Cricut Machines

Detailed Analysis Of Cricut Machines

It can be overwhelming to decide on which Cricut machine to buy. This post is to help you to understand your choices with the budget in mind. The analysis will begin with least expensive machine, middle of range price, and finish with looking at most expensive machine.

Cricut Joy is least expensive Cricut machine is . It is compact, portable, and ready to go. It is great for simple designs and quick project. If you enjoy making cards, this machine is an excellent choice. It is limited to 2 capabilities, cutting and writing, and it can only do 1 at a time. You will also have to purchase extras like Smart Materials and Card Mat.

Cricut Explore Air 2 is one of the most popular Cricut machines. The company used to have two different versions in this series – Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Explore Air. The only differences between the Air & Air 2 was the fast-cut mode. Air didn’t have that feature. All other functionalities were identical between two machines.

Cricut Maker is the most advanced machine with an adaptive tool system to cut more materials than any other machine. It is also the most expensive one. It allows you to cut thicker materials and fabric without having to use a stabilizer as the Cricut Explore Air 2 model would need.

Cricut Explore3 is currently latest model that introduced on June 10th, 2021. Detailed review of the machine can be found here


  • You can always download the Design Space software before buying or receiving your machine to start playing around and getting to know the software
  • Buying a bundles isn’t always the best deal. Sometimes buying machine and supplies separately will come out to be a better deal. You need to price both options to see which will be least expensive. Read this blog post what basic materials and tools you need to get going with your Cricut crafting journey
  • Some Cricut brand items are not easiest to work with. For example vinyl and/or transfer tape
  • There are excellent off brand tools that are priced cheaper than Cricut brand tools and work just as well