Over the years, I’ve used many heat press machines to sell and print tens of thousands of t-shirts, aprons, canvas tote bags, bibs, mouse pads and much much more. Of all the t-shirt heat press machines I’ve used, the best heat press by far were the ones manufactured by Stahls’ Hotronix.

Tshirt Riches is an authorized distributor of the Hotronix® and the MAXX™ Press and we’re proud to be able to provide and educate you about the best t-shirt heat transfer pressing equipment!

I’ve posted links below to pages within our website that’ll provide you with videos and information about the various types of heat presses available.

In addition to the heat press machines above, keep in mind that you don’t have to purchase new t-shirt heat presses…

If the machines above are outside of your budget, don’t hesitate to look for bargains on websites like Craigslist.com, eBay and Amazon. They’re sitting in people’s garages collecting dust and you can often find a bargain if you’re willing to buy used..

Apply the extra savings towards starting your new t-shirt business.

Comments

  1. Joe Murphy says

    Im highly interested in a thread able press. the only one that Ive found at a reaonable price is the vesta. How do you feel about vesta products. vesta VP3804U

    • says

      Hi Joe,
      I haven’t really formed any opinion on the Vesta machine. If you do research on reviews from other people you can not go wrong! Definitely, make Amazon your first place to look for the machine to read the reviews on it!

  2. Graham Taaffe says

    Hi i want. Advice on how I set up a printing business and where I can buy a machine if u have any advice and help I would be grateful

    • says

      Hi Graham,
      There’s tons of information listed right here on this site. I would highly encourage you to take as much time you need to spend on our site reading the information that’s already listed. Please be sure sign up for our FREE course and take advantage of the course we’ve created for those that are serious about getting starting with their own tshirt business. Everything you’ll need to know about starting your business is right on this site. Again, please take all the time you need to get yourself familiar with our website.

      If you live within the US, please click the link below to purchase one of the machines we recommend. These machines are top quality machines and machines we highly recommend.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine/

      If the machines listed in the link above are outside of your budget, you may try looking on ebay or Amazon for starter machines to get you started. Please know, you’ll find yourself replacing the starter (cheaper) machines before you know it. :)

    • says

      Hi Ashely,
      I apologize, we no longer offer the design services. In our course we do give access and show you how to get designs created at a cheaper cost.

  3. says

    I am an artist dying to design my own t shirts with my own art/ drawings etc. I would love to know how to proceed. How do I get designs on a transfer? Ink jet printer ok? Or laser? Would any transfer paper work? I want the best for the cheapest, where and whats recommended.

  4. Sidney says

    Hi, mr. Ross… Im really excited about getting started building my brand, and I was wondrering if we could stay in touch, I am an open book, Im a spunge, I want to learn any and everything about the garment printing industry…. within the next 90 days I will be ordering your course and puchasing my first heat press….

    So please if you have any advice or feedback from me, Im all ears, and I would even like to ask you some questions if that is ok…

    thanks bye now

  5. Earnest Matthews says

    Hi i want. Advice on how I set up a printing business I’m 18 years old and trying to start a legit t-shirt business but my question is what if the customers want they face or something like that on the shirt where would i get the graphic from can they just give me a picture or something ?

    • says

      Hi Charles,
      Yes, you’ll need a printer if you’ve decided to print the designs yourself from a printer. We used the Epson WF 7010 in the videos below. Please be sure to watch the videos! :)
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/high-heat-pigment-inks/
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/buy-transfer-paper/

      If you decide to have your designs screen printed onto the special release paper. I printer will not be needed.
      We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors.

      The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

      If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

  6. yuvraj says

    I am in the initial stage of starting my t shirt business. In my first order, I got screen printing done on my t shirts. I am thinking of buying a heat press and doing it on my own reducing the cost but I’m not too sure of the quality of print it would give, I don’t want a very heavy and thick print on my t shirts. How different is it from screen printing in terms of quality and cost.

    • says

      There are a variety of companies that make these transfers… Like many screen printers, each one is different and each have their own style. You’ll have to test which company is best for you. We sell a list of companies that do this process if you’re interested: http://www.tshirtriches.com/tee-pack/

      Contact each of them about sending you some samples. I wish there was an easier answer — but the quality of these types of transfers are superb. If you order the sample t-shirt pack, we’ll include an actual t-shirt with a screen printed transfer on it.

  7. KP says

    I would like to ask you that what temperature range machine do i need to buy for t-shirt ?
    because on your video setting temp is like more than 400 F, while hotronix only provide range
    200 F – 400 F….

  8. Melissa says

    Hey, Cartess! Thanks for the video and starter info. Just want to say it’s nice to have “regular folks” out there with positive advice. Very helpful stuff. Take care, Mel

  9. yoyo says

    I’m thinking about starting my customized t-shirt business in a mall (on the cart), A lot of people are already doing that! I The only thing holding me back now is the kind of software I need to get! I HAVE NO IDEA! I know I need two softwares, one for lettering, the other one for graphic! Can you please give some recommendation on softwares I can get to make customized t-shirt with!!!

    • says

      Hi Yoyo,

      If you’re asking which software to use to create designs. I highly suggest you hire a graphic artist to create the designs for you. Honestly, it will be a very wise decision to hire a graphic artist. It will save you a lot of time and money. The programs used are the adobe programs like photoshop, illustrator just to name a few. These programs are extremely complicated to the average person and takes years to have the ability to create designs that people will actually what to buy from you. Having the knowledge on how to use these programs is essentially like having another skill set within itself.

  10. MULENGA says

    Call me we talk more about the Heat press machine. I f you convince me, i will buy there and then. i am in need of it.
    Catch me on +260 966 832003

    • says

      Hi Mulenga,
      I apologize, but we’re not in the business of trying to convince others to make the decision on whether or not to start their own business. Our main goal is to help others start their own business, present you with the information you need, and allow you to make the decision for yourself.

      Here’s information about the heat press machines we have available. There’s pricing information as well as information about the machines.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine-101/

      Also, I noticed your email address has UK. We only ship the heat press machines within the US.

  11. patil abhishek says

    i m from india from where i can purchase this machine ………..guid me plz
    i wanna start my own t-shirt printing business

    • says

      Hi Patil,

      I apologize, we only ship the machines within the US. You may try looking online to find someone who ships to Inida. You may try Amazon, and Ebay.

  12. donte says

    Im trying to start a tshirt business what type of machines should I buy and best brand? Im on a budget as well

    • says

      Hi Jimmy,

      Here’s information about the heat press machines we have available and what we highly recommend. There’s pricing information as well as information about the machines.

      We also recommend that you purchase a machine that’s at least 16×20. Anything smaller than the 16×20 you’ll have issues printing on larger items.

      If the machine are outside of your budget try looking on Amazon, Ebay, or Craigslist.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine-101/

  13. Elizabeth Sylvince says

    Hi Cartess,

    I need your help. I want you get these shirts out to the public. Many who have seen my design keep asking me where they can buy them. I have tons of designs, but no website. I found a company to print and dropship for me, since I’m on a tight budget and can’t get a heatpress machine right now. His can I create a page or something where I can showcase my new designs and have people order and make payment?

    My goal is to sell my first shirt this month. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

    Elizabeth, from Brooklyn

  14. BHUVNESH KUMAR VISHVKARMA says

    Hi Cartess,

    I want to establish my own business in t-shirt printing . tell me about t-shirt printing machine & its heat transfer paper. what will be cost of machine .
    I hope that I will find your valuable feedback.

    thank for your assist.
    bhuvnesh kumar,

    • says

      Hi Sabrina,

      We only sell machines within the US. Please click the link below for more information.

      Here’s information about the heat press machines we have available and what we highly recommend. There’s pricing information as well as information about the machines.

      We also recommend that you purchase a machine that’s at least 16×20. Anything smaller than the 16×20 you’ll have issues printing on larger items.

      If the machine are outside of your budget try looking on Amazon, Ebay, or Craigslist.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine-101/

  15. Cheri L. Lee says

    Cartess,

    I am in the process of writing a grant for high school students to create a mock T-shirt business. They will actually make the T-shirts and donate them to various non-profit groups in the city. They will learn principles of business for high school credit. I am really green when it comes to what we should purchase for this “business”. The grant cannot be less than $10,000.00. I would like to purchase enough equipment, software and supplies for this to be sustainable project. Can you please direct me to where I can purchase press machines, software, bulk transfers and t-shirts so that I can prepare the budget for the grant.

    Thanks
    Cheri

    • says

      HI Cheri,

      The information I have available will get you going in the right direction.

      We have information available on our website that will assist you in starting your own business. Yes, we do have a course that is available that will definitely get you on your way and will provide you with all the tools you’ll need to get started.

      http://tshirtriches.com/training

      Please click out our other program
      http://tshirtriches.com/proteges

      Here’s information about the heat press machines we have available and what we highly recommend. There’s pricing information as well as information about the machines.

      We also recommend that you purchase a machine that’s at least 16×20. Anything smaller than the 16×20 you’ll have issues printing on larger items.

      If the machine are outside of your budget try looking on Amazon, Ebay, or Craigslist.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/heat-press-machine-101/

      If you find machines that are none other than the machines we recommend. Please do your research on the machine by reading reviews by individuals that have purchased the machine you’ve found that’s within your budget.

      If you wish to have designs screen printed…Please click the link below.

      However, we highly recommend screen printed transfers. Printing from a printer will not provide you the same results as screen printed designs and will not last as longer. The transfers we have are better than the transfer paper sold in stores. Again, this method can not replace or compare to screen printed transfers.

      We have a source list available for purchase. The source list includes various companies to purchase custom, and pre-made transfers from a list of transfer vendors as well as vendors to purchase blank shirts.

      The price for custom transfers will be determined by the amount of colors you have in your design. If you are on a tight budget then I would recommend no more than 2 colors in the design. The more colors in the design the more it will cost to have the designs screen printed onto the release paper.

      If you would, please click the link below to purchase the source list.
      http://www.tshirtriches.com/where-to-get-custom-t-shirt-transfers/

  16. Lee says

    …Is there a difference between a heat press and a sublimation heat press and if so what is the difference…

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