The best tablets for Cricut in 2023

The best tablets for Cricut, a person's fingers hold and use a tablet screen with the Cricut app displayed
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The best tablets for Cricut enable you to create digital craft designs but without the bulk of a laptop. The best tablet for Cricut Design Space will make use of a touchscreen and ideally have a large enough display to show your projects in detail, and they'll slot nicely into the notch on your Cricut Maker 3 or Explore 3.

If you're new to cutting machines, then take a look at our guide to the best Cricut machines, and we list the best Cricut alternatives too for anyone who wants to see what other technology is out there. One of my favourite alternatives is the Brother ScanNCut SDX2200D, which combines a cutter, scanner and onboard CPU and LED touchscreen. It's also worth looking at the new laser cutters in our guide to the best Glowforge machines.

Some tablets aren't compatible with all Cricut functions and its software, Cricut Design Space. In our guide to the best tablets for Cricut below we’ve looked at factors that you need to get more from Design Space, such as those that come with a stylus, a good display, ease of portability, compatibility with Cricuts, and battery life, as projects often take a long amount of time. 

While most of the entries below are Apple, Windows and Android tablets if you're looking for something more affordable that read my guide the best Chromebooks for Cricut.

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The best tablet for Cricut overall

Specifications

Weight: 0.5 kg
Dimensions: 9.79 x 7.07 x 0.28 inches
Screen size: 10.9 inches
Storage: 64GB / 256GB

Reasons to buy

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Larger and bright screen
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Powerful enough for complex tasks
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Lightweight and easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Needs the Apple Pencil adapter

The new redesigned iPad 2022 (10th Gen) is a superb tablet and easily my favourite tablet for Cricut right now. The iPad 2022 features a new larger, brighter display as well as USB-C support and a set of new accessories, including colourful cases and Magic Keyboard.

For Cricut use the screen is great and the support for Apple Pencil is excellent for tweaking your detailed designs with accuracy. The slight downside is you need to buy an adapter to use Apple's excellent stylus.

A new processor, the A14 Bionic chip, and expansive 64GB or 256GB of memory options ensures Apple's entry-level tablet is well-capable of most tasks, and perfect for using with Cricut.

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The best Windows tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 891g
Dimensions: ‎28.7 x 20.8 x 0.93 cm
Screen size: 13-inches
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant design and usability
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Good performance

Reasons to avoid

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It's an expensive device

If you're willing to pay the money then the best Windows tablet is the Surface Pro 8; this impressive tablet also features a detachable keyboard, stand and stylus (bought separately). to make life easier and adaptable. Cricut Design Space was only available for Windows for a long time, and as such still performs better on this OS – though the Mac edition has come a long way. For many, a Windows tablet is an easier way to use Design Space.

When we reviewed the Surface Pro 8 we found it can stand its ground against multiple excellent laptops, yet is far more portable and lightweight. Users will be carving out beautiful decals in no time, as long as they are willing to shell out – though as this model has been on sale for almost a year you can pick up a Surface Pro 8 for around 20 percent off.

Windows 11 has proved excellent, particularly for design apps. Using a Surface Pro 8 means you can not only run Cricut Design Space but make use of other full design apps, such as CorelDRAW, Photoshop and Figma to create bespoke projects to make ready in Design Space. This broader use means I'd opt for a Surface Pro 8 over an iPad Air, just.

If you like the look of the Surface Pro but perhaps want one a little cheaper, then read our Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review, it's an older model but still handy for Cricut.

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The best all-round Apple tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 461g (Wi-Fi only); 462g (Wi-Fi+cellular)
Dimensions: 247.6 x 178.5 x 6.1mm
Screen size: 10.9-inch IPS LCD
Storage: 64GB / 256GB

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant build quality
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Very lightweight
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Great display

Reasons to avoid

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Some may find the screen a little small

The Apple iPad Air (5th Gen, 2022) is a superb option as it offers tablet-sized portability with the power of a MacBook Pro – Apple's M1 chip can handle almost any task and easily breezes through Cricut Design Space. The new iPadOS also means multitasking and multi-view windows are an option, handy when you're designing but need to search for fonts, photos and more online on in folders.

In our Apple iPad Air (5th Gen, 2022) review we found the screen impresses, as you'd expect from Apple. For Cricut uses this cheaper iPad model just pips in my list above the more costly and larger iPad Pro. Some may want to spend the extra for the Pro's larger 12.9-inch screen, but for the money and power the new iPad Air's 10.9-inch screen will suit most crafter's needs.

The Apple iPad Air (5th Gen, 2022) supports the Apple Pencil 2, which you'll certainly need on a screen that's a little too small for fingers, particularly if you're creating some intricate designs. The attachable keyboard offers good versatility, and the Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case is a nice option. Both will need to be bought separately.

The Apple iPad Pro is one of the best tablets for Cricut

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04. iPad Pro 12.9-inch (M1, 2021)

The best large screen Apple tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 641g
Dimensions: 33 x 8.2 x 26.3 cm
Screen size: 12.9-inch
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly powerful and fast
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Large, sharp screen for designing
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Built to last

Reasons to avoid

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A little overpowered for just Cricut

The Apple iPad Pro (5th Gen, 2021) is the best tablet for Cricut if you've got the budget to shell out for the best tablet that money can buy. Currently Apple's best iPad this tablet features an M1 processing chip, which guarantees it has a lot of the same qualities as a Macbook, a classic yet expensive option for any art and design lover.

In our iPad Pro 12.9-inch (M1, 2021) review we found the HDR display featured is stunning, with a peak brightness of 1,600 nits and great control over dimming, this tablet is a great option for those who may be looking at their screen for a long period of time. 

The performance is incredibly fast too, and paired with an Apple Pencil, you'll be making masterpieces. This iPad Pro comes with excellent storage, and for those who can part with the cash, will make a great tablet for Cricut. 

If you're set on an iPad Pro but want one for less, read our iPad Pro 11-inch (M1, 2021) review for an alternative model.

The best tablets with a stylus pen, a photo of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra product photo

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The best Android tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 900g
Dimensions: 20.8 cm x 32.6 cm x .55 cm
Screen size: 14.6 Inches
Storage: 128GB, 256GB or 512GB

Reasons to buy

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Massive 14.6 inch, 120Hz display
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xxxx
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Includes the excellent S Pen

Reasons to avoid

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No headphone jack

The first of three Samsung tablets to make my list, but I'm opting for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra as the best Android tablet for Cricut. This new model really is a powerhouse and has some standout features, notably the large, glossy 14.6 inch display – bigger than the iPad Pro.

If that Apple-beating screen doesn't sell this tablet to you then the superb new S Pen should. This new stylus is close to matching Wacom, and features ultra-low latency and gesture control. 

The only downside in comparison to the iPad Pro is the Samsung's screen is a little less vibrant and Apple pips Android when it comes to broader design apps. But, there are enough high-spec design apps on Android to suit crafters, and Cricut Design Space works well on Android these days. And the S Pen comes packaged with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra.

Read our in-depth Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra review for a complete breakdown as to why this new tablet is the best Android device around.

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The best high-end tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 0.6 kg
Dimensions: 11.04 x 8.46 x 0.25 inches
Screen size: 12.9 inches
Storage: 128GB - 1TB

Reasons to buy

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Superb and vibrant display
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Apple's most powerful chip
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Excellent Apple Pencil support

Reasons to avoid

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Overpowered for just Cricut

Now, the new iPad Pro 2022 (M2) is the best overall tablet on this list if you just want a high-spec, fast and powerful tablet. It really is superb. So why is it so low on my list? Because if you're looking for the best tablet for Cricut then it's a little overpowered and expensive.

In this regard, the older iPad Pro or the newer iPad Air 2022 (M2) on this list are still excellent tablets and a little cheaper than this high-end tablet from Apple. If you do want to spend the money, then the iPad 2022 (M2) is excellent. Featuring a 12.9-inch LED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, this screen is just stunning. Likewise, the M2 processor is speedy and dynamic, and the new iPadOS 16 offers all sorts of impressive features, such as multi-screen, multi-app workflows.

The Apple Pencil 2 support is excellent and the new Magic Keyboard turns the iPad Pro into a laptop, though it does add to the overall weight of the tablet.

A photo of the Samsung S7, one of the best tablets for Cricut

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07. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+

The best bargain Android tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 930g
Dimensions: 0.6 x 18 x 28 cm
Screen size: 12.5-inch
Storage: 128GB / 256GB

Reasons to buy

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Has a great processor
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Approachable and easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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No headphone jack

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is a great tablet for Cricut lovers, and especially with Cricut Design Space this tablet from Samsung is a rival for the Apple iPad Pro. With a large screen that features a picture perfect display, the crisp, bright screen is an ideal option for designers of all kinds.

For those willing to invest in a slightly higher price tag, this incredibly thin and lightweight tablet has a fantastic battery life, a bright and clear display, as well as a fast performance – everything that's needed when those looking to get crafty with vinyls could possibly need. 

If you're on a budget the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (below) is perfect, if price isn't a problem then the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ is a great option. If you're really looking to invest, then the newer Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra is a the newest and best of the Samsung range of iPad Pro alternatives.

One of the best tablets for Cricut is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 6 Lite

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08. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

The best small screen Android tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 476g
Dimensions: 244.5 x 159.5 x 5.7 mm
Screen size: 10.4-inch
Storage: 64GB / 128GB

Reasons to buy

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S Pen stylus included
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Good battery life
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Great display

Reasons to avoid

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Not as powerful as the Galaxy Tab S7

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is a great option for Cricut users for several reasons. First of all, the high quality display is brilliant for designing anything that includes fine detail and is super crisp. The battery life can last around 15 hours on one charge, which means it is perfect for designing on the go, and packing in a briefcase or handbag to use on the move. Coupled with a Cricut Joy you can craft on the go with ease.

This tablet's great performance is ideal for operating Cricut Design Space, and unlike most devices, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite comes with the S Pen stylus at no extra cost, which is especially great for those who love to get creative. This lite version offers many of the functions of Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7, but without the hefty price tag. The big downside is that screen size; if you're creating your own designs you could find it too small, but for pre-designs in the Joy app or Heat Press app it's fine.

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09. Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10.1

The best Chromebook tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 430g (tablet only), 920g (with full cover & keyboard)
Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 0.7 inches
Screen size: 10.4-inch
Storage: 64 GB / 128 GB

Reasons to buy

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Great design
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Good battery life
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Keyboard and stand included

Reasons to avoid

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Isn’t the most powerful tablet

If you're looking for an alternative to Windows or iOS, then the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10.1 is the best Chromebook option. For a long time Cricut didn't support Chromebook or Android, but now it is possible to install Android apps on the from Chrome store and therefore, users are able to go ahead and get designing just like they are on any other tablet. So, if you're a die hard Chromebook fan, fear not.

This tablet is fast, lightweight and comes with great security features and automatic backups, which is vital when designing something that takes time. Although there isn’t a huge amount of on-device storage space you don't really need it as this is a Chrome browser tablet so everything is in the Cloud. It can take some getting used to but the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook 10.1 is an affordable option with great features, and an added keyboard and stand. 

HP Chromebook x2 11 review: artwork shown on a Chromebook

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The best ChromeOS tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 1.99 kg tablet, keyboard and stand included (0.56 kg tablet only)
Dimensions: 25 x 17 x .7 cm
Screen size: 11-inch
Storage: 128 GB eMMC Flash storage

Reasons to buy

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Superb display and performance
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Excellent keyboard
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Compact design

Reasons to avoid

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ChromeOS lacks broader design apps

The HP Chromebook x2 is one of the smaller tablets on this list but also a little larger than the two tablets above; you get an 11-inch display rather than a 10-inch screen. So while it's not the biggest tablet, it's also not the smallest. You'll find it can display enough of a pattern in Design Space, or if using pre-designed files you'll want for nothing.

The touchscreen is excellent. It's bright and clear and perfectly suited to all uses, from graphic design to video streaming. The HP Chromebook x2 is small enough to fit on top of a Maker 3 or Explore 3, or the stand that magnetically adheres to the back is a perfect alternative. 

In my HP Chromebook x2 review I found this to be an excellent small tablet that performs well and at speed. The only downside, as ever, with ChromeOS is the limited library of art and design apps. If you're looking to create new designs in Adobe Illustrator, for example, you'll be in trouble. However, if you're just using this to create in Cricut Design Space or importing files, it works just fine.

One of the best tablets for Cricut, a photo of the Dragon Touch

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11. Dragon Touch Max10 Tablet

The best budget tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 926g
Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 1 cm
Screen size: 10.1-inch
Storage: 32GB

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Good performance

Reasons to avoid

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Not particularly fast
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Lacks a good camera

Whilst the Dragon Touch Max10 Tablet doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that come with the likes of the iPad Pro or a Samsung Galaxy tablet, it is certainly a brilliant option for those looking for something that still offers most features that you’d need to work with Cricut Design Space, and for a fraction of the price.

The display is very good and a surprise at this price-point; the Dragon Touch Max10 Tablet features high resolution and brightness levels you expect from a more expensive device. The battery isn't the strongest, however, but this tablet is more than enough for those who simply want to design.

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12. Apple iPad Mini (6th Gen, 2021)

The best small Apple tablet for Cricut

Specifications

Weight: 293g
Dimensions: 195.4x134.8x6.3mm
Screen size: 8.3-inch IPS LCD
Storage: 64GB / 256GB

Reasons to buy

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Super sleek and portable device
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Features a brilliant camera

Reasons to avoid

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No headphone jack

The Apple iPad Mini (6th Gen, 2021) comes with many of the features you'd expect from Apple's iPad Pro but at a fraction of the cost, and it's more portable. But after this 2021 refresh, the iPad Mini has got even better. This tablet is now compatible with Apple Pencil 2nd Generation, making it a match made in heaven for designers.

With Apple's A15 Bionic processor and a Liquid Retina IPS LCD screen, this tablet has a brilliant spec, and fast performance. And, although it isn’t possible to plug your headphones in to block out the world whilst you work, you can become the next Picasso with the Apple Pencil (if you're looking to purchase one), that attaches magnetically to this iPad.

Weighing less than 300g and super sleek in design, users may assume that this tablet couldn't pack a punch, but they'd be wrong. The screen size may not suit all Design Space and Cricut users, but if you can cope with the smaller screen you get then quality-of-life Apple offers. 

Again, like many at the tail end of my guide this tablet has a small-ish screen, so it's great from basic pre-designs but you'll need one of the larger devices in numbers 1-5 for creating your own projects in Design Space.

A photo of the Amazon Fire, one of the best tablets for Cricut

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13. Amazon Fire HD Tablet

The best tablet for Cricut if you want Alexa

Specifications

Weight: 465g
Dimensions: 247 x 166 x 9.2 mm
Screen size: 10.1-inches
Storage: 32GB / 64GB

Reasons to buy

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Great value for money
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Excellent performance
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Good battery

Reasons to avoid

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Not the best screen

The Amazon Fire HD Tablet features a processor strong enough to game with and has an epic high definition display. With a battery life of up to 12 hours, this tablet has great improvements on tech, including the spec, display and performance from the brand’s previous Fire tablet.

Although users may not need to use Alexa all that frequently when designing for Cricut, it's an excellent feature that can help you find any information (well, sort of) at the drop of a hat. This tablet doesn't have the picture perfect quality of an OLED screen, but for the exceptional price, it has everything to both design and complete daily tasks.

The best tablets for Cricut: frequent questions

Can you use a tablet with a Cricut?

Tablets are ideal for using with Cricut as you will need the flexibility of a touch screen and stylus if you want to get the most from Design Space. Cricut has Design Space apps for Apple, Windows and Android (and this works on Chromebooks now).

Can I used Cricut Design Space with a Chromebook?

Yes, you can now. For a while Cricut's support for Chromebooks was lacking but now you can download the Android Design Space app and use this on your Chromebook. Here's how:

1. Go to the Google Play store and download the Design Space app

2. Open and sign in to the app, or set up a new profile account

3. Connect to your Cricut machine by turning it on

4. Then open the system menu of your Chromebook, usually bottom right, and select Bluetooth to pair the device

Can I use Cricut with my phone?

Yes, in fact the Cricut Joy is perfect for use with an Android or Apple phone. It's focus on stickers and cards ensures the size is just right for a phone screen. We'd suggest for larger projects on Cricut Maker and Explore you will need a tablet or laptop.

Can I use my iPad with Cricut?

Yes, Cricut has the Design Space app and Cricut Access app in the Apple Store, and the iPad is a great tablet to use with the Cricut Maker 3 or Explore. You will ideally need an Apple Pencil or Apple Pencil 2 as well.

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Ian Dean

Ian Dean is Digital Arts & Design Editor at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his love to bring the latest news on NFTs, video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Corel Painter, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.

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