Have you heard? There is a new machine in town! It’s pretty amazing too. If you haven’t heard, then I’ll tell you all about it today. It’s the Cricut Maker. Today I’m going tell you the differences between the Cricut Maker vs. Cricut Explore Air 2 machine. They are both amazing machines, it just depends on what you want to use the machine for, to know which machine is going to be the best choice for you.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions and ideas are mine. This post contains affiliate links.
The Cricut Maker is the new machine that is on the market. The Cricut Explore Air 2 is not going anywhere either. It is a fairly new machine as well, and even with both machines, I still love my Air 2 and will use it often too.
Some of the differences with the new Cricut Maker Machine and the Cricut Explore Air 2 are more obvious than others. The storage slots on the left side of the Maker are awesome. There are two slots. One is shorter and has a little padded area in it so you can put blades in it as you are changing them. The deeper slot at the back is great for pens and tools!
The Cricut Explore Air 2 has one slot and it is shorter. It is still great for holding tools and pens. The Explore Air 2 also has a slot for cartridges so you are able to link those to your account if you have them. I shared a post about cartridges and if they are necessary here. On the left side of the Explore Air 2, you will also find the open button. The Cricut Maker does not have an “open” button, you simply pull up on the top and it opens up. It also doesn’t have the slot for the cartridges, but you can purchase an adapter for cartridges.
The blade and pen carrier is similar on both machines. This is the Cricut Maker. Can you see the brass gear? That is the magical part of this machine. It is what makes the miniature rotary blade work.
Here is the rotary blade installed in the machine. It’s pretty amazing to see it work. When you use the fabric mat, you don’t have to put any kind of backing on your fabric, you can just cut it and this blade will cut pretty small too! It is amazing!
The Cricut Explore Air 2 blade and pen carrier has two slots as well. This machine is not able to hold the rotary blade. This machine is still able to cut a large variety of mediums (I talk more about that here) and is an amazing machine.
The Cricut Explore Air 2 uses the fine-point blade and it works well and last a long time.
The buttons on the Cricut Maker are under the top lid. They are exposed when the machine is open. Also, this machine doesn’t have a dial to select the material you’ll be cutting. Rather than rotating the dial to what you are cutting, you are prompted to select your material while in Cricut Design Space.
The Cricut Explore Air 2 has it’s buttons to the right side of the top lid. It also has the smart dial on the top of the machine. You turn the dial to what material you are cutting and then go from there. If you are cutting a custom material, then you can select that from in Cricut Design Space.
I’m really excited about the storage space available on the Cricut Maker machine. It is deeper and has more sectioned off compartments than the Cricut Explore Air 2, so it is able to hold more tools!
The Cricut Explore Air 2 also has a storage compartment, but it is slightly smaller. Both machines have a magnet in them to hold extra blades, as well as magnetic closure on the storage compartments.
Last but not least, the Cricut Maker machine has a few added features that I think are a great addition! It has a slot for you to place your phone or tablet if you are using the app to create and cut from.
It also has a USB port, so you are able to charge your device while it cuts!
And I really like the cool design that is inside the lid! Isn’t it fun?!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the difference of the machines. Also, if you have any questions at all, I’d be happy to answer them. I love both machines, and would recommend both of them depending on what you will be creating with it.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.