After a long period of weighing whether I should invest in a good heat press, I finally got it.
I was especially eyeing this pink unit from Hotronix, because of the positive reviews from other hobbyists. And, I’m so happy to choose it – it’s a real game-changer.
I was looking for the easiest way to make t-shirts with my illustrations but wanted to do the task myself.
But for too long I used my vinyl with an iron. That method isn’t only unpractical and hard to do, but also too slow for me to make any significant amount of merch, without wasting hours.
Once I received this Pink Press by Hotronix, I immediately had to try it – and succeeded to print a t-shirt from the first go. Yes, it’s that easy to use – you don’t need to have any experience.
So, if you’re also looking for the quickest at-home method to print, read on, and see for yourself if this is the right piece for you too!
Hotronix Pink Craft Heat Press Review
Perfect For Hobbyists
This heat press is often credited as the best heat press for hobbyists and crafters. That is partially a result of its small size (the lower platen is 9×12 inches) but also ease of use.
I managed to set it up within minutes. Although I didn’t have any experience, I made my first print after only a quick gaze at the manual.
Although I don’t plan to use my heat press anywhere outside my home, it weighs only 35 lbs so it should be light enough for you to bring to craft shows and other events.
The clamshell design occupies less space than other styles, so it easily fitted my craft closet.
Many Useful Features at an Affordable Price
So, you heard my opinion of this piece, and now I want to get technical a bit. Especially if you know what you’re looking for concerning the features, this section will be useful to you.
The most praised feature of this heat press is the over-the-center pressure adjustment. That means you can customize the pressure towards your specific material, and it will provide even heat throughout the entire print.
This also makes sure the print is pressed properly, so it will last longer.
I tried washing the t-shirts I made, and the print didn’t budge. The platen also has a Teflon coating, that won’t stick to the ink or the materials.
Unlike cheaper heat presses, this one has precise digital time and temperature readout and easy two-button operation.
Also, it has an auto shut-off which will be appreciated if you tend to occasionally forget to turn off your tools (it happens to the best of us.)
The last thing I wanted to mention is the overall construction quality of this heat press. When I got it, it just felt like a high-end tool. The metal is sturdy, the connections are well-made and there were no chips or discoloration.
Finally, although I only used this on shirts by now, this heat press can also be used on metal, wood and many other materials.
Pros and Cons of Hotronix Pink Craft Heat Press
Like every tool on the market, the Pink Craft Heat Press also has its good and bad sides.
Here, I will share what I noticed, but also what I found from other reviews, so you can build a realistic expectation of this tool
- Compact and lightweight
- Well-built, should last a long time
- Over-the-center pressure ensures even heat, from edge to edge
- Teflon coating provides a non-stick surface
- Digital time and temperature readout
- Rubber feet provide good stability
- Built by a reliable and trusted manufacturer
- Backed with 1-year parts and labor warranty, and a lifetime warranty on the heating element
- Could be too small and simple for professional use
- Costlier than some similar products on the market (though the price is reflected in quality)
- The distinctive pink color may not match everyone’s taste
All in all, if you want to run a small printing business or just enjoy doing prints as a hobby, you will enjoy this heat press.
It’s a bit pricier than other units of this size, but it is justified with the build quality, smart features and ease of use.
It doesn’t occupy too much storage space, can be taken to travels and I’m sure it will be a game-changer in your DIY endeavors like it was in mine.