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Cricut machines comparison chart

Applies to the Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore family of machines. 


The Cricut Maker, Cricut Explore, Explore Air, and Explore Air 2 each have a double tool holder so that you can cut & write (or cut & score) in 1 step. The Explore One has a single tool holder, so it can cut & write (or cut & score) in 2 steps with the purchase of the pen adapter.

The Cricut Maker, Explore Air and Explore Air 2 have built-in Bluetooth, but for Explore One and Explore, you will need a Cricut Wireless Bluetooth Adapter in order to use it with your mobile device or to cut wirelessly from your computer. See the comparison chart and additional information below.  


Machine comparison


Differences between the Cricut Maker and Cricut Explore machines:




Explore One

Explore Air

Explore Air 2

Cricut Maker

Smart Set dial for easy material settings


Bluetooth for wireless cutting







Double tool holder for one-click cutting and writing

Single tool holder;




Upload your own images for free

Cut a wide variety of materials

Design software for PC, Mac, and iOS mobile devices

Works with Cricut Cartridges

Separate purchase required*

Fast Mode: Up to 2x faster cutting and writing*


Rotary Blade for fabrics





Knife Blade for thicker materials





Adaptive Tool System for cutting hundreds more materials






*Fast mode works with vinyl, iron-on, and cardstock.


Separate Purchases:


Machine Colors:

Explore Explore One Explore Air Explore Air 2 Cricut Maker
  • Green
  • Wild Orchid
  • Grey
  • Coral
  • Navy Bloom
  • Pink Poppy
  • Blue
  • Blue
  • Teal
  • Gold
  • Wild Orchid
  • Mint
  • Blue
  • Rose
  • Anna Griffin
  • Lilac
  • Dark grey with Champagne lid


*Some colors are exclusive to specific retailers.