11 best die cutting machines to buy in 2022 (2022)

A cutting machine for crafts is a very useful gadget if you are interested in card making. What's more, it provides the only real way to make use of the metal dies and plastic embossing folders that come with so many card making magazines. We've found the best die cutting machines to buy for your craft station.

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What does a die cutting machine do?

A die cutting machine is a crafting gadget, which uses a cutting tool called a die to create shapes in paper and card. If you are a beginner crafter or very new to card making and want to understand what these machines are and what they can do, check out our full article: What is a die cutting machine?

What are the types of die cutting machine?

When choosing a die cutting machine, you'll need to decide whether to go for a manual or an electric model. While manual ones are usually more affordable, the cost of buying additional dies can add up over time, while digital machines can adapt existing designs and download new ones. As some people prefer to work with their hands when crafting, it's worth considering how you want to use your paper cutting gadget before you decide on a specific model.

If you're ready to invest and you're searching for the best die cutting machines, take a look at our favourites below. See our shortlist in the box or scroll down for individual reviews.

Best manual die cutting machines

Manual die cutting machines tend to be cheaper and typically have a handle that is turned to feed the cutting plates through the machine. The following are all ones we have tested in our offices, and the ones we use in our everyday crafting.

Tonic Tangerine

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This A4 die cutting machine from Tonic has a lovely slimline footprint, with a baseplate featuring suction cups that can be twisted out to stabilise when in use, or turned under the machine when stored. This makes it a surprisingly good portable option, though it is pretty heavy, and, although the handle can be removed with an allen key, this is not especially practical use to use. Its A4 cutting plates are all that most card makers will ever need, and their different colours and clearly-labelled functions make it clear and easy to understand when you are putting your sandwich together – though they do look a bit like they belong in the kitchen as chopping boards!

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The fact that the plates feed through the centre of the machine is a great plus for the average craft desk – there is enough clearance underneath for stray rolls of washi tape or Stickles to sit beneath the moving plates. But it is possible to knock boxes or tubs of embellishments over, so keep this in mind – clearance is advisable.

Like all the best die cutting machines, it comes with no-jargon accessories that make it easy to understand and simple to use. We also love the tangerine for its unique styling – it's orange!

Read our in-depth review of the Tonic Tangerine

Spellbinders Platinum

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The Platinum is a sophisticated and high-spec die cutting machine, with a wonderfully smooth cutting action. The manufacturers boast of a solid steel core construction and trademarked VersaCut technology for unsurpassed power, strength and durability. The machine in our office certainly saw a lot of use and after several years was still cutting beautifully, even after the plates were so battered they were practically opaque! Using Spellbinder Contour™ Steel Rule Dies with these machines lets you cut up to six layers in a single pass, and it even cuts thicker materials like cork or felt. This machine is a good choice if you are mass producing or looking to work with other materials beyond card.

The Platinum comes in both an A4 and a smaller 6 inch-wide cutting plate version (Platinum 6). Both options have sides that fold down when in use, then up into the body of the machine for easy storage and transport – the built-in carry handle at the top makes it look a bit like a suitcase when it's folded. The handle can easily be removed with an allen key, but this is not usually practical on a day to day basis.

Gemini Mini

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Gemini's core machines are electric, but the manual mini is one of the best die cutting machines to buy if you're starting out in papercraft. It typically costs less than £30, which is hard to argue with, and the bijou cutting plates can accommodate mini dies and embossing folders up to 3 inches wide. This will work fine for lots of small decorative dies, including many that you get with card making magazines, but the aperture is too small to work with A5 embossing folders, and you certainly won't be able to get a card blank through this machine.

We recommend this for card makers taking their first steps into the hobby, or for kids who like cardmaking as it's small, light, portable and easy to use. But don't expect it to do too much. It will barely take up any space on your craft desk, however, so could be good to keep on hand for cutting quick flourishes and it is adorably dinky to have on display!

Sizzix Big Shot

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So many card makers swear by their Big Shot machine! The one shown here is the A4 version (Big shot Plus) but the machine that made the brand such a big name features an A5 cutting width. The A4 Big Shot Plus retains its great build quality, and one of the features that made a firm favourite among crafters is that – aside from its super sturdy build quality – the cutting sandwich layers are all tabbed together like a book, so you can't lose different plates. The instructions for which ones you need are printed on the back plate, and you fold in the ones you need for your particular cutting sandwich. This can be a little awkward as the folded out, unused ones can flap around a little as you feed the sandwich through the machine but, all things considered, it is an ingenious feature and one that has been a big hit with crafters.

This is a weighty and sturdy machine with a 3-year warranty. It has a large footprint and it's not something you want to be lifting in and out of cupboards all of the time, but it's one of the best die cutting machines for crafters with a large craft desk where it can live as your go-to gadget. There is a handy storage caddy available that clips on the side without the handle for neat extra storage, too.

Sizzix Big Shot Foldaway

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The Big Shot foldaway is the newest machine to the Big Shot family. It has the same A5 cutting width as the regular Big Shot – and you can use the plates from each in both machines – but the foldaway comes with separate plates, not tabbed together in the way detailed in the review above. This makes them smaller and easier to store, like the foldaway itself. In the picture here, the machine is positioned for storage with the sides folded up, and the handle twisted around to tuck neatly into the curve in the side of the machine – we love this feature! It is much lighter than the regular Big Shot and designed for people who want to to make the most of a smaller craft space or perhaps take their machines out and about with them. It also makes it easy to move and store this machine easily, if you don't have a bespoke craft area for a machine to live.

The foldaway also has a little inbuilt storage area inside the fold-out platforms – plenty of space to store a collection of small dies or some go-to washi tape to secure dies in place when using the machine. It's a very elegant option for the mid-level crafter.

Best electric die cutting machines

Crafter's Companion Gemini

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Electric die cutting machines are where it's at if you have any hand mobility or strength issues – or if you simply feel like letting a machine do the work for you! The Gemini from Crafter's Companion is highlighted as being a dual function die cutting and embossing machine, but all of the die cutting machines reviewed here will also emboss – you just need the appropriate embossing folders to work with your machine. A rubber mat is included in the box, which lets you use dies designed to add embossing details, as well as cutting shapes.

Unlike the other machines, the Gemini includes a magnetic shim in the pack, which is useful to help hold your die in place in the cutting sandwich – no washi tape required. Just make sure you assemble the sandwich as directed to avoid cutting a hole in the magnetic shim instead. Other precision plates (like a metal cutting plate) let you work with leather, foam, balsa wood, mount board and even thin brass sheets – this is one heck of a powerful machine. The original Gemini has a 9 x 12.5 inch cutting platform, so can easily handle A4 cards, and even has the space to accommodate several dies at once which, combined with its electric function, is very handy for mass production for all these craft materials (or batch making Christmas cards!).

The Gemini is whisper-quiet to use and feeds the sandwich through quickly and easily, providing precision cutting. It's much harder to break an electric die cutting machine through user error as you can't force incorrectly assembled cutting sandwiches through the metal rollers, as you can with the manual ones. This is a very valuable feature for many crafters!

Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior

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The Junior is a more compact and lower-priced version of the Gemini original. It has a 6 x 8.9 inch platform for cutting A5 card, and has the same plates and mats as the original, letting you cut different materials. Though the Junior is not recommended for leather and balsa wood – you'll need the original for those – it can handle craft metals, thick cardstock and will cut up to six pieces of fabric in a single pass.

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Because this machine is more of a fit for card makers, and thanks to its lower price, this is the cutting machine you see most often on craft desks and is the one that Crafter's Companion are creating accessories for – their hot foil press system is designed to operate with the Junior rather than the original Gemini. Unless you are looking to cut thicker materials or need the larger cutting area, this is the machine we would recommend you buy of the two – why spend the extra money when you can get the same excellent quality at a lower price? As well as the standard white and purple, the Gemini Junior also comes in a rose gold version - we're in love!

Sizzix Big Shot Express

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This machine is just like the manual Sizzix Big Shot, apart from the fact it has no handle to crank! Instead, there is an electric motor attached where the handle would be, which powers the cutting sandwich through the cutting rollers at the push of a button. And, if you don't like the unbalanced look of the motor on one side, you can always balance it out by purchasing the Big Shot storage caddy to sit on the opposite side!

The plates are the same tabbed option as the original Big Shot, and it's very straightforward to fold in and out the ones you need. Crafters will either love or hate this depending on preference, although it has never caused us a problem. We love that the plate you need is always to hand with this system! In our tests, the Big Shot Express was slightly louder on operation than the Gemini, although this is only a very marginal difference.

The Big Shot Express is one of the best die cutting machines for those who struggle with dexterity in their hands. But for about a 50 per cent increase in price versus the manual Big Shot, we reckon that most crafters would get better value for money by sticking with the manual version.

More than a die cutting machine

Brother Scan N Cut

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The Scan N Cut is not die cutting machine at all – you don't need separate dies to cut shapes here, and therein lies the beauty of this machine. The cutting blade can cut any shape that you want! Choose from an inbuilt selection of shapes stored in the machine, download designer patterns, or draw your own in Canvas Workspace to sync with the machine. The Scan N Cut can cut up to 1.5mm thickness of material with the deep cutting blade, so you can cut super-thick cardstock, and thick material like denim, too.

Switch the cutting blade out for different tools and you can emboss detail, add rhinestones, add foiled details or use pens to draw and colour different patterns. Once you have tried out Canvas Workspace a few times and got your designs synching with your machine, you'll see how versatile and easy to use the system is. We find the touch screen display a really lovely extra feature to take the mystery out of operation. There's a wireless version, too, and the machine will automatically install updates so you will always have the most up to date version of the software without having to worry.

Serious crafters will be awed by the versatility and wide range of functions that this machine offers!

Cricut Explore Air 2

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Well, hello beautiful! Can we say how much we love the look of this machine, and especially the sunflower yellow version shown here. The Explore Air 2 is a slightly lower spec version of Cricut's Maker and won't work with thick fabrics, but is instead intended for cutting card and paper. It still cuts vinyl and iron-on fabrics, but won't work with denim or leathers. So if you're a paper crafter looking for a better, less expensive option with a significant cost reduction on the Maker, look no further! We love this machine.

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You can use the intuitive Design Space software to create your own shapes and designs, then sync this with the machine to cut out your patterns. You can also swap out the cutting blade if you want to emboss a design, or even add a pen to the holder and have the machine write or draw for you. And it does this really quickly and quietly. It also comes in a white and mint version if you don't fancy the yellow – but where's the fun in that?

TODO

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The Todo was created to be a multi-functional tool for card makers. As well as having a manual die cutting function, it can hot foil, letterpress, and emboss, too. It's a very clever concept, and good price point for all those functions compared to the Scan N Cut and The Explore Air 2, but it will take up a significant amount of space on your craft desk. Instead of turning the handle and moving the cutting plates through the rollers, you're moving the entire cutting mechanism itself, so it can be a hard workout for your arms. If you really want all these functions, we'd recommend spending the extra money and getting one of the two cutting machines listed above. Or be prepared to take some time in learning how to adjust the Todo to make the most of its functions.

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Which is the best die cutting machine?

There are a few key factors to consider when you are choosing the die cutting machine that is right for you:

Size

As well as the size of the machine (how much space have you got?), it's the size of the cutting plates that will really affect how you can use it in your crafting. Will you just be using the machine to cut small decorative shapes, or will you want the option to use large kinetic card blank dies? If you want to use dies to make your own aperture cards, you need to consider the width of the cards you'll be making, too – the card will need to be opened out to run through the machine.

Quality

Cheaper machines usually work fine in the short term. They tend to have plastic rather than metal parts in their rollers. Ultimately these do break so you can end up with areas of the machine that won't cut dies, or sometimes that don't work at all. If you anticipate being a long term card maker or are looking to make a high volume in a short amount of time, better to go for a machine with metal rollers that will last longer. This higher build quality will be reflected in the price tag.

Storage

This is where the size and weight of the machine is important! Typically a weighty machine uses quality metal parts, which make it easier and smoother to use as the machine keeps steady while the die cutting sandwich runs through it. But if you are going to be carrying the machine around with you or lifting into a cupboard for storing, a foldaway machine, or a lighter version may be more practical for you.

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FAQs

Which die cutting machine is the best? ›

The Best Die Cutting Machines for Creating Complex Designs
  • Cricut Explore Air 2, Blue. ...
  • Silhouette Cameo 4 with Bluetooth. ...
  • Gemini Go Embossing and Die Cutting Machine. ...
  • Sizzix Manual Die Cutting & Embossing Machine. ...
  • Brother ScanNCut 2 Cutting Machine with Scanner.
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Is sizzix or Spellbinder better? ›

Another reason the Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing machine is better than the Sizzix machines is that the Spellbinders Platinum comes with the tan embossing mat and purple embossing plate for cut and emboss etched dies (albeit the small version) and embossing folders.

Is it worth getting a die cutting machine? ›

From embossing and engraving to cutting out personalised designs, die cutters are an essential in any crafter's tool kit. No matter whether you're scrapbooking or card making, dies and die cutting machines offer a quick and easy way to add dimension and texture without fiddly or painstaking scissor work.

What's the difference between a Cricut and a sizzix? ›

Sizzix alphabet sets (that also work with the Cuttlebug) are more expensive than the cricut font cartidges, take up a lot more space, and are not resizeable. However, they are very handy to use with a small manual machine.

What is the most precise metal cutting machine? ›

CNC laser cutting has proven to be one of the most efficient and cost-effective choices for precision metal cutting. In design and application, laser equipment is unique from other cutting machines, the most obvious difference being that the laser does not come into contact with the metal being cut.

What is the easiest cutting machine? ›

Best for Beginners : Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine

If you're a novice crafter who is intimidated by die cutting, the Cricut Explore Air 2 has a straightforward setup and simple software that make it easy for you to get started on your project.

What happened to Sizzix? ›

In a move likely in the works for months, Stampin' Up has announced that they are discontinuing the Sizzix Big Shot and also are replacing Sizzix as the manufacturer for their dies. Stampin' Up's new dies will be a slightly different die style than the previous ones.

Which is the best sizzix machine? ›

The Sizzix Big Shot is the best die cutting machine for manual cutting and embossing that we reviewed. It's small, sturdy, and easy to use if you're just getting into crafting. Now that the Cricut Cuttlebug is discontinued, this is our top recommendation.

Can you use original sizzix dies in a big shot? ›

Each medium Originals die is compatible with both the original Sizzix Machine (with one Cutting Pad) and the SophistiCut, BIGkick, Big Shot and Vagabond machines (with two Cutting Pads).

What are the disadvantages of die-cutting? ›

Disadvantages of Die-Cutting
  • Because the cutting tool incorporates a sharp blade, it can be dangerous unless the person completing the task really knows what they are doing.
  • You will need a new die for each design you create.
  • It is less cost-effective if you are not using this technique that often and only need low volume.
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Is there a better cutting machine than Cricut? ›

Silhouette & Brother

The best competitors to the Cricut are the die-cutting machines from Silhouette and Brother. Silhouette comes the closest to giving Cricut a run for its money, which is possible because of its Cameo and Portrait series of machines.

What is better a Cricut or silhouette? ›

For me, the clear winner is the Cricut, especially now that I have gotten used to the Cricut Design Space. The machine is sturdier, stronger and performs better. And for the vast majority of users, Cricut Design Space is far more user friendly and will fit their needs perfectly.

What is the best Cricut that does everything? ›

In general, the Cricut Maker is the best cutting machine from Cricut for most people as we discovered in our in-depth Cricut Maker review. The exception is if you want to work with smart materials, in which case skip to back to the top machine on our list, the newer Cricut Maker 3.

Which Cricut machines are obsolete? ›

Legacy machines that aren't being sold anymore include Cricut Gypsy, Cricut Cake, Cricut Personal, Cricut Mini, Cricut Expression 2, and Cricut Expression. These machines (along with Cricut cartridges) are no longer supported by Cricut.

Is there one Cricut machine that does everything? ›

Cricut Maker

The Maker cutting machine can do everything that the Cricut Explore machines can do, as well as use the knife blade to cut thick materials like balsa wood up to 2mm deep and use the rotary blade to cut more fragile materials like tissue paper, crepe paper, and fabric.

What is the hardest steel to machine? ›

Austenitic Stainless Steel

Due to the high nickel content, It has much better corrosion resistance, but it is the hardest to the machine.

What cutting method is the most accurate? ›

Laser cutting is highly renowned for its precision. This method is faster than water jet cutting. Laser cutting is also far cleaner than the water jet technique, which is quite costly in disposing of waste material. Laser cutting also supports a tolerance of within 0.002”.

Which cutting tools have the strongest strength? ›

Cemented carbide tool and cermet

Cemented carbide tools are extremely hard; they can withstand very high-speed cutting operation. Carbide tool does not lose their hardness up to 1000° C.

What should I look for in a cutting machine? ›

Depending on the type of laser, you can cut different types of materials.
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When should you choose a laser cutting machine?
  • High cutting accuracy.
  • High speed.
  • Good cutting quality.
  • Low noise level.
  • Low vibration.

What is the most common cutting tool? ›

A drill is a cutting tool that pierces a hole in a workpiece, which has a cutting edge at the tip, and a groove in the body for discharging chips. It is the most common tool among cutting tools, with various shapes and types for application, from the one used at home to the one for special processing.

What is the largest sizzix machine? ›

The Sizzix® Big Shot™ is our flagship machine and is perfect for die-cutting a range of materials when paired with our metal craft dies. From our smallest die cutting machine at 3", the Sizzix® Sidekick™, to our biggest crafting machine the Sizzix® Big Shot™ Plus at 9" we have a machine to suit all crafters.

Who makes the big shot machine? ›

As a product, Sizzix Big Shot has consistently proven itself of high quality. First surprise for me was that it came in ONE day, delivered on a Saturday. Second surprise is its weight, it's heavy. Yes, I read on the description how much it weighs but it's different when you hold the Big Shot in your hand.

Is sizzix an American company? ›

Sizzix, as we know it today, is over 15 years old and the company headquarters is nestled in Lake Forest, California, about 3 hours south of Zzyzzx road.

What's the difference between Sizzix Big Shot and big shot plus? ›

If you want to cut big, then the Sizzix Big Shot Plus Machine is for you! This Die Cutting Machine is slightly larger than the standard Big Shot Machine, with a 9” opening. That means that it can be used with your 8 ½” x 11” materials – music to every crafters ears!

What is the difference between big shot and big shot plus? ›

The big shot plus cuts 8.5 x 11. It is larger than the big shot which cuts 5 x 7. I use my big shot plus with the larger embossing folders and use the big shot for cutting since all my dies will run through the smaller machine. If space is limited....

Can I use any dies on Sizzix? ›

Sizzix Big Shot Plus User Manual

The great thing about the Big Shot Plus is that you can use any dies in it!

Can crafters edge dies be used in Sizzix? ›

Crafter's Edge dies can also be used with the Sizzix Big Shot if you use the Small Adapter Plate and the Sizzix Big Shot Plus if you use the Standard Metal Adapter Plate.

What is the original sizzix machine called? ›

Machines. The Sizzix product range launched in 2001 as an evolution of the first patented die-cutting machine, the Ellison LetterMachine, created in 1977. Along with the die-cutting machines, the Sizzix product range also includes steel-rule dies, chemically-etched dies, embossing folders and storage folders.

Can you emboss with a Sizzix? ›

Silicone Rubber and Impressions Pad are durable accessories made specifically for embossing with selected Sizzix Thinlits dies and die sets. These accessories allow you to emboss thin materials such as paper, cardstock and foil to make a lasting impression. Quick, simple and easy to use for all your embossing needs.

Which material is best for die making? ›

The high-speed steel 1.3343 (HSS) is used as a standard material for dies and cutting elements. Compared to the material 1.2379 it has a higher wear resistance and hardness. It is used for medium strength (up to approx. 500 N/mm²) strip material and especially for thick sheets.

Is Kiss cut the same as die cut? ›

What is the difference between die cut and kiss cut stickers? The main difference between die cut stickers and kiss cut stickers is the backing. Kiss cut stickers are easy to peel with a larger surrounding border and backing, while die cut stickers are custom cut to the exact shape of your design.

Which is better Cricut or silhouette 2022? ›

Silhouette is better for those who would want to do more of their own file creation. The software has a lot to offer but it does have a small learning curve. Silhouettes also have a larger cut area than a Cricut .

What is the strongest cut on Cricut? ›

For the Cricut Maker, the thickest material the device can cut is 2.4 mm thick, giving you a greater range of options to choose from.

What vinyl is better than Cricut? ›

While Cricut will but any brand of vinyl, there are some manufacturers that outshine the rest. The best adhesive vinyl is Oracle Brand found here. Remember 651 is permanent and 631 is removable.

Does Silhouette have a monthly fee? ›

Go with a general subscription plan

Basic is $25.00 worth of credits, but it only costs you $9.99 a month. You read that right. You'll get more for your money. Deluxe will get you $50.00 worth of credits to spend in the Design Store for $14.99 a month.

Why is Cricut trying to charge me for my own design? ›

If you are being charged in the app for images you have already purchased, have linked, or have access to through your Cricut Access plan we recommend signing out of the app. Then sign back in to refresh the account. Your images and fonts should appear without a charge.

Which is the best Cricut to buy 2022? ›

10+ Best Cricut Machines in 2022
  1. Cricut Maker (Editor's Choice) Cricut Maker. ...
  2. Cricut Explore 3. Cricut Explore 3. ...
  3. Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine. Cricut Electronic Cutting Machine. ...
  4. Cricut Explore Air 2. Cricut Explore Air 2. ...
  5. Cricut Maker 3. Cricut Maker 3. ...
  6. Cricut EasyPress 2. ...
  7. Cricut EasyPress Mini. ...
  8. Cricut Joy.
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Is there a new Cricut coming out in 2022? ›

Watercolor, glow-in-the-dark, new labels and more now available at Cricut.

What is the latest Cricut machine 2022? ›

Cricut Explore 3: The latest DIY dream machine

The latest and greatest in the Explore Family, Cricut Explore 3 can do everything Cricut Explore Air 2 can do, plus more. Cricut Explore 3 works with our all-new Smart Materials.

Can I trade in my old Cricut for a new one? ›

With the Cricut Trade-Up Program you can get $50 off a Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint Everything Bundle when you trade-in your old machine!

Is Cricut a waste of money? ›

The nickel-and-diming is a lot if you're just a hobby crafter, and you're going to end up spending a lot more if you don't have the skills to build your own designs in Design Space. However, if you sell your crafts on Etsy or elsewhere, I do think a Cricut could be a good investment.

What is the most versatile Cricut machine? ›

The Cricut Maker is the most versatile. It can cut, write and score over 300 different materials including balsa wood, unbonded fabric, aluminum and more. The Cricut Maker also has an expandable suite of tools.

Whats the difference between a Cricut and a Cricut maker? ›

The biggest difference between the original Cricut Maker and the New Cricut Maker is the matless cutting which also allows you to use the new smart materials, such as smart paper sticker cardstock and smart iron-on. Also, it cuts up to 20 ft in a single cut session just like the Cricut Joy.

Is owning a Cricut worth it? ›

It's efficient. Not only does a Cricut do tons of different things, but it does them way more efficiently than you could possibly do by hand. It will save you time, save you from aching hands, and can even save money and materials by efficiently spacing the designs it cuts on your material. It's easy to use.

What is the best die-cutting machine for vinyl? ›

The best vinyl cutter machines: available now
  1. Cricut Maker 3. The best vinyl cutting machine for serious projects. ...
  2. Brother ScanNCut DX 1000. The best complete vinyl cutting machine. ...
  3. Silhouette Cameo 4. ...
  4. Cricut Explore 3. ...
  5. Cricut Maker. ...
  6. Cricut Joy. ...
  7. Cricut Explore Air 2. ...
  8. Silhouette Portrait 3.
7 Oct 2022

Is there a better option than Cricut? ›

Silhouette & Brother

The best competitors to the Cricut are the die-cutting machines from Silhouette and Brother. Silhouette comes the closest to giving Cricut a run for its money, which is possible because of its Cameo and Portrait series of machines.

Is vinyl cutting profitable? ›

Vinyl cutting is one of the many arts and crafts businesses that you can quickly pick as a side hustle. If you're a natural DIYer, vinyl cutting might be the right business for you; it is easy to set up, and it doesn't require much capital since you can easily white label and get it fulfilled.

What angle blade is best for cutting vinyl? ›

60 Degrees

A 60-degree blade is able to cut through vinyl film that is 6 millimeters or above. This blade is needed for reflective film. If you are planning on using that type of film or making thicker vinyl signs, you will need this blade.

What cutter is better than Cricut? ›

The best alternative to Cricut Maker is the Silhouette Cameo 4. There are plenty of similarities between to two machines. In terms of speed, it's pretty on par with the Cricut Maker 3, with both being very fast, and like the Maker 3, the Cameo 4 has an integrated roller feeder.

Which is better Cricut or Silhouette 2022? ›

Silhouette is better for those who would want to do more of their own file creation. The software has a lot to offer but it does have a small learning curve. Silhouettes also have a larger cut area than a Cricut .

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