Wanna talk about Cricut? What exactly is Cricut?

Cricut is a family of smart cutting machines, and there are TONS of things you can do such as cut and create projects for birthday parties, baby showers, weddings, home decor, apparel, and so much more.

Which machine is the best to purchase?” I see this question being asked many times. But first what I would ask:

  • What type of things would you like to make? Do you sew?
  • How much are you willing to spend?

Any of the Explore family or Maker are great machines. The price for these machines are ranging between $149 – $399 (and I would keep an eye out on sales online and/or stores near you).

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See below what each machine can cut and what sorts of accessories you may need to purchase separately.

Pdf file can be found on my resource library

Explore One – cuts, writes, and scores, need bluetooth adapter (sold separately).
Explore Air – double tool holder, bluetooth wireless.
Explore Air 2 – it does everything what Explore Air does, up to 2X faster.
Maker – adaptive tool system, cuts fabric, thicker materials, chipboard, balsa wood.

(Photo via Cricut site)

I understand that choosing a machine can be so overwhelming. I still remember the time when I was on that same boat searching years ago, which would be the best machine for my crafting needs? And the way I did it was, I narrowed it down by what do I wanted to make and how much can I really afford? Because it really all comes down to which machines would works best for me. This may sound weird, but I am always talking to myself, “Cece, is this a need or a want“? It’s like I have to hear this question to make a good decision LOL. And that is how I ended up with an Explore Air.

Here’s my recommendation:

  • If you’re planning to make birthday cards, invitations, cake toppers, car decals, wood signs, mugs and shirts. I would recommend the Explore Air or Explore Air 2.
  • But if you wanna do more than what an Explore Air 2 does, and/or enjoys sewing, then the Maker would be a great choice. This is the ultimate machine and it has the adaptive tool system. Which it comes with the ability to cut all sorts of fabrics and wood. Just keep in mind, that there is a big difference on the price.

So I hope that I was able to help you decide which Cricut machine would be best for you? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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      1. I bought the maker, very nervous and intimidated-but so excited to give it a try as well! Thank you!!

        1. Hi Shilpa, that’s wonderful! advised, it can be addicting lol, but you will love it! πŸ™‚

  1. How do I get on your email list so I can get into your library? You have a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for posting such great information. This helps when you are first starting out and know nothing.

    1. Hi Dana, I do apologize that.. I am so new at blogging, I can’t find things myself LOL.. But seriously, if you go on the tab “Start Here”… Just scroll down and fill out the sign up form, it’ll say ‘thank you for signing up” and will give you an instant password.. If you’ve missed it, it will also send it to your email address.. Thank you for being here! πŸ™‚ <3

  2. i bought the maker it is the best thing i could have done its my other world(peace and quit due to mother of 4) when i’m using it

    1. Hi Courtney, yey! Yes, I totally agree becauase I feel the same way.. I am a mother of 3 and I just wish I could just craft all day, just to get some quiestness in my head LOL! Enjoy Cricuting and thank you so much for being here! xoxo πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Lu-Ann! That’s awesome! I love how Air 2 has so many color choices, which color did you get? Happy cricuting!

      1. Hi Edith! Oh yey, that is wonderful! You are going to love it! Just to let you know I do have simple Cricut projects I’ve done on my blog and my youtube channel:
        Check it out when you get a chance. Thank you so much for being here and enjoy your machine I am so excited for you!

  3. Thank you for the information on the different machines! You’ve made it easier to decide. (I’m going with the Explore Air 2)

  4. Such wonderful info! I previously bought the Air 2 before going on Mat leave. I’ve been so afraid to open it. Your videos have given me such relief and confidence in going ahead on this cool journey. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. You have a true fan here πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

    1. Hello Shavonne, oh I am so glad to know that my tutorials are helping you and others. I’m happy to help and share, thank you for being here xoxo πŸ™‚

  5. My hubby got me the Maker for my birthday next week. I mainly wanted to get one to cut fabric, but after researching project and everything the Maker can do, I don’t think that’s all I’ll use it for by any means!

  6. I just got the Explore air 2 and it’s telling me UNABLE to load custom materials.I have moved the dial to custom since then .But,I’m ready to give up already.My daughter wants me to put heart’s on her pillow.

    1. Hi Katie, I apologize for the delay response. Were you able to start using your machine? Don’t give up, you got this πŸ™‚

  7. What would you recommend on a budget to start off with . I’m extremely interested in just doing stickers on things at the moment or doing things with viynl on chopping boards and mugs but I honestly don’t know where to start . Thanks

    1. Hi Jessie-Lee, if you’re not interested in cutting fabrics and/or thicker materials then I would suggest getting into the “Explore” family.. I would definitely recommend the “Air or Air 2”.. The only difference with these 2 machines is that the Air 2 cuts twice as fast and has more color options.. But if you’re interested in sewing and cutting thicker materials, then “Maker” is the one. Hope that helps.

    1. Hi Lorena, thank you! That’s awesome, you got 2 of the Cricut machines.. Welcome to the Cricut family! You’re gonna have so much fun with it πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Terri, yes, i totally get it! I have the maker and the explore air and I just couldn’t get rid of it! I just love my machines! .. hope you enjoy both of your machines and thank you for being here and leaving me a comment! πŸ™‚

      1. OK this made me feel better. Due to budget constraints I ordered the Air 2 with the thinking that if it did well for me for the things it could do… I’d have more money to get the Maker and use the Air 2 for paper production and the Maker for more fabric and wood production. That way I cover everything. Already have a full heat press coming πŸ˜€ soo excited

        1. Hi Rotteinia,
          I have done the same thing, only I have the Explore Air machine. When we had enough money, my hubby bought me the Maker through HSN and I was sooo happy! You’re gonna love you machines whether its the Air 2 or Maker, they just bring so much fun! Thank you for being here and enjoy! πŸ™‚ <3

  8. I got a Maker for my birthday and hopefully will be setting it up in the next week….waiting for some electrical work to be done in my studio.

    1. Hi Cin,
      Happy Birthday! What a great present, you are about to meet your new bff! So excited for you, you will have so much fun with your new machine! Thank you so much for being here xoxo πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Dafney! Oohhh, what color did you pick? So excitef for you, you’re gonna love it!

  9. Thank you for this comparison. I have decided to go with the
    Explore Air 2 in a lovely mint green. I was drawn to the Maker because of all the extra possibilities but i really don’t β€œneed” all those extras.

    1. Hi Bonnie,
      You’re welcome! You made a great choice, enjoy your machine! You’re gonna have so much fun with it! πŸ™‚ <3

  10. Very useful unit. Thanks for sharing. I am going to buy my Cricut Maker tomorrow. I am very excited about the possibilities of future crafting projects 😊

    1. Hi Alison, you’re welcome! You’re gonna love it as much as all of us do. Thank you for being here and enjoy! πŸ™‚

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