What's the Difference Between Cricut Machines?

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As of 2015, Cricut offers and supports three different models of craft die-cutting machines that differ in cutting area, machine size and function capabilities. The Cricut Explore, Expression 2 and Mini all support the Cricut monthly image subscription feature and do not require cartridges for operation.

The Cricut Explore is the newest edition to the Cricut offering as of 2015 and features a unique "Smart Dial" setting to simplify cutting on various media and materials. This machine enables users to make tiny, precise cuts as small as 1/4 inch. Cricut offers users 50,000 designs to print and cut in the Cricut Design Space. Not only can the Cricut Explore create unique die-cut projects on its own, but users can partner the Cricut Explore with a traditional printer to create full color, flawless pieces.

Cricut Expression 2 enables users to cut a multitude of materials with a more budget-friendly solution than the Cricut Explore. With a fully functioning LCD touch screen, this machine optimizes material use by displaying designs in multiple views to ensure the best possible end result. The Cricut Design Space offers thousands of designs for use with the Cricut Expression 2 machine.

The Cricut Mini is a smaller machine for everyday use like scrapbooking projects and cards. Unlike the other machines, the Mini does not have a display screen, so it must be connected to a laptop or computer to design and cut projects. The smaller format accommodates material up to 8.5 inches by 12 inches. The Cricut Mini makes use of the images in the Cricut Design Space.