Today we’re comparing machines from the cult classic die cutting company, Sizzix.
If you’re curious about who wins in the battles of Sizzix Big Shot vs Big Shot Pro, Sizzix Big Shot vs BigKick and even the Sizzix Big Shot vs Cricut Cuttlebug, read on to discover more.
Sizzix is one of our favorite companies creating simple, low cost cutting machines — and we think they deserve a much wider user base than they already have.
Beginners and kids love their products, and we think you will too.
Some of the popular machines that we’ll be looking at in this guide include:
Let’s see what all the fuss is about…
Sizzix: The Company
US-based Sizzix have been in business since 1977 and they’ve stayed true to their mission statement ever since:
Sizzix puts creativity in your hands with the craftiest die-cutting and embossing possibilities.
They have a huge online store that sells everything from die cutting machines and accessories, to embossing folders, die cuts, stamping kits and much more.
Some of our crafting friends are diehard Sizzix fans that consider their store a one-stop shop for everything craft-related. We don’t have quite that level of loyalty, but definitely love their cheap, simple machines and accessories that are perfect for both kids and beginners.
And experienced crafters who just need a quick and easy fix!
It’s worth mentioning that these machines are very much for the light hobbyist — commercial they ain’t.
They work best for light use with minimal pressure. Cardmakers, for instance, can’t get enough of the Sizzix product line. Scrapbookers too.
People making large scale vinyl signage? Not so much. Head on over to our USCutter review instead!
But for die cutting and embossing, the Sizzix machines are perfect.
If you’re a total craft cutting newbie, you might be wondering what on earth ‘die cutting’ is — we know we were when we first started out!
What is Die Cutting?
In a nutshell, die cutting is the act of using a steel cutting die to cut shapes and patterns into a thin material.
You’ll need to buy dies in the shapes and patterns of your choosing, the material you want to cut, and a machine — like a Sizzix — to enable you to press the die into your paper.
Cardmakers and scrapbookers use a lot of die cutting in their crafts, as do jewelry makers and even fashion designers.
The material you choose to cut must be very thin and flat, but can range anywhere between tissue paper, chipboard and thin metal foils.
If you’re wondering where to catch up with Sizzix online, or where to find some die cutting inspiration, head over to their social accounts:
Sizzix: The Machines
Sizzix have got a large number of die cutting machines on their shelves, but we’re just going to focus on the most popular today.
- Big Shot
- Big Shot Express
- Big Shot Plus
- Big Shot Pro
Another one of their machines that’s super popular but stands apart from the rest of the ‘Big…’ line is the Sizzix Eclips 2. You can read our full review and rating of it here.
Sizzix Machines Compared
So now we’re better acquainted with all of these individual machines, let’s compare some of them against each other.
We’ll do a quick summary, then outline the differences in a table.
Remember to ask any follow-up questions you may have in the comments!
Sizzix Big Shot vs Big Shot Pro
This is the question we probably get asked the most: which machine wins in the battle of Sizzix Big Shot vs Big Shot Pro?
Basically, it all boils down to what you want from the machine.
Want something small and portable, that’s cheap and gets the job done? The Big Shot will suffice.
Want something bigger, stronger, more durable but a little more expensive? Take a look at the Big Shot Pro instead.
Light users, beginner crafters and kids should go for the Big Shot.
Those of us who are likely to use their die cutter on a more regular basis, for more important work, should opt for the Pro.
Here’s a table outlining their major differences:
|Maximum Cut Size||6" x 14" (with extended cutting pads)||12" x 14"|
|Weight||7.5 lbs||44 lbs|
|Works with every Sizzix die cut?||All except Bigz Plus and Bigz Pro dies||Works with all|
Sizzix Big Shot vs BIGKick
Another question we get asked a lot are the differences between the Sizzix Big Shot vs BIGKick.
Annoyingly, we’ve never been able to find a good answer for this. Why did you make two different products so similar, Sizzix?!
Anyway, here’s a table comparing their major features:
|Maximum Cut Width||6"||6"|
|Color Scheme||White & Gray||Periwinkle|
|Any Special Editions?||No|
|Weight||7.5 lbs||7.5 lbs|
|Works with all Sizzix dies?||All except Bigz Plus & Bigz Pro dies||All except Bigz Plus & Bigz Pro dies|
Big Shot vs Big Shot Express
Some crafters often get hung up on whether they should opt for the Big Shot Express over the original Big Shot.
Yes, it’s a little more expensive, but how much is an actual motor worth over your manual labor? Something to think about.
While some people love the hand crank and are likely to stick with the Big Shot, others — those with weak wrists, kids and those using the machine regularly — will probably prefer the convenience of the Big Shot Express.
Let’s take a look at the differences between Big Shot vs Big Shot Express:
|Hand Crank or Motorized?||Hand Crank||Motorized|
|Max Cutting Width||6"||6"|
|Weight||7.5 lbs||9.62 lbs|
|Works with all Sizzix dies?||All except for Bigz Plus & Bigz Pro dies||All except for Bigz Plus & Bigz Pro dies|
Big Shot vs Big Shot Plus
Another comparison worth making is that between the Sizzix Big Shot and the Sizzix Big Shot Plus.
Just like all the machines in the Big Shot range, they’re very similar machines, but there are some subtle differences. The most notable being that the Plus is able to cut a slightly larger width than the original Big Shot (although not as wide as the Pro).
Let’s take a look at the differences between Big Shot vs Big Shot Plus:
|Max Cutting Width||6"||8.5"|
|Weight||7.5 lbs||17.5 lbs|
|Works with all Sizzix dies?||All but Bigz Plus and Bigz Pro dies||All but Bigz Pro dies|
Sizzix Big Shot vs Cricut Cuttlebug
Of course, it’s not all about Sizzix. You’re probably wondering how the Big Shot measures up against one of its rivals: the Cricut Cuttlebug.
We’ve reviewed the Cricut Cuttlebug in depth here.
The truth is, there aren’t a whole world of differences in the battle of Sizzix vs Cuttlebug. The Cuttlebug is marginally cheaper and smaller, but both machines have the same functionality.
Let’s take a look in more detail:
|Max Cutting Width||6"||5.85-6"|
|Works with all brand dies?||Yes||Yes|
|Comes with a starter die cut/embossing folder?||No||Yes - die cut and emboss folder|
|Can be folded up for portability?||No||Yes|
Now you should be totally clued up on all the machines Sizzix have to offer, and should be able to pick the winners in the following contests:
- Sizzix Big Shot vs Big Shot Pro
- Sizzix Big Shot vs BIGKick
- Big Shot vs Big Shot Express
- Big Shot vs Big Shot Plus
- Sizzix Big Shot vs Cricut Cuttlebug
Which is your favorite Sizzix machine?