The Cricut Mug Press was just released – is this something you should rush to the store to buy? Here are my initial thoughts on the product release and what you should know!
Well, Cricut has released another new product – The Mug Press.
I just bought mine from JOANN – not because I think it’s a must-buy, but because I feel it’s my duty to try it out and share my experience with all of you.
As with with new Cricut product, people get super excited…and then they start to ask themselves, “Is this even worth getting?”
I’m a big believer in spending your money wisely and not buying every gadget that comes out. I don’t think the Mug Press is a “must buy” for EVERYONE – but it is a pretty handy machine.
Below you will find some answers to some common questions I’ve been seeing. Read on and leave a comment below if you have any additional questions!
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What is the Cricut Mug Press?
This is Cricut’s latest product release designed to make making customized mugs in a jiffy. They claim that you can make beautiful, long lasting mugs in just a matter of minutes.
It looks a little bit like a bottle warmer to me! But it does look like it takes some of the more annoying parts of mug making out of the picture.
What types of materials can you use with the Cricut Mug Press?
The Cricut Mug Press is only compatiable with Infusible Ink sheets and Infusible Ink pens, which is kind of a bummer. Well – that’s the official recommendation from Cricut at least.
I have been seeing others using regular sublimation paper, which I am going to be trying out soon.
What mugs can I use the Mug press right now?
Cricut says that the only kind they approve of is their brand. I actually find them to be pretty high quality – I got some on sale at the store for just $2.99.
I am planning to test it out with several different mugs in the near future, so be on the lookout for that! If they are meant for sublimation, you can probably use them with the Cricut Mug Press.
How Much Does the Cricut Mug Press Cost?
The Mug Press is $199 – so it definitely cost a pretty penny. I’m not sure I think that’s worth the price unless you are a major mug maker and want to be limited to the Infusible Ink line (for now, at least).
Where can I buy the Cricut Mug Press?
The Cricut Mug Press will be available on Cricut.com and at all your favorite crafting stores that normally sell Cricut products, both online and in-store.
What Machines Can I Use with the Mug Press?
Any machine that can cut out Infusible Ink is fair game – the Joy, Explore Air 2, The Maker…heck, use your Silhouette machine!
And if you have the Infusible Ink pens, then you don’t even NEED a Cricut machine if you are good at free handing it.
One thing to keep in mind is that in order to setup your Mug Press, you WILL need Design Space. This is just for a few seconds to register and update the machine – then you can use whatever machine you want.
How Does the Cricut Mug Press Work?
Cricut touts their 1-2-3 system :
- Design your project in Design Space (and then cut it out)
- Attach the infusible ink to your mug
- Insert the mug and let the Mug Press imprint the design into your mug
Here is a video demonstrating the process:
Should I get the Cricut Mug Press?
This is a hard one! I can see the benefits of the Mug Press – it makes it SUPER simple to make beautiful mug designs. There are tons of fun designs with Infusible Ink. And all of the mugs I’ve seen look pretty cool.
But is it necessary? I think for most people, probably not. I think it could be great for someone who is wanting to sell mugs professionally or who make a high volume of mugs for other purposes. I also think it’s great for someone who just wants a really hands off approach to making mugs.
However, at the price it’s at, I wouldn’t jump right into this one. It’s a pretty new product that hasn’t been tested by the masses – only Cricut’s testing time and a few select influencers – so if it was me…I’d wait to see what actual consumers of the product think and how non-Cricut products work with it.
I do think the designs look fun and vibrant, and I am certainly exciting to learn more about it and see what I think!
If you have a spare $200, I’d probably grab a Cricut Joy instead – or put it toward something like the DreamBox.
What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the Mug Press. Be sure to come back soon for some content I’ll be creating as soon as I learn more about the Mug Press and what it has to offer.
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Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.