Years of innovation and experience have led to the latest and most powerful cutting machine from Cricut, the Cricut Maker. To show just how advanced it is compared to previous models, here’s a side-by-side look with a legacy model, the Cricut Mini.
Cricut Maker vs Cricut Mini Comparison Chart
|Weight||9 lbs||5.25 lbs|
|Max Cutting Area||12″ x 24″||8.5″ x 12″|
|Tools||Adaptive Tool System||Blade, Gel Pens|
|Software||Design Space||Craft Room|
|Upload Own Design||Yes||No|
Design and Size
While their overall look shouldn’t be too important, it’s easy to see how the
A few thoughtful additions to the design of the
Inside, you’ll notice that there are two tool holders in the
When it was released, the
Aside from the capability of cutting more than 300 materials, the
Ease of Use
One of the most common gripes about the Cricut Mini was that you were limited to the available designs in the Cricut Craft Room design application. There are also a limited amount of free digital images in that library; you had to buy the rest. The Cricut Mini won’t run without the Craft Room connecting online, so now that Cricut has closed down that software, Cricut Mini cutting machines are no longer usable.
The new design software for later generations of Cricut die cutting machines, Design Space, has improved on Craft Room immensely. There are still some limitations but you’re now able to upload your own design to the software and edit it according to your base material. Using the interface is more intuitive, too, and you can take advantage of ready-made sewing patterns, quilt blocks, and more premium designs. With Bluetooth connectivity, you’re also able to use a mobile device to operate the
Cricut’s Adaptive Tool System expands the capabilities of the
The company’s extensive store features a huge array of crafting tools, materials, accessories and designs have all been developed to be easily used with the new range of cutting machines. Simply put, there’s a lot more project possibilities with the
Cricut continues to offer creative hobbyists with more innovative tools and machines, and their latest offering, the Cricut Maker, is simply better as a result. It’s an improvement in every regard and you can do more with it than what was even possible with the Cricut Mini.