Best Heat Press Machines for Every Budget & Application! 

With an abundance of heat press machines available on the market, it can be difficult to determine which one is best suited for your particular needs. Here at Coastal Business Supplies, we have three decades of experience helping thousands decide on the right equipment - from production shop managers and small business owners, to side-hustlers and crafters alike. Our list showcases some excellent possibilities when choosing a heat press that aligns with different situations – so you don't need to guess again!

We understand that navigating between budget and functionality can be difficult. At Coastal, our digital decoration advisors are always available to help discuss which heat press will have everything you need and answer any questions that come up afterwards! Plus, all of our heat presses provide consistent results time after time with lifetime technical support included when purchased from us. Call (800) 562-7760 today to speak with a knowledgeable advisor about what's right for your business!

Clamshell Heat Presses

Clamshell Heat Presses are ideal for crafters, home based business and light volume commerical operations who are decorating with heat transfer vinyl (HTV), heat transfer paper (HTP), and small format dye-sublimation. They get their name because the upper platten opens through a rear hinged mechanism resembling a clam.  Clamshell presses are generally the most affordable and portable option available in a heat press. They have a few drawbacks however, as they often lack features such interchangeable platens, and digital memory functions. If you need these features, then you'll want to look into a swing-away style heat press.

Best Clamshell Heat Press for Start-Ups 

Investing in the Hotronix 11”x15” Clamshell Basic Heat Press is a smart choice for the budget-minded who are just starting out. From one of the top manufacturers, this machine offers reliable performance at an affordable price. Ideal for use with various decoration methods such as dye-sublimation, heat transfer vinyl (HTV), heat transfer paper (HTP), DTF transfers, and more! This same heat press is available in 15" x 15", or 16" x 20" sizes. Get your business off on the right foot - with reliable performace for future growth!

Something we hear time and again from customers is how they wished they would have invested in a better heat press from the start...we couldn't agree more! When you think about it, a heat press is your best friend when it comes to successful transfers and pressing. There's nothing more frustrating than creating a beautiful design, buy quality blanks and getting a bad or inconsistent transfer due to an unreliable heat press. If you are planning to sell or decorate products as a business, splurge a little on a quality heat press. You won't regret it! 

Best Clamshell Heat Press for Crafters 

The Hotronix 9"x12" Craft Series Heat Press was specifically designed for the home crafters and hobbyists. With a small footprint and weighing in at only 35lbs., this compact but powerful heat press can easily sit on a home office desk or table top. Made with the same consistent reliability as all Stahls heat presses, this press features an over-the-center pressure adjustment for even, edge-to-edge heat and pressure. Ensuring a successful press time and time again. The digital time and temperature readout makes adjustments a breeze. 

Priced under $400, this mighty little heat press won't break the bank!

Best Clamshell Heat Press for Light Volume Production 

This category resulted in a tie between the Hotronix STX20 and the Geo Knight DK20. Both are quality machines that can handle light volume production with ease. The Hotronix STX20 is a well-made commercial grade heat press and is known for its superior design and build quality. It features a digital time, temperature, and pressure display as well as manual override control of the upper platen. The Geo Knight DK20 is also a commercial grade heat press, but it's slightly more cost effective than the Hotronix STX20. It features a digital time and temperature display with manual override control of the upper platen. Both machines come with auto-open funtionality, and 16"x20" teflon coated platens that make pressing easy and efficient. They also both have an adjustable pressure setting to ensure uniform heat application. If you're looking for a quality commercial grade heat press, then either the Hotronix STX20 or the Geo Knight DK20 could be perfect for your needs. 

No matter which of these two machines you choose, they both offer excellent quality and are great investments that will help to make your business more profitable.

Swing-Away Heat Presses

Swing-Away Heat Presses are ideal for operations with light to moderate production volume who are decorating with white toner transfer, direct-to-film (DTF), heat transfer vinyl (HTV), heat transfer paper (HTP), and small-format tio wide-format dye-sublimation. They get their name because the upper platten swings to the left or right making it easy to place and remove items from the lower platen. Swing-away heat presses provide a wide range of capabilities, including manual and automatic models, adjustable pressure settings, different platen sizes, digital controls, and various temperature ranges. They are also designed to accommodate thicker substrates. Swing-away heat presses are available in a range of sizes to fit the needs of any business. 

Though they cost more than their clamshell counterparts, swing-away heat presses provide greater control over pressing times and temperatures without sacrificing accuracy or quality. With its swing mechanism, the user can easily adjust the pressure applied to the substrate for more precise results. Its adjustable platen makes it easier to handle large or bulky items, such as t-shirts, bags, and mugs. Additionally, many swing-away heat presses are equipped with digital controls that allow users to store various pressing settings for future use. This can be a great time saver!

Best Swing-Away Heat Press Under $1000 

For its price and functionality, the Geo Knight DK14S can't be beat!  This 12"x14" swing-away heat press allows for quick and easy production of garments, gifts, and more with features like digital time and temperature readouts, a pressure control knob, and most importantly, even heat distribution. Furthermore, the DK14S boasts a solid steel welded framework that is both durable and stable. With this heat press you can make sure your products are of the highest quality possible, all for under $1000.

Additional features of this heat press include a child safety lock to prevent accidents, an easy-to-read interchangeable metric/imperial display.

Best Value 16"x20" Swing-Away Heat Press  

If you're looking for a commercial grade 16"x20" swing-away heat press on a budget, the Geo Knight DK20S is it! This robust machine features SuperCoil-Microwinding heater technology to guarantee even temperature, fast recovery and speedy heating up times. The LCD display shows accurate time, temp & pressure readings within +/-2 degrees - no guesswork involved here! Plus you can store 70 programmable presets so all settings are consistent across multiple applications - perfect when working on materials up to 1" thick. You've got complete peace of mind too as this product comes with an industry leading lifetime warranty for the heat platen & 3 year for electronics; now that's a level of quality you won't find at this value anywhere else!

Best Swing-Away Heat Press for Moderate Volume Production 

This one really comes down to preference between two indistry standard machines - the Hotronix Fusion IQ and the Insta Model 256. Both machines feature 16"x20" platens that can handle moderate volume production no problem. The Fusion IQ has a modern, sleek design. It comes with an easy to use control panel and 5 memory settings - allowing multiple users to save their settings for quick recalls. The digital time and temperature readout are accurate and clear, making operation a breeze. Not only does the upper platen swing-away, this model also has patented slide-out drawer for easier and safer transfers. 

The Insta Model 256 is the most rugged heat press in the industry, and it's not hard to see why. The industrial design is constructed to last, features a 180 degree rotating upper platen, with a quick-change lower-platen allowing you to quickly swop or rotate the platen in seconds to suit your application. The tubular heating element is cast into the aluminum upper platen, heating the metal from within. The element is coiled throughout the upper platen to provide a reliable and even circulation of heat across the platen. 

Whether you're a beginner or a pro, these heat presses have the durability, power, and accuracy to give you the professional results that you need everytime.

Drinkware & Mug Heat Presses

Drinkware is a great profit center for any digital decoration business. But like its textile counterparts, a good heat press is key to sussess, and not one size fits all, literally. There are single purpose presses, multi-purpose presses, desktop and production level ovens. A good mug press or oven will provide years of trouble free production and ensure a high quality, durable product. Keeping in mind the size and shape of your application and production level be sure to invest in the right machine for you business need.

Best Mug Press for Tumblers

The BJ890 Tumbler Press will become your new favorite accessory for pressing the ever popular tumblers - such as skinny tumblers, water bottles, and many other styles of straight walled drinkware. The digital control unit features easy to read and use controls, allowing you to set the time and temperature with the simple touch of a button. The two knob adjustable pressure feature allows you to get the exact amount of pressure needed for the perfect imprint. With its lightweight design and easy portability, this tumbler press is sure to become an integral part of your business!

Best Multi-Use Mug Press  

This BJ870 4-in-1 Multi-Purpose Mug Press machine is the ultimate solution for creating a wide range of personalized drinkware. With its durable heating elements, digital control unit and simple controls, you can now easily create high quality products from home or your business. It supports 11oz., 15 oz mugs, steins with large and small latte options plus water bottles – meaning endless creative possibilities at just one touch of a button - saving both time AND money in the process! Make customizing beautiful drinks even easier today with this all encompassing mug press machine.

Best Drinkware Oven for Moderate Volume Production 

The HIX SubliPro CT Oven is an efficient and reliable answer for medium-scale sublimation production of items such as mugs, shot glasses, steins and more! Easily customizable with nine adjustable rack guides and four racks suited to a range of sizes; the porcelain enamel steel interior is powered by 7.5 KW heating elements supported by two speed 1⁄3 HP motor blower circulation that ensures heat distribution from 200°F to 500°F - all regulated with temperature controls plus 60 minute timer complete with buzzing notification. Get ready to boost your business – up 48 units an hour!

Best Oven for High-Volume Volume Production 

If you want to increase your product output, then the HIX SubliPro Conveyor Oven is an ideal choice. Available in 24", 36" and 48" belt-widths, this one-of-a-kind piece of machinery produce 180 - 660 mugs per hour and boasts a vast array of customizable options such as sublimating onto items like dog bowls, shot glasses and beer steins with height allowances up to 8.5". Unlock endless possibilities when it comes time for production!

Cap & Hat Presses

If you're looking to start a business or expand your current one, investing in a hat press is an excellent choice. Not only will it boost profits, but you can also customize and personalize hats for any occasion. With the right tools and knowledge, you can get started with your own hat press business quickly and easily! Coastal Business Supplies has a wide range of options so you can find the perfect hat press for your needs!

Best Hat Press Under $500

For those searching for a cost-efficient and lightweight heat press option, the Hotronix Clam Shell Basic Cap Heat Press is an ideal choice! This machine allows you to print onto caps with the same accuracy found in more expensive presses. It boasts convenient features such as digital time and temperature readout, adjustable under center pressure setting for consistent results every printing session, cap hold down lever to keep material flush during pressing process plus interchangeable lower platens - all at an affordable price point!

Best Hat Press Under $1000 

Make a statement with custom designed hats and headwear using the GeoKnight DK7 Cap Heat Press! This fully functional machine features an innovative hold-down device to keep caps firmly in place for precise, detailed results. The digital temperature control range of 32°F - 600°F allows you to create one-of-a kind designs on child & youth sized items, fitted and low profile caps – all with 70 programmable presets plus dual pre press timers. Plus monitor your cycles easily via automatic end of cycle alarms and degree accuracy readouts displayed in either °C or °F within +/-2 degrees! Show off your creative flair today by utilizing this solid steel frame heat press built with durability at its core!

Best-of-the-Best Hat Press 

The Hotronix 360 IQ Heat Press revolutionizes hat printing with its unprecedented ability to print on the front, back and sides of caps without removing them from the press. Its one-size-fits all platen lets you switch between cap sizes quickly and easily while molded platens reduce creasing or scorching. Plus, independently controlled upper and lower heated platens allow for easy application of patches or emblems! Boasting digital time/temperature/pressure display plus cloud based tracking via cutting edge IQ technology - making it easier than ever to up your game in customizing hats!

Heat presses are a vital component for any decoration process.  A cheaply made heat press can also produce poor results due to non-uniform pressure, inconsistent or uneven heat. We find more than 80% of production issues are related to an inadequate or poorly manufactured heat press. At Coastal Business, we have a wide range of industry leading heat presses to suit any decorator’s needs and budget. Our selection includes both manual and automatic presses, plus a variety of other features that are sure to take your production to the next level. We also carry specialized heat press accessories like replacement pads and rapid-release platens so you can get the most out of your press. With our reliable, high-quality products and helpful customer service team, you can trust we have the right solution for any business or decorator.

Oh, and if you're looking for a wide-format or rotary style heat press, Coastal Business Supplies carries those too!  With our wide selection of sizes and styles, you're sure to find the perfect press for your production level business. If your're printing all-over sublimated shirts, towels, even small blankets, we offer a great selection of wide-format heat presses from Hix, Geo Knight and Practix. For those printing large fabric and textile products such as blankets, cut-sew prints, and soft signage, checkout our line of Calendar and Rotary industrial heat presses. Plus, our team of knowledgeable digital decoration advisors are here to answer any questions you have about our products. Let us help you take your production up a notch with the best in heat printing technology. 

When you buy a heat press from Coastal Business Supplies, you get life-time technical support, installation and training. We're more than a supplier, we're your digital decoration partner. Call (800) 562-7760 today to speak with a knowledgeable advisor about what's right for your business!