The Best Heat Presses of 2020 [The Definitive Guide]

First, heat press machines run across a wide price range. While you may not find them at your local big box discount store, they can be relatively inexpensive. Especially those with the most basic features.

Remember, features like standard operation and clamshell release are more inexpensive. And, they are usually smaller, too.

Heat press machines can be as small as 6 x 6 inches[17]. And, they are perfect for small workpiece like labels.

However, if you are more of a weekend hobbyist, you may be able to use the 9 x 12-inch format. This size may be enough to cover most projects, as well as many small shop orders.

The 15 x 15-inch heat press[18] is the most common size sold for t-shirt printing.

If you need something bigger, you can go with a 16 x 20-inch press[19]. Heating presses of this size may be able to handle most projects you throw at it. For both home and professional use.

For example, the HIX SwingMan 20E[20] is a swing away version of this popular sized press.

Finally, if you will be printing banners and flags, you can pick up formats as large as 60 x 120-inch presses. But, keep in mind that machines this big are very expensive. The largest presses we carry today are 16 x 24[21] and 20 x 25[22] inches.

For machines this big, you can expect that it is air-operated. And, they take up a lot of power and are definitely not for home use.

Bottom Line:

Prioritizing your needs is one way to ensure you get the best heat transfer press your budget can afford. So, no need to buy an oversized machine if you don’t need one. Or, one with extra features that you aren’t going to use.

Buying Recap

Lastly, now that you are a little more familiar with heat press machines, here are the buying considerations again:

  • Clamshell or swing-away
  • Automatic or manual release
  • Standard or air-operated
  • Single or multi-use
  • Size
  • Budget

Taking these points into consideration, and then prioritizing, may ensure you find the best heat press machine for your needs.

The Best Heat Presses of 2020

So, now that you have thought about what you want from a heat press machine. It’s time to take a look at some of the best heat machines on the market.

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