Cricut answered crafters everywhere when it released the
Cricut EasyPress Mini Review: Specs and Features
|Heat Plate||1.9″ x 3.25″|
|Heat Settings||Low, Medium, High|
|Temperature Range||255°F to 400°F|
|Insulated Safety Base||Yes|
Design and Size
Designed specifically to make small projects easier, the
Underneath, the heat plate is ceramic-coated to provide evenly distributed heat throughout its surface. There’s only a single button to turn the EasyPress Mini on and off and to switch between heat settings. Overall, Cricut’s mini press is a fantastic example of maximizing the tiny design space available with minimal yet meaningful touches.
The Cricut EasyPress features three temperature settings for a variety of projects.
Unlike the bigger EasyPress models which display their current temperature, the EasyPress Mini only has three light indicators to show its current heat setting. Pressing the power button will turn it on, and a second press takes it to the Low setting. Additional presses will move it to Medium and High settings. You’ll know when the Mini has reached the target temperature when the orange indicator turns green.
Cricut optimized the three heat settings for different base materials and fabrics. Low (255°F – 295°F) is best for delicate textiles and heat-transfer vinyl such as foil. Medium (300°F – 355°F) is intended for most base materials including glitter. High (360°F – 400°F) is only recommended for heavy duty materials and Infusible Ink projects. The entire ceramic plate heats up evenly so it can reach these target levels even at the edges.
Ease of Use
You’ll love how easy the
There’s no timer on the EasyPress Mini so you’ll have to use your own. It’s designed to be moved throughout the entire design continuously during the heat transfer process. Gliding over surfaces feel smooth thanks to the additional ceramic coating on the heat plate, as well as the ergonomic handle. It’s a lot more maneuverable than other mini irons.
Cricut answers some of the most common hazards in using heat presses and traditional irons with a couple of key safety features. The EasyPress Mini will automatically turn itself off 13 minutes after it was last moved. You’ll get a beep right before it’s about to shut down. It’s a highly welcome feature if you tend to be forgetful sometimes or get distracted away from your workspace.
Plus, the EasyPress Mini ships with an insulated Safety Base where you can place the mini press while waiting for it to heat up or preparing your materials. You’ll avoid so many burned surfaces as well as singed fingers with this thoughtful addition. Under your constant supervision, it should be safe enough for older kids to use in pressing HTV designs on their stuff by themselves.
Cricut EasyPress Mini
There’s really no way we can stress enough how amazing this compact heat press is for its intended use. Its ergonomic and lightweight design as well as its extra safety features allow the Cricut EasyPress Mini to trump other mini irons with more traditional builds. You’ll want it if you’re going to be doing a lot of heat transfer projects on smaller items, and the price is entirely justified by how easy it is to use.
Of course, remember that the
The Cricut EasyPress Mini makes it possible for you to do heat transfer projects on small objects and irregularly shaped surfaces. With it, it’s so much easier to customize hats, shoes, baby clothes, stuffed toys, and doll clothes.