lower silicon pad also helps to achieve the best transfers.
Here are the technical specifications of this press:
Voltage: 110 volts /60 hertz
Temperature Range: 0 – 390°F)
Time range: 0 – 999 seconds
Platen size: 15″ x 15″
Weight: Approx. 52 pounds
Digital Heat Press Problems
The same goes for all cheap heat press machines: some of them will break, or may not work at all when they arrive.
However, this is the exception to the rule. I estimate that maybe 5 out of 100 cheap presses will have a serious fault and need to be returned. Most people will get a great machine that does what it is made to do.
You also cannot expect too much from a cheap heat press. Realize that the best machines cost up to $4000+ (see the Hotronix Fusion, for example). Your cheap press is not going to feature and function like a $4000 press, but you can and should expect it to do what it is advertised as doing.
Super Deal Heat Press
Should you get the Super Deal Heat Press?
If the price is right, go for it! If I were looking at buying a new, cheap heat press, I would happily give it a go. I know that all these machines are basically the same at the end of the day, so I may as well get the one at the best price.
I have found that while the Super Deal heat press is priced very low, sometimes you still need to pay a little extra for shipping. Even including this, it works out to be among the cheapest heat press for sale.
Once you’ve ordered a press, here are a few articles that you’ve got to take a look at. Learn how to use your press now so that when it arrives you’re ready to go!