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Circuit EasyPress Review

by Carole Lokey


Overall Rating
4.3

Introduction

Compatibility with other brands of heat transfer material, portability, and ease of storage make the Easypress a must-have tool for any workshop. If you’re looking for a fast and reliable way to complete an ironing project, then the Cricut Easypress machine is your best bet.



Product Overview

The Cricut Easypress machine is designed to offer professional iron-on results in a minute or less. This machine combines the speed of a conventional heat press and the convenience of a typical iron box to deliver fast and foolproof results that will last long even after repeated washes. Its evenly heated plate and easy to use controls put it head and shoulders above most iron-on boxes on the market. It rocks variable temperature control settings up to 350°F (180°C) making it ideal for both large and layered projects.

On top of that, the Easypress comes equipped with a handful of safety features such as auto-shutoff and an insulated resting base. The Cricut Easypress product line up consists of the circuit Easypress SKY-9″ X 9″, RASPBERRY 6″ X 6″, RASPBERRY 9″ X 9″ and the RASPBERRY 12″X10″.

Product specifications:

• User-Friendly design for pro-level performance

• A large 9″X9″ ceramic-coated heating plate ideal for large and layered iron-on projects

• Big handle for easy maneuverability

• Two winding heating plates to deliver an even heating surface

• Safety base and auto shutoff feature for on the job safety

• Precise temperature control settings to deliver just the heat you need

What’s included in the box?

• The circuit easy-press machine

• A safety base

• A user manual/quick reference chart

• A welcome booklet

• Warranty card

How the Cricut Easypress works

To power up the device, all you have to do is press the power button to the left of the display. With the device on, you need to find a firm, flat and heat-resistance surface. With the pressing surface in place, set the timer and temperature to match your project needs.

To adjust the timer button, use the +/- buttons to specify the desired heating time for your iron-on project. Upon pressing the temperature button, the machine will begin to heat up; use the +/- buttons to either increase or decrease temperature. Note that the Cricut device displays an orange color when adjusting the temperature and will turn green once the desired setting is achieved.

It usually takes roughly two minutes and forty-five seconds for the device to heat up from 0 to 350°F. The device will automatically beep to signal it is ready for use. Place your shirt or other base material on top of a silicone foam mat and pre-heat it for 3 to 5 seconds to eliminate wrinkles. Place your vinyl design on the base material. Remove the Easypress from its base and it directly on the vinyl decal.

Then press the green Cricut button to initiate the timer. Hold the machine in place and apply gentle pressure while pressing until the device beeps. Remember to keep the machine still during the entire process. With the pressing complete, return the press back to its stand then wait for the liner to cool down before removing it from the heat transfer vinyl.

Cricut Easypress using tips

Before using the press, you must ensure that fabrics and other base materials are entirely free of moisture. The manufacturer recommends using the machine at room temperature. Also before using the press, make sure you remove the protective film that covers its control panel. The temperature and time setting procedures are available on the interactive quick reference guide. Finally, always remember to return the pressing machine to its safety base when not in use.

Cricut Easypress vs. traditional heat press

The most obvious benefit of the Cricut Easypress over a traditional heat press is its compact size. For starters, the Easypress has 9″x9″ frame meaning it will easily slot into any drawer or cabinet. On the other hand, heat presses, even small ones, tend to have larger frames and are bulkier than the Cricut’s Easypress. As a result, they require ample storage space which may not always be available in small workshops. Weighing roughly 5 pounds, the Easypress is arguably the more portable of the two machines.

When it comes to heating up, the Easypress takes just under 3 minutes to achieve maximum temperature (350° F) while a conventional heat press can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. However, what the heat press lacks in portability it compensates with a high-temperature range.

While the Easypress only achieves a maximum of 350°F, the heat press can deliver well over 400 degrees. This extra temperature range comes in handy when working on materials such as printed head transfers and sublimation which require temperatures of 350 degrees and over.

The two items also differ in their method of application. The Easypress requires the user to apply some downward pressure throughout the entire pressing exercise. As for the heat press, all you have to do is place the base material, lock the device and wait for 10 to 20 seconds before removing your liners.

Cricut Easypress Vs. Household Iron Box

Your household iron features a single heating element which is designed to produce steam and remove wrinkles on fabric. As a result, household iron boxes a big hotspot right in the middle.

The Easypress, on the other hand, boasts two heating elements that snake their way through its entire ceramic heating plate. This result is a flat, dry and even heating surface that delivers flawless iron-on results. The biggest flaw of a household iron box is its uneven heat map which results in underwhelming iron-on results.

Cricut EasyPress accessories

If you are going to buy Cricut’s pressing machine, it’s essential that you know the items that are frequently purchased together with this machine. The shipping box only includes the pressing machine, its safety base, and a few accompanying documents. It’s unfortunate that Cricut does not include pressing mats or silicone pads in the purchase box. However, you can purchase these items separately from Cricut’s website.

Alternatively, for $180, you can get the Cricut easypress essential iron-on bundle which includes a weeding toolset, the iron-on lite (white, black and grey), glitter iron-on (green and black gold), foil iron-on as well as the holographic sparkle iron-on (blue and gold).

This pressing machine also works well when combined with other units in the Cricut line up such as the Explore Air Mint 2. The Air Mint 2 is a personal DIY cutting machine that lets you create custom vinyl stickers, personalized greeting cards as well as unique apparel and home décor. This device can cut a broad range of materials from cardstocks, faux leather, poster boards, iron-on vinyl, adhesive foils to specialty papers. Furthermore, with Cricut’s simple design software allows you to create designs anywhere for free.

Maintenance

Handling instructions for the easypress as clearly highlighted in the products accompanying documents. However, should complications arise in the course of the products use, it’s advisable to take your unit to a recognized Cricut repair specialist rather than attempting to fix the issues on your own.

Consumer reviews regarding the Easy Press machine

Consumers are particularly impressed with how fast this pressing machine takes to heat up. Beginners will have no trouble at all using the machine because the user manual is straightforward and easy to follow.

The product works as described especially when it comes to adjusting the timer and temperature settings. The device is excellent for people with a small business or for creating custom design t-shirts for friends and family. The easypress, thanks to its high-quality body construction, offers good value for money.

However, despite all its strengths, the machine does raise a few eyebrows when used for more demanding projects. Some consumers do not recommend using the easypress on materials such as printed sublimation and thick glitter vinyl. The reason being, printed sublimation requires heat levels of 400 degrees or more which is not possible to achieve with this machine. As for thick glitter vinyl, you might have to press two or three times to ensure the vinyl fully adheres to the base material.

FAQ  – Common Questions

Why would one choose this item over a standard heat press?

If you have a lot of shirts to work on, then the heat press is probably the better device. However, the ease of use, portability, and convenience of storage makes the Easy Press a suitable alternative. Besides, your household iron box would struggle to match the Cricut machine’s impressive results.

Do you need a silicone pad to go with the easy press machine?

When using the machine, you will want to have something under the press to ensure you have a stable pressing surface. Silicone pads or Teflon sheets perform this role to perfection. The pads do a good job of holding the base material in place during the pressing. Ironing boards will also serve the same purpose.

How do you know what heat level to use for vinyl? Does temperature vary depending on the type of vinyl used — glitter vs. regular HTV?

Cricut includes a quick reference chart that dictates what temperature to use for each material. The card specifies what heat level to apply and for how long. However, it’s still important to note that the temperature does vary depending on the type of HTV and material used. If you misplace your reference chart, you can find useful tips and tricks on Pinterest and Cricut’s Facebook page.

How does this item compare to an iron box?

Firstly, the easypress has a much larger heating surface compared to your traditional iron box. Secondly, with the iron box you only get a few pre-sets of cotton, linen, silk, and polyester whereas on the easy press you can set your temperature at specific levels such as 150,260 or 350°F. Cricut’s pressing machine also has a timer which lets you determine how long you intend to apply heat.

Can this unit take 110-120v like conventional laptop and cell phone adaptors?

The manufacturer recommends using a maximum input 120V outlet. The warranty will not cover damage resulting from exposure to anything above 120V.

Pros of using the device

  • Its small and compact frame makes it easy to store away.
  •  The easypress delivers a flawless quality press that compares quite well to what you would expect from a heat press. Designs still look as good as new even after half a dozen washes.
  • Compatibility with other major brands of heat-transfer materials is a feature that many crafters will appreciate.
  • The device heats up very quickly, takes approximately two minutes and forty-five seconds to hit 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  •  Its highly portable thanks to its lightweight nature.

Cons

  • At just under $150, it is quite pricey given that you can find a capable heat press for much less
  • Its surface area of 9″x9″ quite small compared to a standard heat press
  • Its maximum temperature of 350°F is a bit of a hindrance and limits the range of materials you can work on
  • The machine requires added pressure from the user during usage unlike the place and lock mechanism of standard heat presses
  • The lack of a pressing mat in the purchase box will put off some users.

Conclusion

If you don’t have the room to accommodate a standard heat press, you will find a lot of joy using the easypress. Its compact and lightweight nature makes using this pressing machine a breeze. Its platen area of 9″x9″ is not the largest but can be easily moved around when attending to large projects.

The easypress excels where the traditional household iron box struggles. The lack of variable heat settings coupled with an uneven heating surface makes it challenging to achieve flawless iron-on results with a laundry iron. this pressing machine will comfortably press all kinds of t-shirts with minimal hassles.

As long as you stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations, you will have little to no problems at all using this item. Whether it’s ironing out those stubborn clothes or pressing custom designs, I would gladly recommend It to anybody looking to start a small or medium iron-on business.



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