Reviewing The New Cricut Explore 3

Learn about the new Cricut Explore 3, what makes it different from its predecessor (the Cricut Explore Air 2), and let's make something.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

For four years, I have relied on Cricut to help with all of my crafting needs. In that time, I have used the Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Joy to make party decorations, t-shirts, home decor, decals, cards, and more. I use a lot of Cricut accessories on a regular basis, too–like the EasyPress 2, storage totes, BrightPad, Essential Tool Set, and TrueControl Kit.

While the Cricut Explore Air 2 has been my main crafting machine, Cricut has a brand new Explore machine–the Cricut Explore 3. It has made crafting even easier, and more enjoyable.


What Is The Cricut Explore 3?

The Cricut Explore 3 is Cricut’s newest Explore family machine. It cuts more than 100 materials, including cardstock, vinyl, cork, bonded fabric. The Cricut Explore 3 cuts up to 2 times faster than previous models, so you can craft in record time.

One of the Cricut Explore 3’s biggest draws is that it is compatible with Cricut Smart Materials that feed directly into the machine–so you no longer need a cutting mat and you can continuously cut up to 12 feet. It’s also compatible with the new Cricut Roll Holder (my favorite new accessory). As a result, you can spend less time preparing cuts, and more time creating.

The Cricut Explore 3 has a docking slot for mobile devices, built in storage, Bluetooth wireless technology, and is compatible with six tools for writing, cutting, foiling, and more.


Cricut Explore 3 VS. Cricut Explore Air 2

I think the biggest differences in the Cricut Explore 3 and Cricut Explore Air 2 are the look, speed, and cutting material capability.

The Cricut Explore 3 has a much sleeker design than its predecessor. There is no knob for setting which material you are cutting, fewer buttons, and a matte finish that makes the machine aesthetically more pleasing.

I am blown away by how fast, and precise, the Cricut Explore 3 cuts. I noticed it on the very first cut.

My favorite thing about the Cricut Explore 3 is that it works with Cricut’s Smart Materials. I love not having to use a mat, and the Roll Holder is a game changer. As someone who uses the extra long cutting mat all of the time, I am thrilled!

If you currently own a Cricut Explore Air 2, I definitely recommend upgrading to the Cricut Explore 3. Not only is it a better machine, but the Smart Material compatibility provides a more seamless crafting experience.


Let’s Use The Cricut Explore 3

See for yourself how well the Cricut Explore 3 works. Let’s make something!

You will need:

Directions: Designing

  1. Open Cricut Design Space. Click new project.
  2. Click Images. Search for the state you want to use. Select the one you like best. Click Add to Canvas.
  3. Size the design. Save the project.
  4. Click Make It.

Directions: Cutting and Assembling

  1. Since you are using Smart Vinyl, select Without Mat when prompted. Click Continue.

2. Connect your Cricut Explore 3. Set base material (Smart Vinyl). Set up Circuit Roll Holder. Load tools and materials. Press Go on your Cricut Explore 3.

3. When the cut is finished, unload your material and click Finish.


4. Weed your design. Place Transfer Tape over design and use scraper to burnish. Peel design from Smart Vinyl backing.

5. Place Transfer Tape (with design attached) on wine glass and use scraper to gently burnish. Peel transfer tape from vinyl. You’re all done!


My Final Cricut Explore 3 Thoughts

I am LOVING the new Cricut Explore 3! It has some much needed upgrades from the Cricut Explore Air 2, and the Smart Materials allow me to spend less time preparing cuts, and more time creating.

If you’re looking to buy your first Cricut machine or upgrade your current one, I highly recommend the Cricut Explore 3.

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