How To Pick The Best Heat Press For Your Needs

September 6, 2018

How To Pick The Best Heat Press For Your Needs

In 2016, the U.S. apparel market was worth $315 billion. By 2025, the market is expected to grow to a value of $385 billion. The global clothing and textile industry is currently worth an estimated $2.5 trillion for good reason as the average consumer spends an average of $1,700 on apparel and related services annual and with billions of people in the world, the clothing and textile industry is booming.

If you’re in the clothing business, a hat heat press can be a great addition to your business. With a hat heat press, you’ll be able to do inkjet transfers and heat transfer vinyl (HTV) transfers onto hats to give customers what they’re looking for.

A hat heat press usually comes in two forms: multifunction heat press machine or stand alone machine.

Multifunction presses can be purchased for a reasonable price and allow users to do a lot of other pressing functions. Stand-alone machines are easier to use and take up considerably less space. With each type of hat heat press, there are several pros and cons to consider:

Multifunction presses usually come with multiple attachments, sometimes as many as seven or eight, giving users multiple pressing options. These options can include a t-shirt press, a plate press and a mug press.

Pros of the multifunction press include:

  • Multiple press attachments
  • It takes up less room compared to getting all the same stand-alone alternatives
  • Cost effectiveness; they’re not much more than a stand-alone machine

Cons of the multifunction hat heat press include:

  • The hat heat press can sometimes be of a lower quality than the stand-alone machine
  • It can be difficult to change the attachments
  • Using the different attachments can make the multifunction machine deteriorate quicker due to the constant plate and plug changes
  • Holding the cap and transfer in place by yourself can be challenging

A stand-alone hat heat press is designed specifically for hats. It can be sometimes used for other functions, but as a stand-alone it is first and foremost a hat heat press.

Pros of the stand-alone include:

  • There’s no need to constantly be changing plates
  • It is a higher quality press and ultimately produces a better heat press transfer

Cons of the stand-alone machine include:

  • It takes up more space than a multifunctional machine
  • While it is higher quality, it can be more expensive
  • Since its main function is as a hat heat press, you may need to use it a lot to justify getting it

When trying to decide which press machine might work best for your needs, keep the following factors in mind:

  • How much space do you have?
  • What are you using the machine for?
  • What’s your budget like?

The answers to these questions will give you what you’re looking for. If you’re on a budget and want to try pressing things like t-shirts, mugs, caps and plates, then you need a multifunction press. If you’ve got money to spend, want something of higher quality and are primarily looking for a hat heat press, then a stand-alone machine is the way to go.

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