Regardless if you are a newbie when it comes to making crafts and you are considering buying your first-ever Cricut machine in 2020 or maybe you’re an existing owner of a Cricut Explore Air 2 contemplating an upgrade to the premium Cricut Maker, this post will surely be informative for you. We take a peek into the various features of each product to help you make that decision.
Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2 Comparison Chart
|Model||Cricut Maker Machine||Cricut Explore Air 2|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Adaptive Tool System||Yes||No|
|Max Cutting Force||4000 g||400 g|
|Software||Design Space||Design Space|
|Colors||Blue, Lilac, Champagne, Mint, White, Rose||Blue, Cherry Blossom, Lilac, Matte Black, Twilight, Mint, Persimmon, Rose|
|Blade||Rotary Blade, Fine-Point Blade||Fine-Point Blade|
|Compatible Tools||All the tools available for the Explore Air 2 plus the following:|
Single and Double Scoring Wheels Wavy Blade
Fine Debossing Tip
|Fine Point Blade|
Deep Point Blade
Bonded Fabric Blade
|Cutting Mat||12″ x 12″ FabricGrip™ and LightGrip machine mats||12″ x 12″ LightGrip Machine Mat|
Tools of the Trade
The Cricut Maker’s Adaptive Tool System sets the bar high as it becomes an industry-standard
The Adaptive Tool System present only in the Cricut Maker provides a wider range of possibilities when creating your craft. This system allows you to update to the Maker-only tools that are currently available and will be available in the future. An example of the several different tools that the company has given out to the public is the Engraving Tip, Double and Single Scoring Wheels, Wavy Blade, Fine Debossing Tip, and Perforation Blade. This gives you an idea of what possible tools the company will provide you in the future.
The Rotary Blade and Knife Blade from Cricut have broadened the creative possibilities with fabric materials. Sewing patterns available in Design Space will surely be appreciated by people who enjoy sewing and DIYs.
The Cricut Maker has a more polished design with available storage, while the Cricut Explore Air 2 is lighter than ever and more colors to choose from
Sophisticated and chic is the design philosophy for the Cricut Maker when compared to the Explore Air 2. Having only 4 buttons, it has achieved a sleek look, unlike the Explore which still has the materials dial. The deeper trays and pockets on the Cricut Maker provide more storage space that will be highly commended by consumers using more tools from the Adaptive Tool System. If you have limited workspace, the Cricut Maker package comes with a device docking station to create a clutter-free space while working.
Color options are aplenty for the Explore Air 2 such as persimmon and matte black. It is travel-friendly as well with it being very lightweight and portable.
The Cricut Maker has the unmatched cutting power of up to 10x the downward force of the Cricut Explore Air 2
The Explore Air 2 is perfect for the crafters who enjoy working with materials such as paper, cardstocks, iron-on, and vinyl. But because of the pressure, the Cricut Maker is capable of doing, it expands the range of materials it is able to cut such as balsa wood, heavy-duty chipboards, lace, crepe paper, leather, etc. You can be worry-free from the thought of the blade getting stuck due to an unstable material.
The Cricut Maker is a great purchase, but the Cricut Explore Air 2 is still competitive with its features and lower price
Cricut Maker Machine
Cricut Explore Air 2
The Adaptive Tool System alone makes the Cricut Maker a worthy investment. It makes a great partner to those interested in sewing, DIY projects, 3D projects and the likes. The powerful system is future-proof regardless of what other tools the company would be releasing moving forward.
For a basic cutting machine, the Explore Air 2 is a decent choice to those who finds not much use for the Adaptive Tool System. Vinyl, Iron-on, and paper is where this machine performs at its best. Consider the value of the Explore Air 2 though by the time you will consider an upgrade because the price will surely depreciate even more.
These two machines are a great buy for 2020 regardless on which one you go for.