What is the Best HTV
What is the Best Heat Transfer Vinyl
You probably think that all heat transfer vinyl or HTV or t-shirt vinyl is the same. Or you’ve just always bought the cheapest possible because they can’t possibly BE that much different.
If you’re like most people (and ME) , you’ve just been buying HTV from Siser or Cad Cut or FDC or one of the other heat transfer vinyl’s you just happened to find on the internet, or that came with your new cutter. (Okay, actually, FDC IS pretty good!)
Or if you’re a Cricut or Cameo user like about 10 million other people, you probably have been limited by the choices you have anyway – stuck with (pun intended) literally the world’s most expensive cost and cheapest feel vinyl on the market.
Have you ever tried weeding that stuff you can get from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby?
But whether you’re a pro making custom shirts with HTV or trying to start a real business based on your Circuit or Cameo cutters with HTV, there IS a difference in HTV brands – at least I realized that after trying Triton Heat Transfer Vinyl.
Let me tell you, then call it “Rapid Peel” for a reason!
More about Triton Vinyl in a bit, first…
What is HTV?
HTV stands for Heat Transfer Vinyl.
Basically, you load vinyl into your cutter, whether it’s a small Circuit cutter or a big Roland or Graphtec professional cutter, then cut out lettering or graphics into the vinyl.
Peel the unwanted vinyl away from your design, then apply it to a t-shirt and heat press it on (not iron it, use a heat press).
HTV most often comes in rolls for professional cutters. Usually the smallest pro roll you can get is about 15” by 5 Yards. It sometimes comes in sheets of 12” x 12” for hobby cutters like the Circuit.
It’s quite the same as the stuff you use to put designs into scrap books. It’ needs heat to make it stick permanently.
Let me say there that HTV is not the same as using a direct to garment printer or a white toner printer for t-shirt transfers. You can do full color with both of those AND you never have to “weed” your designs. It’s like magic 😊. But there are a few cool options for HTV:
Heat Transfer Vinyl isn’t limited to just solid colors, although that’s what you’ll see on sports jerseys and for MOST of the custom t-shirt made with it. It’s also used for BLING!
If you’re like me and LIKE a little bling in your life, there’s some great glitter vinyl colors available. Very sparkly. Perfect HTV for cheer mom shirts for example.
There’s also some very cool patterns available, like camo and animal prints. You can get very creative with HTV!
Triton HTV Heat Transfer Vinyl
Now we get down to why I’m writing this – I’ve tried Triton Rapid Peel HTV – and am a huge fan!
Triton came out a few months ago, sold by Colman and Company, the same people that sell the digital heatfx printers and the ink for the M2, Viper2 and M6 DTG Printers.
And it is VERY different from Siser and Cad Cut for example.
First of all, if you haven’t made a complicated vinyl design on HTV and then tried to peel It or weed it, you’re just not going to understand. Stop – go do that 😊. You need to understand the level of frustration after you’ve waited 20 minutes for a design to get cut with a Circuit and then rip the vinyl when you peel it – or just take FOR-EV-ER to do it.
Triton HTV is just a breeze to work with:
- It’s EASY to PEEL – they say the digital heatfx color t-shirt transfer system they sell is “no weed”, and that’s true -but Triton is SO CLOSE TO THAT. So easy to peel.
- Cuts great – very consistent cut
- Looks great – colors wash really well
- Feels GREAT – it’s very thin. Not sure what the thickness measurement is, but in the shirts I’ve seen it’s almost like it’s not even there.
As for PEELING or WEEDING – just watch this video Colman and Company did:
So.. What IS the Best HTV today?
I think you know my answer.
Check out Triton HTV here: https://colmanandcompany.com/Triton I think you can even get a sample package!