Cricut Maker Review

The original Cricut Maker is the cutting machine that made crafting approachable. It can cut almost any material but is it still worth the money?

Cricut maker review: a photo of a cutting machine surrounded by craft projects
(Image: © Cricut)

Our Verdict

The Cricut Maker is the jewel in the Cricut crown. It can do everything from making cards right through to cutting fabric. Whether you want a cutting machine for personal projects or you’re planning on using it for business, this machine can do it all. It’s straightforward to set and use, so long as you have a device that you can download the design space to, then you’re ready to go in just a few clicks. With the newer Cricut Maker 3 out now, this early model looks good value for money.

For

  • 13 different tools
  • Automatic blade detection
  • A professional machine at a hobbyist price point

Against

  • Doesn't work with smart vinyl
  • Is heavy and takes up quite a bit of space

Why you can trust Creative Bloq Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

If you don't have a Cricut Maker you're missing out on something special. The Cricut Maker is an impressive piece of kit that can cut over 300 different materials from paper to balsa wood. It also works with up to 13 tools to cut, write, score and engrave. Here we're reviewing the first Cricut Maker (it first released in 2017), can it still cut it even when a newer model is on sale?

Cricut have three machines in their lineup: the Cricut Maker, Cricut Joy, and the Cricut Explore. The Cricut Maker is the flagship and most powerful out of all the machines. The Cricut Explore is a similar size as the Maker but has some limitations. And then there is the Cricut Joy, a compact machine perfect for smaller craft projects or those who want a portable second machine. 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

The Verdict
4

out of 10

Cricut Maker

The Cricut Maker is the jewel in the Cricut crown. It can do everything from making cards right through to cutting fabric. Whether you want a cutting machine for personal projects or you’re planning on using it for business, this machine can do it all. It’s straightforward to set and use, so long as you have a device that you can download the design space to, then you’re ready to go in just a few clicks. With the newer Cricut Maker 3 out now, this early model looks good value for money.

Rachael Penn
Writer

Craft, photography and hardware writer Rachael Penn has written for The Evening Standard, The Independent, Fit&Well, The Radar, T3, and TopTenReviews. She also writes on many other subjects, including lifestyle, travel, food, internet culture and eco-living for online and print publications. 

With contributions from