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This post is sponsored by Cricut. However, the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own. You can view my full disclosure here.

Are you wanting to get a Cricut crafting machine but aren’t sure which one to get?

For those who have been following me here on my blog or on my social accounts, you know that I adore Cricut. They make the BEST crafting machines and support products and materials! I have been using their products for years to make holiday/party decorations & favors, custom gifts, custom clothes, cards, home decor items, and more!

Seriously, I never knew how much fun crafting could be, until I started crafting with Cricut! You can do so many amazing projects with a Cricut even if you are a complete newbie when it comes to crafting!

When I show my latest Cricut creations, one of the most common Cricut questions I get from my friends, followers, and readers is: “Which Cricut Should I Get?”

This question is very understandable since buying a Cricut machine (not to mention supporting products and crafting materials) can be quite a investment. When making this kind of a purchase, buyers want to know they are getting the right machine for their crafting li

Cricut has three main machines available today: the Cricut Joy, the Cricut Explore Air (2), and the Cricut Maker. I actually have and love all 3 machines and use them all the time. This is why I can honestly say that you would be happy with any of them. However, the purpose of this article is to help you know which Cricut machine is the best one for you.

To help you determine which machine is going to be the best fit for you and your crafting life, let’s start by discussing the details and differences of each Cricut Machine.

Cricut Crafting Machines

Below are Cricut's 3 main Crafting machines

As you can see all three of these machines can help you make custom labels, decorations, gifts, and more. All three machines can cut and draw. All three machines can be used with standard materials like paper, cardstock, vinyl, iron-on & infusible ink.

Here are a few fun projects you can do with these machines

Cricut Joy DIY Projects

The following are some fun projects you can make with your Cricut Joy!

Cricut Explore Air DIY Projects

The following are some fun projects you can make with your Cricut Explore Air (& Air 2)!

Cricut Maker DIY Projects

The following are some fun projects you can make with your Cricut Maker!

So in order to determine which machine is perfect for you and your crafting needs, we will need to look beyond these basics. Here are 3 questions to ask yourself to help you determine which Cricut is BEST for you:

  • What sort of crafting are you wanting to do with your machine?
  • What is your crafting space like?
  • What is your budget.

If you don’t have the crafting space for a full-sized unit, or just want a small portable machine to take with you and make simple projects where ever you are then and have a smaller budget, I would recommend the Cricut Joy (and make sure to get that card mat!)

If you have the space for a full-sized unit, want to do projects that require the full 12″ cutting mat, want more versatility of materials you can work with (but aren’t interested in crafting with specialty materials like fabric, wood, and metal) and you don’t quite have the budget for the maker yet, then I would recommend the Cricut Explore Air (2)

If you have the space for a full-sized unit, want to have access to the full 12″ cutting mat and endless possibilities with what you can craft, working with standard and specialty materials (like fabric, wood, metal, acrylic & Leather), and budget for it, then I would recommend the Cricut Maker.

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