For a number of reasons, sometimes a small heat press is going to be best for your situation.
Maybe it’s because:
you don’t have much space in your home
you have a limited budget
you only plan on doing small transfers (kids clothes, etc)
or you think big heat presses are ugly!
There are a lot of small heat press machines for sale, and I’m going to share the best with you today.
For the sake of this post, a mini or small heat press is a press with less than a 15 x 15 inch heat platen.
What Is The Best Small Heat Press?
Not everyone wants or needs a large heat press hanging around their home. As already mentioned, sometimes there isn’t the space, sometimes there isn’t the money for a larger one, and sometimes there just isn’t the need.
Mini heat press machines can still do most things a larger machine can do, simply on a smaller scale, or in more stages. You can still do a larger transfers in two or more stages.
The Cricut EasyPress is my top pick for ‘best small heat press’, especially for home and craft use. I own this machine myself, and find that it’s great for small jobs here and there. It can be purchased in 3 sizes: 6 x 7, 9 x 9, or 10 x 12 inches.
2. Fancierstudio 9 x 12 Inch Small Heat Press Machine
The Fancierstudio Small T Shirt Press Machine is one of the best small cheap presses. At 9 x 12 inches it obviously isn’t going to take up as much space as the larger machines and will be easier to store away when not in use.
Fancierstudio 9 x 12 Features
small 9 x 12 inch pressing area
digital time and temp display
able to do all heat transfers
silicon gel base
If you’re looking for a small and cheap t-shirt press, but don’t want the 9 x 9 inch Cricut Easy Press, this is a good choice. It has received good reviews over hundreds of sales. We’ve written more about Fancierstudio heat press machines here.
The 9 x 12 inch MPress is sold by Heat Press Nation. It is a strong and durable swing-away style heat press. It costs a little more than the cheapest machines, but you are buying from a much better seller. HPN offer fantastic support and customer service.
9 x 12 MPress Features
strong pressing handle
durable heating platen with full range of heating coils
0 – 400 F temperature range
110 volt power supply
I also like how this machine isn’t just black as well. It’s nice to see heat press machines in a range of colors! Find out more about the MPress Heat Press here, or click below to view the price.
Another Heat Press Nation machine, this is the 9 x 12 Black Series Heat Press. This machine is another quality level higher than the aforementioned MPress. In particular, the clamp construction is much stronger.
This machine is good for all heat press applications:
heat transfer vinyl
HPN 9 x 12 Black Series Features
good as a small commercial or business heat press
very strong pressing handle
better heating coils for faster and most consistent heating
improved electronic circuits
top micro-processor for perfect timing and temperature
This is one of the best small machines that is still very affordable. If you’re wanting to get a small t-shirt press for business, this machine is perfect.