The Bottom Line
- Great Tool
- Variety of Cartidges
- Size and Portability
- Price Tag
- Cost of Cartridges
- It is lightweight and portable.
- It cuts items ranging from 1" to 5 1/2" x 11" long for the regular Cricut and up to 11" x 23.5" for the Expression.
- It can cut a wide range of paper from vellum to cardstock up to .5 mm thick.
Guide Review - Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter
First of all, speaking from someone who loves to use her Sizzix machine, this 'die-cut' machine is lightweight and easy to carry around using it's handle. They now have two sizes available, the regular Cricut machine and the Cricut Expression. No computer is required. The machine simply plugs into any normal wall outlet. Besides the blade and cutting mat that comes with the machine, you need a Cricut cartridge. The machine usually comes with one cartridge, and it offers basic letters, numbers, shapes, and phrases to get you started.
The cartridges are also small and lightweight, and each comes with a simple keypad overlay to make it easy to use. Although the cartridges can be a little spendy (I have seen them priced from $50 all the way up to $100), they are well worth the cost if you consider the fact that each cartridge can make a large variety of designs which can be used in virtually thousands of styles and sizes. Also available are replacement blades and mats at reasonable prices, and other accessories such as tools and carrying cases.
I definitely think the Cricut personal electronic cutter is a great investment. Between my daughter's scrapbooking and our combined card making and paper crafting it will pay for itself in no time. If nothing else it will save us money on alphabet cut-outs alone!