Which Cricut Is the Best?
There are several brands of Cricuts out there. We’re only going to look at the most sought after – the Cricut Explore Air, Cricut Explore Air 2, and Cricut Maker. The reason these three rank so high on the charts is that the only two lines that are actively updated are the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore line. The following three models are also compatible with the Cricut Design Space app at this time.
Cricut Explore Air
The Cricut Explore Air is very similar to the Cricut Explore Air, which we’ll analyze thoroughly in a few minutes. The differences include its slower speed and wireless capabilities.
- Setup is simple.
- It has integrated Bluetooth.
- The available iPad app lets it be fully controlled wirelessly.
- It’s easy to keep your designs centered using the orange gridlines.
- The Mac app has issues.
- The Cricut Explore Air doesn’t cut foam well.
- Whereas some Cricuts have plenty of storage space, the Cricut Explore Air does not.
Cricut Explore Air 2
The Explore Air 2 also has built-in Bluetooth. Bluetooth lets you send your designs right to the Explore Air 2 with the touch of a button.
The Cricut Explore Air 2, then, can cut those designs from over one hundred popular materials in a snap! Its interchangeable blades can also make score lines.
It has “Fast Mode,” offering speeds with settings up to “2X.” The “Fast Mode” will cut iron-on, vinyl, and card stock.
Also, coming up with or creating your designs doesn’t have to be complicated! Purchasing a Cricut Explore and Cricut Explore 2 come with free access to Cricut Design Space. Through there, you can design your masterpieces from anywhere! You merely log into Cricut Design Space from your mobile phone via the Cricut Design App or your tablet or computer.
You can either choose to upload your own images to Cricut Design Space or use images from Cricut’s library. The library has over eight hundred predesigned projects, more than 75,000 images, and four hundred fonts available for download.
Lastly, the Explore 2 doesn’t leave your blades and supplies out in the cold as the Cricut Explore does. The Cricut Explore 2 offers plenty of storage space for all those accessories to hide!
- Cricut Explore 2’s Smart Set Dial ensures a perfect cut at the ideal depth by applying the appropriate amount of pressure every time. It does this by automatically changing its settings, depending on which material you choose.
- It’s speedier than most other Cricuts out there.
- This Cricut machine cuts through most materials.
- You have the choice to upload your own images.
- Purchasing the Cricut Explore 2 gives you free access to a large selection of images and designs on Cricut’s “free” library.
- You must pay-per image to obtain access to the extended fonts and graphics library.
- A few users have found problems with the Explore 2 software.
Last, but not least, the Cricut Maker was explicitly designed for cutting thicker materials such as basswood, balsa wood, felt, and leather.
Not only does the Cricut Maker have all the capabilities of the Cricut Explore 2, but it has many other wonderful features as well:
- The Maker is the only machine that uses the Rotary Blade, which cuts through practically any fabric effortlessly and seamlessly.
- Only the Cricut Maker can wield the scoring wheel. Using the scoring wheel, the Cricut Maker can score thicker papers than other Cricut machines.
- The Maker has a charging station/docking port built right in for your mobile phone.
- The Cricut Maker can cut over three hundred materials compared to the Cricut Explore and Cricut Explore 2’s one hundred.
- Not only does it cut thick material, but it can cut even the thinnest of materials without the need for backing.
- The Cricut Maker can be used to cut and mark all your quilting and sewing projects, making them simple and quick!
- The Cricut Maker contains an expandable “toolbox.” You can add the new accessories you need with each craft you need them for. They’re there for the picking!
- The design apps on mobile devices are simple to use and convenient.
- You can use the Cricut Maker to cut delicate fabrics, like lace.
- You can upload your own designs.
- The PC software can be frustrating to use. Some users say it’s not user-friendly.
The true test over which Cricut machine is the best is, “Which Cricut machine is the best for you?” As you contemplate that question, take each of the pros and cons into account.
Also, look at each machine’s capabilities. Do you care if the machine is slow? Is storage space important to you? How thick of material do you need your machine to be able to cut? Do the docking station and charging port sound like an important feature? How many materials do you want your machine to be able to cut through? Do you want your Cricut machine to be able to make fold lines?
When you’ve found the answer to your questions, you’ll have found the answer to the question of which machine or machines you need. And, yes. Many people purchase more than one.
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