Hat heat press machines come in two types: dedicated stand-alone machines, or as part of a multifunction heat press. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each style, and find out which is best for you.
All of the cap press machines that we’ve listed are suitable for sublimation, inkjet, or HTV transfers onto caps and hats. If your customers are asking for caps, or if you want to make them at home for friends and family, here are our recommendations.
The multifunction presses are reasonably priced and come with a variety of other heat press capabilities, while the stand-alone machines take up a lot less space and are easier to use.
Multifunction heat press machines usually have 5, 6 or 8 attachments. These include a t-shirt press, a cap press, a plate press, and a mug press. A press with more attachments has extra styles or sizes of those attachments. Usually there is only one size of cap press attachment.
To use the cap press option, you must remove the flat upper and lower platens from your heat press. You then screw in the cap press attachments, plug it into the power unit on the heat press machine, and you’re away.
Multiple pressing options
Quality options (like HPN)
Cheaper than buying separate machines
Have to change attachment platens
Usually more prone to fault
Some cheap multifunctions not designed so well
You will notice that most of the Amazon machines look very similar, or even identical. In fact, many of them are the same design, possibly built in the same factory, but imported and branded by different companies and individuals. If going for one of these machines choose the seller with the best reviews.
Consider a multifunction if:
You have limited space
Your budget is limited but you want to try our everything
You don’t want to press hats all the time, just every now and again
Best Cap Press Machine
In summary, I think the best idea is to go with a stand-alone machine if you are serious about pressing hats.
The best machines are the US made cap press machines: Stahls, Geo Knight, Hix, or Insta. They are all extremely good. We recommend Stahls and Insta in particular.
But, if you are drawn towards a multifunction, first consider the HPN options: Signature Series or Black Series. Those machines are much higher quality than any that you will find on Amazon, and they will last for a longer time. HPN also has great customer support, tech support, and heat press resources.
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