5 months ago
I'm going to be honest with this review: Having a cricut is awesome - you can make so many cool and fun projects with it. The machine itself? Love esp. the "smart" material feature. The software however? No. Just no. I started my DIY journey with a silhouette studio that my public library offers people to use for free, and I loved it so much. Easy to use, intuitive, great. So when I saw the Cricut Maker 3 for sale for $220 (yes, I am pretty sure that was an error because it's never that cheap, but my friend also purchased it for that price a few weeks after me so the store must not have cared about this) I just had to get one since the Cricut (esp. the Maker) seemed to be the Cadillac of those machines. Figured, this must be even better than my previous experience. But nope. You have to have a paid membership to use so many features of the software and it makes it super difficult to import projects you made with other softwares. Also, the materials themselves are expensive, and oftentimes just not that creat? Try the gold sticker vinyl with the transfer tape (both cricut brand) for example and you will see that it will just be a mess. I still would get the maker 3 for the price I got it for - but never for the actual price. In general - big fan of what one can do with machines like this. In practice: Cricut, if you don't start putting your user experience at the forefront of your brand then I fear that another brand eventually will easily take over the market for you eventually.