Get To Know The Cricut Explore

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If you’re a crafter like me, you’re always looking for crafting tools that will make creating easier and less time consuming. I want crafting tools that are multi-function because I don’t have the money to waste or the space for lots of different machines that work with different mediums. 

In my last Cricut post I introduced you to the two machines that Cricut currently has to offer: the Cricut Explore® machines, and the Cricut Explore® machines. Today, I want to give you a more in depth look at each machine and what it does.

Cricut Explore One™

The Cricut Explore One™ is a simple design-and-cut system. The low price, ease of use, and precision cuts make this system great for those new to crafting.

This small machine is packed full of features.

You can cut a variety of materials including:

  • Paper
  • Vinyl
  • Iron-on
  • Craft materials
  • Upcycled materials
  • Fabric
  • Plastic
  • Thick materials

The Cricut Explore one also features Cut Smart™ technology allowing you to cute various shapes and sizes from ¼” tall up to 11½” wide x 23½” tall.

Smart Set® Dial – Each machine features a Smart Set® dial, which sets your settings (e.g. speed, pressure, etc.) for you so you don’t have to keep track of them. You just select the material that you’re using on the Smart Set® dial and the machine’s Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.

Images and Fonts – You can upload your own images and fonts for free on all three Cricut cutting machines.

Cartridges – Both machines work with any Cricut cartridge and have the capability to hold all of your cartridges “virtually” in the cloud within your Cricut Design Space online software. So once you’ve loaded a cartridge, you’ll have it everywhere you go.

Cricut’s Design Space™ and iPad® app – All Cricut Explore machines work hand-in-hand with Cricut’s Design Space™ (for PC, Mac®, iPad®, and iPhone®) that you get access to for free.

Cricut Explore Air™

The Explore Air is great for the more advanced crafter.


It offers all the impressive features mentioned for the Explore One, but two key things set it apart:

  1. It has a dual carriage for cutting and writing or cutting and scoring in one step. If you do a lot of paper crafting, this is the machine for you
  2. It has built-in Bluetooth® capability. You just use Cricut’s free iPad app and design anything you want from your iPad, just like you would on your home computer, but with the convenience of being able to take your projects with you anywhere. Then, you can just wirelessly send your project from your iPad to your Explore Air to bring it to life.

Now that you know a lot more about how Cricut Explore® machines work, I’ll focus next week’s post on how you can design here, there, and everywhere with Cricut Design Space. You’ll be blown away by how easy it is!

Until then … Happy crafting!