{Review} Cricut Explore vs Circut Explore Air 2

Thank you Cricut for sending me a Cricut Explore Air 2 to review. There are affiliate links in this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Product Review - Cricut Explore compared to Cricut Explore Air 2

I’m so excited to share that I got a new Cricut Explore Air 2! They just hit the market a few days ago and I got my hands on one! You might remember that almost 3 years ago I was flown out by Cricut for the unveiling of the new Cricut Explore. Fast forward almost 3 years later and I’m here to review the brand new Air 2. Also, I must note that I was pregnant with my first baby when I got the Cricut Explore and now I’m pregnant with baby #2 while receiving my Air 2!

So why move from an Explore to the new Explore Air 2?

  • Up to 2X Faster. Select Fast Mode when you need to make every minute count.
  • Embedded Bluetooth® for wireless cutting – the Explore had an adapter!
  • Cut 100+ materials from vellum to leather – the Explore could only cut 50 materials!
  • Smart Set® dial for easy material settings – the Air 2 has a new Bonded Fabric setting which makes me so happy!

Cricut Machine Comparison

If you upgraded after the Explore here is a comparison sheet of how the other 3 rank against one another! If your looking for time-saving speed and power the Cricut Explore Air 2 is the machine for you!

Cricut Explore Air 2

I mean isn’t she pretty? I’m in love and this is the first time I’ve had a Cricut that has a color to it. I’ve always only had a white machine. I can’t wait to get my craft room put together to really let her shine!

Cricut Explore Air 2 - Easy Set Dial

And I can’t wait to use the new “Bonded Fabric” dial feature! That’s the way I almost always cut fabric so I’m super excited I don’t have to scroll to the “custom” setting any more!

Cricut Explore Air 2

And look at all the shiny! Seriously, I’m loving how fast the new Explore Air 2 can cut! I have a toddler and very little time to craft any more, so I love that I can cut even quicker and make the most of my time.

Want to buy a new Cricut Explore Air 2? I can get you FREE shipping, no order minimum – US/Canada standard shipping with code SPOOKTACULAR (valid until 10/31/16).


  1. My future daughter-in-law is getting this machine for Christmas. I would like to buy some things for her she will need immediately to add to the gift. Please tell me if I buy cartridges or digital images. I see a started kit too. It that go to buy?? She is getting married soon and wants to use this for wedding decorating. Do you have a suggestion for which images to start with??

    • Hi GJ, a subscription to Cricut Design Space is best. It’s $9.99 a month and gives her access to over 50K+ fonts and images. Iron-On vinyl (she could make shirts for her bridal party) as well as paper and other materials would be good for her too. The starter kit is always great, too!

  2. Hello how can I get to test out product & do the transfer really work to make your own T Shirts?

    • Hi Lesa, I make tons of t-shirts all the time. I have both a Heat Press and the new Cricut EasyPress and they both give a professionally finished look! You would need to find a friend who has a Cricut to give it a test drive.

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