Cricut Explore 3 is my favourite craft cutter for beginners, and it's cheaper than ever

Cricut Explore 3 Black Friday deal
(Image credit: Cricut)

Cricut Explore 3 is my pick of all the current digital craft cutters for beginners, which is why it's rarely discounted. But right now, Cricut has has knocked $70 off the price, get the Explore 3 for just $319 $249 - the lowest price I've ever seen. UK readers can get a similar offer, get £40 off at Cricut £299.99 £259.99.

These rare price drops for the Cricut Explore 3 (it was $239 last Black Friday, briefly) are likely because of the release of the Cricut Joy Xtra, which is slightly smaller and seen as a new entry-level machine. But of the two, I'd still opt for the Explore 3 because it's larger as well as has more accessories and tools, making it suitable for most craft projects.  

Cricut Explore 3
Now: Save:

Cricut Explore 3
$249 at Cricut
Save: $70

Overview: This entry-level machine is still very powerful, and can cut 100+ materials and can attach six extra tools for cutting, writing, foiling and more. It also uses Smart Materials for mat-less cutting (which is great).

Key features: Powerful and silent craft cutter | Cuts card, vinyl, fabric and more | Uses Smart Materials| Compatible with the Cricut Roll Holder for larger, longer projects (75 ft)

Price history: Last year it was reduced to $239 once, but price drops on this machine are rare. There was a UK deal yesterday at CraftStash that sold out, so this one is genuinely selling fast.

Price comparison: Amazon: $249 | Joann: $249

Reviews: In our Cricut Explore 3 review we said, "This is the perfect machine for crafters who want a powerful machine without a large price tag to match" and awarded it 5/5 stars.

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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.