The Best Heat Presses of 2020 [The Definitive Guide]

Generally, the steps are as follows:

  1. Turn on the machine
  2. Adjust the time and temperature
  3. Lay the material across the bottom platform
  4. Warm up the material for a few seconds
  5. Lay the fabric you want to be printed onto the platform, print face down
  6. Put transfer paper on top
  7. Bring the handle down and set the timer
  8. Lift the handle when the timer goes off
  9. Allow the print 24 hours to lock in

However, keep in mind that each machine may be different. So, always check with your enclosed manual first. But, heat press transfer machines are relatively easy to use.

How to Choose the Right One for You?

So, now you are ready to take the plunge. You want a heatpress transfer machine. So, how do you choose the perfect one for you?

Well, the best heat transfer machine for you depends on your own individual needs. Here are a few of the main considerations to think about.

Types of Heat Presses

In your research, you may encounter different types of heating presses. The two main types you will see are the clamshell[6] and the swing-away[7] heatpress transfer machine.

Both are considered flatbed heating presses. And, they are the most popular types on the market.

Clamshell vs. Swing-away

So, which do you need? Is a clamshell the best for your needs? Or, maybe you would rather invest in a swing-away?

The answer depends on different factors.

If you want extra workspace for your material, you may want to consider a swing-away. Swing-aways have an upper platen that can move for extra room to load the material. As you may expect, they need a little more space. Because the platen needs room for movement.

Here is a list of our favorite 15 x 15 swing away heat presses[8].

On the other hand, the clamshell has a stationary upper platen. You simply bring the upper portion down on top of the fabric to press.

When positioning your fabric, you lift the upper platen all the way up. This will give you full access to the bottom platform.

Clamshell heat transfer machines are generally less expensive. And, they have a small footprint because they don’t need extra space to swing the heating platen away.

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