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What Are Cricut Machines and How Much Does It Cost? Insider Buyer’s Guide!

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I remember receiving my first Cricut machine as a thoughtful gift from my husband. At the time I heard of the Cricut cutting machines but I didn’t know it was use for. So, I decide to do some research on Google and put it all the information together in this post.

What Are Cricut Machines and How Much Does It Cost? Insider Buyer's Guide!

What Are Cricut Machines?

Cricut is a precision cutting machine that uses German fine-tipped cutting blades and other specialized tools. Cricut machines are used for a wide range of DIY craft projects to small business applications. Cricut is a popular tool for DIY crafters of any skill level to be used for…

  1. Precise cutting of various materials and vinyl
  2. Print and cutting custom designs
  3. Custom scrapbooking embellishments
  4. Embossing
  5. Scoring paper and cardboard
  6. Sticker making
  7. Drawing custom designs
  8. Jewelry Making
  9. Cutting fabric for sewing projects
  10. Writing Calligraphy
  11. Leather work
  12. Stencil making
  13. Much more…

The Cricut machines helps reduces the need to use scissors to do tedious repetitive cutting or the use a dangerous Exacto knife to do the delicate or intricate cutting for crafts projects. The original Cricut machines were stand alone and worked only with a pre-programmed die cutting cartridges. Today it has evolved to an easy to use desktop and app software with endless crafting applications. The only thing limiting you is you imagination!

Table of Content:

  1. What Are Cricut Machines?
  2. How Much Does A Cricut Machine Cost?
  3. Does Cricut Come With Software and Is It Free?
  4. What Are The Minimum System Requirements To Use Cricut Design Space?
  5. Is Cricut Design Space For Web Discontinued?
  6. Can I Use Cricut Design Space App With The Cricut Joy?
  7. What Are The Minimum System Requirements To Use The Cricut Joy App?
  8. Does Cricut Have A Subscription Plan and How Much Does It Cost?
  9. What Materials Can You Use With A Cricut Machine?
  10. What Materials and Sizes Can You Use With A Cricut Machine?
  11. Which Cricut Machine Is Right For You?
  12. What Are The Different Cricut Machine Models and Features?
  13. Which Cricut Machine Is Best For Beginner’s?
  14. Which Cricut Machine Is Best For Intermediate Crafter?
  15. Which Cricut Machine Is Best For Advance Crafter?
  16. Which Cricut Machine Is Best For Teacher’s?
  17. Which Cricut Machine Is Best For A Business Owner?
  18. Is There A Cricut Machine That Does Everything?
  19. Which Cricut Machines Have Been Discontinued?
  20. Which Discontinued Cricut Machines Are Supported By Cricut?
  21. Are Cricut Cartridges Being Discontinued?
How Much Does A Cricut Machine Cost?

How Much Does A Cricut Machine Cost?

On average, the basic Cricut machine costs $179.99 for the Cricut Joy to $399.99  for the high-end Cricut Maker 3. The table shows the cost for each Cricut machine by model.

How Much Does Cricut Machine Cost By Model?

Cricut Machine Model Cost
Cricut Joy $179.99
Cricut Explore 3 $299.99
Cricut Explore Air 2 $249.99
Cricut Maker $399.99
Cricut Maker 3 $399.99
Does Cricut Come With Software and Is It Free?

Does Cricut Come With Software and Is It Free?

Every Cricut machine comes with the FREE Cricut Design Space Software. Cricut Design Space can be used on your Smart Phone, PC, Mac, or Tablet. Which you can easily download for PC and Mac from Cricut.com here. The Design Space App is available for mobile devices. The table below outlines the minimum system requirements to use Cricut Design Space.

What Are The Minimum System Requirements To Use Cricut Design Space?

Device Type Operating System
Requirement
Hareware
Requirement
PC Windows 8 or later Dual-Core processor or AMD equivalent
4 GB of RAM
USB port or Bluetooth connection
Display of 1024px by 768px or greater
Mac MacOS 10.15 or later CPU 1.83 GHz
4 GB of RAM
2 GB of free
hard drive space
USB port or Bluetooth connection
Display of 1024px by 768px or greater
Chromebook Not supported N/A
Smart Phone and Tablets
(Android)
Android 8.0 or higher
Samsung:
Galaxy S, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab A, and Galaxy Tab S

Google:
Pixel series

LG:
G, K, or V series

Motorola:
Droid G, Z, E, Turbo and Moto series
iPad iOS 14 or later iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st thru 3rd generation)
iPad Pro 11-inch
iPad Pro 10.5-inch
iPad Pro 9.7-inch
iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPad Air 2
iPad Air
iPad (5th thru 7th generation)
iPad mini (5th generation)
iPad mini 4
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 2
IPhone iOS 14 or later iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max
iPhone 12
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone SE (2nd generation)
iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max
iPhone 11
iPhone XS and XS Max
iPhone XR
iPhone X
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
iPhone SE
iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
iPhone 5s

For additional information on hardware and software requirements to use Cricut Design Space click here!

Is Cricut Design Space For Web Discontinued?

Cricut Design Space for the web was discontinued on September 29, 2020. The new version of Design Space is a desktop version and is still free. You can download the new Design Space for Mac and Windows with this link. If you are using a Tablet or Smart Phone then use the free Cricut Space Design App downloaded from the Google Play Store.

Can I Use Cricut Design Space App With The Cricut Joy?

Can I Use Cricut Design Space App With The Cricut Joy?

You can use the Cricut Design Space App with the Cricut Joy for more detailed projects that require multiple materials, colors, and layers. The Cricut Joy App is ideal for a quick and simple project. However, the Cricut Joy app can only be used with the Cricut Joy machine. You can download the Cricut Joy App from the Google Play Store.

It was a little more difficult to find a direct answer to this question. I actually had to contact Cricut Support and talk with a Representative to confirm that the Cricut Joy can use the Cricut Design Space App. You can use the desktop version without a problem. However, I wanted to be sure about the Design Space App since there is also the Cricut Joy App too.

What Are The Minimum System Requirements To Use The Cricut Joy App?

Device Type Operating System
Requirement
Network Speed
Chromebook and Tablets Not supported N/A
Smart Phone
(Android)
Android 8.0 or higher Minimum 2-3 Mbps Download
Minimum 1-3 Mbps Upload
*iPad iOS 14 or later Minimum 2-3 Mbps Download
Minimum 1-3 Mbps Upload
**IPhone iOS 14 or later Minimum 2-3 Mbps Download
Minimum 1-3 Mbps Upload

* You can still use the Cricut Joy App on an iPad but it isn’t designed for the iPad layout.
** See the list of supported iPhone models, check out this Apple Support page.

Click here to go to the Cricut Joy App Compatibility FAQ site.

Does Cricut Have A Subscription Plan and How Much Does It Cost?

Does Cricut Have A Subscription Plan and How Much Does It Cost?

Cricut does have subscription plans called Cricut Access, which you can use with your Cricut machine and Cricut Design Space. Cricut Access subscription has 2 tiers of service costing $7.99 to $9.99 a month. A subscription is not required, for you to use your Cricut machine. You can use your Cricut machine with Design Space for free.

With Cricut Access you will have access to the Cricut Library of over 150,000 non-licensed images, numerous craft projects, sewing projects, and over 500 fonts. If you are not into designing your own images and projects. Maybe don’t have the time extra time to do your own designs and who doesn’t want more time! I would say Cricut Access is going to make your crafting life more simple!

I would personally consider the subscription plan to be worth the investment when you are…

  1. Constantly buying fonts new
  2. Buying SVG images
  3. Want access to more Ready-To-Make projects
  4. Constantly buying supplies from Cricut
  5. Using your Cricut for a crafting business

If you want to learn more about Cricut Access, check out this post!

Click here to go to the Cricut website to see Cricut Access for yourself!

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What Materials Can You Use With A Cricut Machine?

What Materials Can You Use With A Cricut Machine?

Every Cricut machine can use a large range of crafting materials listed below.

  1. Paper
  2. Card stock
  3. Cardboard
  4. Fabric
  5. Vinyl
  6. Sticker paper
  7. Foil for embossing
  8. Leather
  9. Chipboard
  10. much more!

The table below gives you a detailed list of materials you can use with the different Cricut machines. The Cricut Explore series machines are perfect for papercrafts, card making, and scrapbooking. While the Cricut Maker series machines work best on cutting thicker materials, like chipboard, thick cardboard, and leather.

What Materials and Sizes Can You Use With A Cricut Machine?

Cricut Machine Model What Material Size
You Can Use
What Materials
You Can Use
Cricut Joy width 5.5 in
length 4 feet
Paper
*Smart Iron-on
Heavy Cardstock
*Smart Label Paper
Adhesive-Backed Paper
Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
Foil Transfer Kit
*Smart Label Writable Vinyl
*Smart Vinyl (Removable, Permanent, Glitter, and Shimmer)
Cricut Explore Air 2 width 12 in.
length 12 in.
Window Cling
Iron-on (HTV)
Cardstock
Paper
Fabric
Kraft Board
Aluminum Sheets
Printable Sticker Paper
Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
Vinyl (Removable, Permanent, Printable, Glitter, Holographic, and Shimmer)
Foil (Iron-on, Removable, Permanent, Glitter, Adhesive, Acetate, and Transfer)
Cricut Explore 3 With Mat:
width 12 in.
length 12 in.

With Smart Materials:
width 13 in.
length 12 feet
Window Cling
Iron-on (HTV and *Smart)
Cardstock
Paper
Fabric
Kraft Board
Aluminum Sheets
Printable Sticker Paper
Sticker Cardstock
*Smart Paper
Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
Vinyl (*Smart, Removable, Permanent, Printable, Glitter, Holographic, and Shimmer)
Foil (Iron-on, Removable, Permanent, Glitter, Adhesive, Acetate, Writable, and Transfer)
Cricut Maker width 12 in.
length 12 in.
Window Cling
Iron-on (HTV)
Cardstock
Paper
Fabric
Felt
Kraft Board
Chipboard
Cardboard
Leather
Wood (Basswood, Veneer, and Cork)
Aluminum Sheets
Printable Sticker Paper
Sticker Cardstock
Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
Vinyl (Removable, Permanent, Printable, Glitter, Holographic, and Shimmer)
Foil (Iron-on, Removable, Permanent, Glitter, Adhesive, Acetate, and Transfer)
Cricut Maker 3 With Mat:
width 12 in.
length 12 in.

With Smart Materials:
width 13 in.
length 12 feet
Window Cling
Iron-on (HTV and *Smart)
Cardstock
Paper
Fabric
Felt
Kraft Board
Chipboard
Cardboard
Leather
Wood (Basswood, Veneer, and Cork)
Aluminum Sheets
Printable Sticker Paper
Sticker Cardstock
*Smart Paper
Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets
Vinyl (*Smart, Removable, Permanent, Printable, Glitter, Holographic, and Shimmer)
Foil (Iron-on, Removable, Permanent, Glitter, Adhesive, Acetate, and Transfer)

* Cricut Smart materials do not require a cutting mat for this model.

Which Cricut Machine is right for you?

Which Cricut Machine Is Right For You?

I have put together this table below detailing the different Cricut machine models and capabilities. With so many Circuit machines to choose from, it might be hard to know which Cricut machine is right for your unique needs!

What Are The Different Cricut Machine Models and Features?

Cricut Machine Model Model Features Accessories List
Cricut Joy 3 Available Tools
Cut designs up to 4 1/2 inches wide and 4 feet long
Repeat cutting up to 20 feet long
Machine verifies that your project will fit on your material
Can use with Smart Materials
Quickly make custom cards with Card Mat
50+ Available Cricut materials
Bluetooth connection
Free design app and desktop software
*Cricut Joy Blade and Housing
Cricut Joy Foil Transfer Tip
Cricut Joy Card Mat
Cricut Joy StandardGrip and LightGrip Mats
Cricut Joy Pens and Markers
Cricut Joy Starter Tool Set
Cricut Joy Tote
Cricut Explore Air 2 6 Available Tools
Cut designs up to 12 inches wide and 12 inches long
Print then Cut on white materials only
100+ Available Cricut materials
Cuts and writes 2x faster
Double tool holder
Bluetooth and USB connection
Free design app and desktop software
*Black Fine Point Pen
*Fine Point Blade and Housing
Deep-Point Blade
Bonded-Fabric Tool
Foil Transfer Tip
Cricut Scoring Stylus
Standard, Fabric, Strong, and *LightGrip Mats
Pens and Markers
Starter Tool Set
**Cricut Explore 3 6 Available Tools
Cut designs up to 13 inches wide and 12 feet long
Print then Cut on white and colored materials
Machine verifies that your project will fit on your material
Can use with Smart Materials without a mat
100+ Available Cricut materials
Cuts and writes 4x faster
Double tool holder
Bluetooth and USB connection
Free design app and desktop software
*Fine Point Blade and Housing
Deep-Point Blade
Bonded-Fabric Tool
Foil Transfer Tip
Cricut Scoring Stylus
Roll Holder
Built-in mobile device stand
Standard, Fabric, Strong, and LightGrip Mats
Pens and Markers
Starter Tool Set
Cricut Maker Commercial-Grade cutting
13 Available Tools
Cut designs up to 12 inches wide and 12 inches long
Print then Cut on white and colored materials
300+ Available Cricut materials
10x more cutting power
Cuts and writes 2x faster
Double tool holder
Bluetooth and USB connection
Free design app and desktop software
*Black Fine Point Pen
*Fine Point Blade
*Rotary Blade
Deep-Point Blade
Bonded-Fabric Tool
Knife Blade
Engraving Tool
Debossing Tool
Wavy Blade
Perforation Blade
Foil Transfer Tip
Scoring Wheel(Single and Double)
Scoring Stylus
Built-in mobile device stand
Standard, *Fabric, Strong, and *LightGrip Mats
Pens and Markers
Starter Tool Set
**Cricut Maker 3 Commercial-Grade cutting
13 Available Tools
Cut designs up to 12 inches wide and 12 feet long
Print then Cut on white and colored materials
Machine verifies that your project will fit on your material
Can use with Smart Materials without a mat
300+ Available Cricut materials
10x more cutting power
Cuts and writes 4x faster
Double tool holder
Bluetooth and USB connection
Free design app and desktop software
*Fine Point Blade
Rotary Blade
Deep-Point Blade
Bonded-Fabric Tool
Knife Blade
Engraving Tool
Debossing Tool
Wavy Blade
Perforation Blade
Foil Transfer Tip
Scoring Wheel(Single and Double)
Scoring Stylus
Roll Holder
Built-in mobile device stand
Standard, Fabric, Strong, and LightGrip Mats
Pens and Markers
Starter Tool Set

* Included when you buy this machine and practice cutting material.
** Cricut Smart materials do not require a cutting mat for this model

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If the above table didn’t help you narrow down which Cricut machine you should get, for you next crafting adventure! Then maybe the below sections might help you. I covered the top 6 most common crafter types and recommend the right Cricut machine for their unique needs.

Which Cricut Machine Is Best For Beginner’s?

There are two machines I would recommend for a beginners, the Cricut Joy or the Cricut Explore 3. The Cricut Joy is an excellent choice for a beginner who have limited space to do crafting, crafting on a budget, or only needs cutting for small simple projects. The Cricut Explore 3 will be a better fit for you, if you are planning to grow into more complex projects that requires additional capabilities that the Joy can’t provide.

If I had to choose between the two machines, I would pick the Cricut Explore 3. I can also use my current mats and supply of materials and all the Smart materials without having to trim them to fit the Joy. I don’t travel with my Explore One, so size and space are not an issue for me.

Best Cricut Machines For Beginner’s
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Cricut Joy Cricut Explore 3
Size (W x D x H):
8.43 x 5.43 x 4.25 in.

Cost:
$159.99

Cut Design Size:
4.5 in x 4 ft.

Materials:
+50 Available

Available Tools:
3

Great for:
Small work space
Small & Simple Projects
Card making
Custom Label and stickers
On the go crafting
Size (W x D x H):
22.2 x 7 x 5.9 in.

Cost:
$299.99

Cut Design Size:
13 in x 12 ft.

Materials:
+100 Available

Available Tools:
6

Great for:
More options
Large and intricate projects
More materials to work with
Bigger project library
Can grow with you
Get the Cricut Joy Get the Cricut Explore 3

Which Cricut Machine Is Best For Experienced Crafter’s?

There are two machines to choose from for an experienced crafter, the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Explore 3. Either one is an excellent choice for working bigger complex projects that requires additional capabilities. They are best suited for experienced crafter’s that are looking for a machine that is durable enough to handle light-duty commercial and home use.

You may ask what is the differences between the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the new Cricut Explore 3. The Explore 3 is 2x faster than the Explore Air 2 at writing and cutting. This is a bonus if you are looking to cut down on your project processing time.

You can still use the Cricut Cartridges with the Explore Air 2. While the Explore 3 has removed the cartridge port to provide a second cup to hold pens and your weeding tools. The Explore 3 also has a device shelf to hold your smart device or tablet, which is not available on the Explore Air 2.

If I had to choose between the two machines, I would pick the Cricut Explore 3. It has newer options that are not available on the Explore Air 2. I can also use all my current mats, supply of materials, and the Smart materials with the Explore 3.

Best Cricut Machines For Experienced Crafter’s
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Cricut Explore Air 2 Cricut Explore 3
Size (W x D x H):
22.2 x 7 x 5.9 in.

Cost:
$249.99

Cut Design Size:
11.5 in x 23.5 in.

Materials:
+100 Available

Available Tools:
6

Great for:
Print Then Cut on white materials
Using Cricut Cartridges
Using Cricut Mat for all projects
Smart Set Dial
Very popular with crafters
Size (W x D x H):
22.2 x 7 x 5.9 in.

Cost:
$299.99

Cut Design Size:
13 in x 12 ft.

Materials:
+100 Available

Available Tools:
6

Great for:
Print Then Cut on white and color materials
Works with Smart Materials for longer projects
*Cut without a mat
Writes and cuts 2x faster
Holder for Tablet or Mobile device
Get the Cricut Explore Air 2 Get the Cricut Explore 3

*You can cut Smart Materials with this machine without a mat.

Which Cricut Machine Is Best For Advanced Crafter?

For the advanced crafter there are two machines to choose from, the Cricut Maker and the Maker 3. Either one is an excellent choice for working on projects with a larger range of materials and capabilities that are not available in the Explore machine series. The Makers are best suited for advanced crafter’s that are looking for a machine that is heavy duty to handle thicker materials like leather and wood but still gentle enough to handle paper and fabric.

What is the differences between the Cricut Maker and the newer Maker 3? The Maker 3 is 2x faster than the Maker at writing and cutting. This helps reduce your wait time as the Maker 3 cuts, writes, and draws at blinding speeds.

If I had to choose between the two machines, I would pick the Cricut Marker 3. It has newer options that are not available on the original Maker. I can also use all my current mats, supply of materials, and the Smart materials with the Maker 3. Also with the release of the Maker 3, I would not be surprised if the original Maker will be discontinued in a few years.

Best Cricut Machines For Advanced Crafter’s
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Cricut Maker Cricut Maker 3
Size (W x D x H):
24 x 9.5 x 9.5 in.

Cost:
$399.99

Cut Design Size:
11.5 in x 23.5 in.

Materials:
+300 Available

Available Tools:
13

Great for:
Using Cricut Mat for all projects
Size (W x D x H):
22.1 x 7.7 x 6.2 in.

Cost:
$399.99

Cut Design Size:
13 in x 12 ft.

Materials:
+300 Available

Available Tools:
13

Great for:
Works with Smart Materials for longer projects
*Cut without a mat
Writes and cuts 2x faster
Get the Cricut Maker Get the Cricut Maker 3

*You can cut Smart Materials with this machine without a mat.

Which Cricut Machine Is Best For Teacher’s?

These are the two machines I would recommend for teacher’s, the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the Explore 3. Either one is an excellent choice for the tedious repetitive cutting for classroom projects, banners, and bulletin board decorating. These durable machines can handle the rigorous demands of the classroom for continuous required cutting of paper, cardstock, poster board, fabric, and more.

Picture this, art and elementary school teachers saving hours of time cutting out paper shapes with scissors because they used a Cricut machine instead. I have been in this very same situation teaching Sunday Class. It made it so much easier to cut out the paper shapes ahead of time with my Cricut machine. That way I could avoid getting a cramp in my hand from using a pair of scissors of hours.

The differences between the Cricut Explore Air 2 and the new Cricut Explore 3 is mainly speed. The Explore 3 is 2x faster than the Explore Air 2 at writing, drawing, and cutting. This is great when you don’t have a lot of time to waste.

If you currently have a collection of compatible Cricut Cartridges you can still use them with the Explore Air 2. While the Explore 3 has removed the cartridge port to provide a second cup to hold pens and your weeding tools. The Explore 3 also has a device shelf to hold your smart phone or tablet, which is not available on the Explore Air 2.

If I had to choose between the two machines, I would pick the Cricut Explore 3. It has newer options that are not available on the Explore Air 2. I can also use all my current mats, supply of materials, and the Smart materials with the Explore 3. Plus, I will not have to worry about them discontinuing the Explore 3 any time soon.

Best Cricut Machines For Experienced Crafter’s
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Cricut Explore Air 2 Cricut Explore 3
Size (W x D x H):
22.2 x 7 x 5.9 in.

Cost:
$249.99

Cut Design Size:
11.5 in x 23.5 in.

Materials:
+100 Available

Available Tools:
6

Great for:
Print Then Cut on white materials
Using Cricut Cartridges
Using Cricut Mat for all projects
Smart Set Dial
Very popular with crafters
Size (W x D x H):
22.2 x 7 x 5.9 in.

Cost:
$299.99

Cut Design Size:
13 in x 12 ft.

Materials:
+100 Available

Available Tools:
6

Great for:
Print Then Cut on white and color materials
Works with Smart Materials for longer projects
*Cut without a mat
Writes and cuts 2x faster
Holder for Tablet or Mobile device
Get the Cricut Explore Air 2 Get the Cricut Explore 3

*You can cut Smart Materials with this machine without a mat.

Which Cricut Machine Is Best For A Business Owner?

I would recommend the Cricut Maker Series machines, for a business owner that needs a commercial grade machine that can produce constant results every time. Either one is an excellent choice for working on projects with a larger range of materials and capabilities, that are not available in the Explore machine series. The Makers are best suited for professional looking results. While handling thicker materials like leather and wood up to 3/32 thickness. However, the Cricut Makers are still gentle enough to handle paper and fabric.

What is so differences between the Cricut Maker and the newer Maker 3? The Maker 3 is 2x faster than the Maker at completing your project. This helps reduce your wait time as the Maker 3 cuts, writes, and draws at blinding speeds. You can also cut projects up to 12 feet in length, which is not a possibility with the original Maker. Who wouldn’t want the flexibility to branch out into making long projects and images.

If I had to choose between the two machines, I would pick the Cricut Marker 3. It has newer options that are not available on the original Maker. I can also use all my current mats, supply of materials, and the Smart materials with the Maker 3. Also with the release of the Maker 3, I would not be surprised if the original Maker will be discontinued in a few years.

Best Cricut Machines For A Business Owner
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Cricut Maker Cricut Maker 3
Size (W x D x H):
24 x 9.5 x 9.5 in.

Cost:
$399.99

Cut Design Size:
11.5 in x 23.5 in.

Materials:
+300 Available

Available Tools:
13

Great for:
Using Cricut Mat for all projects
Size (W x D x H):
22.1 x 7.7 x 6.2 in.

Cost:
$399.99

Cut Design Size:
13 in x 12 ft.

Materials:
+300 Available

Available Tools:
13

Great for:
Works with Smart Materials for longer projects
*Cut without a mat
Writes and cuts 2x faster
Get the Cricut Maker Get the Cricut Maker 3

*You can cut Smart Materials with this machine without a mat.

Is There A Cricut Machine That Does Everything?

The Cricut Maker 3 is the machine that can do everything without limiting your crafting imagination. While providing you with a durable machine that can cut through materials up to a 3/32 thickness. With over 300 materials to chose from, the possibility are endless. The only question left is, what are you going to create next when you get your Cricut Maker 3?

The Cricut Machine That Does Everything
What Are Cricut Machines and How Much Does It Cost? Insider Buyer's Guide!
Cricut Maker 3
Size (W x D x H):
22.1 x 7.7 x 6.2 in.

Cost:
$399.99

Cut Design Size:
13 in x 12 ft.

Materials:
+300 Available

Available Tools:
13

Great for:
Works with Smart Materials for longer projects
*Cut without a mat
Writes and cuts 2x faster
Get the Cricut Maker 3
Is Cricut Design Space For Web Discontinued?

Which Cricut Machines Have Been Discontinued?

After talking with Cricut Support, I was able to put together this detailed table of discontinued Cricut machines. With this information, I was able to list if these machines were still being supported by Cricut, what level of support that was still being provided, and if they can use the new Design Space desktop software.

I currently own a Cricut Explore One, that I enjoy using. I use it for making scrapbook stickers, custom embellishments, cutting vinyl transfers, and much more! However, I am sad to say that the Explore One is now discontinued, since 2021 with the new release of the Cricut Explore 3.

Which Discontinued Cricut Machines Are Supported By Cricut?

Cricut Machine
Model
Discontinued
Date
Supported
by Cricut
Works with New
Design Space
Cricut Explore Spring 2019 Yes Yes
Cricut Explore Air 1 Spring 2019 Yes Yes
Cricut Explore One Spring 2019 Yes Yes
Cricut Cuttlebug January 2019 Yes N/A
(Hand cranked)
Cricut Gypsy March 2016 *Yes **No
Cricut Cake December 2010 *Yes **No
Cricut Cake Mini December 2010 *Yes **No
Cricut Mini July 2018 *Yes **No
Cricut Imagine September 2011 *Yes **No
Cricut Personal July 2018 *Yes **No
Cricut Expression June 2012 *Yes **No
Cricut Expression 2 June 2018 *Yes **No

* Parts for these machines are no longer available at Cricut.com. Additional parts can be purchased online from other vendors.
** Stand alone machine that only uses Cricut Cartridges or Cricut Craft Room. Both have been discontinued.

Are Cricut Cartridges Being Discontinued?

Cricut has discontinued all cartridges for it’s Cricut machine starting October 2017. Cricut will still provide support for existing stand alone machines that only use the cartridges. However, they will not be creating new image cartridges for the Cricut machines going forward. You can still buy used Cricut Cartridges for older machines online.

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