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Heat Press Transfer Machine Comparison Chart Review: Hix, Geo Knight, Stahls Hotronix, Maxx, Insta, Panther & More!

Heat Press Reviews and Recommendations

Need a starting point? When considering a Heat press you should take into account that a standard full size T-shirt press is 16"x20". This size makes it easier to place the transfer on the shirt straight. Most of the shirt is on the heat press and you can line up the transfer, rhinestones, etc. faster because you can see the collar and shoulders as a reference. Additionally, the 16"x20" size accommodates just about all heat transfer sizes. Furthermore, you can press multiple items at one time (ie: two mouse pads). This cuts your labor in half… a big time saver!

Trying to decide between a Clamshell or Swing-Away style heat press? Here are some things to consider. Swing-away heat presses have some advantages over clamshell heat presses. First, the hot plate of the heat press is not facing the operator and therefore you can work safer and faster on a swing-away heat press. For example, you can lean over the lower platen of the heat press and load the heat press faster and you can place the transfer faster because you can look straight down on the shirt or mouse pads to determine the transfer is straight very quickly. In essence you get a higher production rate out of swing-away heat press. Additionally, a swing-away heat press is best to use for items such as ceramic tiles because the head of the heat press comes straight down and therefore it does not allow the transfer to shift. Furthermore, the commercial model swing-away heat press such as the Geo Knight DK20S is great for those demanding items such as tote bags because you can overcome the thick folds, seams and gussets of the bag with the heat presses heavier duty pressure control ability. The Geo-Knight DK20S heat press can apply heat transfers to just about any flat item and is one of the most popular presses on the market.

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The below chart shows heat presses for the most popular uses. We carry heat presses from hobby size to industrial.

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Heat Press Comparison

Hobby/Starter Heat Presses (9"x12" up to 11"x15" platen sizes)

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Make,
Model,
Platen Size

Adj.
Thermostat
with ready light
Adj. Timer
Temperature
Gauge
Counts #
of
Impressions
Memory
Function
For
Time, Temp, etc
**Press
items up
to
(thickness)
Heating Platen Warranty
Machine
Weight
Comments
*Panther Press: 9x12
Y
N
N
N
N
1.5"
1 Year
20lbs
Great Starter Press. Keep in mind this is a Hobby Machine and is not meant for pressing more than 8-12 shirts in a row. The heat recovery slows if you exceed this. Has heat ready lite. No temp. gauge or timer.
*Hix HL Hobby Lite: 9x12
Y
N
N
N
N
1.5"
1 year
20lbs
Great Starter Press. Keep in mind this is a Hobby Machine and is not meant for pressing more than 8-12 shirts in a row. The heat recovery slows if you exceed this. Has heat ready lite. No temp. gauge or timer.
*Geo Knight JetPress14 12x14
Y
Y
Y
N
N
1"
1 Year
58lbs
Has higher heat recovery time than Hobby Lite. Also has Temperature Gauge in platen. (Small Battery Powered Timer)
Maxx Press Digital 11x15
Y
Y
Y
N
N
0.75"
Lifetime Heating Element
56lbs
Fully Digital Clamshell. Teflon coated heating element.
STX11
Hotronix Auto Open Clam 11x15
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
1"
Lifetime Heater Block
57lbs
Auto Opening. Dual Timer. Digital Pressure readout.


Mid Sized Heat Presses (15"x15" up to 16"x16" platen sizes)

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Make,
Model,
Platen Size

Adj.
Thermostat
with ready light
Adj. Timer
Temperature
Gauge
Counts #
of
Impressions
Memory
Function
For
Time, Temp, etc
**Press
items up
to
(thickness)
Heating Platen Warranty
Machine
Weight
Comments
*Hix SwingMan 15: 15x15
Y
Y
N
N
N
1.75"
Lifetime Heating Element
58lbs
Lightweight Swing Press Adjusts for items up to 1 3/4 inches thick.
Maxx Press Digital 15x15
Y
Y
Y
N
N
0.75"
Lifetime Heating Element
62lbs
Fully Digital Clam press. Opens 50 degrees wide.
Hix HT400: 15"x15
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
1"
Lifetime Heating Element
72lbs
Digital Touch-Screen Controller clam press wIth full range pressure control, digital pressure readout, thermostat, timer, floating lower platen and more.
Insta Heat Press Model 718 15x15
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
0.25"
Lifetime Upper Heating Element
168lbs
Integrated digital controller which features controls for time, temperature, 5 programmable presets & cycle counter, Swing-away upper platen, Fully adjustable pneumatic pressure control located at the front of the machine for easy access.
Geo Knight DK16: 14"x16"
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
** 0.25"
Lifetime Heat Platen
83lbs
Has full features: Adj Thermostat, Timer, Temp Gauge, Pressure Control, Counts # of Impressions, Memory Settings for Time, Temp, 3 year warranty on controls plus much more. Press opens up 110°
*Geo Knight DC16: Digital Combo 14"x16"
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
2"
Lifetime Heat Platen
120lbs
Interchage-able platens for mugs, t-shirts, plates, and cubed items.
Hotronix Auto Open Clam 16x16
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
1"
Lifetime Heater Block
68lbs
Fully digital. Auto Opening clamshell.


Full Size Heat Presses (15"x20" up to 22"x22" platen sizes)

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Make,
Model,
Platen Size

Adj.
Thermostat
with ready light
Adj. Timer
Temperature
Gauge
Counts #
of
Impressions
Memory
Function
For
Time, Temp, etc
**Press
items up
to
(thickness)
Heating Platen Warranty
Machine
Weight
Comments
Insta Heat Press Model 228 15x20
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
0.25"
Lifetime Upper Heating Element
135lbs
Integrated digital controller which features controls for time, temperature and cycle counter, Pressure adjustment scale – goes from 0 - 10, Upper platen swings almost a full 180˚
Insta Heat Press Model 204 15x20
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
2.5”
Lifetime Upper Heating Element
135lbs
Integrated digital controller which features controls for time, temperature and cycle counter, Swing-away upper platen, 3.75” maximum opening and can print items up to 2.5” thick.
Insta Heat Press Model 728 15x20
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
0.25"
Lifetime Upper Heating Element
180lbs
Integrated digital controller which features controls for time, temperature, 5 programmable presets & cycle counter, Swing-away upper platen, Fully adjustable pneumatic pressure control located at the front of the machine for easy access.
Geo Knight DK20: 16x20
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
** 0.25"
Lifetime Heat Platen
103lbs
Has full features: Adj. Thermostat, Timer, Temp Gauge Pressure Control, Counts # of impressions, Memory Setting for Time, Temp, 3 year warranty on controls plus much more. Press opens up approx. 110°
Maxx Press Digital 16x20
Y
Y
Y
N
N
.75"
Lifetime Heating Element
80lbs
Fully Digital. Opens 50 degrees wide.
Hix HT600 16x20
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
0.625"
Lifetime Heating Element
83lbs
Digital Touch-Screen Controller clam press wIth full range pressure control, digital pressure readout, thermostat, timer, floating lower platen and more.
Hotronix Auto Open Clam 16x20
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
1"
Lifetime Heater Block
79lbs
Dual digital timer, digital pressure gauge, auto open.
Hotronix Hover Press 16x20
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
1"
Lifetime Heater Block
79lbs
Maximize production for direct-to-garment printing with the Hotronix® Hover Press.
Upper platen hovers over garment to ensure a stronger bond & brighter colors between ink & garment.
*Geo Knight DK20S: Digital Swinger 16x20
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
2"
Lifetime Heating Platen
184lbs
This Commercial swing-away press has all the full features as the other Geo Knight models. Also has a heavy-duty adj. Pressure control. In our opinion the most versatile and best manual press on the market today.
Hotronix Fusion 16x20
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
1.125"
Lifetime Heat Element
150lbs
The Hotronix Fusion is an innovative heat press and a game changer in heat press technology. With its exclusive swinger/draw design, touch screen technology, energy saving sleep mode, live digital time, temperature & pressure readout this heat press is sure to impress!
Hix N-880 16x20 Air Automatic
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
0.75"
Lifetime Heating Element
137lbs
Commercial clamshell air-automatic heavy-duty press, with Digital Touch-Screen Controller, wIth full range pressure control, digital pressure readout, thermostat, timer, floating lower platen, piston assist lift. Great for production shops!
*Hix SwingMan20: 16x20
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
1.75"
Lifetime Heating Element
99lbs
The SwingMan 20 features a 16"x20" swing away heat platen that will meet the needs of any textile or sublimation business. Digital Touch-Screen Controller with full range pressure control, digital pressure readout, thermostat, timer and more.
*Geo Knight DK20SP: Air Automatic 16x20 Digital Swinger
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
2"
1 Year Entire Press
210lbs
Commercial swing-away air-automatic with heavy-duty adj. Pressure control. Full features. Great for production shops.
*Hix SwingMan25: 20x25
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
1.75"
Lifetime Heating Element
170lbs
The SwingMan 25 features a 20"x25" swing away heat platen that will meet the needs of any textile or sublimation business. Comes with Digital Touch-Screen Controller, full range pressure control, digital pressure readout, thermostat, timer and more.
Insta Heat Press Model 828 20x25
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
0.25"
Lifetime Upper Heating Element
265lbs
Integrated digital controller which features controls for time, temperature, 5 programmable presets & cycle counter, Swing-away upper platen, Fully adjustable pneumatic pressure control located at the front of the machine for easy access.
*Hotronix Air Swinger 16x20
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
1.375"
Lifetime Heating Element
140lbs
Air Swinger 16"x20" - Commercial Heat Press
*Hotronix Air Swinger 22x22
Y
Y
Y
N
Y
1.375"
Lifetime Heating Element
265lbs
Air Swinger 22"x22" - Commercial Heat Press
*Swing away style presses.
**For those presses that show it can accommodate items up to 0.25" thick, this is only for soft items such as mouse pads. It is not recommended for ceramic tiles. Furthermore, clamshell presses (any size) are not recommended for use on ceramic tiles. For ceramic tile production a swing-away press is best.
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