New Video Offers Side-by-Side Comparison of American Made Vs. Imported Heat Press

One of the most important investments you will make as a decorator offering heat-applied graphics will be your heat press. The right press ensures efficient, smooth-running production with high-quality results.

The wrong press may slow down production, damage garments and result in a higher rate of returns.

When researching which press to buy, it’s critical to understand the differences in quality and performance to allow you to get the best value for your money. In a new video recently released by GroupeSTAHL, industry veteran Josh Ellsworth does a side-by-side comparison of a U.S.-made Hotronix heat press vs. an imported brand.

Ellsworth points out some things to look for when evaluating a heat press that anyone can do. These include checking that the upper platen is level and how to identify if there is pinching around the back of the lower platen. He also demonstrates how to check the accuracy of the upper platen temperature using a temperature measuring device.

The veteran points out construction features to look for and explains the differences between the methods used, which are an indication of the longevity and durability of the press. And he suggests observing if the press allows for the “threading” of garments as well as interchangeable platens, which enables it to be used for a wider range of products.

Finally, the lower platens of the two presses are “sliced” apart to allow a visual comparison of the heating elements and temperature-reading devices.

Check out this educational video at and make an informed decision the next time you are shopping for a heat press.