I hear the Cricut Expression is the best of the Cricut machines, but how do the cheaper Cricuts compare? Then comparing all the Cricuts with the Silhouette?
All I have about the Cricut is info that my friends love it, but not sure yet that it's better than the Cricut.
I like that the Silhouette is cheaper and you don't have to use cartridges. So any information would be helpful!!!
Yesterday at 1:34pm · Courtney: Splurging for the cricut is totally worth it!
Yesterday at 2:48pm · Nantalie: I love my little cricut. I just want the add on, that makes it so you can use fonts and shapes from your computer, instead of having to buy cartridges. I am also interested in what you find out here. Good questions!
Yesterday at 4:11pm · Tina Marie: you can download free software to use the cricut from your computer instead of paying for it and you get TONS of fonts and shapes...
Yesterday at 4:48pm · Rachel: I have a smaller cricut and I would LOVE to find out how to download software to save me $ on the cartridges!
Danielle: Go with the Cricut. The cheaper ones only differ from how big you can cut up to.
Info I have about the Silhouette from a site:
They're alike in many ways actually. They're both personal digital cutting machines that work very much like home printers. Except instead of printing, they cut. However, both machines can use pens instead of blades to draw the image if you don't want it cut out. Both the Silhouette SD and the Cricut Expression can cut fonts as well as pictures. They are both very portable and can be taken to scrapbook parties. Both machines can cut many different kinds of materials including paper, card stock, and vinyl.
Reasons to buy the Silhouette
"The Silhouette SD is loads cheaper. The Cricut Expression is regularly $499.99. However, Amazon has it for $292.03. The Silhouette SD is regularly priced at $299.99. But Amazon has it regularly priced at $199.99 but sometimes you can get it cheaper there."
2. No Cartridges Required
The Silhouette SD doesn't require cartridges! Let me say that again, no cartridges required! With the Cricuit Expression, you have to use cartridges. Each set of designs requires its own cartridge. These cartridges are expensive! TheSilhouette SD connects to your computer (or you can use the on-board SD card reader) so it'll cut almost anything you ask it to!
3. Cut using ANY font on your computer
The Silhouette SD comes with an installation CD for your PC. As soon as the software is installed on your computer, you can immediately start cutting any font you have! That right there is worth hundreds of dollars in Cricut cartridges, except you can cut other things on your computer also!
4. Individual Designs for $1.99 each
The Silhouette SD has an online design store. If there's something specific you're looking for, chances are, it's in the Silhouette store. You can purchase individual designs for $1.99. With the Cricut Expression, you have to buy the designs in big groups that come on a cartridge. So if you don't need all the designs on the cartridge, you still have to pay that terribly high price for the whole cartridge. With theSilhouette SD, you can buy individual designs or, if you think you'll be doing a lot of downloading, they also have an unlimited subscription.
5. Cut out clipart or other printable images
The Silhouette SD is not limited to cutting out solid shapes. It can also cut out images and clip art. If you have a graphic or clipart on your computer that you want to print and cut out, why not let theSilhouette SD cut it out for you? All you have to do is open the image you want to print in the Silhouette software. Get it all lined up the way you want it and print it out. When the Silhouette software prints the image, it prints it with little tick marks outside the image. This tells the Silhouette SD how to get lined up and where to start cutting. You'll never see these tick marks on the cut out and you'll be so impressed with the accuracy of the cutting theSilhouette SD makes.
Less Accessories Required
This might be a minor detail to some people, but there's less little accessories you need to store, transport, and keep track of with theSilhouette SD. There's no cartridges or funny keypad overlays, you can keep all your designs organized in the Silhouette software on your PC. Overall, the Silhouette SD is 5 times better than the Cricut Expression.
Another Comparison between the two can be found here: Ultimately she'd go with the Silhouette SD as well.... I'm pretty good with the computer so the Silhouette wouldn't be a problem.
Another comparison here: Silhouette doesn't cut 12x12 paper - it can do up to 9x40 though.... then people are worried about copyright images when selling their stuff that used the Cricut
Here's a great Chart Comparison here: I didn't realize how heavy the Cricut Expressions is!