Getting overwhelmed with trying to choose the best Cricut machine for your style of craft?
So, you know you want to invest in a Cricut machine. But there are so many different types of options. They are definitely not cheap, so you want to make sure that you get the right machine for you and your craft. Sound familiar?
We hear ya! It can get pretty overwhelming! So we want to make it super easy for you by outlining the top features and capabilities of each Cricut vinyl cutter machine. I have been lucky enough to actually use each and every one of these machines so I can detail out what each type of die cutting machine is brilliant for.
Each of the Cricut machines excels in one crafty area over another, so we will help pinpoint which machine is the right one for you craft needs. This should make it simple for you to choose the best Cricut cutter machine for your needs!
So without further ado, here is the best Cricut machine 2018 buyers guide!
Cricut Cutting Machine Comparison Guide & Our Cricut Machine Reviews
In this Cricut cutting machine buying guide, we suggest you check out our comparison chart of the best Cricut machines and then read our Cricut machine reviews of the machines that best suit your requirements. We love playing with the newest and latest machines, so you can rest assured that we have the best Cricut machines 2018 has to offer!
Our Cricut Comparison Chart of the Top Machines
Below is handy table where we compare Cricut machines to showcase their best features. Machines that are not mentioned here are not included because they are older Cricut machines. If you are investing in a machine, you might just as well get one of the latest releases so that you know that the technology is up to date and that you will be able to find replacement parts easily.
Older Types of Cricut Machines that I have not included in the table:
- Cricut Expression 2 - Released in 2012
- Cricut Mini - Released in 2012
- Cricut Imagine - Released in 2010
- Cricut Create - Released in 2009
- Cricut Personal - Released in 2006
Now that you know which Cricut machines NOT to buy, it really does narrow it down to only 3 Cricut Machines! I told you I would make this really easy 🙂
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MANUAL OR ELECTRONIC
12 x 24"
Cuts 100+ materials, from thin fabric to thick leather, metal & foam
Quilting, Sewing, Paper Crafting & Vinyl Crafting
- Cuts from Images
12 x 24"
Cuts 100+ materials, from thin vinyl to thick leather, metal & foam
Paper Crafting, Vinyl Projects, Banners, Signage & Decals.
Electronic - Cuts from Images
6 x 8"
Variety of materials including tissue paper, foils, cardstocks, acetate ribbon, and thin leather
Stickers, Scrapbooking, Cards, Die Cutting, Labels & Embossing
Die Cutting from Dies + Embossing
So How do you Pick which one you Want to Purchase?
Find some really simple questions below which will help you figure out which machine is the best Cricut craft machine for you. Hopefully the answers will help you to understand the main difference between the Cricut machines.
1. Are you after a cheap Cricut machine?
If you have to count your dollars, you might want to grab the Cricut Cuttlebug Machine. The machine is by far the cheapest because it is manual operated (crank). You will be limited to cutting and embossing using the Cricut Dies and Embossing Folders, but for many crafters, this machine might just be enough for your needs.
2. What size do you want to cut?
What size are the cuts you would like to create? A Cuttlebug Die Cutter Machine might only cut 6 x 8", which is okay for labels and embellishments, but still pretty limiting. If you want to work on a larger scale, both the Cricut Explore Air 2 as well as the Cricut Maker can cut 12 x 24" in size.
3. Do you mostly do paper crafting?
The Cuttlebug is perfect for paper crafters and it might just be the best Cricut die cutting machine if you don't mind being limited to using dies. However our top pick for the best Cricut paper cutter is the Cricut Explore Air 2. The machine delivers beautiful clean cuts on over 100+ material. It also has the ability to write, so you can add some personal touches to your cards. Whilst the Maker is a great machine for paper crafting, it is so much more expensive and the Explore Air 2 Machine does a perfect job, so why invest money when not needed.
4. Do you prefer working with vinyl or iron-on projects?
The best Cricut vinyl machine is the Cricut Maker. Whilst the Cricut Explore Air 2 does a great job with vinyl, it does sometimes struggle with the more intricate details of vinyl designs, so we much prefer the vinyl cutting capabilities of the Cricut Maker instead. It truly is a top notch choice as your Cricut vinyl cutting machine.
5. Do you want to cut material for your sewing projects?
If you wish to work with fabric, we highly recommend you invest your money in the Cricut Maker machine. This machine was built to keep quilters and sewists happy! It slices through thin fabric as well as thicker felts etc. The machine also comes with a sewing pattern library with hundreds of patterns available. It is by far the best Cricut Machine for fabric! We also have a full guide on fabric cutters that you might like to check out.
6. Do you wish to cut really thick material such as balsawood?
If you wish to cut thicker material, we suggest you grab a Cricut Maker machine. This machine is not only strong enough to cut thicker material but it can also hand any material up to 2.4mm in thickness. You will need to purchase the Knife Blade additionally.
7. Do you simply want to purchase the newest and latest Cricut Machine?
What is the newest Cricut machine? The latest and newest release is their beautiful Cricut Maker Machine. Whilst it is by far the most expensive machine from their range, it is also the most versatile. And so if you are wondering which Cricut machine is best when you want to enjoy a variety of crafting styles, then we recommend the Maker.
Find Below the Cricut Table of Comparison to outline the Main Features of the Explore Air 2 and Cricut Maker Machines.
Top Cricut Reviews
Below you will find the best Cricut machines. We will have a close look at a top cutter machine for paper, vinyl, fabric, cardstock and other materials. I will outline the top features, the pros and cons of each in detailed Cricut cutter reviews, which should help you choose the best Cricut Cutter 2018 has on offer.
1. Cricut Maker (Newest Machine)
- Our Quick Circut Maker Review -
A new Cricut machine is out! The Cricut Maker is incredibly versatile! It can cut even more material than the Explore and offers more strength and even more precise cutting. It is super fast and it can cut over 100+ materials.
This electronic cutting machine has the ability to work from ready-to-go images and sewing patterns. You can also send your own choice of images from your computer to the machine to cut out. This machine is a brilliant buy and happens to be the top Cricut cutting machine on the market in 2018!
The Cricut Maker is one of the newest cutting machines on the market. Sewist will be thrilled to know that this machine can cut out their sewing patterns for them. Whilst other crafters will enjoy the fact that the machine can cut material up to 2.4mm in thickness with absolute precision. The machine is so clever that it will work out the correct settings for you, taking all the guest work and trial and error out of trying to figure it out yourself.
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- Our Quick Cricut Explore Air 2 Review -
The Cricut Explore Air 2 is one of the top Cricut die cut machines. This Cricut die cutting machine is also our top pick as the best electronic die cutter for beginners. It is a great machine for those who love working with paper, card or vinyl. It has been called 'the ultimate DIY machine' as it has such a wide variety of capabilities, from paper projects, vinyl transfers, banners, wall decals, signage and so much more!
The maximum cutting width of this Cricut Cutter Machine is 12" wide by 24", which is large enough for any hobbyist or beginner crafter.
It is an easy machine to use and we love that it is a Cricut printer and cutting machine in one, which means that you can print and cut your design in one easy step!
- Built-in Bluetooth connectivity
- Faster Precision Cutting
- Extra Features such as Scoring, Cricut Pen for Handwritten effects and Download Fonts from your Computer to use!
- Cuts over 100+ Materials; from Thin Vinyl to Thick Leather
- Design your own Art Work to Use
- The Machine is a Little Loud
- Doesn't handle very thick material very well
- You can only use the Design Space software that comes with the machine
Explore Air 2 is a very popular, top rated cutter machine. It is electronic but it is still small and light enough to take along to craft workshops or retreats. It is the best Cricut machine for beginners; a machine that makes it super easy to turn your ideas into professional-quality projects. It is also heaps more affordable than the Cricut Maker machine.
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3. Cuttlebug Die Cutter Machine (Cheapest Machine)
- Our Quick Cricut Cuttlebug Review -
The Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine is one of our favorite card-making and scrapbooking die cut machines. The machine can cut up to 6" in size, and can create die cuts as well as emboss. The machine is small, light and portable so you can easily take it along in your tote to crafting workshops.
It might be crank operated, but that also means that you can use this machine wherever you want and add in that it is the cheapest Cricut machine on the market and you have a perfect hobbyist die cutter machine.
The Cricut Cuttlebug Die Cutter and Embosser is a brilliant Cricut machine for beginners and even for kids. Card-makers and scrapbookers love this machine because it so cheap. It creates beautiful die cuts and we love the beautiful defined embossing that it delivers time and time again. For a lot of crafters the 6" cutting width will be all they need, however for some it might be limiting.
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