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Heat Press Machine Comparison Chart (Review) All Major Brands

Heat Press Reviews and Recommendations For All Major Heat Press Brands & Models. From Hobby to High Production.

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 presses such as the Geo Knight DK20S or the Hotronix Fusion IQ are 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 and the Hotronix Fusion IQ heat press are two of the best heat presses for applying heat transfers to just about any flat item and are both extremely popular presses on the market today.

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The below chart shows heat presses for the most popular uses. We carry heat presses from hobby size to wide format (aka large format).

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Heat Press Comparison

Hobby/Starter Heat Presses (9"x12" up to 11"x15" platen sizes)
Click picture for more info! 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
JP12
*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.
Hobby Lite
*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.
JP14
*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 11x15
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)
Click picture for more info! 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
swingman 15
*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 15x15
Maxx Press Digital 15x15 Y Y Y N N 0.75" Lifetime Heating Element 62lbs Fully Digital Clam press. Opens 50 degrees wide.
HT400P
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.
model-718
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.
DK16
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.
STX16
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)
Click picture for more info! 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
model-228
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˚
model-204
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.
model-728
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.
DK20
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 16x20
Maxx Press Digital 16x20 Y Y Y N N .75" Lifetime Heating Element 80lbs Fully Digital. Opens 50 degrees wide.
Hix HT600
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.
STX20
Hotronix Auto Open Clam 16x20 Y Y Y N Y 1" Lifetime Heater Block 79lbs Dual digital timer, digital pressure gauge, auto open.
STX20HP
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.
DK20S
*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.
DK20S
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!
Swingman 20
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!
Swingman 20
*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.
HX20SW
*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.
Swingman 25D
*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.
model-828
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.
Swingman 25D
*Hotronix Air Swinger 16x20 Y Y Y N Y 1.375" Lifetime Heating Element 140lbs Air Swinger 16"x20" - Commercial Heat Press
Swingman 25D
*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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