Cricut vs Silhouette: which is best for you?

Cricut vs Silhouette; two craft machines
(Image credit: Cricut / Silhouette)

Digital cutting machines are more popular than ever, and Cricut vs Silhouette puts two of the best brands against one another, to answer the question, which is right for you? It's a question everyone asks when looking for a craft machine, both have heritage, great tech and a similar approach to digital cuttings.

While the best Cricut machines are dominant, that's not to say the brand lacks a rival. Silhouette has a real legacy behind it and leads the best Cricut alternatives with four model lines to choose from: Cameo, Portrait, Mint, and Alta. Cricut, on the other hand, has three main lines of cutting machines: Maker, Joy, and Explore. 

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Cricut vs Silhouette brand comparison
Header Cell - Column 0 CricutSilhouette
Premium machineMaker 3Cameo 4
Entry machineJoyPortrait
Additional machinesEasyPress 2, Mug Press, Explore 3Mint, Alta
Number of blades135
Materials supported300+ (fabric, felt, wood, etc)100 (fabric, felt, wood, etc)
Matless cuttingYesYes
Standard cutting size12″ x 24′12″ x 24′
Cutting machine pricing$179.99 - $399.99 / £179.99 - £399.99$199.99 - $499.99 / £225 - £570

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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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