Heat presses are simple, yet extraordinary tools that come in many sizes and shapes. In order to get the full list of the details and factors you need to consider, you would need an hour long content. But, at the end of a day, it all comes to these three things you will have to consider.

The maximum temperature

We all know that transferring a template from a paper to a T-shirt requires a lot of temperature. The best heat press will be able to reach a temperature of 7500 degrees Fahrenheit, which will help you get the best results and assist you with your projects. On the other side of a scale, we can see that the lowest temperature, you will need is 3500 degrees Fahrenheit. Presses with a lower maximum temperature are basic models used by beginners for minor applications.

A related matter is the heat distribution. It must be even, meaning that the entire surface will have the same temperature. If one part is heated more than the other, you won’t get a satisfactory result and your projects will look poor.

A heat press must be able to reach the maximum temperature within minutes or even seconds. The longer period of time is more common for entry-level units, while professional models can reach the maximum temperature within a minute. Luckily the situation is simple. Les-time needed is always a better choice.

Let’s also add that a heat press must be able to maintain the temperature at all times. This refers to the maximum temperature as well as to the different settings. Models that are unable to do this are considered as low-end heat presses.

The digital timer is a must, for manual heat presses

If you have an automatic heat press or a semi-automatic model with the automatic release, you don’t need a digital timer. If you have a manual unit, a timer is mandatory. You will have to consider this feature more than any other and you will definitely have to be able to use it.

The explanation is simple and obvious. Different mediums will need different durations in order to absorb the transfer. If you wait 2 seconds longer than you should, the entire project may be ruined. A digital timer will eliminate this risk.

Pressure and the controls you will use

Another main thing to consider is the pressure. Same as with duration, you must adjust the pressure and choose the one that matches your project the best. Don’t forget that a heat press must be able to apply the pressure adjustment almost instantly. By doing this, you decrease the risk or damages and you simply can use the same heat press for different applications.


If you understand and we believe you do, all of these factors, you will know which heat press you actually need and which one will meet all your expectations. If you are looking for something specific, include the size of a press and you will get the best answer.