Cricut Easy Press 2 Review
We love the Cricut EasyPress 2 — it’s a huge improvement on the original (which was already great) and makes for an amazing HTV crafting experience.
It’s the perfect compromise between an iron and a heat press. Just don’t get excited about the Mini model…
Does it deliver a significant improvement over the original machine?
It feels like just yesterday that the original Cricut EasyPress was announced, but we’re not complaining — there’s not a lot that gets us going like a new machine!
Anyone interested in heat pressing and heat transfer vinyl should take a look at what the Easy Press 2 has to offer.
From what we’ve seen, it’s bigger and better than the original.
We’ve compiled this guide to all the new features you can expect to see, and we’ll be updating it with an honest and unbiased review as soon as we’ve had a chance to thoroughly test it out after the release.
- 1 What is the Cricut EasyPress 2?
- 2 Cricut EasyPress 2 Features
- 3 Cricut EasyPress 2 Review
- 4 Where to Buy the Cricut EasyPress 2
What is the Cricut EasyPress 2?
The original Easy Press was Cricut’s answer to something in between a professional heat press and a household iron.
Compact size and convenient to use yet with high speed heat pressing that offers lasting results.
Unlike a normal iron, the EasyPress allows us to heat press successfully within 60 seconds. It also heats up easily and is safe to use — even for younger children.
But it’s not nearly as big and cumbersome as a traditional heat press — nor is it as expensive.
The Cricut EasyPress 2 is simply an improvement on the original EasyPress.
It’s available in three sizes — great news for people who like to work on large scale projects — plus it can reach higher temperatures faster and work with a wider variety of materials.
Essentially, it’s plenty more versatile and just generally a better machine.
Let’s break down exactly what those differences are between the machines…
EasyPress vs EasyPress 2
|Remembers last time/temperature settings?||No||Yes|
|# of Models||1 - 9" x 9"||3 - 6" x 7"|
9" x 9"
12" x 10"
|Evenness of Temperature||+/- 9°F||+/- 5°F|
|Time to Heat Up||Quickly||Up to 25% faster|
Cricut EasyPress 2 Features
One of the most attractive things about the new Easy Press is the fact that it’s available in three different sizes — ideal for anyone who felt constricted by the original.
Here are the sizes:
- 6″ x 7″
This is the small size that’s ideal for smaller scale projects and anyone who wants to cut down on size.
The heat plate gets up to temperature in a little over a minute, meaning that you can cut down on the time it takes to make your project as well.
This one weighs just 3.3 lbs. It’s the travel size heat press!
We’d recommend the mini size for baby clothes, cosmetic bags and bibs.
Also check out the Cricut EasyPress Mini if you’re looking for a pint size heat press for teeny tiny projects. The plate is just 3.5″ x 2″!
- 9″ x 9″
The ‘classic medium’ is the same size as the original EasyPress although, of course, it comes with all the additional features of the new model.
It weighs 5.73 lbs, which is just a tiny bit heavier than the 5 lb original.
It promises to heat up in just over 2 minutes, which is a huge improvement over traditional heat presses that can take anywhere between 7 and 18 minutes.
You’ll be working with t-shirts and larger bags with the 9″ x 9″ model.
- 12″ x 10″
We’re sure that we’re not the only crafters that are most intrigued by this ‘jumbo’ size.
Weighing 8.6 lbs, the jumbo is ideal for large scale heat transfer projects that the classic medium is just not big enough for.
One of our major bugbears with the original Cricut EasyPress was the fact that it simply wasn’t big enough to compete with traditional heat presses. This new jumbo size could easily change our minds.
Heating up in just over 3 minutes, it’s just as convenient to use as the two smaller models as well.
Use the jumbo for projects like banners and blankets — anything big will do!
Heats up Higher and Faster
Not only can the EasyPress 2 reach temperatures of 400° F, but it can also get there quicker than ever.
Some of the best professional heat presses that we’ve used in the past have reached 450° F and most are somewhere in the region of 400°, so Cricut are definitely taking us closer to the heat press power territory than they did with the EasyPress, which could only reach 350°F.
Not only does this mean that the EasyPress 2 will be more effective at pressing, but also that it can take on a wider variety of materials than its predecessor.
The heat-up time has also been improved by up to 25%.
The original EasyPress was already much quicker than traditional heat presses — some of which can take 10 minutes plus to reach their desired settings — but the EasyPress 2 is Speedy Gonzales in comparison.
The mini model takes just over a minute to reach full heat, the classic medium just over two minutes, and the jumbo just over three minutes.
Plus, the EasyPress 2 will remember the time and temperature settings that you used for your last press. This means even more time saved if you’re doing multiple presses that require the same settings. No need to input the details every time!
Thicker Heat Plate
One of the biggest advantages of choosing a heat press over a normal household iron is that you can achieve a much more uniform temperature.
A uniform temperature means that the design is heated evenly and makes for a more successful end result. Without even temperature, you could end up with a design that’s burning on one side and nowhere near ready to stick on the other side.
A normal household iron has a temperature variant of +/- 100° F over its surface.
It’s easy to see why things can go so wrong with an iron…
The original EasyPress had a much more manageable variant of +/- 9°F and the EasyPress 2 has improved on it further by reducing its variant down to +/- 5°F.
It’s managed this thanks to a thicker heat plate that is better able to distribute heat evenly about the plate.
This puts the EasyPress 2 much more in line with traditional heat presses.
Streamlined Safety Base
Something touted as an advantage of the EasyPress 2 over the original is that the new one comes with ‘new streamlined safety base’.
Apparently, this safety base is meant to keep the EasyPress in a protected resting position while also protecting the surface what you’re crafting on.
We’ll be honest, we’ve got no idea what this really means 🤷🏻♀️
I guess we’ll only be able to evaluate it once we’ve seen it in the flesh and had a play around with it ourselves. But anything that increases the safety aspects of a new machine is good news in our book.
The final feature that we think is worth getting excited about when it comes to the Cricut EasyPress 2 is the fact that it’s debuting with a glorious raspberry accent.
We enjoyed the turquoise color of the original, but this is pretty much the perfect color to complement the aesthetics of our craft room, so we’re definitely on board.
Take a look at Tanner Bell’s first impressions of the machine:
Cricut EasyPress 2 Review
It’s Better in Every Way than the Original
If you’re set on buying an EasyPress but you’re not sure whether to splash out on this newest model, we’d advise you that it’s definitely worth the investment.
Sure, it’s slightly more expensive, but the initial outlay will pay off in spades when you start your crafting.
It heats up hotter, faster, and makes for more effective presses. Especially effective when using thick materials like glitter HTV.
Simply put, it’s much closer to an actual heat press than the original EasyPress, without getting rid of any of the safety and efficiency features that we love so much.
If the original EasyPress was seen in some circles as a glorified iron, the EasyPress 2 can definitely be considered an underrated heat press.
We can’t say enough good things about it 😍
Extra Space for Bigger Projects
We’ll have something to say about all the different size models at some point, but suffice to say that we’re real fans of the 12″ x 10″ version — the Jumbo.
One of major critiques of the original is that we were restricted by its size to smaller heat press projects. This won’t really affect you if you stick with the normal size or opt for the mini one, but we absolutely love the Jumbo.
Suddenly, a host of new, bigger projects are on the horizon that were off limits without a traditional heat press before.
First stop, Fall blankets!
We said it about the original and we’ll say it again for the 2, but the EasyPress really is a dream when it comes to delivering high quality results.
It’s a completely different experience to using an iron, which can make for uneven adhesions and burnt edges (we can’t be the only ones, right?!).
HTV stays stuck — even through multiple wash cycles — and always adheres evenly.
And because the EasyPress 2 can reach even higher temperatures than before (up to 400°F), you can work with more materials than ever before.
It really does feel like a heat press in a more compact package.
Safe and Efficient
Of course, one of the things we love about the Easy Press line is that they’re not heat presses.
Traditional presses are fiddly to set up, often time-consuming, and often much too susceptible to burning the fingers of whoever’s operating them.
You don’t have to worry about any of that with the EasyPress 2.
It heats up super quickly and evenly at the touch of a button, and there’s no complex assembly required.
Plus, once you’re using it, it’s super safe. The low profile means that it can’t be tipped accidentally out of it’s safety base to burn you or your craft table.
We always recommend strict supervision over children when they’re using devices like this, but we’re much happier with our kids letting loose on the EasyPress than we are with a normal heat press.
Easy to Use — Perfect for Newbies
We always say that mastering HTV is one of the hardest things to do in the world of craft cutting.
It’s certainly not something we’d usually recommend for newbies to attempt.
But with the EasyPress 2, we’re tempted to change our minds.
It is incredibly simple to use with minimal set up and clean-up. The buttons and screen are intuitive to follow and manipulate, and you can get started immediately.
Kids love it, and we think even the least tech-savvy crafter could get their head around it!
The Small One Seems… Pointless?
We’ve got to be honest, we’re not really sure of the value of the 6″ x 7″ model — the Mini.
The 9″ x 9″ — the same size as the original — is pretty small as it is, so already a good choice if you’re short on space.
In our view, the Mini simply isn’t cheap enough to validate its existence. Sure, it’s well sized for small designs, but so is the Medium.
Some Cricut fans are describing it as the perfect travel companion but we’re not convinced. We love crafting, but I can’t think of any holiday or travel excursion that would have benefited from us whipping out some HTV and a heat press to have a go with.
And if we’re travelling to a specific crafting event that would require us to use the EasyPress 2, I’d rather just make a little extra room for the 9″ x 9″.
Maybe it’s just us 🤷🏻♀️
Still Not As Good As The Best Heat Presses
If you buy the EasyPress 2 and you expect it to work just as well as a professional heat press, then you’re going to be disappointed.
As we’ve emphasised time and time again, the Easy Press is designed to hit that perfect sweet spot between an iron and a heat press .
There are some compromises: it can’t reach the highest temperatures and it’s not so good for multiple applications of the same design over and over again.
Having said that, we think it’s the right fit for most home crafters. It’s certainly more efficient and easy to use than a traditional heat press.
But it won’t be a good buy for people using HTV on a large and professional scale.
With that in mind, some people may find the price tag on the EasyPress 2 a little steep.
It’s certainly more expensive than the original EasyPress, as well as some of the cheapest, lower end of the market heat presses.
Personally, we think it’s worth the investment over a normal household iron.
But you’ll need to decide what it’s value is to you personally, and how that fits within your crafting budget.
It’ll come as no surprise to all you that have read this far that we are major fans of the EasyPress 2.
In our view, it completely delivers on its promise to be the best compromise between an iron and a traditional heat press, and it’s certainly much more sophisticated than the original.
The Cricut EasyPress 2 is easy and efficient to use, delivers lasting and effective results, and is super safe and fun to boot. What more could you want?
Those looking to produce industrial/professional levels of HTV designs likely won’t find it enough of a workhorse, but the Medium and Jumbo sizes will be a great fit for every hobbyist crafter.
Just forget about the Mini…
Where to Buy the Cricut EasyPress 2
The EasyPress 2 was announced at the Mountain Makeathon at the end of July by CEO Ashish Arora, and released in September 2018.
You can buy the EasyPress 2 both directly from Cricut and Amazon, as well as other retailers too.
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