A cap & hat press machine can be a wonderful addition to your business or craft room.
You will be able to do sublimation or inkjet transfers, or heat transfer vinyl (HTV) transfers onto caps and hats. If your customers are asking for caps, or if you’ve simply got a desire to make them, let’s find out all about them and discover which are best.
Hat Press Machines
You can either get a cap press as part of a multifunction heat press machine, or as a stand-alone hat press.
The multifunction presses are reasonably priced and come with a variety of other pressing abilities, while the stand-alone machines take up a lot less space and are easier to use. Stand alone machines also tend to be much better quality.
There are many more pros and cons to each option which we’ll now consider.
A multifunction heat press usually has 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.
Cap Press Pros
You get multiple presses
The cheaper machines are not much more than a stand-alone machine
A multifunction machine takes up far less room than were you to get all the stand-alone alternatives
Cap Press Cons
Difficult to change attachment platens
The multifunction machine can deteriorate quicker through constant platen and plug changes
It tends to be difficult to hold the cap and transfer in place in the press to clamp it shut – help is sometimes necessary
The cap press as part of a multifunction tends to be of lower quality than a stand-alone machine
The Best Multifunction Cap Press Machines
You will notice that most of the multifunction machines look very similar, or even identical. Many of them are the same design, possibly built in the same factory, but imported and branded by different companies and individuals. Therefore, the goal in this situation is about choosing the best seller with the best reviews.
The following are our favorite multifunction presses. You should consider these if:
You have limited space
Your budget is limited and you want to try pressing tees, cups, mugs, plates AND caps
You have someone that might be able to help you press caps if needed – sometimes you need more than two hands to hold everything in place to do the press!
In summary, I think the best idea is to go with a stand-alone machine if you are serious about pressing hats.
They are a better machine that will be easier to use. But, if you are simply wanting a cap press to play around with – to test out the odd cap here and there, I would go for a multifunction. That way you can play around with all the different presses.
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