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Cricut Maker 3 Review

The Cricut Maker 3 is the latest release from Cricut and it promises to be their best cutting machine yet.

With some incredible features on board — including being twice the speed of the original Maker and with 10 times the cutting force of the Explore Air 2 — it certainly sounds like a machine to be reckoned with.

It’s just been released. We’re going to take a few days to have a really good play around with it and will update this post with a completely honest and impartial review.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at all the features of the Maker 3 as well as a few questions we have for the new machine.

Cricut Maker 3
Incredible cutting specs The Cricut Maker 3 is an elite cutting machine that can cut vinyl, paper, leather and over 300 different materials. This smart cutting machine is twice as fast as its predecessor and now compatible with Smart Materials for even greater accuracy and size.

Cricut Maker 3 Review

Key Features

cricut maker 3

The Cricut Maker 3 is really the crème de la crème of cutting machines and it will to appeal to crafters who really want the most elite desktop machine available. Serious hobbyists and small business owners are the ones lining up for a piece of it.

Key Features
  • Can cut 300+ materials
  • Up to twice as fast as Cricut Maker when using Smart Materials
  • Compatible with Smart Materials for matless cutting and cuts up to 12 foot long
  • Compatible with 13 tools for cutting, writing, scoring, foiling and embellishing
  • 10 times the cutting force of the Explore Air 2
  • Works with Rotary Blade to cut virtually any fabric

Cricut Maker 3 vs Cricut Maker

A lot of you will be wondering exactly what the Maker 3 has to offer over the original Cricut Maker.

If you’ve already got the Maker, you might be wondering if it’s worth upgrading to this latest machine.

Let’s have a look at how the two machines’ features compare side by side.

Cricut MakerCricut Maker 3
# of Materials it can cut300+300+
Compatible with Smart Materials?NoYes
Cut Speed2x as fast when using Smart Materials
Cutting Force4kg 4kg
Max Cut Length24 inches12 foot using Smart Materials
Compatible with all Tools?YesYes
Compatible with Bluetooth?YesYes
cricut maker vs cricut maker 3

As you can see, the main way that the Maker 3 differentiates itself from the Maker is that it’s compatible with Smart Materials technology.

What are Smart Materials?
Smart Materials were introduced with the Cricut Joy machine and essentially allow you to cut without a cutting mat. You just need to load and go.

They’re especially effective for long, continuous cuts and do away with a lot of the faff that comes with using traditional materials and cutting mats. Smart Materials are also really easy to weed and apply.

By using Smart Materials, the Cricut Maker 3 automatically becomes a much more versatile machine.

Suddenly you’re able to do much bigger cuts than ever before — up to 12 feet long in fact — in a much more efficient way, that’s twice as fast as the original Maker.

And, of course, you’ve got everything that made the Maker so good in the first place, including the ability to cut any fabric with the Rotary Blade, being compatible with all of Cricut’s amazing new tools, and the huge number of materials it’s able to cut.

If you’ve ever been hamstrung by the small cutting area of the Cricut Maker, then the Maker 3 could be a great option for you to consider.

Questions for the Cricut Maker 3

As well as thoroughly testing out this new machine to get a good feel for it and its capabilities, we’ll be asking a number of questions to gauge just how effective the Cricut Maker 3 is and whether it’s worth buying.

When the original Maker was released a few years ago, Cricut made a lot of noises about how this was a machine for life, so we really want to know what’s changed for them to release this brand new cutter.

Here’s some of the questions we’ll be asking:

  • How does it really compare against the Maker?
  • How well does it work with the Cricut suite of tools?
  • Which group of people are going to get the most out of the Maker 3?
  • Are Smart Materials worth all the hype?
  • How well does it work with Cricut Design Space?
  • Why is it not sold with the Rotary Blade? Do you have to buy a lot more accessories and materials to really make the most of the Maker 3?

And finally… what happened to the Cricut Maker 2?! How come they jumped straight to the 3? 🤪

cricut maker vs maker 3

Is the Cricut Maker 3 Worth Buying?

Stay tuned to find out exactly what we think about the Cricut Maker 3 and whether it’s worth your hard earned money.

One thing’s for sure — there’s not a lot more exciting than getting to play with a brand new Cricut cutting machine!

The machine is available to order now via the Cricut store or on Amazon.

Cricut Maker 3
Incredible cutting specs The Cricut Maker 3 is an elite cutting machine that can cut vinyl, paper, leather and over 300 different materials. This smart cutting machine is twice as fast as its predecessor and now compatible with Smart Materials for even greater accuracy and size.

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