Updated: Sep 28, 2020
I get asked this question daily, Which Cricut machine should I get? Cricut Maker, Explore Air 2 or Joy? But it can be really hard to help because I don't know what you're into, what you want to make with a machine or what features you might be interested in. So in the style of a 90's teen magazine, I have created a set of questions to help you figure out which machine might be the one for you!
It's worth saying this is a bit of fun to get you started on your search for the perfect Cricut Machine, a little nudge in the right direction if you like. So please do some more research, as there are a few bits I couldn't fit into this fun quiz that might be important to you! But it will give you a starting point and a clearer indication of which might be for you!
It's also worth noting that all machines use the same software, Cricut Design Space, so there is no difference there- remember that you can download Cricut design space as an app onto your Smart Phone or Tablet or as software onto your computer and have a play before you buy a machine!
FIND OUT MORE:
I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CRICUT MAKER:
Cuts Thick/Dense Materials Like Balsawood, Foam and Leather
Has an Adaptive tool system with a range of add on tools - Debossing, Perforation, Engraving, Scoring, Knife Blade, Wavy Blade.
Can cut Cardstock, Paper, Vinyl, Iron Vinyl etc with Ease.
Can draw or write with a pen
New Maker tools could be released that will fit the Maker.
Has the ability to cut out an image printed to your printer onto any colour of material. This is a great feature for making stickers.
I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CRICUT EXPLORE AIR 2:
Great for Cutting Iron-on, Vinyl and Cardstock.
Can draw or write with a pen
Has add-on Scoring stylus for scoring projects.
Has the ability to cut out an image printed to your printer onto white material. This is a great feature for making stickers.
Comes in a range of colours.
I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CRICUT JOY:
Portable, It's Small size makes it easy to carry around and store!
Perfect for quick projects
Compatible Card mat make making cards even easier
Can cut up to 20ft of length
Works with Smart materials to cut without a mat.
Can draw or write with a pen.
ALL THREE MACHINES:
Use Cricut Design Space- The design software you will use to create projects and make them. This is either an app downloaded to your smartphone or tablet or software downloaded onto your desktop. Cricut Design Space stores your projects in the cloud to be used across your devices. You can download Cricut Design Space before you buy a machine to have a play and start designing! Find it on the Cricut Website.
Have the ability to upload your own images and add your own fonts.
Use Bluetooth connectivity. All machines can connect to devices via Bluetooth. Cricut Joy has no cables to connect to the computer, Joy works completely with Bluetooth, the other two machines have an optional USB cable to connect to the computer.
You'll find a handy machine comparison guide below from Cricut (prices, of course, subject to change!) to help you compare the three machines:
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHEN SEARCHING FOR YOUR NEW CRAFT BEST FRIEND:
Have a rough idea of what you would like to make, looking for the best machine for you will be much easier if you have a few projects in mind!
Know the kinds of materials you would like to be able to cut. This is the biggest difference between machines, so knowing which materials you want to cut will make the choice easier!
There isn't a 'beginner machine' as they all use the same software, Cricut Design Space. So there is no difference in how easy the machines are to use. If you can use a smartphone you can use a Cricut machine!
Everything you need to get started comes in the bow with your machine, but I would recommend buying a basic toolset, an extra set of mats and a few materials so that you can get playing straight away. If you are looking at using iron-on vinyl, I would also consider the Cricut Easy Press to accompany your machine.
Think about things you might want to craft in the future with a machine too, I see lots of people upgrading machines once they get the Cricut bug and wishing they had gone for the Cricut maker in the first place!
GOOD LUCK FINDING THE NEW CRAFTING LOVE OF YOUR LIFE! I'M ALWAYS HAPPY TO HELP ANSWER ANY OF YOUR CRICUT QUESTIONS, SO PLEASE SHOUT IF YOU HAVE ANY!
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