Maybe you’ve seen the YouTube videos about people launching six-figure businesses with their Cricut machine. Maybe you’re fed up of every souvenir shop never having your name on their “I <3 [INSERT-TOURIST-TRAP-HERE]” mugs. Maybe you just need a creative outlet. Whatever the reason, you’ve seen the buzz surrounding Cricuts—aka machines that can print and cut just about any design you imagine onto a variety of surfaces, like vinyl, cardstock or felt—and you want in. But when you go to the craft store, suddenly you’re hit with all kinds of models, types and colorways, and it’s enough to make you vow to leave the DIY projects to HGTV stars and Etsy sellers. We get it. That’s why these Cricut reviews exist: We’re breaking down the three major types of machines, so you can determine which one is right for you.
We’ve graded them on our PureWow100 scale, based on five categories: value (not just the cost, but what are you getting for that price?), functionality (how well does it live up to its claims?), ease of use, aesthetics and the overall quality of the final project created with it. Here’s how they compare.