Cricut vs. Silhouette
A few of you know that I sold my Cricut Expression this year and purchased a Silhouette Cameo. I ADORE my new machine and have not regretted my decision once! I have been asked a few times why I made the choice to switch to, so here goes my review, all opinions are my own:
Cricut vs. Silhouette: 10 Things about the two!
*at the bottom of this post you will find a quick comparison chart
1) I rarely used my Cricut, it was hard for me to locate an image I wanted to use because I had to go through each of the books for each cartridge. I also felt that the images were a little bit juvenile, better for little kids. Honestly, I used my Cricut the most when cutting out images for my kids to play with or make pictures and posters. It was perfect for their school projects. But, it was overwhelming for me to thumb through each book searching for a cartridge and so many of the images in each cartridge were duplicated over and over, like flowers, circles, butterflies, birds, etc.
2) Each Cricut cartridge is really expensive and I felt that with the duplication of images I was paying for cartridges with the same types of images over and over. I would buy a cartridge just because it had one image, like a bracket, I wanted and then I would end up with a ton of images I never used.
3) Silhouette is great because I can purchase each image a la cart and only pay for what I am actually going to use. Plus I don’t have to go to the store or get online and order cartridges, I just log on and buy the image on my lap top and have it to use right away. The images are about a dollar a piece and they even have memberships where you pay a very nominal fee and you get a certain dollar amount of images you can download per month. Like $10 buys you $25 worth of images every month. Awesome! The images store in my Silhouette Design Studio and I can organize them into folders however I want in order to find them again easily. They are constantly adding new images keeping them current and up to date.
4) I did not use the Cricut Design software because I felt it was hard to use and not very easy to understand. Because of this I could never see what I was cutting out with my Cricut. It was always just a guessing game and I would get frustrated at not being able to design and manipulate my images and words before I cut them. I threw away a lot of paper and vinyl because of this.
5) I love, love, love the Silhouette Design Studio!! It is amazing what you can do with each image. You can separate the image into pieces and just use portions of the image, ex. a flower, instead of cutting out the whole flower you could separate all the parts and just cut a petal. I know, that just blew your mind right!! It did mine for sure, I have only been using my Silhouette for a few months and am still learning amazing stuff it can do, the possibilities are as endless as my imagination! You see everything before you cut it and this way I don’t waste anything and can use up every scrap and area on my paper/vinyl.
6) The Silhouette has a cut and print feature where you print it on you color printer and then cut it on your Silhouette. This is great, the printer puts registration marks on your image which helps you to line it up for cutting on your Silhouette. The Cricut has a product that prints and cuts on the same machine but again the cartridges are expensive, unless you use their design studio you can’t see what you are cutting, and their ink cartridges are uber expensive! Both machines have pens/markers you can insert instead of a blade to draw the image or words instead of cutting them, love it!
7) Let’s “cut” to the chase and talk about “cutting”! Since you are buying either machine to CUT things out, how do they compare? The Silhouette is FAR BETTER than the Cricut. It cuts things that are more intricate and smaller than anything the Cricut can do. I have cut things on my silhouette that my Cricut would have shredded. The Silhouette is far superior in this area as far as I am concerned. After being so used to the Cricut’s limitations I am blown away by the small and tiny and detailed things I can successfully cut now!
8) I love that with the Silhouette I can cut ANY font on my computer. With Cricut you have to buy font cartridges. Yuck!
9) Size and Weight comparison: They are about the same length, but the Silhouette is far lighter than the Cricut. But in order to use the Silhouette you have to have your computer, with the Cricut that is not the case, you can use it on it’s own. This only makes a difference for me if I am traveling to a crop or crafting event, but honestly I would much rather deal with lugging around my laptop in order to use my Silhouette than dealing with the frustrations of using the Cricut. And, hauling around cartridges is awful, my lap top is much easier to pack around. I also like that I do not have to keep space in my craft room to store all those cartridges.
10) I love all the additional products that Silhouette sells. Like heat transfer material, sketch pens in all colors including metallics, they even sell fabric and interfacing that you can cut and more! So many fun products that make for fun projects!
If you are on the fence and trying to decide which one to buy I think it is fairly obvious from this review which one I would suggest! I would tell you to buy the Silhouette, hands down I think it is the better option. When I sit down to use my Silhouette it inspires me to create instead of making me want to stop crafting because I am frustrated. I am SO glad that I made the switch and I am excited to keep sharing all the fun things I discover about the Silhouette!!
Here is the comparison chart for details at a quick glance.
For more information on the Cameo and it’s specs, go HERE
For more information on the Expression and it’s specs, go HERE
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