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The New Cricut EasyPress 3: Complete Guide and Tutorial

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If you’ve ever felt intimidated by the thought of making your own t-shirt or tote bag with vinyl, I have good news to share. The new Cricut EasyPress 3 takes all the guesswork out of heat-transfer vinyl projects!

I’ll cover all the basics and walk through a simple t-shirt tutorial to get you pressing all the things.

Cricut EasyPress 3 with Cricut Explore 3 and infusible ink sheets in the background

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Cricut EasyPress 3 Crash Course

If you’d like to get a crash course on the EasyPress 3, check out my EasyPress 3 guide and tutorial video below.

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EasyPress 3: Background

The new Cricut EasyPress 3 was released on March 13, 2022. It comes in two sizes (9×9 inches and 12×10 inches), making it the perfect tool for heat-transfer projects. It’s a great addition to a craft room, and it’s safe to use indoors like you would a household iron.

Cricut EasyPress 3 heat press shown with EasyPress mat and small tote bag

Before we dive into all of the EasyPress 3 features, let’s look at the whole catalog of Cricut heat presses…because there are many!

Cricut Heat Presses: Current Lineup

Below is the full list of Cricut heat presses on the market, from smallest to largest. As you can see, the EasyPress 3 is an updated version of the EasyPress 2 rather than a completely new line.

Did you catch that? Cricut released three new machines in March 2022. Clearly, the company is serious about making your heat-pressing dreams come true!

EasyPress 3 shown with EasyPress mat and infusible ink transfer sheets
New Cricut EasyPress 3 shown with infusible ink transfer sheets

The new presses (EasyPress 3, Hat Press, and Autopress) use an app called Cricut Heat that connects via Bluetooth. I’ll cover the app down below. (You’re gonna love it.)

Benefits of Buying a Handheld Heat Press

If you’re a veteran EasyPress crafter, you can skip this section.

If you’re new to this game, you might wonder why you should buy a heat press when you already have a household iron. Those with commercial-grade heat presses (like me) might question the benefit of a handheld heat press.

Well, here you go…

EasyPress Benefits vs. Other Options

Benefits vs. Household Iron

  • Ability to control specific time and temperature settings by material
  • Evenly distributed heat across the whole plate surface

Benefits vs. Commercial Heat Press

  • More portable and lightweight, saving space in your craft room
  • Comes with user-friendly software giving detailed instructions for specific projects

So let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the EasyPress 3 model and how it differs from the EasyPress 2.

Cricut EasyPress 3: Product Review

Bottom line: The EasyPress 3 is like your heat-pressing personal assistant.

All the information you need to make a variety of iron-on projects is at your fingertips through the new Cricut Heat app. It’s as simple as just hitting the “Go” button and following the step-by-step directions.

Closeup view of EasyPress 3 machine showing buttons
Closeup view of EasyPress 3 heat press

What comes in the box with the EasyPress 3?

  • Canvas dust cover pouch with practice vinyl project
  • Safety base
  • Instructions for downloading the Cricut Heat app

What hasn’t changed with the EasyPress 3?

Some of the great features of the EasyPress 2 stayed the same in this newer model, including:

  • A ceramic coated heat plate that provides evenly distributed heat
  • The ability to specify time and temperature settings for 18 different heat transfer materials and 23 different blanks/substrates
  • The ability to heat up to 400℉ (204°C) for sublimation and infusible ink projects
  • Several safety features, including an auto-off feature after 10 minutes and the insulated safety base to protect your work surface from the heat

As you can imagine, the price of the EasyPress 2 has dropped since the release of an upgraded model. It’s now about $50 (USD) cheaper than the EasyPress 3 as of this writing.

So what do you get for the extra $50, and which heat press machine should you choose?

What’s new about EasyPress 3 vs. EasyPress 2?

The short answer is Bluetooth.

With the all-new Cricut Heat app, you simply select your materials (both the iron-on material and the blank/substrate) and automatically send the settings to the heat press via Bluetooth.

Cricut Heat mobile app next to EasyPress 3 machine and EasyPress mat

You still have the ability to manually input specific time and temperature settings on the machine itself. (This process would look the same as using an EasyPress 2.)

Cricut Heat app setting the time and temperature for the EasyPress 3 heat press

Having a wireless Bluetooth connection also means that the EasyPress 3 can receive firmware updates without a USB cord. The EasyPress 2 still requires a micro-USB cord (sold separately) to receive updates.

In short, the EasyPress 3 is like using GPS to drive to your destination instead of writing down directions and street names to find your way.

Comparison Chart: EasyPress 2 vs. EasyPress 3

EasyPress 2EasyPress 3
Sizes9″ x 9″
or
12″ x 10″
9″ x 9″
or
12″ x 10″
ColorsRaspberry, Mint,
Lilac, Blue
Light Blue only
Bluetooth enabledNoYes
App/
software
Cricut Heat Guide (online)*Cricut Heat app
(Android or Apple)
Firmware updatesvia micro-USB cordvia Bluetooth
Auto shut-offYesYes
Compatible materialsInfusible ink,
most iron-on materials
Same as EasyPress 2
Safety Base includedYesYes

*The new Cricut Heat app includes a link to access the standard Cricut Heat Guide. This comes in handy if you have a Cricut press without Bluetooth and want to use the new app as a reference.

Recommended EasyPress Accessories

I highly suggest buying a Cricut EasyPress mat that is at least as large as your heat press. (See alternatives in the FAQs below.)

Cricut EasyPress mat underneath shirt
Cricut EasyPress mat beneath t-shirt

Other useful accessories include:

  • Project supplies like iron-on vinyl (a.k.a. heat transfer vinyl), infusible ink, or sublimation transfers
  • Weeder and scraper tool, or Cricut Basic Tool Set
  • Heat-resistant tape (for infusible ink projects)
  • Cardstock and butcher paper (to prevent bleed-through for infusible ink projects)
  • Lint roller (to remove lint or dust from blank/substrate, especially for infusible ink projects)

Sample EasyPress 3 Projects

The EasyPress 3 has time/temperature settings for 23 different types of blanks (materials on which to transfer your design).

For starters, here are some items you can customize with heat-transfer designs.

  • Tote bags
  • Wine gift bags
  • T-shirts
  • Blankets
  • Pillow covers
  • Wood
  • Faux leather

And the list goes on!

Where to buy the Cricut EasyPress 3?

You can now purchase the EasyPress 3 at several retailers. Check the current prices by clicking the links below.

As of this posting, the EasyPress 3 is not available to buy on Amazon.

How to Set Up the EasyPress 3 Machine

To register a new machine, simply follow the instructions in the Cricut Heat app.

Registering new Cricut EasyPress 3 in the Cricut Heat app
Screenshot from Cricut Heat app

If you have not plugged in the heat press and turned on the power, you’ll get prompts to guide you (see below).

EasyPress 3 heat press setup in Cricut Heat app

Just like that, you’re registered and ready to start pressing! Let’s make a simple project together to take a closer look at the app.

Beginner Tutorial: Easy Heat-Transfer Vinyl T-Shirt

Supplies for HTV Shirt

T-shirt made with heat-transfer vinyl, shown with Cricut EasyPress 3, smart vinyl, and straw hat

Step 1: Select a design for the project

You can choose a design from Cricut Design Space or select one of my exclusive SVG designs in my digital download shop.

Follow the instructions in Cricut Design Space to cut the vinyl with a Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, or Joy machine. Be sure to reverse the image for iron-on vinyl.

Step 2: Weed the design

Weeding excess vinyl for heat-transfer vinyl t-shirt project

Remove the vinyl pieces around your main design to leave only the design you wish to transfer. A weeding tool helps with this process.

Step 3: Turn on the EasyPress 3 and Select Settings

Use the Cricut Heat app to select the transfer material and material you wish to apply it to.

For this project, I used Smart Iron-On Vinyl in black and selected a cotton/poly blend as the material I’m applying to.

Step 4: Send settings to EasyPress 3

The Cricut Heat app will give you a preview of the instructions.

Cricut Heat mobile app instructions

Just click the blue button in the app to send all of these settings to your heat press.

Note: Read “What You Need” carefully to make sure you have all the necessary supplies.

The “Go” button on your EasyPress 3 will turn green when it reaches the desired temperature. Then it’s just a matter of following the directions and watching the timer count down.

Pressing a t-shirt with the Cricut EasyPress 3 heat press
Hitting the Go button on the EasyPress 3

The app will prompt you for each step, and you’ll hit Go on the heat press to automatically start the timer each time.

Step 5: Peel the vinyl carrier sheet

Once you’ve completed each step, the app will tell you whether to peel the carrier sheet when the material is warm or cold. This project called for a cold peel.

T-shirt made with heat-transfer vinyl and EasyPress 3 heat press, shown with straw hat, Smart Vinyl, and the EasyPress 3

Final Thoughts: Should you buy an EasyPress 3?

If you are someone who loves Cricut crafting and don’t currently own an EasyPress 3, I think it’s well worth adding this to your Christmas list.

If you already own an EasyPress 2, I’d suggest holding off on upgrading. Consider adding an EasyPress mini, hat press, or mug press instead. (See the full lineup of heat presses again here.)

For those who dislike having to look up heat settings and manually enter them on your heat press, the EasyPress 3 with the Cricut Heat app is a game changer.

If you have a question not answered in the FAQs below, drop me a comment. Happy Crafting!

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FAQs

Do you need a mobile device to use the EasyPress 3?

Yes, you need a mobile device to register the product. However, it is possible to access the app on a tablet or some newer MacBook models, though the software is really intended to be used on mobile phones primarily.

Can I use an ironing board with the EasyPress 3?

No, it doesn’t have a surface that is solid or even enough for the heat press.

What can I use if I don’t have an EasyPress Mat?

For iron-on vinyl, you can use a cotton towel (without a pattern) on a hard, heat-resistant surface like a table. Depending on the materials, the Cricut Heat app does have some specific suggestions for using a towel. For infusible ink projects, an EasyPress Mat is the only recommended surface.

Will my work surface get damaged with the EasyPress 3?

The safety base will help protect your work surface, but you should still take care not to set the press directly onto surfaces that may get damaged with heat. Always set the heat press on the safety base when not in use.

Can I use the EasyPress 3 on projects that are larger than the heat press?

Yes, you can press in sections for heat transfer vinyl (HTV), but for infusible ink projects, you’ll want to make sure you don’t move the heat press around. That can lead to blurry edges instead of clean, sharp lines. For large infusible ink projects, you may need to opt for the larger 12×10-inch EasyPress 3 or the Autopress.

Can you do layered designs with heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and the EasyPress 3?

Yes, you can layer HTV on top of HTV or HTV on top of infusible ink. You cannot layer infusible ink on top of HTV because the infusible ink requires a much higher temperature and must be pressed before HTV. When layering multiple infusible ink transfer sheets, use the Slice and Set method to transfer multiple cuts onto one liner. Read more about layering here.

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  1. Girl… your tutorials are always so thorough, and it’s not different with this crash-course on the Cricut Easypress 3! I love how it feels you are talking directly to me! Pinned!