Cricut Explore 3 vs Cricut Maker 3: which digital craft cutter is for you?

Cricut Explore 3 vs Cricut Maker 3; two craft machines on a coloured background
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When pitting Cricut Explore 3 vs Cricut Maker 3 I'm not exactly determining which machine is best, but rather which craft cutting machine is right for you. Both of these Cricut machines are excellent devices, and can cut, emboss and engrave many different types of materials, including fabrics, wood and vinyl.

Cricut Maker 3 and Cricut Explore 3 are this brand's newest craft machines and released in 2022. You can find these machines and others in my guide to the best Cricut machines, and read our Cricut Maker 3 review and our Cricut Explore 3 review to see in detail what they can do. 

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Cricut Explore 2 vs Cricut Maker 3
Header Cell - Column 0 Cricut Maker 3Cricut Explore 3
Price$429.99 / £429.99$319.99 / £299.99
Number of tools136
Materials supported300+ (fabric, felt, wood, etc)100 (fabric, felt, wood, etc)
Matless cuttingYesYes
Size22.1 x 7.1 x 6.2 inches22.2 x 7 x 5.9 inches
Weight23.3 Ibs / 6.9 kg16.12 Ibs / 6.9 kg
Standard cutting size12 x 24 inches12 x 24 inches
Colour optionsMuted blueMint
Roll HolderYesYes

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Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and video game titles Play and Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on digital art, VFX and video games and tech, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.