how to choose a cricut machine



One of the most frequently asked questions is, what Cricut should I buy?”Or “What is the best beginner Cricut machine?” The good news is that all 4 Cricut machines available today share the same essential features: all digital die cutters can cut a wide range of materials. However, the specific features and the price points of the machines differ mainly.

What should you buy from Cricut? The answer depends on how often you want the machine to be operated and how much you would like to spend on a new device.

In the following section, I will discuss all 4 Cricut model common characteristics and important differences and then go into detail on each machine individually. I provide an overview of the machine, list the advantages and disadvantage for each machine, and give you my view of who’s going to make the most of the machine!

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Machine Similarities

Each Cricut machine has certain functions across all machines, which are the same. Regardless of the Cricut model that you buy, all the following things can be done.

Cut, write, and score

Cut, write and score can every Cricut machine. Whichever machine you buy, the standard Fine Point Blade will be available for the cutting of a wide variety of popular craft materials. The Cricut stylus, Deep-Point Blade and a wide range of other standard instruments and accessories are compatible with all machines.


Cutting Area Size

In contrast to Silhouette that makes a “mini” version of the Cricut machine standard, the cutting area of each model is the same: 12′′ wide. Which Cricut machine you purchase, up to 12′′ wide and 24′′ long materials can be cut down.


Cut a variety of materials

The only real limit is your imagination; all Cricut machines can cut SO many materials! At least 96 different materials can be cut from the standard Fine Point Blade in all machines are listed on the Cricut Website. And those are only those who have been written down!

There are hundreds of more materials you can cut if you have the deep-point blade or a bonded fabric blade or any extra blades you may use with the maker, like the rotary blade, knife blade or scoring wheel!


Cricut Design Space Software

All Cricut machines use software from Design Space to design and produce projects with your machine. Design Space is available on a Windows, Mac,iOS or Android app and may be used free of charge. Design Space works the same way regardless of which machine you have, and you always use it to send your machine projects for cutting, writing or score.


Finding pre-made images or uploading your own images

In the GIANT library of previously created images, fonts, and graphics, you are able to use for your projects in Cricut Design Space. Or, to use with your Cricut machine, you can upload your own image. Which machine you have does not matter; it will be exactly the same process for all of them to find images through the design area or download your own.


Print Then Cut

The Print Then Cut allows you to add multi-colour pictures or photographs to your projects on every Cricut machine. The design space will send your home printer with the image, and you can then load the printed image into your Cricut to cut it off. Print Then Cut is a Cricut Design Space feature, so that all machines have access to it.


Machine Differences

Next up: a quick picture of the important machine divergent areas.


Adaptive Tool System

The Adaptive Tool System, from the Cricut headquarters, is the latest innovation and is available only on the Cricut Maker.

Only up and down is it possible to carry tool holder on the Explore family of machines (Cricut Explore Air 2, Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Explore One). This means that the wagon is either “down” or it is “up” so that the whole wagon can take a new position before going off again to cut.

There are four different ways to implement the adaptive tool system:

       With a cutting force of up to 4 kg–10x more than the Explore machinery family, it supplies much more power.

       The blade is rotated and turned with a steering system so that it always controls its direction actively.

       The blade pressure is automatically adjusted to ensure a clean cut through harder materials with each cuts pass.

       The press can use a whole new series of tools and components (such as a Rotary Blade, Knife Blade and a Scoring Wheel).


The Adaptive Tool System provides much more control over the tools, enabling far more complex cuts, cutting through thicker materials, expanding and using new tool types, and always cleaning, crisp cuts.


Single vs Double Tool Holder

You will see the main holder of the tool on the cart that goes back and forth when you open the lid of a Cricut machine. There is a clamp to hold your blade, a second clamp, to hold accessories such as a stylus or score stylus, all Cricut Maker, Cricut Explorer Air2, and Cricut Explore Air. This enables the machine to write and cut everything in a single step! The Cricut Explore One has an individual tool holder which means you must turn out the blade for a style throughout the process if you want to write on your project and cut it off.


Wireless Cutting Using Bluetooth

You first have to plug it into your computer with a USB cable when you set up a new Cricut machine. After initial installation, however, it is not necessary to attach to the machine with a cord to wireless the Cricuts Maker, Cricut Explore Air 2 or the Cricut Explore Air 2. The Cricut Explore One does not have Bluetooth capability, but it sells a Bluetooth adapter that allows you to connect to the machine wirelessly.


Fast Cutting Mode

Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore Air 2 can use “Fast mode,” allowing the machine to cut and write up to twice as fast when writing or cutting standard materials such as paper, cardstock, Ferro-on and vinyl! This is particularly helpful when you make a lot of copies, like cards or party favours. Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Explore One have no option for “fast mode”.


Linking Physical Cartridges

The original Cricut models used cartridges which plugged into a computer and had digital data for cuttable images, graphs, and fonts (like Cricut Expression, Cricut Personal, and Cricut Create). Instead of physical cartridges, the present Cricut machine suite uses images and fonts from the digital design space library.

However, don’t worry when you have cartridges you bought for an older model of Cricut! Those pictures and fonts are still used, even if your machine is not compatible.

There is a slot in the machine where you can plug a cartridge in all Cricut Explore machines. You can then “link” this physical cartridge to your DDS account to allow you to access your cartridge graphics still. If you want to use your cartridge content with your creator, a separate cartridge adapter is needed to connect your cartridge to your design space account. The Cricut Maker is free of physical cartridge slots.


Styles, Bundles, & Price

The other major difference is whether the machine has additional materials and accessories, as well as the price, that it is in colours.


Prices differ from retailer to distributor, particularly if someone sells, but the Cricut Maker is the most expensive and Cricut Explorer One is the cheapest and Cricut Explore Air 2 somewhere between them. The prices vary from retailer to retailer.


The bundles of the machine are great for those who start because you can obtain some additional accessories for your machine and also discount cutting material, all in one go. There are so many different ways to buy a machine, so just see what looks great to you!


Cricut always produces new colours for its machines as far as colour is concerned and some of these colours are specific to some retailer or some limited edition models. Once the Cricut machine has been decided on, however, you will be able to browse online through the colours available before buying.

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