I think that is a great question! Which Cricut Machine is right for you? Well, today I want to share all I know and break down the difference between the different Cricut cutting machines and what may make one more of a choice for you than the other. I want to share some points with that I think are important before considering purchasing a Cricut machine.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.
First, let’s talk about the two different machines. There is the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Cricut Maker. To be completely honest with you, I have never used the Cricut Explore Air 2, but have used my Cricut maker extensively and I understand and have seen the differences between the two machines.
To put it simply…the Cricut Explore Air 2 is going to be a more budget friendly choice, a great value for your DIY and crafting projects. The Cricut Maker is a powerhouse. It is so versatile and can take your projects to another level. When trying to decide what cutting machine is right one should take into consideration a few points, 5 exactly. Well, thats how many I have come up with. Let chat!
1. Are you a beginner and is budget a concern?
There are so many factors to take into consideration when thinking about purchasing your first cutting machine. Cricut has proven to have some really amazing machines and I want to help you decide which Cricut machine is right for you. First, let’s discuss budget. Are you wanting to get into the Cricut craze and want to start making fun projects at home? Are you very budget minded? Do you want a machine that is great for beginners and is a bit more simple in its abilities? Maybe you are just looking for a vinyl cutting machine? You should definitely check out the Cricut Explore Family. There are 3 different cutting machine options here. The Cricut Explore One is the perfect beginner machine.
This machine is a great paper cutting machine as well as a great vinyl cutting machine. It does have its limitations however. it has a limited amount of tools and cuts up 100 popular materials! Thats pretty great. It is also very affordable, especially if you are just getting started. This is a great option for someone who is wanting to give a Cricut cutting machine a try.
Now, let’s talk about the second option. Are you willing or able to spend a bit more money and want something that can cut over 300 materials and use countless tools? The Cricut Maker might be perfect for you. Even a beginner can master the Cricut Maker in no time. I, myself was a beginner. I hadn’t touched a Cricut machine ever. Cricut is excellent at teaching and has wonderful video tutorials that help you with each and every part of the Cricut Maker. I learned how to use this cutting machine in no time. You could say it’s definitely more than just a vinyl cutting machine.
2. Will this be a hobby craft cutting machine or used extensively for many projects and possibly for income?
This is an important question to ask yourself. Originally, I had no plans to use my Cricut Maker for income, but as I have been using it more and more, I have begun making things to sell and do custom jobs for people. Having the versatility of the Cricut Maker as well as the power has made turning my little crafting projects into money makers easy! If you think you want might want to eventually expand, it might be wise to invest in the Cricut Maker to begin with.
Do you fully intend to use your Cricut paper cutting machine as a hobby pastime, where you may only use it a couple times a month or less? I would recommend purchasing the Cricut Explore Air 2 or one of the other Cricut Explore machines, simply for price and use ability. You can do so much with the Cricut Explore machines, but do have some restraints that the Cricut Maker can do.
3. Will you be using your machine to cut fabrics?
This is a big one. Do you want to be able to cut fabrics as well as leather and 200 other materials? Then the Cricut Maker is right for you! The Cricut Explore Air 2 cannot cut fabrics as well as many others. It can cut 100 materials, but the Cricut Maker can cut 300!( Check out my post all about the materials you can use with it here) The Cricut Maker can cut fabrics with the Rotary Blade, which is only available for the Cricut Maker.
I initially thought I would never cut fabrics, but I cannot believe how often I do! I love using different fabrics for my projects. My most favorite is being able to cut leather!
4. Do you want more options and ability to make and cut more materials?
Hands down, the Cricut Maker will be the powerhouse cutting machine. With 10 times more power it will go where you need it to go. You can use over 300 materials from the most delicate to to tough materials like mat board, leather, and basswood.
The Cricut Maker cuts leather, fabric, all types of paper, as well as basswood and more! I love all the different options! You can make leather earrings, wood boxes, and more!
Not only does it cut so many materials, but there are so many different cutting tools available! The deep knife is great for leather, the knife blade cuts balsa wood and mat board easily.
You can also only use the scoring wheel, perforation blade, rotary blade and wavy blade with the Cricut Maker, so make sure you consider these options when choosing the right Cricut machine for you.
5. Do you plan to deboss, engrave, and/or use the deep knife to cut heavier materials?
If you plan to do any of these types of projects, you will clearly want the Cricut Maker. You will be able to engrave on metal, wood, and so much more! The knife tool, engraving tool, debossing tool, as well as many others are only available for use with the Cricut Maker.
No matter which way you go or which cutting machine you choose you cannot go wrong! All the Cricut cutting machines are amazing at cutting so many materials. They both can be used with heat transfer, infusible ink, and all the vinyls. These craft machines can also both do print then cut. This means you can print a design on your printer and have the item cut on your Cricut machine after!
So, if you are simply looking for a vinyl cutting machine, or even just a paper cutting machine, but also a machine that can cut, draw, and score 100 materials, I would recommend the Cricut Explore One, Air, or Air 2.
If you want to take it up a notch and invest in a powerhouse, I would highly recommend the Cricut Maker.
With either one, you will get a machine that cut, score and draws on hundreds of materials. You will be able to do heat transfers with both as well as Infusible Ink! Both come with Bluetooth wireless technology and both work exactly the same with Design Space.
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