How do I determine which Cricut machine is the best on the market now?

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I have one of the Cricut machines that came out years ago. Sadly, it is not capable to use with their online design app. I’m thinking of buying a newer and improved model. Any knowledgeable suggestions will be appreciated. My machine is the Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter.


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  • I would get one of the Makers. They are the newest. I own the Maker (not the Maker 3) and love it. The Maker 3 lets you cut without a mat and faster with smart materials.

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    • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Dec 18, 2021

      Thank you, Ann. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday too!

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 10, 2021

    go to a store and see them on display and sometimes you can do a demo on them- ask friends who own them- read reviews online by googling cricut pros and cons of the models-

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    • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 10, 2021

      so glad I could help you out and thanks for the kind words....good luck on finding your new Cricut or the Maker - I had one of the first Cricut and sold it for almost nothing and never replaced it.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 10, 2021

    I would make a list of all the features that you will want to use and then eliminate the versions that do not have those.

    • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Nov 10, 2021

      Hi Kathy. Thanks for your response. I actually have just done what you asked. I mainly want the most bang for my bucks. Going to Joann’s fabric store and hope to get guidance there as well.


  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 10, 2021

    Hello. The current pricing on the Makers it’s unbelievable. About $20 more than what I paid for my air explore 2. I do believe this is for the older version of a maker were you do have to use the mat. Since it has a better motor and a few more cutting options like thin veneer wood and fabric it would be an unbelievable purchase opportunity with current pricing.


    That being said I really enjoy my air explore 2 it functions perfectly for everything I need. If you have any additional questions please let me know

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    • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 10, 2021

      You may want to check Slick deals for price comparison . The deal they had at Target with a gift card is now expired but could come back.


      Look what I’m seeing now….photo below. Best wishes with your upgrade and creative adventures!

  • Janice Janice on Nov 10, 2021

    Read the online reviews of each machine in which you are interested.

    • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Nov 10, 2021

      Thanks Janice. Been reading them today in my doctor’s office. But thanks for the suggestion and taking time to comment!

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 11, 2021

    That means — for the first time ever — you can make cuts up to 12 ft long in one go. So if that is something that is important to you look into the Cricut 3. The all-new Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 have more powerful motors, which means you now have the ability to cut up to 2X faster than before, when using Smart Materials — all without sacrificing power or precision.

    • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Nov 27, 2021

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’m excited about getting a new machine. I’m trying to now decide where I buy it. I’ve always been a comparison shopper so I’m hoping for a really good sale on whatever I buy. Thanks again.

  • Deb K Deb K on Dec 12, 2021

    Hello, you want to look for the model that does everything you want to do, then read reviews and ask questions, this technology changes very fast

    • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Dec 13, 2021

      Thanks Deb. I have purchased the Cricut Maker 3 in November. I haven’t used it yet. Too busy getting finished decorating. But looking forward to using it after Christmas.