Cricut Heat Press – Everything You Need To Know Before You Buy

Cricut heat press

Better than an iron and more sophisticated than a regular heat press. Today we are going to be talking about a Cricut heat press. It’s the Cricut Easy Press and we are going to go over everything you need to know before you throw it in the cart and buy. Let’s get started.

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What Is A Cricut Heat Press Actually For?

A heat press such as the ones made by Cricut are for applying heat transfer vinyl or designs to a surface permanently.

There are many surfaces you can apply heat transfer material to. Many people want to buy a heat press if they are interested in making things like t-shirts with decals or other similar items.

What Cricut Heat Presses Are Available?

Currently there are 3 sizes of Cricut heat press on the market and an additional size specifically for mugs. Depending on the size of your projects you may want to consider getting a bigger or smaller Cricut heat press.

Available Sizes

  • Large 12 inches x 10 inches
  • Regular 9 inches x 9 inches
  • Mini 3.62 inches x 6.3 inches
  • Mug Press

Each size of Cricut heat press has its benefits depending on the type of project you are doing. If you are wanting to make large decaled t-shirts the 12″x10″ could cover the surface and apply in one easy step.

Cricut heat press

The 9″x9″ is an all around great size for pretty much any HTV project, but also easier to take with you on the go.

Cricut heat press

The mini size is just right for smaller projects like adding decals to canvas shoes or other small or awkward surfaces like hats. This size is of course extremely easy to use and portable.

Cricut mini press

The newest heat press of course is the Cricut mug press. You no longer have to awkwardly apply heat to your curved mugs for sublimations!

Cricut mug press

What Features Can I Expect From A Cricut Easy Press 2 Heat Press?

Cricut easy presses feature a unique heat plate with a ceramic coated surface. This ensures an even distribution of heat for professional heat transfer vinyl (HTV) application each and every time.

Unlike a traditional clothing iron which unevenly distributes heat and could ruin your project entirely, the easy presses by Cricut are designed just for HTV projects of all kinds.

What You Get With The 12″ x10″ and 9″x 9″ Easy Press 2

  • Incredibly professional iron on results in just 60 seconds or less
  • Exact and precisely controlled temperature up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Insulated resting base & shut off safety feature
  • USB port feature for future updates
  • A practice project
  • Light weight

What You Get With The Cricut Easy Press Mini

  • Compact size for small or unusual projects of all kinds
  • 3 Convenient heat settings for heat vinyl projects and infusible ink projects
  • An insulated base and safety shutoff feature
  • Extremely light weight (1.5 pounds)

What You Get With The Cricut Mug Press

  • Optimized press for infusible ink sublimation transfers
  • Custom mug making abilities
  • No manual temperature or pressure settings
  • Heats with patent pending heat plate for even heat distribution

How do I use a Cricut heat press?

Honestly these heat presses are simple to use. Simply plug them in and set the heat setting according to the material you are using. How would you know what heat setting to use?

Cricut heat press settings

All you have to do is access the heat guide which can be found here and simply select the heat-transfer material you are using as well as the base material.

After you’ve selected your materials you will be given the perfect time and temperature to set your Cricut heat press to.

Once you’ve selected the correct setting your heat press will heat up as expected. Then all you have to do is press the Cricut button to start your timer and hold it lightly onto your project surface until the press beeps!

Of course every project is unique so definitely follow the instructions that Cricut has for you.

What types of projects can I make with a Cricut heat press?

There are so many unique possibilities for creating things with a Cricut Easy Press 2, Easy Press Mini, or even the Cricut Mug Press.

Many people are using these presses to bring their creations to life and some even run their very own online shop or Etsy store.

T-shirts are one of the top creations you could make with a Cricut Easy press. They sell pretty well as clothing is always a popular option. Especially if you have a one of a kind idea for t-shirt design.

I particularly love this video tutorial that shows how to use the Cricut Easy Press 2 with a Cricut machine SVG design.

You can also apply HTV or infusible ink designs to

  • Tote bags
  • Hats
  • Canvas Shoes
  • Wood Signs
  • Mugs
  • Plates
  • Trays
  • Lots more!

Are you thinking about purchasing a Cricut heat press?

Things to consider: Do you want to make heat transfer vinyl projects to sell or gift? Are you considering running an Etsy shop or something similar?

If you answered yes to either of those questions you may be ready to get a Cricut Easy Press 2, Cricut Easy Press Mini, or even the Cricut Mug Press to get started right away.

You can find all of the Cricut heat presses linked conveniently here!

Why can’t I use a household heating iron?

Many household heating irons are often small or oddly shaped. This leaves a very uneven or small heating surface for your projects.

Heating presses yield much more professional results. Uneven heat application can lead to improperly fixed HTV that may fall off or even not apply at all.

Much more pressure is needed when using a household heating iron. Not only this, but there is little to no control of heat distribution. This can lead to unsightly heat marks or even melted vinyl.

That being said, household irons are still an option if you are very careful.

Pros And Cons Of Owning A Cricut Heat Press


  • Evenly distributed heating surface due to ceramic coating and design.
  • Safety features including raised resting base and automatic shut off.
  • Easy to use with heat guide settings.
  • Lightweight.
  • A heat press is available for any size of project including mugs.
  • Clear digital window shows you the temperature and timer.
  • Beeps to let you know when finished heating.
  • More reliable than household iron.


  • Price could be out of range for some
  • May seem complicated to use at first

The Takeaway

While these Cricut presses may feel a bit pricey I believe they are worth it overall. With the amount of projects you are able to make using these presses you could easily sell them to make your money back in a short time.

Whether you are gifting or selling your creations you could absolutely benefit from how easy and ergonomic these presses are to use.

They are much more user friendly than a traditional household heating iron and of course yield much more professional results.

In my opinion the choice is pretty clear if you are interested in making and applying HTV decals or infusible ink to your projects regularly. I would recommend these Cricut heat presses to anyone looking for a quality press.

I hope this post helps you make an informed decision when it comes to buying a Cricut heat press!

Feel free to leave a comment about the lineup of Cricut heat presses and your experience with using them. I would also love to hear what you’ve made using them if you have! You can send pictures of your projects to [email protected] for a chance to be featured on the website!

Also, if you enjoyed this post you may like a few of my others!

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18 thoughts on “Cricut Heat Press – Everything You Need To Know Before You Buy”

  1. I just saw the mug press the other day for the first time on TikTok, and it looked like a great option! I’m sure that many people try to tackle their projects with an iron in terms of bandanas, t-shirts, etc., but that would be incredibly challenging with a mug. No?
    I’d love to hear your thoughts on the recent Cricut drama regarding their pricing for monthly plans and what they include.

    1. The mug press is super impressive and innovative in my opinion. I don’t own one yet but it is on my short list of craft items. As far as the Cricut drama I do plan to write a post about that soon! Stay tuned Britt! 😀

    1. I wish I had more time in my day because of really love making things with my Cricut tools. T-shirts are something I’ve always wanted to get into. I recently made a shirt for my son’s birthday and it turned out great!

  2. Oh, I love this post, Shyla! For Christmas last year, I got my nephew some shirts I designed but I just used an iron and transfer sheets. This would be much easier and durable haha I sold my cricut 3 years ago and I have yet to purchase a new one! Thank you for sharing xx

    Lynn |

    1. You can definitely make a regular iron work but since I started using Cricut heat presses I am in love. Not to mention I don’t have to worry about messing up my projects as much. Maybe you’ll find something from Cricut you enjoy!

  3. This is super helpful. When I buy my own property. I will have an office and then I will want to purchase lots of crafting supplies. Thank you for sharing your honest review.

    Lauren xx

  4. Very very detailed and also the first post of yours I’m doing. I feel like a dummy I didnt know about this. I thought all such vinyl printing was only ever done commercially but didnt know devices to use at home are also there in the market. Well I would personally like to use this for every kind of stationary items and gifting. Thanks for sharing Shyla. ××
    Isa A. Blogger

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