cricut models

Right now, the Cricut company has two different sets of machines: the Maker and the Explore series.

The Maker is the only machine in its series. The Explorer series has three machines: Explore One, Explore Air, and Cricut Explore Air 2. In the Explore series, the Air 2 is the most popular, but the Maker is popular as well. This series also has different colors, with the Air 2 being available in a dozen colors that make it stand out.

The Maker currently comes in three different colors: pink, champagne, and blue. There are vast differences between the four machines, and we will go through them to let you have as much information as possible so that you can make the best decision for yourself and your crafting needs.

The Explore One is the basic cutting machine in the series. This means that is the cheapest one among the three. If you are not planning on crafting very much, then this might be the one that you want.

The Explore Air is the first of the Air series that was made, and since then, it has been very popular until the Air 2. The Air 2 is more popular and it has the most features, making it the highest price of the Explore series.


The Maker, on the other hand, is in a category in itself and it has the most capabilities and features than any of the other machines. The Maker only has one model and comes in three different colors. It is the most versatile machine in the lineup. It is a smart cutting machine and considered the ultimate machine.

It has all of the features that people love about the Air 2, but it offers you many more additions such as the rotary blade making up toolset and the scoring wheel. The blade toolset can score, cut, and write even more materials and it can cut more materials than the other machines. It is also the only one that has an adaptive tool system. Its cutting technology controls the direction of the blade and the pressure with a rolling action. This makes it work best with the materials. The machine also has over 500 digital sewing patterns available.

The Maker also can cut unbonded fabric which means it does not need a stabilizer like the machines in the Explore series. With the Maker, they were thinking of the future of crafting, so they began to build this machine to do more than the others as well as being able to use future tools that the company wants to put out. It is currently suggested that the company may put out more tools in just a couple of years, so this is a machine for someone who wants to stay on top of the future of this type of crafting and for someone who knows if they want future tools which machine will be able to handle it.

People believe that the Maker is the best and that you should invest in it. This machine is backed by many satisfied customers and they have fallen in love with the beauty it can create. You will love the opportunity to cut materials that the other machines can’t and to be able to make the projects out of leather, wood, and materials that you would not be able to use in another situation. When you have the desire to attempt to make something specific, the machine can make it easier because it can make so many different items. When you are using the equipment, you can also choose from amazing designs and prints and then choose to print them out before you sew them together or before you utilize the machine to make it the way you need it to be made. This machine offers you the ability to create something truly unique and you will have access to all sorts of information and expect to achieve the perfect cut. The Maker takes this further than the others and offers you a more flawless job. It comes equipped with numerous sharp blades to get the job done better and with more precision and grace. You can get as creative and innovative as you want and you can make so many different projects that your head will spin from all the ideas that you will start getting.

It is also a reliable piece of equipment and lasts for a long time because it is made for durability. This means it is easier for you to create craft projects, but it is also a great thing for you as a consumer because you know that this company is trustworthy and that their machines are built to last instead of fall apart. It is used by all different types of people including teachers, artists, or students. Even the elderly can use this machine because the Design Space is so user-friendly. When you consider everything that the machine can do for you is certainly worth the price, you’ will be paying to get one. Many people find that they use it much more than they thought they would.

The Maker is available for $370 if you buy it from the Cricut website which will include the following:

  • The machine
  • USB cable
  • Drive housing and a rotary blade
  • Fine point pen in black
  • Power adapter
  • LightGrip Machine Mat (12” x 12”)
  • Welcome book
  • Housing with premium fine-point blade
  • FabricGrip Machine Mat (12” x 12”)
  • Materials for a practice project
  • Free trial membership to the Cricut Access
  • Over 25 patterns for sewing
  • 50 free ready-to-make projects

If you want the Everything Materials Bundle for the Maker, it will be $440. It includes everything above but it also includes the following items:

  • Everyday Iron-on in black and gold
  • Glitter Iron-on in black
  • Chalkboard vinyl
  • Corrugated cardboard sampler (in brights)
  • Kraft board sampler
  • Fabric sampler in persimmon and apricot
  • Faux suede (the rustic sampler)
  • Faux leather (in pebbled caramel)
  • Adhesive foil in stainless gold and metallic red
  • Stencil material
  • Printable sticker paper in clear and regular
  • Poster board in metallic
  • Window cling in red
  • Premium outdoor vinyl sampler
  • Glitter vinyl in silver
  • Vinyl transfer tape

It should be noted that the materials in the bundle may be substituted based on availability that they have.

Now, we will go over the Explore series. The first machine that we will be going over is the Explore One. Its price on the company site is $180. This comes with the following items:

  • The machine
  • Materials for your first project
  • Power adapter
  • USB cable
  • Premium fine-point blade and housing
  • Free trial membership to Cricut Access
  • Welcome book
  • LightGrip Mat (12” x 12’)
  • 25 free ready-to-make projects


The Explore Air is the next in line for the Explore series and it has more features than the Explore One. This costs $250 and you can see that it is a $70 jump from the last one. This one includes the following items:

  • 50 free ready-to-make projects
  • Welcome book
  • USB cable
  • Power adapter
  • Fine-point pen in black
  • Housing for a premium fine-point blade
  • The machine
  • LightGrip Mat (12” x 12”)
  • Free trial membership to Cricut Access
  • Practice project materials


This does not seem like much of a difference, but the Air can do more than the other machines and offers greater abilities, which is why it is costlier than the other Explorer.

The last machine is the Explore Air 2. This is the most expensive of the Explore series and it costs $230. With the Air 2, you have some good options for what you want. Some of the colors come with totes, and there is even a wedding version. You can choose between the Essentials Bundle or the Everything Bundle. This is considered the best of the best in the Explore series, but the Maker is still seen as a step up from this machine. The Air 2 cuts twice as fast as the Air 1 and it works well for most of the materials you would want to cut. The time difference in crafting is what gets people excited about this machine. You save time and you can do more with a quicker machine.

The Essentials Bundle costs $270, which includes the following items to be bundled:

  • Housing for a deep-point blade and the blade itself
  • Scoring stylus
  • Pen set (in candy shop)
  • Window cling in black
  • Basic tool set
  • Machine mat variety pack (12” x 12”)


The Everything Bundle, however, costs $310 and has the following items:

  • Housing for a deep-point blade and the blade itself
  • Basic tool set
  • Scoring stylus
  • Dry erase vinyl
  • Transfer tape
  • Designer washi sheets
  • Premium fine-point replacement blade
  • Window cling in red and black
  • Machine mat variety pack (12” x 12”)
  • Portable trimmer
  • Poster board metallic
  • Printable vinyl
  • Printable magnet sheets
  • Variety pen set in black
  • Wildflower pen set
  • Printable sticker paper
  • Printable iron-on (in dark)
  • Vinyl home sampler
  • Faux leather patina pebbled sampler


When choosing which machine is best for you, you need to consider your budget and your needs because this is something that only you know. You know how much you craft and what you want your machine to do. Of course, you do not want to spend money on a machine that you will not use. You do not want to get something basic that could not handle what you will do on it. This is especially true if you know that you are a serious crafter.

Think about if you also want the extra tools that go with it. This is a big decision as well because while the tools can help, if you are not going to use them, then there is no point in spending the money. Once you have decided which machine to go for, we can get into what you can use the machines for and what materials go with what machine. That being said, we will now cover what the machines can cut!