The Cricut EasyPress Mini is the latest heat press to hit the Cricut line of heat presses – it is set to be released on September 6th. Here is everything you need to know (that I know, so far!) Video tutorial and demo included.
About a month ago, I received an email letting me know a new product was about to be released from Cricut.
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Honestly – my first reaction?
ANOTHER EasyPress? Over the past few years, Cricut has released and perfected their EasyPress – releasing the original, and shortly thereafter, the EasyPress 2 in multiple sizes.
Did they really need to release another EasyPress? Could it really be that much different from the smallest EasyPress 2 that already existed.
I’ll be honest – I own every EasyPress that has been released (and some in different colors). While I use all of the different sizes, I just wasn’t sure if I needed another one.
Well, as soon as I got mine in the mail, my heart changed a little bit…and I think it might be one of my favorite sizes.
The first thing I thought when I opened the box was how CUTE it was.
I know, I know – that is not a reason to buy something. But it really is so tiny and cute. Smaller than my hand!
As soon as I got past that and was able to turn it on and use it, I could tell immediately that it was a special little machine with some great uses.
So today I wanted to share a little bit more about the EasyPress Mini so you can decide if it would be a good option for you!
How Much Does the EasyPress Mini Cost?
The EasyPress Mini is $69, which is less than any other EasyPress product. It is significantly smaller and more specialized, which is something to keep in mind.
While you can’t use coupons (whether they are for Cricut.com or a manufacturer coupon), I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some kind of deal pop up!
What Projects Should I use the EasyPress Mini for?
The EasyPress Mini is perfect for small projects. It really excels at small spaces that are just too hard to reach with one of the other EasyPress sizes – including the 6×7 size.
It’s perfect for projects that have hard to reach angles or are just small – and using a larger EasyPress or even an iron can mess it up because the size of it’s plate.
Some of the suggested uses include:
- Stuffed Animals
- Shoes (adult and baby!)
- Anything with different curves or corners
- Perler Beads (This is the first thing we used ours for. It’s PERFECT for those projects)
As someone who tried to do an iron-on project with a hat awhile back – and I just ended up with something that looked pretty bad…I can say that this is definitely a needed item for anyone who does anything above regularly.
Cricut EasyPress Mini Video
Below you will find lots of information about the EasyPress Mini. However, if you are more the type who enjoys videos, here is a YouTube video we created demoing it!
What Materials Can I use it with?
The EasyPress Mini should work with any major brand of iron-on (including glitter) as well as the new Cricut Infusible Ink – I’m crossing my fingers that means they will be releasing some more blanks, such as hats!
What are the different EasyPress Mini Settings?
This is where there’s a big difference between the other EasyPress machines – you can’t manually control the temperature.
Instead, you select between three different levels – which I assume are low, medium and high.
You can find the exact settings for the iron-on material you are using and the blank you are using by checking out the EasyPress Interactive Heat Guide.
The EasyPress Mini also doesn’t have a built-in timer. This isn’t a huge deal, but I do appreciate the inclusion of this on other EasyPress machines.
Where Can I Buy the EasyPress Mini?
You can buy the EasyPress Mini on the Cricut.com website starting on September 6th. I would imagine it will be available in-store wherever you can buy other EasyPress machines!
Do I really need an EasyPress Mini?
I mean, do we really need most things in our life? HA! All joking aside, I don’t think everyone – or even the majority of people – will need this.
It is definitely amazing for certain types of projects – and if you do a lot of the ones I mentioned above, then ABSOLUTELY consider getting one of these.
However, if you are primarily doing larger projects (t-shrirts, bags, etc.), then this may not be one that you especially need right now. The thing that’s awesome is that there are so many different sizes of EasyPress machines – and I don’t think they intended for every person to buy EVERY size. They just are offering an option of different sizes for different types of people.
What I do really like is that it can keep the heat contained to the area that you need it to be in. In the past when I’ve tried to use my EasyPress for smaller designs, I’ve ended up smooshing the blank or just overheating parts of the material that I shouldn’t be overheating. Because of its size, it’s a lot easier to control where the heat is going.
Any Special Features?
Like the EasyPress 2 machines, these come equipped with the auto-off feature…which is helpful if you are like me and tend to get distracted and forget to turn things off!
It is very small and easy to hold, and the specially designed tip is perfect for getting hard to reach areas and corner.
What colors does it come in?
As of right now, I am only seeing that it is available in the Raspberry color. That doesn’t mean other colors won’t be released though!
While I can’t guarantee it, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw limited edition colors released to stores like Joann’s and Michael’s.
Can’t I just use an iron?
You can – however, I do find this easier to handle than a traditional iron – especially for these smaller projects. It’s also helpful, in a way, that there are so few heat settings on it.
I have seen mini irons at craft stores that may work comparatively, but I honestly haven’t used them and can’t give an opinion on that yet!
What EasyPress should I get?
As I already mentioned, I think Cricut’s intention with releasing all these different sizes isn’t to make people feel like they have to have every single one – but more to make sure everyone has an option for what they need.
I do like the EasyPress Mini, but I don’t think it would personally be MY first choice. It definitely is designed for specific projects. I am glad I have it, but if you are looking for more a general use EasyPress 2, I would definitely recommend the 9×9!
However, I will be doing an in-depth review soon of ALL the EasyPress options, so hopefully that will help. If you are trying to decide between an EasyPress, Iron, or a Traditional Heat Press, check out this post!
I hope that this was helpful in giving you more information on the EasyPress Mini! It’s really a powerful machine for how small it is, and I think it will be a great investment for certain people.