For the newcomers and previously ditched crafters, Press Sublimation exclusively works to gather the best sublimation supplies. These are the ones that we personally use for our regular printing. Though we carry tons of research, unless we purchase something and get a firsthand experience, our intuition never allows us to add any accessory or equipment based on just the research.
Why do we do that?
It is to provide you with the real face of the equipment that you might otherwise have fantasized about. And we believe you can’t recommend how good or bad something is, unless you try it on yourself and use it. Therefore, Press Sublimation is your ultimate way out to set your sublimation business at hikes of success with the right tools of sublimation, other than the sublimation printer.
Sublimation supplies, however, include inks, paper, and a pressing source (heat press, mug press, or convection oven). If you don’t intend to transfer the design onto a polymer surface, you may further need HTV sheets and polymer coatings or spray.
For writing the blogs for supplies, we first started with sublimation ink and paper–because without it, there’s no way you can come to the step 2 which is getting the design ready. Getting the right brands of ink was easier. We tested 10 and finalized 8 of them. All those 8 inks are installed in our units for over a year–so we know inside out of every bottle we’re talking about in the blog. Plus, covering you for the benefits you can make with them by using them in a specified manner that we guide you about.
And for the papers, we still remember getting ditched by a brand for selling us regular papers in the name of sublimation. Though sublimation appears to be pricier and may cost you thousands of dollars on a yearly base if you’re in high-volume printing. So it gets way critical to get the right sublimation paper that your printer supports and your heat press stays compatible with. In the blog “best sublimation paper”, we stayed very specific about the paper’s characteristics and its outcomes with various sublimation printers.
We haven’t expanded our product testing beyond ink and papers, and thus heat press and Cricut are yet to be included. Personally, we have both of these units for ourselves but for recommendations, we’d like to conduct surveys and give a try to several brands to see what’s best out there. Until then, a basic press machine or your old cricut press would be enough for you. And stay tuned for more reviews, they’re just around the corner.