New – Cricut Mug Press – Everything you need to know!

Last Thursday, Cricut announced its new product: a Mug Press. It will be available on March 11th, 2021 including in Canada!

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Now, I didn’t get to try the new Cricut Mug Press myself, but I did get a personal presentation from Cricut where I got to ask all the questions (and I’m someone who asks a lot of questions😄)!! So here’s everything you need to know.

What is the Cricut Mug Press

The Cricut Mug Press is a heat press for mugs. It enables you to make vibrant, pro-quality and personalized mugs.

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What do I need with the Cricut Mug Press?

To use the Cricut Mug Press you’ll also need these:

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What’s the difference between adding vinyl to a mug and this new product?

Iron-on (HTV) or adhesive vinyl are both attached to the mug using adhesive. Infusible Ink will become one with the mug which means your designs will be permanent as well as dishwasher and microwave safe.

What’s the difference between this Mug Press and other mug press out there?

Cricut states that their Mug Press is easier, more efficient, safer to use and way less bulky than the other mug press.

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It’s simple because there are no heat plate or pressure adjustments to make.

Efficient because it makes beautiful transfers every time because of the heat plate that applies even and consistent heat.

It’s safer because all touchpoints are cool plastic. The handle of the mug stays cool and there’s an auto-shutoff feature (probably made especially for people like me 😆)!

Can I use any type of mugs?

You’ll need “sublimation compatible” mugs if you want to use other types of mugs than the Cricut brand but Cricut cannot guarantee the results.

As for the Cricut mugs, they come in two sizes:

Both sizes are sold in packs of 2, 6 and 36. The 15 oz mugs also come with one plain white box that can be used for gifting.

How will I know what size to make my design?

This is where Cricut makes your life easier!

Cricut is selling sheets of Infusible Ink that are the right size for the mugs.

Plus, Design Space has a mug design set up that will help you know exactly what size to scale your design and where it will end up on the mug. No mistakes can be made!

In addition to the straight regular border, this template offers 4 other borders for a chic finish look. Cricut really thought of everything!

Who is this for?

Now, the Cricut Mug Press is not cheap. Even considering everything that I’ve told you before. You know I’m always straightforward and that’s why I would personally not advise it for everyone.

I think the Cricut Mug Press is awesome for:

  • People that make mugs for sale and are looking for a pro-quality finish;
  • Someone that is not tech-savvy and wants something that is simple to use;
  • Someone that is looking for a mug press and doesn’t have a lot of space.

If like me, you make mugs once or twice a year, I don’t think it’s worth it unless you have money to spare (does that really happen?) or want to splurge on yourself for once because you really deserve it (that, I do understand!!🤣).

If you really want to buy it, I suggest you do it by buying it in a bundle as you can read in the next paragraph.

Where can I buy the Cricut Mug Press in Canada?

In Canada, you’ll be able to buy the Cricut Mug Press and accessories at Michael’s and on Amazon.ca.

Whether you are Canadian or American

What I like to do when starting with a new product where I’ll definitely need specific materials to make it work is to buy it as a bundle on Cricut.com even if the prices are in USD (That’s what I did when I bought my Easy Press 2).

As an example, the Essentials Materials Bundle is hardly more expensive than the Cricut Mug Press alone and has more than $45 in materials included.

You can see the difference in the bundles here:

Cricut Mug PressEssentials Materials BundleEverything Materials Bundle
Ceramic Mug Blank, White – 12 oz/340 ml 4 mugs8 mugs
Infusible Ink™, – 4.5″ x 12″ (varied colours)2 boxes6 boxes
Infusible Ink™ Pens (0.4)05 pens
Infusible Ink™ Markers (1.0)5 markers5 markers
Heat Resistant Tape1 roll2 rolls
source: Cricut.com

Also, if you want to save even more, you can subscribe to Cricut Access for one month. This will give you 10% off on your order and access to all Cricut Access projects, images and fonts for a month.

Furthermore, you can install the Honey extension on your browser. This extension will search for you if there’s a discount available and apply it automatically to your order if it’s the case.

And for you my Canadian friends, don’t you worry, you’ll have no customs fees if you order from Cricut.com.

Want to see more?

To see the Cricut Mug Press in action, check out this video:

If there’s something I didn’t cover and you still have a question, don’t hesitate to write it in the comments below!

Happy crafting!