The best Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle deals available now

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The best Cricut Explore Air 2 Bundle deals enable you to get a bargain entry-level digital craft machine alongside the materials and tools you need to get making straight away. These bundle offers can save you money overall and make life easier.

The Cricut Explore Air 2 is the older model of this entry-level machine, but it's still capable of being used with 100 materials, including vinyl, paper, wood and fabrics. The only drawback to the Explore Air 2 is it can't be used with Cricut's new Smart Materials and is a little slower than the newer model, the Cricut Explore 3. While I'm focused on the best Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle deals here, below are some standalone machine offers.

To see how the Cricut Explore Air 2 compares to other Cricut machines, see our guide to the best Cricut machines. In summary, however, you can think of it as Cricut's more affordable entry-level cutting machine (although it doesn't just cut, you can also use the best Cricut pens in the device to turn it into a drawing machine).

See our guides to the best Cricut Explore 3 bundles, the best Cricut Joy bundles and the best Cricut EasyPress 2 bundles for more of Cricut's package deals. But below I focus on the best Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle deals you can get right now.

The best Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle deals: US

Cricut Explore Air 2 Everything Bundle: $497.82 $279.99 at Cricut
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Cricut Explore Air 2 Everything Bundle: $497.82 $279.99 at Cricut
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This Explore Air 2 bundle deal is crammed with great materials and tools, used to make t-shirts, papercrafts and more. This includes a mix of iron-on materials, vinyl materials and card stocks plus a pen set, tools, portable trimmer, cutting mats and the Scoring stylus attachment. Note: this US deal comes in Mint, Blue and Emerald colours.

Cricut Explore Air 2 Essentials Bundle: $383.42 $229.99 at Cricut
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Cricut Explore Air 2 Essentials Bundle: $383.42 $229.99 at Cricut
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This is a basic bundle that features a limited number of Iron-on and vinyl materials but it does come with all the cutting mats you need, the essential tools and a portable trimmer. Note: this US bundle deal comes in either Mint, Blue or Emerald colours.

The best Cricut Explore Air 2 bundle deals: UK

Cricut Explore Air 2 Everything Bundle: £438.43 £359.99 at Cricut
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Cricut Explore Air 2 Everything Bundle: £438.43 £359.99 at Cricut
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If you want to do everything on day one with the Explore Air 2 this bundle is for you, and contains a mix of iron-on materials, vinyl materials (including Chalkboard) and card stocks. You also get a pen set, tools, portable trimmer, cutting mats and the Scoring stylus attachment.

Cricut Explore Air 2 Essentials Bundle: £356.06 £289.99 at Cricut
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Cricut Explore Air 2 Essentials Bundle: £356.06 £289.99 at Cricut
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This is a fairly basic bundle that features a sampler Iron-on and vinyl materials rather than full rolls, but it does come with three cutting mats, the basic tools you need for weeding and cutting as well as a portable trimmer.

Is Cricut Explore 3 better than Cricut Explore Air 2?

The newer Cricut Explore 3 is very similar to its predecessor. It's more expensive than the Cricut Explore Air 2, and whether you should pay that extra cash depends very much on whether you'll want to use smart materials. These are Cricut's new craft materials that work without a cutting mat, allowing you to load them directly into the machine. They come in a range of material types, including Smart Vinyl, Smart Iron-On, Smart Label Writable Paper, and Smart Label Writable Vinyl.

That said the Explore 3 does also come with a larger portable trimmer and a roll holder, which means that like the more powerful Cricut Maker 3, you can make cuts up to 12 ft (3.6 m) long in one go.

Do you need a computer to use a Cricut Explore Air 2?

While it's best to use a Cricut Explore Air 2 with one of the best laptops for Cricut or the best tablets for Cricut, you can use this machine with your mobile phone – Cricut has new mobile apps. However, this is best for making pre-made designs, you'll need a laptop or tablet if you're making new designs from scratch. If you're after a cheap laptop, consider one of the best Chromebooks for Cricut.

When did the Cricut Explore Air 2 release?

The Cricut Explore Air 2 originally released in 2016, and was replaced in 2022 with the newer Cricut Explore 3.

Is the Cricut Explore Air 2 outdated?

Not exactly. It is the older model of the Explore, replaced in 2022 by the Explore 3, but it can still cut, score, emboss and engrave over 100 materials. The difference is this model is slower than its newer model and can't use Cricut Smart Materials, which means you can cut long lengths of material and still need a cutting mat.

What's the difference between Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore?

The Cricut Maker is Cricut's flagship device. It's the brand's most powerful cutting and drawing machine, suitable for a wide range of commercial projects. However, it's also the most expensive. The Cricut Explore series is designed as a more entry-level range of devices for hobbyists or small businesses that don't need the power of the Maker. Both the Maker and the Explore series offer new devices that can handle Cricut's smart materials – the Cricut Maker 3 and the Cricut Explore 3.

Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, 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 experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, 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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