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Do you have questions about the Cricut EasyPress 2 vs Heat Press? Wondering what the biggest difference is? This FAQ Guide will answer all of your questions!
Last summer, Cricut announced their updated version of the EasyPress, the EasyPress 2. There were a lot of questions about what is different and what the upgrades were. And what is the difference between an EasyPress 2 and a heat press? Will a regular ol’ home iron work just as well?
So many questions, and where does one go to find all of the answers? Thankfully for you, I’m on it, and I’ll try to answer all of your questions in this post below. So let’s get started…
Cricut EasyPress 2 vs Heat Press:
What is the difference between the original EasyPress and the EasyPress 2? Is it really worth the extra cost?
The two biggest differences are size and maximum heat temperature. For size, the EP2 comes in a petite version (6×7″) which is my favourite version. The small size make it easy to transport, store, and use. It heats up in one minute! The standard 9×9″ version is also available still, and a larger, 12×10″ size. With regards to heat, the new EasyPress 2 can reach temperatures of 400 degrees.
I know 50 degrees may not seem like that big of a deal, but it actually is. By raising the temperature to 400, users are now able to use the EasyPress 2 for sublimation. (If you aren’t familiar with sublimation, you really should be! It is a method of printing that preserves the quality of the original image, and allows you to print and transfer bold and vibrant colors. You can purchase ready to press sublimation transfers on Etsy, or use these markers from artesprix to make your own designs.) I love the opportunities this opens up, even if 50 degrees doesn’t seem like that big of a change.
I wrote about my initial impression of the EasyPress vs. EasyPress 2 in this post.
Cricut EasyPress 2 vs Heat Press vs Home Iron?
When it comes to a home iron, they are not very effective at permanently adhering iron on to fabric because they temperature across it’s surface is very uneven. After a wash or two, most iron-on will start peeling off the garment. If you want professional looking results, I highly discourage you from using a home iron.
With regards to EasyPress vs heat press, there are some similarities, but also some big differences. Let’s start with the similarities. Both:
- heat to 400 degrees with even edge to edge heat.
- are steam free.
- have exact temperature controls and timers, so it’s easy to know how long to press.
When it comes to differences, here are the main things you need to know:
- Size: The EasyPress 2 is portable and lightweight compared to its heat press counterpart. A heatpress will require a sturdy and devoted space, whereas an EP2 can be tucked away and moved easily.
- Project Layout: With the design of a heat press, projects must be laid flat to fit between the two plates. An EasyPress 2 allows more freedom for users to press onto a wooden chair or a hat.
- Safety: Heat presses are very hot, and the top plate lifts to place the garment between the plates. This creates a potential for burning by touching a plate when placing the garment. It also requires a dedicated outlet and surge protection, and does not have an auto off feature.
For a more detailed comparison between a heat press and an Easy Press 2, you can view this post.
What size of EasyPress 2 is right for me?
One of the best features of the EasyPress 2 is the ability t0 have the perfect sized press for every project. Like I mentioned above, I love the smallest sized one. But depending on what you plan to use your EasyPress 2 for, a bigger press may suit you best.
The smallest size is best for projects like baby clothes, hats, scarves, and mittens. It’s lightweight size makes it perfect for crafting on the go! The medium sized EasyPress 2 is designed for projects like bags, aprons, tea towels, and smaller t-shirts. It’s still a portable option, but weighs just under 6 lbs (compared to the small EP2 at 3.3 lbs). Finally, the largest EasyPress 2 comes in at 8.6 lbs, and is still portable (especially compared to its heat press counterpart) but carries a little more weight. It is perfect for larger projects like wood signs, banners, adult sized clothing, and blankets.
If you’re still not sure which size works best for you, check out this detailed breakdown.
Can I use my EasyPress 2 on an ironing board?
All versions of the EasyPress need to be used on a sturdy surface. For instance, a marble countertop, a heavy table, or even the floor. This allows you to apply the needed pressure without forcing down on your work surface. An ironing board would definitely not be a great workspace. Use the EasyPress mat to make sure your surface is safe.
Speaking of which…
What is the EasyPress Mat?
There are three sizes of the EasyPress mat available – one to correspond with each EP2. These mats have heat resistant and moisture wicking layers that stop the high heat from damaging your work surface underneath. They are also padded and help achieve a flawless application! I would definitely recommend a mat for your EasyPress 2.
Is the EasyPress mat the same as the Protective Sheet?
No, the iron on protective sheet is a teflon sheet that covers your iron on before you apply heat to your project. It stops the iron on from melting, which is especially important if you are layering iron on and is a must have in my opinion.
Cricut EasyPress vs. Heat Press: Conclusion
I’m pretty sure I made it obvious that I love my EasyPress 2, all versions. When it comes to deciding between an EasyPress vs a heat press, however, it’s no question for me. Hands down, I would always choose an EasyPress.
I know there are so many more things I could answer about the new EasyPress 2, but next week, I will be sharing another post focused on how it can be used with iron on, and showcasing some of the fabulous types of iron on you can use. Until then, if you have a question that I didn’t answer, feel free to leave it below and I will do my best to respond!
Do you have an EasyPress? Which size did you decide on? Leave a comment or tag me on instagram (I’m @simplycraftedlife) with one of your creations. I can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!
PS – Looking for an EasyPress project to work on in the meantime? Here are some of my favourites:
Canvas Bag with Foil and Glitter Iron On / Reverse Canvas using EasyPress / Wooden Sign with EasyPress