February 6, 2019  

What Is The Cricut EasyPress 2 And Do You Need One?


If you’re wondering what the Cricut EasyPress 2 is and what it does, this is the blog post for you. Today i’m sharing an overview of this handy crafting tool and how you can use it to create awesome iron-on projects.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text and 100% my own. This post also contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for details.

Preppy monograms? Snarky sayings? Cutesy holiday designs? Personalized onesies? You can create all of these yourself using your Cricut cutting machine and the EasyPress 2. Customize T-shirts, blankets, pillows, bags, shoes, socks, and beyond!

When I upgraded to the Cricut Maker a couple of months ago, I wrote that it was a game changer for my crafting projects. Well, my friends, Cricut did it again with the EasyPress 2!

This nifty tool combines the speed of a heat press with the convenience of a household iron to make all of your custom T-shirt dreams come true.

Today I’m sharing all of the ins and outs of the EasyPress 2 and then I have the cutest iron-on craft to share with you next week! I can hardly wait for you to see how cute it looks in the nursery! Until then, keep reading for everything you need to know about the EasyPress 2.

Related: What materials does the Cricut Maker cut? [A look at my new Cricut cutting machine]

Here’s a summary of the topics covered in today’s post:

  • What is a Cricut EasyPress?
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    • What is the difference between the EasyPress 2 and standard iron?
    • What is the difference between the EasyPress 2 and heat presses?
    • What are all of the types of Cricut iron-on material?
    • What base materials can you apply iron-on materials to?
    • Which Cricut machines can cut iron-on materials?
    • Which size of EasyPress 2 is right for me?
    • What temperature should I use for my iron-on project?
    • How long does iron-on last?
  • Do I need an EasyPress?
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what is A cricut easypress?

The Cricut EasyPress is a heat tool designed specifically for adding iron-on materials to your creative projects. It gives you professional iron-on results in 60 seconds or less.

You can use a Cricut EasyPress to iron designs onto shirts, bags, pillows, banners, shoes, hats, blankets, and much more.

Unlike a conventional iron, the EasyPress applies even, consistent pressure. Its digital control panel gives you full control over the temperature settings and includes a handy timer. Those settings really take the guesswork out of iron-on projects!

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The Cricut EasyPress 2 has even more features than the original EasyPress:

  • It remembers your heat temperature and time settings when it turns off. This is super convenient when you’re working on a project over a couple of days or if you usually use materials with the same heat settings.
  • It heats up fast! The EasyPress 2 can heat all the way up to 400 degrees in less than 3 minutes.
  • Its ceramic-coated heat plate is more advanced than the original EasyPress which means even heat with just a +/- 5-degree variance.
  • It comes in 3 sizes to fit projects ranging from petite to XL.
  • Includes a rubber base to protect your work surface.
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easypress 2 frequently asked questions

What is the difference between the EasyPress 2 and standard irons?

The EasyPress 2 is specifically designed to create professional iron-on projects at home. The ability to control the exact temperature settings and apply consistent heat over your entire project are two things you just cannot replicate with a conventional household iron.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE EASYPRESS 2 AND HEAT PRESSES?

Another alternative to the EasyPress 2 is a heat press. Cricut has busted the myth that you need tons of pressure to apply iron-on materials which means you really don’t need a big heat press. The EasyPress 2 delivers the even heat you need for lasting results. Plus, heat presses are big and bulky while the EasyPress 2 is much easier to store and transport.

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What are all of the types of Cricut iron-on material?

There is a large variety of iron-on materials that you can use to step up your crafting game. Here’s a list of the iron-on materials available from Cricut:

  • EveryDay Iron-on
  • Lite
  • Foil
  • Holographic Sparkle
  • Glitter
  • Patterned
  • Metallic
  • SportFlex

Check out all of these cool materials in the Cricut Store.

What base materials can you apply iron-on materials to?

You can apply iron-on material to tons of base materials including a huge assortment of fabrics as well as some non-fabric materials.

Here’s a list of materials Cricut has tested:

  • 100% Cotton
  • Cotton/Poly Blend
  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Silk
  • Mesh
  • Cotton Canvas
  • Felt
  • Faux Leather
  • Cardstock
  • Corkboard
  • Chipboard

Which Cricut machines can cut iron-on materials?

The entire family of Cricut cutting machines can cut iron-on material, also known as heat transfer vinyl (HTV).

The EasyPress 2 simply plugs into a power outlet and doesn’t require any software so it can be used to apply iron-on designs created with any cutting machine.

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Which size of EasyPress 2 is right for me?

The EasyPress 2 comes in 3 sizes. They all work the same but their sizes make them ideal for different types of projects.

A couple things to consider when choosing an EasyPress are:

  • What size of project do you make most often?
    • Using a very large EasyPress 2 on a very small project can be awkward.
    • Using an EasyPress 2 that is smaller than your project means you will need to make multiple presses which can over-process the iron-on material if you’re not careful.
  • Will you travel with your EasyPress 2?
    • The smallest EasyPress 2 makes a great travel companion! It is lightweight and easily fits in a bag. Larger sizes can also travel but are obviously bulkier.
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What temperature should I use for my IRON-ON PROJECT?

The Cricut EasyPress Recommended Settings page has everything you need! Select your iron-on material and base material and this resource page will give you the temperature and time your project requires. It also tells you if you should do a warm peel or cold peel.

How long does iron-on last?

The Cricut team does extensive testing to ensure their iron-on materials are long-lasting. Many of their iron-on materials include the StrongBond™ Guarantee. This means that when Cricut iron-on is used as directed, you’ll be completely satisfied with the results. If not, they will replace it for free.

Related: What materials does the Cricut Maker cut? [A look at my new Cricut cutting machine]

Do I need an EasyPress 2?

I know what you’re thinking…is the EasyPress 2 really a MUST?

And the honest answer is no, it’s definitely not a requirement.

But will you wonder how you ever crafted without one as soon as you try it? Absolutely!

You can easily continue using a conventional iron for your iron-on projects. But if you plan to continue to craft with this material, I think the EasyPress 2 is worth adding to your wish list. It’s not the cheapest crafting tool out there, but it’s certainly one you will reach for often which I think makes it worth the investment!

Like I pointed out earlier, the EasyPress 2 gives off even heat and it’s so nice to have the digital controls so you can set the exact temperature and time as recommend by Cricut. This will give you the most flawless, long-lasting iron-on project that is backed by Cricut’s StrongBond™ Guarantee.

Take a look at the EasyPress 2 options in the Cricut Store and decide if it’s right for you.. 

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I hope I answered all of your EasyPress 2 questions today! If you have any other questions about this crafting tool, I’m happy to answer them in the comments below.

I’ll be back next week to share the sweetest iron-on project I created for Chloe’s room. It looks so darn cute in the nursery and would also make a sweet baby gift.

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Have a great day!

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