The Best Heat Presses of 2020 [The Definitive Guide]

Similar to your decision for manual versus automatic, standard is a good, inexpensive choice if your workloads are relatively small. Especially if you plan on using it in a small shop or at home.

However, if you will be handling large workloads on a regular basis, an air-operated press may be the way to go. It is a workhorse. But, it’s also expensive.

Single vs. Multi-purpose

Next, think long and hard about this question: What do you plan on printing on?

This may seem like a no-brainer. But, what you plan on printing on is almost as important as how you plan on printing.

Are you going to be working exclusively with t-shirts and sweatshirts[14]? Will you need to print on hats, too?

There are a couple of ways you can go about choosing the type of heat transfer press you need.

Best Heat Presses

First, you can choose a single purpose that can accept attachments. The attachment option gives you more flexibility to add other types of printing options after purchasing.

Or, you can buy a multi-purpose machine[15] from the onset. A multi-purpose heatpress transfer machine allows you to print on non-flat material. This includes caps, mugs, and even plates.

Does that mean a multi-purpose can’t print flat fabric like t-shirts and mousepads? Absolutely it can! Most multi-purpose presses also have the two platens for printing flat, too.

However, most people choose to buy attachments like the Geo Knight DC16[16] attachment for cap printing. Buying separate attachments are usually a more economical option for many people. Also, it gives you the option of expanding your printing variety when you need it without having to buy a separate machine.

Bottom Line:

Most people opt for a single-purpose machine. They are great starter presses, especially if you know you are only printing flat surfaces at first.

On the other hand, if you are starting out printing special surfaces you may want to invest in a multi-purpose press from the beginning.

Practical Considerations: Value and Space

Finally, let’s go over how much your dream machine will cost, and where you will put it. Your budget may be the deciding factor when you can’t decide between two models. And, where it’s going to reside may also help you decide.

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