Iron, Hobby Heat Press, or Professional Press?

Is an iron sufficient or should I buy a transfer press? And if I buy one, which one? If you're getting into textile printing there is no way around those questions.

But the real question you should be asking is: do I want to make garments for myself, my family and friends OR do I want to to sell them and earn money?


Heat plate:

Width: ca. 12cm
Depth: ca. 23 cm

Weight: depends on manufacturer

1 point: ca. 110 °C
2 points: ca. 150 °C
3 points: ca. 220 °C
Advantages: A big advantage for the iron: it's common in almost every household. It's handy, light-weight and easy to store.
Disadvantages: The structure of the heat plate is a big disadvantage. Most irons are steam irons which means that the heat plate has steam holes which render an even distribution of pressure almost impossible. Also the heat can not be set exactly or distributed evenly.
However an even distribution of heat is just as important for textile printing as an even distribution of pressure. The pressure distribution can vary for large designs because the iron has to be set several times. The handle of the iron is the only point where you can safely apply pressure. This might work well for a couple of prints but becomes very uncomfortable for your hands and wrists after some time.
A hard and steady suface is necessary for getting the perfect print. You should never print/transfer on a soft or shaky surface such as an ironing board. The floor or a solid table work better if covered by a towel.
HappyPress 2.0
happypress_2 Heat plate:

Width: 30 cm
Depth: 21 cm

Weight: ca. 11 kg


700 Watt/230 V

Measurements Press ca.:
Length: ca. 35 cm
Width: 36 cm
Height: 20 cm (closed);
Measurements Control Panel:
Length: 20 cm
Width: 15 cm
Height: 7 cm

Advantage: The weight of the heat plate guarantees an even pressure distribution where you don't have to add your own weight. This makes it easier to print garments quickly and professionally. The silicone pad on the bottom plate gives in slightly to make pressure distribution more even. The massive quality heat plate guarantees an even temperature. The electronics are outsourced to the control panel, giving them extra protection from the heat.
The HappyPress opens in almost a 90° angle. This gives you a good view on your working area and makes placing textiles and transfers easy and safe.
Furniture-protecting rubber feet make it steady: no-slip, no scratches. The HappyPress 2.0 is the heat transfer press for all hobby crafters.
Designs that are larger than the working area can easily printed by shifting the textile.
The small build and weight make the HappyPress 2.0 a space-saving solution for every household and it is easily stored away.
Disadvantages: The HappyPress 2.0 is a hobby- transfer press. Thus it is not suited for printing textile for resale.
HappyPress 3
happypress-3_pink_1 Heat plate:

Width: 30 cm
Depth: 23 cm

Weight: ca. 14,5 kg


700 Watt/230 V

Measurements ca.:
Length: 45 cm
Width: 32 cm
Height: 30 cm (closed)

Advantages: The time can be set in seconds and an alert sounds when printing is completed. The pressure can be adjusted via a knob, as can the temperature.
The even pressure distribution makes for an quick and professional print of all your transfers. The silicone pad on the bottom plate facilitates an even pressure distribution.
The HappyPress 3 is the heat transfer press for all hobby crafters who regularly decorate textiles. With the adjustable timer and pressure it lines up between the HappyPress 2.0 and the HappyPress Pro.Its size makes it the perfect tool for ambitious hobby printers while also offering reliable services for professionals needing mobility in small areas.
Disadvantages: At 14 kg the HappyPress 3 is not a light weight and might be to heavy for some users if the press does not have a fixed place.
 HappyPress Pro
Bild1 Heat plate
depending on execution
Width: 28 cm
Depth: 38 cm
Width: 38 cm
Depth: 38 cmWeight: ca. 26 kg

1000 Watt/230 V


Length: 40 cm
Width: 66 cm
Height: 43 cm

Advantages: Perfect if you regularly want to print textiles in larger quantities. The HappyPress Pro is available in two sizes. The larger working area means you can print lager designs in a single step. The HappyPress Pro also comes with a a timer and an alert sound that lets you time your printing process perfectly. The time is reset after each printing process which allows you to automate working steps and execute them quickly.
Disadvantages: The professional transfer press needs some space and also it doesn't come quite cheap. If you are not looking to sell your textiles, a hobby heat press might be sufficient for your needs.
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