Cricut Cuttlebug vs Sizzix Big Shot

Update: Sadly, the Cricut Cuttlebug has been discontinued by Cricut. The Sizzix Big Shot is still one of my favorite manual die cutting machines but another great alternative is the Spellbinders Platinum.

Today I will be comparing the Cricut Cuttlebug to the Sizzix Big Shot and discussing the differences between them. Both are similar machines with similar cutting capabilities, and both are designed for cutting and embossing various material.

If you have a digital die cutting machine that does not emboss, a manual embossing machine like the Cricut Cuttlebug or Sizzix Big Shot can be a great supplement. Even if you have a digital die cutting machine that does emboss, a manual embossing machine is still a great tool, as the machine can be quicker and more portable.

Here is a video overview comparing both machines:


  • Both machines can cut and emboss
  • Dies are often interchangeable
  • Both weigh approximately the same at 7.5lbs
  • Both machines are great supplements to digital die cutting machines
  • Both machines have a 6″ cutting width

Cricut Cuttlebug

The main advantage to the Cuttlebug is the ability for the machine to fold up. It also had a carrying handle, which makes the machine quite portable and compact for easy storage. When the machine unfolds, there is a suction device on the bottom that sticks to the surface or table. The machine comes with a one year warranty. The Cuttlebug is also slightly less expensive than the Big Shot.

Cricut Cuttlebug

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Sizzix Big Shot

The Sizzix Big Shot, unlike the Cuttlebug, does not fold up. The crank handle is longer, making it stick out further. It also has a longer working surface compared to the Cuttlebug. Not only does the larger working surface make it easier to lay down the dies and folders, but the base is more stable.

Some consumers say that the Big Shot is a stronger and better-built machine. The 3-year warranty of the Big Shot over the one year warranty of the Cuttlebug seems to reflect this. If you are working with 12-inch Bigz dies, the Sizzix will be easier to work with, especially with the multipurpose platform.

Sizzix Big Shot

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Which is better, the Big Shot or Cuttlebug?

If you care about storage, consider the Cricut Cuttlebug. If you want something more durable and larger, consider the Sizzix Big Shot. Either way, both are great machines and consumers have been happy with them.

Which machine do you think is better? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

13 thoughts on “Cricut Cuttlebug vs Sizzix Big Shot”

    • This what I was wanting to know. I use my Big Shot for leather jewelry making . There seems to be more dyes with the cuttlebug or cricket.

      Can I use those dies interchangeably?

  1. Hi everyone, I am searching for a crank handle shaft and top gear sprocket for my Big Shot, does anyone know where I can get these, so husband dear can fix it for me? I teach cardmaking and have 2 cuttlebugs (love, love, love) and I came across the Big Shot in an Op shop recently, so thought it may be a handy addition to my stable of rolling machines for the class. I found a guy in RUSSIA! who manufactures knock off shafts and gears for Sizzix but it would cost the earth to get them out here.

    • You might want to take this with a grain of salt, but the idea occurred to me that you might want to buy someone’s broken machine, making sure it’s not broken with the same problem as your’s. You could advertise on something like Craig’s List. Many communities have listing for free stuff, etc. I have NO idea how this machine is constructed, but if your hubby is a bit of a handyman, maybe he’ll know. Hope it’s a plausible–if not a useful–idea. Kay

  2. hi every one
    I have got a Cuttlebug
    and want to do crafting safely with my grandson,
    however having trouble with it , when opening as you should it will not stick down and stay still
    has any one got any tips please.
    ps where can I get a c plate from new , also a plate that is magnetic
    hope everyone has a lovely Christmas
    thanks for your help xx

  3. I have a question that I haven’t been able to find an answer to anywhere. I found a really good price on a cuttle bug set of xl, A and B cutting plates with the plastic xl cutting pad. Can I use these in my sizzix big shot? If anyone knows if the parts between these two companies are interchangeable please let me know! Thanks!

    • Hi, Ann, I just got a Sizzix Big Shot at my local Tuesday Morning. I also got a set of plates that I thought go with it. Turns out, they say Cuttlebug on them. The plates I got with the Sizzix look the same height but Cuttlebug A plate and B plates are about 4 inches longer! The Cuttlebug has slightly narrower opening, so the plates are about 1/4 inch narrower than Sizzix plates are. I am still opening it, and have no embossing mats yet, but I say, looking at them, I will keep these Cuttlebug plates because I expect them to work!

  4. will a sizzix chrome precision base plate go thru the cuttlebug? or do the sell one for the cuttle bug?

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