Compare what is it? Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Maker is the ultimate smart cutting machine.
Cricut Explore Air 2 is a DIY speed machine.
Compare what does it do? Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Maker – With its revolutionary Adaptive Tool System and expandable suite of tools, Cricut Maker allows you the liberty to make virtually any DIY project you can imagine. The Rotary Blade is designed to cut fabric for a sewing project – without backing material. Use the Knife Blade and cut chipboard for added dimension and depth. Cricut Maker features tools to cut numerous materials quickly and accurately, from the most delicate fabric and paper to mat board and leather. With its unique cutting versatility, hundreds of design ideas and sewing patterns available instantly, and easy-to-use apps, Cricut Maker offers professional-level cutting performance that anyone can use.
Cricut Explore Air 2 – The Cricut Explore Air 2 is your personal DIY cutting machine and cuts and writes up to 2x faster than previous models. With the Cricut Explore Air 2 you can make projects with over 100 different materials. Make custom vinyl stickers, personalized home decor, unique greeting cards, custom designed apparel, and so much more!
Compare Blades: Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Maker – Rotary Blade – Cuts fabrics quickly, safely and flawlessly. The Rotary Blade offers extremely customizable, precision fabric cutting to the home for the very first time. It is perfect to cut cotton, fleece, denim, and more. With its gliding, rolling action, the Cricut Maker can cut virtually any fabric quickly and accurately – without backing material. Knife Blade is expected to be available by the end of the year. Maximum cut depth and cut radius varies depending on the material.
Cricut Explore Air 2 – German carbide premium blade
Compare Cutting Power: Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Maker – The extra-deep Knife Blade cuts through dense materials up to 2.4 mm (3/32”) thick with unparalleled ease and safety, almost like an automated X-ACTO blade. It’s perfect for thicker materials like balsa wood, matboard, and heavy leather. The Adaptive Tool System intelligently controls the direction of the blade and the cut pressure to match your material, so every cut is perfect. And with 10X more cutting power, you can take on more materials than ever.
Cricut Explore Air 2 – 2 ply type based, 12 inches wide by 24 inches long. In reality, this translates to 11.5 by 23.5 inches.
Compare what materials does it cut? Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Maker quickly and accurately cuts hundreds of materials, from the most delicate fabric and paper to the tough stuff like matboard, leather, and balsa wood.
Cricut Explore Air 2 is designed to cut 100+ materials. It offers a wide range of materials specifically designed and tested for use with the Cricut machine including basic and specialty Vinyl colors, Iron-on Vinyls, Cardstock, Faux Leather, Adhesive Foils, Specialty Paper, Poster Board and more! It is also great for lace from cards to custom t-shirts to home décor.
Compare Features: Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Maker has the power of a professional machine and the simplicity of Cricut.
Cuts the most materials – Cricut Maker can cut hundreds of materials quickly and accurately, from the most delicate fabric and paper to mat board and leather.
Digital sewing pattern library – You can access hundreds of patterns from brands like Simplicity and Riley Blake. Pick a project, and the machine cuts all the pieces you need.
Expandable suite of tools – With its powerful blades, pens, and scoring tool, Cricut Maker grows with you as you learn each new craft.
Rotary Blade – With its gliding, rolling action, this blade can cut through practically any fabric quickly and accurately – without backing material.
Knife Blade1– An extra-deep blade that works like an X-ACTO knife to slice through heavier materials like 2.4 mm (3/32”) balsa wood and matboard with ease.
Washable fabric pen1 – Automatically mark your pattern pieces so you always know how they fit together.
Adaptive Tool System – This professional cutting technology intelligently controls the direction of the blade and adds up to 10X more cutting force.
Easy-to-learn Design Space software – Fully loaded with advanced features including Offline Mode, Print Then Cut, and SnapMat for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac.
Flexibility to upload your own designs – Use your own images and fonts for free in a variety of standard file formats.
50 ready-to-make projects – Includes 25 digital sewing patterns plus more projects that demonstrate what Cricut Maker can do.
Bluetooth wireless technology – Access to hundreds of digital sewing patterns-The sewing pattern for a tote bag, for instance, will be made up of two center panels, 2 side panels and a strap.
4kg of Pressure – Probably the most notable way that the Cricut Maker improves on the Explore family of machines is the fact that it boasts a whopping 4kg of force.
Adaptive Tool System – The Adaptive Tool System ensures the longevity of the Cricut Maker. The reason you won’t need to keep buying new machines once you’ve got it.
Cricut Explore Air 2
• Up to 2X Faster. Select Fast Mode when you need to make every minute count.
• Quick projects. Select from over 3,000 ready-to-make projects or make quick cuts from our extensive image library.
• Create on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
• Embedded Bluetooth® for wireless cutting
• Cut 100+ materials from vellum to leather
• Smart Set® dial for easy material settings
• Double tool holder for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step
• Upload your own images for free (.svg, .jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .dxf)
• Thousands of designs and ideas to kickstart virtually any project.
• Cut Smart® technology for precision cutting and easy and pre-calibrated material selection
• Upload and use your own image files or fonts for free
• Works with Cricut® cartridges
• Cuts printable images
• Integrated storage compartments
Compare Accessories: Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2
• Cricut Maker Machine
• Rotary Blade and Drive Housing
• Premium Fine Point Blade and Housing
• Fine Point Pen
• FabricGrip Mat 12″ x 12″
• LightGrip Mat 12″ x 12′
• Welcome book
• USB cable
• Power adapter
• Free trial membership of Cricut Access
• 50 free ready-to-make projects, including 25 sewing patterns
• Materials for your first projects
• What you need:
• Compatible computer or mobile device
• Broadband Internet connection
Cricut Explore Air 2
• Cricut Explore Air 2 machine
• Cricut Design Space software and app
• German carbide premium blade
• USB cord and power cord
• Accessory adapter
• 100+ free images
• 50+ free projects
• Getting Started guide
• Pen and cardstock sample
• Cricut 12″ x 12″ StandardGrip cutting mat
Compare Price: Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Maker – $399.99
Cricut Explore Air 2 – $249.00
Compare Reviews: Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2
Cricut Maker REVIEW
Jacqueline Allison who bought the Cricut Maker says in her review that it has a Small Cutting Space. She further adds-“We’ve always loved the Cricut machines but the one way that they fall short of the Silhouette Cameo machines is that they can’t cut as large designs.
The maximum cutting area of the Explore machines is 12″ wide by 24″ long, which in reality equals somewhere around 11.5″ wide and 23.5″ long. Compare this to the Silhouette Cameo 3, which can cut 12″ wide by a whopping 10′ long.
The Maker would have been a great machine for Cricut to finally close that gap and enable larger designs, but they’ve kept it the same: 12″ wide by 24″ long”.
Beth Parks complains in her review of the Cricut Maker that it has the Same Old Design Space. She also adds- “For as long as we can remember, the one recurring gripe with Cricut machines is the software: Cricut Design Space.
It has definitely been improved with recent updates, but it can still be buggy and limiting if you’re an experienced designer.
Thankfully, you are able to upload your own designs to the software nowadays, but sadly it’s still not possible to work directly with your chosen software program and the Cricut machines without crafty workarounds.
Nothing has changed with the Cricut Maker – you’ll still need to work with Design Space. It’s definitely not the worst cutting software we’ve used, and it’s pretty great for beginners, but it’s not the best either”.
Marion Boyd complains about the Cricut Maker and says that the Knife Blade is sold separately. Also, the much anticipated Knife Blade for the Cricut Maker won’t be available until late 2017, and you will have to buy it separately.
As such as major feature of this new machine, it’s a pity that they’re choosing to sell it separately as so many people will want to use it. She is not convinced that they should be selling a major feature of a new machine as an ‘optional add-on’.
Brittany Hammond says in her review of the Cricut Maker– “I download every kind of apps and this is the first time I find an app with that limitation. Cricut should fix this and make the app available everywhere. This limitation is not explained in the article description. I hope Cricut will fix this soon”.
Peggy Franklin is disappointed with the Cricut Maker and complains in her review that the design place really runs slowly when the files have multiple layers. She would also like to be able to ensure that it did not draw lines as two outlines, but rather just a single line.
Cricut Explore Air 2 REVIEW
Tiffany Bell says in her review of the Cricut Explore Air 2– “ There is no installer software and Cricut has locked out all 3rd party software vendors from working with their machines. They force you to use an online only version with limited capabilities”.
Pam Roberts who bought the Cricut Explore Air 2 complains in her Cricut Explore Air 2 review- “Cannot get the wireless function to work. Tech support tried hard to get the wireless working but even if machine was next to computer it was useless. Does work on my ipad but I design on my computer”.
Penny Burke mentions in her review of the Cricut Explore Air 2– “This is false advertising of Cricut. Also their design space does not work on android tablets or phones (only ipads)”.
Lorena Chambers claims in her Cricut Explore Air 2 review- “I have followed all online instructions and have tried multiple OS systems and applications and none of the software will work without making me leap through hoop after hoop”.
Jeanette Ball states in her Cricut Explore Air 2 review that it’s an online only use, and you can only print/cut 6.25 by 8. She also says that the design space is horrible.
Another user Belinda Reeves says in her review of the Cricut Explore Air 2 that she always has problems with plugins and has to play around with 3 different web browsers to do a single project. She also hates that images are converted to low resolution and also claims that the printed piece is very disappointing.
Jane Gonzalez is unhappy with the Cricut Explore Air 2 and says in her review of it- “It takes very long to finish a simple job. The Cricut didn’t come with instructions, a basic tool kit, or a basic craft project to get you started”.
Christine Cannon purchased the Cricut Explore Air 2 and claims in her Cricut Explore Air 2 review that it is a pretty expensive product and you have to spend full days learning how to use it through YouTube and that’s exactly what she did.
Mercedes Drake complains in her Cricut Explore Air 2 review- “It is impossible to use without an internet connection and it is pretty crappy. It is a little confusing getting it linked”.
Becky Henderson who tried the Cricut Explore Air 2 says in her review of it- “Software is online only, the print then cut feature paper size is limited by the web browsers to 6″ x 8″ max”.