*Updated December 2016*
I’ve avoided this post for a long, long time, but a little voice in my head (the one that sounds like Sophia on Golden Girls) has told me that I finally need to write this post. I get a LOT of emails of folks asking me which machine I like better – Cricut versus Silhouette – and which one I recommend for them to purchase.
Let me preface this post by saying that I have once worked with Silhouette (nearly 2 years ago) – and I have recently worked with Cricut. For the sake of clarity: I was given a Silhouette machine to try as a review product – as was I given a Cricut for the same reason.
So since you know that both machines were given to me by the manufacturers, neither has more weight than the other. This is my HONEST, unbiased opinion to help those of you who have asked which I prefer.
The links to both of the machines in this post are affiliate links – which means if you make a purchase from them, then I will receive a tiny portion of the profit without any additional cost to you.
This post has been updated to reflect changes in the product and my experience since originally written – so some of the comments are irrelevant, however still worth reading.
So here goes: I like both machines for different reasons. Let’s start with the Silhouette Cameo. I currently own THIS version. I’ve had it for a while now and am very comfortable with it. The newest version – the Silhouette Cameo 3 is more like the Cricut Explore Air 2, so make sure you comparison shop both models to see which one is better for you.
- There are no cartridges to buy. Images or fonts can be cut directly with the software included in the starter kit.
- Custom logos, etc. are easy to manipulate with the Silhouette software.
- Their site offers many free files to cut – buy there are also some you can purchase.
- These days both run off of software and they are both user friendly.
- You can cut the same size on either of them.
- Both operate without cartridges (but Cricut will use them.)
- They are both easy to set up, break down and put away.
- Either will cut paper, vinyl, fabric, etc. – though additional blades are required.
- Both have mobile compatible apps with bluetooth built in.
So in other words – either one can win.
***EDITED TO ADD: Please make sure to read all the comments in this post – they are a WEALTH of information!***