Are you trying to find a small heat press?
A heat press machine is a fairly simple device that uses strength, pressure, and ultra-high temperatures to imprint a design to a substrate, such as a T-shirt.
If you want to transfer graphics to smaller products, such as baby oneness, ceramic tiles, small bags or pockets, you can get a mini press machine of your own.
If you wish to work on shirts, we do recommend that you invest in a larger press. You can find a guide to help you find the right t shirt press for you here.
Whatever you decide, a tiny heat press machine is a great place to start. You can choose between various features and prices, so do some research before you buy one.
In this article, we will look at the best small format heat press machines of this year.
Best Mini Heat Press Comparison Chart
Below is a comparison chart to feature the top small press machines which is mentioned later in this article. You can then read my reviews below.
6 x 7"
9 x 9"
12 x 10"
9 x 12"
9 x 12"
3 x 3"
9 x 12"
3.5 x 2″
9 x 9"
6 x 8"
6 x 6"
3.5 x 2″
Guide to Buying a Heat Press
Find below some helpful guidelines that you can follow to help you find the right small press for your needs.
Decide on the size of your small heat press depending on the items you’re planning to work with.
For smaller details, such as baby clothes, you can use a 3” x 3” or 6” x 6” heat press.
But if you want to apply small graphics to regular sized t-shirts, bags, or pillows, you should always look for machines that are at least 9” x 9” in size. This will cover the middle area of your t-shirt well, but you’ll need a larger heat press for larger applications.
Some small heat presses are big enough for flags, banners, extra-large clothes, and many other things. A heat press that is 15” or larger is usually considered to be medium-sized. Here is a great article that looks at sizes more closely.
When it comes to price, many factors come into consideration. Whilst you can find the mini presses for around $50, a more versatile 9” x 12” heating press can be bought for only slightly more at around $120. The price grows depending on the size.
In this article, you will find a few extremely expensive small heat presses. That’s because they are of impeccable quality, from trusted manufacturers, and they’re meant for professional use.
You should always look for a small heat press that can go up to at least 400°F. This heat is enough for most types of fabric in any color. It is also important to remember that different types of vinyl requires different temperature settings.
You can browse through our heat transfer vinyl reviews here to learn more.
For example, you can transfer a colored graphic to a normal T-shirt with 300°F. However, a cotton T-shirt will require a little more heat to transfer perfectly, so it is best to set the temperature to at least 380°F. Polyester, on the other hand, needs a lower temperature, so you should use at most 280°F.
That’s why you should always choose a small heat press that has an adjustable temperature bar. It’s important to know exactly how hot your heat press will be.
Small Heat Press Machine Reviews
So what is the best small press? Here are some reviews to help you decide.
I will outline the top features, the pros and cons of each in detailed reviews, which should help you choose the best small heat press 2021 has on offer.
1. Cricut EasyPress 2 Review (Best Handheld Heat Press)
This small hand press machine is an upgraded version of its predecessor and it is an affordable small heat press machine for various-sized projects.
Depending on what kind of area you want to cover, you can decide between three different sizes.
- The 6” x 7” model is great for small surface such as hats, bibs, clothes for toddlers, etc.
- With 9” x 9”, you can design bags, T-shirts, pillows, and other medium-sized things.
- In the end, you may get a 12” x 10” press for larger clothes, and even flags or smaller banners.
Setting the temperature and time in a couple of taps will help you create the perfect conditions for various types of fabric or other surfaces.
The temperature goes up to 400°F. Once you hear the beep, you’ll know that you’re done. Unlike with a regular iron, there’s no need for guesswork.
With the heavy press and careful temperature control, you can easily make sure that the design will stick after you wash it multiple times.
The machine comes with a convenient handle, and a safety stand to put it away when you’re done.
If you forget to turn it off, an automatic switch will do it for you. That means no more worrying if you’ve left the heat press on.
The only downside comes with the size; since even the largest size will fit your hand, you won’t be able to cover areas larger than a medium-sized pillow.
Whilst the 10 x 12" is a great small t shirt press, we do find that we have to do multiple presses for larger size shirts.
It might also be tricky to get the correct pressure, as you apply to apply this manually with your own body strength.
- Convenient and portable - a handheld heat press
- Comes in different sizes
- Temperature and timer setting
- Automatic turn-off switch
- Very small, unable to cover larger areas
2. Fancierstudio 9 x 12" Heat Press Review
Whether you just want to make T-shirts for you and your family, or you are looking to start a business, this heat press machine should fit your needs, and it falls into an affordable price range.
With the width of 12”, it is great for large T-shirts, banners, and flags. It comes with a Teflon sheet and a silicone-gel pad that you can easily replace once it wears out.
It also has digital controls to set your temperature and time. It can go up to a fabulous 500°F.
We also love that it is a swing away style press, which allows for precision work and transfer placement.
To use it, simply place a design on the surface that you want to transfer it to, and press the handle. Then, you can set up the timer and temperature.
The machine presses down with an industrial strength, making sure every single inch is transferred.
Even though we prefer a 15 x 15" press for shirts, this might just be the best small heat press for t-shirts if you are short on table top space in your craft room.
- Great value
- Easily movable from place to place
- Industrial-strength pressure
- Swing Away Style
- Slightly too loose before locking your design – requires steady hands
3. ePhotoInc 9 x 12" Heat Press Machine Review
Similar to the previous options on the list, this heat press machine will make awesome T-shirts in a matter of minutes.
Simply put your design on the surface, pull the handle down and press the pressure knob. There’s a small LCD monitor you can use to adjust the correct time and temperature before you start the transfer.
With the dimensions of 9” x 12”, you can cover T-shirts of almost all sizes. But you can also use this heat press for other things.
For example, you can make your own mugs, bags, towels, ceramic plates, etc. However if you want to do mugs, we do recommend you invest in a mug press instead.
Since it is quick and easy to handle, you can test the machine many times before you get perfect results.
With digital time and temperature settings, a top of 500°F and swing-away design, this really is a fabulous choice.
- Good for both personal and commercial use
- Easy to use
- Set your own time and temperature
- Swing-Away Style
- Can’t cover a surface bigger than a large T-shirt
4. MyPress Gen 2 Review
My Press is a serious heat press machine with a hefty price tag and features that justify the cost. It is a fabulous, mini portable heat press machine if you work on small-scale designs of 3 x 3".
This heat press is an efficient, reliable machine that gives you everything you may need.
First of all, it weighs only 14 lbs. and has a handle on top so you can move it around effortlessly. It requires minimum strength to set everything up, and then you let the machine do the rest.
Once you set it up, it will work with industrial strength and 6 tons of pressure.
Along with a maximum heat of 250°F, it provides more than 2.5 hours of non-stop work, and you should get perfect results every time.
It is made from high-quality stainless steel and comes with a lifetime warranty. Once you buy it, you’ll probably have a heat press for life.
- Full-featured small heat press
- Easy to use
- Lifetime warranty
- A great choice for commercial use
- Extremely pricey
5. Transfer Crafts 9 x 12" Heat Press Review
This swing-away heat press is an affordable 9” x 12” option, ideal for T-shirts and medium-sized objects.
It can maintain a temperature of up to 500°F for as much as 25 minutes. Since it has an aluminum plate, it should even out the heat and make your design transfer perfectly.
If you want to print some designs to a larger surface, you can opt for the 15” x 15” heat press from the same manufacturer.
This one is a little bit heavier, weighing 50 lbs., but you can still carry it around with some effort.
Both models work the same way. First, you should set the time and temperature on a small built-in LED screen.
Then, pull down the handle, press the pressure button and wait until it finishes.
- Comes at a good price
- Built-in LED screen for temperature and time control
- Swing-Away style
- A larger model is available (15” x 15”)
- Has a toxic smell for first few uses
6. DODODUM Portable Mini Heat Press Machine Review
The DODODUM Mini Easy Press machine is perfect for small or unique heat transfer projects .
Essentially it is a 'copy' of the Cricut Mini Press, but it comes at a much cheaper price tag which is why it is so popular.
The press is obviously very small which makes it easy to carry around (you can even travel with this baby).
Just like with the Cricut mini press it comes with three different heat settings: Low temperature: 284℉(140℃), Medium temperature: 320℉(160℃), High temperature：374℉（190℃).
It also comes with the safety base that you might be used to seeing with portable presses.
All in all this is a solid press if you are after something small and compact.
I love these sizes for when I'm working on curved surfaces such as shoes and caps. I also use it for canvases, pockets and onesies.
- Very small and easy to carry
- Equipped with an insulated safety base
- Automatic turn-off switch after 10 min of inactivity
- Can only be used under 110-120V
7. O BOSSSTOP Portable 9 x9" Press Machine Review
If you’re looking for a small heat press for T-shirts, consider this portable, easy-to-use machine.
Since it has a convenient handle, you can use it instead of a normal iron.
There’s a small display from which you can adjust the temperature and timer. Once you find the ideal combination for your transfers, you can always return to the same settings.
A small beep will inform you that the process is finished and that you can lift your press up.
The heat press comes with a silicone mat to provide a safe and comfortable surface to work with.
You can use it to place an object such as a T-shirt, bag, hat, etc. Then place the design and a Teflon sheet, adjust the time and temperature, and you are good to go.
You will also get a safety pad to place this heating pad in. If you don’t use the heat press for more than 30 minutes, it will turn off automatically.
For personal use, this heat press machine could be the perfect choice.
The downside is that the timer works only up to 300 seconds, which is up to thirty times lower than with some other machines on this list.
Also, it covers an area of 9” x 9”, which is a bit smaller than usual.
- Small and portable
- Can be an occasional replacement for a regular iron
- A timer that signals when it finishes work
- A special safety pad to put your heat press in
- You have to apply pressure manually using your own body strength.
8. Geo Knight DK8 6 x 8" Heat Press Review
You can use this great heat press to transfer tiny details to a bigger surface.
The iron pad is around 6” x 8” in size, so it is perfect for applying details to pockets, transferring small logos and other applications without pressing the area around it.
There are two more tables that you can use for even more finesse – one is 3” x 3”, and the other is 3” x 5”.
With larger heat presses, you need to guess the area correctly when applying smaller details. It is far too easy to position the detail incorrectly and only notice when it’s already late. But with this small Geo Knight heat press machine, you’ll always hit the target.
On the digital screen, you can set the timer and temperature. But, before you decide to get this heat press, you should know that it is one of the most expensive ones on the list.
It offers you some great features and impressive durability, but it’s not the best choice if you are on a tight budget.
- Made for detailed applications
- Quality material and reliable
- Lifetime warranty for its heat plate
- Premium Price tag
9. Hotronix 6 x 6" Heat Press Review
The Hotronix is another small, portable heat press that can transfer the smallest applications to your t-shirts and other objects.
It has a convenient design that doesn’t require a lot of space. On the other hand, you get a very durable machine you can use to decorate your pockets, children’s clothing, and other small areas.
With a built-in LED screen, you can adjust time and heating in two different periods. You can either set it for two-step transfer, or for pre-application heating and the transfer itself.
It will magnetically lock the two heating plates until the process finishes. In the end, the press will open automatically thanks to the same magnetic mechanism, so there’s no chance of overheating or over application.
On the downside, you’ll need to spend a lot of money to get this heat press. You get immense quality and a lifetime warranty in exchange.
- Great use of space
- The magnetic mechanism guarantees easier locking and automatic opening
- Made for detailed applications
- Two-period timer
- The most expensive heat press on the list
10. Cricut Mini Press Review (Best Portable Heat Press)
With this mini heat press machine, you will have a carry-around lightweight, compact press wherever you go.
It is a fabulous for products that can be tricky to press with a large bulky press. We are talking about things such as hats, shoes, or stuffed animals.
This portable press is even smaller than other small heat presses, so you can pack it up with your luggage and take it on a trip.
You can use it to decorate small accessories or add some eye-catching details to your clothes. It is also great for when you want to press items that are close to seams or buttons.
It has three simple heat settings and you can also even use the press with Cricut's new infusible ink transfers. The press plate is only 3” x 2”.
In my opinion not a very practical product, but could be fabulous if you work on really small-scale designs.
- Extremely small and portable
- Heats up quickly
- Auto shut-off feature
- Small 3 x 2" plate
- Tiny press surface (which can be a pro too)
As you can see, getting a proper heat press can be a tough job. It all depends on your plans, the types of applications that you want to do, and your budget. Finding the right combination of these features will lead you to the best heating press.
If you want a really small heating press for tiny details, you can opt for the Cricut EasyPress 2, it is great for hobby use at home.
The My Press Gen 2 is another great option for commercial-use if you can't reach the premium price tag on the GeoKnight or Hotronix presses and prefer a small press size of 3 x 3".
Hopefully, once you know what you need, you’ll start applying your designs in no time.
Remember that you can always invest in a bigger heat press machine if your business takes off. You can also use small heat presses with 15” wide heating pads, which is enough to print on a small banner or an extra-large T-shirt.
If you’re not sure yet if this is your passion, one of the more affordable heat presses on our list can be a great way to start experimenting.
Now that you have found a new press for your home or business, why not hop over to our DIY craft blog section. We have loads of tutorials, project examples as well as step-by-step posts to help you get started.