(Closed) The Cricut

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I’d like to see what other Bee’s have to say. I’ve often wondered what the differences between the Cricut types were.

I’m no help, I have no idea!

Post # 5
1129 posts
Bumble bee

Without making you read the review – a couple quick things come to mind – and I compare them to cars – lol!:

The Expression is the top notch, do everything Cricut.  Cream of the ‘crop’ (oh hahaha I made a dorky pun there!)  It cuts 12×12 which in a lot of ways is really helpful.  It also tends to cut finer detail than the other does.  Really it is like buying the Bentley of Cricuts.

The Create is a smaller version of the Expression and does 99.9% of what the Expression will do.  Except is only cuts 6×12.  One important feature (also found on Expression) is that on the Create, let’s say you wanted to cut as many 1″ circles as you could from a single piece of paper – it will automatically do this for you with the push of a button.  It will also fit to size of the paper you select.  These are a few reason why there is a price difference between the Create and the original personal cutter.  The Create is like the Lexus of Cricuts.  Still flashy, not top end.

The 29-001 is the most basic one currently in production.  It’s a die-cut machine that cuts stuff 6×12.  It’s like buying a Honda Civic – great value car, worth the money.

Also, I disagree with ONE point made in that review.  My Create is totally portable, has a handle to carry it with and I can tuck the cord and a cartiridge inside if I were going to tote it around.  It’s the same size as the Cricut 29-001 (what many refer to as the Baby Bug).  Just sayin.

Ultimately you need to know HOW you plan to use it to know which one to buy.  I didn’t need an Expression because I wasn’t doing anything 12×12 for the wedding… but I expect I will re-sell the Create at some point soon and upgrade to an Expression for home decor stuff.  I also love to scrapbook and I can see how I would use the Expression more than my Create because ofthe 12×12 issue.

(and as an FYI, I bought a Cricut Create for $75 on Craigslist a couple months back and it runs perfectly)

I hope this helps!

Post # 6
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Thanks christalynn11- def helped me out 🙂

Post # 7
8 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with the previous post. It depends on how you want to use it. However, I did want to add that 119 sounds high to me. If you have time to watch for a good deal, I would suggest ebay. I bought my expression on ebay brand new for 199 including 2 cartridges and design studio software. Although, I must add I probably bid on 50 of them, but I really wanted the software too! I’ve see the expression and 2 cartridges starting at 150-180 and go for up to 220. My best advice is to bid late at night and on weekdays…thats when you can find the best deals.

Oh, and I’ve see the create go for as little as $75! So if you have time to wait, it might be worth checking out! If you want you can pm me and I’ll try to find the seller that I bought mine from.

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