It’s a huge question that everyone is asking themselves… Which is the better purchase? Which is going to give me more for my money? The Cricut Explore that is brand new? Or the Silhouette Cameo that has been out for a couple years? When spending so much money on a personal cutting machine it is okay to ask yourself those questions and to do a lot of research. When buying my Silhouette I looked and looked for a post that would compare the old Cricut to the Silhouette Cameo. I couldn’t find anything and I was really disappointed that there wasn’t anything. Sure you can look at both of their websites, but that is each company giving you only the super good qualities of their machine to make it look better than their competitors machine. Well I am here to give you my honest and true opinion. The battle of the Cricut Explore VS the Silhouette Cameo!
I have had my Silhouette since Christmas and was beyond excited for it. I have the older Cricut and was so excited to be able to do custom designs and to be able to use any font or picture that is on my computer. I broke that baby right out and started to draw with it. It was doing amazing! I called my mom to let her know she needed to run out and buy one immediately! (Remember I had only wrote with the markers with it at this point). I had made darling Christmas tags with each person in my families being different and unique for them. How fun was that!? The real trouble came in when I tried to cut with it. I tried cutting out “THANKS” that was about 6 inches wide and 2 inches tall (pretty big) and the font wasn’t detailed at all. The darn machine wouldn’t cut through the paper, tore the paper to shreds, took 4 times setting it up over and over because it would cut at the top of the mat where you aren’t supposed to put the paper, and made a big mess. After 3 hours of messing with the machine, trying different shapes, words, settings, etc. I walked away from it very disappointed. I have pulled it out a few times and still have many problems. (You can see in the pictures below)
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I was so excited to play with the new Cricut Explore machine when they were at ALT (that huge blog conference I attended last month) since I hated my Silhouette so much and was looking to buy something new. Nathan from Cricut had me set up a very intricate Thank You card after I had expressed my concerns with their new machine that it would tear like my Silhouette. I was absolutely amazed that the Cricut Explore machine cut out such a small intricate design with absolutely no problems. No tearing, no ripping, no cutting on the wrong part of the mat, nothing! I was amazed!! Next, Nathan pulled out a piece of vinyl and had me cut out leopard print with the Cricut Explore machine. Yes, tiny leopard print. The settings were so easy to change with the easy use dial on the side of the machine to switch it from card stock to vinyl. I opened up the program on the internet, searched leopard print, selected it, pushed cut and away it went! It literally took me 45 seconds to get it set up on the program and push cut. Seriously, the Cricut Explore machine makes your cutting so easy and simplified!
I wanted an easy to look at way for you to decide which machine is best for you, so I have made a list of the pros of each machine. My choice 100% is the Cricut Explore macine. From its quiet cutting to the millions of possibilities it gives you with cutting metal, wood, everything! I love having a personal cutting machine, but I hate that it takes so long to pull everything out, set everything up, and get it going. With the Cricut Explore machine, that time is cut in half. You can cut wirelessly from your iPad. Yes you heard me right. It takes one time to cut, no messing with your settings, reloading it because it cut in the wrong spot, none of that. I am so excited to pull it out for so many projects that will now be quickly completed!
Stay tuned for many tutorials that can be done with your Cricut Explore that went live on Amazon TODAY! You are going to want to snag it up quick. 5,000 sold out on HSN in a matter of 30 minutes! This machine speaks for itself. I highly reccommend the Cricut Explore over the Silhouette Cameo. It will cut your time in half, and decrease so much stress! You won’t hate craft projects or to cut with this amazing machine. Oh and you can use my easy PIN IT button so you can remember all of this when the time comes for you to purchase!