Cricut® Machine Model Comparison

The Cricut machines are a fast and convenient way to cut letters, shapes, and phrases at the touch of a button! These electronic machines use small, compact font and shape cartridges to operate, allowing customization of the size and style of every design. The machines cut easily through a variety of materials, from paper to vinyl and chipboard to thin plastics. With no need for a computer, Cricut machines fit anywhere in a home, office, or classroom.

Original Create Mini ExpressionExpression_2 Imagine Explore
Original Cricut® Cricut Create® Cricut Mini Cricut Expression®
and Expression® 2
Cricut Imagine™ Cricut Explore® One
and Explore® Air
This portable machine uses 6″ x 12″ cutting mats to cut characters from 1″ to 5.5″ tall or 11.5″ wide in paper, cardstock, vinyl, vellum, and thin plastics. This clever machine combines the portability of the original Cricut machine with the functionality of the Cricut Expression® machine. It allows cuts from 0.25″ up to 11.5″ on a 6″ x 12″ cutting mat, offers several modes and functions, and utilizes a large display screen. The Mini is a stripped-down, computer-based die cutting machine perfect for those with space concerns and who are comfortable with creating & editing their projects using software.  Requires a standard internet connection via a laptop or desktop computer, or to be connected to Cricut Gypsy. This machine uses cutting mats measuring 12″ x 12″ and 12″ x 24″ to allow cuts from 0.25″ up to an impressive 23.5″. Six modes and four functions offer greater customization of cuts, and new settings and menus add functionality to the machine. Cricut Imagine lets you design, print, and cut together to take all of your creative projects to the next level. Now you can add full color and patterns for one-of-a kind projects that reflect your creativity and personality. Cricut Imagine offers endless possibilities; the rest is up to you.
Machine Size and Weight 7″ tall x 15.5″ wide x6.75″ deep. 9.78 lbs, with power cord 10.53 lbs 7″ tall x 15.5″ wide x6.875″ deep. 10.00 lbs with power cord 10.75 lbs  ? 7″ tall x 21.25″ wide x7.5″ deep. 12.65 lbs, with power cord 13.40 lbs 6.8″ tall x 24.3″ wide x13.37″ deep. 28.15 lbs, with power cord 29.35 lbs  6″ tall x 22.2″ wide x 7″ deep. 10.9 lbs
Maximum Cut Area 6″ x 12″ 6″ x 12″ 8.5″ x 12″ 12″ x 24″ 12″ x 12″
Use with Cricut DesignStudio® X X X
Use with Cricut Craft Room® X X X X X
Use with Cricut Design Space® X
Use with Gypsy™ X X X X
Use with Cricut Jukebox® X X X X
Use with all Original Cricut Cartridges X X X X X
Use with Cricut Imagine Cartridges Expression 2 only, cut only X
Portrait/Landscape Mode X X
Auto Fill Mode X X X
Fit to Page Mode X X X This all-new machine design is packed with features and now more portable than ever! It works will all Cricut cartridges but it also comes with over 800 amazing images pre-loaded. The larger and faster full-color LCD touch screen takes the place of keypad overlays, and with layered view you can see all the creative features right on the screen! Plus the mat preview helps arrange images on the mat before cutting to maximize paper use.
Center Point Function X X
Flip Function X X X
Mix n’ Match Mode X X
Quantity Mode (For Cutting a Single Image) X X
Fit to Length Mode X
Multi Cut Function X X
Line Return Function X
Settings Menu X X
Mat Size Feature X
Material Size Function X X
Print and/or Cut X
Print Color X
Change Pattern/Color X
12″ x 12″ Colored/Patterned Paper Printing X
Project Quantity (For Cutting Multiple Images) X
Pattern Caching X
Border Colors for Images X
Updatable and Expandable Features X