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The Cricut Mug Press just got out – is this something you should rush to the store to buy? Here are my first thoughts on the product version and what you should know!
Photo from Cricut.com
A few weeks ago I saw a “leak” about the new Cricut Mug Press in a Facebook group. I no longer partnered with Cricut so I didn’t dig into the secret, but it definitely piqued my curiosity.
It isn’t currently available to the general public, but it should be ready for purchase on March 11th.
As with the new Cricut product, people get very excited … and then they ask themselves, “Is it even worth getting this?”
I firmly believe that you are spending your money wisely and not needing to buy every device that comes out. I don’t think the mug press will be a “must have” for everyone – or even most people – but when I get it, I will share my thoughts even further.
But until then, here are some questions you might ask while waiting for March 11th.
What is the Cricut Mug Press?
This is Cricut’s latest version of the product that can be used to make bespoke cups in no time. They claim that you can make beautiful, long-lasting mugs in minutes.
It looks a bit like a bottle warmer to me! But it looks like it takes some of the more annoying parts of mug making out of the picture.
What materials can you use with the Cricut Mug Press?
The Cricut Mug Press is only compatible with Infusible Ink, which is kind of crap. However, I suspect you can try some other sublimation materials and see how to do it.
You can use Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets as well as the Infusible Ink Pens to create your own designs. I think the pens will be fun to use!
Which cups can I use with the mug press right now?
Cricut says the only way they’ll approve of is their brand – as you’d expect. However, I am pretty sure there will be many brands of mug that you can use with it, although doing so could void your warranty.
I plan to test it out with several different cups nearby so be careful!
How much does the Cricut Mug Press cost?
The Mug Press costs $ 199 – so it’s definitely a pretty penny. I’m not sure if this is worth the price unless you’re a large mug maker and want to stick to the Infusible Ink line (for now, at least).
Where can I buy the Cricut Mug Press?
The Cricut Mug Press is available at Cricut.com and all of your favorite craft stores that typically sell Cricut products both online and in-store.
Which machines can I use with the cup press?
Any machine that can cut out infusible ink is a fair game – Joy, Explore Air 2, The Maker … the hell, use your Silhouette machine!
And when you have the Infusible Ink pens, you don’t even need a Cricut machine if you’re good at giving them free.
How does the Cricut Mug Press work?
Cricut is promoting their 1-2-3 system:
- Design your project in the Design Space (then cut it out)
- Attach the infusible ink to your mug
- Insert the mug and let the mug press emboss the design into your mug
Here is a video that demonstrates the process:
Should I get the Cricut Mug Press?
That is a difficult question! I can see the benefits of the mug press – it makes it SUPER easy to make beautiful mug designs. There are tons of fun designs using Infusible Ink. And all of the mugs I’ve seen look pretty cool.
But is it necessary? I probably don’t think so for most people. I think it could be great for someone who wants to sell mugs professionally or who makes a large quantity of mugs for other uses. I also think it’s great for someone who just wants a really straightforward approach to mug making.
At the price it is at, I wouldn’t jump right into this one though. It’s a pretty new product that hasn’t been mass-tested – just Cricut’s trial time and a few select influencers – so if it were me … I’d wait and see what actual consumers of the product think and how non-Cricut products work in order to.
I think the designs look fun and vibrant, and I’m definitely exciting to learn more about and see what I think!
If you had $ 200 to spare, I’d probably grab a Cricut Joy instead – or use it for something like the DreamBox.
What do you think? I would like to hear your thoughts on Mug Press. Come back soon for some content that I will be creating as soon as I learn more about Mug Press and what they offer.
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