Cricut Explore Air 2 HeroSource: Karen S. Freeman / iMore

What you need to know

  • The Cricut Explore Air 2 is currently $169 (regularly $249.)
  • The Cricut Maker is currently $329 (regularly $399.)

What does a Cricut Explore Air 2 do?

Our Cricut Explore Air 2 review has all of the details, but essentially it's a precision cutting machine for crafting. It can also draw, write, and score with over 100 different alternative materials. You can even use it to make iron-on apparel, Infusible Ink projects, decals, greeting cards, stickers, stencils, jewelry, and so much more.

The Cricut Explore Air 2 falls right in the middle of Cricut's lineup, with the flagship Cricut Maker at the top of the line and the sidekick machine Cricut Joy on the lower end of the spectrum. It's pretty easy to make a case for the Cricut Explore Air 2 right now, since this limited time sale brings the price even lower than what the the Cricut Joy costs.

Just right crafting machine

Cricut Explore Air 2 Render Cropped

Cricut Explore Air 2

Goldilocks machine

DIY enthusiasts and crafters will love this precision cutting machine.

How about the Cricut Maker?

You can learn more about Cricut's flagship machine in our Cricut Maker review. It does everything that the Explore Air 2 does, plus much more. It cuts over 300 different materials instead of just a little over 100 like the Cricut Explore Air 2. In addition to writing, drawing, and scoring, it can also deboss and engrave. This is the machine you probably want for serious crafting or if you plan to sell your work. If you've been holding out for a deal, now is the time — you'll save $70 off the retail price.

Flagship crafting machine

Cricut Maker Reco

Cricut Maker

Top of the line

This versatile cutting machine is the ultimate for makers of all kinds.

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