I have had my Cricut Explore for about six months and I think it’s about time I give my review and opinion of the machine. This is a beautiful machine that has lived up to all of my expectations and more. I want to first start off with some features of the machine.
- Cutting Ability
- Cut System Fonts
- Multiple Materials
- Print then Cut
Let’s start off with the design of the machine. I’m an Apple girls and we all know that Apple is known for beautiful products. I feel like Cricut has gone out of their way to make not only a functional machine, but a beautiful machine as well. Every curve, button, and door has been strategically placed. There are even features that most of us overlook, like how perfectly a mat fits under the machine!! How about storage on the side of the machine as well as a hidden door INSIDE of the machine!? Cricut has thought of it all. Of course they still have their signature Cricut green, but it is toned down, which I LOVE! I am not a green girl, but this green blends nicely into my craft room. I don’t’ feel like it’s an eyesore. It’s more of a statement piece in my room and can also serve as a decoration. I am not afraid to display it in my room. But if Cricut wants to release a purple or pink version, I would TOTALLY get it. 😉
Now let’s move onto software. I loved my Gypsy and I didn’t create a project without it. When Cricut Craft Room came out, I still decided to stick with my Gypsy. I was in denial and I didn’t want to change. I was even in denial over the Cricut Explore at first, but people… change is GOOD!! Cricut Design Space is sooo easy to use and if I didn’t give the Explore or Design Space a chance, I wouldn’t imagine where I would be. Probably back in 2010 with my Gypsy and Expression. I love that you can search for images just by typing in a keyword. Not only is it easy to search for images that you are looking for, but you can also upload your own images. The software itself is also very easy to use. You are able to edit the canvas, images, and my favorite part is the layers menu. I will be making detailed tutorials on each of these things so don’t’ worry!
This is probably the most exciting feature of the Cricut Explore, the precision it can cut. You can cut the tiniest of things without tearing of rough edges. Here is a doily that I created with the Explore. Look at all of that detail!!
The doily was cut out of card stock, but the Explore can cut a variety of materials including: leather, fabric, aluminum, vinyl and so much more and trying to cut it is so easy. Cricut has included a Smart Dial that allows you to set the pressure and speed based on the material you are cutting. This is an amazing upgrade from teh Expression. I used to just guess and hope that my guesses were correct. I even bought a cutting guide!! Now it’s all in the dial! The Cricut Explore can also cut SVG files, system fonts from your computer, and now print then cut files!
Cricut has come such a long was since I became a fan and faithful user. I can’t wait to see what Cricut has in store for us next. As always, here is a video explaining some of my thoughts on the Cricut Explore.