The Best Electronic Craft Cutting Machines 2018

The Best Electronic Craft Cutting Machines 2018

Buying the Best Electronic Craft Cutting Machines can be a big decision. There internet is full of websites that claim to sell the ‘ultimate machine’.  The popular brands out there at the minute are the Scan N Cut, Silhouette and Cricut, and these brands have dominated the market over the last few years with newer and improved models.   But which one is the best?  Firstly. All of the best electronic cutting machines have different feature and cut a variety of different materials, so it is important to know what you want your new purchase to do before buying!

So lets take a look at our review of the best electronic craft cutting machines 2018

The Best Electronic Craft Cutting Machines

The Brother ScanNCut Range

The brother Scan and Cut Machine comes with a built in scanner and has the advantage of scanning and cutting without any need for computer connectivity.  This is done really easily using the built in screen.   The bother range will cut the following materials.

  1. Felt
  2. Cardstock
  3. Paper
  4. Leather
  5. Fabric
  6. Chipboard
  7. Vinyl

The brother machine is compatible with a 12 x 12 and 12 x24 cutting mat and has built in software that allows you to import SVG (Vector) files along with Brother’s own files.  All models also come with 2 variations of blade (Standard and Deep Cut) to ensure you cut fully through your material.  Another advantage of the Brother Scan N Cut range is that it comes with an inter-changeable pen set that allows your machine to draw out your design or create dots as a seam allowance.  Finally, these machine can also be used as conventional scanners, so simply run your document/photo through, and it will save it to your USB drive for you.

ScanNCut 1

The original ScanNCut machine is one of the bestselling craft cutting machines ever.  As the world’s first 300 DPI built in scanner it can scan virtually anything. This machine comes with over 600 pre loaded designs to allow you to craft straight out of the box and with its colour screen it allows you to use it as a virtually stand alone unit. No need for computers.

PROS:
  • Allows standalone working without being connect to a computer
  • A great machine for beginners
  • 300DPI

CONS:
  • The screen can be quite small and hard to see
  • The cost of replacement materials can be high
  • The initial set up of the machine can be tricky

ScanNCut 2

With its large 30% bigger 4.85 inch screen the ScanNCut 2 is a cut above the rest and without doubt one of the best Electronic craft cutting machines available today. Like its older brother this cutter can run independently from a computer and can therefore be used as a standalone device. It is completely wireless, so there are no annoying wires that get in the way.  It has an enhanced RGB scanning function.  This model accommodates a 12×12 cutting mat,  although it will also cut a range of fabrics and materials up to 12X24.  Even though the cost of materials are expensive and need to be replaced quite often, this model in our opinion is the best electronic craft cutting machine on the market to day and has been given a star buy rating from cutalot.com

PROS:
  • Allows standalone working without being connect to a computer
  • The screen size is one of the largest available and is touch screen
  • 300DPI
  • Free Software

CONS:
  • The cost of replacement materials can be high
  • The initial set up of the machine can be tricky
  • Limited on vinyl cutting

best electronic craft cutting machine

 

best electronic craft cutting machines

The Silhouette Range

The Silhouette range is perfect for the crafter that simply wants to design and alter their own project., it has long been seen as one of the best electronic craft cutting machines on the market, and is loved because of its simplicity and easy to use design studio software. This advanced software also allows you to trace any image and cut accordingly, perfect for logos and lettering.  The Silhouette craft cutting machines will also use any font that is installed on your computer.  As an added bonus, anyone that buys any Silhouette machine will receive a free new design every week via the silhouette store.   The Silhouette Range Will cut the following Materials

  1. Felt
  2. Cardstock
  3. Paper
  4. Leather
  5. Fabric
  6. Chipboard
  7. Vinyl

 

The Silhouette Cameo

With over 1400 satisfied customers on Amazon, The Silhouette Cameo is not only a crafting favourite, but the one of the best electronic craft cutting machines available.   The Silhouette Cameo 3 is the latest model in the range and comes with a 12×12 cutting area, but will cut bigger if you feed the material directly into the machine without the use of a mat. In fact, the cutting length is almost unlimited.  The Cameo will cut vinyl, cardstock, vellum, acetate, paper, thin cardboard and much more. The machine has the ability to run wirelessly and has a blade that automatically changes.  Fundamentally the Cameo 1, 2 and 3 are the same, with the only significant changes being the software. Overall this is a great craft cutting machine and is perfect for Glass etched projects, Cards, Scrapbook pages, Sketch designs, paper crafting, vinyl decorations and much more.

PROS:
  • Perfect for Projects
  • Amazing bundle deals
  • Great at letting on vinyl
  • Autoblade setting for viable heights

CONS:
  • Its low pressure blade means that its cutting ability is limited to thin materials

best electronic craft cutting machine

 

Silhouette Portrait

The portrait has many similar features to the Cameo and is an excellent craft cutting machine, although it only has an 8 inch cutting space, it is perfect for the crafters who are limited on space, its lightweight design means that it is easily transportable and like the Cameo it also has a Bluetooth function, meaning that you do not have trailing wires everywhere.  This particular model also comes with 50 free designs, so you really can plug and play straight away. making This another best crafting machine buy.

PROS:
  • Small and Compact for restricted spaces
  • only 3.5lb in weight
  • Really easy to set up
  • Perfect for card makers and decals

CONS:
  • Precision and accuracy is week compared to its competitors
  • The cutting width does limit your projects
  • The Mat becomes sticky after several uses

best electronic craft cutting machines

 

Silhouette Curio

With an 8.5 inch cutting area the Curio sits in the middle of the Cameo and the portrait.  It has a compact looking design and has the functionality to stipple and etch.  The Curio cutting machine also has the ability to carry out 3 different types of embossing. Path and Emboss, Score and Emboss and Print and emboss.  With a new Silhouette deep cut blade, the Curio is also able to cut thicker materials (Up to 2mm) and with a 5mm clearance, you can also feed thicker materials through the machine.

PROS:
  • Has the same flexibility of larger machines
  • Can work on a wide range of materials
  • Etching, Embossing and cutting functions
  • 5mm clearance for thicker materials

CONS:
  • The die cutter capacity is small
  • The felt and sketch pens are sold seperately
  • The mat appears to damage easily

best electronic craft cutting machines

best electronic craft cutting machines

 

The Cricut Range

The Cricut cutting machine range are an ever popular brand amongst die hard crafters, with a quiet cutting operation along with easy to use software, they are both practical and versatile. The simplified software within all Cricut cutting machines allows you to purchase files for a minimal cost, or you have the ability to upload SVG files from online or your own library. Even though the 11.5 x 23.5 cutting area is slightly smaller than its competitors, it more than makes up for it in the quality of the machine.

The powerful motors contained within the Cricut machines mean that this is one of the best electronic cutting machines for thicker material such as thin wood and leather. This unique feature make the range a popular alternative for people who wish to craft within a niche.

Another option that makes the Cricut a popular machine is the ability for it to draw and cut at the same time, sure the Silhouette range can do this, but you have to stop the machine and switch over the balde and pen, the Cricut does this function in one smooth option

The only downside to the Cricut Range is that its users lack the ability to explore without an internet connection, which means that in areas with poor signal strength it will reduce its functionality.  However, this may be a possible acceptance in sacrifice of its other abilities and functions.

 

The Cricut one and the Cricut Explore Air 2

Cricut machines had a reputation until recently of being only cartridge operated machines. Now some of the most modern and best electronic cutting machines come from this range. The Cricut explore model comes in two versions.

The Cricut explore 1 has access to over 50,000 images in the Cricut image library, and is compatible with your Ipad and iphone to allow you to design on the go.  With a smart dial that allows you to set the correct cut for each material, there is no need to configure complicated settings.  The only downside to this device is that you need to purchase a separate add on to allow the machine to be wireless.

PROS:
  • Over 5000 accessible images
  • Design on the go technology
  • No complicated set ups – Simply turn the dial to match the material

CONS:
  • Requires a separate usb for wireless use

best electronic craft cutting machines

The Cricut Explore 2 has moved on in technology from its older brother, it has the same features and benefits, but it has the functionality to be wireless without the need of an add on device at an extra cost.  The Air 2 also has the ability to cut and write or cut and score in one easy step.  Without the need to change blades/pens etc.  There is an earlier Cricut 1 model, however, this model has a far better cutting speed. However Both Models are some of the best electronic craft cutting machines available to today.

PROS:
  • Over 5000 accessible images
  • Design on the go technology
  • No complicated set ups – Simply turn the dial to match the material
  • Quicker cutting speed compared to the earlier model
  • Wireless operation

CONS:
  • You lose all of your images if you cancel your subscription
  • Some of the designing can be tricky
  • Price $$$

best electronic craft cutting machines

 

We hope you enjoyed our review of the best electronic craft cutting machines available to buy. Check out some of our other posts on cutalot.com for the best cutting and embossing machines.


We will be happy to hear your thoughts

Leave a reply